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Book Club | March 2019 Roundup

Our book club theme for March was books with 'an animal or creature in the title' and we saw quite a variety of different picks!

Thank you to everyone who shared photos and mini reviews over on social media throughout the month. We loved seeing your selections and finding new titles for our TBRs. Below are a selection of our favourite images and mini reviews shared over on Instagram.

This month’s theme for the @bloggersbookshelf Book Club was a book ‘with an animal or creature in the title’ so Not Forgetting the Whale by John Ironmonger was a perfect fit. Not Forgetting the Whale tells the story of a city analyst called Joe and the tiny Cornish village he washes up in one day. Having created a computer program that has predicted the end of the world, and possibly caused an economic crash, Joe flees to the very end of the country, where he finds unexpected help, first from a whale, and then from a whole village of people. Not Forgetting the Whale is unlike any apocalyptic story I’ve read before, and, cheesy as it sounds, it did leave me feeling a little more hopeful for the human race. Also, if you’re looking for an accurate portrayal of small Cornish communities, this is it! - If you want to join in with our book club next month, the theme is ‘non-fiction’! - #bloggersbookshelf #bookshelfbookclub #bookstagram #bookbloggers #currentlyreading #instabooks #reading #books #bookworm #booklove #bookcovers #prettybooks #beautifulbooks #instabooks #bibliophile #vsco #vscocam #vscobooks #igreads #booklover #notforgettingthewhale
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The Tusk That Did The Damage by Tania James

"Chronicaling the story of an elephant tribe in South India, and the humans that surround them, The Tusk That Did The Damage offers a multilayered look at wildlife conservation and poaching.

The book itself is told through the eyes of Gravedigger (once an orphaned elephant calf then sold into labor and exhibition, now infamous for his seemingly violent attacks on humans), the poachers who are spurred on by revenge for Gravedigger's misdeads, and white documentary filmmaker who both captures and entangles herself in tensions between Government, conservationists and the locals themselves).

I did struggle with the switching narratives initially. The three voices in the book are so distinct, it felt a bit jarring to go from the elephant's narration, straight into our filmmakers' dilemma. Not to mention the time jumps between certain chapters made it hard to gauge where in the story you were. As the book reached it's climax everything suddenly clicked though. And I found myself suddenly committed to finding out how all of this tension that had built would explode out." - @RCagz

Percy Jackson and the Sea Of Monsters by Rick Riordan

"This year I hope to read the five books in the Percy Jackson series, which has been a long time coming. I read the first in January, and the second in the series, Sea of Monsters, was a perfect fit for the March theme. Percy, now knowing that he is a half-blood (his father is Posiden, god of the sea), is deep into the land of gods, goddesses, mythological creatures and tales, and the adventure in this book involves a boat trip, a Golden Fleece, a cyclops (or two!), sheep of doom and various other slightly out-there concepts. While I didn't like Sea of Monsters quite as much as the first book (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) I did still really enjoy getting back to Percy's story. It's a 3/5 stars from me, but with the recommendation that this series is really fun to read and you should get on it if you haven't already." - @anjalikay

I’ve been busy and I have let Instagram go a little bit. But I haven’t let reading go. So for @bloggersbookshelf March prompt, “With an animal or creature in the title”, I read Fox 8 by George Saunders. I sort of forgot that I wanted to do the @bookriot Read Harder challenge as well. So this be ok also worked for the prompt “A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point of view character”. This quick read was an under 50 pages read. So the large bar of chocolate was barely eaten (yet). I typically don’t enjoy books from an animal’s point of view (or an inanimate object’s) but this one was fun and sweet. Through this 30 minute read, Fox 8 learns some lessons about humans (or yumans, as written). He’s a sweet and curious fox. Through his perspective we get to see ourselves. The grammar was entertaining, the ending was so sweet. The illustrations were a delight. What a great start to March. . . . #readandeat #bibliophile #reading #2019readingchallenge #bloggersbook #bookshelfbookclub #bookriotchallenge #readharder #readharderchallenge2019 #georgesaunders #fox8 #bookish #bookstagram #instabooks
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We'll be introducing April's book club tomorrow so don't forget to check back!
Use the hashtag #bookshelfbookclub and tag @bloggersbookshelf to share your photos and mini reviews with us throughout the month.


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