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Book Club | September 2019 Roundup

Things have been a little quiet here on BB this month, but we'll be back to sharing more posts soon as we head into October to celebrate our 7th birthday! For now, it's time to share our September book club roundup where our theme was 'also a movie or TV show'. Here are some of the books shared this month...

For this month’s @bloggersbookshelf book club we’re reading books that have also been adapted into TV shows or films, so I chose a book that’s been on my TBR for a while, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Everything, Everything is the story of Maddy, a teenage girl who is allergic to the outside world. Maddy can’t leave her house, where she lives with her doctor mom, and very few people are allowed in, so she spends her day attending online classes, watching movies with her mom, and being monitored by her only other friend, her nurse, Carla. It’s not ideal, but it keeps Maddy alive, and she’s content with not knowing what she’s missing. But when a new family moves in next door, and Maddy makes friends with the son, Olly, over email, she gets her first taste of what she can’t have. After that, it’s hard to go back to not wanting it. Perfect for fans of classic YA romance with a unique twist, Everything, Everything is the kind of engrossing read that sweeps you up into its world and dares you to step away. I can see how, for some, it may be a little too heavy with those romantic YA tropes, but when done well, I think they’re great, and in this novel Nicola Yoon does them very well. - #vsco #vscocam #bloggersbookshelf #bookshelfbookclub #everythingeverything #nicolayoon #bookreview #bookstagram #vscobooks #bookbloggers #bookworm #booklove #prettybooks #beautifulbooks #instabooks #bibliophile #igreads #booklover #ya #yabooks #yabookstagram
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First, they killed my father by Loung Ung

"A memoir of Ung's personal experiences as a child survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, 'First they killed my father' is a harrowingly necessary account of war through a child's eyes. This is admittedly a book you don't enjoy but you devour. I know little of the Cambodian civil war and the mass genocide in Phnom Penh, but Ung's account is so horrifyingly vivid you almost feel as if you're living the sadness and anger alongside her. 
From the invasion of the Khmer soldiers, leaving behind her family home, separation and eventual execution of members of her family, severe exhaustion and starvation, her recruitment as a child soldier, every emotion she felt during those years bleed into the page. 
Whilst obviously a difficult read, the story ends with hope (and eventual reunion with her brothers and sisters in Vietnam). Ung was one of the lucky few who escaped and has used her experience to teach others and advocate for a better world so no child ever goes through what she did."  

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We'll be introducing October'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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