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Friday, 12 July 2019

In Real Life | Cory Doctorow + Jen Wang | Review

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. 

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer--a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake.

When I went to Portland, Oregon, I visited Powell's Books (the greatest place on earth), and one of the books I picked up was this super cute graphic novel, In Real Life by Cory Doctorow (illustrated by Jen Wang). I haven't read that many graphic novels before, but I had seen this one around the internet and decided to give it a go.

Thanks to the Goodreads description above, you have a pretty good idea as to what it's about, but in short, Anda starts playing Coursegold Online and part of her role in this new guild she's a part of is to track down gold farmers and get rid of them. But what she soon realises is that these gold farmers are actual players and not bots, and the conditions they're living and playing in are anything but healthy.

“This life is real too. We're communicating aren't we?”  

Not only was this a really sweet story about an online friendship through this massively multiplayer online game, but it's also about economics, work places environments, and human rights.

It's just a wee book, and will only take you an hour, perhaps, to read, but it's well worth picking up. Jen Wang's illustrations are so sweet and the story line is fun, quirky, and important.

Have you read In Real Life?
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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Bookish Links #50

1. Do you go back and re-rate books on Goodreads? Amy shared an interesting post on some of the books she has re-rated.

2. If you're not sure where to start with poetry you'll love this handy list.

3. Love V E Schwab? This one's for you.

4. Our friend Lucy has taken on a challenge to visit every Waterstones store! Head on over to her Instagram page to follow along.

5.  If you need a new bookmark in your life, you'll love this simple DIY.

6. Anjali shared a roundup of re-tellings she has read and enjoyed. Which books would you add to the list?

7. Even though it sounds like this novel is still in it's early stages, we can't wait to read it!

8. We love this idea!

9. Are you looking forward to revisiting Panem?

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Friday, 5 July 2019

The Kingdom | Jess Rothenberg | Review

Welcome to The Kingdom... where 'Happily Ever After' isn't just a promise, but a rule.

The Kingdom is a place where dreams come true. A futuristic fantasy theme park where extinct animals are brought back to life and the park's Fantasists, seven beautiful, lifelike, android princesses, are programmed with only one goal in mind: to ensure the happiness of the park's guests. Ana and her Fantasist sisters know all about how terrible the world outside The Kingdom is, so they understand how important their role is in brightening the lives of those who visit them in the safety of The Kingdom, but things are starting to go wrong. Some of Ana's sisters are starting to malfunction, and before long Ana begins to wonder if she is too. Ana starts to feel things she hasn't been programmed to feel. In particular, she thinks she may be falling in love with Owen, one of the park's human employees.

So how is it that Ana comes to be accused of Owen's murder? As the trial unfolds, Ana is not the only person being judged. Can Ana be guilty of murder if she is only able to do what she is programmed to do? How much responsibility does The Kingdom hold if it has created girls who can murder of their own free will? Were Ana's sisters malfunctioning at all, or did they simply understand something that Ana didn't? And can dreams really come true in a place that hides so many dark secrets?

The Kingdom tells Ana's story non-chronologically, skipping between transcripts from Ana's trial, news reports, and Ana's memories of the events leading to her alleged killing of Owen. At times, this method can be a little confusing. As Rothenberg saves all of the important details to be unfolded and revealed at precise moments, it does mean that it takes a while for enough of the details to fall into place so that the reader can actually figure out what's going on. However, it also means that details can be saved until the exact moment when they will have the most impact, and in that regard Rothenberg absolutely nails it. More than once I found myself wide-eyed as another piece of Ana's puzzle slotted into place.

The layers of this story perfectly match the layers of mystery and deceit at the heart of The Kingdom, and Rothenberg definitely takes the reader on a theme-park-worthy journey through Ana's story. As Ana starts to peel back the layers of lies and cruelty that she and her sisters have been exposed to, often without their knowledge, it is almost impossible not to feel those betrayals as a reader too. Ana is an interesting protagonist, not least because her very existence raises the question of what it means to be human. This is the story of Ana discovering the world and not only the darkness hidden from her, but the light too. First, she falls in love with Owen, even against her programming, as he helps her to understand the truth around her. Then, as she uncovers these truths, Ana must face the idea that Owen has been hiding things from her too. In the end the question is, did betrayal make Ana a killer or did The Kingdom make her everything that she is, whatever that may be?

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions expressed are the reviewer's own.
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Monday, 1 July 2019

Book Club | July 2019 - With A 5-Word Title

For our 2019 BB Book Club we've put together a printable list of twelve different prompts. On the 1st day of each month, we'll be introducing you to the month's prompt and the books team members each plan to read, along with some other suggested reads we think you'll love. Of course, these are just ideas so please feel free to interpret the prompts however you wish!

We're also inviting you to share photos and mini reviews of your book club picks on social media using #bookshelfbookclub and tag @bloggersbookshelf on Instagram.

Our prompt for July is... With A 5-Word Title

What we'll be reading...

Erin's Pick: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V E Schwab

"Although I wouldn't say I'm a huge Fantasy reader I've heard so many great things about this book but it's been sitting unread on my Kindle for a little while now. I've actually never read anything by V E Schwab before so I'm looking forward to reading this highly recommended author."

Ria's Pick: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

"Time travel. Lady scientists being awesome. A dash of diversity and LGBTQ characters. Murder mystery plot. Was this book brewed in a lab especially for me? I'd seen this one plenty of times over the past year in various bookshops and finally picked it up - luckily it fits perfectly with this month's 5 Word Title challenge too!"

Anjali's Pick: Ghosts Of The Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

"Ghosts of the Shadow Market is the latest book set in Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter world. It's a collection of short stories with characters we're familiar with from the other series (and, I assume, some new ones), as they come and go from the Shadow Market. I'm looking forward to reading this!"

Other suggested reads...

- The Name Of The Star (Maureen Johnson) - review
- Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged (Ayisha Malik) - review
- Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gayle Honeyman)
- Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)
- You Had Me At Hello (Mhairi McFarlane) - review
- The Universe Versus Alex Woods (Gavin Extence) - review
- The Fault In Our Stars (John Green) - review
- The Name Of The Wind (Patrick Rothfuss) - review
- Daughter Of The Pirate King (Tricia Levenseller) - review
- A Shadow Bright & Burning (Jessica Cluess)
- And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
- Daisy Jones And The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

Use the hashtag #bookshelfbookclub and tag @bloggersbookshelf on Instagram to share your photos and mini reviews with us throughout the month!
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Sunday, 30 June 2019

Book Club | June 2019 Roundup

We're halfway through our list of book club prompts for 2019! June's theme was translated books. Here's how Team BB got on with their picks...

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Us Against You By Fredrik Backman

"For our June book club prompt I decided to pick up Us Against You, the sequel to Beartown which was one of my absolute favourite reads of last year. They're heavy reads which tackle difficult topics but overall I thought the sequel was just as gripping as the first book." - Erin

We'll be introducing July'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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Friday, 28 June 2019

Features | Delightful Dedications

They're short, they're snappy, they're delightful. Dedications are a great way to start a book. 

Not only does a dedication give you some insight into an author's life (especially if they give a reason for the dedication), but they can often be quirky, funny, have inside jokes that only the dedicate-ee (not a word?) gets, or perhaps gives a tip of the hat to past books in a series, but they're often heartwarming and a beautiful way to begin a book.

Just like the acknowledgements at the end of a novel, I always find myself reading the dedication. Over the years I've read some truly beautiful ones, some quirky ones, and a couple of very out-there ones. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the dedications that can be found in the first pages of some of the book on my shelf. Enjoy!

The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket | The End, by Lemony Snicket:

A note: While we're on the subject of Lemony Snicket, you should check out all the rest of his dedications in A Series of Unfortunate Events. They're just as golden as these ones.

The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis:

Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman:

The Selection, by Kiera Cass:

A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab:

Tiger Lily, by Jodi Lynn Anderson:

The Bane Chronicles, by Cassandra Clare:

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling:

A Note: Perhaps my favourite of all time.

Fun fact about me: I actually have a book dedicated to me (and my sister). Okay, so it was a book written by my dad, but it still counts, right?

What about you? Do you have favourite dedications?

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Features | An Unintentional Book Buying Ban

As I write this post, we're 166 days into 2019 and as yet I haven't added any new books to my collection this year. Not even one little Kindle Daily Deal purchase...

Whilst a book buying ban wasn't on my bookish goals list for 2019 (please ignore how badly I'm doing with my reviews goal...) I've somehow ended up on an unintentional ban, but that doesn't mean I've been reading less.

One of the big contributors to my lack of spending on books has been downloading Borrow Box, the app my local library uses for ebook and audiobook loans. Earlier this year I picked up a paperback copy of Maureen Johnson's Truly Devious from the library and having enjoyed it so much I was keen to pick up the sequel right away. Unfortunately, my library didn't have a physical copy, but I discovered they did have the ebook available through Borrow Box and this made my decision to sign up and try out this alternative way to borrow books. Whilst reading on my phone's tiny screen isn't necessarily my preferred way to consume books, I have really enjoyed the convenience of using Borrow Box. So far, I've borrowed around 8 ebooks and 5 audiobooks, with several more on reserve at the moment.

Another thing I believe has changed my bookish spending habits this year is my reading spreadsheet. This was something I set up at the beginning of 2018 as a way to track not just my reads across the year but also the books I purchased and whether I read those new additions or not. Last year I read around 65% of the books I bought and I feel like this percentage was so high because I was keeping track of them all. I've also gone on to read approximately another 10% of the books this year, leaving just 25% still sitting on the TBR unread, where I feel that previously this number would have been much higher.

So when will the ban be broken? Well, I currently have my eye on pre-ordering The Toll (Neal Shusterman) which is due out in November... 
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Friday, 21 June 2019

Rebel of the Sands series | Alwyn Hamilton | Review

Amani Al'Hiza is a gifted gunslinger, but being born in the unforgiving Miraji desert, there are ways women like her are expected to behave, and Amani doesn't exactly do as she's told. The desert is a place where mythical beasts are all too real, and the children of the Djinn who made the world with their magic are known to live among the humans, marked by their parents with strange powers as well as physical markers, like brightly coloured hair or golden skin, but there is little magic in Amani's life in Dustwalk, until she meets Jin. Jin takes Amani away from Dustwalk, on the back of a mythical horse, and straight into a rebellion Amani is not entirely prepared to deal with.

Amani knows what she wants, and what she wants is to get out of Dustwalk. From there things start to get tricky, and a whole cast of characters arrive to help her figure out what's next, not just for her but for the world they're living in. From her claustrophobic life in Dustwalk, Amani finds herself working with the rebellion against the Sultan. To liberate the desert she grew up in, Amani must become more comfortable with death, magic, ghouls, and enemies all around her than she ever has before. From working deep within the rebellion to spying from inside the palace walls, and working with those strange magical Demdji children of the Djinn, Amani must truly become the Blue-Eyed Bandit if she ever hopes to help make the change Miraji needs to see, whatever that may mean.

Amani quickly becomes embroiled in the rebellion's plot to overthrow the Sultan, in favour of one of his least favoured sons, as this series takes her from the small desert town she has always known, to the splendour of the Sultan's palace, and to far away lands she never dreamed of visiting, building a fantasy world that weaves Middle Eastern influences with Cowboy Westerns and plenty of magic. The world of Rebel of the Sands is one unlike anything I've ever read before and Amani is a character unlike any I've ever read before either.

Whether you're interested in the magic of the Demdji and the Djinn who bore them, Amani's desert gunslinging, unique fantasy lands, intense romances, or political intrigue and regal rebellion, this series has a lot to offer. Gripping from the first page, these novels are a fast paced fantasy adventure with unique characters in a unique world. I flew through each and every one of these books and my only disappointment is that it had to end. The ending itself, you can find out by reading them. I think it is more than worth the adventure of the journey.
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Friday, 14 June 2019

Features | 3 Reasons I Read Novel Acknowledgements (and a bonus)

I never used to read the acknowledgements.

But I've grown to love them, and now it's rare that I end a book without reading the thanks from the author/s which fill a page or two at the back.

Acknowledgements are fun to read because they're not only are a way, albeit small, to celebrate the fact that an author has completed a book (no mean feat!), but they tell you a lot about how the author came to finish their stories, and how we eventually got to hold it in our hands. While some authors take up pages to write their acknowledgements, never leaving anyone out, some keep it short and simple and clump everyone into larger groups. But whatever way they thank, it's so neat to be able to see just who was involved 'back stage', those people who the author counted on to get the story out of their minds and onto paper. Without those people, it's often likely we wouldn't read the book we hold.

Here are three reasons I read novel acknowledgements (and maybe you should, too!):

1. Author support 

Authors love to thank the people who have supported them in the colossal journey that is book writing. You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? It also takes a village to publish a book. Perhaps even a city. Usually the acknowledgements are filled with those support people who have either aided the author in their every day lives (perhaps a partner doing more around the house, doing the school runs; or friends giving them plot hole solutions or character development ideas; the dog/cat who provided top-notch cuddles when things were getting difficult), or have worked with the author to get it published (the editor, the team of people in marketing at the publishing house etc).

2. Author insight

In any story you're gong to get a little bit of the author's personality, their likes and dislikes, their morals and values interwoven into their books. But in the acknowledgements you also get things like their journey to the end result you're holding, how long it's been stewing in their minds, why they wanted to write this particular tale. You sometimes even get a little bit of their writing process, or specific locations they most like to write and muddle over words and sentences. It's an insight into the author and how they created what they've created.

3. Author shoutouts 

One of my favourite things to read in the acknowledgements are other author shoutouts. Especially in Young Adult/YA books, the community of authors seems quite tight nit. If you're ever on Twitter and you follow a YA author or two, then you might see them tagging each other, responding to each others tweets, encouraging them in their stories, giving shout outs of their own. I love seeing the names of other authors that I've read in the acknowledgements of the book I've just finished. It's so neat to know that authors have each others' backs, and they're willing to bounce ideas off one another, help each out, call each other and generally be a squad of kick-butt storytellers.

Bonus: They're speaking to you

How neat is it when an author addresses you, the reader? Often near the end of the acknowledgements you might find a line or two that begins 'And to you, dear reader', or perhaps 'To my readers', or even something along the lines of 'Thank you, reader, for sticking with me throughout this series'. You know the ones I mean. Getting a shoutout like this is so neat; it connects the author and their support and their publishers with us, the readers.

Here's a snippet at the end of V.E. Schwab's acknowledgments in A Darker Shade of Magic, which I just love:

What do you reckon? Do you read the acknowledgements?
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Friday, 7 June 2019

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy | Mackenzi Lee | Review

Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor - even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is the sequel to Mackenzi Lee's incredibly popular novel, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, (you can read Anjali's review of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue here) and it is every bit as exciting and endearing as its predecessor.

A year after her brother's unintentionally eventful grand tour, Felicity Montague is more determined than ever to follow Monty's example and live her life on her own terms. For Felicity this means studying medicine, opening her own practice one day, and very definitely never getting married. Unfortunately, living life on her own terms is far easier said than done. No matter how many medical schools Felicity applies to, the answer is always the same: women simply are not permitted to study medicine, and none of the men in charge seem particularly keen to change that. To make matters worse, the baker Felicity has been working for while trying to make her case to be allowed to study medicine has a question of his own and it's one that Felicity really doesn't want to answer.

At last though, it seems Felicity might have a chance to follow her dreams. An old friend is marrying a doctor Felicity greatly admires and she's had a tip that he might be more open to the idea of a woman working alongside him. There are only two problems with her plan. The first problem is that Felicity can't afford to go to Germany for the wedding. The second problem is that she hasn't spoken to Johanna in years so she isn't actually invited. The first problem seems to be solved when a mysterious young woman from Scipio's crew offers to pay Felicity's way if Felicity allows her to come, disguised as Felicity's maid, and Felicity is sure the second problem will be solved once she arrives on Johanna's doorstep. Unfortunately for Felicity, these soon turn out not to be her only problems.

Felicity Montague's character is perfectly summed up by the moment in the first chapter of this novel, in which she has just finished sewing up a wound on a man's finger and then been proposed to, and her first reaction to the proposal is to think that she would rather be tending to the finger again. She is a woman who doesn't quite fit in with the role society wants her to take, not least because she has no interest in marriage or romantic relationships at all, and her determination to be accepted into medical school, of course, lands her in plenty of trouble. Felicity makes plenty of mistakes along her road to what she thinks she wants, particularly taking the mysterious young woman, Sim, into Johanna's home without truly knowing her motives for wanting to be there, and underestimating Johanna herself because of her love of pretty things.

Felicity is, at times, stubborn, selfish, and difficult, and it is extremely refreshing to see a female character allowed to be those things. Of course, she learns her lessons in the end, but the place from which she starts makes watching her learn them, and watching her friendship with Sim and Johanna blossom, incredibly joyful. This is a novel that champions girls who know who they are and aren't afraid to show the world, even when the world doesn't like it. It also has pirates, magical sea creatures, adventure, intrigue, and a very large, very friendly dog. What's not to like?

If you enjoyed The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, you are sure to love The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, and if you haven't read either yet, I highly recommend you change that!

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Saturday, 1 June 2019

Book Club | June 2019 - Translated Into Your Native Language

For our 2019 BB Book Club we've put together a printable list of twelve different prompts. On the 1st day of each month, we'll be introducing you to the month's prompt and the books team members each plan to read, along with some other suggested reads we think you'll love. Of course, these are just ideas so please feel free to interpret the prompts however you wish!

We're also inviting you to share photos and mini reviews of your book club picks on social media using #bookshelfbookclub and tag @bloggersbookshelf on Instagram.

Our prompt for June is... Translated Into Your Native Language

What we'll be reading...

Ria's Pick: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

"I really loved the almost melancholic style of Kang's The White Book and a few much more 'literary-minded' friends have been recommending this to me for months! So I'm really looking forward to this one. The premise looks odd but in a super interesting (and potentially creepy) way too."

Anjali's Pick: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

"Ruby Red has actually be on my TBR list for a little while now and seems to be very popular (it's received a 4.12 star rating on Goodreads!); I'm really looking forward to getting into it! This time-travelling book was originally written in Geir's native language, German, and was translated into English by Anthea Bell."

Other suggested reads...

- Battle Royale (Koushun Takami) - review
- Beartown (Fredrik Backman)
- Sophie's World (Jostein Gaarder)
- 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)
- The White Book (Han Kang) - 2018 book club roundup

Check out Goodreads list of 40 popular translated books for more ideas!

Use the hashtag #bookshelfbookclub and tag @bloggersbookshelf on Instagram to share your photos and mini reviews with us throughout the month!
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Friday, 31 May 2019

Features | A Trip to Powells Books - Largest Independent Bookstore in the World

Walking to Powells Books is like walking to bibliophile heaven.

Back in 2017 I went on a trip to Oregon for two weeks with my mum, and one of the things I had to do while I was in the area was visit Powells Books. I ended up going twice. Just this past month I returned to Oregon for a shorter trip, but a trip that involved Powells all the same. 

So what exactly is Powells Books? 

Powell's Books is an independent bookseller serving Portland, Oregon, since 1971. We've grown to employ over 530 people across five Portland-area stores and, and our book inventory exceeds two million volumes. In spite of our substantial size and reach, we remain grounded by our company's core values, which have guided us through the ups and downs of the bookselling industry. Each and every employee's love of books drives us forward. - Webiste
That already sounds impressive, right? Right. But there's more. Powells Books takes up an entire city block in Portland, and has multiple stories, some of which are split level. Each genre is divided up into a different room, and each room is assigned a colour. For example, the Young Adult and Childrens books were in the Rose Room, the fantasy in the Gold Room etc etc. Then each aisle has a number, so if you've searched for something on the computer you can find the shelf that the book will be on very easily. They even have a fascinating Rare Books rooms which you can go and check out for free. There are some beautiful old books in there!

Alongside the new books, they also sell used books, and if you're lucky, you may just find a signed copy. I managed to score myself a paperback copy of Victoria Schwab's The Near Witch for just USD $5 because it was used, but the quality was like-new. I also discovered a signed copy of In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang (signed by Doctorow).

In between the books there are other fun items such as board games, stationery, cards, mugs, scarves, Powells memorabilia, and so much more! You could spend hours and hours in among the shelves at Powells and never want to leave. Alas, we could only afford to spend about 1.5 hours in there but we managed to walk away with way too many books (is there such a thing?!) and the slight worry that we'd have to somehow get them all back to New Zealand with only 23kg luggage allowance each (spoiler: it ended up being a-okay!).

If you're ever even in Oregon somewhere (heck, if you're in nearby Washington State!),  you have to go to Powells. It's truly incredible and I can't wait to go back!
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Book Club | May 2019 Roundup

Our book club theme for May was 'Penguin Moderns', a series of 50 brilliant short books priced at just £1 each.

Thank you to those who shared photos and mini reviews over on social media throughout the month. Below are a selection of our favourites...

Fame by Andy Warhol

"Legendary pop artist Andy Warhol shares vignettes and aphorisms on love, fame and beauty. They're short and snappy - some only a sentence or two - and there's a lot of truth and 'oh yeah, I've never thought of that' moments throughout. While the synopsis of the book declares it to be 'hilarious', I didn't find it to be so. However I did enjoy reading it, especially the section on fame and his thoughts on both the wonderful aspects for being a celebrity and those that are deemed by him to be ridiculous." - Anjali

Notes on 'Camp' by Susan Sontag

"Rather appropriate considering this year's Met Gala theme! I really loved the breakdown of the social, political, and historical origins of 'camp' as a fashion trend but a whole philosophy and lifestyle. Highly recommend - especially if you had no idea why Lady Gaga rocked up in four different outfits on the Met Gala red carpet." - Ria

This month for the @bloggersbookshelf book club we’re reading stories from the Penguin Modern series and I chose The Breakthrough by Daphne du Maurier. The Breakthrough is an unsettling, atmospheric science fiction tale about a secret government experiment, looking for the truth of what happens after we die. The story is eerie and uncomfortable but thanks in part to its brevity and even more to du Maurier’s ability to draw the reader fully into even a story as short as this, I devoured it in no time at all, barely pausing for breath. - Next month’s book club theme is books ‘translated into your native language’ so I’ll be attempting to finally read Chrétien de Troyes’s Arthurian Romances! - #bloggersbookshelf #bookshelfbookclub #bookstagram #bookbloggers #currentlyreading #instabooks #reading #books #bookworm #booklove #bookcovers #prettybooks #beautifulbooks #instabooks #bibliophile #vsco #vscocam #vscobooks #igreads #booklover #penguinmodern #daphnedumaurier #thebreakthrough #tea #teastagram #cupoftea #acupoftea #teatime #timefortea #abookandacupoftea #acupofteaandabook
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We'll be introducing June'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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