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Tuesday 31 December 2019

Book Club | Our Full 2020 Prompts List!

For our 2020 book club we've put together another printable list of twelve different prompts, one for each month of the year.

Just we did in 2019, 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 would absolutely love for you to join in and as usual we're inviting you to share photos and mini reviews of your book club picks on social media using #bloggersbookshelf or tag @bloggersbookshelf on Instagram.

Without further ado, here are the 2020 Blogger's Bookshelf book club prompts...

January - By an author you love | February - With a tree or leaf on the cover | March - A book about siblings | April - Written by a POC | May - With a number in the title | June - By an author with the same initials as you | July - A book with a map | August - With sunshine or clouds on the cover | September - Featuring or set in a school | October - Re-read a book you previously gave 5 stars | November - With food on the cover | December - By an author you've never read
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Book Club | December 2019 Roundup

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Monday 30 December 2019

Infographic | A Decade* Of Blogger's Bookshelf

As the year, and the decade, draw to a close we thought it would be nice to reflect back on BB over the past 7 years. Huge thank you to Anjali for putting together this amazing infographic! Scroll down to see some of our favourite BB stats...

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Friday 27 December 2019

Group Collaboration | Our Favourite Reads Of 2019!

Don't forget to leave us a comment, or tweet us @ blog_bookshelf, and let us know which books would make your top 5 lists this year!
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Sunday 15 December 2019

Group Collaboration | 2019 Reading Challenge Update

Ria... 2/5 books vowed to read 
I'm glad I did take my time to really read and enjoy the two books I did finish (Becoming, by Michelle Obama, and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan). I'm also attributing my 2/5 to the fact I ended up reading other fantastic books this year - which made picking my 2019 favourites so hard!

Erin... 5/5 books vowed to read
Looking back through the archives, the last time I managed to cross all five titles off my list was in 2015! I chose this year's very carefully to give myself the best chance and it has definitely paid off! My favourite reads of the five would have to be Us Against You by Fredrik Backman and Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman.

Anastasia... 3/5 books vowed to read
I'm ashamed to say I completely forgot which books I had vowed to read this year, but I still managed to read 3 out of 5 of them anyway! The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman, Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton, and Puddin' by Julie Murphy were all great reads, and I might just have to scoot the other two books I didn't get to on to my list for 2020!

Anjali... 4/5 books vowed to read
Like most years, I didn't manage to get to all of my Vow To Read list, but I'm rather pleased to announce that I read four out of five! I'm quite happy with that. I had vowed to read (actually did end up reading) Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Rirrdan, King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (which I read twice!!), and Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. The only one I didn't end up reading was P.S. I still Love You, by Jenny Han. I'm actually hoping to read it this summer (Southern Hemisphere) before the movie adaptation comes out early next year.

Sophie... 4/5 books vowed to read
I read all of my vow to read apart from All the Light We Cannot See although hoping to fit it in before the end of the year but we’ll see how I go.
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Wednesday 4 December 2019

Bookish Links #51

1. Here's a list of upcoming YA adaptations. Which one are you most excited for?

2. Michelle has some amazing bookish gift ideas!

3. Speaking of bookish gifts, we love this embroidered patch.

4. If finding a new book club to follow is on your 2020 to-do list, this one's for you. Of course, we'd love for you to join our BB book club too!

5. This list is one to bookmark for planning your 2020 book blog content.

6. We're obviously big fans of Rants and Reviews but you can never have too many bookish podcasts on your feed - this list features loads of titles to try.

7. Get into the festive spirit with this choose your own adventure novel.

8. These personalised bookends will look chic on any bookcase.

9. Looking for something different for your next read? This list features titles with unusual narrative structures.

10. Sophie shared some of her favourite reads from the past few months.

11. In this post from the BB archives, Anastasia recommended a title that's perfect for this time of year.

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Sunday 1 December 2019

Book Club | December 2019 - Judge A Book By It's Cover

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 December is... Judge A Book By It's Cover (aka A Cover You Love)

What we'll be reading...

Anjali's Pick: Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

"While snakes on book covers do seem to be quite popular at the moment, I really do like the cover of Serpent and Dove. It's dramatic but almost elegant at the same time, and I love the contrasting gold on the black and dark greys. It's also relatively simple, but includes a lot of textural details too, which I love. While I've read mixed reviews for the story itself, I'm still looking forward to picking this up!"

Erin's Pick: The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

"This book has been on my TBR since the summer and I thought it would fit this prompt well as I really like the colours and dreamlike design of the cover. As I haven't been buying any books this year I haven't gotten around to reading it yet but noticed this week that it has been added to my library's catalogue and marked as 'on order'. So, I'm currently first in the queue and hoping a copy will be in stock before the end of the year. If not, I'll be sure to pick up an alternative title for December's book club."

Other suggested reads...

This post from the BB archives has some great suggestions!

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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