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Saturday 31 October 2020

Book Club | October 2020 Roundup

Happy Halloween everyone! For Blogger's Bookshelf's 8th birthday month of October we decided to revisit some of our favourite 5-star reads. Here's a little more about some of the books Team BB chose to read...

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"Be a little kinder than you have to." - We Were Liars, E. Lockhart (Ain't that an appropriate motto for the times we live in now!) • It's been a while since I read We Were Liars and I tentatively picked it as my re-read for this month's @bloggersbookshelf after giving it five stars a few years ago 😬 Maybe it's because we're so close to an incredibly heightened political period and are so close to the US Election but I was more acutely aware of the commentary on privilege, class and race on this read, which made the more personal aspects of the story even more interesting. Oh and the plot twist? Still there's be through a loop even though I vaguely remembered what was coming! I was worried a book like this I held so dear to my heart at the time wouldn't hold up but I'm glad to report it's five star rating still holds true ✨

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A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

"One of my favourite books EVER has to be A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. I adore this world she's created (to be honest, I love all worlds she creates), and the first time I read this book I fell in love with the characters, the storytelling, the setting ... everything! I'm pleased to say that it has kept up its brilliance even several years after that first read. Still, a 5-start read for me!" - Anjali


Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

"The perfect read for October, this fall-pumpkin-filled-autumnal graphic novel is still as stinkin' adorable as it was the first time I read it in 2019. If you're after a really sweet graphic novel with beautiful illustrations, brilliant characters, all set in a pumpkin patch on Halloween, this is your book. Get on it! (Still 5 stars, by the way.)" - Anjali

Find reviews of these titles in the BB archives:

- A Darker Shade Of Magic

- Dangerous Girls

- We Were Liars

We'll be introducing November's book club tomorrow so don't forget to check back! Use the hashtag #bloggersbookshelf or tag @bloggersbookshelf to share your photos and mini-reviews with us throughout the month.
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Friday 30 October 2020

Blogger's Bookshelf 8th Birthday Giveaway!

Carrying on the 8th birthday celebrations here at Blogger's Bookshelf! 

As a thank you to all the love and support over the past eight years on the blog, we of course thought it'd be fitting to give you a chance to win a little bundle of some of our favourite books.  

The winner of our giveaway will have a choice of one of three themed book bundles featuring the titles from our 8th Birthday review highlights post

1. The YA Bundle: 

Four incredible Young Adult novels from megastar authors. This bundle includes: 
  • The Hate U Give
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty
  • The Gentleman's Guide To Vice & Virtue
  • Carry On

2. The Mystery & Adventure Bundle

Love a twisty turn? Or fancy being transported away to another World? Here are four books that will take you on a journey you won't forget! This bundle includes: 
  • The Gentleman's Guide To Vice & Virtue
  • Carry On
  • Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

3. The 'We Love Diverse Books' Bundle

Four incredible #ownvoices books featuring a spectrum of diverse authors and stories. This bundle includes: 
  • Crazy, Rich Asians
  • The Gentleman's Guide To Vice & Virtue 
  • The Hate U Give
  • Long Way Down

To be in with a chance of winning one of the bundles, all you have to do is fill in our Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will run from Fri 30th October - Fri 6th November GMT, and is open Internationally! 

Best of luck! 
Team BB

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Monday 26 October 2020

EIGHT | Happy Birthday Blogger's Bookshelf!

Can you believe we're another year older?! Yes, Blogger's Bookshelf is celebrating another year around the sun as we turn EIGHT today!

To celebrate we're taking a quick trip down memory lane as our founders, Erin and Ria, pick out some of our review highlights from the past few years. We've covered a lot of ground here at Blogger's Bookshelf. From reviewing megastar authors at the start of their writing careers to hyping up books that would go on to become massive blockbusters, it's been amazing to see how much the book trends transform during our time.

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Thursday 1 October 2020

Book Club | October 2020 - Re-read A Book You Previously Rated 5 Stars

For our 2020 BB Book Club, we've put together another printable list of twelve different prompts, one for each month of the year. Just as 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're also inviting you to share photos and mini-reviews of your book club picks on social media using #bloggersbookshelf or tag @bloggersbookshelf on Instagram.

Our prompt for October is...  

Re-read A Book You Previously Rated 5 Stars


What we'll be reading...

Erin's pick: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

"I had quite a few different options in mind for our October book club prompt but it's become a bit of a tradition that I re-read Dangerous Girls every year and I hadn't yet found time to do so in 2020. I'm hoping I might be able to find time to re-read another favourite this month too, but I currently have a very tall stack of library books to get through as well. You can find my 2015 review of Dangerous Girls in the BB archives."

Anjali's Picks: A Darker Shade Of Magic by VE Schwab & Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

"Ever since our list of Book Club Themes list was released back in January, I have been waiting for the month of October.⁠ I'm planning on reading A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab, and I've had to put off reading it a couple of times this year in anticipation of October! I've been meaning to re-read this series ever since I put the last book down and I just haven't gotten around to it.⁠ Check out Ria's review of A Darker Shade of Magic.
I'm also planning on re-reading Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, because I read it last October and it was the perfect fall/autumn book (even though we're heading into Spring here in New Zealand). I can't wait to dive back in!⁠ Pumpkinheads is listed in Sophie's post, 5 Books on the Top of my Wish List, if you're interested in learning more!"

Use the hashtag #bloggersbookshelf or tag @bloggersbookshelf on Instagram to share your photos and mini reviews with us throughout the month!


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