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message 1: by Zuky (last edited Jun 06, 2018 06:45AM) (new)

Zuky the BookBum (zukythebookbum) | 107 comments Mod
Hello everyone! I hope you're all excited to start your AROUND THE WORLD books for May!

This is a thread for you all to link to your reviews. Here we can keep up with each other and see how we felt about our books for the month!

At the end of the month I will be linking back to everyone's reviews on a big master post on my blog so don't forget to link it here, otherwise I won't be able to find it! I'll be posting the May review post on June 7th.

If you talk about the club anywhere online where hashtags are used, please use the hashtag #BookBumClub so I can see it! I follow the hashtag on Instagram, and regularly check it on Twitter!

Happy reading everyone x

~

12/05/2018

Unfortunately, I've put this month's book (Kin) down as a DNF, I will post my review as to why later on.

However, I am currently reading Give It Back by Danielle Esplin, who is from South Africa, so I can use that as my book this month instead!

~

27/05/2018

Almost forgot to post my DNF review of Kin! Read it...

On the blog: https://bookbum.co.uk/2018/05/23/dnf-...

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 2: by Sue (new)

Sue  (oldersbl) | 43 comments https://www.goodreads.com/review/edit...

This is my review of Inside Out and Back Again-by Thanhha Lai actually I think it is a good book for middle schoolers, the author is from Viet Nam- and now has dual citizenship with the US


message 4: by Alex (last edited May 09, 2018 06:23PM) (new)

Alex https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Here's my short review of Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord. I loved it!


message 5: by Zuky (new)

Zuky the BookBum (zukythebookbum) | 107 comments Mod
Unfortunately, I've put this month's book (Kin) down as a DNF, I will post my review as to why later on.

However, I am currently reading Give It Back by Danielle Esplin, who is from South Africa, so I can use that as my book this month instead!


message 6: by Alejandrina (new)

Alejandrina | 11 comments Just finished a wonderful novel, My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante. It's set in Naples, part of a series. It's a lovely portrait of growing up poor, aiming for more.


message 7: by The Captain (new)

The Captain I read Zoo City for this month. It was fun and I will try something else by this new to me author.

https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordp...


message 8: by Cathy (new)

Cathy (goodreadscomwhatcathyreadnext) | 40 comments I read That Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina, who grew up in Puglia.


Here's the link to my Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/upda...

And the review on my blog: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.c...


message 9: by Alejandrina (last edited May 26, 2018 08:12PM) (new)

Alejandrina | 11 comments Here is my review of Wife of the Gods. Really liked this book.
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message 10: by Zuky (new)

Zuky the BookBum (zukythebookbum) | 107 comments Mod
Almost forgot to post my DNF review of Kin! Read it...

On the blog: https://bookbum.co.uk/2018/05/23/dnf-...

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 11: by Janel (last edited May 27, 2018 10:43AM) (new)

Janel (keeperofpages) | 4 comments I picked an author from South Korea for this months theme - The Good Son: The bestselling Korean thriller of the year

Review on blog: The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong


message 12: by Nicole (last edited May 27, 2018 07:51PM) (new)

Nicole (bookwyrmknits) | 22 comments I finished reading The Diary of a Young Girl today. Man, was the ending hard to manage. Details in my blog review here, but the TL;DR version is it's really hard to read about someone being optimistic about their future when you know how it ends.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Definitely worth a read. I'm very glad I (finally) read this book.


Inside My Library Mind (insidemylibrarymind) | 11 comments I've read Fredrik Backman's Us Against You (sequel to Beartown) and it was absolutely brilliant! Here's my review !

Highly recommend this series to everyone, and I think I even saw someone was reading Beartown, so I hope they loved it!


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Magical_Bookworm | 26 comments I read Paper Princess by Erin Watt and it is now one of my favorites. I would recommended if you like New Adult romances and like series.

Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) Paper Princess by Erin Watt




I didn't know what to expect from this book but I did end up falling in love with this book and it is now one of my favorites. I loved all of the characters. This was the first time I've ever read a New Adult romance book and I think I may have to read more. This book made me so happy and I was able to fly through it. I can't stop thinking about this book. The ending really hit me and I can't wait to see what happens next in this series.



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message 15: by Vikki (new)

Vikki P (meandmymundanelife) | 8 comments Here's my review of the Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni https://meandmymundanelife.wordpress....


message 16: by Sue (new)

Sue  (oldersbl) | 43 comments Her's My eview of Journey form the Land of No: .a Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran.by Roya Hakakanian
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8...


message 17: by Callum (new)

Callum McLaughlin | 11 comments Hi, everyone :)

My pick for this month's theme was When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy, who is from India.

Here's my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 18: by Zuky (new)

Zuky the BookBum (zukythebookbum) | 107 comments Mod
I have now just posted the review for my second BookBum pick of the month! Give It Back by Danielle Esplin, which I gave 3 stars. A good holiday read!

Read the review...

On the blog: https://bookbum.co.uk/2018/05/30/revi...
On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 19: by Jamie-Lee (new)

Jamie-Lee (jlkfraser) | 17 comments For my May book I read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

I loved this book from beginning to end. The best and most interesting thing about this book was that it was from the perspective of Death. It was devastatingly, beautiful and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I gave it 5 stars.


message 20: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Chinnici (nicole-chinnici) | 14 comments I wanted to read something by an author from a more exotic location, but my review schedule didn't let me... So here's the link to my review for The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet: https://readeatsleeprepeat.com/2018/0...


message 21: by Hafsa | حفصہ (last edited May 31, 2018 10:28PM) (new)

Hafsa | حفصہ (vibingwithabook) | 20 comments Finally, I'm done with my review of In the Bazaar of Love by Amir Khusrau:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Enjoyed it but not the best translation of this literary giant's work by a long shot!


message 22: by BAM the enigma (new)

BAM the enigma Question: I only know how to copy the link then paste it so the whole revie shows. How do I copy it so only the link itself pastes like y’all are doing?


message 23: by BAM the enigma (new)

BAM the enigma The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Netgalley #51

Many thanks go to Duggan Books and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. My many blessings go to Nadia Murad for sharing her story.
Murad grew up in a very close knit village in northern Iraq called Kocho united by religion known as Yazidism. This area of the world is home to Ottomans, Sunnis, Kurds, non Sunni Muslims, and even occupying Americans. The issue is ISIS. ISIS has participated in an ethnic cleansing in this part of the country. They believe the Yazidi people are devil worshipers. Whole populations of men have been down and women have been sold into the slave trade beaten and raped until they die or escape. Murad lived to tell her tale. She is now an activist.
I have never read anything so harrowing in my life. I never watch tv or read the news. It's one of those things that I knew "bad things happen", but I had no idea it was like this anywhere in the world. I am ashamed of myself. The cruelty is unforgivable, the suffering unimaginable.
Murad is brutally honest throughout her book. She lays her heart on the page. I cannot fathom that she held anything back. Her fear is palpable.
I pray that Murad finds peace and solace. I'm sure the healing process is slow. I hope writing this book was cathartic.



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Misty's Book Space (mistysbookspace) I read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This book will definitely pull at your heartstrings. It took me over halfway through the book to really be sucked in but I’m still not 100% sure of my feelings on it so my full review probably want be up for a while.


message 25: by Tara (last edited Jun 05, 2018 05:22AM) (new)

Tara Million I read Beartown and thought it was amazing. I gave it 5 stars! It's by a Swedish author and is set in a hockey town in contemporary Sweden. Once I figure out how to link my review I'll update this post.


message 26: by Kim (new)

Kim | 2 comments I read The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri an Italian author. It was an enjoyable easy read crime story. There is a little bit of a subplot that I missed as I haven't read any of his previous books.


message 27: by Luke (new)

Luke (wyrdherts) | 5 comments In May I read Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith. The story takes you from France to London, as well as Greece and Mexico. I'm really enjoying the Ripley books and PH becoming a favourite of mine but I still have so many of her books to read!


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