The BookBum Club: April Theme Reviews

Hello everyone! I’m here today to bring you all the reviews for The BookBum Club’s April theme. Sorry this post is late! Life has been hectic and got in the way of pulling all the stuff I needed to get together for this, but at least it’s here now!

Another great turn-out for books this month – thank you to everyone who joined in! 💖

As before, everyone’s reviews with small snippets are below. They are all linked to the actual review, so please follow them and have a read!


On blogs:

I read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

“I could have gone my lifetime without reading this one, but I feel better for having given it a shot.”

and The Cyclist by Anthony Neil Smith

“I did enjoy this book, but only while I was reading it. It’s not a story I’ll ever think about again.”

Captain’s Quarters read All Systems Red by Martha Wells

“I only wish that I would have read this sooner.”

and Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry

“I do think all readers could find something to enjoy in this tale.”

and Phoresis by Greg Egan

“Ultimately while I enjoyed the story overall and thought the writing style was excellent, this is not one I would re-read.”

and I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

“I loved this quick paced novella by Connie Willis.  It actually feels at first like yer reading a true-life account.”

Misty’s Book Space read The Bulletproof Proposal by Rebekah Louise

“If you are in the mood for a short fast paced funny story this might be one for you.”

The Paperback Piano read The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

“This is the third book I’ve read by him and I’m yet to be disappointed. I love the quality and tone of his writing.”

What Cathy Read Next read The Visitor at Anningley Hall by Chris Thorndycroft

“If ruined cottages, shadowy figures glimpsed through a window and what appear to be bundles of rags crawling slowly across a lawn get your spine tingling, then you will not be disappointed.”

Book Wyrm Reads read The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman & Yoshitaka Amano

“The story is as beautiful as the artwork, though don’t expect a traditional happy ending.”

Keeper of Pages read The Cremator by Ladislav Fuks

“Disturbing in its simplicity, The Cremator is a horror novel unlike none I’ve read before.”

Perspective of a Writer read Orange Future by Ichigo Takano

“As a writer I know a LOT OF WORK went into that development so its thrilling when I get a glimpse of another writer’s iceberg, especially for a story and characters I love.”

and The Lost Path by Amélie Fléchais

“This graphic novel used its magical mystery and the gorgeous art that spells out that magical mystery to lay the groundwork for a story that banks on exactly that quality…”

Amie’s Geek Corner read Die Scanner by Robert M. Sonntag

“I liked it and I am happy that I read it, but it wasn’t a clear five star book for me.”

Amalia read East Yorkshire Folk Tales by Ingrid Barton

“Taken as a whole, this is a beautiful -if incomplete- showcase of the legends from the East Riding.”

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On Goodreads:

Alex read Midwinter Folk Tales by Taffy Thomas

“Each story was individually a little shorter than I was expecting, but they were generally very endearing (some were mildly terrifying!)”

Jamie-Lee read The Tales of Beedle and Bard by J. K. Rowling

“This book was adorable and sweet.”

and I Hate Fairyland #1 by Skottie Young

“What a fun, gruesome adventure. Not for the faint of heart and probably not for children under 14.”

and Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick

“Not my most favourite but it was worth giving it a go.”

Melancholia read We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

“This was a weird little Gothic novel I enjoyed even though I expected something creepier.”

Marina read Twittering from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill

“Told in a teenager’s tweets, this is gruesome fun.”

Katherine read The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

“In 75 pages she gave me a thriller, a mind fuck and 2 two really fun bus ride.”

and The Importance of Being Earnest by my beloved Oscar Wilde

“Gloriously funny, smart and wicked.”

Magical_Bookworm read Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

“I absolutely fell in love with this graphic novel. I can proudly say it is one of my favorites.”

Alejandrina read The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia

“The book is really an essay in corrupt politics, the author’s disgust in plain sight.”

Shaina read The Witches of the Blue Well by Paula Brackston

“This was a great short story about a well and a young woman connected to it. It makes me want to see Wales more than ever because of the superstitions and beautiful countryside described.”

Callum read The Breakthrough by Daphne du Maurier

“As always, du Maurier is a master at setting the scene and creating an evocative and tangible atmosphere that instantly transports me.”

Sue read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

“It was truly an enjoyable read but I think better suited for younger readers.”

and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving

“I enjoyed actually reading the stories that took place in the lower Hudson River valley, as I have spent most of my life in NY.”

Aqsa read Night by Elie Wiesel

“I really don’t know what to tell you other than the fact that I’d like you to read it!”

and Dawn by Elie Wiesel

“This wasn’t exactly like the first book – it only showed one part, and I just learned that it’s fictional.”

and Happily by Chauncey Rogers

“I liked the author’s perspective of Cinderella. It wasn’t as I anticipated it would be, it was different and that made it all the more enjoyable!”

and more!

John of Canada read The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey

“VERY funny and somewhat confusing.”

Hafsa Z.U read Oh Honey by Emily R. Austin

“The writing was absolutely gorgeous, filled to the brink with wry humour, exaggeration and perfect flow.”

Lissa read Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2) by Seanan McGuire

“So much to enjoy and the series continues to get better!”


There we have it! Those are the reviews from everyone who joined in for the month of April. Please let me know if you read a book for the Club but I missed your review! I will add it in straight away.

Don’t forget, you can join The BookBum Club at any point! We’re currently reading for the May theme AROUND THE WORLD… all you need to do is read a book by an author from a different country than yourself!

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