The BookBum Club: May Theme Reviews

Hello everyone! I’m here today to bring you all the reviews for The BookBum Club’s May theme. The theme was AROUND THE WORLD, so let’s see what everyone thought of their foreign authored books!

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 Give It Back by Danielle Esplin

“Honestly, for a debut in the author’s second language, this was pretty good. I’d pick up another novel by her.”

and (DNF’d) Kin by Snorri Kristjansson

“I’m sure it can work for other readers but I wouldn’t personally recommend this to anyone, including thriller and historical fiction lovers.”


Captain’s Quarters read Zoo City by Lauren Buekes

“The plot was okay but had some holes, some unanswered questions, some predictable plot twists, and a less-than satisfactory ending.  But I adored Zinzi and the world the author created.”


What Cathy Read Next read That Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina

“That Summer in Puglia provides a devastating portrait of how love can, in a moment, turn to hate if fuelled by insecurity, jealousy and an inability to trust.”


Book Wyrm Reads read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

“This is an important book, and one everyone needs to read. It’s heartbreaking and uplifting all at once, and it’s themes are as relevant now as they were when it was written.”


Keeper of Pages read The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong

“It’s cleverly told, sharp [and bloody] in descriptive detail, made all the more chilling as it’s inspired by a true story.”


Inside my Library Mind read Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

“I loved this just as much as the first one. If you want gorgeous writing and people dealing with real problems, and characters you can adore – Us Against You (and Beartown too, obviously) is a book for you.”


Me and My Mundane Life read The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

“The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell makes for quite an interesting read and hence receives 4 stars from me.”


Read Eat Sleep Repeat read The House Swap, by Rebecca Fleet

“The House Swap really is quite well done for a debut, and I look forward to seeing what Fleet will do next.”


The Opinionated Reader read Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

“Nesbø took the Nordic heritage and the dark Scottish setting and remained faithful to the original source. Without presuming to be equal to the Bard, full of respect and obviously aware of the tremendous responsibility, he created a work that would make William Shakespeare proud.”


Gaby read The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong

“Although the ending was slightly predictable, I felt that the suspense held throughout from page 1.”


On Goodreads:

Sue read Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai  

“This is a book that makes one think about how we each treat anyone who is different or foreign.”

and Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran by Roya Hakakian

“The first part of the book was peopled with many characters, and less action than the later parts. I think the book and the writer grow on the reader as we join in her journey form Iran.”


Quirkyreader read Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

“This was a brilliantly written piece of psychological horror by an Australian writer.”


Alejandrina read Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey

“I found the story believable, the main character realistic, and will certainly read the next one.”


Magical_Bookworm read 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.”


Callum read When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy

“Beautifully written, it’s a book you should place in the hands of anyone who dares suggest that walking away is ever easy.”


Hafsa read In the Bazaar of Love: The Selected Poetry of Amir Khusrau by Amir Khusrau

“Overall, I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than I would’ve imagined when I was reading the first half, would recommend this to anyone who wants to explore poetry of a South Asian literary giant.”


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

“I have never read anything so harrowing in my life.”


Tara read Beartown by Fredrik Backman

“This book absolutely slayed me! It was so horrifying and so good at the same time.”


Kim read The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri

“It was an enjoyable easy read crime story.”


Luke read Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith

“I’m really enjoying the Ripley books and PH becoming a favourite of mine…”


Alex read Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

“Prepare to be charmed by this folk-tale – I loved it and will definitely be looking for more from this author.”

There we have it! Those are the reviews from everyone who joined in for the month of May! 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 June theme MOVIE NIGHT… all you need to do is read a book that has been adapted into a film!

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