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Lockdown: an Opportunity to Learn? Non-Fiction book recommendations ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop

Hello Avid Readers,

Today is Friday and so it’s time for my Friday Finds post! With the Coronavirus COVID19 still keeping many of us at home, finding a way to keep our brains engaged and battling boredom is even more important. So how about using the time to increase your knowledge or learn a new skill? I’ve found some great reviews for some non-fiction books this is and hope at least one sparks your interest.

I like being part of the weekly  Book Blogger Hop meme, hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict, so I’m doing it again today: you can read my answer to this week’s question at the bottom of this post.

If you are one of my lovely new followers let me just take a moment to explain what my Friday Finds posts are all about. I like to read, my favourite genre is paranormal romance but I’ve also been known to curl up with the odd urban fantasy or paranormal cosy mystery too. 😉 BUT it’s a big wide literary world out there and I decided back in January 2019 that you, my dear followers, might be interested in reading reviews about books from other genres to help find your next read. Ta!Da! My weekly Friday Finds post was born.

So, here are some book reviews that my fellow book bloggers have enjoyed reading recently (in no particular order).

Seasons of Moon & Flame by Danielle Dulsky from A Bad Witch’s Blog

A Bad Witch’s Blog is run by London based pagan, witch and author, Lucya Starza, who posts about a range of subjects including, book reviews, pagan events as well as how-to craft ideas and tutorials. I love her writing style and the variety of topics that she posts about. Lucya really enjoyed this book, saying: “I have loved reading Seasons of Moon and Flame as much as I enjoyed Danielle Dulsky’s earlier books, Holy Wild and Woman Most Wild. Her style is poetic and full of inspiring stories. She also offers beautiful rituals that you can do on your own, or with a group when the spiral turns again and we are no longer having to conduct social distancing.


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The Fields: Our Journey through Medicine, Mission, Life and Faith by Manh Dang, MD from Literary Titan

If you don’t know, Literary Titan are a group of discerning reviewers that seem to find independent published works in every genre. They regularly post review and author interviews and have over 4,000 followers for their blog alone! You’re bound to find something that catches your eye. This reviewer really liked this inspirational non-fiction book, saying: “The Fields is an excellent read especially during a pandemic such as Corona. The writer is just the right amount of sunny in bleak times. He understands that sometimes the darkness can get to you. This is a good book to read and share with friends. It would make for a wonderful book of the week for a club. There is so much to talk about and discuss.


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How to Astronaut: Everything You Need to Know Before Leaving Earth by Terry Virts from Avalinah’s Books

Evelina is a wonderful book blogger and reviewer who’s preferred genres are general fiction, fantasy and sci-fi, but she also reads non-fiction books on important topics like equality, disability, fair treatment of individuals. I love the layout of her reviews and her writing style and always take the time to read her posts. Evelina is a self confessed space book buff and really loved reading this one, saying: “From lift off to day to day activities on the International Space Station, from differences in riding a Space Shuttle and a Russian Soyuz capsule, and all of that told with Terry’s wonderful wit and humor. If you’ve ever wanted a glance at the life of an astronaut, you’ve got it right here!


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How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr from The Critiquing Chemist

Sarah Lockwood’s blog is one that I always make time to read: her reading material is diverse and her reviews are always intelligent and honest. Not everything on Sarah’s blog is about books, she also posts about the places she’s travelled to and her experiences while there. After reading this one, she said: saying: “Over over again while reading this book, I found myself constantly peppering my husband with a multitude of “Did you know…” questions. Immerwahr has forever changed how readers will look at a logo map of the United States of America, along with a significantly broadening of our understanding regarding how our rather fuzzy boarders that have ebbed and flowed throughout a relatively short history.


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And my final review this week is from a lovely blogger who I haven’t been following for long and so is her first time being featured in a Friday Finds post! 🥳

Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd from Amy’s Bookshelf

Amy Buckle is a fellow British book blogger and, like most of us, has been an avid reader for a very long time. 😉 I love her scoring system out of ten and the way she writes her reviews. She uses her blog as a way to express her opinions about the novels she reads; ranging from old classics to contemporary works of fiction, and also writes posts about book related topics as well. Amy really enjoyed this medical non-fiction memoir, saying: “This book is an interesting read for anyone with a penchant for this kind of field, or for people who want an insight into this often not pried upon world. To say it was eye-opening is an understatement and it’s no wonder that Shepherd’s work had such an impact on his personal life and mental health given the horrors he had witnessed at murder scenes, massacres, and in his morgue.


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So, that’s my picks for this week. I hope you find a moment or two to click at least one of these reviews yourself – who knows you may just find your next favourite author!

Now on to the Book Blogger Hop meme which was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on 31 December 2012.

With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict relaunched the hop on 15 February 2013. Each week the hop starts on a Friday and ends the following Thursday with a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Easy!

So this week’s question is:

Quote your favorite author.

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I’ve got a number of favourite paranormal romance authors – Felicity Heaton, Teresa Gabelman, Dianne Duvall to mention just a few – but the quote I’ve chosen eloquently sums up why I love the authors that I do: their alpha heroes all swoon-worthy and tick all my boxes. 😉

“Listen closely, Sebastien Newcombe, … I will only say this once. I understand the despair coursing through you. I understand the rage that is eating away at your insides like acid. If you want to lash out at me, you are welcome to do so…But if you ever give me reason to believe you have been anything less than kind to the woman who resides here, I will strike your head from your body and you will go down in history as the only immortal I have ever killed. Nod your head that you understand me.”

― Dianne Duvall, Darkness Dawns

I’d love to know who your favourite author is, what quote would you choose to sum up their writing?

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post.

I hope you have a great weekend, stay safe & healthy and manage to read (or listen to) a great book.

Happy Reading!

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About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(6) Comments

  1. Really like the sound of unnatural causes and Amy’s blog!

  2. Great quote! My favourite author is Becky Chambers. She has so many good quotes, but the one that I would say defines her style is “From the ground, we stand. From our ships, we live. By the stars, we hope.”

  3. Oh my gosh, I love that quote! So great! 🙂

  4. Hi Flora, I never pay attention to quotes so I don’t have one form an author, but I have one from a book which should be in English: A story doesn’t live until it is imagined in someone’s mind. Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings.

    Take care and stay safe!

  5. Unnatural Causes has been on my wishlist for a while. Thanks for sharing these links Flora.

  6. Great quote! Almost poetic in her use of description ❤️. Happy Friday!

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