Friday Finds – Championing Diversity in Books

Hello Avid Readers,

Here we are, another Friday Finds post. My fellow bloggers have been reading some diverse books this week, filling my inbox  with some great reviews – even when they’ve not been comfortable with what they were reading. 😉 I’ve enjoyed being part of the Book Blogger Hop meme (hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict) so I’m doing it again today and my answer to this week’s question is at the bottom of this Friday Finds 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 cozy mysteries too. But it’s a big wide literary world out there and I decided back in January that you, my dear followers, might be interested in the reviews about books from other genres to help you find your next favourite book. Ta!Da! My weekly Friday Finds post was born.

Here are some non-paranormal romance books that fellow book bloggers enjoyed reading (in no particular order).


Review: Cherokee Summer – Susan Antony from Paranormal Romance Guild

Yes OK, I know I said no paranormal romance but the Paranormal Romance Guild are a group who actually read other genres too, so shush and let me continue. 😉 Each review has a different feel as the guild has so many reviewers on staff and this review is a YA romance that deals with controlling parents and other family members, a developmental disorder, addiction, cultural gaps and racism.


Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde from Caffeinated Reviewer

Kimberly is a self proclaimed audiobook junkie, avid reader and coffee drinker. She doesn’t limit herself to just reading one genre but reads books from young adult to hot and steamy romances and has a healthy love of a good horror or Zombie book. This poignant, relevant, diverse and heartfelt novel about people, perception and privilege has become one of Kimberley’s 2019 favourite reads.


Review: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee from

Anne Mendez usually reviews books in the historical fiction genre, including all the sub-genres, e.g. mystery, thriller, romance, etc. and although this is a genre I rarely read myself, I always enjoy her thoughts and I’m almost tempted to dip my toe into the historical pool. Anne admits that this heart wrenching tale would have been 5 stars if she hadn’t been left so emotionally devastated.


The Bride Test by Helen Hoang is eye opening and I am smitten with Esmee from Beware Of The Reader

Sophie, as with most of us, fell in love with reading when she was very young and the passion for books has followed her into adulthood. Her blog is a fabulous place and I always make time to read her posts. I love her honesty and way with words. I know that book has taken the book blogging community by storm but as the main character has autism I just had to include it this week plus I loved Sophie’s review! 😉


And finally is a blog that I’ve just started following.


Review: I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver from Goldilox and the Three Weres

Christen (aka Goldilox), Margaret (aka Gretl) and Jessie (aka Rose Red) are a fabulous trio of readers who love the paranormal. They primarily review Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, adult and YA Fantasy which is why I follow their blog, but they also enjoy reading Contemporary Romance, hence the inclusion here.


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 book, author or blog!

This week, I’m taking part in the Book Blogger Hop meme again which is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict. A question is posted each week, you answer the question and visit others blogs to see what their answers are. Easy!

So this week’s question is:

14th – 20thHave you ever been called a “book nerd“? If so, how did you react? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

No, can’t say I have. I feel a bit put out by that, what does a girl have to do? 😉

It’s probably because when I was younger “book nerd” wasn’t generally used although “square” was thrown about as an insult at school but never in my direction. As a woman in my late forties, name calling isn’t something that happens any more in the circles I move in. 😉

Hope you have a good weekend and manage to read (or listen to) a great story.

Happy Reading!


16 thoughts on “Friday Finds – Championing Diversity in Books

  1. They have not called me a book nerd, but I had someone say you sure read a lot of romances with a condescending tone. I laughed because the bookshelf they were eying was filled with fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, and mysteries. I replied, “Big reader, are you?” They gave me a funny look, I offered them a refill on their drink and on we went. Pfft.

    Thanks for the shout out. I loved that book.

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    1. Yup, there are some idiots out there – did you direct them to the picture books? 😉 As to the shout out, no worries Kimberley it’s easy, I love reading your reviews. x


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