Learning from the Past to Improve the Future ~ Fiction and Non-fiction recommendations ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop

Hello Avid Readers,

Today is Friday and so it’s time for my Friday Finds post! Once again, I’ve found some great book reviews around the blogosphere that I want to share with you this week.

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 (in no particular order).

The Darkest Shore by Karen Brooks from book’d out

Shelleyrae is another fellow book-a-holic, but unlike me, you’ll find great reviews for books covering many different genres from this Aussie book blogger.  She also champions Aussie authors and showcases their books as part of her reviews, cover reveals, blog tours and reading challenges. She’s a wonderful blogger and I love reading her posts. Shellyrae waxed lyrical about this book, saying: “While there are many dark and troubling events depicted in the novel, there are also inspiring and heartening moments. Beautifully written, with authentic characterisation and vivid description, I found The Darkest Shore to be a captivating, even if sometimes confronting, read.”


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Who Slays the Wicked (Sebastian St. Cyr #14) by C.S. Harris from The Lit Bitch

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. However, she doesn’t restrict herself sole to historical stories but reads contemporary novels too. This is a review for a re-read, that Anne enjoyed more the second time around, saying: “As with all of Harris’s books in this series, they are well researched, historically authentic, and full atmosphere and grit. This one read more like a Law and Order SVU episode set in the 1800s and I loved it so much, in fact I loved it even more this time around than I did the first.


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How Dare The Birds Sing by Marina Osipova 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 close to 4,000 followers! You’re bound to find something that catches your eye. This reviewer really liked reading this book and says: “How Dare the Birds Sing is an emotional piece of historical fiction and I would recommend it. History is important and cannot be erased. It is important to learn how people’s lives were affected during WW2.


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This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger from Blue Mood Cafe

Jonetta is a wonderful blogger and loves reading. She and is fairly eclectic in her tastes (unlike me) and open to most genres. She’s open to exploring new authors too and appreciates those who not only write well but can deliciously craft a character and a tale. I love the way she writes her reviews and always take the time to read what she has to say. Jonetta was already a fan of this author’s writing style and said: “This story grabbed me emotionally from the onset and never let go. I’m very glad I chose to listen to the story as the narrator, Scott Brick, did a great job of storytelling, especially when you consider it’s in the voice of a twelve-year old being recalled by his eighty-year old self. There are some stunning twists near the end but it’s the entire journey that will captivate you and your imagination. I loved the story.”


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And my final review this week is from a great blogger that I haven’t featured for a while.

The Science of Defying Gravity by L.G. Reed from KayCKay Book Reviews

KayCKay is an avid reader, obviously, but this amazing book blogger also listens to audiobooks and confesses to opening up the Kindle app to read books just about any moment she has! Kindred spirit, right?! I love the way she sets out her pros and cons for each book she tells us about. She also reviews children’s books. This children’s STEM reference book really impressed, earning 5 stars rating, saying: “I think middle grade students and educators will love this book and I hope a lot of kids read it and get interested in science fairs and STEM fields and maybe even going to space themselves!


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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:

Other than book reviews, what do you feature on your blog?

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Luckily, this year I can answer that. I downloaded Kal’s Book Blogger Spreadsheets and have been filling in the information. Here’s the graphic as at 1st March 2020.

As you can see, almost half of my posts are book reviews, but I do a fair bit of book promotion, such as cover reveals, blog tours and announcing new releases. I also take part in regular memes – Top 5 Tuesday, monthly wrap up and I’ve created my own weekly post called Friday Finds where I share book reviews from fellow bloggers while answering the weekly Book Blogger Hop question. 😉

So how about you, what stuff do you post on your blog?

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. I hope you have a great weekend and manage to read (or listen to) a great book.

Happy Reading!

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