Friday Finds

A Mixed Collection of Reading Recommendations ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop

Hello Avid Readers,

Today is the second Friday of 2020! So of course, it’s time for my Friday Finds post. Once again, I have 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 Gamble by Kristen Ashley from Musings From An Addicted Reader

I don’t know who this blogger is but their site is dedicated to reviewing books and book tours. Every genre seems to be covered including; Young Adult, Paranormal, Erotica, Thriller, Fantasy, Contemporary, Suspense, Historical. Although it took her a while to pick this book up, once she did EH says: “I laughed, cried, pulled an all-nighter what a fantastic read.”

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Asking for a Friend by Lauren Blakey from The Secret World of Book Lovers

Carla really does read all types of genres. Her reviews are very informative and she adds lots of links to help her followers to connect to the authors too. Her site also hosts cover reveals and blog tours and this book review is one of those. Carla really enjoyed this one saying it’s a: “Funny and sweet love story, I felt connected to the characters and I found the pace a comfortable one. The author gave us time to get to know them and she gave the characters time to develop feelings in a more natural way.”

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert from Avalinah’s Books

Evelina is a 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. Evelina really loved reading (and listening to) this story, saying: “A sweet, touching, and yet very funny story about how two unlikely people fall in love – if you read one romance story this year, make it Get A Life, Chloe Brown

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When Gods Die 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. Anne admits that: “Honestly this book was simply meant to fill a gap in my reading, I had no intention of enjoying it as much as I did. I couldn’t believe how good this one was.”

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And my final review this week is another wonderful blogger that I found through The Write Reads and haven’t been following for long, but I’m so glad to have found her.

Smalltown Boy (Soho Noir #6) by T.S. Hunter from From Belgium With Book Love

Kelly Van Damme admits that over the years her tastes have evolved and expanded, she’s tried many genres, from horror to chick lit, from vampires and werewolves to cosy mysteries, from YA to action. She still enjoys YA, horror, fantasy and light sci-fi, but she mostly reads (psychological) thrillers now. I love that Kally writes from the heart; she doesn’t analyse every single sentence, but just tells us the thoughts and feelings the book’s left her with. Kelly says: “Smalltown Boy made me laugh, it made me emotional, it made me squeeze my reading buddy (my poor cat) in anticipation, it is the perfect finale to a glorious series, which as a whole is definitely one of my 2019 revelations.”

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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.


So this week’s question is:

Do you have a reading challenge for 2020?

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Each year I join in with the Goodreads Reading Challenge, in 2019 I read 116 books which was 6 more than I’d set myself, so this year I’ve set my goal at 120.

Throughout the year, I’ll also be taking part in various reading challenges that one of my GR Groups set. If you read my Monthly Wrap-Up posts, you’ll know how I LOVE collecting the Vampire Hearts that they create for the successful participants. 😉

I hope that your festive fortnight was filled with smiles, laughter, love and wonderful surprises.

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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(0) Comments

  1. Yeah, I only do the Goodreads challenge, I would be too likely to fail if I did more. Good luck with your goals and reading! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  2. Good luck with your reading challange

  3. Thanks for stopping by! Sorry for the late reply, I have problems getting notifications when I have a new comment 🙁 Anyway, good luck with your challenges, too. Hope you collect many Vampire Hearts 😀

    Take care and have a nice week 😉

  4. I hope you can hit 120 books this year! That’s a lot of books to read!

  5. Good luck with your reading challenges! I chose a smaller number than last year for my Goodreads Challenge. I’m hoping to stress a little less this year. Happy reading! 🙂

  6. Good luck with your 2020 reading goals!

  7. Literary Feline says:

    You’ve shared some good ones! I wish you luck with your challenges! I always forget to mention the Goodreads challenge. I do take part in that as well, but I don’t really think of it as a challenge because I purposefully set myself a goal I know I’ll achieve. I hope you have a great week!

  8. I love your challenges!! Happy reading!

  9. Good luck with your reading challenge! 120 is a big number, but I’m sure you can do it. 🙂

    I really love your idea for a Friday Finds blog. It’s such a great way to connect with other bloggers!

  10. Thanks for sharing those finds…and I do have a couple of challenges this year, for the first time in a while: the Goodreads Challenge and a Nonfiction Challenge.

    Enjoy your week and your challenges.

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