Friday Finds

Celebrating Women’s History Month ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop

Hello Avid Readers,

Today is Friday and so it’s time for my Friday Finds post! Did you know that March has been Women’s History Month here in the UK? With the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, everything else had taken a backseat while we all try to come to terms with the changes taking place in our lives and that of the foreseeable future. I wanted to take a break from talk of COVID-19 and have found some great book reviews around the blogosphere that highlight literature by women, about women and for women.

What is Women’s History Month? Well, it’s an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

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).

A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot 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 reviewed the audiobook of this first-in-series thriller, saying: “While I was interested in the investigation of the murders, I was much more intrigued by the mystery surrounding Mercy’s reasons for leaving her family and home. I’m glad I’ve got the audiobooks for the next four books because it was a great listening experience. I enjoyed this start to the series and am looking forward to the next stories.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid from Beware Of The Reader

Sophie is a book blogger from Belgium who, as with most of us, fell in love with reading when she was very young; the passion for books following her into adulthood. Her blog is a fabulous place and I always make time to read her posts; she has some great weekly discussion posts and I love her honesty and way with words in her reviews. logger bio. really liked this one, saying: “Is the hype deserved for that book? Yes. Because if I didn’t love it, if it did not speak to my feelings it did impress me. I can recognize genius when I see it. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a force to be reckoned with, a formidable and outstanding writer. I have no doubt that one day her books will be classics.

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Truganini: Journey Through the Apocalypse by Cassandra Pybus 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 really loved reading this book rating it 5 stars, saying: “Profound, poignant, and perceptive, Truganini should be required reading for all Australian’s to aid in our understanding of, and acknowledgement of, our past.

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And my final reviews this week are from a couple of lovely blogger that I haven’t featured on Friday Finds before.

Wild Swans by Jung Chang from The Orang-utan Librarian

I love this blogger’s writing style, the wealth of genres she reads, her honesty and the thoughts she provokes with her discussion posts: she’s not just a talented writer but is a good artist too. Not every book we read is light and entertaining, some are works that emotionally mark us, the Librarian gave this memoir her top rating saying that: “There are few memoirs as lauded as Jung Chang’s Wild Swans – and for good reason. Honest, eye-opening and bold, it tells the stories of three generations of Chinese women, through tyranny and oppression. I admired so many aspects of this book and learnt a great deal from it.

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Favourite Sixteenth- & Seventeenth-century Women Writers from Curiouser and Curiouser

Amy is a fellow blogger from the UK who’s also a very tired PhD student researching “something or other about English Renaissance literature“. I love the way she writes and how she allows her personality to shine through her posts. Amy mainly blogs about classic books as she tends to read books written before 1900, so this posts about some of her favourite publications should come as no surprise. 😉 She does end by saying: “I could have added more but this post is already over 1300 words long so I’m going to leave it here for now.

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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:

Share a photo of one section of your bookshelf randomly selected or go ahead and share the entire bookshelf.

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I’ve moved over to ebooks and rarely buy paper copies anymore. However, I’ve got a few shelves of reference books covering various topics and I’ve got a little collection of paranormal books that have been signed by the authors. I’m hoping to grow the number of signed books by going to another RARE book signing event in 2021 – assuming Coronavirus COVID-19 is gone by then. 😉

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

Happy Reading!


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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!
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(4) Comments

  1. Thanks for including my review and I’m really happy it connected

  2. Love Sophie’s blog! And evelyn hugo is such a good book! Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog <3 It really means a lot <3

  3. Thanks so much for the shoutout! I’m looking forward to reading the other posts you linked too 🙂

  4. One of these days I will actually share photo’s of my shelves and piles because I’m sure some people think I’m exaggerating when I describe them LOL.

    Thanks for the shout out again Flora x

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