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Friday Finds: Championing Diversity. Plus Book Blogger Hop

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Hello, my lovelies. Welcome to my Friday Finds post! I can’t believe we’re in August already, where is the summer going? Lol! The book blogging community has really taken diversity to heart. I’ve found some fabulous recommendations this week to showcase that.

If you don’t know what these posts are all about, I explain it all in my Friday Finds page here.

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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.

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So, here is a small collection of recommendations and book reviews written by some wonderful bloggers. I hope you find something to tempt you. (In no particular order.)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou reviewed by 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 to non-fiction. She also writes posts about book-related topics too. Amy really enjoyed this inspiring memoir, saying: “I’m so glad I finally read this book and I look forward to reading the other volumes too. It’s so important that we immerse ourselves in stories and experiences from everyone, including and especially those with different experiences from our own. Angelou bravely and defiantly depicts her childhood as one with heart-breaking pain, but also as one in which she begins to learn how to find her feet in the world. This certainly wasn’t an easy read, but it was an important one, and one I think everyone should pick up!


Paranormal Romance Guild recommends Poisoned Primrose by Dahlia Donovan

Yes, yes OK, I know I said no paranormal romance book reviews 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 to it due to the variety of reviewers on staff. Therefore, you’re bound to find something to tickle your literary taste buds. Linda Tonis loved the protagonist in this cozy mystery (a woman (39), asexual, biromantic, and autistic) highly recommends this book, saying: “I loved this book because Motts was such an amazing character. Watching how she always tried to talk herself into accepting things and worked at keeping her panic controlled was wonderful. I highly recommend this book. It is a mystery and a character study of a woman with problems who refuses to give in to them.”


You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman reviewed by Books in Her Eyes

Sionna is a twentysomething book blogger who created her blog to review books. I love that I can feel her reading excitement in her posts. She give recommendations, and (occasionally) talks about video games. Sionna seems to read anything. However, she loves Sci-fi/Fantasy (leaning heavily on the fantasy), Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young & New Adult, Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga, & Mystery novels. Sionna was pleasantly surprised by this young adult read dealing with mental health, saying: “This is a slice-of-life book, character-driven and it might not seem like there is much of a plot. It works though, and flows so well. So, if you are looking for a character focused contemporary book with lots of positive diversity which doesn’t focus on the romance, this is a book I’d recommend to you.


 Literary Titan raved about A little bit EXTRAORDINARY by Esther Robinson

If you don’t know, Literary Titan is a group of discerning reviewers that seem to find independently 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 children’s picture book rating it 5 stars, saying: “I recommend this book to parents, teachers, and even adults, like me, who don’t know much about Down’s syndrome. There are more than a dozen talking points provided at the end of the book. This really highlights the major benefit this book has; it begins a discussion. Whether you know someone with Down’s syndrome or not I highly recommend reading this with your child so that you are both knowledgeable and ready to accept anyone for who they are.l.


And on to my final review this week. A lovely blogger who I’ve been following for ages. However, I haven’t featured one of her reviews in a Friday Finds post. EVER! oops!

In The Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard reviewed by Narrates

Tessa Hastjarjanto is a Dutch/Indonesian writer from the Netherlands. She writes speculative fiction, and blogs about books, fountain pens, and writing. She champions the value of diversity in the publishing industry and in the world. Tessa reads a range of fiction genres including; fantasy, thrillers and science fiction, in both contemporary and historical settings. I love visiting her blog and enjoy reading Tessa’s thoughts. Tessa gave this LGBTQ+ Beauty and the Beast re-telling fantasy 5 stars, saying: “De Bodard always amazes me with how well she integrates Viet culture into her stories. So far I’ve only read parts of The House of Shattered Wings and The Tea Master and the Detective (amazing Sherlock-inspired sci-fi story!), but the love she puts in them is clear. Her research is thorough and she wants correct translations for Viet words. De Bodard is excellent in creating a new world based on existing cultures and places without disregarding their importance.


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 (BBH) meme.

BBH was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 but 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. There’s a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs and learn about new books. But also to befriend other bloggers and receive new followers to your own blog. Easy!

So this week’s question is:

Do you read books by diverse authors or books with diverse characters (such as LGBT, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, etc)? If yes, do you have any book recommendations?

(submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

I don’t seek out specific diverse authors or books with diversity as their theme. I’m just looking for some good stories. However, as a lover of paranormal romance, the allegory of diversity is in EVERY book I read.

Looking through my Goodreads shelf, I haven’t read any stories featuring LGBT protagonists. Although many of the books I’ve read, LGBT characters are quite often in the tale somewhere. My favourite authors page contains a few writers who have diverse characters, for example, Elizabeth Hunter, Dianne Duvall, Annie Bellet, Ayse Hafiza and Kevin Hearne all write stories with ethnic or religious minorities or characters from different cultures around the world.

Our planet is a diverse place and although everyone seems to agree that diversity in flora and fauna indicates a healthy ecosystem, many are reluctant to apply that simple mantra to our own species.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. I’d love to hear some of your book recommendations.

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

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Happy Reading!

Flora x

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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!
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

(8) Comments

  1. I can’t believe it’s August already, either. T_T I don’t even know what happened. I love this post! So many great, diverse books. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was such a wonderful book. I’ve also heard great things about Aliette de Bodard, but I haven’t read her work yet. I definitely need to get on that!

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Sammie. The whole blogging community has got behind showcasing diverse books – I love it.

  2. I just read a great nonfiction book called Holy Troublemakers that included lots of LGBTQ “holy troublemakers”. We don’t always hear positive stories about them in matters of faith so I was really encouraged by the book. Now I’m off to check out some of the links you shared!

    1. Flora says:

      Lol! Yeah, I suppose LGBTQ+ in any genre that’s faith based would be a rare find indeed.
      I hope my post helped you to find another one that you’d want to read, Lisa. 😉

  3. I really like the look of Poisoned Primrose!

    1. Flora says:

      Yes, it looks good doesn’t it. That would be my sort of read too. I love cozy mysteries.

  4. I feel my answer is very similar to yours. I read what I enjoy and if that is written by or included diverse characters then all to the good. It might sound selfish but I’m reading for entertainment not a political agenda, but I wouldn’t NOT read a book because of diversity either.

    1. Flora says:

      Yeah, we do seem to be similar in that Louise.

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