Friday Finds

Friday Finds: Diversity in Books. Plus Book Blogger Hop

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Hello my lovelies. We live in an amazingly diverse world and it’s only right that this diversity is reflected in our reading. Therefore, I’ve found some recommendations and reviews for books that champion that for this week’s Friday Finds post!

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

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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Here are some recommendations and reviews for books that showcase diversity. I’m sure you’ll find something to tempt you.

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith reviewed by Do You Dog-ear?

book cover for Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith

Lindsi really loves to read. Her passion for reading and her personality both come across in her posts. She reads most genres and also posts reviews about comics. She’s begun to review more audiobooks recently and shows the same enthusiasm in her reviews of this format as to print and ebooks. Lindsi really enjoyed the theme and diversity of this story, saying: “The narrators were fantastic and really brought life to Smith’s words. They lent an authenticity to the story that I don’t think I would have been able to produce on my own. If you’re looking for a satisfying story with wonderful characters, Don’t Read the Comments has both. The author touches on tough topics, while also conveying the importance of friendship, family, and standing up for yourself and what’s right.

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Literary Titan recommends Sleepwater Static by Kathrin Hutson

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 over 4,000 followers for their blog alone! You’re bound to find something that catches your eye. This reviewer really liked it giving 5 stars, saying: “Sleepwater Static is an excellent piece of thought-provoking literature. Wyoming’s Sleepwater chapter persecution parallel’s contemporary societal issues. The fight for LGBT civil rights is a global issue, but in Sleepwater Static it is distilled down to a group of friends, and driven by well defined characters with special abilities that still must overcome humanities abhorrence to diversity.

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Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho reviewed by Avalinah’s Books

book cover for Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

Evelina is a wonderful 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. I love the layout of her reviews and her writing style. I always take the time to read her posts. Evelina really loved this multi-cultural novel, saying: “Last Tang Standing is definitely recommended! I really loved it, and it made me laugh a lot. It’s a light-hearted book, meant to make you forget your life and deep dive into a world you may never have experienced. It certainly made for a great read.

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My final two reviews this week are from a couple of lovely bloggers who I’ve been following for a while. However neither have featured in a Friday Finds post before!

Books in Her Eyes raved about Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

book cover for Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

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 heavy on the fantasy), Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young & New Adult, Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga, & Mystery novels. Sionna really loved this contemporary romance rating it 5 stars, saying: “I went into this #Ownvoices book with high hopes and was so, so worried it wouldn’t live up to my internal hype. Friends, it totally held up. Honestly, this might be one of my favorite books so far this year. I recommend this book to people you like cute romances with a slice of real-life.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo reviewed by Leah’s Book Reviews and Recipes

book cover for Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

As the name suggests, Leah is a blogger who combines her love of reading and cooking to create her own space in the blogosphere. Her cooking is kosher, often low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, always healthy and looks delicious. Her favourite books range from crime, thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, fantasy, YA, and romance. I love the way she writes her book reviews and even includes a “gasp factor” too when a book makes her react out loud when reading! Lol! Fabulous! Leah really enjoyed this unique read rating it 5 stars and giving it a Gasp Factor of 16, saying: “Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo absolutely blew my mind in the best way possible. It’s a fascinating look at the secret societies at Yale. These groups actually do exist, but Leigh Bardugo has brought some darkness and magic into the story. I’d honestly expect nothing less from her, and I think she crossed over from YA to NA author really well. Plus, the plot twists were delightfully unpredictable, and I couldn’t put the book down.

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That’s my picks for this week of diversity. I hope you find a moment or two to click at least one of these reviews yourself. You may just find your next favourite read! Or a new blogger to follow!

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!

Perfectly apt for my Friday Finds theme of diversity, this week’s question is:

Do you visit indie and/or used bookstores? Also, have you ever worked in any?

(submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

What a relevant question considering the financial fallout businesses are experiencing at the moment.

I’ve moved away from print and have fully embraced digital. The majority of my library being on ebook. However, nothing can replace the smell of a book. I would say that close to 75% of my print books, I’ve bought from charity shops or ebay. I’m lucky that I also have a lovely Waterstones in my town. Although their paranormal romance section is shockingly small!

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Have you ever bought books from an indie bookseller or a secondhand store? I haven’t ever worked in a book shop or library. 😭 Have you? That must be a bookworm’s top 5 job! 😂

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post.

I hope you have a great weekend, continue to be smart, stay safe & healthy 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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(5) Comments

  1. We only have one used bookstore in my town and although I go there sometimes to see what they have, I don’t often buy anything. I’m leaning more and more toward ebooks and audiobooks lately.

  2. I wish we had more bookshops around here, but mostly I would have to find it in charity shops as well.

  3. We have a massive second hand bookstore that’s like a candy shop to book readers. I’ve picked up audiobooks from them.

  4. I’m lucky that I have quite indie bookstores in my town that I mostly just browse in, since I also have embraced digital. I buy gifts there sometimes too ❤️

  5. Great post very informative thanks for sharing

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