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Friday Finds: Five-star reads to tempt you in this UK heatwave. Plus Book Blogger Hop

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Hello, my lovelies and welcome to my Friday Finds post! It is so hot here in the UK, I’m melting – we’re just not used to it! So in honour of the heatwave, I’ve found some five-star recommendations. Hopefully, there’s something for everyone in these hot reads.

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

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 five-star recommendations and book reviews written by some wonderful bloggers. I hope you find something to tempt you. (In no particular order.)

Drowning in Stars by Debra Anastasia reviewed by 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. Sophie really loved this romance, saying: “That story was full of emotions and filled with gorgeous characters. There is a timelessness in this story. This is sad and sweet, hard and soft, moving and heart-lifting at the same time. This is close to perfect and I would recommend that book a thousand times if you are not afraid of heavy topics and want emotionally charged love stories with unforgettable characters.


Avalinah’s Books recommends It’s the World’s Birthday Today by Flake

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 five-star musical memoir, saying: “What I loved about It’s the World’s Birthday Today the most was that as I was reading it, I felt more and more like I actually know this guy. Surprisingly so, considering I never listened to their music before. I stayed up a few times during the night reading it for sure, and Flake’s sense of humor is just priceless, you have to experience it. If you like reading about music and unusual jobs, this is the book for you. Recommended!


The Wicked Sister By Karen Dionne reviewed by Caffeinated Reviewer

Kimberly is a self-proclaimed audiobook junkie, avid reader and coffee drinker. She doesn’t limit herself to just reading one genre but reads books from young adult to hot and steamy romances with a healthy love of a good horror or Zombie book. Kimberly really loved this thriller giving it her own five-star rating of 5 coffee cups, saying: “Narrated by Kristen Sieh in the present and Andi Arndt in the past, Dionne shared a twisted tale that kept me guessing. The plot was tightly woven as Dionne slowly built up the suspense and revealed key aspects. If you are looking for an atmospheric edge of your seat, listen you cannot go wrong with The Wicked Sister. I look forward to more from this author!


And on to my final reviews this week. A couple of lovely bloggers who I’ve been following for a little while. However, it’s the first time that I’ve featured either of them in a Friday Finds post.

Chapters of May raved about The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Anika May, is a twentysomething blogger and photographer and admits to having a “slight addiction to buying books even though I still have plenty to read at home.” Anika fills her blog with books reviews, life adventures, ramblings and photography tips. She loved this historical fiction giving it 5 stars, saying: “In reality, the summary of this book doesn’t provide even a quarter of the complex journey within its pages. It explores powerful themes such as race, class, freedom and family. And with an undeniable depth, The Vanishing Half is both thought-provoking, inspiring and heart-breaking. I’m not sure whether the title refers to losing a twin, or losing yourself. The characters seem to experience both. Either way, it’s a truly enchanting and insightful read that all should experience.


Marked (Evergreen Academy #1) by Ruby Vincent reviewed by Why I Can’t Stop Reading

This blogger loves books and reading (obviously) and uses her blog to share book tours, cover reveals, new releases and reviews; especially those from indie authors. She really loved this indie romance, giving it five-stars, saying: “Valentina Moon is this girl from the wrong side of the tracks with a lot of secrets and history that is waiting to be discovered. Valentina is an amazingly strong character. I am so in love with this book and every little secret that gets revealed along the way.


So, that’s my picks for this week. Have you read any of these five-star reads? 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:

How often do you visit your local library?

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I’ve got to confess, that I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve visited my local library in the last five years. When I have visited, it was for the local history reference section upstairs rather than borrowing to book to read. I stopped going into my local library when my daughters started secondary school, as their paranormal romance and urban fantasy section started dwindling. I think I must have been the only soul borrowing this genre, so they just stopped.

How about you? Do you use your local library?

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

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

(20) Comments

  1. It’s been super hot here lately, too, plus muggy, which is the part that really kills me. Looks like you’ve got a great selection of five-star reads here!

    As a librarian, it’s sad to see that you don’t use your local library very often … but as a reader, I can get the fact that they’re not updating the sections you read is frustrating. I went through the same struggle with my local library, but now that I’m there, I can advocate for new books, so hopefully, that helps bring those readers back in. :3

    1. Flora says:

      The heat has gone here in England now, thankfully. Had some fantastic thunder and lightning though. 😉
      I certainly don’t want libraries to close. 🙁 I know that my reading tastes aren’t on trend at the moment. Never say never, right?!

  2. I haven’t read any of these yet, but The Vanishing Half is on my TBR.

    1. Flora says:

      I’ve seen it a lot around the blogosphere.

  3. I have so many unread books at home I don’t really need to go to the library. But I do because it’s a great way of picking up books I’ve heard about but not sure if I’ll like. So rather than spend money on buying them, I borrow – then if I don’t care for the book it just goes back and I haven’t wasted my money 🙂

    1. Flora says:

      I’m in the same position, Karen, with my TBR and ARCs. I went into my local library the other week, there wasn’t anything on their fantasy shelf I wanted to read. 🙁

  4. Thanks for the recommendations! I can’t remember the last time I was in a library – that’s terrible isn’t it! I tend to use my kindle or audio books mostly.

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Ellie.
      I don’t want libraries to close down. When my kids were young, we used to visit weekly. My local just hasn’t got the books I want to read.

  5. It’s hot! Did you have thunderstorms during the week? I have a lovely local library but I don’t use it, my kids use it with school (it’s part of their campus) and it’s great with lots of extra activities too.

    1. Flora says:

      We did Heather. Great lightning show too!
      Our local is due a re-furb but then COVID19 came along and all plans in Wiltshire have been put on hold.

  6. Thank you, Flora. I will check out the other recommendations and bloggers. As for the library, I use my Libby App for ebooks and audiobooks.

    1. Flora says:

      You’re welcome, Kimberly. I’m not sure what apps like Libby are here in the UK. But my TBR and ARCs keep me in books for the time being. Lol!

  7. Ellie Rayner says:

    I loved this post Flora and it was my first time reading a Book Blogger Hop post, it was a great one and will definitely try to check out each book and all the reviews and blogs! 🙂

  8. Isn’t the humidity so bad, Wednesday was the absolute worst!

    My local library is the pits for the reads that I like but I do want to try the audio program to see what its like.

  9. I use it somewhat. Before I discovered ARCs, it was the primary way I got books to review in order to be budget conscious. If I bought all the books I review – can you even imagine? The library has definitely played different roles in my life at various stages. It’s nice that it is so versatile that way.❤️

  10. Its a such a shame your library doesn’t have many of your favourite genre!

    https://complexchaos.blog/2020/08/14/book-blogger-hop-14th-august-2020/

    1. Flora says:

      I know, I don’t want it to close because libraries are a vital part of the community.

  11. I have so many books for review that I don’t need the library anymore for borrowing, but pre-covid I’d still attend author visits etc. I was a regular visitor for years though, and my two middle children, who are readers, visit every few weeks on their way home from school. I do miss browsing the shelves

    1. Flora says:

      Our local library uses one of its upstairs room as a gallery, so hubby and I have visited to check out a few exhibitions.

  12. The last time I used my local library for borrowing books would have been when my children were younger too. I read ebooks and I’ve never thought to investigate if you can borrow those from Nottinghamshire libraries .

    What a great round up of reviews too. Have a great weekend!

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