Friday Finds

Friday Finds: Horror stories. Plus Book Blogger Hop

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Hello my lovelies. I can’t believe it’s the end of July already, where is the summer going? I know not everyone likes reading light fluffy stories, so this week I’ve found some darker stuff. Horror, murder, death and destruction.

Welcome to my Friday Finds post! 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 recommendations and book reviews written by some wonderful bloggers. I hope you find something to tempt you. (In no particular order.)

Nightingale House by Steve Frech reviewed by Twirling Book Princess

Mehsi lives in the Netherlands and is a self confessed bibliosmiac. (She loves the smell of books, and sniffs them, even in public.) Mehsi reads and posts reviews about lots of genres, including Children’s and Middle Grade as well as comics and manga. Other than reading, she loves watching anime and gaming. Mehsi really enjoyed this frightening horror story, saying: “All in all, a book that will keep you up, a book that won’t let you go, and hey what is that behind you? Recommended to all.

_For Books Sake recommends Domain by James Herbert

Dani is a fellow book blogger from the UK who’s favourite genres are horror, mystery & thriller, true crime and historical fiction. She’s a twentysomething mum and a self proclaimed Harry Potter fanatic and a definite Slytherin. Dani’s dad recommended she start reading James Herbert so perhaps her 5 stars should go to him too. “After reading both The Rats and Lair, I didn’t think Domain could possibly live up to the first two books of the series, but Herbert definitely lived up to the high expectations he had already set. The Rats series as a whole has definitely become one of my favourite series that I have ever read, and I can’t wait to read more of James Herbert’s books.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman reviewed by Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

I haven’t been following Jodie’s blog for long, but I quickly discovered how much I enjoy her reviews. She’s a self confessed nerd “A huge nerd. Like, a Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering,  quote-Firefly-and-proudly-call-myself-a-Browncoat nerd.“ A voracious reader, a home-school mom and an introvert. Jodie’ll read pretty much anything, with the exception of romance novels. She really enjoying this chilling classic story, saying: “It isn’t a happy-go-lucky story, but it is a compelling one. While it is ultimately a tale of the deterioration of the woman’s mental state (due to the absolutely absurd treatment of mental illness in the late 1800’s, when this was written), there is an eerie vibe to it. And the ending! Holy terror, Batman! Gilman’s writing is excellent. I highly recommend reading this story.

An Average Life raved about Ghostland by Duncan Ralston

Roxanne is a fellow British bookworm and describes herself as a “dramatic, curly-haired wannabe writer from a nowhere town in Somerset. Stop-starter of all projects great and small.” She uses her blog to talk about books, films, mental health issues and also writes various lifestyle posts. I always enjoy reading her posts as her intelligence, experience and amazing personality shines through in her writing. Roxanne was really enjoyed reading this spooky book, saying: “Ghostland is both fun and absolutely brutal. The pace is hectic yet Ralston is still descriptive enough to give the reader full visualisation at all times. A wild ride, definitely worth a read for any horror fan. I’ve seen other reviewers referring to it as ‘Jurassic Park with ghosts’ and honestly that is bang on.

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

The Shadows by Alex North reviewed by Obsessed with Fairytales

Rachel is an avid reader who enjoys sharing her love of books with others. She usually to posts book reviews multiple times a week and I always enjoy reading her thoughts and like how she sets out her posts. She really enjoyed this thriller giving it 5 stars, saying: “I read The Whisper Man last year and it was an okay read for me. It did not blow me away and I struggled to stay interested in it. However, this sophomore novel from Alex North, The Shadows, has become my favorite 2020 novel so far!

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!

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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:

If you haven’t read a book in awhile and someone asks about a character or the plot, can you recall the details?

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Oh this is one of my worst nightmares! More and more frequently, the answer would be NO. 😭 Why is my brain refusing to hold certain information?

Can you remember plot lines and characters months or years after you’ve read a book?

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!


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(16) Comments

  1. I’m the same, my brain can remember silly little details but the book I’m reading just now I cant remember the main characters name – of course that could be the fault of the book being a bit meh!

    1. Flora says:

      Lol! However, we can be forgiven for not remembering their names, when the story is written from a first person point of view. And we’ll just keep quiet about the others. Lol! 😉

  2. Thank you for including me in this! 🙂

    1. Flora says:

      You’re welcome, luv. I always enjoy reading your reviews. Happy to include you this week.

  3. You made me laugh at your answer. THANKS for sharing.

    I can remember if someone jogs my memory. Names are tricky, but plots do come back to me.

    1. Flora says:

      Lol! Happy to bring a smile to my visitors’ faces.

  4. I think remembering book details is like what your brain does with information you are going to be tested on. After your done needing the details, your brain dumps some of the them and puts the rest back in the dark recesses of your brain until someone reminds you of it and helps you bring it to the forefront.

    1. Flora says:

      Lol! Yes, that sounds about right, Tessa.

      1. Thank you so much for including my review among these other incredible posts!

        1. You’re welcome, Jodie. I don’t think my modern sensibilities could cope with actually reading The Yellow Wallpaper, but I loved reading your review of it!

  5. Aww, thanks for including my review! <3 I hope more people will read that book!

    1. Flora says:

      You’re welcome, Mehsi. Your review is certainly persuasive. 😉 x

  6. My brother read James Herbert as a teen, many, many years ago. They were one of the few sets of books of his that I didn’t try to sneakily read. Watching The Omen terrified me and put me off the horror genre for life!

    I find books that really made me feel something do stay in my head. Though even that isn’t a guarantee anymore.

    1. Flora says:

      I loved James Herbert, Stephen King and John Saul during my adolescent years. 😉 And don’t worry, Louise, The Omen was a damn scary film.

  7. Mareli Thalwitzer says:

    HI there! I really want to read The shadows! I’m such a sucker for a good, scary story. Through in a couple of ghosts and I’m there!

    I can remember most books, but some just fly out of the window of my mind. Depends on the impact, I guess.

    Happy weekend and here’s my Weekend Book Friends

    1. Flora says:

      Yes, Mareli, I suppose the quantity of books we’re reading will also have an impact on how well we remember them months later.

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