Friday Finds

Friday Finds: Mind, Body & Spirit. Plus Book Blogger Hop

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Hello, book lovers. Welcome to my Friday Finds post! Being restricted in our lives has had many consequences. I’ve been happy sat at home reading. However, some people have spent their lockdowns in a more productive way. This week I’ve found some recommendations for non-fiction book that you’d probably find on the mind, body and spirit self-help shelves.

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.)

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert reviewed by 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. Her personality shines through her reviews too. The Librarian gave this inspirational book her top rating (5 out of 5 bananas), saying: “This book brought me joy and laughter- and most importantly it brought me hope. It taught me to have a fierce trust in myself, knowing I will fail and that’s okay. You can’t win anything if you never play the game (just make sure you wear a mask and bring hand sanitiser). I feel like this was a kick in the right direction.”

Watercolour is for Everyone by Kateri Ewing reviewed by Elaine Howlin – Literary Blogger

book cover for Watercolour is for Everyone by Kateri Ewing

Elaine’s reviews are always intelligent and easy to read plus her reading tastes are substantially more varied than mine. I love reading her posts and have found some new-to-me authors, thanks to Elaine. Her blog is also full of beautifully composed photos that just blow my mind. Plus she has some great templates that she designed and are downloadable from her site. Elaine is already very creative, however she liked the mind, body & spirit feel of this how-to book, saying: “The lessons are practical and straight forward but the focus is more on using this skill for mindfulness. The lessons are quite basic so if you’re a complete beginner and interested more in being creative then you will find this useful.

And on to my final mind, body & spirit reviews this week. A couple of lovely bloggers I’ve only been following for a little while so haven’t featured in a Friday Finds post before.

Read To Ramble recommends Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy by Kelly Jensen

book cover for Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy by Kelly Jensen

Ellie is an avid reader who loves fantasy, historical fiction, children’s and contemporary novels. Although, these aren’t the only genres she reads. 😉 She lives in France and is currently completing her final year’s English degree at university hoping to be accepted for a Publishing Master’s degree next year. Ellie really loved this anthology about the human body saying: “Overall, I absolutely adored this book, it really did give me such a great reading experience and I will take a lot of amazing quotes and inspiration away from it. I think it’s really important to remember that we all have a body, that we must listen to our body and our mind and take care of it, while also doing the things we love, and stay kind to ourselves and each other.

I Am a Feminist: Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times by Monique Polak reviewed by Audra’s Book Blabbing

Audra Watts writes reviews on adult and children’s books. And rates them on grammar, how well they held her attention, format, topic, but mainly cleanliness, eg cursing, violence, sex, etc. Her posts come out on Saturdays and some Tuesdays. She loves chatting about everything bookish and I find her posts refreshing. Audra really loved this empowering book, saying: “I recommend this book wholeheartedly to any gender who wants to learn more about the world around them! It covers so many topics from body image to domestic violence to race to education to harassment to teaching young men to express emotions! I was so impressed by how well-researched and organized Polak’s book is.

So, that’s my picks for this week. If you’re looking to improve your mind, body or spirit, take a moment or two to click at least one of these reviews yourself. Who knows you may just find your next inspiration!

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:

What book or books are you going to read on Labor Day weekend?

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

As a Brit, Labor Day isn’t something I’ve ever thought about. However, I can tell you that this weekend, I’m currently reading:

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

About Me

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 -

(4) Comments

  1. Looks like you have some good reads on tap for this weekend. Happy reading!

    1. Thanks Tessa. Hope you have a great reading weekend too. x

  2. Its Fathers Day here this Sunday, and we have some plans but I’m hoping to find some time to read.

    Wishing you a great reading week Flora

    1. Thanks Shelleyrae. Hope you have a lovely day on Sunday.
      (And find some time to read for a bit!) 😉

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