Hello my lovelies. Fancy getting under the skin and reading a memoir this week? Today’s Friday Finds is a collection of highly recommended autobiographies, biographies and memoirs. If you don’t know what these posts are all about, I explain it all in my Friday Finds page here.
So, here are some recommendations and book reviews from my fellow bloggers. Read them now, or pin this post to read later. Either way, I hope you find something to tempt you. (In no particular order.)
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Amy is a fellow blogger from the UK who’s also a very tired PhD student researching “something or other about English Renaissance literature“. I love the way she writes and how she allows her personality to shine through her posts. Amy mainly blogs about classic books as she tends to read books written before 1900. She surprised herself by really enjoying this autobiography, saying: “I don’t know, it’s just a really beautiful piece of writing on a fascinating topic. I’m not sure that De Quincey invented recreational drug-taking, as the OUP blurb says, but it’s one of the earliest examinations of personal addiction that can be found in the English language and I found it to be a strangely enjoyable read.”
Stormi is the owner of the blog and loves reading YA, Middle Grade, paranormal, urban fantasy, thrillers, horror and crime. A few years ago she took on another reviewer, Kathy who loves historical fiction, action thrillers, mysteries, suspense novels, crime, literary fiction, paranormal, fantasy of all kinds, romance, erotic and some YA and Middle Grade. So between the two of them they cover a wide range of genres. Kathy really enjoyed this autobiography about living with autism, giving it 5 stars and saying: “Using first person point-of-view from Rupert’s perspective, The Horse Boy is an easy read that pulled me in. It’s not only a trip for the Isaacsons but for us as well as we learn what it’s like to live with an autistic child. It’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming as Rupert notes those small victories only to face regressions over and over.“
They Walk Alone by Bob Kern reviewed by Literary Titan
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 this moving memoir rating it 5 stars, saying: “They Walk Alone is a touching story about Bob Kern’s journey tending to loved ones diagnosed with dementia. He even details the loss of someone suffering from dementia. If you enjoy true, honest, and impassioned stories that are also informative then this book is perfect for you.“
All The Book Blog Names Are Taken raved about SUB-LEBRITY *The Queer Life of a Show-Biz Footnote
by Leon Acord
Sarah is a BIG fan of all things historic and although her passion is non-fiction she does get lost in a novel from time to time. I like her writing style and find her posts easy to read and always enjoyable. Sarah waxed lyrical about this LGBTQ+ memoir, saying: “I stayed up later than I should have, for “just one more story” which then became “just one more chapter”. The writing is clever and engaging, and Acord is not afraid to lay it all out there, all the good and bad. I think there are so many great messages to take from this book.”
And my final review this week is from a lovely blogger who I’ve been following for ages but hasn’t featured in a Friday Finds post for far too long!
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah reviewed by The Critiquing Chemist
Sarah Lockwood’s blog is one that I always make time to read: her reading material is diverse and her reviews are always intelligent and honest. Not everything on Sarah’s blog is about books, she also posts about the places she’s travelled to and her experiences while there. Sarah really enjoyed reading this celebrity autobiography, giving it 5 stars, saying: “Born a Crime has made me an instant fan of Noah and will be one of my go-to recommendations for nonfiction for the foreseeable future. Now please pardon me as I spend the rest of the morning looking up Noah and his family to fill in the gaps regarding where they are now and what they are doing in the world today.“
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:
What are the top books on your TBR pile?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
Well that all depends on what “top books” actually means. Which books on my pile are my top priority? Which ones have received the most top ratings? Have the biggest number of sales? Or have been hyped the most? Or does it just mean which books are physically perched on the top?
I don’t have a physical book pile. Therefore, I’m going to answer this one based on the 200+ books unread in my Kindle library. I’m not including eARCs, just the books I’ve bought with my hard earned pennies.
These are the five books that I’ve moved to the top of my TBR pile.
So how would you answer this week’s question? What are the top books waiting to be read in your pile?
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. I really appreciate it. I hope you have a great weekend and manage to read (or listen to) a great book. Remember, stay safe & healthy by wearing a face mask.