Friday Finds

Friday Finds: Read A Memoir. Plus Book Blogger Hop

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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.

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 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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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey reviewed by Curiouser and Curiouser

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.”

Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh My! recommends The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson

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!

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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:

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.

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Happy Reading!


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(19) Comments

  1. I have been wanting to read Trevor Noah’s book for quite some time!

    1. Flora says:

      I’ve seen it around the blogosphere quite a bit.

  2. Heartless by Dannika Dark is at the top of my TBR pile but I’m procrastinating reading it because I don’t know when the next one will be out

    1. Flora says:

      Ooh, yes, been there done that! Lol! Is she one of those pesky authors who leave you hanging with cliffhangers or is it just that her stories are so great you can’t wait?

  3. Thanks for sharing your list, I’m going to check out some of those reviews/

    1. Flora says:

      Aww, thanks Heather, that make me really happy.

  4. I’m the same, my ‘top books’ kind of mean different things. i also have huge amount of paid unread books on my Kindle LOL I get enough free, yet i JUST cannot stop getting more!

    Here is my Friday post! Have a good one!

    1. Flora says:

      Well, it can’t be helped, Sassy, new books just keep coming out… 😉

  5. I have some Kenyon novels on my digital shelf. Have you read any of her other books? I’m curious if I would like her novels. ❤️

    1. Flora says:

      Which ones do you have, Tessa? I’m reading her Hunter Legends books, which are a combination of lots of series but all in the same universe: Dark-Hunters, Dream-Hunters, Were-Hunters, Hellchasers, Lords of Avalon, and Dragons Rising Trilogy.

      1. The Dark Hunter novels – Styxx and another I think.

        1. Flora says:

          I’ve loving them so far. It is a complex world but has all the traits that I love. Each book has various series plot lines running alongside a main romance. Sherrilyn writes her characters with realistic complex personality traits. Her female protagonist (so far) are never TSTL (too stupid to live). But I’m being careful not to binge read. Any niggles or repeated words tend to be highlighted when I read any series back-to-back.

  6. Reading that you also have a huge amount of unread books that you have paid for on your kindle made me feel so much better!
    I also have around a thousand freebies but I have a sneaking suspicion I may never get those ones read.

    1. Flora says:

      Lol! I begrudge getting rid of the unread ebooks that I’ve paid for, but I might have to look at the freebies … eventually. 😉 Will you ever delete yours, Louise?

      1. I spent this morning deleting a few of the freebies but the paid ones I can’t bring myself to delete. I know there are some that I am now unlikely to read, because of changing tastes but then perhaps one day I will like those books again.

        1. Flora says:

          Well done you! Even a few off the TBR is a good thing. I keep hold of books too, just in case my mood fancies reading something that I’m not keen on at the moment. Lol!

  7. I have quite the pile… and still quite a few review books for July still to be read which includes The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea, When She was Good by Michael Robotham, and Playing Nice by JP Delaney.

    1. Flora says:

      I’ve got ARCs too, Shelleyrae. Hopefully I’ll get them read and reviewed by the dates I promised.

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