Friday Finds

Friday Finds – Reblogged Reviews and Book Blogger Hop

Hello Avid Readers,

I can’t believe next week will be the final Friday Finds post of May – where is my life going?! Lol! I’m filling it with great books, that’s where it’s going; I lose hours inside a gripping tale and I’m not the only one, I’ve read some wonderful book reviews this week from my fellow bloggers. 😉

I been enjoying being part of the Book Blogger Hop this month which is a weekly meme hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict so I’m doing it again today week and my answer to this week’s question is at the bottom of this Friday Finds post.

If you are one of my lovely new followers let me just take a moment to explain what my Friday Finds posts are all about. I like to read, my favourite genre is paranormal romance – I’ve also been known to curl up with the odd urban fantasy or paranormal cozy mysteries too. But it’s a big wide literary world out there and I decided back in January that you, my dear followers, might be interested in the book reviews from other genres to help you find your next favourite read. Ta!Da! My weekly Friday Finds post was born.

So without further ado, here are some non-paranormal romance books that fellow book bloggers enjoyed reading (in no particular order).


A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourn from The Bent Bookworm

Liz is a self-confessed girl with a book obsession, a caffeine problem and an adrenaline addiction. She reads and reviews across almost all genres, but she has a special soft spot for YA and children’s lit which aren’t my preferred genres but I really like her style of reviews. This is not a children’s book but she’s written a glowing review for it and I just love that cover!


The Dating Proposal by Lauren Blakely from The Secret World of Book Lovers

Carla really does read all types of genres. Her reviews are very informative and she adds lots of links to help her followers to connect to the authors too. Her site also hosts cover reveals and blog tours.



Review: Fire and Obsidian – Andrew Grey  from Paranormal Romance Guild

Yes OK, I know I said no paranormal romance but the Paranormal Romance Guild are a group who actually read other genres too, so shush and let me continue. 😉 Each review has a different feel as the guild has so many reviewers on staff and this review is a detective crime mystery with a male/male love interest (which is something that I haven’t dipped my toes into yet).


That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger from Blissfully Devoted to Fiction

As with so many of the book blogs I follow, the reviews posted from this fellow book-a-holic are far more varied than mine. Her reviews are always intelligent and well written; I don’t think I’d have the emotional resilience to read this book but I really loved her review.

And finally is a blogger that I’ve just started following.

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne from Blue Mood Cafe

Jonetta loves reading and is fairly eclectic in her tastes and open to most genres. She’s open to exploring new authors and appreciates those who not only write well but can deliciously craft a character and a tale. I really liked this review, especially as the main character in this book is someone nobody could like!

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!

This week, I’ve decided to take part in the Book Blogger Hop meme hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict. A question is posted each week, you answer the question and visit others blogs to see what their answers are. Easy! So this week’s question is:

Do you continue with a book even though you aren’t liking it? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Well that’s a good question and my answer is, it depends.

If it’s a book I’ve bought myself then no but if it’s a free ARC or one I’m being paid to Beta Read then yes. When I agree to read an ARC, I feel that the authors and publishers deserve my thoughts both positive or negative but I always accompany any negative responses with my reasons why.  The authors who send me their manuscripts who are paying for my critique, of course, I must finish reading to the very last page. In both cases, I feel that authors are sending their bookbabies into the big wide world, that’s a brave thing to do and forewarned is forearmed, right?

What about you, do you finish reading a book if it’s not hitting the right spot? I’d love to know. In the meantime, I hope you have a good weekend and manage to read (or listen to) a story that does tick all your boxes.

Happy Reading!


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(13) Comments

  1. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan says:

    I usually stick to the book even if I didn’t like it. I will keep hoping it will get better, being the optimist that I am. I am trying to change that, this year though.

  2. I forgot to answer your question!

    To date, I’ve only quit one book and that’s after doing everything I could think of to power through it, even going out on my husband’s boat while he fished (I hate fishing). I ended up fishing. Maybe it’s the fear that the book will get better and I’ll miss that or the anxiety I get from leaving something incomplete. Whatever, I finish what I start so I’m really careful about what I begin reading. That helps!

  3. How nice of you to spread the love for some reviews that are outside of your favorite genre. And I agree that I pretty much always finish reading books that I’ve been given for review (though I’ve been known to skim-read parts if I’m really not enjoying it).

    1. Nicole, skim reading is more than fair 😉 I’ve done my fair share of that too before I tightened by criteria.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. x

  4. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I DNF even if it’s an ARC but I will contact the author privately explaining the why!

    1. That seems fair, Sophie. x

  5. It depends for me too, more often than not I’ll push through, but I read 1/3 before I make a decision either way.

    1. Yes, I think we have to give it a fair chance. I’m glad you do too, ShelleyRae.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. x

  6. The Veronica Speedwell books look fun. I’ll have to go check the review.

    1. It does sound like a great premise, Greg. I’m sure Liz would welcome you to her blog and appreciate you reading her review.

      Thanks for stopping by. x

  7. Yes, I always try to finish. I like to give every book a fair chance.

  8. I love the Veronica Speedwell series and Blakley is my go to RomCom author. I love listening to them!

    1. I can tell by your enthusiastic reviews, Kimberley 😉

      Thanks for stopping by x

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