Friday Finds

Friday Finds: Summer Reads. Plus Book Blogger Hop

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Hello my lovelies. Today is my last day of work then School’s Out For Summer! Be be honest, I’ve already on my summer break brain and there seem to be a lot of posts around at the moment talking about the perfect summer reads. I think the perfect summer read is highly subjective.

However, as today is Friday, I’m going to use the theme of Summer for this week’s 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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My summer reads would feature sexy vampires, action, adventure and humour. However, here are some recommendations from my fellow bloggers outside of my reading tastes. 😉 I hope you find something to tempt you.

The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn reviewed by Charlotte Burt’s Books

Charlotte is an avid reader of all things literary, with a guilty pleasure for fantasy novels but also likes reading non-fiction where the subject has grabbed her interest, most of all books on Buddhism and meditation, art, drawing and painting but also popular science. Charlie really enjoyed this debut novel giving it 5 stars, saying: “This is a book that deals with big issues but on the whole, is an easy read and except for one section upbeat and non-challenging. I never thought a book that deals with such difficult subject matter could leave me smiling so much.

An Interior Journey recommends The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Laurel-Rain’s blog is an eclectic place full of creativity. She’s a retired social worker, mother and grandmother who loves movies and collecting things. She is a writer, book reviewer and obsessive blogger (her words). Laurel-Rain enjoyed reading this romance novel giving it 5 stars, saying: “One might conclude that this is just a predictable romantic story, but the quirky and unusual elements turned it into so much more. I liked the way we could see the characters through their notes and their internal monologues…and then watch their missteps along the way until finally, we had a satisfactory ending.

The Last Train to Key West
by Chanel Cleeton
reviewed by Caffeinated Reviewer

Kimberly is a self proclaimed audiobook junkie, avid reader and coffee drinker. She doesn’t limit herself to just reading one genre but reads books from young adult to hot and steamy romances with a healthy love of a good horror or Zombie book. Kimberly really loved this historical fiction book rating it 5 coffees cups out of 5, saying: “Chanel Cleeton has become one of those authors whose books I will buy without reading the synopsis. If you are looking for a superb historical fiction with romantic threads, look no further than The Last Train to Key West.

Books and Blends raved about Halfway Girl by Tessa Bailey

Kayla is a 28 year old Texan who, like us all, loves books and confesses to enjoying glasses of wine and long walks at the bookstore, which I assume are not done at the same time. Kayla started her blog in 2017 and says it’s her space to write down her thoughts about books and to share what she’s loving and fangirling over. I love the way she writes her posts, her personality, vitality and passion comes shines through. Kayla really enjoyed this adult romance rating it 5 stars, saying: “This novella was such a good mix of sweet and sexy! Insta love and steamy sex scenes are my jam, so I picked this one up when I was looking for something to fit the bill. Even though I didn’t read the first two books in the series, I enjoyed Halfway Girl so much!

And my final review this week is a blog that I’ve been following for years. However, I haven’t featured a review from them for quite a while.

The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole reviewed by Goldilox and the Three Weres

Christen (aka Goldilox), Margaret (aka Gretl) and Jessie (aka Rose Red) are a fabulous trio of readers who love the paranormal. They primarily review Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, adult and YA Fantasy which is why I follow their blog. However, that’s not all they read! Rose Red read this sci-fi romance book and she waxed lyrical about it, saying: “I honestly loved how the whole book flowed and the intriguing way it was written. It’s part an epistolary novel and it was a brilliant! I really really hope there will be more books. Trinity has a couple friends that I want to see get their own stories. For my first Alyssa Cole book, this was an excellent one to pick up! I can’t wait to read more of her books.

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 a new blog to follow or your next favourite book!

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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:

Do you bring along books when you go on a vacation?

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

What self-respecting bookworm wouldn’t? Hell yes! I pack my Kindle full! Obviously the dreaded virus has scuppered our summer holiday plans. We had wanted to travel to our favourite Mediterranean island, Majorca. However, there’s always next year.

How do you manage your holiday reading? Is your suitcase packed with more books than clothes? Lol!

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post.

I hope you have a great weekend, continue to be smart, stay safe & healthy and manage to read (or listen to) a great book.

Happy Reading!


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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!
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(18) Comments

  1. Such a great post! Thanks for mentioning me!!! I found some new books to add to my TBR!

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks, Kayla and you’re more than welcome for the mention. I love reading your reviews and sharing them with my followers.

      1. I’m getting emotional and this has made my year!

        1. Flora says:

          You can’t get emotional, Kayla, I’m the menopausal one!!

          1. Lmao! Okay, I’ll try and keep it in check.

          2. Flora says:

            Well at least for next few decades. Lol!

  2. I always take my Kindle with me. I might not get much reading done, but it’s there just in case I have a spare moment. 🙂

    1. Flora says:

      Gotta be prepared, Ashley. I’d hate to miss an opportunity to read! Lol!

  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Flora, and for all the other lovely books I now want to read.

    1. Flora says:

      Lol! You’re welcome, Laurel-Rain. Oh, and I’m always happy to add to fellow bookworms TBR piles. 😉

  4. A kindle is a must on holiday!

    1. Flora says:

      Definitely, Heather. Don’t leave home without it!

  5. Ereaders are so wonderful for vacations. I don’t even what I did before I started using mine. ❤️

    1. Flora says:

      I know what you mean, Tessa. How did we ever manage!! I wouldn’t be without one now – ever! 😉

  6. I never miss taking books on a vacation! Even when I know I would hardly get time to read them

    1. Flora says:

      Yes, me too Aayushi. Because, you never know, right? x

  7. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    Enjoy your holiday break!

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Sophie. I’m planning on getting some major reading done! Lol!

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