Friday Finds

Friday Finds: Travel The World Without Leaving Your Home. Plus Book Blogger Hop

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Hello, book lovers. Welcome to my Friday Finds post! Hubby and I are celebrating our 21st Wedding anniversary today. We used to travel a lot BC (Before Children) so I thought I’d live vicariously through some books. This week I’ve found recommendations for some great travelogues, stories set around the world and road trip adventures.

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’s a small collection of recommendations and book reviews written by some wonderful bloggers. If we can’t physically travel anywhere, at least I hope you find something interesting to read. (In no particular order.)

Immersed in West Africa by Terry Lister reviewed by Rosie Amber

Rosie is a fellow Brit and started blogging to combine a love of reading with her desire to embrace social technology; since then she says it’s developed into a passion to introduce avid readers to new writers, and offer a platform for little-known talent. Rosie also posts reviews on her blog by her review team (approximately 30 active readers) who read a wide range of genres. Rosie read this travelogue herself and enjoyed it, giving it 4 stars, saying: “Immersed In West Africa is a travelogue written by Bermudan solo traveller Terry Lister. Terry chose to visit some of the lesser known places and countries of Africa and he hopes that he might encourage some of the readers of his book to visit them too. Some of my favourite descriptions were when Terry went to see waterfalls and into the jungle or national parks. The book has lots of beautiful pictures from Terry’s travels, so this book would be an ideal read in paperback.


book’d out recommends State Highway One by Sam Coley

Shelleyrae is another fellow book-a-holic, but unlike me, you’ll find great reviews for books covering many different genres from this Aussie book blogger.  She also champions Aussie authors and showcases their books as part of her reviews, cover reveals, blog tours and reading challenges. She’s a wonderful blogger and I love reading her posts. Shellyrae really enjoyed reading this debut novel, saying: “Though the focus is on the emotional progress of the twins, as is common to many a road trip, particularly spontaneous ones, the siblings experience unexpected obstacles, unplanned detours, and breakdowns during their adventure. With evocative writing, superb characterisation, and tender insight State Highway One is a deserved winner of the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.


He Started It By Samantha Downing reviewed by Caffeinated Reviewer

book cover for - He Started It By Samantha Downing

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 thriller giving it her own five-star rating of 5 coffee cups, saying: “Twisted and wholly original, I cannot say I liked any of the Morgans but I found them utterly fascinating. This is the second novel I’ve listened to by Downing and she is fast becoming a favorite go to author for unique thrillers.


Audio Killed The Bookmark raved about Under a Siena Sun by T. A. Williams

book cover for Under a Siena Sun by T. A. Williams

This great book blog is run by Berit and Vicci, two women from different parts of the world who were brought together by Goodreads and a love of all things books. I love the uncluttered style of their blog and both of them write reviews that are well written but are filled with their individual personalities. Each review also describes the book in emojis! How cute is that?! Berit reviewed this romance and really enjoyed it, saying: “This book started with a BAM and ended with an AWW! OK Lucy is a great character with a huge heart. I appreciated her passion and struggle with the medical treatment for the haves versus the have Nots. I especially appreciated that this was addressed in such a thoughtful way in the book never getting preachy or cliché. 


And on to my final travel-related review this week. A lovely blogger who I’ve been following for ages. However, I haven’t featured one of her reviews in a Friday Finds post for ages! oops!

Bang Bang, You’re Dead by Evan Baldock reviewed by Online Blanket Fort

Online Blanket Fort - Bang Bang Youre Dead by Evan Baldock

Jo is a fab book blogger from Scotland. She posts reviews for the crime and thrillers that she reads, as well as author interviews and other bookish posts. I love Jo’s enthusiasm and her sarcastic sense of humour and always read her reviews, even if I’m not brave enough to read the books she talks about. Jo loved this story about one woman as she travelled across the country, saying: “A completely unbelievable story of one elderly woman’s crusade to right the wrongs in society and ultimately discover who she really is. Bang Bang, You’re Dead is a silly, hilarious and highly enjoyable novel, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommended for those moments when you just want something fun to read.”


So, that’s my travel-related picks for this week. Maybe Hubby and I won’t travel for a while: road trips look like hell! Lol! 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 read!


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 read books by authors from outside your country? Any book recommendations? Also, if non-US/UK, could you name one author/book from your country?

(submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

I live in the UK so most of the authors I read are from English speaking countries. All the non-UK authors I read seem to be American, Canadian, or Australian. You can see the nationalities of some of the authors I read, on My Favourite Authors‘ page.

What about you? Do you read books by authors who don’t live in your country?

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. Listen and adhere to any travel restrictions. I hope you manage to read (or listen to) a great book.

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Happy Reading!

Flora x

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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!
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 - www.florasmusings.com

(6) Comments

  1. Happy anniversary! Traveling through books is a great idea, especially since none of us can travel right now. And what a fun idea featuring books you’ve found on other blogs!

  2. Thank you Flora. Such a fantastic audio. Now to check out all of these wonderful recommendations and bloggers

  3. I am exactly the same but American- so substitute US for U.K. and U.K. for US and that’s me ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Thanks for the share Flora ⭐️
    I read a lot of novels by Australian authors but I also do make the effort to step out if that when I can. State Highway One for example is set in New Zealand, and I just finished Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People which is set in Sweden. This past week I’ve also been in the UK and the US 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing my review today Flora. I’m really enjoying reading a wide range of travelogues at the moment, so there will be plenty more reviews for readers of this genre to follow.

  6. I am so chuffed to be featured! You’ve made my Friday – thank you! ❤️

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