Friday Finds

Leap Year Special. Leaping into Great Non-fiction reads ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop

Hello Avid Readers,

So, not only is today a Friday and time for my Friday Finds post but it’s a leap year too. Are you making the most of this extra day?

This week, I’ve tried to find some extra special book reviews from some of my favourite book bloggers. I gone for non-fiction this week as I’ve read a lot of posts from those of you trying to complete the Nonfiction Challenge this year. I hope this helps.

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.

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 but I’ve also been known to curl up with the odd urban fantasy or paranormal cosy mystery too. BUT it’s a big wide literary world out there and I decided back in January 2019 that you, my dear followers, might be interested in reading reviews about books from other genres to help find your next read. Ta!Da! My weekly Friday Finds post was born.

So, here are some book reviews that my fellow book bloggers have enjoyed reading (in no particular order).

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission that Changed our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan from book’d out

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. Shelleyrae really engaged with this book, saying: “I found The Great Pretender to be an accessible and compelling read. I imagine that the psychiatry field will not be pleased to learn that yet another ‘breakthrough’ thesis is probably fraudulent, and I’ll be curious to learn what, if any, effect this may have on the future of mental health care (and if Rosenhan’s study will be removed from textbooks).

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Dreamchaser by Yakov Rozenberg from 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. After reading this one, she said: “Overall, I still find myself thinking about Dreamchaser, which contains so many unbelievable adventures and tragedies that it could easily become a TV show or movie.

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My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams from All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

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 admits that she was flexible with her rating criteria to give this one 4 stars, saying: “The writing is not stellar, but if you are looking for quick read that will leave your jaw agape time and time again at the sheer madness of it all, then this is the book for you.

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Venus & Aphrodite by Bettany Hughes from A Bad Witch’s Blog

A Bad Witch’s Blog is run by London based pagan, witch and author, Lucya Starza, who posts about a range of subjects including, book reviews, pagan events as well as how-to craft ideas and tutorials. I love her writing style and the variety of topics that she posts about. Lucya really enjoyed this book, saying: “I heard Bettany Hughes give a lecture about Helen of Troy and Aphrodite at the British Museum, after going to view the current exhibition there on Troy. This  delightfully written book covers what she said about Aphrodite, but goes into more depth about the many aspects of this empowering goddess.”

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And my final review this week is from a wonderful blogger that I recently found through The Write Reads on Twitter.

A world without whom by Emmy J Favilla from Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

I haven’t been following this blogger for long, but I quickly discovered how much I enjoy her reviews. She is a self confessed nerd (“A huge nerd. Like, a Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering,  quote-Firefly-and-proudly-call-myself-a-Browncoat nerd.“) as well as a voracious reader, a homeschool mom and an introvert. She will read pretty much anything, with the exception of romance novels and tends to gravitate towards fantasy, YA, and sci-fi, but she’s been branching out more into nonfiction lately, as this review confirms. She loved this humorous look at modern language and says: “Being that I’m currently working toward eventually going into book editing, this book will be a valuable asset. I loved this book, and I know I’ll come back to it again and again. I highly recommend this.”

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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 meme which was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and 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 with a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


So this week’s question is:

Tomorrow is Leap Year. Name one book being released in 2020 that you would prefer to skip.

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Goodness me, considering how narrow my reading genre is, and how many pet peeves I have, this list could be endless! 🤣😂😆😁

So, I’m going to change this a bit an say I’m going to skip for joy when Dianne Duvall‘s latest book in her Immortal Guardians series is released later this year. I don’t know when it’s coming out or what the plot will be but considering the teaser we found in Death of Darkness (book 9) I’m excited already!

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. I hope you have a great weekend and manage to read (or listen to) a great book.

Happy Reading!


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(7) Comments

  1. Hi Flora. thanks for stopping by! Oh I like your take on the BBH this week!!

    Yeah, I’m quite picky when I need to choose a book or a series, too…

    Have a nice week!

  2. Haha. Skipping for joy is always good!

  3. agreatreviewer says:

    Oh nice twist on the topic! If answering this way I’d say the book would be From the Grave by Kresley Cole! It’s been delayed a few times now and I think I saw a brief mentioning that she was sick. I wasn’t real clear on what happened nor were there really any details. So I’m realllllly hoping that she’s okay! I love her books and have been looking forward to this release for awhile and hope that it still releases this year sometime!

    Thanks for visiting my BBH!

  4. I love how you changed the question. There’s quite a few books I’d skip for joy to get. Number one on my list is A Killing Frost, the next book in the October Daye series. September seems so far away, lol. 🙂

  5. I’m with you–I have a difficult time finding a book that I want to skip! I LOVE your “skipping for joy” take on this one!

  6. I loved your response! I don’t have a particular book I’m skipping for joy over – this year anyway. Last year, I had a bunch ❤️

  7. Thank you for sharing these links and blogs Flora, and I appreciate your generosity in highlighting mine. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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