Friday Finds

Myths, Magic and Fantasy recommendations – Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop

We all want books recommendations and search out reviews to find our next read. I’ve found some great book reviews around the blogosphere that I want to share with you as part of this Friday Finds post. Coronavirus COVID19 is still keeping many of us at home, so find an escape in a world of fantasy.

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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What are my Friday Finds posts all about?

I like to read, my favourite genres are adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy and paranormal cosy mystery. BUT. It’s a big wide literary world out there and I decided back in January 2019 that you, my dear followers, might need book recommendations from other genres. So, I decided to compile a post featuring the book reviews from around the book blogging community. Ta!Da! My weekly Friday Finds post was born.

So, here are some fantastic book reviews that my fellow book bloggers have been sharing recently (in no particular order).

 The Secret Library reviews Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

The Secret Library reviews Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Rosie Wylor-Owen is a writer, a reader, a blogger and, apparently, she is also the maker of her own crazy teas. 😉 Rosie set up The Secret Library Book Blog because she loves reading urban fantasy fiction almost as much as she loves writing it. She fills her blog with reviews, new releases, recommendations and loves sharing her finds with everyone. Rosie confesses to always wanting to learn more about Norse mythology, saying: “Norse Mythology takes all the best myths and enhances them to showcase their truly bizarre yet entertaining nature.  totally recommend this book, especially if you’re looking for some gentle storytelling with some absurdist elements. It was a nice, relaxing deviation from mainstream fiction to some super old stories retold by a fantasy master.

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 The Tattooed Book Geek raves about A Time of Courage by John Gwynne

The Tattooed Book Geek reviews A Time of Courage by John Gwynne

Drew is a fellow UK book blogger (and all round good bloke) who mostly reads Fantasy and Crime Thrillers but has also been know to read Post-apocalyptic, Zombie, SFF, Horror and Graphic novels and anything else that catches his eye or interests him apart from YA, Erotica or Romance! Well he says he has to draw the line somewhere. 😉 Drew’s personality shines through in his posts which is why I love reading them so much. Drew really enjoyed this last-in-series from one of his favourite authors, writing a glowing recommendation, saying: “A Time of Courage is a bittersweet and brilliant experience, everything that I want in a fantasy book and a fitting ending to both the Of Blood and Bone trilogy and to the saga of The Banished Lands. A masterpiece and simply incredible. If you are a fantasy fan then John Gwynne is a must-read author.”

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Reader Voracious reviews The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Reader Voracious reviews The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Kal is a thirty-something Californian who absolutely loves reading, travel, hiking, tea, video games, and unicorns. One of her regular blog posts features interviews with readers from around the world! Like me, Kal enjoys strong female characters and anti-heroes and when she’s not engrossed in a book, can be found communing with nature. Kal really enjoyed this book, saying: “Overall, I adored this portal fantasy! The Kingdom of Back captures the wonder of Narnia and the magic of reading it’s similar to Caraval. The writing is magical and captivating; the story is powerful and important. I definitely recommend this book to anyone feeling stifled by society and its expectations. It’s a love letter to those silenced by history and gives one girl her voice.

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Lady Book Dragon recommends Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming

Lady Book Dragon reviews Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming

The lovely Jess is the face behind the Lady Book Dragon blog. She set it up as an escape from the real world and to try and do something non-work related. She shares all her random thoughts and ramblings on books that she loves as well as the ones she’s not so keen on. 😉 She’s also set herself the challenge of visiting EVERY Waterstones book shop in the UK! Jess loved this children’s classic giving it 5 dragons out of 5, saying: “I was so excited when I started reading this book and it was just perfect, I loved everything about it. The first thing that I did notice was that the book and film are completely different. Thankfully, I did love the book just as much as the film. The story is beautifully written and it does feel like a James Bond story but for children which I love. I adored this book and highly recommend it for children and adults.

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And my final review this week is from a lovely blogger who I’ve only been following for a little while so hasn’t featured in a Friday Finds post before!

A Cascade of Books reviews Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova

A Cascade of Books reviews Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova

Rachel is a fellow Brit book blogger, who’s a twenty-something reader from Scotland and a Waterstones Bookseller (perfect job for a bookworm, eh?). She’s been a book blogger for 6 years, and loves nothing more than chatting books with others! She loves to read, which comes across in her reviews and although her favourite genres are Children’s, YA and Sci-fi, she does seem to read anything and everything! Rachel really enjoyed this first-in-series YA fantasy giving it 4.5 out of 5, saying: “This novel is non-stop action. It is a breathless, racing novel, and once you pick it up it is impossible not to become fully absorbed into the narrative. It has so many twists and turns too, I really had no idea what was going to happen next and I was very worried for the characters throughout! Overall I really enjoyed this novel! It is an excellent start to a new and exciting YA fantasy series, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!!

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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 book!

Now on to the Book Blogger Hop meme.

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This meme was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on 31 December 2012. However, 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 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:

As a book blogger yourself, what was the last book you read as a result of a fellow blogger’s post?

(submitted by Flora @ Flora’s Musings…)

Yes, that’s right, Billy’s using MY question this week!!

May last year, Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer was singing the praises of Annette Marie’s Three Mages and a Margarita. She wrote a glowing review and couldn’t recommend it enough! She captured my interest. In other words, it was because of Kimberly that I downloaded it and subsequently read it, loved it and now want to read the whole series. 😉 Thank you Kimberly. 💜

audiobook Three Mages ad a Margarite by Annette Marie narrator Cris Dukehart

So how about you? What was the last book YOU read because of a book blogger’s recommendation? Drop me a comment below.

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

happy reading from Flora

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

Happy Reading!


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By Flora

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 -

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