💚🐰💚🐥💚 Happy Easter Weekend! 💚🐰💚🐥💚
Hello Avid Readers,
Today is Good Friday and so it’s time for my Friday Finds post! Once again, I’ve found some great book reviews around the blogosphere that I want to share with you this week. With the Coronavirus COVID19 still raging our planet and the world’s population forced to stay at home, finding escape in a good book is even more important. 💜
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 recently (in no particular order).
Grin and Beard it by Penny Reid from Bionic Book Worm
The lovely Shanah is a Canadian book blogger who admits that reading is her one and only favourite escape. Like me, Shanah’s been an avid reader her since childhood, getting her love of reading from her mom. But unlike me, Shanah reads across many different genres, believing that we shouldn’t restrict what we read based on an age group or topic. Shanah really loved reading this book, saying: “Look at me go! Two books in a series in the same month? Who am I? LOL! That just goes to show just how much I am LOVING this series! With so much stress around the world right now I gotta say that this series has been a wonderful vacation from reality. And, as much as I loved book one, this book was a million times better!!“
Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women by Euripides from Lady Book Dragon
The lovely Jess is the face behind this wonderful book blog. She set up her blog 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 found this collection of classic Greek plays an unexpected joy, saying: “I got this book because Trojan Women is a set text that I am studying for my course but I must admit that I enjoyed reading Trojan Women so much I read the whole book. All in all I loved these plays and thought the translation by Diane Arnson Svarlien was really well done, the added stage directions were also excellent. I give this book a big 5 out of 5 Dragons.“
And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton from An Interior Journey
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 really enjoyed this fictionalised autobiography of Jackie-O, saying: “And They Called It Camelot reads like a memoir, a “fictionalized biography” in the first person voice of Jackie. We are privy to her thoughts, her fears, and her determination to leave her mark on the world. An unforgettable story revealing moments that will always remain a part of my own young life.“
The Raven Prince (Princes #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt from Wonderfully Weird Book Reviews
Rebecca is an avid reader who has an insatiable appetite for new books and giving her opinion. She loves any books where romance is a main theme from any genre including: YA, historical, steampunk, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and erotica. Rebecca loved this historical romance rating it 5 stars, saying: “This is one of my all-time favourite historical romances. It takes what could be a dark, depressing plot and makes it sensual, whimsical and moving.“
And my final review this week is from an absolutely fabulous book blogger – who everyone should follow – but surprisingly, has never featured in a Friday Finds post before!
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter from KB Book Reviews
Kat a 20 something UK book lover who has adored reading since she was a young child. Although she confesses that her favourite genre has always been fantasy – “I found it the easiest to escape into to” – she admits to have widened her reading habits and loves sci-fi, historical fiction and horror stories now too. Kat is a wonderfully supportive and inclusive member of the book blogging community and her passion comes through in her posts. She really enjoyed reading this fantasy, saying: “The Rage Of Dragons is an amazing African inspired fantasy, and is one of the best fantasies I have read. The contained world is rich and full of dynamic layers, the characters are formidable and intense, and the lore and magic is powerful, distinctive and remarkable. “
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:
What is a book that has helped you get through your lowest point in life?
(submitted by Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads)
Although I suffered from really bad baby-blues after my second daughter was born, I don’t remember turning to books to ease my depression but rather I immersed myself in films and TV. Now though, with the stresses and anxiety of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, I find myself reaching for my favourite authors’ books and audiobooks. I’m currently listening to The Chosen the first book in The Warrior Chronicles by K.F. Breene again.
So how would you answer this week’s question? Which books have been your lifeline to santity?
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post.
I hope you have a great weekend, stay safe & healthy and manage to read (or listen to) a great book.
7 replies on “Stay at Home – Read a book. More Recommended Reads to pass the time ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop”
Such a great post idea! Really like the sound of rage of dragons 🙂
Absolutely love this post what a great way to support other bloggers and find new books.
Thanks for including me in your post. Last year when I was recovering from cancer I lost my love of books I struggled to keep up with blog posts nothing could hold my interest for long so I revisited some of my favorites. Karen Chances Cassie Palmer series reignited my love of reading. Now with the pandemic I’m once again turning to my old favourites some I haven’t read in years to help. Currently re reading PC Cast goddess of spring
I’m not sure I can answer the question, nothing particular comes to mind at all. I think just the act of reading keeps me sane. I know that when I was ill and couldn’t read for so long it was a source of anxiety, though tv helped fill the void.
Happy Friday Flora!
Thanks for the shout out of my blog…and pointing to others we need to check out. Love the look of your blog, too.
I have several of those Penny Reid books. I think it is time I dust them off. I read so many good reviews about this series. Thanks for the reminder.
Stay safe and well. Happy Easter.
Flora I nearly fell from my chair when I saw Shanah had read a romance LOL