Friday Finds

Stay at Home – Read a book. Sharing some recommended reads ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop

Hello Avid Readers,

Today is 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 causing more and more people to self-isolate, practice social distancing and stay at home for longer periods of time, finding an escape from the madness in a good story 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).

Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah from Obsessed with Fairytales

Rachel is an avid reader who enjoys sharing her love of books with others. She usually to posts book reviews multiple times a week and I always enjoy reading her thoughts and like how she sets out her posts. She really enjoyed this thriller giving it 4 out of 5 stars, saying: “I picked up this thriller randomly from the library because of the cover. It is my first Sophie Hannah novel and won’t be my last! I flew through this intriguing thriller in no time because the plot was so compelling.”

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The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjorg AEgisdottir from From Belgium With Book Love

Kelly Van Damme admits that over the years her tastes have evolved and expanded, she’s tried many genres, from horror to chick lit, from vampires and werewolves to cosy mysteries, from YA to action. She still enjoys YA, horror, fantasy and light sci-fi, but she mostly reads (psychological) thrillers now. I love that Kelly writes from the heart; she doesn’t analyse every single sentence, but just tells us the thoughts and feelings the book’s left her with. She has recently found a passion for translated books and loved this Icelandic thriller saying: “The Creak on the Stairs is clever and intricate, but the story flows so effortlessly that you don’t even realise just how clever and intricate it is, until you’ve turned that final page and start thinking back. Aren’t the best books those that deceive you, that trick your mind into thinking you’re reading a much simpler story? It’s an art all on its own, and one not all authors master, but Eva sure does.

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The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo from Parsecs & Parchment

Jonny (a.k.a. JonBob) is a fellow book blogger who, like many of us, is passionate about books. His preferred genres are science fiction and fantasy and I just love his writing style. Although most of the books he reads are not my cup of tea, his knowledge, personality and passion shine through his reviews. He was already looking forward to reading this fantasy novella and took the plunge to enter the addictive world of Netgalley, saying: “I was excited to read THE EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE, but I didn’t expect to be so moved by it. This is a wonderful book, beautifully-written, with a story that is as engaging on the surface as it is deeper down. It’s quite remarkable that Nghi Vo has packed so much depth and meaning into a book as short as this and yet nothing ever feels rushed or shoe-horned in. It was a pleasure to read and I’m eagerly looking forward to whatever she does next.

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Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming from Musings From An Addicted Reader

I don’t know who this blogger is or found out what EH stands for but their site is dedicated to reviewing books and book tours. Every genre seems to be covered including; Young Adult, Paranormal, Erotica, Thriller, Fantasy, Contemporary, Suspense and Historical. I like the way they review the books on the site, keeping it short and sweet but always tells you everything you need to know. This mystery story was rated 5 out of 5 stars, EH saying: “I thought this was a realistic story with real struggles from the characters. I have to admit the mystery had me perplexed, I kept trying to figure out how the mystery was connected and it had me guessing until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, couldn’t put it down.

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And my final review this week is from a lovely blogger who I’ve been following for ages but surprisingly never featured in a Friday Finds post before!

Follow by Tessa Bailey from Books and Blends

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 was kicking herself that she hadn’t read this erotic romance before and waxes lyrical, saying: “I devoured this book and I’m so mad that I haven’t read it earlier! This is my first five star of 2020 and I can’t wait to own a paperback copy of my shelves. Tessa Bailey wrote a story that kept me thirsting for more and I couldn’t get enough of Teresa and Will.

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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:

Do you have more photos of books you saw in a bookstore or elsewhere or family photos on your phone?

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I think if I was an avid Instagram user, the answer would be books 😉 but as I’m not (I lack the confidence to take “good” photos and the inclination to take the sheer volume of pictures that a consistent bookstagramer needs to take to be successful) my phone has more family and friends pics. 👭 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 👭

So how would you answer this week’s question? What’s on your phone? Books or family?

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. I hope that you take the time to check out the above books or click on a blogger or two. 😉

I hope you have a great weekend, stay safe and healthy, and 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 -

7 replies on “Stay at Home – Read a book. Sharing some recommended reads ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop”

Same. The ability to take good pictures is beyond my skill level. And if you consider my doggies my family, well, I take a lot of pictures of my family. I have so many pictures of my doggies! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

Hi Flora, thanks for stopping by 😀 I know what you mean about the “lack of the confidence to take good photos”! I can’t take good photos for my instagram but I would like so much to be able to make composition like the other bookstagramers but well… I can’t…

Anyway, stay safe, too!! See you next Friday 😉

Instagram is quite a big commitment. It doesn’t take me as long now as it did when I started the account last fall, and I’m lucky that with my daughters home, I occasionally get help. But I didn’t realize what a time commitment it was when I first started it. Pictures of family and friends are the best though ❤️

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