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. Today it’s all about contemporary fiction.
The effects of the Coronavirus COVID19 are still being felt around globe. I hope, like me, that reading is still keeping you sane. Finding an escape in a good story has been what’s kept me going these past couple of months.
To 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. Plus I’ve also been known to curl up with the odd urban fantasy or paranormal cosy mystery too. 😉 However it’s a big wide literary world out there. I decided back in January 2019 that you, my dear followers, might be interested in recommendations for other genres. And I want to help you find your next read. Ta!Da! My weekly Friday Finds post was born. Click HERE to find out more.
So, here are some recommendation from my fellow book bloggers. All are contemporary fiction books they’ve enjoyed reading and rated highly. (In no particular order.)
Anne Mendez usually reviews books in the historical fiction genre, including all the sub-genres, e.g. mystery, thriller, romance, etc. and although this is a genre I rarely read myself, I always enjoy her thoughts. However, she doesn’t restrict herself solely to historical stories but reads contemporary fiction too. This book is a novel set in the here and now but it certainly captured Anne’s attention she rated it 4.5 stars out of 5, saying: “I was very impressed with the writing style of this book, especially considering this was the author’s debut novel! This novel had a lot to unpack and enjoy. It was a different type of read for me but one that I found myself enjoying page by page and it did make me think and reflect on the characters so I would say that makes it a great read! This one is going to be one you don’t want to miss!“
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. Vicci reviewed this dark, contemporary fiction novel, saying: “This book will certainly make you uncomfortable, and that is good, because it also shows us that the world through a teenagers eyes are sometimes not as cut and dry as we think, sometimes they don’t even know what they are getting themselves into, sometimes they think that it *is* love. I would highly recommend this book, especially in audio form. Brilliantly narrated by Grace Gummer, she told a fantastic tale and I will certainly be looking out for other books she has narrated.“
Kimberly is an avid reader, but this amazing book blogger also listens to audiobooks and confesses to opening up the Kindle app to read books just about any moment she has! Kindred spirit, right?! 😉 I love the way she sets out her pros and cons for each book she tells us about. Kimberly was so obviously blown away by this story that there wasn’t a single “con” listed, saying: “Every once in a while a book comes along that ticks all the boxes for me and I know it will be memorable. The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell is that book! it. This is my first Dugoni book and if his others are anything at all like this one I’m going to be reading them all!“
Jonetta is a wonderful blogger, loves reading and is fairly eclectic in her tastes (unlike me) being open to most genres. She’s open to exploring new authors too and appreciates those who not only write well but can deliciously craft a character and a tale. I love the way she writes her reviews and always take the time to read what she has to say. Jonetta reviewed this contemporary fiction audiobook as part of a blog tour and thoroughly enjoyed it, saying: “I loved this story and finished it in one day. Thérèse Plummer was outstanding in her narration, elevating these characters off the pages into real life people. It’s a story everyone should read because it could easily be your life. It far surpassed my high expectations, despite it being written by one of my most favorite and trusted authors.“
My final contemporary fiction recommendation this week is from a lovely blogger who I’ve been following for ages. However she hasn’t featured in a Friday Finds post since last summer!
This fellow bookworm likes reading a vast array of book genres, but most of the books and audiobooks she reviews on her blog are fiction, women’s fiction, cozy mystery, thriller, fantasy and YA. She gave this contemporary fiction 5 stars, saying: “I loved this book. As much as I hated Vicki, I could also understand her pain and where she was coming from as a woman and a mother. Things are never as simple as they seem and this book will have you question your preconceived notions on this topic. This book is a page-turner that had me crying. The theme of this book is every parent’s worst nightmare, and Crosby did a fantastic job of telling such a compelling story with love and compassion. A heart-wrenching, beautiful story about forgiveness and ultimately love.“
So, that’s my picks of contemporary fiction recommendations. I hope you find a moment or two to click at least one of these reviews yourself. Who knows you, may find your next favourite read.
Now on to the Book Blogger Hop (BBH) meme.
It 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:
What platform do you use for your blog?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
On 30th April I decided to go down the self-hosting route and began looking at the alternatives. Finally I found an affordable deal and Flora’s Musings is now a WP.org blog hosted through ChemiCloud. I’m planning on writing about my experiences next month once I’ve got my head around everything. 😉
I’m interested to know whether any of you self-host, and if you do, who you use and at what price? I look forward to reading your comments. 💜
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.