Friday Finds

The Mind Can Be A Weird and Strange Place ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop

Hello Avid Readers,

Today is the last Friday of January – where did that month go! It’s time for my last Friday Finds post of the month. Once again, I have found some great book reviews around the blogosphere that I want to share with you this week. But be warned, some of our fellow bloggers like taking a dip into the shadows …

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).

My Work Is Not Yet Done by Thomas Ligotti from Nocturnal Revelries

As I’ve said before, I always make the time to read the articles from this blog because even if I’d never actually read the books he talks about (most of the time), I love his irreverent reviewing style and honesty. He really does find some obscure titles to review. Today’s review is from one of his favourite authors saying: “I read a lot of books, but in truth, there are relatively few authors whose books I savour. I actually hold off on reading Thomas Ligotti because I don’t want the day to come when I have already read all of his books.

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Winter Chills: Ghostly Tales for Cold Nights by Various Authors from Literary Titan

If you don’t know, Literary Titan are a group of discerning reviewers that seem to find independent published works in every genre. They regularly post review and author interviews and have close to 4,000 followers! You’re bound to find something that catches your eye. This reviewer starts by saying: “Winter Chills is a collection of provocative short stories. The greatest thing about this compilation is how every story is distinct and consistently entertaining.

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman 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, Bird Box was a highly suspenseful, but fascinating read that will keep one pondering and contemplating throughout.”

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Kiss The Girls And Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark 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 gave this book 5 stars, saying: “I like how the author gives us numerous layers to peel back before we find the answers about who is doing what to whom.

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And my final review this week is from a wonderful blog that I found fairly recently and this is the first review I’ve shared.

The Institute by Stephen King from Audio Killed The Bookmark

This great book blog is run by Berit and Vicci, two girls 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 novel from the “King of Horror” saying, “It reads more like a YA than most of his books, so don’t let the STEPHEN KING thing scare you, if you’ve never read any of his books before, then this would be a great starter for you. Mr King is not known as The King for nothing, his books are usually huge, and this one is no exception, but if you go in knowing that it is going to be a wild ride, then you are going to have a great time.

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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 or a fabulous new blog to follow!

Now on to the Book Blogger Hop meme which was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012.

With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict relaunched the hop on February 15, 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 your opinion of bibliotherapy? Do you think this is a useful way of dealing with psychological issues? If you’ve used it yourself, or know someone who has, what book(s) would you recommend?

(submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

Checking Wikipedia: “Bibliotherapy (also referred to as “book therapy” poetry therapy or therapeutic storytelling) is a creative arts therapies modality that involves storytelling or the reading of specific texts with the purpose of healing.”

Although, I have used books and stories in my role as a teaching assistant when I worked with pupils with special educational needs, I don’t really have enough experience of using book therapy to comment.

However, as a lifetime bookworm, I know that being able to get an emotional connection through a story is bound to have positive benefits. If someone finds reading a particular book helpful, it’s gotta be good, right? 🙂

What about you, do you have any experience with bibliotherapy?

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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0 replies on “The Mind Can Be A Weird and Strange Place ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop”

Yeah I didn’t even think to look up the definition of bibliotherapy, I kind of just took it at face value “book therapy” and interpreted that my way! Lol. I figure if someone enjoys reading and wants to use it as a way to cope or deal with something, let em at it! It’s definitely something of a personal choice. It wouldn’t do well to make a nonreader read or write something to help them deal with something tragic.

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