Friday Finds 10/9/20

Happy Friday! I hope you are all having a great week. It’s been a whopper for us here. I have been dealing with a severe migraine, my hubby’s truck broke down, and his father is in the hospital with what appears to be cancer that has spread into his brain. And today we have another hurricane coming through. We are in the northwest part of Louisiana, though, so it looks like we’ll just be getting some rain. Fingers crossed!

Here are some of my TBR adds this week. The title links will take you to Goodreads, and I’m also linking up to other bloggers/booktubers, etc. whose reviews, comments, or posts encouraged me to give these a try! Sharing some blogger love!! If you’d like to join in, be sure to leave a link in the comments!

The Underground by Liv Evan exp. pub. October 10, 2020

Blogger: One Book More

“When freedom is a luxury, resistance is inevitable.”

The Government rule the Hub with an iron fist, their strict laws enforced by Derivates, humans with psionic abilities. When one of these Derivates flees her post, they send KC-847, a powerful telekinetic, to bring her back. But KC-847 soon learns he and his team are unprepared for what they find, and their mission goes awry.

Flit, a plucky teleporter, works for the Underground resistance, the last refuge for Derivates wishing to live free of the Government’s control. On a routine security patrol, Flit comes across KC-847 and breaks all the rules to bring him back to the Underground.

However, KC-847’s arrival brings with it a string of deadly events that threaten the safety of the Underground. Convinced the incidents are more than unfortunate coincidences, Flit refuses to fall back on a false sense of security and drags KC-847 on an investigation that will change the trajectory of Derivate-kind forever.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss exp. pub. October 13, 2020

Blogger: We Live and Breathe Books

‘Tis the season for finding romance in this hilarious and uplifting holiday read

When it comes to relationships, thirty-four-year-old Kate Turner is ready to say “Bah, humbug.” The sleepy town of Blexford, England, isn’t exactly brimming with prospects, and anyway, Kate’s found fulfillment in her career as a designer, and in her delicious side job baking for her old friend Matt’s neighborhood café. But then her best friend signs her up for a dating agency that promises to help singles find love before the holidays. Twenty-three days until Christmas. Twelve dates with twelve different men. The odds must finally be in her favor . . . right?

Yet with each new date more disastrous than the one before–and the whole town keeping tabs on her misadventures–Kate must remind herself that sometimes love, like mistletoe, shows up where it’s least expected. And maybe, just maybe, it’s been right under her nose all along. . . . 

All About Us by Tom Ellen exp. pub. October 13, 2020

Blogger: We Live and Breathe Books

A chance encounter leads to the journey of a lifetime in this powerful and emotional love story, perfect for fans of One DayMe Before You and In Five Years.

If you could turn back the clock, would you choose a different life?

Ben’s always loved the month of December, but this year, with his relationship with Daphne on the rocks, it’s missing its usual magic. And then his old friend Alice gets back in touch. Ben’s always thought of Alice as the one that got away, and he can’t help but wonder: what if he’d done things differently all those years ago?

He never imagines he might get to find out… but when a stranger sells Ben a mysterious watch one freezing winter’s night, he’s astonished to wake up the next morning on 5th December 2005: the day he first kissed Daphne, leaving Alice behind.

Now Ben must make the biggest decision of his life, all over again. But this time around, will he finally find the courage to follow his heart?

Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar pub. October 22, 2013

Blogger: I Swoon Over Fictional Men

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened. This gripping work of literary nonfiction delves into the mystery through unprecedented access to the hikers’ own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author’s retracing of the hikers’ fateful journey in the Russian winter. A fascinating portrait of the young hikers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers narrative, the investigators’ efforts, and the author’s investigations, here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain

The Lost Song by Minnie Darke exp. pub. October 13, 2020

Blogger: The Geekish Brunette

Concert pianist Diana is finally ready to marry her longtime fiance, Arie; she’s even composing a beautiful love song for him, and finishes it while on tour. Before she can play it for him, though, tragedy strikes–and Diana is lost to Arie forever.

But her song might not be.

In Australia, the world has gone quiet for Arie and he lives his life accordingly, struggling to cope with his loss. In Scotland, a woman named Evie is taking stock of her life after the end of another lackluster almost-relationship. Years of wandering the globe and failing to publish her poetry have taken their toll, and she might finally be ready to find what her travels have never been able to give her: a real home. And through a quirk of fate or circumstance, Diana’s song is passed from musician to musician. By winding its way around the world, it just might bring these two lost souls together.

With heart-wrenching emotion, The Last Love Song explores what it means to be lost, what it means to be found, and the power of music to bring people together.

How to Be Brave by Louise Beech pub. September 17, 2015

Blogger: It’s All About Books

All the stories died that morning … until we found the one we’d always known.

When nine-year-old Rose is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Natalie must use her imagination to keep her daughter alive. They begin dreaming about and seeing a man in a brown suit who feels hauntingly familiar, a man who has something for them. Through the magic of storytelling, Natalie and Rose are transported to the Atlantic Ocean in 1943, to a lifeboat, where an ancestor survived for fifty days before being rescued. Poignant, beautifully written and tenderly told, How To Be Brave weaves together the contemporary story of a mother battling to save her child’s life with an extraordinary true account of bravery and a fight for survival in the Second World War. A simply unforgettable debut that celebrates the power of words, the redemptive energy of a mother’s love … and what it really means to be brave.

I have now successfully created my first post with the new block editor! I found some things to be easier. But, I still have sooooo much to learn and I’m not sure how to do a lot yet. But, I know it’s a learning process and I’ll get there.

Happy Reading,


22 thoughts on “Friday Finds 10/9/20

  1. Pingback: Sunshine Blogger Award | Books for the Beach

  2. Twelve Days of Christmas is on my tbr! Thank you for sharing my post. 😊

    I’m so sorry your week has been so terrible. I hope things get better for you. ❤

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  3. Omgoodness, Ali! I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve had such a rough week. I can’t imagine how drained and tired you must all be feeling. I hope that you don’t get more than rain coming your way. Wishing you and your family lots of strength to get through this! ❤️

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    • Thanks so much, Dini!! It’s been tough going, but I did get a good night’s sleep last night after no sleep the night before. Yay for that! And fortunately we only got rain and higher temps out of the storm.


    • Thanks!! It’s for sure been crazy. Fortunately I’m starting to feel better, and we were just able to pick up my husband’s truck from the shop. And YAY! it didn’t cost as much as we were originally quoted. Now to get through this storm unscathed and to focus on my father-in-law.


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