New Finds Friday, Week 1

I wanted to begin by welcoming the influx of new followers I’ve had within the last week. There are actually 60 of you now; I never thought I would ever get this many. Thanks so much for following along with my reading adventures! I’m thrilled to have you all here and I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to comment on any of my posts and I’ll always comment back within a couple days.

To celebrate, I thought about trying something new for this Friday. I’ve seen so many fun book memes, and there a few that I participate in, so I thought I would take a stab at making one of my own. So I’ve created New Finds Friday! This meme is to help everyone who loves adding books on their Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf to reflect on their new book discoveries at the end of each week and to share any cool books they have stumbled upon with their followers. A sort of reverse Down the TBR Hole. I thought I would talk about where I heard about the books and why they interest me as well as an estimate of when I think I’ll actually get around to reading them and if it’s an immediate need or if it’s just something I hope to read one day.

So if anyone is interested in joining than I encourage you to do so! I’ve outlined some ‘rules’ below:


  1. Choose any books you’ve added to your Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf from this week.
  2. Mention why you added it, where you heard about it, and when you think you’ll read it.
  3. Tag ‘New Finds Friday’ creator Ashley in Wonderland.
  4. Share the Rules in your post so others can participate.
  5. Repeat on Fridays!

So without further ado, here is my very first shot at New Finds Friday!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

This was a wonderful surprise to come home to the other day! These tags are a ton of fun to fill out and I love reading everyone else’s answers. It’s a really great way for the community to feel even closer and more involved with each other. One of the many ways that the book blogging community is such a unique and wonderful thing to be apart of — everyone extends consistent support to each other. I really love it! Anyways, I was tagged by the wonderful Clo at Book Dragons! Thanks for thinking of me, and everyone should definitely check out their blog!

The Rules: 

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

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REVIEW: The Haunted Moustache by David Bramwell

The Haunted Moustache by David Bramwell
Publisher: Nightfinch Books
Format: Hardcover
Length: 191
Published: 2016
Author GoodreadsWebsite, and Twitter

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Synopsis via Goodreads: Funny, poetic and touching, The Haunted Moustache is the fantastical and 83% true story of a unique inheritance: a hundred-year-old moustache. Receiving this curio from an eccentric aunt, David Bramwell embarks on a ten-year journey to discover all he can about its former owner. His quest draws him into the underbelly of Brighton – its seances, spiritual churches and a seedy basement club – where he unwittingly becomes host to a modern-day freakshow. Against a backdrop of occultism, caravan parks and counter-culture icons, The Haunted Moustache is mischevious and supernatural.



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down the TBR hole, week 4

I’ve missed a few weeks of this so I’m excited to get back into it for this Sunday. The last time I posted a ‘down the TBR hole’ I went through 15 books off of my to-read shelf on Goodreads which was huge and felt amazing. Though I won’t be able to do as many this week I’m happy to return to the original number of 5 for today. You’ll notice a reoccurring theme of books this week, they’re all from the nineteenth-century!

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Reflection: Writing my First Bad Review

I sat on this reflection post for a couple weeks before deciding to post it. I hope it helps new bloggers who might feel worried and isolated when writing a bad review.

When I first began blogging at the end of December I started following a bunch of other book bloggers and read what they wrote and watched what they were doing in the same way you would shadow a coworker at a new job. What I saw, and what I really wanted for myself, was authors approaching bloggers and offering their book for free in exchange for an honest review. And boy, did that ever sound like a sweet deal.

Inspired, I wrote up a notice on my Twitter saying that I was happily accepting books published by both indie press or traditional publishers. Within a couple days I was contacted by an author who wanted me to read their book. Great! This was exactly what I was looking for. Reviewing lesser known and newer books on my blog would certainly bring in some traffic and I was excited to help bring positive exposure to new writers. I was thrilled and after a quick back and forth the author emailed me a PDF of their book and I got down to reading.

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