Friday Finds [20 October]

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your ‘To Be Read’ (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

It is hosted by Miz B over at A Daily Rhythm.

My finds:


Blood Orchids - Toby Neal

Blood Orchids (Lei Crime, Book 1) – Toby Neal

Got this from Amazon in ebook format – it’s a good price and I thought I’d give it a go!


Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise.

Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl’s harsh life and tragic death affect Lei deeply. She becomes obsessed—even as the killer is drawn to Lei’s intensity, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity.

Despite her obsession with the case and fear that she’s being stalked, Lei finds herself falling in love for the first time. Steaming volcanoes, black sand beaches and shrouded fern forests are the backdrop to Lei’s quest for answers—and the stalker is closer than she can imagine, as threads of the past tangle in her future. Lei is determined to find the killer—but he knows where to find her first.

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Top 50 most delicious protein powder recipes

Top 50 Most Delicious Protein Powder Recipes – Jake Mangley, Julie Hatfield

This sounds like a strange pick but now that I eat mostly veggie, I’m struggling to hit my protein goals for weight lifting without going way over on carbs. So, I thought I’d give this book a go and see if it has any clever way to sneak protein powder into food. We’ll see! This is in ebook format.



Protein powder is a convenient way to add more protein to your diet. However, if you consume protein powder shakes regularly, you might get bored of having them every day. This collection provides creative and delicious ways to help you increase your protein intake. [full description on Amazon]

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Wool - Hugh HoweyWool – Hugh Howey

Bought in ebook format.


Thousands of them have lived underground. They’ve lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you’ll get what you wish for.

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The Hothouse Flower - Lucinda RileyHothouse Flower – Lucinda Riley

Paperback copy – this is the UK title, apparently outside of the UK this is published as The Orchid House


A heart-rending page turner which sweeps from war-torn Europe to Thailand and back again…

As a child Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers.

So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia’s grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park.

Julia is taken back to the 1940s where the fortunes of young couple Olivia and Harry Crawford will have terrible consequences on generations to come. For as war breaks out Olivia and Harry are cruelly separated…

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My Absolute Darling Gabriel TallentMy Absolute Darling

Ebook format – heard so much about this so can’t wait to read it!


‘You think you’re invincible. You think you won’t ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin, and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.’

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall;
That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it;
That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world.
And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.

She doesn’t know why she feels so different from the other girls at school;
Why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see;
Why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done
And what her daddy will do when he finds out …

Sometimes strength is not the same as courage.
Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.
Sometimes surviving isn’t enough.



What books have you recently added to your Goodreads list, or bought/ been given? 



  1. I thought Wool sounded so good but I really didn’t like it and DNFed it. I really hope you have a better time with it!

  2. You really make it seem really easy with your presentation however I in finding this matter to be really something that I believe I’d by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and very extensive for me. I’m taking a look ahead in your next post, I will attempt to get the hold of it!

  3. You actually make it appear really easy with your presentation but I to find this matter to be actually something which I feel I would never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very broad for me. I’m having a look forward for your next post, I’ll attempt to get the dangle of it!

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