Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blog Hop and Follow Friday

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  I'm still new at this, but please feel free to have a look around, take a look at my recent reviews, like Mirrorscape by Mike Wilks, and please come back on Monday because I will be posting my first giveaway in honor of that most hideously wonderful of all holidays, Halloween.

The Book Blogger hop is an weekly event hosted by Crazy-for-books, as a way for bloggers to meet each other.
Today's question: When you write reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you have read the entire book?
Granted I'm still new, so maybe things will change in the future, but right now I write my review when I'm done with a book, since my opinions on a character and a story plot can change as the book progresses.  Sometimes characters start out behaving in a way I find unbelievable until the author reveals their true motivation, other times a character can seem strong and likeable and then the author starts making them do things that just don't fit.  I'd rather my review reflect my overall opinion rather than appearing too wishy/washy.  As I progress as a reviewer though, I may take some notes on the book to help my review, but I'm not so sure. I always want reading to be about the pleasure of disappearing into a story, and not like work.  The Review is just a way for me to share my joy with others. 

I have also joined Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee's View.

This Week's Question is: what is your high fashion book? --- translation --- best book cover ever.

Such a complicated question as I have a lot of books that I adore the cover art, but there are two books that I will admit I bought largely because of their cover (though I do love the story inside them as well)

First there is Mirrorscape (which I reviewed here Thursday).  I love the hill of houses that you can look at, and notices differences every time.  (I just couldn't find a picture on the internet that did this book justice.)

I also fell in love with the cover of The Ruby Key, and couldn't resist buying the book.  Its sequel, The Silver Door was just as beautiful both inside and out (I actually liked the story in The Silver Door more).


  1. I like to read for the fun of it and reviewing is something I do after I've finished the book. I want to enjoy the story first! I always take a couple of days to get my thoughts in order before I write a review. Have an awesome weekend and I love your little doll posing with the book!

    My Hop

  2. Hi! Already a follower and just hopping by. :)

    I also finish a book first before writing. It helps give you the overall feel of the book.


    Musings of a Reader Happy

  3. Found you on the hop. Looks like we have the same taste in books. I'm now a new follower :)

    I'm doing a giveaway right now and today is the last day to enter!

  4. Stopping by from the Hop! I like to wait until I've finished too, helps give me a clearer overall picture of the book and stops me jumping the gun a bit on some characters/actions! Happy Friday!

  5. Hello, just hopping by!

    Happy reading this weekend.

  6. Dropping by via the hop. If you have the time, come visit me over Cladestine Sanctuary and don't forget to enter the giveaway.

  7. I love your cover choices... I've noticed, hopping along here, that a lot of the covers are chosen from *really* new books... and I feel like some greater, older covers are being overlooked.

    Check out my Hop here:
    Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday and a Giveaway!

  8. I'm already a follower, but just popping in! :) Interesting cover choices - I haven't heard of any of those books!

    Anyway, check out my blog if you get a chance! I've got a few giveaways going on :)

  9. I review after I finish a novel. Have a blast hopping to/following new blogs!

    Here is my post! I am a seriously eclectic reader! I follow blogs via google reader!

  10. Hello, Happy Friday!

    I'm stopping by to say hello on Follow Friday and the Blog Hop. TGIF!!

    Have a awesome weekend!

    I'm an old follower.

  11. Hello!

    I'm just hopping through from the blog hop and follow Friday. I'm a new follower so I look forward to reading more of what you have to say about the books you're reading.

    Happy reading!

    The Book Scoop

  12. I am following you from Para-Junkees Friday Follow!! Looking forward to seeing what you post on your site! You can view my blog and follow me back at:
    Thanks! Pris

  13. Just hopping by... New follower. Have a good weekend.

  14. I'm currently reading Mirrorscape. Happy weekend. Come see how I write reviews

  15. Hopping by from the Blog Hop. You have a lovely blog. :) New follower!

  16. I like how the Ruby Key/ Silver door covers look like they're painted on layers of velum, they have this translucent but layered look to them. And the text is printed in that dark blue/ purple ink! So cool!