BOOK BLOGGER HOP: Reading: Quiet or Noisy?

The Book Blogger Hop 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 Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be 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 their own blog.

It truly doesn’t matter. I guess because I grew up with seven brothers and sisters, I am used to noise. I also have some hearing loss, so things are a bit quieter for me than they might be for others anyway. I think reading with music in the background can be nice as well.

What about you? What is your preferred setting? Quiet or Noisy?

Book Blogger Hop: Keeping up with Authors on Social Media #BookBloggerHop

The Book Blogger Hop 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 Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be 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 their own blog.

Absolutely! I’ve gotten to know a lot of authors from reviewing books, and I follow their social media. Two of them especially became dear friends. You know who you are, Gail and Louise! You can learn more about these wonderful authors by clicking on their name.

If I review a book I especially like, I keep track of the author on social media so I can request their next book.

I also see a lot of poignant posts on author sites. Liz Gauffreau wrote a book review yesterday that blew me away. Joy Neal Kidney provides fascinating posts about the history of Iowa and her family. They are also both fantastic authors. There are so many others whose posts I follow and enjoy.

I also help promote them by retweeting, sharing, etc. That is part of making my page a community of writers, reviewers, and readers who support each other.

Book Blogger Hop: How many books did you read in 2022? #Bookbloggerhop

The Book Blogger Hop 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 Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be 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 their own blog.

I just met my Goodreads Challenge of 200 books for the year. Not all of those books were from Netgalley. I’m at 120 on Netgalley for the year. That takes me to 467 Netgalley books reviewed since I started on Netgalley in late 2019. I’m only 33 books away from my 500 reviews badge, so that’s exciting! I should get that in early 2023.

The Goodreads counts are not as difficult as they sound. They include re-reads and shorter books.

How about you? How many books did you read in 2022?

Book Blogger Hop: Is Santa bringing you any books for Christmas?

The Book Blogger Hop 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 Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be 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 their own blog.

I’m not expecting any books under the tree. I get so many books all year as a blogger that I don’t usually ask for books. There are a few on my radar that I will buy myself eventually, but I don’t usually put books on the Christmas list. My favorite author, Jodi Taylor, always releases a short story on Christmas Day, and I have that preordered, so I’m very much looking forward to reading that. That has become part of my Christmas Day tradition for several years now.

What about you? Are you expecting or hoping for any books under the tree?

Book Blogger Hop: Favorite reading nook #BookbloggerHop

The Book Blogger Hop 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 Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be 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 their own blog.

I don’t have a reading nook. My favorite place to read is in bed, but I find myself falling asleep very quickly, so I usually read on my couch.

I also love to listen to audiobooks in the car while I’m driving.

What about you? What is your favorite place to read?

Book Blogger Hop #BookBloggerHop

The Book Blogger Hop 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 Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be 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 their own blog.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION

Most of the time, no. But there is an exception. When Jodi Taylor comes out with a new book in her St. Mary’s Chronicles or Time Police series, I will listen to at least one book prior on Audible. I also re-listen to the entire series at least every couple of years. It’s like visiting old friends.

What about you? Do you go back and re-read the previous book when the next book in a series is coming out?

#BookBloggerHop: Do you write long or short reviews?

The Book Blogger Hop 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 Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be 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 their own blog.

My review writing changed somewhat in late 2019 or early 2020. Back then I was only reviewing on Goodreads and Amazon, but I joined the Historical Novel Society and contacted them about doing reviews for their magazine. They looked at some of my Goodreads reviews and accepted me, but it was then that I learned that print magazines only have so much space, and I would have to limit all of my reviews to 300 words, and some of them to 200 or 250. After a couple of years of doing that, I almost always write in the style they require, which is a short synopsis of the book followed by an honest and interesting review. The whole finished product can be no more than 300 words. I’m quite comfortable with that style now. So I would say my reviews are on the shorter side compared with some other bloggers out there.

Here is a link to all the reviews I’ve done for the Historical Novel Society. I haven’t counted, but I might be close to 100 now.

Book Blogger Hop: Are you a voracious reader or a #booknerd?

The Book Blogger Hop 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 Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be 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 their own blog.

This week’s question was submitted by Billy @Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

Either one is fine with me. Voracious reader means you have an appetite for books, or want a lot of books, so that sounds more appropriate for me. Book nerds might refer to more intellectual or technical books, so I would say voracious reader fits better.

What about you? Voracious reader or book nerd?

#BookBloggerHop: Introducing new authors

The Book Blogger Hop 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 Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be 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 their own blog.

Yes, all the time! Every review I do has a rating and buy links, so in that way I’m recommending the author to my readers. And every author is new to someone. On the weekend, I do reviews and spotlights of Indie books so I can introduce Indie authors to more readers. So yes, I recommend very often!

Book Blogger Hop: Have you ever re-read a book? #Bookbloggerhop #readinghabits

The Book Blogger Hop 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 Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be 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 their own blog.

This week’s question was submitted by Billy @Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer:

Yes! All my life, and for many reasons. First of course, there is the Bible, but below I will list fictional books that I re-read.

The characters in The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor are like old friends I want to visit again and again.

The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter series have fabulous worlds that I want to get lost in for a while, and a touch of magic too.

I always read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book The Long Winter whenever we have a big snowstorm or snow day. This is about a horrible winter the family suffered through, and it talks about how they survived through ingenuity and heroism.

At Christmas, I always read Grace Livingston Hill’s The Substitute Guest, which describes the perfect old-fashioned family Christmas and was written by Hill in 1936. She was a popular Christian romance author who died in 1947.

The Door Into Summer is my favorite fictional book. I have it in every format imaginable and have read it many times. What I like about it is that the main character was determined to change their circumstances and did so, in an unusual way.

What About you? Are there books you like to read over and over?