Book Blogger Hop

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. See the latest question below.

submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

I’ll have to count:

I have an Audible account and one audiobook a month comes with that, so I buy one audiobook a month.

I also have a Kindle Unlimited account, and I’m allowed to borrow up to 20 books at a time. But they aren’t free because I pay a monthly fee for it. In the end I have to return them, so I guess those don’t count. But I do pay a fee. I use this a lot for Self-Published Saturday so I can read the books and the authors still get credit for it.

And of course, like all book bloggers, I get tons and tons of free books, resulting in a mountainous TBR. I have boxes of books I’ve read and reviewed that are going to be donated to free libraries and various other places. You would think that with all those free books coming in, I wouldn’t need to buy any, but I do.

I have certain authors whose books I always buy, especially my favorite, Jodi Taylor, author of the Chronicles of St. Mary’s and Time Police series. I buy her books in hardcover (she sells signed copies on her website), ebook for the convenience, and audiobook because even after reading the print book, I always hear something on the audiobook that I missed. There are a few other authors whose books I always buy.

So despite getting all these free books, I would say I buy two to four books a month, counting the audiobook.

Sunday Post: Hard Work Pays Off #SmokyMountains

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at the @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news and a post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See the rules here.

I’m continuing with the new diet plan and I’ve lost 7 pounds so far, and I’ll weigh in again tomorrow. There’s a long way to go, but it’s a step in the right direction. The garden we planted recently is starting to grow and we’ve got some squash blossoms already and a few flowers on the tomatoes. It’s great to see efforts being rewarded.

Happy Father’s Day to my husband Doug, the rock of our family. I mentioned he had been painting his car, and it’s finished. I’m really proud of him.

I was in Blowing Rock, NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway the other day, and here are some pictures from an overlook. I’m blessed to live in such a beautiful area.


Things were a bit quieter on the blog this past week as I was busily finishing up reviews for the August edition of Historical Novels Review, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society. I will share the covers of some of the books I reviewed soon. I can’t post the reviews until after the magazine is published.

Monday I reviewed The Lives of Diamond Bessie by Jody Hadlock.

Wednesday I posted an excerpt of Bonds by Marie Ann Cope.

Self-Published Saturday I posted a review of Death at Dusbar College by Laura DiNovis Berry.


Monday I will share the covers of the books I’ve been reviewing for the Historical Novel Society the past few months.

Wednesday I will review A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

On Friday I will review The Hurricanes of Weakerville by Chris Rylander

On Self-Published Saturday I plan to review Downfall by Caleb Ward.


A DRESS OF VIOLET TAFFETA by Tessa Arlen from Random House for an Austenprose blog tour.

Have a great week everyone!