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Book Blogger Hop – Sept 15

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Book Blogger Hop

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15th – 21st

Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one? 

(submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

Not really, no.

I’m such a cheapskate. If some edition exists that looks better and it’s more expensive, I’ll go for the cheaper cover. There are covers that I prefer, but I’m not really that worried about it. I don’t own multiple editions of books on purpose and if I have a cool edition, it was probably a lucky find.

My husband will always make me buy the more expensive editions of books because that’s just how he is, but I’m usually book shopping by myself and trying to buy the most amount of books for the money because I read so much.

A lot of people have well loved favorites that they just own multiple copies of. A lot of people just collect books in various formats. But I’m not one of them. I actually own some series in paperback that I’m missing books for because I borrowed the other book in the series or I own it on kindle. I don’t really care as long as I got to read the book. 

With that being said, I don’t own a lot of junky used books, either. I don’t want my books to fall apart so I do tend to spend more at a used bookstore on the nicer copy so I don’t have crappy and broken books hanging around. 

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Book Blogger Hop – Sept 8

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This week’s question:

8th – 14th –  Have you ever bought a book because you liked its cover art? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

 

Of course. Sometimes it works out and other times I’m left with a beautiful but terrible book on my shelf!

Some Examples:

Still on my never ending TBR:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff 

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

 

 

Not as amazing as the cover:

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Roseblood by AG Howard (I actually received this in a Owlcrate, but almost picked it up because of the cover before realizing it was probably in the crate that particular month, so it counts)

 

 

Even more beautiful than the cover:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C Anderson

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

 

Book Blogger Hop – August 25

 

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Book Blogger Hop

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This week’s question:

Have you ever read a book written in a foreign language you might be fluent in, and then read the same book in English? 

(submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

I’m only fluent in English.

The closest I’ve gotten to doing this is reading multiple translations of a book. It’s probably not something people think about often, but translating is not an exact science and the way a story is translated can vary.

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Book Blogger Hop – August 18

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When you enter an unfamiliar house or apartment for the first time, do you feel disappointed if you don’t see any bookshelves, or books on the coffee table? 

(submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

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For the most part, yes. 

Even if someone isn’t a big reader like I am, I feel like there should be some books in a house. 

I’m even more disappointed if I don’t see other hobby type of stuff. I feel like it’s okay to not be a reader, but you have to have some sort of hobby to stimulate your mind. If I see evidence of that, I’m less disappointed.  

Book Blogger Hop – August 11

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Do you participate in readathons and/or reading challenges? 

(submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

 

Yes! I love the POPSUGAR Reading Challenges that come out every year. 

I also set a Goodreads reading goal each year to challenge myself since I track all my books on Goodreads, anyway. 

See my challenges here and my progress halfway through this year here.

Book Blogger Hop – August 4

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Do you ever go “way back” to when you first started blogging and look at your old review posts? Do you see any differences from then to now? 

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

 

Sometimes I do. I started back in 2012 and my reading tastes and blog have definitely evolved. 

The one thing I notice is the way I rated books from 1-5 stars.

I tended to cut books way more slack back then and I’m kind of horrified by some of my 4 star reviews on books I would now rate 2 or 3 stars. Part of that was because I was reading a lot more indie and self published books for review and it’s always a little different when you know your rating will impact the average a lot more than it would on a major title. It’s also different when you’re reading more books with errors and you just kind of get used to it and wouldn’t necessarily get as annoyed and take a star off for it. Now, I buy most of the books I review because life is too short to read bad books and I have much more money than time. I’m reading major titles and I’m not so concerned with rating low. And I notice issues more than I used to because I read so much. I think it’s normal to grow and change in this field. Reviewing isn’t an exact science and I’ve never tried to organize my thoughts in a way to help keep an even keel with star ratings. I’ve struggled over the years to even figure out what 3 stars means because it seems to mean different things to different people. Going with my gut seems to change the star amount.

 

Aside from the star rating, I think a lot of my reviews are still how I feel, it’s just that I would apply my feelings into different star ratings. 

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Book Blogger Hop – July 28

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This week’s question:

Do you read tie-in novels to movies or television series? If so, which ones? 

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I have read some books that were based on movies or TV shows, but I don’t typically seek them out. I feel like most stories have a purpose when they are written in a certain medium. It’s probably why so many books have movies that aren’t as good. It’s because the original was meant to be a book. It’s the same with shows and movies. Sometimes, those books have an off feeling to me and it’s because it was never meant to exist in book form. Obviously, there are always exceptions, but that’s kind of my general opinion.