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The Friday Book Blogger Hop Strikes Back

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It’s that time again – time for the Friday Book Blogger Hop by Crazy for Books! The Hop is an opportunity to check out what other book bloggers are up to, socialize, and get to know one another. (Readers are always welcome to chime in on my posts, too!)

This week’s prompt is: “Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!”

I am an epic, epic nerd, but I am so excited about the Avatar comic that I bought while visiting a friend in Chicago this week. I love this show, I will be posting a squeeful post all about it as soon as I read the book, you will all have to be subjected to it for ages as soon as the sequel starts coming out this fall. Also, this is the first book I’ve actually bought new in…at least three months. I’m rather proud of myself.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures

The Friday Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Another Friday, another Book Blogger Hop (hosted by Crazy For Books)! The Hop is a weekend-long event for book bloggers (and their readers) to get together, talk about books, and meet some new blogs. Click on the logo above for the full list of rules.

This week’s question is: How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap? (I love this question – I try to answer it in every review I write, because I think it’s fun to see where people find things.)

  • The vast, vast majority of the books I read and review come from the library. I’m on a book buying hiatus of sorts right now, due to my lack of steady income and complete lack of anywhere to put more books. But I’ve always been a heavy library user, and I like to try books out before I add them to my mountain of a personal library, so my first reaction upon hearing of a new book or writer I think I might like is to check the catalog.

(I was thrilled to see how many other people also get many of their books from the library – remember, guys, to support your local libraries not just with use but also with votes whenever it comes up. Library budgets are getting hit hard in this economy, and they need your help.)

  • Next most frequent is probably my local used bookstores, most often The Frugal Muse. The Muse is great, they offer good prices when buying back and selling books, they have really extensive collections, and they’ll order books that they don’t have in stock. I love them a lot, and whenever I need to get rid of books, I turn them around in here.
  • Now that I have my Nook, I’ve built up a stash of ebooks, too. The first thing I did when I got the shipping notification was go to Project Gutenberg and start downloading. Complete Works of Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen…and also the more obscure public-domain authors I like, like Elizabeth Gaskell and Baroness Orczy. (You can’t even find most of the Scarlet Pimpernel books in print any more, but here they are, in all their pulpy glory.) I’m also stocking up on egalleys from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster. NetGalley is particularly great if you want to get in on reviewing brand new or unpublished books but you’re a new blog without a ton of followers – although it sometimes takes a while, I’ve gotten a copy of every book I’ve requested so far.
  • Finally, now that my blog is taking off a little, I’m reading a few books sent to me from publishers or for book tours. I’m just finishing up The Tempering of Men by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, which Tor publicity was kind enough to send me when I gushed at them about how much I loved A Companion to Wolves. It never hurts to ask.

I am so glad I have a chance to be sociable this weekend – I’ll see you around!

The Friday Book Blogger Hop Returns

Book Blogger Hop logo

It’s that time again – time for the Friday Book Blogger Hop by Crazy for Books! The Hop is an opportunity to check out what other book bloggers are up to, socialize, and get to know one another.

This week’s discussion question is: “How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?” Oh god. I don’t have the courage to count, but at a rough estimate I’d say at least a hundred on the primary TBR shelf and growing. I’d been trying to keep it confined to one shelf on the bookcase, but it’s recently metastasized onto another one…

It’s Friday! Time for the Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to the Friday Book Blogger Hop, by Crazy For Books! The Hop is a weekend-long event for book bloggers (and their readers) to get together, talk about books, and meet some new blogs. Click on the logo above for the full list of rules.

The discussion topic for the week is:“Share your favorite post from the last month and tell us why it’s close to your heart!” My favorite post this month is my review of A Shadow in Summer. I’ve got a soft spot for it because it was one of my first real full-length book review posts, and the first one I felt really got across why I loved the book so much and why I thought other people would want to read it. I hope I’m keeping up the high standards I’ve set for myself!

I’ve got to run to work (how dare work get in the way of my blogging!), but I’ll be back around this weekend with more blogging, and to spend some time with the other blogs of the Book Blogger Hop.

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