Friday, October 15, 2010

(Yet Another) Fuzzy-Headed Friday

So ... today is the last official day of my kids' October Break from school and I have done absolutely nothing. Unless, of course, you count waiting *patiently* for my blood test results to come back from USC while I slowly starve to death on my low-iodine diet. And trying to stay awake for longer than 3 hours at a time. Other than that, nada. Good times, I tell ya, good times. I don't know about you, but I could use a little distraction from my misery. That's where these two fun events come in handy:


I had almost decided to give up the Blog Hop for awhile since there don't seem to be too many new-to-me blogs on there lately, but wow, did last week change my mind. Lots of you stopped by to say hi, reminding me just how big and wonderful this book blogging community is. It really buoyed up my spirits. Thanks for that!

The Blog Hop is hosted by the lovely Jen over at Crazy for Books. Each week, she (or another book blogger) poses a question for us all to answer. This one's a really good one: Basically, what do you do when you start reading a book that you just cannot get into? Do you stick it out or move on?

- For me, it depends on where I got the book. If I bought it or borrowed it from the library, I just put the book down and move on. No biggie. A review book is a little different. If I can't get into a book I've committed to read for a blog tour or other event, I stick it out, if I can. If I can't, I e-mail whoever sent me the book and explain my problems with it. Usually, that kind of honesty is met with understanding. After all, every book is not for everyone, you know? My view is that I have way too many books on my TBR mountain chain to waste time on one I don't like.

How do you handle it?


Follow (My Book Blog) Friday is similar to the Book Hop. It's hosted by Parajunkee, who simply asks what books we're recommending these days.

- I have to mention Faithful Place by Tana French. My review won't post until Monday, but I can tell you now that I loved it. The book is a compelling murder mystery set in Dublin's grimy inner city. If you've read French's other books, you know how skilled she is - she creates well-rounded characters, twisty plots, and stories that just suck you right in. Her novels are definitely rated R, but I can't get enough of them.

Alright, bloggers, go Hop and Follow and find some great new blogs. If you're here because of either the Hop or FF, thank you so much for visiting. Have a look around, leave me a comment, become a Follower, all that good stuff - I'll return the favor ASAP. Oh! Don't forget that my giveaway for a hardcover copy of Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill ends today at midnight. Enter here to win your very own copy of this great Halloween read.

Hoppy Friday, everybody!

17 comments:

  1. Eek- I hope you start feeling better soon! All those blood tests are no fun :( I take my Gramma for bloodwork all the time and she hates it. She gets so dizzy from not eating.

    As far as putting books down goes, I try to read at least 100 pages before calling it quits. I hate wasting my time on books I'm not enjoying!

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  2. Thanks for visiting my blog on the Hop! Today's question couldn't have come at a better time, since I am currently reviewing a book that I am having trouble getting into!

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  3. I'm with you, if it's a library book, who cares, I'll put it down. and sometimes i'm just not in the mood for it, and pick it up again a few days later, and I like it just fine. Sometime tho, the book just sucks.

    if it's a book I've made a committment to review (either to myself or a pub), I better slog it out. sometimes I've sent an e-mail saying this book just isn't for me, and sometimes i've trashed the book in the review.

    if it's a book I bought, and it's just not for me, i'll trade it in at the used bookstore.

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  4. As usual you are perfect with explaining yourself and your actions, reactions, and thoughts. Gosh, if you are this good when you're "fuzzy" you will really rock when you are clear-headed. I'm hoping and praying for answers and "clarity" for you!

    Yep, I'm also like you in the DNF category. I am more willing these days to set something aside for the right time or just stop it altogether if it just isn't working for me. I'm even getting better at doing that with Book Group books. Sometimes I'll just go and be the dissenting voice. I always admire how succinct you are even when you don't truly like a book. You always praise the author and their talent while giving a fair review. That's hard to do when you've invested your time in something that doesn't work.

    I have truly loved my fall break....enjoy YOUR Monday when we go back. :( (No really, I love having the kids to share books with!)

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  5. PS - I'm laughing that your next book is Maze Runner. I just started it last night - 2 pages in. Let's compare notes!

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  6. Hi! Happy Follow Friday! Just stoppin’ on by. <3 I’m a new follower.

    Kristina @ Frazzled Book Nommer.

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  7. I also think that there are too many books in the TBR pile to keep on with books that you don't like!

    I cannot wait to read Faithful Place. I love Tana French's 2 other books and I'm so excited to read another one!

    I hope you are feeling better soon, happy weekend

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  8. Just stopping by to say hi. Stop by and visit sometiime and enter my book giveaway and while your there do the poll that i have going.
    I love your blog
    Have a great weekend!
    Lora
    http://readforyourfuture.blogspot.com/

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  9. hi there! thanks so much for stopping by and following my book blog, my kozy korner, from the blog hop! I am so happy to have found some great new book blogs to follow :-)

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  10. Hey! Thanks for hopping to my blog today. I've returned the favor. I'm your newest follower. Happy weekend!
    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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  11. Happy Follow Friday!!! Hope you will stop by my blog too! My publisher and I are looking for a group of bloggers for a huge blog tour next year before the release of book two in my 'A Sense of Truth' series! We will be giving out a few more copies of The Thirteenth Chime (we can only give out so many, being open to e-books gives an upper hand) and are still open to all interviews and guest posts. We want to fill up the Amazon page with reviews and try to reach as many people as we can!!! Hope you might consider being a part of the team! Thank you either way!

    Sincerely,
    Emma Michaels
    Emma_Michaels@hotmail.com
    http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com

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  12. Thanks for hippity-hopping by... so I'm hippity-hopping back.

    Library Talker
    http://librarytalker.blogspot.com/

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  13. new to ur blog from the book blog hop and now following.

    I commented on my blog that I didnt think I could find anymore book blogs via the hop....but like u I was wrong :)

    enjoy ur weekend!

    carol

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  14. Just hopping over back to your blog! thanks for stopping by mine! I'm now a follower!
    www.just-read-books.blogspot.com
    Miranda

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  15. Yeah, sometimes no matter how much you force yourself, it's just not going to happen. On top of that, if it does, the author/publisher probably doesn't want to hear the review anyways!

    Check out my Blog Hop and Follow Friday HERE!

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  16. If we can't get into the book after the first 100 pages or so, we generally give up on it and move on; however, I felt like quitting on "The Choice" by Nicholas Sparks but am so glad I didn't. The end was really good and made me think.

    You're it! We tagged you for a meme at http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2010/10/were-it-been-tagged-by-coffee-n.html

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  17. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I'm so sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well, and hope that you feel better soon. Maybe knowing you have one more follower will help? ;)

    I've never heard of Faithful Place before, but I'll have to check it out because of your recommendation! It sounds good. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your future posts. You really have a lovely blog here. :D

    Emi

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