Book Blogger Hop 2017 #17

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly Hop that is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer. Weekly prompts are given in the form of Blogger submitted (G-rated) questions.

How many books have you re-read? If you have re-read books, please tell us the book’s title and why you re-read it.

I’ve reread a few books and continue to do so. The books I reread the most are the Harry Potter series, which I go through again once every year or two. The series has given so much to me and I get something new from it each time I reread it. Also, I’ve read them so many times that reading them again feels almost like coming home.

I’ve also read the nine books in the Kushiel’s Universe series by Jacqueline Carey several times. I enjoy the storytelling, the creative worldbuilding, and the representation I see in it of myself.

There are loads of books I reread occasionally for different reasons, but the most recent I’ve read more than once is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The entire book is so breathtakingly and masterfully written. It covers so many relevant and important topics within it that I often find myself thinking about it even when I’m not reading it. I’ll probably read it again soon.

Do you reread books? Which ones are your favorites to visit again?

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Book Blogger Hop 2017 #16

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly Hop that is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer. Weekly prompts are given in the form of Blogger submitted (G-rated) questions.

Would you stop reading a book if an element of the plot strongly clashed with your personal beliefs, or would you continue reading until you finished the book?

This one depends. It seems like a bit of a loaded question because there are so many ways in which it can be interpreted. For example, if the personal belief that the plot is clashing with is, say, I exist? Yeah, I’m going to stop reading the book. If the personal belief it clashed with was something like saying the greek gods live among us today? No, I’m going to continue reading even though I don’t believe those gods truly existed to begin with. If I’m already reading the book and it comes to a point where the plot clashes strongly enough, I notate every instance of the clashing and include it in my review. It’s rare that I’ll put down a book I’m already reading for a belief clash, but it will keep me from picking one up if I know about the clash beforehand.

Would you stop reading or would you finish the book?

Book Blogger Hop 2017 #15

I know I missed last week! I have zero excuses. I was limited for time and it came down to writing my BBH post or finishing writing a chapter in my WIP. You can guess which one won.

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly Hop that is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer. Weekly prompts are given in the form of Blogger submitted (G-rated) questions.

When you feature a book in your posts, do you include a cover?

I always try to include a picture of the book I’ve taken, usually pulled from my bookstagram. On occasions such as blog tours where I don’t have a picture of the book on my bookstagram, I’ll use the cover image given to me by the tour organizer or publisher. I like to be able to give a visual of the book so people know what they’re looking for if they decide to purchase it. There are occasionally books with similar or the same name by different authors and I feel like providing an image helps them be able to know which book is the correct one. Also, a lot of covers coming out lately are GORGEOUS so showing them off is really fun!

Do you include a cover image of the books you feature in your blog posts?

​The Book Blogger Hop 2017 #12

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly Hop that is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer. Weekly prompts are given in the form of Blogger submitted (G-rated) questions.

How do you handle negative comments left on your blog?

I’m lucky enough that I haven’t gotten any negative comments on my blog. [knocks on every available wood surface] I have gotten some on Twitter, but it’s usually someone who hasn’t educated themselves on the topic being discussed so it hasn’t been difficult to get rid of them. [again with the knocking on wood surfaces]

​The Book Blogger Hop 2017 #11

I am so excited to answer this week’s question (partly because this week’s question was suggested by me and partly because it’s an awesome question)! The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly Hop that is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer. Weekly prompts are given in the form of Blogger submitted (G-rated) questions. 

Do you read a lot of diverse or ownvoices books? Why or why not?

Most of the books I read now are diverse books and quite a few are ownvoices. I do pick up non-diverse books still but I’m less likely to go out of my way for them. Overall, I enjoy diverse books more because they better reflect the community I live in as well as myself. Plus, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed savior bit is a little overdone, no?

Another (more important) reason I read diverse and ownvoices books is because I’m not the well-represented cishet able white girl. I’m in the LGBT+ community, though I’m still figuring out where I belong there because, growing up, the only terms I had available to me were gay, lesbian, and queer, which was always spit out like it was meant to be poisonous. I have bipolar disorder and severe anxiety. I’m not a Christian.

I did not see myself positively represented at all until I was 19 years old and picked up a copy of Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. 7 has ADHD and anxiety. He had never seen himself positively represented until last week when we watched Percy Jackson (we usually read first but…long story) and HUGE thanks to Rick Riordan for writing that because OMG the look on 7’s face when someone “like him” saved the world just….nothing will ever be better than that. So, naturally, I want as much positive representation in media as possible. Since we read quite a lot in my household, that means I support a lot of diverse books.

Do you read many diverse or ownvoices books?

​The Book Blogger Hop 2017 #10

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly Hop that is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer. Weekly prompts are given in the form of Blogger submitted (G-rated) questions.

This week’s question is: How far in advance do you read the books you have scheduled for review?

That depends on the book and why I’m reviewing it. If I’m reviewing it just because I decided to read it, I might post it on the next open day or I might save it for later. If I’m reading an ARC, I’ll either post it on the next open day or a day closer to when it’ll be published. If I’m reading for a blog tour, I try to read the book and write the review as soon as it’s sent to me because if I can’t rate it at least a 3, it’s counterproductive to the publicity tour and I want to have time to get with the tour manager about something else I could post about it (like an exerpt). Basically, there is no obvious method to the madness. Reviews just happen, unless it’s a tour and specific scheduling is necessary.

​The Book Blogger Hop 2017 #9

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly Hop that is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer. Weekly prompts are given in the form of Blogger submitted (G-rated) questions.

This week’s question is: When you start reading a novel, do you prefer to be plunged right into the action, or do you prefer a slower, more descriptive introduction to the plot and characters?

While I can enjoy it being done either way, I definitely prefer the action start right off. That way, I’m hooked into the story right off and I’m less likely to put it down. The characters and plot can always be elaborated on later in the story, preferably not all at once.