Oct 15, 2010

The Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly event hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books and runs from Friday to Sunday. The Hop is a fantastic way to get your blog noticed, and visit some other blogs that you didn't know about before. Head over and sign up and see what you can find!

Each week a different question will be added to the hop in order for conversations to occur, and for your followers to get to know you better. Here we go!

"When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?"

My thoughts: Great question! For me, it all depends on the book. If this is a highly publicized book that has received some good reviews, I will stick it out. If it's a book that I randomly choose out of my TBR pile, I will probably put it to the side. It is possible that I will try again later. One book that comes to mind that I did not finish was Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It received many awards and was flying off library shelves. I gave it a try and struggled through the first 50 or so pages. I gave up and never picked it up again. My reasoning? I am not a high fantasy reader anyway, and the language, characters, and setting had me lost....fast! I constantly had to look at the map in the back. It annoyed me. I told my daughter's elementary librarian that I felt bad about not liking it, and didn't want to give up. She told me I was crazy, and that I had every right not to finish. Later (many years later), I would learn about ALA's Reader's Bill of Rights. The are:

The right to not read.
The right to skip pages.
The right to not finish.
The right to reread.
The right to read anything.
The right to escapism.
The right to read anywhere.
The right to browse.
The right to read out loud.
The right not to defend your tastes.

Every time I struggle to finish reading a book, I remind myself of the above. I also remind myself that I have loved books that others thought missed the mark. C'est la vie. Do you have a book that you just couldn't finish, but it seemed that everyone loved? 

Happy reading, and head on over to the next blog: Book Noise

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  1. Hopping by to say hi!

    Enjoy your weekend :D

    Stephanie @ www.bestfriends-books.blogspot.com

  2. Hello! Following you from the blog hop.

    Thank you so much for the ALA's Readers Bill of Rights--I can't believe that after so many years in the book business I've never seen it.

    It was a truly liberating moment for me, somewhere around my mid-twenties, when I realized that I didn't have to finish every book I started. I give it fifty pages or so, and if I'm not into it, it's history.

    I also love the last item on the ALA list. Within the last decade or so I decided that I don't believe in guilty pleasures (like my inordinate love of urban fantasy or really sleazy mysteries). If I like it--and it's not hurting anybody--then why should I feel guilty about it?

    So there!

    I am now following you. If you'd like to return the favor, come on over to The Book Frog.


  3. Hi Jen!
    I'm a new follower AND a fellow Texan. haha
    Love the blog! :)

    Bree's Books

  4. Glad to have found you via the Hop! I no longer feel guilty about abandoning a book I didn't like, even if it came from a publisher/publicist. Life's too short and my TBR pile is too large to slog my way through a book I don't like.

  5. Found you through the hop. Jonathan Franzen comes to mind. I read the Corrections years ago and thought, "What's with the hype?" I didn't think that book was that great, but because of the buzz at the time I stuck with it. Now, if I'm not into the book after 50-60 pages I put it aside. If possible I pass it along. If I agreed to review it, I will stick it out.

    Happy reading

  6. Hopping by, and had to stop for your blog title! Thank you so much for posting that ALA Bill of Rights! Definitely something to keep in mind!


  7. FINALLY! Someone who will Nay-say Christopher Paolini's book. I did finish it... but only because I kept reading hoping it would get better, and it never did. I even picked up the second book... and when I saw the first (too many) pages were nothing but a horribly boring recap, I said "Forget It." It's one of the few books I've ever put down with NO intention of ever picking back up.
    His story was awful! It was a huge fantasy stereotype... and when the hot elf chick showed up, I wanted to stab something. Could it have been any more cliche?!
    *whew* Ok, end rant.

    New follower here :)

    Stop by and check out my Blog Hop and Follow Friday HERE!

  8. Thx fellow bloggers! It seems like everyone calls it quits around 50 pages if it isn't getting good/better. I agree with you all! There are SO many new titles every week, and I can't waste my time on something I am not interested in.

    If you left me your blog link...I'll follow you back.

    Happy Reading!

  9. I love your response to the blog hop question--and I love the reader's bill of rights! I do reserve the right to put a book down (and I may pick it up again some day). Oh--I read banned books too;)