Nov 11, 2010

The Book Blogger Hop (5)

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!

"If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, 
do you always start with the first title?"

Oh, heck YES! I don't care if I read reviews and people say that the story is okay as a stand alone. If it is part of a series, I start with book number one. When people check out  (or ask about) books from the library that are a part of a series, I always ask if they have read the previous books. Always! Most of the times they are on track, but sometimes kids don't care and they start wherever. Eeeeek. I'm getting all sweaty thinking someone is out there reading a book out of order right now! Zomg! 

Follow Friday is hosted by the lovely Rachel at Parajunkee's View. Here is her question:

"What is your usual monthly book budget?"

Uh, I don't have a budget. Austin, TX (where I live) has a great literary community. We have great author events and signings, as well as terrific book festivals. One month I won't go to an event, and the next month there are three I want to attend. I can't budget for that! On the other hand, I believe in the public library! I check out books almost weekly (audio too) - books that I'm not too sure if I will like and books I know my daughters won't read. If there is a book that I know I will love, I will buy it. If an author has a new book out and I own all the others, I will buy it. Sometimes, if I know an author will be coming through town, I will buy it at the signing joint and save that receipt or singing day. I know the drill!  

What do you guys think? Am I nuts? Leave me your answer and I will find you!

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  1. Hey =)

    I'm stopping by from the Book Blog Hop

    and I'm a new Follower!

    Your blog looks great! I also dont like reading series out of order! =D

    Have a wonderful weekend & Happy Reading!

    Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

  2. Hi, new follower here.

    I am like you and don't have a budget as such. Sometimes there are lots of books I want to buy and sometimes there is none (or at the moment I am on a self imposed book buying ban.)
    I wish we had book signings and things near where I live. I was just excited to have a decent bookstore open 30 mins drive from me!


  3. Hey Jen, hopped in to say hi. don't have budget either, just buy, buy, buy.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. What a fun blog! I love the hop :)And I'm with you. I get the series lol

  5. I am an old follower and I am stopping by from Follow Friday.

    I have to start a series with the first book, too. I find people who don't absolutely mad. Why would you want to miss part of the story? That is crazy talk. :)

  6. aahh I wish I lived in Austin! I'm not too far though (Houston), but the literary community here just isn't the same.

  7. I like to start with the first book as well. I don't want to lose any aprt of the story!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I don't have a book budget either. I try to put myself on one but it doesn't seem to work very well.

  9. Hey! I'm an old follower just stopping by on the hop to wish you a great weekend!

    My monthly book budget is $100 and under. I wish I lived closer to a great library so that I could spend less... One of the disadvantages to living in the boonies.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads (Twitter)

  10. Hopping by! You made it over my way first I see! I'm a new follower today and I enjoyed my visit!

  11. Hi, I came trough the hop. I do read some series out of order, well I actually did one time. I don't mind, lol. Have a great weekend.

  12. If you're nuts then I'm nuts, too! And really, do I have to whine about how jealous I am that you live in Austin and I don't every time I come visit your blog? Sorry Jen. I'm sure you are tired of hearing it.

    Hope you are enjoying all your events this month.

    Happy FF!

  13. Hi Jen! I found you through the blog hop, and I'm now a follower. I'm looking forward to reading your future posts!

    Unfortunately, my library doesn't have a lot of YA titles available, so I usually buy my books. I don't really mind, since I'm also a collector and the type of person that reads books more than once, but it does take its toll on my wallet LOL.

    Have a great weekend!

    Erika Breathes Books

  14. Hi! Just returning your visit. Great site- I love banned books too.

  15. I wish I lived in TX sometimes. I have some friends that live there and there are always signings going on. I'm so jealous! Happy Friday!

  16. Happy hopping! You know...I don't really set a book budget for myself, but I really should haha I spend FAR too much on books ;)

  17. Of course you are not nuts! I hate that too. Especially when you say something to someone and they said, "oh, well I read spoilers online. So I'm all caught up." Garg!

    Oh and I spend way more money on books than I should.... I currently have over 20 books in my possession that I have to read. Yet I am still buying more books! I have banned myself from going to the bookstore until after the holidays, but there are a few books coming out that I NEED, so we'll see how that works out.

  18. You sound as obsessive as me. And I've passed it on to my poor kids. They're so bad that if they started a series with a library book, they have to get them all from the library. But if we bought the first book, they have to own the whole series. My husband doesn't get it, but I agree-- of course we have to buy the rest of the series! We started it!

  19. I can dive right into the middle of a book series if the series' story
    doesn't run chronologically.

    That is to say, if each novel in a series is a stand-alone story (like Lee
    Child's Reacher novels) then I don't feel the need to start with book one.

    On the other hand, a series of books (like Richard Hatch's Battlestar
    Galactica novels) can't be read out of sequence since each new book builds
    upon the story of the previous entry in the series.

    Happy Book Blogger Hop Friday!

    Howard Sherman

  20. Hi! I'm stopping by from the hop :) I try to read books in the order intended, but I have had a few instances that I found I was reading a sequel. Have a blessed weekend!

  21. Hello!
    I'm just stopping by on the blog hop!
    You have a great blog! I have to admit, I have not come across another blog that reviews banned books. I'm excited to read more on your blog!
    Feel free to stop by any time!


  22. Stopping by through the blog hop! I'm so pleased to find someone who reads banned books, your blog made me so happy! Keep up the good work. =)

  23. Hopping through and now following you!

    I wish my library had half of what yours does. My city is not big enough to host those things. However, I am glad that they host events geared towards kids.

  24. Love all of your responses! I have lived in a lot of places, and Austin is by FAR the best. You all should move here... ;)


  25. I'm a library person too. I could never afford all the audiobooks I listen to. We have a really great library system, thank God.

  26. I live up here in Forth worth, Texas. Yeah we don't get many author signings here. :( I think maybe I should move to austin or SA ya'll always seem to have things down there. The closest they've come to me is dallas. Which I guess isn't to bad. Anyways, I hope you have a good weekend!

  27. Thanks for stopping by Book Love! I don't follow a ton of blogs, but I DEFinitely follow any librarian blogs I find :)

  28. I also must read a series in order, even if the books claims to be okay a as a stand alone, or is a companion novel rather than a sequel. I feel like they were written/published in that order for a reason, and I like for things to unfold the way in which the author intends.

  29. Just hopping by to say: Hi:)Have a nice weekend and thanks for visiting!

  30. I wish we had that many book festivals here! I think we have two a year and that's it. D: And like you, I have to read a series in order. I hate jumping into a series halfway because there's always something that you've missed. >.< ' Also, I'm a new follower and thank you so much for stopping by my blog! :D

    - Kristin at Beneath Shining Stars, I Read

  31. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Haha, what would we do without the library? I mix between my school and local library depending on stock because sometimes its easier to take them back at school.
    It's good that you check if people have read previous books in the series if someone is taking a series book out because sometimes people are unaware of it.

    Happy reading!

  32. Just stopping by to say I love your blog!!! New follower here!!

    Girls with Books
    Teen Bookshelf

  33. Hey! stopping by from the blog hop!
    great blog, i'm your newest follower!

  34. Hi!

    Thanks for stopping by the Brazen Broads site and commenting! We hope you'll come back again soon.

    We're your newest followers.

    Have a great one!