Dec 10, 2010

The Book Blogger Hop (9)

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!

"What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs?
 Is it the reviews, author guest posts, articles, giveaways, or something else entirely?"

I like to read it all! I definitely read book reviews and author interviews. I only enter a giveaway if I will read the book or will give it to my family members (avid readers). I don't enter a giveaway just to enter. I also read blogs for upcoming releases and book tour information. Texas is huge....and sometimes an author will come and I will miss out. I hate it when that happens, but considering it takes an entire day to drive through the state, I can't keep up with every author in every city. I try....

A couple of awesome YA bloggers (including yours truly) have started a new site, Literary Lonestars. We are dedicated to informing the great state of Texas and all of its fabulous readers literary news and events. We will highlight TX authors (there are a TON of them) and let you know when children and YA authors mozy their way through town. Read my little spiel HERE and check us out HERE. We hope to have a website coming soon! Not living in TX? Still a great resource for finding out who is on tour and what they are writing. Join us! 

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

"Do you have an under-noticed author that 
you think we should all know about?"

Hmm, under-noticed? I guess I would have to say Laura Whitcomb. She wrote Certain Slant of Light and Fetch. Also, debut author Heidi R. Kling (Sea), and a hometown favorite, Jennifer Ziegler (How Not to be Popular). I know a lot of people that know them, but there are a lot that don't. This is a super hard question! Some of my family members have no idea who Suzanne Collins or Lois Lowry are, but to me...they are HUGE!

JENerous Giveaway - win a signed copy of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler ends Dec 11th
Swagga Giveaway ends Dec 12th

Across the Universe giveaway & Blessed giveaway coming soon....stay tuned! 


  1. I've heard of a Certain slant of Light but haven't read it yet. I love getting recommendations by reading other bloggers sites! I'm already a follower. My hop is at Coffee Table Press

  2. I'm so glad to see you pick Laura Whitcomb. I loved A Certain Slant of Light. I'm pretty sure I have How Not to Be Popular on my TBR, so I'm happy to hear you recommend it.

    Here's my HOP

  3. Hey Jen! Hi. I love this week's question from PJ because I love to discover new to me authors. I just read A Certain Slant of Light a while back. LOVED IT! I can't wait to check out other books by the author.

    Hope all is good in your part of TX. I miss Austin all the freaking time. LOL

    Happy Weekend.
    Missie, The Unread Reader

  4. It is hard to tell which authors are undernoticed, especially if you live with a bunch of non-readers. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Here is why I read book blogs. Happy blog hop!

  6. I love to enter the giveaways. It's always exciting to be exposed to new books with the possibility of getting to read them.

  7. I'll have to check out that book. I love blogs when they insert personality into it. :)

    btw, I'm an old follower just hopping by to say HI!

  8. First, I have to say, every time I pop by your blog, I always sigh about how gorgeous your layout is.

    Second, I love your passion for your local book/lit scene. I'm far, far, far from Texas but I've met a few transplanted Texans who have your same passion. Is it in the water? ;) I'll be checking out your new endeavor!

  9. Hi! I'm a new follower. I love your notebook layout-very cute :) My family doesn't know who Suzanne Collins is either, or Gail Carriger, or Karen Marie Moning, or PC Cast, or really most of the authors that I love. So I know how you feel on that.
    Hope you have a great weekend :)
    Caroline @ Bon Bons and Reveries

  10. Thx Audra...and everyone else!

    I'll go hop back to you all.


  11. I'm your newest follower!
    Just blog hopping by! Nice to meet you. :-) My hop is at The Lit Express.

    Come check out our 100 follower giveaway. Prize is an amazon gift card!

  12. Hopping by! Someone else mentioned A Certain Slant of Light. I just downloaded a sample to my Kindle so I can check it out. Have a great weekend :)

  13. Happy Sunday! Just hopping through. I really like your idea about Literary Lonestars. I wish someone would create that for Ohio. It would be so helpful to know when author signings and book events were. Wonderful idea :)

    I agree with your Blog Hop answer! I enjoy everything about the community - especially the book reviews and WoW.

    Off to look at more of your posts!

  14. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Great idea for the Texas book community! And I'm glad you're promoting Heidi Kling! :) I love her too! SEA was fabulous! ♥