Friday, July 1, 2011


It's time for the book blogger hop, hosted by Crazy for Books. Join the fun! Here's what to do- I just copied the whole shebang this week, editing where needed:
Book Blogger Hop

Grab the Logo!

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list at Crazy for Books!!

The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week, so if you don’t have time to Hop today, come back later and join the fun! This is a weekly event! And stop back throughout the weekend to see all the new blogs that are added! There are over 200 links every week!!


Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.

1. Post about the Hop on your blog (feel free to grab the logo at the top of the post!)

Spread the word about the book party! The more the merrier!

In your blog post, answer the following question (new question each week!).

This week’s question comes from Sue who blogs at Cookie’s Book Club ! Thanks for submitting a question for our Hoppers, Sue! Be sure to visit her blog and tell her thank you!

What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?

It's hard to explain exactly what keeps me reading. Sometimes it's the recommendation that led me to the book in the first place. I keep reading because I expect the book will grow on me, even if the first few pages don't particularly grab me. Sometimes it's bullheadedness. If I'm determined to read a book I'll read it even if the first few pages are dull. But as for what keeps me reading the books that I pick up more or less at random? It's that hard to define "voice." Something about the way the character (or narrator) relates to the reader sucks me in to the story.

What makes me put a book back on the shelf? I don't like graphic violence, particular when it's used as a device to grab a reader's attention at the opening of a book. If an author uses violence against, torture of, or terrorization of a child as a "hook," it pretty much guarantees I'll not be reading that book.

Now I'm off to see what others have to say!


  1. I'm interested in whether you've read The Hunger Games. And, if you have, what you thought about it.

  2. I very rarely put a book down once I start it. I have that "bullheadedness" I just have to finish and know what happens even if I don't like it. Which makes me more careful of what I pick up these days.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I rarely not finish a book, but as my TBR pile grows I'm more likely to put it aside and try it later if it doesn't capture me right away.

    Girl Who Reads

  4. Hi, Susan! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting!

    I agree with you -- graphic violence is a huge turnoff for me, as well. Readers can pretty much put in details on their own, if they so desire, without having all of them described, gore and all, by a writer. It's bad enough that human beings are capable of committing the most horrible acts against their fellow human beings. We don't need to know all the barbaric details!

    The Harry Potter series has been criticized for this. I would have to concur, although I do like the books. But in some chapters, Rowling does get too graphic with the violence!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I agree with you on graphic violence. When it doesn't add to the story there is absolutely no reason for it to be in the book.

  6. Thanks for stopping by.
    Have a good weekend.

  7. Hopping through. There are lots of reasons I'll keep going or give up on a book. Often a recommendation is what keeps me going on a book.
    My Hop

  8. I agree on the violence against children. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  9. Stopping by via Crazy-For-Book's Blog Hop. I'm a new follower.

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog this weekend so please stop by!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

  10. I think I have that same bullheadedness :) new follower

  11. I agree, sometimes it is sheet bullheadedness! For me, if nothing exciting has happened by chapter three AND I don't like the writing style, it goes back on the shelf.