Friday, October 15, 2010

Book Blogger #11 / My Week In Review

October 14-17 2010
Hosted by Jen at Crazy-For-Books

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!


click on the title for the answer to this week's question


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?

First off, sorry for the ramble you're about to read. I really do try to give short answers. Obviously it didn't happen this week :p
This is SUCH a good question. The answer is that it all depends on the mood I'm in at that time. There are some books *groan* where I painfully endure to the end with the desperate hope that the Book Gods hear my plea and the book improves. Some books cause such a powerful reaction of dislike that I throw them across the room and when I regain my senses, I put them beside the door for when I next go to Bookmans with the vow to never pick the book up again. THANKFULLY, this doesn't happen very often. But in most cases, there are those books where the timing just isn't right and for whatever reason the book doesn't capture my interest. In these cases, I stop reading, tell the book I'll be back later and return it back to my bookshelf.

I do want to add though that ultimately I read for pleasure and the experience and emotions a book can offer. I'm an emotional reader so when a book stops being a positive experience and I can't get that connection, review or not, I have to stop because I NEVER want reading to feel or become a chore. When it starts feeling that way, I feel I've lost sight of why I read and love to share my excitement/passion/thoughts in the reviews I write. *sigh* Just my two cents for what it's worth :D

*A little later after thinking about it on the drive to work*

I wanted to share what I do for those times when I have strongly disliked a book. Whether I stop or press forward, I try to figure out why I had that reaction and decide from there whether I'll review it. There was one time where I was asked to review a book that I swear in the first 40 pages I counted about 30 references to the lead girl talking about her boobs, how wonderful they were and her anger that no one would touch them. With that I stopped and no review was written. On the other hand, when I read The Hollow by Jessica Verday and had an extremely ANGRY reaction to it. To say I disliked that book is an understatement but I pushed through it  and chose to review it. What I did do was add to my review why I didn't like it. My BFF had recently died and I was heart deep in extremely painful grief. I hated what the author did to the character and I shared that as "politely" as I could. Since then, my grief isn't quite as intense and right now I'm thinking I'll reread the book and see whether I feel any different. If I do I'll write an updated review and post it. Just another reminder that every situation is different*


 
Here's some of the mischief I got into this week

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Thanks for all your support, love and comments this week.
I appreciate it more than I can say.

20 comments:

MJ said...

thanks for hopping by my blog. Great place you got here. Have a good weekend!

BURIED IN BOOKS said...

Thanks for hopping by, I'm already a follower. I guess some books could be a matter of timing. Some people love books that I just can't get through. I know they are supposed to be great books, but I can't get through them. Pacing is what does it for me. I'm reading one right now that started slow, but the title was so interesting, so I decided to stick with it and I'm glad I did. The action has started and it's really good. Well, maybe not really good, but it's definitely better than the beginning. So sometimes I push through, sometimes not.

Heather
Buried in Books

LMW said...

I agree with you! Reading should be fun not a chore! If it isn't then it's time to re-evaluate what you are reading! Gret post and great insight on how our moods can affect what we are reading too!

The Delusional Diaries

Carmel said...

It's my first ever blogger hopping Friday! What a great idea! I'm a new follower. :) Enjoy your weekend!
http://rabid-reads.blogspot.com/

Lover of Romance said...

Just stopping by for the hop!!! I hope that you are having a good weekend so far!!

Feel free to come on over to my place at Addicted To Romance


Happy Reading!

Straylights said...

Could not agree more! Reading is for fun! And also I agree on the mood thing. Sometimes I need a book to be serious, or I need a book that doesn't have any normal humans.

One more thing, I really like your new rating system. I think 5's are given out much too frequently!

Happy Friday!!


Hop on by! :D

Shan said...

I love the detail of your answer because with books, there is never one answer. I don't like giving up on books and rarely have. I'll put it down and come back to it later, or I'll just skim-read it. But with most books, even bad ones, I want to make it to the end.

Book ♥ Soulmates said...

Hey, hey, hey! Stopping by to say HOLA :)

Have a great weekend!
♥Isalys
PS: Visit our BLOG for all kinds of Halloween goodness including a Graveyard Photo Tour, Creating A Halloween Story and sign up to win our Halloween Prize Pack =)

Jessica said...

Hopping on by to say Hi! Hope you have a GREAT weekend!

Here's my hop: http://jessica-agreatread.blogspot.com/2010/10/book-blogger-hop_15.html

Melissa said...

old follower just stopping by!

Great post. Well thought out and organized too! I'm envious. I usually stick it out to the end with a book and it is rare when I cannot finish a book.

Angela said...

Stopping by for the blog hop! Great post :)

Old follower here, Hope you have a great weekend!

Angela
Touch the Night

Amethyst Princess said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you have a good weekend and enjoy a good book.
Samantha Jo
YA Enthusiast

Dizzy C said...

thanks for coming over to my blog.
I do like your answer this week, not a ramble at all. :)

enjoy ur weekend!

carol

CMash said...

Good points made. I sometimes find that with me, depending on whats going on in real life, how much focus I give or don't give the current read and wonder if its because of real life or that the book just isn't good.
CMash

Tyhada said...

Thanks for hopping by my blog. Great post. Hope you have a great weekend!

Paranormal Haven said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a great weekend!


Stephanie G
Paranormal Haven

Mari said...

THanks for stopping by via the hop this week - I'm a new follower!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Emma Michaels said...

Happy Follow Friday!!! Hope you will stop by my blog too! My publisher and I are looking for a group of bloggers for a huge blog tour next year before the release of book two in my 'A Sense of Truth' series! We will be giving out a few more copies of The Thirteenth Chime (we can only give out so many, being open to e-books gives an upper hand) and are still open to all interviews and guest posts. We want to fill up the Amazon page with reviews and try to reach as many people as we can!!! Hope you might consider being a part of the team! Thank you either way!

Sincerely,
Emma Michaels
Emma_Michaels@hotmail.com
http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com

Maidenveil said...

Just hopping by! Old follower. :) Yup, reading should never feel like a chore. One should have fun and enjoy the experience.

Have a nice weekend!

-Len-
Musings of a Reader Happy

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

hi! I'm so sorry I'm just now making it over to your blog to visit. thank you for stopping by my book blog, my kozy korner, from the blog hop and saying hello! I'm your newest follower :-)