Thursday, December 16, 2010

Book Blogger HOP #16 / Weekly Review

December 17 - 20, 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!

"What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"

Answer: For me, I think they're both important - the plot needs to be something that grabs me and holds my attention because right in the beginning it's what decides if I keep reading or not. But if I had to pick, I would say that ultimately, the characters are what sell the story. Once I've settled into the story, it's VITAL that I connect with the characters otherwise it's difficult for me to care about what happens. I read for the emotion, for the excitement of the the experience and 9 times out of 10, I enjoy the book I'm reading when I've loved the characters.

This week:

I'm now at home recovering. I finally was able to read Last Sacrifice and my review will be posted this coming Sunday :)

 I'm taking part in the MIDWINTER'S EVER BLOG GIVEAWAY HOP this coming week. It's held from Tuesday 22 to Wednesday 23rd (two days ONLY) and I'm giving away FIVE books - The Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas. It's one of my favorite historical romance series and I can't wait to give them away. Make sure you come back and enter.

I gave my blog an exciting makeover. I loved my old template but somewhere along the way I started linking Pepto Bismal with it. I threw MAJOR caution to the wind when I couldn't find a ready made template I liked and had to create one and even though I'm a little biased, I think it turned out GREAT!!

With the makeover, I also upgraded my rating system and changed by HALLELUJAH rating into my O.M.G.S.H Award. Here it is:


Book Review - An Everlasting Bite by Stacey Kennedy
Post: Did Someone Say FREE??? - List of free ebooks
Act Quickly - Free YA Pre-Orders - Three short stories/prequels
Book Review - A Deadly Whisper by Stacey Kennedy


Hannah @ Every Little Thing said...

I'm an old follower :) Stopping by to say hello and happy holidays!

Flippin' Fabulous said...

Yay for new ratings, blogs, and better bodies!

Just Hoppin' through!

Midnight Bloom said...

I'm an old follower stopping by from the hop! Cute new rating system!

Hope you have a great weekend! :)

Liz (Midnight Bloom)
Midnight Bloom Reads

BLHmistress said...

HI old follower, love the look of your blog and wishing you a very happy holiday.

My Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop

Mithee (The Deranged Book Lovers) said...

Thanks for stopping by on our blog! I'm an old follower. Lol. Your new rating system is really cute!

The Deranged Book Lovers

Xbellamayx said...

hey new follower here :) awesome blog and layout

AnimeGirl said...

*nods* I agree with you, you gave a great answer!!

And I love the Wallflowers too! Those are very good books.

Have a great weekend

brave chickens said...

Thanks for visiting :)

Haha, I remember your old template. It was pretty good, but for this template (that you made!) black and white make it quite sophisticated.

Have a nice weekend :D

Maidenveil said...

Hi, Belinda! Just dropping by for the hop. Cheers!

Have a nice weekend!

-Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

bookdout said...

Hopping by and following through. Hope you are starting to feel better!


Precious said...

Already a follower!It’s great to see what other bloggers think!

I have some signed books up for grabs at my blog. Here’s my post:

I hope you drop by!

bibliophile brouhaha said...

YES! We are in perfect agreement on this one - it's all about the characters for me, too!

I hope you have a great weekend!

-Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

Selena said...

Hi! Old follower here. Thanks for stopping by The Enchanted Book. I love your new rating system.

Have a great weekend!


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I'm an old follower just stopping by!

I'm a both kind of girl. I need both to love the book. S
Have a great weekend!

1girl2manybooks said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your new theme and your new rating system is great! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

Howard Sherman said...

This might be the best Book Blogger Hop question I've seen to date.

So what's the answer? Plot! Hop over to my blog and let me tell you how a good plot rescued bad characters from bad book oblivion.

Howard Sherman

Carissa said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I agree that characters are what makes a story whole.

Happy Hop!

Tiger Holland said...

Hopping by to return the visit! *gasp* I love the Wallflowers! Daisy was my favorite.

Uniquely Moi Books said...

I really love YOUR blog! I've been wanting to get some one to do mine. I like my colors but I'm still not happy with it. I think I need a whole new design! And a button! Yep! Kinda scared to pay somebody though and then get something I don't like you know?

Laura said...

Thanks for hopping by! I'm a new follower :o) I completely agree that characters are what sell a story! Happy hopping!

pussreboots said...

I like your answer. I prefer characters over plot. But both are important. Happy Blog Hop.

Elizabeth said...

Hopping by from the blog hop.

Lots of good answers to this week's tough question.

Stop by my blog to see my answer to this week's question.

Also check out a design site I found...pretty neat home decorating is in the right side panel on my blog.

Happy Holidays!!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I LOVE your new layout! looks great!!

question, what is the pic from on your sidebar under the header "romance come to life"? I like the pic!

abitosunshine said...

New Follower HOPping by! I agree with you--I want both good plot and great characters, too!

Poster Print Giveaway: Let My Spirit Live

barmybex said...

thanks for visiting my blog, love ur answer.
cool blog, see ur badge at the side that you a fellow NaNoWriMo winner, congrats!
Did you get something good, i'm editing mine at the moment.

New follower, look forward to reading more from you.

Deepali said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by E-Volving books on your blog hop :)
I 'm so glad that you love the Wallflower series too, I'm a fan.

And, I'm now your follower too :)
-Dee from

Alison said...

Doing a late hop back from the Friday hops. I was out of town this weekend and busier than I expected to be - hence the lack of Internet time. Hope you had a great weekend!