Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hopping at the Weekly Hops!

It's time for the weekly book blogger hops again! A great opportunity to meet new bloggers and say hi to old.

Check out the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy For Books.


I'm Alison. I've been blogging for five months. I review mainly YA with a few MG books and a weekly manga feature.

Books Reviewed This Week:

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta - I loved this book. And I'm really proud of my review. Check it out!
Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman
Love*Com by Aya Nakahara
Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Questions of the Week:

Blog Hop: If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title? Definitely. It's confusing any other way. The only exception I can think of are the Narnia books, where there are arguable two "best" orders in which to read the series.

Follow Friday: What is your monthly book budget? Very little. I get almost all my books from the library. Since I've started blogging, I have spent more money on books that I sudden must have. But still, I don't spend more than $40-50 a month.

And also check out Parajunkee's Follow My Book Blog Friday.

45 comments:

  1. Happy hopping, Alison! I'm so glad I found your blog a while back...it's one of my favourites to regularly visit now :)

    Have a brilliant weekend!

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  2. Hi Alison! Dropping by via the hop! :) I'm an old follower!

    Wow, you reviewed a lot of books this week. I only posted one, and its not even mine, its from my co-blogger. My book budget is just around $30, sometimes less if I don't have much money. I borrow books from my friends too, so I get to read other books my budget can't cover.

    My Follow Friday post for this week.

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  3. Hey there! I'm behind on my hopping from last week - thank you so much for hopping by my blog!

    Blogging is definitely bad for the book budget! The I WANT list just keeps growing! Lol! =)

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  5. Hey Alison! I'm an old follower, but thanks for stopping by. I agree that there are certain series out there that can be read in different orders. Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Shadow of the Wind and The Angels Game are like that.

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  6. Hopping through and now following you! That rhymes, I know!

    I, too, cannot pick up the 2nd or 3rd book in a series without having read the 1st one. It seems rather pointless to miss the introduction.

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  7. Hey Allison =)

    I'm stopping by from the Book Blog Hop

    and I'm an old Follower!

    I also think that its confusing to read out of order LOL

    Have a wonderful weekend & Happy Reading!

    Larissa
    Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

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  8. Hey Alison,

    Freaking old follower here. You know, I didn't think about the Narnia books, but you are so right.

    Happy FF!

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  9. Hi!! I'm so going to go read your review of Jellicoe Road, I love that book to pieces!!!

    I came by through the hop, and well, I'm sort of like you, I find it a bit confusing if I don't read in order.

    Have a great weekend!

    :D

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  10. I suddenly must have books all the time. If I see it I want it. Have a great weekend!

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  11. Hi, Alison! Yeah, it can be confusing if we read it out of order. Unless the author says it's ok to read it in another way then I'll go for it. But I stay safe and start with the first book always. :)

    have a nice weekend!

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

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  12. My book budget is almost invisible and very sad *sniffs* and I always try to start at the beginning! But if I can't...I still get that book !!

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  13. hello again Alison :) I'm an Old Follower!

    I try to get most of my books from the library.. but I always have impulse purchases when I am out. We have lots of great used bookstores around here and.. I always end up leaving with something. :) I always read series in the correct order. I read Narnia beginning with the Magician's Nephew, but I wished I hadn't lol. I read it a long, long time ago, and I got so attached to the characters in that book.. but then they just disappeared lol

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

    I usually start by the first book in a series as well. Otherwise I just end up confused and having to go back anyway! But every now and then I'll skip the first book in error and find out about it later the hard way.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads (Twitter)

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  15. HI Alison! Thanx for showing some love so I am going to show the love back! I am now following you!
    Have a great weekend!

    Kristen
    My Bloody Fairy Tale

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  16. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are having a great weekend.

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  17. I REALLY need to start going to the library. Or at least check my local one out. I liked it a lot when I was younger, I just haven't yet gone in the past couple of years. Anyway, old follower - hope you have a great weekend!

    If you get a chance, check out my blog :)

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  18. My budget is about the same too. already follow and I think you'll love it here when you do move here. Let me know when that is, so we can meet up. Have a great weekend.

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  19. Happy Friday Alison! Hope you have a wonderful weekend:) I should definitely go to the library more, but sometimes my car just drives itself to the bookstore and I have no idea how I ended up there. Weird.

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  20. I can't read out of order, it messes with my head!

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  21. I agree, I always like to read a series in order!

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  22. I should probably go to the library more often. I don't get a lot of money for books so it would probably help...
    And thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  23. Hey Alison, thanks for commenting on my Christmas meme! I did make that book "tree" sculpture myself, from my own book collection. It was way harder than I thought it would be (I am certainly not meant to be an architect) but I'm happy with how it turned out! :)

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  24. Hey! Dropping by from the blog hop and follow friday! i'm your new follower! hope you'll check out my blog.

    http://bookgeekcentral.blogspot.com/

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  25. Thanks for following me, I'm your newest follower:):):)

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  26. Thanks for stopping by the blog and following. Like the look of yours and I'm a new follower! Hope you are enjoying Tyger Tyger!

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  27. Thanks for the comment - you're welcome to steal my review format, if it works for you (everybody is different).

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  28. Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog. My sister hates Dr. Seuss books,so I completely understand. I think I like them because I love to make up words.

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  29. 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
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  30. Hey Alison! Thanks for stopping by!

    I have a hard time starting books in the middle of the series. I always feel like I'm missing something.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

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  31. Ok, I need to know the other "best way" to read the Narnia books! Please explain!!

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  32. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your blog looks wonderful and I look forward to reading more of your posts. Hope you have a good weekend and happy reading!

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  33. hi Alison! Thanks for stopping by my book blog, my kozy korner, and saying hello from the hop! I agree about the series reading. I'd buy all the books I read if I could! have a great weekend! oh and thanks for following, I'm now following you as well.

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  34. Everyone's budget if they have one seems to be about 50 or less. I'm begining to think mine is the only one that's high then again I don't have a set budget. Anyways just stopping by to say hello.

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  35. Hi Alison! Thanks for stopping by Attack of the Book! ;)

    I'm an old follower. I agree, I have to start a series at the beginning.

    Have a great weekend!

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  36. Oh, I LOVED Jellicoe!! Going to check out your review now!

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  37. Hey! I'm returning the hop visit- I'm a new follower- psyched to see that you were a BSC fan- can't wait to read some of your reviews!

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  38. Hi!

    Just hopping through! Thanks for stopping by The Enchanted Book. I'm a follower now too.

    Selena
    http://theenchantedbook.blogspot.com/

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  39. Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's always nice to know of other people going to the library lots too.

    I'm following you too, I hope you'e enjoying your weekend :)

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  40. I just feel kind of bad reading books out of order! :) I want to fully invest my time in getting to know the characters anyway.
    I read your review of Jellicoe Road. WOW! No wonder you're proud of it! It was an amazingly insightful review. I have to read that book now, have to!
    Also, I took up the challenge for the book blogger hop, and you were the blogger I chose to get to know better. I really enjoyed reading your posts, and I'll be sure to keep coming back (shh, don't tell, but you are one of my new favorites). :)
    Have the best weekend!

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  41. amazing blog! keep up the amazing work! i agree with your budget! go to the library first, if you can't find it there...buy it:)

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  42. Hi Alison, Old follower here :)

    I always choose the library too, if possible! There are few books I'd want to stock on my limited shelf space.

    - Dee, hopping from e-Volving Books

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  43. Hello sweetie. Thanks for stopping by and for a wonderful comment. You seem to have a fun personality from the way to write. Keep it shiny!

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  44. Stopping by from the hop! Yes, I have to start a series from the beginning too. If I don't, I feel like I'm missing something. Have a great week!

    Diana
    Book of Secrets
    The Forbidden Bookshelf

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  45. Hopping by to say enjoy the rest of your week!

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