Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~ Battle of the Baddies

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein vs. Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Which classic horror tale is scarier?

submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

TL;DR – how about a nice cosy mystery or rom-com?

To answer this question one needs to have read both of those books and given that horror tops the list of genres that I avoid at all costs it will come as no surprise to hear that I’ve read neither. The stories simply hold no interest for me, I know English Lit lessons attribute great moral lessons to these tomes, claiming that the authors were commenting on social issues, the human psyche blah, blah etc etc.

Do I feel I am missing out by not reading them? Absolutely not, no. I hold a very philistine opinion that MOST of these books were written purely for the entertainment value and often with little to no intention of conveying a deeper meaning or message within the pages. The authors were just telling a story that was running through their head. Hidden meanings have been attributed to the work by academics with nothing better to do than navel gaze. Dickens wrote a lot if his work in serial form with the overriding purpose being that of making money.



Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~~ Spooky Themes

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 


What spooky creature and/or setting do you never get tired of reading about?

submitted by Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books


This is a great Halloween question! I don’t like spooky books, in fact I actively avoid anything scary. That means horror books are so far from appearing on my TBR list it would take a few light years to travel the distance necessary. Books with psychological elements that have me “on edge” and make me feel somewhat anxious appear on my e-reader, but I’m not sure I would go so far as to say I would “never get tired” of reading them.




Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~~ Chocolate Chat

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 


What book series make you crave chocolate?

submitted by Julie @ JadeSky

Is that a thing? I don’t think a book has EVER made me crave chocolate! I mean, craving chocolate is virtually a perpetual state of being for me, but I can’t say that reading about chocolate, or indeed any other subject matter, has triggered a desire for that smooth, brown, creamy goodness. I do enjoy eating chocolate whilst reading and even when not reading – let’s face it, I enjoy eating chocolate full stop!
As a kindle user the true danger probably lies more with drinks, any paperbacks are much more at risk from me folding the page corner and bending the spine than they are from food.

Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~~ Traditional verses Indie books

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



Are you more willing to read traditionally published books than self-published (indie) books? Or do you not have a preference?

submitted by Julie @ JadeSky

When I used to buy physical books they were always traditionally published, but I’m talking late 90’s early 00’s. For those that weren’t alive back then, or are too young to remember, that was before the internet was a part of everyday life and when a mobile (cell) phone was the size of a house brick. The only indie published books were the ones tapped out on a typewriter, photocopied at great expense and sold or given to friends and relatives.


Raising a family seriously cut into my reading time, and I only read a few books a year. Books either gifted as a birthday present or borrowed from a relative. I only got back into reading in 2016 when I got my e-reader, and with a limited budget I discovered the joys of the freebie book. Most, if not all, were by indie authors and despite what some would think many are just as talented as the more well known names. I have quite a wide list of indie authors whose work I know I will enjoy and, given that there books are often half or a third of the price of traditionally published e-books, who and what to buy is a no-brainer.

So the TL;DR answer is that I prefer, and almost exclusively purchase, indie published books.

Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~~ Images

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 




17th – 23rd Where do you get background images for your posts, or do you create them yourself?


submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews


I love this question and can’t wait to see all the answers to it!


Mine are from a variety of sources, both personal and “borrowed” from the internet. Book covers and images in reviews are usually URL links, though the section headings of “review” and “synopsis” along with the star rating are ones I’ve created by editing and adding text or stars to images found online. My blog header and images for memes were made in the same way. I did take the photo that I use for The Sunday Post, and I’ve used other photos I’ve taken for memes and headers.


I do like to use URL’s when possible as it doesn’t use up storage space on my account and I do want to use more of my own photos for meme headers etc.

Where are your images from?

Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~~ Cover or Blurb?

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



Are you more likely to choose to read a book based on the synopsis, or the cover?

by Julie @ JadeSky

An attractive cover has made me pick books up on many occasions. However I have never purchased one based on cover alone – author and blurb are the main factors in my book buying decisions.


For the last six years I’ve exclusively read e-books and the covers of those really do NOT have the same draw power as those of a physical book. This has meant that blurb has become even more important when purchasing books – particularly since my kindle displays them as a rather boring black and white image! As you can imagine, I don’t spend a lot of time looking at them.


Book or Blurb – what’s your choice?

Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~~ All About Bookmarks

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 


3rd – 9th September

What do you use for a bookmark? A real one or something else?

submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

TL:DR is something else.

I almost only read e-books, so I no longer need a bookmark as I can highlight or bookmark electronically, not to mention the book automatically re-opens at the last place read.

When I read a physical books then any scrap of paper – or similar – is used. Receipts make particularly good page savers, though envelopes, junk mail, paper tissues and scraps of thin cardboard have all been used in the past. If the book is my own I may forego the bookmark all together and dog ear the corner of the page. Yes, I admit it, I am a defiler of books, though I would not fold the pages of a book that had been given to me on loan. I’m not that much of a philistine.


So to bookmark, scrap paper or fold?

Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~~ Aug 27th – Sept. 2nd

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



How young do you think children should be when they start reading?


submitted by Julie @ JadeSky

This feels like it could be a hot potato of a topic, to which my TL:DR answer is – “when they are ready”.


There are so many “expert” views on these types of questions and after working in the education sector for over 30 years I am firmly of the view that parents are the experts on their own child and they are who we should be listening too. I appreciate that some parents feel the need for a little more help and support whilst raising their children, whilst others need that guidance imposing on them, but we are disempowering many parents by constantly telling them how to do their job.


Each child is unique and will develop at their own pace, and whilst there are certain developmental milestones that we hope they will reach on time, not every child will hit those targets. The line between encouragement and pressure is fine, but crossing it can leave a child feeling like a failure.


I would always encourage parents to share books with their child, read to/with them on a daily basis (if possible) from birth and to discover what types of book/story their child engages with. I’ve known parents who would brag how their child could read and write by the age of three. At that age my twin boys were busy playing games outside, digging fortifications and canals in my flowerbed before flooding them with water from the hose. They built complex layouts with their wooden railway track, crafted, crayoned and painted – occasionally on the wall rather than paper – and just enjoyed a period of childhood that they would never experience again. I will never regret giving them those memories.

Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~~ 20th – 26th August

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



If you read a print book after reading a few e-books, do you find yourself tapping the bottom of the page so it will turn?

submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

This is such a great question! It brought such a smile to my face. I don’t read print books but I did find myself doing this, instead of swiping upwards, whilst beta reading a book on google docs on my phone. I would have thought the different feel of the book, the texture of paper and the weight would all trigger muscle memory to flick rather than tap, but moving from one electronic gadget to another can have me doing the wrong “action”, so who’s to say if I would do this or not?

Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~~ 13th – 19th Aug

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



Have you ever gotten a book signed by the author?


submitted by Julie @ JadeSky

Short answer – why yes I have!


The long answer is that I have quite a few books signed by the author, and I’ve also given signed books as gifts. In fact the first books signed by an author were obtained as presents. Back in the mid 90’s I queued in the Waterstones at Southampton to get two books signed by Spike Milligan – Christmas presents for my Dad and brother. A few years later I queued on a cold November night at the Waterstones in Nottingham so that Terry Pratchett could sign a book, again for my Dad. I hadn’t read him at that point and it is one of my regrets that I didn’t get a book signed for myself as I am now a huge fan of his work.


In more recent years I have won a few signed books in competitions, been gifted signed books as a thank you from a few authors and in 2019 attended the Four Brits Book Fest in Birmingham. Three USA authors were at the event and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to meet them, as well as some online book buddies. There were a couple of author authors at the event who’s books I’ve read and enjoyed, so I came back with a small haul of signed books.