Friday Book Blogger Hop – 18th – 24th June

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 often do you post on your blog and/or social media?


submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

Short Answer

Most days.


Long Answer

I do at least 3 memes per week. This one on a Friday, Let’s Talk Bookish (which should also be on a Friday but I hit publish on Saturday instead) and IMWAYR on Mondays. More often than not I also join in with Can’t-Wait Wednesday, it all depends on whether I have a soon-to-be released book that I’m excited about and want to share. The remaining days I tend to publish review posts or book blog tag posts.


I use the “copy post” option for both memes and reviews, editing details as necessary, in order to save some time. I then answer questions/prompts when I have time. Before hitting publish I try to do a proofread of the post, along with a second or third edit and a final polish up of my answers/thoughts.


On good weeks I will try to get some stand-by posts written. It means that when I hit weeks like this one, where I’m too tired or busy to bother much, I can hit publish on a review just to keep the blog updated.

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Friday Book Blogger Hop – 11th to 17th June

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’s your opinion on love triangle plots?


submitted by Julie @ JadeSky

Love triangles are quite the contentious issue in the romance genre. I know some readers who absolutely adore them and others who won’t read them. My reading choices tend to be more author based than synopsis based, at least for romance, so if one of my go-to authors released a book with a love triangle then chances are I would read it.


However it isn’t a go-to trope for me in the way that second-chance is. From the ones I have read, I recall fewer that did it well though I’ve seen it done badly far too often. In particular I object to killing off one of the protagonists, to solve the triangle problem. This is just an easy out for the author and smacks of lazy writing. Love triangles can also skirt close to, and perhaps even cross the line of, that other hot potato of infidelity. Another opinion divider amongst readers and one that I have seen lead to lowered review ratings on dozens of occasions. One of the big problems of a love triangle is that someone always ends up out in the metaphorical cold. Unless we get an unexpected ménage of course! Lilliana Anderson got around this quite nicely in her Beautiful series by writing a follow up book for the protagonist who missed out.


As in all things the tenet that underpins all my thinking is that, whilst it might not particularly be a subject/trope/genre that appeals to me personally, it’s not my place to say what others should or shouldn’t read. Plenty of other readers out there enjoy this trope, along with many others that aren’t for me. Fiction is fiction, not a “how to” guide. The vast majority of people understand the difference between fiction, be it books, TV shows or computer games, and real life, so it’s not for anyone to dictate what is or isn’t acceptable.

Friday Book Blogger Hop – June 4th – 10th

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. 


Where do you get book images for your posts?

submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

This answer has several parts to it. For actual images of the books I generally use Goodreads, and sometimes Amazon if GR hasn’t updated the cover image. Some are images off the internet and, whenever possible, I will give the appropriate credit for it. A few are photographs I’ve taken, I always try to include some of my own pictures on my Monday post too. Finally I use the free images available from the Pexels Free Photos option on WordPress.


For my book reviews I like to try and include a couple of images that are relevant or linked to the story. If I’m struggling for something appropriate I will do a quick search to see if the author produced any teaser/promo images that I can use.

Friday Book Blogger Hop – May 28th – June 3rd

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. 





Who is your favorite character…of all the books you’ve read? Why?



submitted by Julie @ JadeSky

I can’t say I have a favourite character, and I certainly don’t have a favourite book. There are just far too many for me to pick one above another and, despite slowing down these last few months, I read at least 2 or 3 books a week. This means that there are an awful lot of characters for me to have to chose from. It also means that characters I loved a year or two ago have been crowded out of my mind by those in more recently read books.


There are certain types of character, particular personality features, that I prefer reading about but even that is very much affected by mood, what other books I’ve read recently, what genres I’m into at that moment and occasionally by which direction the wind is blowing.


Generally I love an alpha male, but only if he is dominant and caring. The ones who are arrogant and keep secrets from the heroine, whilst insisting in total honesty from her, can go and boil their head whilst pulling their intestines out through their own noses. They also need to have a little bit of vulnerability that they only show to the heroine. Heroines need to be independent and resilient. They can also be mouthy and a bit bitchy, I’m not one of those readers who allows the man to be dominant but calls the female protagonist out when she is standing up for herself.


So for once I don’t have an answer, because I genuinely don’t tend to have a single favourite in anything.

Friday Book Blogger Hop // May 21st – 27th

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. 





Do you have a monthly/yearly budget for books?
Or are you a “what’s a book budget?” kind of reader?


submitted by Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books


I try to control what I spend each month on books, though I don’t have a set budget. I have a lot of bought books on my kindle that I haven’t read, so it’s quite clear that I’m a want-it-buy-it type reader. Though it is that sheer quantity of unread books that is pushing me towards being more careful and more thoughtful of my spending habits.


Like many an impulse buyer sales have frequently been my weakness, and I’ve not been able to resist buying a whole series at a reduced rate. For some of those purchases I no longer enjoy the genre, so many of the books never will be read. I have learnt my lesson now, and unless I have time to read the book right now, I don’t buy it, even if it’s on offer.


Most of my purchases these days are the result of having enjoyed an arc enough to want to own my own copy of the book. This makes it difficult to budget because some months I will have a lot of arcs (the last couple of weeks I’ve read 6 or 7), other months I won’t have many at all. I do keep a spreadsheet of spending and will postpone buying some books if I’ve already spent a fair amount that week/month.


Do you have a book budget?

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Friday Book Blogger Hop – 14th – 20th May

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 character do you think you are most like and why?

submitted by Julie @ JadeSky


The only trouble with this question is that I probably won’t have heard of the characters YOU choose and you won’t have read many of the books I have. So finding a character who will hold any meaning is difficult. Added into that is the fact that not many heroines are on the wrong side of 50, overweight with a fairly sedated life! Heroines are go getters, exciting, interesting and adventurous, so I’m really struggling over here!


In my early teens I guess I was most like Hermione Granger, well at least in terms of my dedication to school work and adherence to following the rules. I never quite mastered using a wand to cast spells though. I must add that I often feel as confused and baffled by life as Alice does whilst she’s in Wonderland. I think I’m somewhere between Elizabeth Bennett and Bridget Jones, not quite as scatty or obsessed by fashion as Bridget, not quite as well bred as Elizabeth!


So who is your book twin?

Friday Book Blogger Hop // 7th – 13th May

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. 




Do you collect bookmarks?

submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

No I don’t, though I do OWN bookmarks that I’ve either been gifted, my children made many moons ago, or are “swag items” acquired in various ways from various authors. However I no longer buy physical books, and rarely read them, so most of the bookmarks I do own are all tucked away in drawers and boxes.


However I do have a terrible confession to make and that is that bookmarks have never played a large part in my life because….. I am a ‘fold the corner of the page’ person. Unless it was a book belonging to my brother and then I had to hold it in a way that wouldn’t crease the spine (no bending the front cover back on itself with his books!) and use a piece of paper to mark my place.


And yes I’ve used till receipts, paper tissues, birthday cards, price tags from clothing and a whole host of other items – including hair grips – to mark book pages. I’m not organised enough to keep track of a nice bookmark because I tend to carry books around with me. This means I absentmindedly put the bookmark down in one room and then can’t find it when I need it again. So then I grab any suitable nearby object to use instead.


How do you feel about bookmarks?

Friday Book Blogger Hop – April 30th – May 6th

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 are some common tropes you’ve seen in a genre you like to read?
Are there any books you’ve read that reverse or change those tropes?

submitted by Julie @ JadeSky


Oh my word, romance has ALL the tropes, every single last one. Even capes and masks might feature if you are reading a romantic suspense with a secret society. There are quite simply far, far, far too many tropes to mention them all. I love a good fantasy or sci-fi book too.

My favourites include

1. Second chance – as long as the reason is sound and the “guilty” party works for their redemption.
2. Enemies-to-lovers – because I love my romance to have be rough around the edges, as well as hard fought for.
3. Captive/Forced relationship – a trope that many readers find challenging, especially when it skirts – or crosses – the line of consent.
4. Good v Evil – because lets face it, most fantasy has this battle at the heart of it.
5. Elves/Fae – I don’t care if fae aren’t a trope, I’m stating my love of them loud and proud.
6. The tortured hero – I love me a morally grey, emotionally stunted guy. One who does very good, bad things to the heroine – mainly because they both enjoy it.
7. Angels and demons – ditto #5. And did I mention just how HAWT these guys are? Especially when they are fallen angels.


I don’t think reversing or changing the trope would be particularly successful. Generally a trope is somewhat set in stone since most readers have expectations of how a trope will play out. You go changing that formula and chances are it just won’t work because it will just read as though the author didn’t understand the trope/sub-genre they were writing about.


I bet when I visit other posts I’ll be all “oh yeah, why did I not include that trope in my post? However I’m happy with my list as is, maybe. What are your thoughts on and experiences of tropes?

Friday Book Blogger Hop – 23rd – 29th April

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. 




Do you do most of your blog work on a computer, iPad, or phone?

submitted by Elizabeth @ Complex Chaos

I almost always use a computer. This is because I can touch type, so find it much easier than using the keypad on a phone or other device. I’ve never quite got the hang of using my thumbs to type! Alongside that fact, apps never feel quite as user friendly as web browser versions – though that may be down to my lack of effort at learning how to use the app. This might also have something to do with not having the latest, most up-to-date phone, often mine is 2nd, 3rd or even 4th hand with a battery life equal to that of ice on a sunny beach.


One of the reasons I’ve never been a fan of Instagram, as a social media platform, is because many of it’s features are only accessible via the mobile phone app. I’m from that generation who grew up without phones and social media, where PC’s and the internet have become a thing whilst we have been young enough to adapt but too old to really be totally au fait with everything. I’m also prone to being set in my ways, so whilst there are people much older than me who are very into social media and apps, once I’ve found my comfort zone it takes a lot to get me to move out of it.

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Friday Book Blogger Hop – 16th – 22nd April

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 many different weekly memes do you participate in besides the Book Blogger Hop?

submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews



I love Elizabeth’s question and am hoping to find some new memes to bookmark! I’m pretty full with the 4 – 6 memes I currently participate in, and may well drop 1 or 2 of them. However I’m always on the lookout for new inspiration and do enjoy visiting blogs for memes.


On a Monday I join in with It’s Monday! What are you reading?, a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. This meme allows me to reflect on my reading for the week/month and I have found it useful not only in keeping track of my reads but in achieving reading goals too.


Wednesdays see me doing a two-for-one post, featuring a yet to be released post and an older TBR list post. Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings, whilst Shelf Control is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Shelf Control also helps me whittle down my TBR backlog.


Last week I participated in Let’s Talk Bookish, a meme co-hosted by Literary Lion and Eternity Books for the first time. I like that this meme allows for more of a discussion or getting to know you type post (it’s why I love this meme too). There are weekly prompts, set a month or so in advance, for you to give your thoughts and opinions on.


Finally I usually join in with SixforSunday, hosted by A Little But A Lot. As the name suggests, each week you share 6 books that fit that weeks theme/prompt. It’s a lot of fun, though I may replace it with LTB, simply because 4 memes seems to be the maximum I can comfortably manage each week.

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