Book Blogger Hop – June 16 – 22, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on 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.

This week’s question:

How do you organize your blog in terms of what is in your side bar? Do you have categories and defined sections in your side bar? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

 

I didn’t have a set plan. I wanted my search and find/follow links up at the top of the sidebar. Everything else just went in as I saw fit based on priority of visibility.

I do whatever Chrissy tells me to. 🙂

 

 

If you have a blog, how do you organize your side bar?

 

My Favorite . . . Thriller — June 14, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Thriller

 

I don’t read many thrillers, but a recent one that I couldn’t put down was Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris.

 

 

House of Leaves. Does that count as a Thriller?

 

 

 

What is your favorite thriller?

 

Book Blogger Hop – June 9 – 15, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on 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.

This week’s question:

If you could have lunch with any living authors and/or book bloggers, who would you choose and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

 

I would love to have lunch with all the authors I have worked with through EFC Services, LLC. I think it would be so much fun to sit down with them and chat.

Neil Gaiman. He writes AMAZING books, plus he knows Tori Amos, whom I adore. And as if THAT wasn’t enough, he’s writes for Dr. Who as well! The dude has it ALL!

Who would you like to have lunch with?

 

My Favorite . . . Way To Spend My Weekend — June 7, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Way To Spend My Weekend

 

My favorite way to spend my weekend is reading, hanging out with the family, catching up on blog stuff. Nothing exciting.

 

 

Snuggling on the couch with my family.

 

 

Armchair Book Expo 2017: Day 5 – Wrap-Up

 

Welcome to Armchair Book Expo!

This is the eighth annual Armchair Book Expo, and this is EFC’s fourth year participating! We are so excited to take part again this year!

 

Day 5: Wrap-Up

 
We had another great Armchair Book Expo! I still have a lot of blogs and posts to catch up on, but I will get to them all. If you haven’t participated before, you should check it out for next year. It is a wonderful event!

Here are the links to our posts for each day of Armchair BEA! Check out the other blogs and posts!

  1. Introductions
  2. What Do Readers Want?
  3. Dining With the Authors
  4. Giveaways and ISO Books

What was your favorite part of Armchair Book Expo?

Armchair Book Expo 2017: Day 4 – ISO Books and Giveaway

 

Welcome to Armchair Book Expo!

This is the eighth annual Armchair Book Expo, and this is EFC’s fourth year participating! We are so excited to take part again this year!

 

Day 4

ISO Books

 

As readers, we are always looking for our next book to read or a stack to fill our TBR shelves. What book or books would you recommend to EFC? What book or books are you excited to read this summer?

Here is the link-up for the ISO and Giveaway posts!

 

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Book Blogger Hop – June 2 – 8, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on 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.

This week’s question:

Do your bookshelves have books ONLY or do you also have bookish items on the shelves? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

 

My bookshelves contain books, Funko Pops, pictures, and collectibles. My husband is currently building me new, 8-foot tall bookshelves. I can’t wait!

 

So you know those GIANT five-cube long shelving units Ikea has? Yeah. We have two of them, plus another two 4-cube shelves. They’re all filled with books. ALL. We have several copies of the same book, too–a copy for me, one for my husband, one for the kids, and occasionally one that’s too awesome to actually read and must sit majestically on the shelf reveling in its bookish awesomeness. Um. But the point about the Ikea cubes is this: they’re deep enough for a row of books AND a bit of bookish bric-a-brac in front! Thanks, Ikea!

 

What about you? Are your bookshelves for books only or do you have other things on the shelves?

 

Armchair Book Expo 2017: Day 3 – Dining With the Authors

 

Welcome to Armchair Book Expo!

This is the eighth annual Armchair Book Expo, and this is EFC’s fourth year participating! We are so excited to take part again this year!

 

Day 3

 

Dining With the Authors

Every year at Book Expo, children and adult authors are featured during breakfast. Who would you dream of enjoying a meal with? Would it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply coffee? What would your meal be? What would you discuss? 

I have lunch with an author (Heather McCoubrey) I work with through my editing services, EFC Services, LLC. We go out regularly–in fact, we are having lunch today!–and have become good friends. (We lucked out that we live close to one another. We didn’t know that when we first started working together, though. LOL) We talk about her latest manuscripts, talk through stories and characters, and we just catch up on life and kids and stuff. I would love to have coffee or a meal with all the authors I have worked with or am currently working with. I think that would be pretty awesome! It would require quite a bit of travel, but I would be okay with that. 😉

 

Scenario: Me, Neil Gaiman, and a coffee I’d be way too fan-girled out to drink.

Me: ZOMGNEILILOVEYOUSOMUCHYOUARESOAWESOMENEVERWHEREDRWHOSTARDUSTALLTHE AWESOMEILOVEYOU!

Neil: *sips coffee* Yes, and I’ve got an accent, too.

 

Who would you like to have a meal with? What would you want to talk about?

 

If you want to check out other posts about Diversity and Dining with Authors, check out the blogs here.

 

Armchair Book Expo 2017: Day 2 – What Do Readers Want?

 

Welcome to Armchair Book Expo!

This is the eighth annual Armchair Book Expo, and this is EFC’s fourth year participating! We are so excited to take part again this year!

 

Day 2

What Do Readers Want?

What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event? How does diversity representation fit into all of this? 

For me, a good story is one that keeps me reading. If I can’t put the book down or can’t wait until I have the next free chance to read more, then it’s a good read. If it’s a book I can put down, walk away from, and not want/have to pick it up, then for me it’s not a very good story.

As for rating a book, I have many factors that run through my head while I’m trying to choose the star rating. Some of the factors I consider are: Was the book well written? Was the story good? Were the characters developed? Did the story make me feel any emotions? Did I want to read it every free chance I had? Did I like/relate/hate the characters? (I don’t always have to like the characters to like a book. If the story is good, then sometimes my like/dislike of the characters doesn’t matter.) Did I think about the book after I finished reading it? These factors are not all or nothing. They aren’t even mandatory. They are just a few things I think about while writing a review and rating a book.

At EFC, we use a 5-star rating system, but let’s be honest: it’s all a big subjective jumble anyway. I even disagree with myself about book ratings depending on my mood. Sometimes I don’t WANT to read the next great classic novel–I just want a frivolous break from reality that doesn’t make me think too much. Sometimes I want deep, flowing, intense prose. Sometimes not. The books that get the highest ratings from me are, I think, the ones that most closely match the mood I’m in when I read them. I suppose I have a vague rubric for every book–if it’s poorly written or poorly edited, it’s obviously going to lose some stars, but the beautiful thing about art is that you can love it (or hate it) for a pile of different reasons and they’re all valid. Unless you haven’t edited enough, of course. Then: NO STARS FOR YOU!

What about you? What makes a book “good” in your opinion? Do you have factors you consider when rating a book?

Here is the link to the link-up of the participating blogs for What Readers Want and Collaboration.

 

My Favorite . . . Part About Blogging — May 31, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Part About Blogging

 

I love so many things about blogging, but my favorite part is reading books by authors I may not have heard of if it hadn’t been for blogging.

 

 

I can do it in my pj’s.