Friday, September 24, 2010

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday and a GIVEAWAY

Follow Friday!



What is your high fashion book? --- translation --- best book cover ever.

The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey would have to be my favorite cover. It's sleek lines and stylish color choice, along with the hauntingly mysterious imagery always works to pique curiosity and then highly disturb people unfamiliar with Mr. Gorey's work.
How could I ask for more from a book cover?


Blog Hop!
Book Blogger Hop

When you write reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you have read the entire book?

I write them after I have read the whole book, but I have a series of questions that I answer for myself to try to keep things consistent. I've been pondering, though, if I shouldn't make more notes AS I read.

And please check out my giveaway here:
(I am giving away a copy of Coraline, and a Coraline Doll)



91 comments:

  1. Love your new look. It's clean and clear:)
    Entered your giveaway and thanks for visiting and letting me know.

    I agree, I like that intriguing book cover also.

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  2. I like that book cover too- definitely makes me want to read it! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy Friday!

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  3. Thanks for stopping by.
    Have a great weekend!
    ~Inspired Kathy
    I Am A Reader, Not a Writer

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  4. Hi Heather! Thanks for following me, I'm following you back!
    Hafsah IceyBooks

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  5. Oh! Love Edward Gorey!

    Thanks for stopping by mine. Happy Friday!

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  6. I too write after the book. I think it would be too much of a distraction otherwise. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend. :)

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  7. What an awesome cover!! So creepy - I love it!

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  8. well hello! Thank you for visiting my site - I'm now a follower :) Have a great Friday!

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  9. I think since I've started really taking notes that my reviews have improved. It's easier to remember names of factions and characters. At least it's good for me.

    -Shera (Book Whispers)

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  10. Hi heather thanks for visiting my blog on the hop! I now follow yours too. Great giveaway I'll definitely have to enter!

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  11. Thanks for hopping by my blog earlier, Heather! I do not take notes as I read either--my reviews are straight from the hip. I write what I thought and what I liked about the book and that's that!

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  12. Hi there. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I'm off to explore your blog!

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  13. I sometimes wish I took notes while I read but I think it would be hard to stay in the story if you keep stopping to jot things down. Though when I need to write up a review I wish I had those notes!

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  14. Thanks for stopping by from this week's blogger hop. I hope you have a great weekend!


    Stephanie G
    Paranormal Haven

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  15. Just hopping on by! I've been thinking maybe I should make notes while I read, but I'm worried that won't allow me to really get immersed in a book...not sure.

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  16. Hi,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - I followed you back to yours. :)

    Have a great weekend.

    M

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  17. Hi, thanks for hopping over to my blog www.susankmann.co.uk. I'm hopping back and I'm a follower. I review once finished the book. Have a great weekend. x

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  18. Thanks for stopping by my hop! I don't tend to take notes but a lot of people do. I do take mental notes of passages I want to quote though! BTW, is your contest international or just for the US? I want to add it to Book Contest Directory. Have an awesome weekend!

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  19. hey Heather, hopping right by. really cool blog. love the blue squids. =)

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  20. Ooh, I'd like a Coraline doll! Book, too. (I collect dolls, and if they are book characters, so much the better!).

    Thanks for hopping by my blog.

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  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm followering back.

    I would have to agree, that book cover is really cool!

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  22. Hi Heather! Just hopping by.
    I really like the cover you chose--it's very different.

    I'm your newest follower, by the way.
    Have a great weekend! :)

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  23. Hoppin on by to say hi! I'll have to check out your giveaway.
    Natalie :0)

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  24. Love your squids!! Thanks for visiting (and I love The Gashlycrumb Tinies, too!).

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  25. That is a great book cover :)

    Hopping on by and guess what? I'm a new follower!!

    Black Disaster Fairy

    literarydaydreams.blogspot.com
    wickedsexybooks.blogspot.com

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  26. Dropping by via the hop. :) If you have time, drop by my blog and say Hi. Also became a follower.

    You can also join my 200 Follower Giveaway by clicking HERE.

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  27. I love that book cover! I've never seen it before. So unique.

    (I'm a new follower!)

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  28. Hello, just stopping by to say hello and that I adore your blog! I was subscribed to your blog through Google Readers but now I'm following it. Have a great weekend!

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  29. Love the cover, great find! :) Going to check out the giveaway now. come back to my blog to enter my international giveaway, I'm just launching it!

    http://readseverything.blogspot.com/

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  30. You know, the standard list of questions to ask yourself for a review is a good idea! I take notes with certain books, and still I feel my reviews and babbling, random, nonsense. :)

    Have a good weekend!

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  31. Heather, I have to laugh. As I've been going through the Hop list, I keep ending up posting my comments on people's blogs immediately after yours. It's like I'm trailing you through the blogosphere.

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  32. Thanks for following me! Following you back... looking forward to seeing what you come up with on your blog!
    Pris
    www.benterudbookshelf.blogspot.com

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  33. Hi! Thanks for following! I'm following you back now :) I loved Coraline! Great book!

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  34. What a great cover on The Gashlycrumb Tinies!
    Old follower hopping on by :)

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  35. I love Edward Gorey!

    Thanks for stopping by! I'm a new follower and I love the squiddies. :)

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  36. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I'm following you back! Be sure to check out my giveaways if you haven't already!

    Tara - Hobbitsies

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  37. thanks for stopping by my blog, you've got such an adorable site! love the mermaid!

    And Coraline? one of Gaiman's best!

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  38. Thanks all for stopping by!

    And make sure, if you want to enter my giveaway, that you reply ON the giveaway post!!!

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  39. Thanks for following my blog. :)

    I'm your newest follower! Awesome post! Have a great weekend! :D

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  40. Thanks for stopping by my blog-nice place you have here. I love Coraline-if I didn't already have it I would definitely have signed up for your giveaway. Neil Gaiman is amazing.

    Have a great weekend!
    MJ's Literary Odyssey

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  41. Stopping by on the hop to visit. Your header is great. Old follower. Thanks for stopping by and following me.

    Jennifer @ BookNoise

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  42. Thanks for the follow. Love your blog! I'm your newest follower!

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  43. Just stopping by to share some Friday blog love! I love your book cover pick! Have a great weekend!
    A Trillian Books

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  44. New follower. Saw you over at my hop so I hopped on over! Seems a lot of us read then write, although I've seen a few bloggers who have to write as they read or take notes.

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  45. Hey - thanks for stopping by! I also love your book cover pick!!

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  46. Thanks for stopping by! I just became a follower here. I'm off to check out your Coraline giveaway!

    Have a great weekend! :)

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  47. Hopping by to say hi and have a great weekend!!
    CMash

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  48. Thanks for hopping by my blog. I enjoyed looking around your site. I am now following you too!

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  49. Hi Heather, thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm now following you. I am a notetaker. I get these litter reporter-style spiral notepads from Staples and keep one next to me as I read. I find this easier than trying to go back through the book looking for quotes or trying to write without notes.

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  50. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)
    I should definitely take more notes as I read too. Sometimes I'll finish a book, go to review it, and then not remember exact details, so my review ends up really general. Maybe I should get a notebook just for book notes. I think this sounds like an excuse to buy an awesome new notebook.
    Also, I love the book cover you picked. It just makes me want to go read the book.
    I'm off to check out the Coraline giveaway!
    -Reading While Female

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  51. Hey Heather ,
    Thanks for stopping by on my Blog and I am now returning the favour of following yours. I love the book Coraline but still haven't getten round to watching the film.

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  52. Just hopping by....

    Stop by my blog if you get a chance for the answer to this week's questions…it was my question that was chosen…pretty neat.
    I also have a lot of review you may want to check out.

    Happy Hopping, Everyone....hop on over to my blog to see my answer to the rating question.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  53. Stopping by the blogger hop to say hi!
    I'm new to your blog, and I love it! I follow now!
    Here's mine if your interested:
    http://bookmarkyourthoughts.blogspot.com/2010/09/book-blogger-hop-september-24th.html
    There's an important link at the bottom for a lost Author.

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  54. Just hopping back, thank you for stopping by my blog! Happy weekend :)

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  55. Thanks for commenting over at my blog! I'm now following yours! Yours is fantastic and I love your header art!

    Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books

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  56. I love Edward Gorey!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! :)

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  57. Wow, I've never seen so many comments. I feel good if I get 5-10. Ha! thanks for dropping by on the hop.

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  58. Stopping by from the hop. I love your header. It's great. I jot notes down from time to time, but I don't let it become too intrusive. That would take away from my joy of reading.

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  59. Just hopping through! Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great weekend!

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  60. Just hopped in to say hi, love your blog and I am now following,drop in and check out my blog at kittycrochettwo.blogspot.com
    Have an awesome weekend!

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  61. Thanks for stopping by the Hop! Answering specific questions is a great idea. I may have to try that!

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  62. (hands waving wildly)
    ME! ME! ME!

    I'd love to enter your Coraline giveaway.
    I'm a school librarian. It would be a big hit there.

    debnance at gmail dot com

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  63. What did you do, visit everybody? I wish I had the time, but I don't. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Some books I take notes as I read, especially if there's a quote that stands out to me or if I'm learning a lot of things and want to make a list for future reference.

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  64. Interesting answer. I never thought of doing reviews that way, but it sounds like a good idea.

    I just stopped by from the Hop. Have a great weekend!

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  65. Totally Lovin' your Fab Page.

    Returning the Hop.

    A series of questions? I will have to adopt that :-)

    -Stacey @ Flippin' Fabulous- A Reader's Record

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  66. Thanks for stopping by , I am a new follower. Definitely one of the cutest blogs I have seen. I have been smiling since I signed in. Can't wait to catch up on your reviews.

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  67. Returning your visit...thanks for coming by! Have a great weekend!

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  68. Hopping by to return the visit and follow!

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  69. Hi, Heather! Thanks for dropping by the blog. Following back. ;) Love the cute squids!

    Have a nice weekend!

    -Len-
    Musings of a Reader Happy

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  70. Oh, how cute is your blog! Thanks for stopping by today!
    1001 Books

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  71. I like your blog!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  72. New follower. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are having a great weekend.

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  73. Hopping over to say have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

    Great cover!

    Lu

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  74. Thanks for stopping by The Window Seat Reader! I am thinking about keeping better notes as I read, too - but still saving the review for a bit later. Hmm. Have a great weekend!

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  75. Wow! This is quite an intriguing cover. It reminds me of The Nightmare Before Christmas or something. Lol I like how you say it serves to highly disturb people unfamiliar with the author's work.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my site!

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  76. Hopping by to say hello. I suppose we're all picking new covers because we've been reading new books. I just love so many! I do love the one you've chosen, though I haven't read that book.

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  77. Hopping through. You're right - those are great covers!
    My Hop

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  78. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog! You picked an interesting book cover that caught my attention.

    I'm a new follower, I hope you enjoyed your weekend :)

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  79. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your header. It made me laugh.

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  80. Hopping by to say hi! Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

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  81. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Taking notes while you read is great fun, you should definitely try it. Following you.

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  82. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog--sorry I'm so slow at returning the favor. But I love your design and look forward to reading your reviews!

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  83. I hope you have had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by my blog this week. I'm following your blog now too :)

    I also write my reviews after reading the book.

    Have a wonderful week!

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  84. Just hopping by….

    Stop by my blog if you get a chance for the answer to this week’s questions…it was my question that was chosen…pretty neat.
    I also have a lot of review you may want to check out.

    Happy Hopping, Everyone….hop on over to my blog to see MY answer to MY question.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  85. i read them first then write reviews!

    hi I'm a new follower, found you tru the Follow Friday! If you have time, come visit me at

    http://bookinglyyours.blogspot.com/

    have a great blogging day!

    ~iamjenai~

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  86. Thanks for stopping by everyone!!! I'm so glad to see you all!

    And yes, when the Book Blogger Hop or Follow Friday has a question I really want to see people answer, I do try to go to them all... and I never copy and paste a blanket response... I always read every single one and type out a unique message to them :)
    (although I do just copy and paste my link back here... because that's not special)

    And yes! I did design my header! I did the illustration myself, although the tentacles are from an antique illustration that is copyright free. XD Thank you!

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  87. I love Edward Gorey

    There use to be this show on PBS called Mystery and they used Edwards drawing/animations for the opening theme song!

    I found it on Youtube Here

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  88. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower!

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