Book Blogger Hop: Oct 15 – 21

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Book Blogger Hop! I’m loving the creepy, spooky theme that’s been happening in October and this week’s question is no exception. It’s also kind of a difficult one that delves into two of the classics of horror. Have I stirred your curiosity? Then let’s get to the post!

This Week’s Question

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein VS. Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Which classic story is scarier?

Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

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Book Blogger Hop: Oct 8 – 14

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


Hello, reader!

Today, I’m looking at the new Book Blogger Hop question of the week! Spoiler alert: this one is a lot of fun! And kind of difficult to answer, for me. There are just so many possibilities and it’s hard to narrow it down.

But I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? First, let me share what the question is!

This Week’s Question

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

Submitted by Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books.


In my opinion, this is two questions in one. I have a much easier time answering one of them as opposed to the other. Let’s start with the harder one, shall we?

What spooky creature do I never get tired of reading?

Well… that’s the thing. I love spooky books, in general, but I don’t think I have a favorite spooky creature. I’ve enjoyed books with ghosts, vampires, werewolves, but typically the feel of the book is more what makes it a fave as opposed to the creatures within. I will say I went through massive vampire burnout after the Twilight Years. They were just everywhere and I couldn’t be bothered anymore. But I’ve recently found myself either enjoying or very interested in books featuring vampires again.

I think, if I were forced to choose, I’d probably go with demons. More specifically mysterious and/or snarky demons who have a secret soft-spot for the humans in their lives. Think Silas from A Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. He was without a doubt my favorite character in that book! I’m failing to think of more examples at the moment. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

What spooky setting do I never get tired of reading?

Now this is much easier to answer! GIVE ME ALL THE SPOOKY, SCARY WOODS/FORESTS, PLEASE!

I love a book that features dark and creepy woods, all the better if the main character lives in said woods in a dark and creepy house (probs my second favorite setting). There’s something so perfectly atmospheric and foreboding about a scary forest that makes any story (not just horror!), in my opinion, ten times better. A recent book I loved that got this setting just right is Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston. The woods in that story were just beautifully evocative and creepy enough to send a shiver down your spine. And it’s not even a horror novel! Immaculate *chef’s kiss*

Even if the forest isn’t the main focus of the story, I still love it! Take White Fox by Sara Faring. The forest in that story is certainly not at the center of the events, but it plays a small and terrifying role. And Sara Faring makes sure you know that it’s not a welcoming place. I absolutely loved the scenes that played out in the woods.

All this talk about scary, atmospheric forests and now I want to read a book with one in it… Time to pick through the TBR!


What are your favorite spooky creatures and/or settings in books? Do you have any recommendations for books that have the ones I love? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Oct 1 – 7

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


Hello, reader!

We’re on the cusp of a brand new week and I thought this would be a great time to check out the new Book Blogger Hop question! I’d forgotten how much I enjoy doing this meme because it’s a chance to just ramble about whatever bookish topic is on the table. And some people come up with the most interesting questions! The one we have this week is case in point…

This Week’s Question

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Which book series make you crave chocolate?

Submitted by Julie @ Stepping Stones Book Reviews.


This is actually a tough one! There have been quite a few books that have made me crave food, but chocolate in particular? The obvious answer would be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, but I’ve heard some dubious things about him lately, so I decided to dig a little deeper into my read books. And that’s when I remembered the wonderful book Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James!

Though this book doesn’t focus around a magical chocolate factory, it does take place in a magical bookstore. And that bookstore has a cafe that sells some incredible treats! The descriptions of the pastries that Tilly gets to sample honestly had me drooling. Why this book popped into my mind for this question, though, was the hot chocolate. The hot chocolate sounded so good! Just thinking about it right now makes me want a mug 😋

Now I haven’t continued this series, so I don’t know if the wonderful food descriptions are in the later books, but I certainly hope so! I love a book that has such descriptive writing that you can almost taste the brownies as they are described.

And now I want a brownie…


Are there any books or book series that make you crave some chocolate?  Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Sep 24 – 30

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


Hello, reader!

It’s been… a loooong time since I’ve done a Book Blogger Hop! I’ve always enjoyed the bookish discussions this prompts, so I thought I would jump back into it. And the first question back is a great one!

This Week’s Question

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

Submitted by Julie @ Stepping Stones Book Reviews.


The answer to this question is vastly different from what it would have been before I joined the online bookish community. Because, before that, I was woefully under-exposed to indie published books! I only knew about traditional publishing until embarrassingly recently, but I’m so happy that I’ve discovered the indie published crowd. Some of the best books I’ve read in the past few years have been indies!

But the way this question is worded made me pause. Am I more willing to pick up a traditionally published book? Yes and no. I feel like I’m exposed more to traditionally published books, especially outside the realm of book-Twitter and bookstagram. And that makes me more willing to pick them up because I will get carried away by the hype a traditional publisher can generate. But, at the same time, if an indie book finds it way onto my radar, I’m just as willing to give it a read if it captures my interest! I would never snub a book just because it’s not traditionally published.

As for having a preference or not, I do think that the vast majority of my reading is still traditionally published books, but I don’t have a real preference either way. Indie published books can be just as good (if not better) than traditionally published ones. I think there’s something for everyone in both categories! I’m so glad that I’ve gotten more exposure to indie books now that I’ve become of the bookish community. These authors work just as hard as trad published ones and I admire the hell out of all of them. I just think that the weird stigma around indie published books is unfounded and comes from people not willing to give a book a chance if it’s not from one of the Big Five (Big Four? Who knows these days.)

Might I suggest, if that is a stigma you struggle with yourself, that you do a search and find an indie published book that speaks to you. Give it a shot. You might be surprised how much you love it! And, if you’re a SFF lover, like myself, I have some suggestions for you!

And those are just SFF books! There are a ton of incredible stories in the entire gambit of genres that are waiting to be enjoyed by readers like you.


Do you prefer traditionally published books to self-published/indie published ones? Do you have no preference? Do you have any suggestions for more indie published books that you’ve personally loved? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Dec 18 – 24

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


Hello, reader!

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a Book Blogger Hop. As in, I haven’t done one since October 😅 But, when I read the question for this week, I knew I wanted to join in! You’ll see why in a moment.

This Week’s Question

Do you have any bookish ornaments on your Christmas tree?

This week’s prompt submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.


I’ve probably mentioned this before, but Hamlet is my all-time favorite Shakespeare play. I’ve read it multiple times. I’ve seen several of the adaptations. I even had a couple of monologues memorized for awhile in college for absolutely no reason. I just liked them 🤷🏾‍♀️ Years ago, my best friend told me she had to give me part of my Christmas present early. She knows I tend to be a “open presents on Christmas ONLY” kind of person, so I wondered why she was so insistent that it had to be before Christmas.

Well, this was the present:

Look at him! It’s a little tiny Hamlet ornament with a tiny skull!! I love him so much and he’s always the first ornament I hang on the tree every year 💖 I’m also the only one allowed to hang him up because he has to go in the perfect spot, lol. This BBH makes me realize that Tiny Hamlet is the only bookish ornament I own, however. I think it’s time to start rectifying this situation *nod*


If you celebrate Christmas, do you have any bookish ornaments that you put on your Christmas tree? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Oct 2 – 8

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

 Do you read books that have an autumn theme? 

This week’s prompt submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.


Simple answer: of course I do! I love books that are set in fall! Fall is my (don’t grab the pitchforks…) second favorite season. There’s just something so cozy about fall, with the dropping temperatures and the bonfires and the sweaters. And I do love a book that has a cozy feel. I, of course, also love the spooky factor that comes with fall and Halloween. I’m a huge fan of scary stories, so give me all of that, please and thank you!

Now, do I go out of my way to pick up books with an autumn theme? Well… yes and no? I do love thrillers and mysteries and those tend to have a more autumnal feel to them. But I don’t think I’ve ever specifically picked up a book because it had an autumn theme. It’s just a nice surprise when I stumble across it 😊

Book Blogger Hop: Sep 4 – 10

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

 What book or books are you going to read on Labor Day weekend?

This week’s prompt submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.


Alas, I have to work this weekend and on Labor Day, so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get to do 😩 That being said, there are three books that I’ve just started so, when I do get reading time, they will be the ones I pick up!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I know, I know. I’m finally reading one of the more popular books in the bookish community. I’ve been wanting to read this book since I first discovered it existed. It sounds dark and compelling and, so far, it’s incredible! The writing and the characters (especially Rin!) have completely caught my interest. I’m excited, yet nervous, to dive deeper into this book. I know it’s based on a real, tragic event in Chinese history (the Rape of Nanjing) so I know it’s gonna get dark. Definitely check trigger warnings if you’re thinking of reading this one, as well.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Y’alllllll, I started this one a couple of days ago and I am in love! I’m reading this as part of the Hear Our Voices blog tour and I’m so excited to get to ramble on about this book! The magic is so graphic and intriguing. I’m enjoying getting to learn about the rules alongside our main character, Bree. Who is incredible, btw. Oh, and, can we talk about Nick?! Ugh… this book is going to be a fave, I can already tell.

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

I’m reading this as part of the Middle Grade Marvels group (come join us!) and, hoo-boy, is this fast-paced! There’s a lot going on in just the first few chapters. I feel as dazzled as the protagonist, Sophie, lol! Still, I’m enjoying the world being built and this is definitely a fun read. And, even though this is a thicker middle grade, I feel like it’s going incredibly fast!

Those are the books I’m currently focused on and, I have to say, they are really kicking the month off right! The hardest part is putting one down to pick a different one up 😂


Are you planning on snatching some reading time this weekend? What will you be reading if you do find the time? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Aug 21 – 27

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

 Do you look at your shelves and stacks and books and wonder how you have ever read so many?

This week’s prompt submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.


Hahaha, often 😅

Seriously, though, when I was unpacking my books after the move, it kind of boggled my mind that I had read a vast majority of what I had on my shelves. I mean, I suppose it shouldn’t since my favorite past time is reading. There’s something about seeing them all in one space,though, that makes it hit home.

And that’s not even all the books I’ve read! I’ve been a loyal library-goer since I was old enough to have a library card (and even before when I had to use my parent’s card). There are quite a few books that I’ve read that I don’t actually own. What really shocks me is looking at my Goodreads Read shelf. According to that, I’ve read over 550 books in my lifetime!! And it’s probably quite a few more since, as I’ve mentioned, I have a shit memory for books, lol. There could be books I read when I was younger that I just don’t remember.

Honestly, though, that sense of wonder and surprise at seeing all these books that I’ve read is part of the reason that I like to hang on to the books I’ve bought. Even if I know I’m never going to re-read them, I just like having them there to remind me of the stories I’ve loved over the years.

And they look pretty in my living room 💕


Do you hang on to your read books? Do you ever stare at your shelves and wonder how you’ve read so. many. books?! Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Aug 14 – 20

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

 How often do you visit your local library?

This week’s prompt submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.


…. 😭😭😭😭

I used to go to my local library at least once a week! I miss it so much!

Well… I suppose I should say I miss my old library. We’ve moved to a new town which means a new local library! Which is usually one of my first stops after moving. Honestly, when we moved to Boston, I was at our local library the first week we were there getting a library card.

Now, with all the precautions due to Covid, I haven’t even seen our new library, let alone been able to get a library card! I did sign up for an e-card so I can access their electronic collection, but I really miss the experience of browsing the stacks. I can do without eating in a restaurant again for the rest of my life. I don’t think I’ll do as well if the libraries stay closed 😩

Still, I would much rather everyone stay safe. I am thankfully that things like Overdrive and Libby are available so I can still borrow books, even if I don’t get the browsing experience to go with it.


Are you (or were you) a frequent visitor to your local library? How have you been faring with libraries being closed down? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Jul 31 – Aug 6

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

 If you haven’t read a book in awhile and someone asks about a character or the plot, can you recall the details?

This week’s prompt submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.


Dig, if you will, this picture…

Friend: Oh, hey, I’ve been thinking of reading *insert book*

Me, an avid reader: Oh! I absolutely loved that book!

Friend: Yeah? Tell me about your favorite character!

Me:

This is why I take notes while I read! If I have any hope of writing a semi-comprehensible review, I need the notes to remember what the hell I just read 😂 I have a terrible memory when it comes to recalling details.

Which is super strange to me as I’m a very detail-oriented person…

But, when it comes to books, it’s like I completely brain dump after I turn that last page. It’s especially bad if the book is a part of a long series! I will get events all confused and think something that happens in book five actually took place in book two 😅 I will say, since I’ve started taking notes, my memory has gotten a little better! If there is a significant space between someone asking me about a book and when I read it, though, I’ll probably still draw a blank.

You’d think someone who reads so much would be better able to retain information, right? That’s why my little reading notebook is my BFF!


What about you? Are you better able to remember plot points and characters even if it’s been awhile since you’ve read the book? Did you do your own BBH? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!