Friday, October 7, 2011

Book Blogger Hop #6 (10/7/11 - 10/10/11)



This is a very interesting book meme!
It's hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books,
and runs every week,
from Friday to Monday.

Be sure to check out her blog for
the hop participation rules!

Here's this week’s question:

“It’s time to spread some love beyond the borders of the Book Blogger Hop! This week, we aren’t answering a question. We are spotlighting our fellow bloggers. Find your favorite(s) author interview(s), guest post(s), book review(s), or bookish article(s) that ANOTHER BOOK BLOGGER featured on their site recently and tell us why you love it/them! As an additional challenge, find your favorite one of EACH of the categories above and spotlight all 4 (interview, guest post, review, article).”

This is a really nice idea, since there are so many great blogs out there that need to be brought to everyone's attention!  Furthermore, this week's prompt gives me the chance to make some important remarks regarding book blogging in general. 

From the very beginning, I have always assumed that book blogging was mostly about writing book reviews.  Much as I enjoy such things as author interviews and giveaways, to me, the main reason to start a book blog is to review books.  Yet, whenever I have visited other blogs, i have noticed that reviews usually don't get that many comments.  i find this rather puzzling.  A blogger might spend some time in creating a thoughtful, well-analyzed review, only to get, at the most, three or four comments.  In contrast, posts about giveaways might get as many as 100 comments!  Yes, giveaways are a lot of fun, and it's nice to reward one's followers, but I think it's sad that reviews seem to be somewhat neglected... 

I have therefore chosen to highlight bloggers' book reviews, so I would like to feature two blogs whose creators write really fabulous reviews!  Why do I think they're fabulous?  Well, the main reason is that these bloggers don't simply dash off a few sentences in which they basically say they like the books they're reviewing, and not much more.  Instead, they analyze such things as plot, characterization, and writing style.  They engage the reader's attention, and keep it all the way to the end of their reviews!

Here they are!

Jessie @

Ageless Pages Reviews

I particularly enjoyed her recent review of
Charles de Lint's Widdershins!

Amy @

I really liked her recent review of Gena Showalter's

Be sure to visit these two bloggers and leave some comments on each of their reviews!   Both of them write very well, so they definitely deserve some reader love!!  


  1. Hi Maria! Thank you so much for the feature! I really do try my best to do the books justice when I write my reviews. Not just to rave about how much I loved it, or rant about how much I didn't but to actually tell what worked, what didn't, and what I would have liked. ^__^ Thanks again!

  2. Hi, Amy! You're very welcome!! You deserve it, because your reviews are fantastic!!

    Thanks for the comment!! : )

  3. I agree with you! Most book reviews don't get very many comments, but if it's a giveaway there are loads! And memes, interviews, and guest posts get a lot more than reviews as well.

    Thank you for commenting on my blog! I'll definitely be checking out the reviews you liked. I will also be following you. =)

  4. Oh! I just saw that you are reading Wolfsbane! I just finished it last night and I loved it! It's not as great as Nightshade in my opinion, but I still loved it. Hope you are enjoying it as well!

  5. Hi, Amanda!

    You're very welcome!

    Yes, I think it's sad that reviews don't get that many comments... It shouldn't be that way, but, unfortunately, it is. I'm glad you agree!

    Oh, I'm definitely enjoying "Wolfsbane"! In fact, I'm eating it up just as much as I ate up "Nightshade"!! And I can hardly wait for "Bloodrose", which will be published in January!!!! Andrea Cremer has now joined my list of favorite authors!!

    Thank you so mmuch for your two comments, as well as for following back!! : )

  6. Maria: you absolutely rock. Thank you for including me in this list of fabulous bloggers! I've found some new amazing sites to read - and a few new books. How gorgeous is that Incarnate cover?!
    Love your blog, Maria. It's always a pleasure to read.

  7. Oh, Jessie, thank you so much for such a WONDERFUL comment!! You're very welcome, as well! You deserve it, because your reviews are terrific!!

    Yes, the cover for "Incarnate" is incredibly beautiful! I love it, too!

    Thanks for complimenting my blog as well!!You've made my day!!! (Well, my night,

    It's GREAT to have readers like you!!!!! : )


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