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Friday, July 1, 2011

Book Blogger Hop July 1st 2011

Book Blogger Hop

This week I had the pleasure of being introduced to a weekly book blog hop hosted over at
Crazy For Books. I'm not going to explain it all here so if you want the details please visit that site. Basically every week a question is asked and people post their answers on their own blog and then link up on Crazy For Books.

This week's question was:

"What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?"

If it's a book for review that I will read it completely no matter how much I might dislike it. I do this because this is the agreement I have made when I have agreed to review a book for someone. Likewise, if it's for a challenge I have entered I will read it no matter what.

If it's for myself personally I still tend to finish most books. I feel that if I have invested myself to a certain point than I may as well trudge through to the end. About the only time I might give up a book is if I read about 50-100 pages and really, really am not enjoying it. Usually it's characters that annoy me the most, or horribly fake dialogue.

But what really keeps me going is interesting writing style and realistic characters. I will keep reading almost anything if those two elements are strong.

What about you? How would you answer this question?


  1. hey, found you on the Hop! I agree, I finish books that I said I would review. But if it's just a book I'm reading for myself, i'll stop if the dialogue is infrequent or poor,

    (be sure to check out my giveaway!)

  2. Thanks for stopping by! I am now following you.

  3. Thanks for entering my giveaway! Following you too!

  4. These book blogger hop questions just get better and better. This one looks easy but I think it’s a trick question. We all know it’s the same answer – the writing – but we all have different perspectives of what good writing is.

    Hop on over to my blog at and read my three-prong answer as I explain why I’ll decide to pick up a book or put it down in under sixty seconds.

    Happy July 4th Weekend!

    Howard Sherman, Implementor

  5. Hi, Gwenny! I'm stopping by your blog, too.

    It takes a lot of seriously messed up problems with a book to get me to stop reading it. I'm always willing to give the benefit-of-the-doubt, almost always, but I've had to drop a book before in the middle because I just thought it was too boring. (It only happened once!)

    Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend!

  6. A book has to really bad for me to put it down. Thanks for visiting my blog. My German Shepherds are my babies and yes they make perfect family dogs. Did you enter the give away? Donna

  7. Hopping through. New follower! Fake dialogue drives me crazy too. Especially "bad guy" dialogue.
    My Hop

  8. Happy Follow Friday! I am a follower! Hope you will stop by

    Emma Michaels

  9. Stopping by via Crazy-For-Book's Blog Hop. I'm following your blog.

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog this weekend so please stop by!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

  10. Hello again I stopped by earlier and still did could not see GFC mine was missing also. Must have been a glitch on my end. When mine finally showed up I came right over and and I could see yours. Yeah! I am now your newest GFC follower. I recently started us Chrome instead of Internet Explorer hope that isn't the problem.