Book Party Time!

Book Blogger Hop

It’s that time again!  Time for the weekly Book Party hosted by Crazy for Books.  The blog hop gives book bloggers a chance to share their love of books with others, find new reads, and connect with new people!  Thanks again to Jennifer @ Crazy-for-Books for hosting this fun event.

If you are new here, check out my About Me page or my favorite books of all time!  I also have two recent reviews – Savvy and The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall.  Tomorrow I will showcasing my first Teacher Feature – Books for the Reluctant Middle-Grade Reader and on Saturday I will be posting my review of Sleepless by Cyn Balog.  I hope that you will stick around!

Each week, for the hop, Jennifer poses a question.  This week’s question is: How do you spread the word about your blog?

I try to visit other blogs and make meaningful comments and connections with other people.  I think that the Blog Hop and other events are really useful for networking, too!  I am trying to do Twitter but I am pretty terrible at it. :)   I did join the YA Book Blog Directory and Good Reads at the advice of Jenny who is pretty much my blog mentor!  What do you all do to spread the word?

Finally, I also want to highlight an awesome discussion going on at Books are Life.  Christina asks about book cover remakes (book covers that now feature the television or movie actors) like with The Vampire Diaries. She asks if these remakes “ultimately help people read YA or make people shrug it off.”  I am VERY anti-cover remake and think that it cheapens the genre.  In the middle grade area, I just saw the re-made cover of Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary with Selena Gomez on the front cover.  I have nothing against Selena Gomez (in fact, I think that she is an accomplished young lady and a great role-model to girls) but I don’t want her on the cover of this classic novel.  I feel that the original cover is far superior.  Go on over to Books are Life and chime in with your opinion.

Happy hopping and happy reading!

About Jen

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. I have always viewed words as having a magical quality-able to transport, illuminate and inspire. I was able to parlay this love of reading into a career as a language arts teacher and am able to encourage students every day to find books that “speak” to them. I decided to blog about the books I read because books are meant to be shared and discussed. 🙂

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20 Responses to Book Party Time!

  1. I’m just hopping through. It’s interesting how anti-cover remake you are. I don’t mind them but I usually get the old cover unless the new one looks a lot better. I bought the movie versions of the Lord of the Rings because I really disliked the other cover options but I usually stick with the originals. Have an awesome weekend!

    My Hop

    • Jen says:

      I don’t mind new covers–I actually love comparing covers from different countries. I just mind covers that are redone with the TV or movie actors. :( Cover remakes that I really like are the ones of Mary Downing Hahn books. The original covers of some of her books (like The Doll in the Garden) were just really dated and old-fashioned. The new ones are FAR more spooky and fitting of the book content! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Hopping by to say Hi! I am a new follower.
    Have a great Weekend!
    My Book Blogger Hop

  3. I recently read a book in which the story had been updated! I thought that was crazy.

    My post today is to encourage those who love children and YA lit to nominate their favorite books for a Cybils Award. The link is on my blog.

    • Jen says:

      Thanks for stopping by! On Skinnybones’ 15th year anniversary, the author came out with an updated book. It was interesting because it updated social references that new readers would not be familiar with. What book did you read in which the story was updated?

      I will definitely check out your blog for the Cybils Award. I do love both middle grade and YA lit!

  4. Jenny says:

    Yay Jen doing the Blog Hop! I’ve never been anyone’s mentor before, I feel so special:) I guess I don’t mind the cover remakes as much, but I do tend to gravitate toward the original covers. Most of the time I don’t think the more recent covers are as good, but from a design perspective I enjoy seeing the different visual interpretations of the same book. Happy Hopping:)

    • Jen says:

      You are a blogger extraordinaire! You have given me so much good advice. I saw your little feature on The Story Siren the other day. That was so cool!

      I like seeing different interpretations of covers as well. (especially ones that have printings in other countries) I just don’t like ones with TV or film actors on it. :)

  5. Mevurah says:

    Hi there!

    I’m hopping by from the Blog Hop!

    I’m a new follower!

    Happy Reading and welcome to the blogging world!

    – Mevurah

  6. So glad to have found you via the Hop. I’m excited for your feature about reluctant middle grade readers. My middle graders aren’t reluctant, but it’s hard to keep them supplied with good books. I’d love some new recommendations!

    • Jen says:

      Hi Susan!
      I am hoping to get that feature up tonight but it might be tomorrow. I am feeling a bit under the weather. :( I think you will definitely find some great recommendations on my Teacher Feature. One of my favorite parts of my job is recommending books to children.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I agree… I don’t much like cover remakes, either (unless the original cover was hideous).

    I found you via the Hop. Have a great weekend! :)

    • Jen says:

      I love when Jenny @ Supernatural Snark does reviews of hideous covers. Those covers for sure need a remake.

      Thanks for stopping by! I checked out your blog as well. :) Happy hopping…and reading!

  8. Angela Z says:

    Hey there! Cute blog! On your shelfari, I see you’re reading The Sky Is Everwhere? I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I’m a new follower.

    I would really appreciate it if you stopped by my blog:)

    Angela Z

    • Jen says:

      Thanks for the compliment!

      I did love The Sky is Everywhere. The poetic language and story were beautiful. I actually just had a giveaway in which I gave away my copy of it to share the book love.

      I made sure to stop by your blog. Thanks for coming by! :)

  9. Happy HOP!! I don’t have a problem so much with cover remakes than with releasing books in different sizes :( Nothing sucks more than looking at your series and it not being even and matching. LOL the things we put up with right ? Hope you’re having a great Friday and have a fun weekend planned. I’m a new follower

    Come HOP by my blog and visit

  10. It was great reading a review of The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall. I have gotten this through Netgalley, but not read it yet.

  11. Hi Jen! Just hoppin’ on by <3

    I mostly just comment on other blogs, too. I'm horrid at tweeting: I sound so transparent I feel like my tweets scream, "HEY LOOK SHE'S TRYING TO NETWORK!". So I just stick with commenting on other bloggers' blogs. That way, I can also make friends in the process. <3

    Also, I awarded you with the Versatile Blogger award at my blog! I wasn't sure if you accepted awards, though I did check around a bit. So I apologize if you don't. But anyway, stop by and pick up your award! <3

  12. Heather says:

    Well, it must be working, I’m following you now!

    I love your post after this one, for the reluctant reader!! How wonderful and helpful is that?!

    Yeah… I really like these blog hops (Good Reads is nice too, if you haven’t tried that) but I really hate a lot of social networking stuff (I refuse to make my book blog a Facebook page… (I say that… but ack… )… but I don’t think I use twitter to it’s full potential at all!!!

    Check out my Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday and Giveaway HERE!

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Stopping back for a visit……I like the reluctant reader help….just hopping by.

    Stop by my blog if you like to see how I get the word out:

  14. Hey! Thank you so much for stopping by blog and even adding a link to your sidebar! It really means to a lot to me! :)

    Not a fan of cover remakes are you? For me, it depends on the design and cover image they used. If it was really nice before, why change it? But then again, some cover remakes do look nice, so I wouldn’t judge them too harshly.

    I hope you have a wonderful week! :)