Friday, November 12, 2010

Hops, Follows, and Tag Alongs, Oh My!

It's time for another Book Blogger Hop, courtesy of Crazy for Books!

Book Blogger Hop

This week's question is:

"If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?"

For review purposes, almost always (I have read the occasional middle volume, but I've found the review always suffers from being ignorant of what's come before), and for pure reading pleasure, absolutely always (I've let books sit on my shelf for years while I try to find the first volumes of the series).

It's also time for our first Friday Follow, courtesy of Parajunkee's View!

This week's question is:

What is your usual monthly book budget?

Honestly, my budget is one of those arbitrary, unrealstic numbers that rarely gets much real world attention. I might set aside $25 for the month, but let me drive by a used bookstore that I've never seen before . . . out comes the MasterCard to beat that budget into submision!

The 18 & Over Book Blogger Tag Along is courtesy of Bitten by Paranormal Romance!


Fun Follow Friday is courtesy of Simply Stacie!


  1. Hi there...stopping by via the hop. I have to start at the beginning and it's only on rare occasion that I don't. My full answer can be found here.

  2. Hi Sally! I'm stopping by via the 18+ Tag-a-long to wish you a happy Friday and great weekend!

    Tanya @ Among the Muses

  3. Hey Sally!! I am stopping by to show the love! Thanx for the comment and I hope you have yourself a great weekend! The Canadians have to show the love!

    My Bloody Fairy Tale

  4. Hi there...thank you for stopping by..:D Have a great weekend and happy reading!!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has books on my shelf waiting to be read until I can find the first book in the series!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. "out comes the MasterCard to beat that budget into submission!"

    LOL! Yup, I know exactly what you mean. Being a book addict is tough.

    Happy FF!

  7. Good Morning Sally!

    Happy Friday.

    I'm doing all three of the Friday blog runs. I don't limit myself to budget with books. I just love to read and write so that line is always doable for me. And Yes, I love start a series at the 1st book.

  8. Just stopping by on the hop to wish you a happy weekend :)

    Erika Breathes Books

  9. Hi,
    I'm stopping by for the tag along. I hope you have a great weekend. Happy Reading!

    Romance Book Junkies


  11. Hi there! Just hoppin' on by. <3 I'm a new follower! :D

    My book budget is $0! I'm a poor college student, so I only borrow books from the library or read in Barnes and Noble while hogging their air conditioning. :)

    Kristina @ Frazzled Book Nommer. Have a good weekend! <3

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend!

  13. Thanks for stopping by through the hop! My book budget is a min. of $25 because then I get free shipping (good excuse right?). However, if I end up at a half-priced books store all budgets are out the window. It's the only impulse I can't seem to control -- buying books, and oh yeah, needing my latte. I'm a huge grump when denied either.

    Charlie @

  14. Hola :)

    Thanks for hopping by our blog. I'm hopping back and I gotta tell ya, I loved your Follow Friday answer, hehe. I am right there with ya!

    Have a stupendous weekend!

  15. I can dive right into the middle of a book series if the series' story
    doesn't run chronologically.

    That is to say, if each novel in a series is a stand-alone story (like Lee
    Child's Reacher novels) then I don't feel the need to start with book one.

    On the other hand, a series of books (like Richard Hatch's Battlestar
    Galactica novels) can't be read out of sequence since each new book builds
    upon the story of the previous entry in the series.

    Happy Book Blogger Hop Friday!

    Howard Sherman

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog, just hopping back! I have never been game enough to set myself a book budget - that way I can never feel guilty if I break it ;) Some months I buy a -lot- of books, other months I might only buy 1 or 2. I can't resist a good sale though! Have a great weekend!

  17. I am following you from Fun Follow Friday! Have a great weekend.


  18. Hey! Thanks for the comment and follow :) You have a wonderful site here as well and I'll defintiely be following you too!

    Have a great weekend!


  19. Hi Sally and happy Friday!
    I have to start a series at the beginning, it is a MUST.
    Have a lovely weekend and happy reading!

  20. New follower via Fun Follow Friday :)

  21. We share blogspot themes!! :D
    How fun. I always always start a series from the beginning, even if I have to swap books in the middle of a read, or delay borrowing one from the library.
    - Dee, hopping from e-Volving Books

  22. Thank you for hopping by my blog :) I think we have the same idea about budgets - they are there to be brocken!

    My blog hops

  23. Thank you for stopping in on my blog. I am now a follower here. I look forward to reading your posts!

    Have a wonderful Saturday!

  24. Hello and thanks for stopping in. I'm following you back :) hope you're having a great weekend!


  25. Hi Sally!

    Sorry I took so long getting here! I thought I was already a follower of yours until today. Must have been having a blond moment! But now I'm a follower of yours.

    Thanks for stopping by The Enchanted Book on the hop!


  26. Happy Saturday!

    Ohh, I just saw your Erotica Romance reading challenge. Too bad I caught on this late in the year, but I'll have to look into that. ;)

    Thanks for visiting my site and have a great weekend.


  27. found you on the follow friday - my budget is very low, but i'm the same, if i find a good used book store, forget about it

  28. amazing blog! new follower from the hop. im sort of like u, i read the book i grabbed but like for Vampire Kisses. i read the whole series and i bought every book of the series so far except for the first book. im still scrounging around trying to look for a cheap copy of it

  29. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sorry it took so long to get over here. I'm following back :)

  30. Hello! I feel the same way about reading a series out of order. I'm always wondering what I've missed from before. Have a great week!

    Book of Secrets
    The Forbidden Bookshelf