Book blogger hop: haunted libraries


Again this week, I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

You come across an old library that has the one book you’ve been searching for for years, but the library happens to be haunted by ghosts. Would you go into the library to find the book?

And the answer is yes because I don’t think I actually believe in ghosts.  Or, if I do (because the jury is not completely 100% in yet) I don’t think they can harm me.  Plus, if I really want a book, I have to go get it.

I’m fairly confident in my answer because I have done a few ghost walks and ghost hunts in my time – I have a friend who does them for a local charity – and I’ve always been the one that volunteers to go down the dark corridor or up the creaking stairs.  I do jump, but normally because someone else does, starting a chain reaction.  I always figure that what you don’t let yourself see if worse than what you possibly can (it’s normally just a shadow I hate to say).

There is something fun about the being scared, the entering of the unknown, and it would be the same in the library.  There is also something about facing your fears, which I’m a big believer in.  I try not to turn away from a challenge unless I’m likely to injure myself (in which case I’m a complete coward) and I don’t think you can get injured on a ghost walk – at least I haven’t so far.

The only downside to this question though is, nowadays, is there a book I couldn’t find on the internet, avoiding the whole situation?  What do you think? Would you entered a haunted library?

Emma

Book blogger hop: scary tales

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I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

Name one book that scared you so badly that you couldn’t finish reading it.

This will be a short response this week because I’ve never been so scared by a book that I haven’t finished it.  I have stopped reading books that I found too gory – Rats by James Herbert springs to mind and I know there are others but never because they were too scary.

That doesn’t mean I don’t find books scary I just like been scared.  I love horror films (of the non-gory kind) and horror stories.  My taste is more bump in the night scary though and gothic horror.  So ghost stories are a big hit for me – books by authors like Susan Hill and books like The Woman in Black or The Small Hand.

The one that kept me up the first time I read it though, wanting to sleep with the hall light on for the first time since I was little, was Dracula. It completely freaked me out, which I hadn’t expected given it’s age and how well I thought I knew the story but it did nevertheless. Glutton for punishment that I am, I now read it every year around Halloween and love it.

What about you? Have you ever been scared out of reading?

Emma

Book blogger hop: encouraging others

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I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

Do you encourage other reading friends to start a blog or at least put their thoughts/reviews on public reading sites such as Goodreads, Amazon, etc?

My answer is yes I do but not many of them take me up on it.  I have one friend who blogs, but not on books, and friends who follow my blog but say they don’t have the time, interest, and/or inclination to do the same themselves.  I understand – it isn’t for everyone and blogging does take commitment, even for those of us who blog somewhat sporadically.  Still, I do tell everyone how much I enjoy it so one day you never know.

I can’t say I’m as enthusiastic about recommending reviewing on sites such as goodreads but that’s because I don’t use them much myself.  I do post reviews, but it’s not regularly.  Instead, I do it in bursts then forget about it until the next time I get an email telling me I’ve been reading the same book on goodreads for a month!  I don’t feel I can promote something I don’t use as I can’t say if it’s good or not or what the benefits are.  Maybe if other friends used it the way they use facebook etc I might but for now they don’t so I don’t either.

What about you, do you encourage people? And what do you encourage them to use?

Emma

Book blogger hop: novel ideas

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I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

Have you ever wanted to write a book? If so, what genre would you choose? And…have you been successful in writing a book?

And my answer is yes (to the wanting to) and no (to the ever been successful at it).

I wonder if there is any of us out there who haven’t thought about it – what it would be like to be writing vs. reading words – and it crosses my mind every now and then.  Currently it’s a now phase as I’m taking a short course in fiction writing which is fun.  I don’t know if anything will come of it but I figured why not – plus it’s free so I’ve got nothing to lose but my pride!

The big thing of course if as much as I or anyone else might want to write you still have to have a talent for the written word plus dedication and ability to get over any fear of rejection – all pretty big things.  If, however, it turns out I do have these then I would definitely try to turn my hand to writing.  Leading to the next part of the question…what genre?

Whilst I would like to say I would look to write a piece of profound literary fiction that blew people’s minds and was talked about long after I shuffled off this mortal coil, in reality I would probably write something that involved death murdering kind.  My favourite genre is crime fiction and it is a formulae I feel I know well.  I definitely couldn’t write something humourous or historical because humour is hard to get right on paper and historical fiction scares me in that it has to be accurate or you have people like me picking it apart.

So, crime fiction it is, assuming I can overcome all other obstacles.  What about you? Do you write or would you like to? What do you (want to) write about?

Emma

Book blogger hop: reading goals

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I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

When you set a yearly reading goal, do you set it high to force yourself to meet that goal or do you keep it low and normally go over that goal any way?

My answer is I set it higher than the previous year but not so high I am bound to fail and feel miserable about it.  I like to know I’m accomplishing something I’ve set my mind to but if I’m honest I never set a goal till I joined goodreads and I don’t know if I pay much, if any, attention to it during the year unless I get an email telling me I’m ahead or behind.

If it’s behind I have a little panic then go on the site and realise nine times out of ten it’s because I am not only rubbish at monitoring my goals, I am also rubbish at using goodreads.  I go through phases when I use it a lot but mainly I forget it’s there and then have a mad rush to add lots of books I’ve read (usually after been prompted by an email telling me how behind on my reading goal I am!)

It’s fun to do but I’m not sure how important it is to me to have an annual goal.  I prefer the shorter ones set with reading challenges.  They are less intimidating and more immediate in seeing the results of my reading labour.  Plus, I engage with other bloggers when I take part – a big plus for me.

Even here though, I never set the bar too high.  My life never goes the way I think it will and something always come up to stop me reading as much as I want to or plan to.    This might make me a book blogging under-achiever but it works for me.  What about you – do you set goals and how do you decide what to set?

Emma

 

Book blogger hop: book stacks

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I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

Do you have books stacked in every room of your house or are you strictly a believer that books belong on bookshelves?

And the answer is yes, there are books in pretty much every room of the house bar the bathroom and (if you count cookery books) in the kitchen.  The ones stacked tend to be those just bought or picked up from the library that haven’t made it to shelves or ones I’m reading.

Stacks tend to be anywhere and everywhere, on the floor by chairs, on table tops, by the side of the bed – especially by the side of the bed as I read a lot at night before I go to sleep.  They are never that high though or at risk of toppling over because I am quite a neat freak too.  Eventually, the books have to go away and that’s when they end up on the book shelves.

Like my book stacks, there are bookcases in most rooms of my house too, though I use them for displaying knick-knacks as well as books.  The main book bookcases are in my living room and spare room.  They aren’t particularly neat and never in order but for the main part books to read go in the living room, books read go in the spare room.  That’s about as much of a system as I have.

What about you, where can you find books in your house? Do you have a system for your shelves and book storage?

Emma

Book blogger hop: book club bloggers

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I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

Do any of your book club members have a blog? Do you compare notes if they do?

The answer to this (and it’s a short one this week!) is yes and no.

One member of my book club does have a blog, a really good one, but it’s not a book blog.  So, whilst we regularly talk about books when we meet – in and outside of book club – we rarely talk about blogs.

We did initially as we both set up at the same time and both use wordpress and we might occasionally talk about something the other has posted but neither of us does it for more than a hobby and neither is more or less an expert than the other.  The same with social media.

So, once the initial thrill and excitement – the “oh my god, I’ve started a blog” moment died down, so did the discussions.  Now it is part of our lives and something mentioned in passed.

What about you, do your friends have blogs – book related or otherwise – and do you compare notes?

Emma