Thursday, April 5, 2012

Blog Hopping 4/6/2012

Welcome, fellow bloghoppers! You're looking at the personal blog of S.J. Bell, aspiring author. This week was pretty big for me. After a long hiatus, my review blog Lupines and Lunatics is finally back online! My latest review is Promise of the Wolves, head over and check it out. Also this week, I had a guest post up at Denim-Jacket Librarian Dishes, which I'm very proud of. I also had a cold, which was not so much a source of joy, but I'm feeling a lot better right now. My debut novel Bonds of Fenris releases next month through Smashwords, and there are still ARCs available for book bloggers. So, if you're interested, my e-mail's right there on the sidebar!

This week's ice-breaker for Feature & Follow:

"Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?"

No, but that's because I rarely buy books. I get them at the local public library, a heavily underrated resource. I only buy books that have already impressed me, although I try to give as many as I can a chance.

While we're on the subject, though, maybe the latest bit of review-oriented drama necessitates linking my post on how bad reviews are not to be worried about.

This week's ice-breaker for TGIF @ GReads:

"Which book, from any series has been your favorite ending? What about your least favorite ending?"

We talking book ending, or series ending? Well, if the latter, I'd have to answer Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I've heard people say it wasn't a very satisfying ending. I agree that it's easy to miss what it's getting at; I had to read it twice before I understood. The thing is, the central conflict of the entire series has been our four protagonists learning to deal with their problems as adults. The end of Forever shows them doing that. The results aren't important, the important thing is the path they've decided to take.


  1. I really should use the library more! I tend to forget about it!

    New follower on GFC and Linky :-)

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  2. I don't really use my library that much, it never seems to have the books I want and they don't have an online service that allows you to see if they have a book in before you go, so I tend to buy a lot of books on my kindle.

    new follower

    My FF

  3. New follower via GFC under the name "Jenny Reyes"

    Here's my fff:


  4. New follower via GFC under the name "Jenny Reyes"

    Here's my fff:


    1. Just blogging by, have a great week-end.

  5. Interesting TGIF answer. I liked Forever very much, but mostly because of the Sam and his parent(s)-stuff. He said something like.. if everything he was made of, the good and the bad, was a result of his upbringing, if his father was both God and the Devil, he didn't know whether to love or hate him. Stiefvater said it a little differently, so there are more ways to interpret that line, but I was impressed. :)

    Patricia // My FF

  6. new follower here =)

    My Answer: No, Reviews matter a lot to me. Not unless the book became controversial that I would really feel the need to read that book.

  7. Hopping by to say have a great weekend!
    New Linky follower :)

    The Muggle

  8. I didn't really love Forever - the path was the problem for me, as lots of things felt contrived just to arrive at an ending. Still, I really liked the series overall. And I'm a public library user as well - I fell so blessed to have a fantastic library system at my disposal.

  9. I agree, libraries are the way to go. Now a GFC follower! =) Follow me if you get a chance!


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