Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hopping Into the Last Week of Summer

Hello everyone! It's Friday and that means it's time for another book blog hop - hosted by the wonderful Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books. Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their reading.
Book Blogger Hop
This week, Jennifer poses the question: Do you have a rating system for you're reviews, and if so, what is it and why?

I'm pretty lax when it comes to ratings. Sometimes I rank things out of 5, but thats more to keep things tidy on my librarything and goodreads accounts. Sometimes I'll post something at the bottom of my reviews but really I find a well worded summary of my feelings on the book to be more helpful for my memory and for other people to understand exactly where I'm coming from. It's easier to see what I would have taken a star or something away from when I just come out and say it instead of posting the actual rating.

Now for my weekly updates.
Readings been a bit sporadic this week. I took the GRE on Thursday and spent most of the past three weeks studying, and when I was reading I felt guilty and couldn't really concentrate. Despite this I finished Norwegian Wood on Wednesday and I really enjoyed it.

I have a few books I'm trying to get through right now. I'm still in the ever present battle with Lolita, and am probably not going to make my end of August goal, and I started The Lady Elizabeth by Allison Weir two weeks ago and have been distracted. Lastly I just started The Theirteenth Tale and am happy to report I think I'll  devour this over the next two days!

My personal book buying ban has been tested this week. I got a copy of Hunger Games at Costco.

 It was only $5.50 and since I've heard nothing but got things I caved. I'm going to have to get back on the wagon in the next few weeks so I can afford books for my classes this semester, but thankfully I'll be within walking distance of one of the huge Chicago Libraries.

Lastly one of my best friends is pages away from completing Infinite Jest. After doing a bit of research she had decided to undergo a years worth of reading of Jest - Starting September 13, 2009 when she bought a copy while visiting me in Chicago and finishing by September 13th of this year. She recently wrote a blog about the her experience with the book, and while her blog isn't strictly dedicated to things bookish, her Jest entry is definitely worth a few moments of your time! You can find it here. In the fall we're going to do a buddy read of 1984 and Brave New World, so expect more plugs.


Anonymous said...

You won't be dissapointed with The Hunger Games, I promise! It was a well spent 5.50 and a way to break your ban haha. Happy Friday!

Brenda said...

Thanks for hopping by my blog, I am now following you. Have an awesome weekend!

Emidy (Une Parole) said...

Hi Sarah,
Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog! I'm now following you.

Anyways, Costco is such a great place to find books! They actually have a pretty wide selection there. And that's an amazing deal for The Hunger Games. Enjoy it!

anjohnston said...

I'm just hopping back. Thanks for following my blog. I really appreciate it!

The Hunger Games was totally worth caving for. It's an excellent read and look at it this way, if you like it and want to finish the series, you can without having to wait for the last book!

I had to read Lolita for one of my classes (talk about uncomfortable discussions!) but it's one of the few classics I actually enjoyed. I also really liked 1984 and hope you do too.

I'm your newest follower.

Jillian said...

5.50 is pretty darn good for a book! Great find :) Happy Friday!!


I haven't read the series either. I'm afraid it won't live up to the hype. I was disappointed with Shiver and Linger. I couldn't get into the Prophecy of the Sisters. So, I don't know. I followed from the hop so I'll be hopping back to see what you think. Don't keep me waiting too long!


gautami tripathy said...

Have a blast hopping to/following new blogs or beginning great books!

Here is my /Book blogger hop/Follow me/Book Beginnings post! I am an eclectic reader!

Mari said...

Enjoy The Hunger Games, I'm one of the rare people who has no intention of reading this series. :) I like to say I don't appreciate this genre, HA.

Just hopping through today. Have a great weekend!

Howard Sherman said...

Happy Hop Friday! I'm not into putting ratings in my book reviews but I appreciate the ones I see in the book reviews I read.

Go figure!

MJ said...

So glad you read Norwegian Wood- I loved that book. I would probably venture to say that it is one of my favorite Murakami books. I haven't gotten to Hunger Games either, although everyone tells me I should. Maybe I should check out Costco too and grab a copy!
Have a great weekend.
MJ @ MJ's Literary Odyssey

Beverly said...

Hey there! Just hopping by! If you have a chance, stop by The Wormhole and check out my 300 follower giveaway! Happy reading – have a great weekend!

dollycas aka Lori said...

I keep saying I must be the only one on the planet that couldn't get into Suzanne Collins.

Here's my rating system;


Tiffany said...

Hi! I'm hopping by... I haven't read anything from Suzanne Collins yet, but I have read a lot of books. ( : I like your blog. Feel free to stop by any time!

pussreboots said...

I use a modified version of the GoodReads system. Come see what my rating system is.

Elizabeth said...

Just hopping background.

Hop on over to my blog if you like.

Anonymous said...

Here for the Hop! I do not use a rating system. No two books are alike, unless they have the same author.

bibliophiliac said...

Just stopping by on the hop. I don't use ratings, but it seems most people do...I did like The Hunger Games, and I hope you do too after breaking your book buying ban!

Rummanah Aasi said...

Hi Sarah,
Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog! I'm now following you. We've got lots of similar book tastes. Looking forward to reading more reviews from you.

Have a great weekend!

Wrighton said...

Hi, I am a new follower, just picked your site up at the hop. Sounds like you are busy with school, but I look forward to seeing your reviews. If you get a chance please stop by at

Ms. C said...

Hi, just found you on the Hop... and I'm glad I did! Nice blog! I'm a new follower :)
Feel free to stop by my blog in your spare time

happy friday!

Library Cat said...

Hi, I am visiting from the HOP! I read quite a few of your posts and even read your friends' post on Infinite Jest. I think I need a reading buddy.

I hope you will come by to visit one or both of my blogs: LibrarysCat Books and Holocaust Resource for Children!!

Have a wonderful weekend.

KikiElise said...

Hi Sarah, thanks for the plug! :) I was at B&N today in Midland and saw Hunger Games and thought of you!