Friday, 27 August 2010

It's that time again! Book Blog Hop and Follow Friday

A Very Big Welcome

Welcome to any visitors who got here through the weekly Book Hop (a Book Party) organised by Jennifer @ Crazy for Books or Follow A Book Blog Friday hosted by Parajunkee's View so that book bloggers can share their blog with other book lovers and also find a new blog to 'follow.' To get involved all you have to do is post your blog link at the bottom of the 'linky list' on Crazy For Books and/or Parajunkee's View, answer the weekly question (for the hop) on your blog and get hopping around and following all the blogs!

This weeks Book Hop question is one that I suggested to Jen (thank you so much for choosing my question to be featured!) : Do you use a rating system and if so, what it is and why?

My answer:  I find that rating systems like 1-5 are very diffcult to use as I find it hard to judge each book against another as they can be fantastic in their own different ways. Most of the books I read would end up being 4 or 5 stars! Instead, I like what I think of the book to shine through in my reviews, which tend to be quite detailed. For those people who like to have a quick way to see what my opinion of the book is, I have introuduced a short 'verdict' paragraph summing up my thoughts. However, I am thinking of introducing a rating system  in the future out of 10 for each aspect of the book such as plot, characters ect. This would be clearer, fairer and more accurate way of doing things.

I look forward to reading all about your rating systems, there are so many unique ones out there, which is why I submitted the question to be used for the Hop.

New posts this week, take a look:

Book Review: Daughter of Fire and Ice by Marie Louise Jensen
Waiting on Wednesday: Cate of The Lost Colony
Jane Austen Challenge 2010
Book Review: A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson

I am currently reading: The Other Countess by Eve Edwards

I hope that you enjoy taking a look round my blog and. I'd love to hear from you, so please feel free to drop me a comment! If you like my blog, please follow, I'd really appreciate it and don't forget to leave a link to your blog in a comment so I can check it out :D

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Stephanie <3


  1. hi... i don't have any rating system yet at the moment.. just stopping by from blog hop!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Hey! I'm from the blog hop.

    Your blog is wonderful! I'm looking forward to reading more from you, so I've newly followed. ;)

    Hope you have a lovely Friday!
    ●▬▬▬๑۩Tina @ Book Couture۩๑▬▬▬▬●

  3. Have a great weekend! Stopping by from Friday Follow to say Hi and that you have another follower!

  4. Hi there! *waves*

    Hopping over via hop! you blog is looking fantastic! Sometimes I wish my blog design was different! Definitely hopping over soem over time too! Have a lovely weekend! I follow you already!

    Til next time!
    Badass Bookie xx (Lisa)

  5. Anonymous07:29:00

    Hi! Happy Friday! Stopping by for the blog hop! Have a wonderful day!
    Check out for my answer to this week’s blog hop question and a movie clip :)

  6. Hopping through. Cool that you're doing the Jane Austen challenge. I'm not, but I am re-reading Sense and Sensibility right now.
    My Hop

  7. Anonymous07:44:00

    Very lovely blog. I don't use a rating system either over at my wordpress blog. Just read and give my opinion. Have a great Friday!

  8. Stopping by via the Book Hop and FF. Love your blog. I'll check in later, but I'm a new follower! Have a great weekend :)

  9. HI! I'm stopping by from parajunkee's hop!! I'm your newest follower :)

    In the Hammock Blog

  10. Hi, I am new to your lovely blog via the Hop. If ratings could be made "fairer", I'd like them a lot more. Excellent answer.

    I am your 100th follower. :)

  11. Hello, your header is great!I'm a new follower!:)

  12. New Follower. Saying hi and be sure to check out my weekly meme Book Review of the Week


  13. 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!

  14. Hi! I found you on the hop. I love your blog title :D

    Stop by my blog if you have time!


  15. Hey! I am hopping on by via the blog hop! I love your blog.. it's so cute!! Stop by my blog and see what I said about rating systems!

    Stephany @

  16. Just hopping by to say hello! I am following and can’t wait to read more from your blog. Here is my blog

  17. Do you consider 1987 historical? My debut novel is set in 1987...

    Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and forthcoming "The Homeplace Revisited" Spring 2011

  18. Happy Friday!! I really liked the question and it really has me thinking about the way I rate. This weeks hop has been a great way to take a closer look. Enjoy your weekend :D

  19. Hi! Just came over from the Hop and thought I'd leave a note. I love your blogs layout - so pretty! I'm looking forward to reading through your posts, from what I've seen they look really interesting... so interesting that I've decided to become one of your newest followers. Happy blogging!
    Feel free to check out my blog in your spare time,

  20. Anonymous07:35:00

    Thanks for visiting, and thanks for a great question this week! I am also enjoying all the varied answers!

  21. Hi! This is my first hop :) Went through a few of your latest posts and the chat box, do visit me back at

  22. Hello, thanks for dropping by! I really love your header! I wish I could make something that awesome. :)
    I understand what you mean about being kind of limited in ratings, especially 1-5 systems.
    Have a great weekend!

  23. Hi, I like your character connection feature about Robin in the Tyrol. I love the Tyrol, especially the Italian region on the border with Austria.
    I have signed up to follow you. Although the internet service rates me PG I cover some adult topics and ask that followers are 18. Best Wishes!

  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog last week. I'm a bit behind, but I'm following you now, too!

    Be sure to check out my Hunger Games giveaway for HG-themed jewelry and T-shirts!

    Have a great weekend!

    Arena aka The Nerd's Wife

  25. Hi Stephanie, I don't have a ratings system on my blog either and for the same reasons you outlined. I too prefer sharing my thoughts on the good and not so good without boxing the review in with a specific letter or number grade.
    Love your blog! Happy I found it thru the Hop.

    Have a great weekend!

  26. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and compliments- I really appreciate them. And for all my new followers, thanks for helping me reach over 100 followers and look out for a giveaway soon!
    It's been really interesting to see all of the answers to my hop question and I'm glad it's got some of you thinking as it has done with me about how I review.

    For those of you who liked my header (and particularly @lex), I made it on the free photo editing site Picnic. I would be happy to do my best to help anyone else with desining a header/button for their blog if they ask.

    I have checked out and left a comment on all of your fantastic blogs too although the friend connect widget wasn't working at the time so I will have to try again later. Sorry!

    Stephanie <3

  27. I'm a new follower. Happy weekend. Come see what my rating system is.


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