Thursday, September 2, 2010

Blog Hop


I feel like I haven't been reading enough.
Could you say I feel guilty for not making the most of my last week of summer holidays?

Perhaps... just a smidgen. But then again, it's not every day you get stuck in a foreign country because a fugitive is on the run (you can read the story in my An American Fugitive post below).

I really wanted to start reading a book that was frivolous and fun after finishing How Fantasy Becomes Reality a few days ago. I wanted a novel that would let me escape to a place where summer wasn't ending in just under a week. Instead, I looked at the cover of Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay.

Yes, I admit, I saw the cover and became pulled into this harrowing tale. The cover of Sarah's Key depicts a rather well-dressed young girl and boy running in a Parisian landscape. The Eiffel Tower and French architecture can be seen in the background. This book doesn't look like it is about the Holocaust.

Reading the first page of Tatiana's work got me hooked. I find that while I can't put it down during the day, I don't want to pick it up at night. I'm a scholar of the Holocaust, so why I can't seem to read Sarah's Key at night doesn't make any sense. I have made it a personal goal to finish the novel before heading to university on Tuesday. Fingers crossed a book review will be up shortly!

With all this said, when I saw that this week's Hop question from Crazy-for-Books was 'do you judge a book by its cover?' I had to laugh.

Yes, I do judge a book by its cover. It's not something I'm proud of... but I do. I learnt my lesson earlier this summer that a bad cover can, in fact, be associated with a bad storyline. My second review at Coffee Tale Reviews for the romantic comedy Hero at Large is ample proof.

Happy reading, blogging, and Labour Day! I hope you all have a great long weekend :)

34 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for stopping by :) I'm now one of your newest followers too. I hope you have a great weekened.

    ~Khadija
    Black Fingernailed Reviews

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  2. Hi There! Blog hopping here. I also became a follower. You can check my site - Cladestine Sanctuary -

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  3. Hey! I'm stopping by from the hop! It's nice to see a fellow Canadian blogger! :)

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. Hi :) I'm looking at the book piles on my dresser and I'm shocked to say most have some kind of hot semi naked guy on it. Guess even when I try not to judge a book by it's cover I do. Hope you enjoy your weekend !!
    Hope you Hop by my site

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  5. Thanks for commenting at my blog - I love yours - it's so easy to read, and the theme is expressed well! Looking forward to reading more,

    Tina (a new follower too~!)

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  7. Thanks for stopping by on my blog and I have returned the favour by joining yours. I love how you have co-ordinated your blog with not only reviews but obviously with your love of cooking , it's awesome to see the recipes accompanying the posts. That's one thing I enjoy when I read Fiction based on cooking , they have recipes throughout the book.
    Cheers, Paula

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  8. Hi there!

    Just hopping over via hop! I love your blog design it's so pretty! I'm sure to stop over some other time! Have a great weekend and happy reading!

    Til next time,
    Lisa (Badass Bookie) xx
    http://badassbookie.blogspot.com/

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  9. Stopping by via the hop...I think it depends - there's a place and time when book covers come into play as to whether I will read the book.

    Happy Friday!
    ~Kristin
    Always With a Book

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  10. I don't think you should feel bad about judging a book by its cover. I'm sure that's what cover artists would like you to do! Besides, the cover of Sarah's Key may have made you pick up the book in the first place, but it was the first page that made you want to read it.

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  11. Stopping by via the hop. Happy Friday!

    Here's mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/09/fridays-hoppin.html

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  12. Just hopping by to say have a great weekend. I also judge a book by its cover, I think it's impossible not to.

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  13. Hopping in....don't feel bad. I think everyone judges/prejudges a book by it's cover at some point, and likely more often then they realize. For one, there's this important piece of info - Author's name - on the cover. I don't know about you, but I'll prejudge a book on that info alone. Sue me. LOL.

    www.thinmanjones.blogspot.com

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  14. Thanks for stopping by The Prairie Library! I enjoy learning about WWII so I'm looking forward to reading your posts!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by! Like the look of you blog :D

    Now a new follower :)

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  16. Hey there! Thanks for hopping by :) Have a great weekend.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am returning the favour and following you too! Enjoy your weekend and happy reading!

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  18. Thanks for visiting my blog and following me. I really appreciate it.

    I love your cookie recipes! The black and white cookies look amazing. I'm guilty of judging books by their covers but it's not the only deciding factor.

    Have an awesome weekend and I'm your newest follower!
    Down The Rabbit Hole

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  19. Love your site.

    Just hopping by.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  20. Hello, just hopped by to say hello and thank you for visiting my site. I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend.

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  21. found you through the hop. . .books + coffee, is there a happier combination? Have a great weekend! stop by my site if you have time - fantasy, manga, eclectic, fun stuff!

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  22. Thank you for stopping by! I recently read Sarah's Key..... I can totally understand your not wanting to read it at night. Unfortunately, I couldn't put it down and had some highly emotional dreams at night. Sign of a good book, with a great cover to boot!

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  23. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm also a new follower. :]

    I love the discussions you pose in your posts.

    Have a great weekend!

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  24. Visiting from the HOP! And a new follower. I read the ARC of Sarah's Key and really thought it was well done. Certainly kept my attention!

    I hope you will have the time to visit one or both of my blogs: LibrarysCat and Never Forget

    Have a great weekend!

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  25. New follower here and fellow hopper. Ah coffee and books my two loves! Shari over at myneuroticbookaffair.blogspot.com

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  26. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower. Have a great weekend.

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  27. Thanks for stopping by. I'm a new follower.

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  28. Thanks for hopping by my blog! I'm now a follower;)
    I read Sarah's Key and I agree that the cover doesn't look like it's about the holocaust. It's a good book though! I really enjoyed it.

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  29. Thanks for your visits, comments, and follows! I've enjoyed looking through your blogs as well... and look forward to getting to visit those that I haven't done so yet.

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  30. Hi, just returning your hop! Like Midnight Bloom said, it is awesome to find another Canadian book blogger :) Love the look of some of your cookies, especially the mocha-chip meringues!

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  31. Great recipe in the post above! Gotta try it! Like you, judging a book by it's cover is something that I must admit to being guilty of! Most especially, a bad cover ... if the cover is bad, I just think that what's inside must be equally so!

    Thanks for stopping by! Sorry it took so long for me to get over here! I'm following now, though!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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  32. I am slow to get back it is almost friday again! lol Thanks for following me I am a new follower now too! :)

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  33. I know im late with this. Just wanted to stop by and say hi. this is my first hop. Great site! This is so much fun. I will participate more. Come visit me at http://readforyourfuture.blogspot.com/
    Thanks
    Lora

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