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Comments for Book Blogger Hop for April 22, 2011

Book Blogger Hop for April 22, 2011: 04/21/11

Book Blogger HopToday's question asks us if we try to track down all the books by a favorite author.

Sometimes I do if I have easy access to a wide selection of the authors books. If I don't, then I probably just make a mental note to keep an eye open for books in the future. When I do track down books by an author, it's usually not through buying them. I'm already overwhelmed with books and being in a family of heavy duty readers, our shelf space is pretty much maxed out as is. Rather than purchase the entire back list of a new favorite author, I try to get them through the library.

Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand was recommended on a mailing list about two years ago as an overlooked science fiction and fantasy author. As I was looking for someone new to read in that genre at the time, I added most of her titles to my wishlist in Goodreads.

The first book of hers to bubble to the of my list as I've been reading through it was Waking the Moon. By present day genres, I suppose it was a paranormal thriller. It could also be called a Gothic horror mixed with urban fantasy. Regardless of its genre, it was fascinating. it was one of the rare chunkster books that I actually managed to read in a weekend.

After finishing Waking the Moon I requested another book, Generation Loss. This one was more of a Stephen King type thriller set on a remote island in Maine. It was completely different from Waking the Moon and just as much of a page turner.

I'm about to start my third book, Mortal Love. I hope to get it done this weekend. It's coming due at the library soon and I can't renew it.

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Comment #1: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 02:53:01

Alex

I think it's wonderful you can get the books out of the library, we don't have that kind of system in my country which is kind of sad.

:) I'm glad you're enjoying Elizabeth Hand so much, I like the sound of her books though I hadn't heard of her until just now.



Comment #2: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 15:55:25

Pussreboots

That's a darn shame. Libraries are such useful things.



Comment #3: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 04:13:11

Ellie

The library is a great option for those with limited budget or space. I only really borrow reference books though as I like to own and share books.



Comment #4: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 15:56:41

Pussreboots

I also like to own and share books. I've been an active BookCrossing member since 2003 but the library helps me read what I want to read when I want to read it.



Comment #5: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 06:32:16

Lesley

New follower saying hi! I get obsessed and check out everything an author has written I don't want to miss out on anything!



Comment #6: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 15:59:03

Pussreboots

I do a book at a time from a particular author usually, unless it's a manga series. The manga go pretty quickly so I'll take three or four at a time.



Comment #7: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 07:57:29

bookaddict102

I know what you mean! I barely have room on my shelf either!!

~Happy Blogging!~



Comment #8: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 16:15:15

Pussreboots

I have about three bags of books to donate to the charity shop at my library. That will free up some space but I won't have time to get the bags ready until I hit summer vacation next month.



Comment #9: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 08:43:59

Mystica

I follow authors too if I have liked the first book. Am right now enthralled with Cynthia Harrod Eagles and the Morland Dynasty.



Comment #10: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 16:19:48

Pussreboots

I have two mystery authors whose series I follow. The only other series I'm currently following are manga. Otherwise, I prefer authors who write stand alone books.



Comment #11: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 11:18:59

Juli @ Universe in Words

I always make a mental note but usually forget. Hop on over if you have the time

Hope you have a great weekend,
Juli @ Universe in Words



Comment #12: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 16:23:01

Pussreboots

After I make a mental note I try to add the book to my GoodReads wishlist. It's not always possible though. When it's not though, it's saddening and frustrating. My taste in books tends to be all over the map so I run into those hard to find titles with unfortunate frequency.



Comment #13: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 11:59:33

Coreena

I love finding new books from authors I love. Just hopping through, new follower. Coreena



Comment #14: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 16:27:15

Pussreboots

Welcome to my blog. Just last week I discovered two books by a long time favorite I didn't know about. I felt like I had won the lottery.



Comment #15: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 17:08:31

Elizabeth

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Interesting choices of books.



Comment #16: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 16:30:10

Pussreboots

You're welcome.



Comment #17: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 17:20:18

Stormi

The library is a great idea for older books! :)



Comment #18: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 16:33:12

Pussreboots

The library is good for old books and new books. Interlibrary loan is good for those unsual or specialized books.



Comment #19: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 17:41:23

~Austine @ The Magick Pen

Aren't libraries wonderful? I do the same thing when I'm on the hunt for other books by a recommended/recently discovered author.

Thanks for stopping by blog!



Comment #20: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 16:34:14

Pussreboots

I love the fact that my library is online. I can quickly search their catalog and put what I want on hold. If they don't have it, I can usually find it via interlibrary loan. Then I get an email when the books are ready for pick up. So convenient.



Comment #21: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 18:53:22

Andrea

Hopping on by. It has been awhile since I stopped by.



Comment #22: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 16:37:03

Pussreboots

Welcome back!



Comment #23: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 19:41:09

Chelle

I know what you mean about maxed out shelf space. I'm a sucker for used books so despite my reasoning that a kindle would mean I'd buy less physical books it hasn't really worked out that way. Thanks for stopping by The Prairie Library!



Comment #24: Monday, April 25, 2011 at 21:20:34

Pussreboots

A Half Price Books just opened near my home. I have come home with a few used books that were on my wishlist. I'm not complete immune to the temptation.



Comment #25: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 21:18:07

Susan (Reading World)

That's a great recommendation for the Elizabeth Hand books. Goodreads is a nice way to keep track of a TBR list. I limit mine though to books I bought and hope to read soon. That was the plan anyway. I meant to keep that list short and manageable. But other books keep jumping the line!



Comment #26: Monday, April 25, 2011 at 21:21:11

Pussreboots

GoodReads has a wishlist feature too. I use it to keep track of books I want to read. It makes remembering what to put on hold very easy.



Comment #27: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 21:55:29

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Thanks for stopping by Book'd Out earlier! I will have to look for Elizabeth Hand - I haven't heard of her before.



Comment #28: Monday, April 25, 2011 at 21:22:15

Pussreboots

I hope you do. Happy reading.



Comment #29: Friday, April, 22, 2011 at 23:19:02

Brenda Youngerman

I love the library! It is my absolute favorite way to get through an entire selection of an author - it is also the easiest way to see everything they've written!



Comment #30: Monday, April 25, 2011 at 21:27:31

Pussreboots

My library has 14 branches and a floating circulation, meaning the books go to where ever they are requested or dropped off and stay there until they are requested somehwere else or returned somewhere else. So walking the shelves is not always the best way to see everything an author has written but I'm getting very good at using their online catalog to find what I want.



Comment #31: Saturday, April, 23, 2011 at 06:14:00

BookBelle

I just love when I find an author that can write different story lines but still keep us turning the pages. I'll check Elizabeth Hand out now.



Comment #32: Monday, April 25, 2011 at 21:29:01

Pussreboots

Wonderful! I hope you like her books.



Comment #33: Saturday, April, 23, 2011 at 07:43:20

Izzy G.

I rarely buy books and often get them from the library instead as well, mostly because buying books is just too expensive! Thanks for hopping by my blog!



Comment #34: Monday, April 25, 2011 at 21:30:14

Pussreboots

Books are expensive and I've maxed out my storage space.



Comment #35: Saturday, April, 23, 2011 at 13:09:36

Mia

Haven't read any of her books but will check it out soon. Thanks for stopping by earlier.



Comment #36: Monday, April 25, 2011 at 21:31:30

Pussreboots

You're welcome. I hope you do. Happy reading.



Comment #37: Sunday, April, 24, 2011 at 19:08:04

Carissa

Going through your library is a great idea! I'm the type of person that loves to just "own" a book to build my own personal library, but I definitely commend you for utilizing your public library!

Thanks so much for swinging by!



Comment #38: Monday, April 25, 2011 at 21:32:00

Pussreboots

When you take into account all the books my husband, children and I own together, it comes to about 2800 books. So I have as large a personal library as I can handle right now.

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