Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Follow my Book Blog Friday Hop

This is my first time to particpate in Follow My Book Blog Friday.    I have been noticing that at least 50 of the  500 or so book blogs I follow join this event every week so I decided why not try it myself.   It seems to be a very friendly event to help book bloggers discover each other and to help everyone build up their follower numbers.

To those new to my blog mostly I post on short stories, Asian Fiction (I am in the Philippines) and classic fiction.    I recently hosted Irish Short Story Week and I am very open to events of all sorts.   I loved reading and exchanging reading ideas.    I love to discover new to me writers.  

This week the host of the hop, Parajunkee, gives us a question-this week it is -Do you judge a book by its cover?    My answer is yes for sure I do-huge amounts are spend on book design to induce us to buy and sometimes it works on me.

I will happily return all follows-if you follow me from the hop please leave a comment to be sure I follow you back-if you just hop by leave a comment so I can return the visit.


Tyraa said...

Hey im stopping by via FF. I totally judge a book by its cover. Guilty!

New Follower

Come check out my blog if you have time :)

Maia said...

Yup, I generally gravitate more towards books with pretty covers also.

New follower!

View my FF & BH @

Getting Your Read On said...

I'm just stopping by from the hop. I'm glad to meet ya! Sounds like you enjoy reading lots of different things, and I like that. I look forward to reading your reviews. New follower.


Bonnie said...

Hello, thanks for visiting Hands and Home! I am a new follower and am super excited to check out your Irish Short Story week posts!

Christy @ TheReaderBee said...

I'm really big on judging books by their cover. Thanks to book blogs, I don't feel I miss out on books with bad covers. I always manage to find out about them anyways!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm now following yours!

Sakura Sandra said...

Old follower just stopping by for FF. I hope you're doing well and thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

-Sandra from

Lea Christine said...

Hi Mel thanks for stopping by and following :) I am now a follower too! Hope you have a good weekend :)

Evie said...

Hi there!
thank you for visiting my blog :) I'm following!
You do book cover designs? You know I used to work at a graphic company some time ago and I think it did influence the way I'm looking at book covers now :)

Happy weekend!

Lesley said...

hi Mel u,
Thank you for the follow via Follow Friday, I'm now your newest follower!


Aimee said...

The cover is what draws me in first, but the description has to sell me! I'm already a follower. My FF is at Coffee Table Reviews

Suko said...

A great-looking cover draws me in as well. Happy Friday, Mel!

Marla said...

Hello, and thanks for stopping by. I hope you're having a fun first Follow Friday. Have a great weekend!

AP said...

I totally judge a book by it's cover. I'm not a ashamed to admit it. LOL! Returning the Follow love!

-Amanda P

Bookish Brunette said...

Old follower popping in!

My FF post!

Soooz Burke said...

Delighted that you dropped by and followed my blog site and I am happy to respond in kind; courtesy of The Friday Book Blogger and Follow Hop.

Howard Sherman said...

I think we can all agree that even the most beautiful book cover can't sell a book if the writing's not there. Book cover art may, at best, help steer me in the book's direction (especially if I'm in a book store) but it's not going to hypnotize me into buying it right then and there.

I expound on all the marketing qualities of a good book. Just follow me back to my book blog -

Thank God it's Follow Friday!?

Howard Sherman

Anja K. said...

Hi, I found your blog through the Book Blogger Directory - I like your reading selections! I have been trying to read more classic literature this year and I am enjoying it a lot more than I expected. I know I'll get some good reviews here, thanks! :)

Fiction Fool said...

I do judge a book by it's cover... unless I've read it and it has either redeemed or incriminated itself.

New FF follower. I'm now following your site!

Kristi The Book Faery said...

Hi Mel,

I'm a new follower and happy to meet you :o]

I love pretty covers but only if the synopsis piques my interest will I buy!

Hop on by and see me!

Kristi-The Book Faery's FF

The Scarf Princess said...

Thanks for becoming a follower of my site. I'm now following you back and look forward to reading more of your posts.

The Scarf Princess

Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side said...

New follower...thanks for stopping by my blog today. Have a great weekend!

Romancing the Darkside

Aaron Pound said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I'm looking forward to reading your blog. I often don't even look at a cover for a book, and have a bad memory for what the covers of the books I have read look like. Oh well. Its what's inside the covers that counts most isn't it?

Aaron (Dreaming About Other Worlds)

Nina B. said...

It's so nice to find a fellow blogger from the Philippines! I am from Valenzuela City :D

And it's true, books are given great cover designs so they could interest more people. But the synopses would always win us over more.

Thanks for dropping by my blog :D I'm your newest follower :D Have a great weekend!

Brush Up On Your Reading

Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous said...

New follower. :) I always love participating in follow friday it's fun to answer the questions and find new blogs. :)

Bex said...

Hi there! A little late perhaps, but still hopping through! I really like your blog, and am definitely following. :)

I'm also new to this event and just discovered it yesterday. But I have found a lot of wonderful blogs, so I think it's been great fun!

As for the questions, I also judge by cover. But it's only what makes me interested in reading more; in the end the storyline wins. :)

Ny FF can be found here!

Mia said...

Wow! You're from Philippines, too? ME TOO! Haha! Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm an old follower by the way :p

Readaholics said...

Hey Mel, just stopping by on the follow.
Have a terrific weekend reading !!!
See ya!
Readaholics Anonymous

Anonymous said...

I'm attracted to books with pretty covers but I don't let that dictate what I read!

New follower :) Have a good weekend!

Amanda from Novel Addiction said...

Hello! Thanks for dropping by my blog Novel Addiction! Short stories, hmm? I usually can't handle them, because I'm always desperate for more when they're finished. Though I do love it when authors release short stories in anthologies - they tide me over until the next novel is out.

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

I do the same. As do all the other bloggers apparently!!

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm a new follower now too!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Barbara said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. You can count me among your new followers :)

Have a great weekend.

Barbara@Black, White and Read All Over

Lindsay said...

Returning your follow! I'm really looking forward to reading your posts! Thanks for coming by my blog and ongrats on your first Hop...looks like you did very well! =)

Shirley said...

Hello and thanks for the visit and the follow. I already follow you. Have a terrific weekend.

Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Returning your follow! I like your cloud background :)

Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

Unknown said...

New Follower hopping by to say hi...I am a sucker for a pretty cover, if the cover is pretty and the back of the book interests me I'm sold! Happy Reading =o)

Jamie Kline (Bookerella) said...

I totally agree, I definitely judge a book by it's cover. It doesn't always turn out to be a good one, but the cover is your first impression and if it looks good I'm more likely to buy! New follower :)

Jamie @ Bookerella

Kay said...

Welcome to the hop and I'm glad you stopped by Release Notes! I'm a new follower and I can't wait to see what else you have on your blog!

AlleluiaLu said...

I'm following you back from the Friday Blog Hop Tour. I hope you enjoyed your first time! Your blog is very interesting. I'll be back soon.

Have a great weekend!

@parridhlantern said...

Not come across this one before, will be back to investigate.
Ps, have you read Giacomo Joyce by James Joyce.

Lisa Jo said...

Hey there!

New follower here. Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for stopping by my blog!

Happy Blog Hop!

Lisa @ Once Upon A Chapter