Friday, August 6, 2010

Book Blogger Hop, A New Look, and More

Happy Friday! It's time for another Book Blogger Hop, from August 6 - August 9, hosted by Jennifer from Crazy-for-Books.

This week's question is from Chelle from The Prairie Library: Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what are your favorite reading tunes?

I prefer quiet while I'm reading and don't play music, even though I love music. The same holds true when I'm writing--I don't want any distractions, even beautiful music. I don't mind a few sounds, a plane passing by, a bird chirping outdoors, but for the most part I concentrate better without too much noise from the outside world.

If you're new to my blog, welcome! If you've visited before, you may notice that I've made some changes. I've upgraded to Blogger Template Designer. It was a bit scary making the changes, but I think this new template will help solve some of the space issues I had before.

My daughter just started a young adult book blog called Chapters. I hope some of you will take a moment to hop by and welcome her.

Thanks very much for stopping by. If you'd like me to hop over to your blog, simply leave a comment.


  1. I prefer quite too, reading is peaceful all by itself. I hope you have an amazing weekend and I'll hop on over to your daughter's blog :)

  2. I prefer quiet when I read too, but if the book is really good, I can block everything out.

  3. I am hopping in for the blog hop. I'm a follower, too!

    I like your new layout!

    If you have time, drop in and say hi at Manga Maniac Cafe

  4. I really like your layout - very peaceful.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! Have a good Friday. :]

  5. Hopping by just to say hello. I like how you divided your template. I have never seen it done like that before. I will check out your daughter's blog now. Have a good weekend.

  6. You layout looks great. It's clean, uncluttered and so easy to read. You could teach a lot of other Blogspot peeps how to create a layout that doesn't look like a really bad MySpace page from 2005!

    But each to their own!

  7. I love your layout(: thanks for posting about my blog, Mom!

  8. Thank you all for your wonderful comments! :)

  9. Thanks for your comment on my blog! I also don't like music on when I'm doing creative writing, although when I'm writing a paper it can help to lighten the work :)

  10. Had to come over and see the new look and love it! Hope you have a great weekend,
    Natalie :0)

  11. I think your layout looks nice. It's clean and easy to read without being boring. Great job!

  12. Hi there! Just stopping by for the blog hop. I look forward to reading your posts.


  13. I like your new layout Suko, its simple and pretty.

    I dont mind music in the background when I read, or even the tv on, which is usually the case since my hubby will probably be next to me watching television.

    I'll visit your daughters blog :)
    Enjoy your weekend and I gave you an award :)

  14. I love The Little Prince. I had to read it, in French, while I was in Paris.

    I love quiet when I read. Beautiful quiet. Every now and then a little French music is lovely, too.

    I am now a follower. I hope you will stop by my blog.

  15. Just popping in via the hop to say hi! Congrats on the new layout, it looks great! Glad to have found your blog and I look forward to your reviews!

  16. (\___/)
    Hey! Just Hopped by from the Follow Friday and thought I'd stop and wish you a great weekend. I think the hop and the follow are marvelous ways to meet bloggers both old and new.

  17. Hopping in to wish you a Happy Friday ~
    ~Tresa @ Bippidy Boppidy Boo

  18. Hello, just stopping by from the hop. I like the layout of your blog and I am now a follower. Have a good weekend.

  19. Hey thanks for checking out my blog :) I love how you have the quote from Le Petit Prince on your sidebar! I'm following you now ;)

  20. I like your colors---very soothing! Changing templates/designs is scary...I prefer to leave that to Natalie. Hope you have a great weekend!

  21. Hello! Thanks so much for hopping by my blog! That's really sweet that you and your daughter are both book bloggers! That will be fun! I'll definitely hop over and check out her site!! I definitely agree with you about needing peace and quiet to really focus on a book. It's weird, I can tune out a ton of people talking better than I can just one person. Go figure lol.

    Happy Friday!

    The Bookish Type

  22. First thanks for stopping over by my blog yesterday when I was gone. I am hopping by yours and hope you like your blogger template better now that you changed and glad to find another lover of peace and quiet while reading! Birds chirping sure and maybe a few other outside background noises but for me music is too much to read or write with and since TV is only on when the husband is watching even that is just background noise for me on the weekend.

    Have a good hop and thanks again for stopping by Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories, you are most welcome to come back too!

    jackie ^_^

  23. Hi Suko! Thanks for hopping over to my new blog page and following! I am slowly rebuilding my followers after having to re-do my whole blog on a new URL! I'm now following your page again, too!

    (CCL)Crazy Cat Lady

  24. Hi Thanks for coming by and I am now following you back!! I also like Barry White!!

  25. fun that your daughter started a book blog of her own. I'll check it out next. I don't listen to music when I read either but I do leave the tv on in the background. It does distract me sometimes if it is a show I like but other than that it doesn't :)

  26. Hi! I'm hopping by for the blog hop! Like you, I love listening to music... just not when I'm reading. ^.~

    - Midnight

  27. I really like the layout for your blog! Thanks for hopping by!

  28. I don't typically listen to music when I read, either. But when I'm cooking? Yes!

  29. Hi Suko,

    Like you I prefer quiet while I read. The birds and traffic doesn't bother me unless it is unusual, that I stop and see what the noise is all about. Otherwise, I love my quiet time while I read.

    Thanks for always stopping by My Reading Corner and leaving me such nice comments.

  30. Suko, I love the new look! I am going to have to check out your daughter's new site as well. So cool that she is following in her mom's footsteps!!

  31. I visited your daughters blog, and she is quite the reviewer. I'm sure you are quite proud of her. I enjoyed her review Zan...

    Hop on over to my blog, there is an award waiting for you.

  32. Your daughter has a lovely blog! And I prefer quiet when I read too!

  33. Hello Suko, returning your visit. Sorry it has taken me so long, life has gotten in the way of my blogging. An impressive blog, I've enjoyed visiting.

  34. I do much better with quiet, too. When I want to listen to music, I want to listen to music. When I want to read, I want to read. No mixing of the senses here! ;)


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