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Bibliophiliac is the space where one passionate, voracious reader reflects on books and the reading life. You will find reviews, analysis, links, and reflections on poetry and prose both in and out of the mainstream.
A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. Franz Kafka

Friday, April 9, 2010

Paying Social Calls: Book Blog Hop

Having spent a large part of my adolescence and young adulthood immersed in novels, especially 18th-century and Victorian novels, I learned much about being at home and paying social calls. Ladies and gentlemen got in their carriages and went from house to house, leaving their cards, or being shown in to the drawing room. If you were "at home to visitors," you sat in the drawing room and made conversation with the various callers.

I think of the Book Blog Hop as an electronic variation on paying social calls. Go to Crazy-for-Books, read the instructions, and pay some social calls on other book bloggers. http://www.crazy-for-books.com

16 comments:

Natalie W said...

Hoppin on by to say hi!
Great site you have.
Natalie :0)

mel u said...

thanks for stopping by my blog-I am now a follower of your blog-I am also very into the 18th and 19th century novel

bibliophiliac said...

I just love visiting the worlds of those other centuries. And I have accumulated so much basically useless knowledge about carriages and gigs and household servants!

mel u said...

I will come back latter and study all your posts-do you have a favorite Victorian era novelist-my favorite is Dickens followed closely by Charlotte and Emily Bronte-in the 18th century outside the realm of the novel I am an avid student of Johnson and have read all of the Boswell Journals, for example-

Whitney said...

I'm returning your social call, although the hop seems more like a party line to me. Great site, I'm now a follower.

Kay said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you have a good weekend!

bibliophiliac said...

Thanks Mel, I enjoy your site. I love Eliot, the Brontes, Trollope,and some of the lesser known Victorians like George Gissing & George Meredith. I also love reading about the 18th c. especially Mary Wollstonecraft.

bibliophiliac said...

Whitney and Kay, Thanks for your support!

pussreboots said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Priya Parmar said...

i love your blog! i love that you discuss rilke! i studied under joseph brodsky at mount holyoke and became a poetry fanatic. rilke is stunningly wrought, translucent and haunting. i am so glad you love trollope and wollstonecraft! have you read jude morgan's fabulous historical fiction passion? it is brilliant!

bibliophiliac said...

Thanks, Priya! I think I have that Jude Morgan novel somewhere in my giant pile of books bought but not read. It seems we have similar tastes.

Stacy said...

Hi there! I love that typewriter! And I'm a sucker for quotes! How true about the social calls...and we still pay social calls here in the South =]
that's what Sundays are for!

book quoter said...

Thanks for stopping by, gave me a chance to see that we have the same taste in template!!

tweezle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog on your way through the hop and leaving a comment. It was greatly appreciated!

Thanks again!
Tweezle from Just One More Paragraph

Angel said...

Bouncing by from the Book Blogger Hop. Here's ME.

bibliophiliac said...

Thanks Stacy, book quoter, tweezle, and Angel for stopping by.