Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Blog Hops

  Question: Book Olympics: In the spirit of the Olympics, which books would you give the gold, silver, and bronze medals to? It can be from any genre, new or old.

Answer: Gold would definitely go to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. I believe it takes nerves-of-steel to make the protagonist so stubborn and selfish within such a breathtakingly flawed and disturbingly romantic tale.  Plus, the fact that it continues to be read, cherished, and debated today is a marvel! {Plus, I loved Alexandra Ripley's continuation with Scarlett!}

Silver would have to go to one of the very first romances I read, The Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. This book really carved out my desires for certain types of genres because it first exposed me to a miss-moss tale full of contemporary drama, fairy-tale romance, time-travel adventures, and historical details.  It made me both laugh and cry (sometimes on the same page!) and the ending totally caught me by surprise.

Bronze would go to Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I honestly cannot remember a book that has so thoroughly drew me into the dark feelings of the characters. Sadly the books following in the series did not have the same emotional fright-factor as book #1, but Ryan's post-apocalyptic zombie story will have a place in my heart and is something I always compare similar stories to. {It is stories like this that make me sleep with the closet door shut at night!}

TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads!

Question: Do your reading habits change based on your mood? Do you read a certain genre if you are feeling depressed or happy?

Answer: Yes, my reading habits are definitely based on my moods. Sometimes I will crave a light and fluffy read if I have had a particularly bad week at work or maybe I will desire something dark and steamy on a rainy night-in. Otherwise, if I force myself to read something out of my current mood-status, I find I start slipping into a reading slump - so - if I let my mood pick the book, it won't let me down!

Feature &  Follow is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

 Question: When a book goes “viral” (Hunger Games, Fifty Shades, Twilight), do you rush out to read it like everyone else, even if it’s not in your typical genre?

Answer: No, I have been stubbornly independent for as long as I can remember and blatantly refuse to follow the normal crowd. {ex. voted Most Unique in high school} So, when books "explode" into popularity, I will usually shy away and go the other direction. Sometimes I will read books before they become famous in the literary world, but I won't go out of my way to read them because everyone is raving about them.

 Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books

Happy Reading/Weekend Everyone!!


  1. Hello, stopping by from the FF hop. New follower.

    I like to read light, funny, sexy books no matter what mood I'm in

  2. I totally agree with needing a fluffy read once in a while!

    Old follower.

    Ensconced in YA

  3. I'm a moood reader for sure. I will read books that have passed the test of time years later but not new hyped books immediately.

  4. I liked your answer! Sometimes you just need a light and fluffy book to cheer you up. :) New follower!

    My FF
    Mary @ Books Equal Brains!

  5. Love your gold and bronze choices. I haven't read THE KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR, so I don't know if I agree with that one or not :)

    Glad to have found you via the Hop!

  6. I hate reading slumps, but I guess every readers gets that at one point. :) Love that you are a history enthusiast! Woohoo! I just graduated and I'm now officially a History teacher! Yay!

    Happy Friday!

    New follower!

  7. Chick Lit's are awesome for when you're feeling down, they're such great pick-me-ups! And, same! When I've forced myself to read in the past, it's caused me to slip into a blogging slump.

    Great answer! New follower via GFC. (:

  8. Nothing makes me turn to a fluffy book like a bad week at work.

    My follow friday! Please visit!

  9. Your answer is very similar to mine :) Happy Reading!!!


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