Thursday, August 4, 2011

Follow Friday #3 and Book Blogger Hop #1

Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?). 

I love this question. When I was in high school, I read a lot of John Grisham. I loved his mysteries; however, as time went by and I was no longer living with mom and dad, and started paying my own bills, going to college...well, you get it, the things adults do...I didn't have time to read anymore. Then I had kids...and well, most of you know how that goes. 

I have seen this answer on a couple of other blogs, but I am answering the question honestly so...while at work, some ladies were talking about Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. At first I thought - no, vampires have never really been my thing. But the more I heard about the books, the more I thought...ok, I am going to read the first book at least. And then, I couldn't put them down. I was thankful that I was late into the series, so I didn't have to wait for the next one to come out. I read them in a week. Couldn't put them down. And then my oldest daughter read them and it gave us something fun to talk about. She would get so mad at me because I refused to tell her anything about the books...I just kept saying "Just read it." And as Amber at Me,My Shelf, and I said I don't want to hear that the books were poorly written or that there's no such thing as sparkly vampires because unless you have irrefutable evidence to the contrary...all vampires are fictional. 
And I haven't stopped reading since.

Even now, when I am depressed, upset or sad, I will reread The Twilight Saga because they bring me comfort and take me to a place other than the - all to many times - crazy place I live. about you?

Book Blogger Hop

Q: What ARC would you like to get your hands on right now?

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

To be released August 23, 2011, so I suppose I will just have to wait. LOL!


  1. thanks for stopping by! Aaaand even though I'm a Dyed-In-The-Soul Buffy fan and that colors my view on all things Vampy; I LOVE your comeback! [Plus I did read all the books and they're not terrible;)]
    Take care

  2. Hi & Happy Friday!

    It was Twilight for me as well ;)

    My FF,

    Have a nice weekend.

  3. Oh wow! You have the exact same answer from another blog too! Twilight being the one book and Bloodlines being the ARC! Ha! That's pretty cool!

    I was already hooked deep into the paranormal reading before Twilight came out so that wasn't the book for me. Although I did read the series our of curiosity before it got wayyy out of control!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  4. This is a popular book today! I may have to check it out...

    Happy Blog Hop!

  5. Good choices! I loved Nancy Drew!

    New follower btw :)

  6. Thanks for stoppong by my blog!!

    Happy Firday!! New Follower!!

  7. Yay for another Twilight answer! Love that series and I'm proud to admit it.

    Thanks for visiting FF

  8. I was introduced to vampires as well with twilight Saga, I've read them 5 times so far. ;) they are usually my Autumn books. ;)

    Thanks for dropping by my blog again! :)

  9. Yay! It's so good to hear from some Twilight lovers. Like you commented on my blog, for all the attention it gets, it gets people talking -- even non-readers. And that is never a bad thing!

    Thanks for stopping by my friday memes and following my blog! I'm following your blog now as well! :)

    ♥ Sarah

  10. I cannot wait for Bloodlines to come out or for my copy to come in the mail.
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

  11. The Twilight saga impacted me as well. =) I am sure that it had a huge impact on a ton of people so people need to stop hating on it!

    New follower. =)

  12. Thanks for visiting! :)

    I think the Twilight series has impacted a lot of people whether they will admit to it or not. I don't see why it should be something to be embarrassed about - I doubt anyone would be embarrassed if it hadn't become such a success that it brought out haters as well as fans!

    Happy Friday!
    Scarlet Letters

  13. Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog, I'm now following you back. The Twilight books do seem to be popular.

    The Scarf Princess

  14. I'm shocked at how many people have said that TWILIGHT changed their lives. Interesting. No matter what else people say about those books, they've definitely gotten a lot of people turned onto reading.

    Glad to have found you via the Hop!

  15. New follower (: I have yet to read anything by Richelle Mead (:O), but my choice was Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver.

    Have a blessed weekend!

  16. post all of the following including the signature to each and every blog at
    the Book Blogger hop:

    As with just about everything else, most people will be startled to learn which
    ARC I’m looking forward to the most.

    Shocked, possibly.

    So what’s the next ARC I’m looking forward to the most? The one I can’t stop thinking about?
    The one that gives me sweaty palms?

    Hop on over to my blog now and find out –

    Howard Sherman, Implementor

  17. Twilight saga is one of the series that got me into YA reading aswell, I'm not so fond of it now, but it still has a place in my heart <3

    Old follower hopping through (:
    have a great weekend!

  18. The Twilight saga is what got me into reading as well. It's cliche to say, but it's also true. That's why it'll always be special to me.

  19. Aaah, Twilight. What a sweet, sweet, yet bitter series to fall for. I mean, I personally got hooked for aaages on it, but I moved along, even though I do sometimes peek at it to look at the gorgeous writing!

    Denna, hopping by to follow back, thanks for your follow too, girl! <3

    And thank you, I designed it by myself! <3 I might make a page for designs, simple ones, but I'm thinking if people will be interested, lol :P

  20. Your story about how you got into the Twilight series is EXACTLY how it happened to me. A girl I worked with kept insisting that I read them, and I kept insisting that I didn't read vampire novels. Eventually I caved and I'm so glad I did! The follower widget isn't showing up (thanks a lot Blogger!), but I'm following you by email now; will become a follower on your blog when the I'm able to!

  21. Hopping through. I also re-read portions of the Twilight books whenever I am having a hard time. Helps me relax.
    My Hop

  22. Thanks for visiting my blog. I've seen a lot of people mention twilight. I am glade it got you back into reading.

  23. I'm seeing a lot of Bloodlines today!

    ~Asheley (Into the Hall of Books)

  24. I totally agree with the Bloodlines pick. I'm wanting that book so bad.

    have a good weekend.

  25. I haven't read Twilight. One month and one day from today's hop, the book I'm highlighting comes out. Come see which book I'm talking about.

  26. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit at Hands and Home! I love your answer. Even though the Twilight series is YA I think that it got a lot of adults back into reading. I agree with you completely, I read for entertainment and I don't care if the vampires are sparkly, they were fun books that gave me quite a few minutes of happiness! :)

    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  27. Oh yeah I would love an ARC of bloodlines right now!! Thanks for stopping by my blog =]

    The Cait Files

  28. You'll love Bloodlines! I liked it even better than Vamprie Academy. Returning the visit and following!

  29. The Twilight books are awesome!

    New follower :)


  30. i want Bloodlines!!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and im your newest follower! happy hopping!

  31. Hmmm Twilight seems to be a popular choice with this question it seems...nice choice.....thanks for Hopping by on @Le' Grande Codex

    Your new follower

  32. Thanks for stopping by on the hop! I loved Twilight. And I'm doing a review of Bloodlines this week, so make sure you stop by for it!
    PS: New follower =)

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog



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