Thursday, August 4, 2011

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday (3)

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jennifer at Crazy-for-Books. In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read! So visit Crazy-for-Books to grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list there!

This week's question:

"What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?"

I'm positive that ARCs for this aren't out yet, but after reading the first chapter, I have to say Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer. I can't wait to see how this trilogy ends! For ARCs that are actually out, my answer would be Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey. I was so disappointed that there weren't any ARCs at ALA, because I'm very much looking forward to reading it!

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read. Visit either of their blogs for complete rules of the following fun!

This week's question:

"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 have two answers to this. The first is the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It's an epic fantasy series with eleven books, but woven throughout the books are bits of philosophy akin to Ayn Rand's objectivism. These books gave me a different outlook on life and, even though I haven't read the series as a whole for five years, I still think about the messages contained in them. My second answer, as cliche as it will sound, is the Twilight saga. I think these books had the impact they did because of the time of my life when I read them. My love for those books not only got me back into reading but also led me to find other like-minded people, which allowed me to meet some of the people I now call my best friends.

That being said, I think that the mark of an amazing book is that you can take something away from it, whether it be a new way of thinking, hope for a given situation, or even renewed faith in something like the power of love. So many books can fit that description, and I look forward to finding even more of them!

What are your answers? Please leave a comment or a link to your blog!


  1. I have never read this, but you have a great answer!!

    Thank you so much for stopping in to my blog! I'm a new follower!

  2. The Sword of Truth series sounds exciting. And Shattered Souls is soooo awesome. =D And you were at ALA! =o I was too. =)

    New follower!!

  3. Oh my goodness! I love the Sword of Truth series (though, I've only read the first three... gotta get on that!). I also love the tv series they came out with based on the books, and am so terribly sad they canceled it.

    I like your answers and your blog! I'm a new follower. Please feel free to stop by my post at Lari Is Writing.

  4. I read the first five of the Sword of Truth and found them to be very enjoyable.

    I completely agree with your comments on what makes a book amazing.

  5. New follower :)

    I have the first book in the Sword of Truth series sitting on my bookshelf right now, but I haven't read it yet. I really want to bump it up in my TBR queue now though!

    (My #FF post if you are interested:

  6. I've been meaning to start Andrea Cremer's series. Great post, I'm a new follower. Check out my FF at Anonymous Reads. Have a great weekend! :)


  7. I'll google that series..I've never heard of it! The book I chose is also very cliché, lol!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  8. A lot of bloggers want to get a arc of Shattered does sounds really good. I can't wait to read it. ;)

    Hopping trough!

  9. Great ARC choices! I'm sure I would've said Bloodrose too, but I still have to read Wolfsbane! It's on my TBR pile though. Going to read it next week for sure!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  10. I'm about to read Wolfsbane and I'm sure it will be awesome! Shattered Souls does sound great!

    New Follower!

    Katie's Amazing Book Reviews

  11. I've heard wonders on Andrea Cremer's series and now I want to read it even more.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I'm a new follower now.

  12. Thanks for stopping by :)

    I still haven't read Goodkind but then I've had all my fantasy reading friends scare me off him, I'll give him a read one day but I've got a lot to catch up on before I do.

    Once Upon A Time

  13. Hopping through. Twilight isn't cliche at all. It was such an important book for me. I still need to read Goodkind.
    My Hop

  14. Just dropping by for the blog hop. I haven't heard of either of those books, but the names sound intriguing.

    My hop:

  15. Shattered souls definitely sounds like a good book. 've seen a couple of people with it as their answers.

  16. Hi Christen, thanks for visiting my blog! I'm now following you back. :D

    The Twilight saga is awesome! Love those books.

    Have a great weekend!

  17. Wow, what a nice treat to find another Goodkind fan! I've read the first five books in the Sword of Truth series and really loved them.

    I'm a BRAND NEW follower. Please come on over to my blog to check out my Hop/FF!

  18. Thanks for stopping by and for the follow. Glad that others like the Twilight Saga too.

  19. I haven't ever read the Swords of Truth books, I did love Twilight. I am REALLY shocked at how much I FEEL when I think about Edward and Bella and Jacob.. I usually don't reada lot of romance books, and I can't even describe why I feel so strongly about them, just the idea of living forever and giving up your life to be with the one you love.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog - I'm following you now :)

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  20. Thanks for the follow! Following back :)

  21. I honestly didnt like much Andrea Cremer's first book NightShade... but I'm interested in trying her other books ;)

    thanks for stopping by my blog and im your newest follower!!

  22. I definitely think there is a lot you can take away from a book, big or small. Thanks for the add! Following back!

    A Written Rhapsody

  23. Have you read all of Ayn Rand's books? I started Atlas Shrugged this summer. Friday Post!

  24. Hi, there! Recent follower here! OOOHHH, I LOVE your choices for BOTH questions!! I have "Nightshade" and now "Wolfsbane" by Andrea Cremer, and can't wait to get to them!!! I've heard SO much about her! So "Bloodrose" is bound to be just as great.

    As for "Shattered Souls", I've seein it teatured on several blogs, and, from what I've read, it sounds great, as well!

    I've also seen the Terry Goodkind books. (Gosh, "so many books, so little time", as the saying goes....) Interesting that you should mention Ayn Rand. I LOVE fiction books that have philosophical themes woven into the plot!! (I remember reading "Atlas Shrugged" years ago, too. Incredible book, even if I don't agree with Rand's philosophy in every respect.)

    And then...TWILIGHT. Ahhhhh,,,,bliss!! I'm so glad you love these books!! Ever since I started blogging back in September of last year, I've been dismayed to find several blogs that actively proclaim their hatred of the Saga. I can't for the life of me understand it...Edward and Bella's story is soooo beautiful...I have several editions of these books, I love them so much! And I'm not ashamed or embarrassed to admit that I love them, either! What the heck is so terrible about loving this series?

    Anyway...there are SO many other books I could have the Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings, The Night World series...

    Well, I guess I'd better stop! Lol

    Here's my FF post, so you can come check it out!


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