Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday (4)

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:

"Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!"

One of my favorite book titles is Beyond Smells and Bells by Mark Galli. It was a textbook in one of my sacred music classes and one that I actually enjoyed reading.

Other than that, these are two books that I wanted from the title alone:

By: Ildefonso Falcones

Goodreads Summary: A masterful eipc of love, war, treason, plague, famine, witchcraft, anti-Semitism and the Inquisition.14th-century Spain, the medieval city of Barcelona is enjoying a golden age of prosperity. Its humblest inhabitants are building, stone by stone, a magnificent church to overlook their harbour. This is the Cathedral of the Sea: a church to be built for the people by the people.In its shadow, Arnau, a young serf on the run from his feudal lord, struggles to earn his freedom. After famine, plague and thwarted love, Arnau's fortunes begin to turn when King Pedro makes him a baron as a reward for his courage in battle. But he is also forced to marry Eleonor, a ward of the King whom he does not love. His newfound status excites jealousy from his friends who plot his downfall with devastating consequences. Arnau's journey from slave to nobleman is the story of a struggle between good and evil that will turn Church against State and brother against brother ...

By: Caridad Ferrer

Goodreads Summary: A dancer driven to succeed.

A musical prodigy attempting to escape his past.

The summer they share.

And the moment it all goes wrong.

Dance is Soledad Reyes’s life. About to graduate from Miami’s Biscayne High School for the Performing Arts, she plans on spending her last summer at home teaching in a dance studio, saving money, and eventually auditioning for dance companies. That is, until fate intervenes in the form of fellow student Jonathan Crandall who has what sounds like an outrageous proposition: Forget teaching. Why not spend the summer performing in the intense environment of the competitive drum and bugle corps? The corps is going to be performing Carmen, and the opportunity to portray the character of the sultry gypsy proves too tempting for Soledad to pass up, as well as the opportunity to spend more time with Jonathan, who intrigues her in a way no boy ever has before.

But in an uncanny echo of the story they perform every evening, an unexpected competitor for Soledad's affections appears: Taz, a member of an all-star Spanish soccer team. One explosive encounter later Soledad finds not only her relationship with Jonathan threatened, but her entire future as a professional dancer.

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:

"How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?"

I definitely read more now than I did when I was a teen. My preferences have also changed. As a teen, I read mostly classics (yes, even when I wasn't reading for school) and spinoffs of classics. However, I did read Harry Potter and Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' books about vampires and witches, so I suppose it's only natural that now I read many fantasy and paranormal books. I read much more YA now than I did as an actual young adult. But given the great books that are on the market now, I think that's a good thing!

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


  1. Hopping by and now following, too! What an awesome and intriguing name for a course book :)

    Take care & happy reading,
    Ms. C

  2. Stopping by on the Blog Hop. The Beyond Smells and Bells title made me chuckle. Hope it was as fun to read :-)

    Jex @ Everything and Nothing

  3. I read more YA now than I did as a teenager too. You are right, there is a much better selection of YA books now.

  4. LOL on Beyond Smells and Bells...sounds so funny.

    NEW GFC FOLLOWER....I just love your site....fabulous design and colors.

    CATHEDRAL OF THE SEA is OUTSTANDING...I have a review on my site if you liked to take a look.

    Stopping by from the blog hop.

    Stop by my blog if you like to see what book I chose with a crazy title.


  5. Yay!! I loved Amelia Atwater-Rhodes too! She's want introduced me to the paranormal books when I was 13. After reading that, I didn't want to go back to "regular" books!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  6. I love YA!! And the classics are pretty good too. Great answer!!

    Here's my FF!

  7. I feel I read more as an adult too!!

    When I was in school my most favorite thing to read about were kids who wanted to be witches or ran into witches... so I guess my tastes haven't changed too too much.

    Happy Friday!!

    Hop on over to the Wastelands ;)

  8. I easily came up with five crazy book titles just by taking a fast look at my bookshelf.

    All five come from the same book series. Can you guess which series it is?

    Here’s a hint – The book series is a trilogy in five parts.

    Hop on over to my blog for the answer –

    Howard A. Sherman, Implementor
    Get Inside a Story

  9. Hopping through. I love the covers for When the Stars Go Blue and Cathedral of the Sea. Look very romantic.
    My Hop

  10. hi! Stoppin by from the blog hop. Cathedral by the sea is a lovely title! Have to check it out. Thanks!

  11. I'm a new follower, I've been finding so many blogs specifically for YA fiction. It's been an enjoyable journey finding y'all.

    Here's my Follow Friday post.

    I'm having a
    giveaway for a signed copy of "Passion" by Lauren Kate. Please feel free to enter :D

  12. Wish I had been as into the classics in my teens, only recently started getting into the classics and probably all the pretty and leather bonded style covers has convinced me to start reading classics LOL

    Here's my Follow Friday post.

  13. I like that you included the summaries with the two books -- that first one sounds very cool!

  14. Finally someone who was a classics reader as a teen. I still read them but definitely not as much as YA or romance novels.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your blog and I am a new follower.


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