Friday, January 7, 2011

Follow Friday& The Book Blogger Hop (13)

 YES, the Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday (hosted at Parajunkee's View and Crazy-for-Books, respectively) have returned from their holiday breaks in full-force!  I'm going to be one busy girl this week, what with exams looming ahead (only 3 days left to study-- the horror!!) and my upcoming trip to Mexico.  But I promise to still check out everybody's blogs-- just leave me your link when you say hi.  I missed hardcore blog hopping a lot over these last few weekends.  And while you're here, don't forget to enter my giveaway to win the Iron Fey trilogy by Julie Kagawa!

Over at the Blog Hop, this week's question is:
"What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?" 

My answer: The Harry Potter series are the books which opened my life up to magic, and to reading.  I read the Sorceror's Stone when I was just shy of seven, and I'll never forget what a powerful experience it was.  Suddenly I wanted to read every fantasy I could get my hands on and I wanted to be a writer, to create my own stories. (Almost as much as I wanted to go to Hogwarts. :) )  I remember Sirius Black in the third book scared me (hey, I was seven or eight) and the graveyard scene in the Goblet of Fire gave me chills to read after dark with a flashlight.  I have so many memories of reading and re-reading these books.  One of my favorite things about reading is that every time you read a book again, the memories of the previous times you read it and where you were and what you were doing come flying back to you like photographs stuck between the pages.

And this week's Follow Friday featured blogger is Shannon @ Stalking the Bookshelves.  Make sure to stop by her blog and follow if you haven't already. The question is: What book(s) have you discovered lately from someone's book blog?

My answer: I'm always discovering books from other people's blogs-- more than half the books I read were recommended by a blog or friend! One of the YA books I've discovered recently from reading blogs is Matched by Ally Condie; another is the Vampire Academy series.

I hope you all have an awesome weekend!


Julie Anne Lindsey said...

Hopping by! I haven't read the Vampire Academy series yet, but I want to. I'm with you, I'm always discovering new titles through book blogs. My fav find last year was Lisa Desrochers Personal Demons. I heart Ya and I LOVED that book!!

Melissa said...

Happy Friday, Kat! I discover so many books in the blogosphere - everyone convinced me to read Vampire Academy, and I loved it :)

Stray said...

Have a great friday,
Most books I read are recommended too, either from goodreads or the blogosphere

Leo @
Books are like People
For The L♥ve of Reading

Khadija said...

Stopping by for Follow Friday! I'm your newest follower.

Please stop by my blog if you get a chance:

Chelsea said...

Just stopping by from Follow Friday! I just read Matched, and I absolutely loved the Vampire Academy series :)

Happy Friday! I'm a new follower :)
- Chelsea @ Books Turn Brains

Emi said...

Howdy! Just an old follower stopping by to say hi. :)

Lately I haven't discovered a lot of books from reading blogs (unless a book is self published) I lurk around Goodreads a lot, which is where I find most of my recommendations.

Good luck with your exams, and happy Friday!


Dana Alma said...

Hey you, just stopping by on the hop and follow. I'm ur newest follower. Have a great New Year. Happy Reading!!!
See ya!
Readaholics Anonymous

Shannon the BookStalker said...

I completely agree about Matched, didn't know anything about it before I started blogging!

Love your header BTW, so unique!!!

Gaming Gabby said...

Hey! New follower here. Nice to meet you. :)
Gaming Gabby's Blog

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

hi i'm stopping by from parajunkee's hop!! i'm your newest follower!!

Tribute Books Mama said...

here's mine

Kimberly said...

hi I am a new follower. I have learned about many different books from many different blogs to many to single out. come check out my blog Outhouse Reviews

Precious said...

Hello there! Hopping by! I love the answers to this week’s question.
I have a huge prize pack giveaway at the blog. A contest reminder is included in my book blogger hop post. I hope you drop by!
Here’s my post.

Have a nice weekend!

MommyWantsToRead said...

hello from your newest follower. I haven't read the Vampire Academy books yet. I'm a bit scared to because of the hype around them. I hated twilight so much that I'm put off of vampires for a while

Emma Michaels said...

Happy Follow Friday! I am a follower!!!

Emma Michaels

Stephany said...

Stopping by through the Follow!
Great response for the Hop. I wish I could remember back when I read the Harry Potter series...I know I was obsessed at one time. Then I sadly stopped reading them in 5th grade when I found the 5th book to be boring. Don't worry, I know now that I should finish the series :)

I'm a new follower!

sch_94 said...

Hi! :) Just stopping by for Follow Friday! I totally agree with you - the Harry Potter Series started my love of anything paranormal :P

Check out my blog when you get back (have a safe trip)! Enter the giveaway while you're there ;)

~Sara said...

Hey Hey, just hoping by. I love your banner! I read Harry Potter when I was 12 and love love loved it! Rowling helped feed my addiction as well.

My Hop-->

Leecheeeee813 said...

Happy FF! Just stopping by. :)

Please visit me at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.

Miss Remmers said...

I love your blog design! Just here on the "Hop"! I'm your 200th follower!

AlleluiaLu said...

I'm a new follower! I'm reading the Harry Potter series right now! I'm probably the only one on the planet who hasn't read it yet. Oh well. I love the authors on your list -- some of my favorites are there.

If you get the chance, come visit my blog:

Have a great weekend!

bibliophile brouhaha said...

Aww, Harry Potter - fantastic answer! I think I would say that HP definitly reminded me about part of me that loved magic! Great answer!

If you want another great book suggestion, be sure to check out my giveway for Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar - it's open to U.S. and Canada. Raw Blue can't be bought here in the States, so it's a great giveaway!

-Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

Howard Sherman said...

This will probably come of something as a surprise but the book that changed/influenced my life (more than any other) is a non-fiction book. I know we all focus on novels and the fanciful fiction we love to read but The Four Work Week is the book that gets all the credit. I know the title sounds fictional but it really isn’t. Hop over to my blog and find out why –

Happy Book Blogger Hop Day!

Howard A. Sherman

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

Hi Kat! :)

Ooh, Harry Potter is a good one! Why the heck didn't I think of that? If you couldn't tell, that one affected me too. I mean heck, we grew up with that series! :P

Good luck with your exams, and have fun in mexico! :D

Kristina @ Frazzled Book Nommer.

A. Knight said...

Hi, I'm Asher!

I'm kinda new at the whole FF + BH posting...

It's so weird because I couldn't stand the Harry Potter series back when it was first starting to become popular, but I wonder if my opinion would be different now that I'm such an avid reader... Food for thought!

I think that's the best part of book blogging (besides getting to meet new people), that we all just kinda leech off each other, absorbing all the latest bookish info like but not limited to discovering new reads! It's exciting!

Please have a Wonderful day/night and enjoy all of your books!

Asher K.

AngelicNytmare said...

I agree if I hadn't started my blog I would have never known about all these awesome books that are out, or are coming out this year from other blogs I roam around on.

Alison said...

Hopping through!
The Harry Potter books are some of my most influential books too. Great pick!
Happy weekend!
My Hop

GREYZ said...

Books can really leave a mark in our lives. To read what that book is in my life, come visit me at Clandestine Sanctuary.

Dropping by via the hop. I am a new follower. Have a great weekend!

Mandy said...

Diana Gabaldon's "OUTLANDER" did it for me. I cannot stop reading since I read her books last October. She is the reason why I started blogging about books. Have a super weekend. I am your newest follower. Come and visit me at

Brooke said...

Harry Potter is a popular choice this week!

I ended up choosing Twilight because it was one of the first books that I interacted with strangers about. (More on my blog!)

Have a good week!


Jada said...

Hey awesome blog! I have not read the Harry Potters series(sad isn't it.)but maybe I will for now I love the movies. I'm a new follower.


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