Friday, December 10, 2010

Follow Friday and Blog-Hopping (I'm Losing Track of How Many)

It's Friday! Hurray!

That means it's Follow Friday (hosted by Parajunkee) as well as The Blog Hop (hosted by Jennifer @ Crazy-for-Books).

Here is Follow-Friday's Question:
Do you have an under-noticed author that you think we should all know about?

I'm trying to think back... I can't remember very many Gabrielle Zevin reviews on the other blogs that I follow.
Maybe I'm wrong, but for now, she'll be my under-noticed author. She's one of my favorites! Her descriptions are lovely, her stories are woven from pure gold... I can't get enough of her books! I highly recommend them! My favorites have been Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (review shall be up pretty soon. It's fairly short).

Another person I can think of, though he's not really known as a writer as much as an actor, is Anthony Rapp. He wrote Without You: A Memoir of Loss, Love, and the Musical RENT. I am a huge fan of RENT and by extension, Anthony Rapp.

I learned so much about him and it was a very well-written memoir. I also highly recommend this one (there isn't a review up for this one. When I read it, I wasn't an active book-blogger).

Book Blogger Hop

The question for the Blog-Hop is as follows:

What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs? Is it the reviews, the author guest posts, articles, giveaways, or something else entirely?

I love reading the reviews that other people write! Not only does it help make my own reviews better than before, but it's also a handy way to add to my To Be Read pile. I tried to rely on Shelfari for new reads, and for a while, it worked out just swimmingly. But then I started seeing the same books being recommended, and by that time, I had either already read them or already resolved to read them. By reading the reviews of other people, I can get word of new books that I have never heard of before and find out how well they were rated and whether or not they were worth my time. It's really nice.

I like author interviews as well, but it's usually only if I'm familiar with the author that I really read their answers (as opposed to just skimming them).

Thanks for reading!



  1. I've never heard of this author, so thanks for bringing her to my attention. It's a great question this week, isn't it? I like your blog - new follow!

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

  2. Hi, new follower here from Follow Friday. I've never read anything by Zevin so I would agree that she's under-noticed. I do have Elsewhere on my to-read list though so I hope I like it.

    My hop

  3. I love getting recommendations. I agree, it is easier on here to find new books than on shelfari or goodreads. I still love hanging out on shelfari to talk about books, but to find them I love the memes from the blogging community. I'm a new follower! My hop is at Coffee Table Press

  4. Gabrielle Zevin is totally underrated. Her books usually have a unique sense to them that, for me, grabs me straight away. Happy hop!

  5. I've never heard of the author you mentioned, but I'll be looking into her books. Have a great weekend!

  6. I love the reviews too. Here is why I read book blogs. Happy blog hop!

  7. I love to enter the giveaways. It's always exciting to be exposed to new books with the possibility of getting to read them.

  8. Hi! Old follower here. Just stopping by from the Hop. I haven't seen RENT the musical live-only the movie. My college just did the show-but I didn't get to see it-too busy. Hope you have a great weekend :)
    Caroline @ Bon Bons and Reveries

  9. Linds: It really is a great question! I thought it was going to be really hard to answer, but then the authors just started coming to me in seconds. Thank you for the follow!
    You have a beautiful blog yourself. I am now a follower myself :)

    Bookworm: 'Elsewhere' is fantastic! That's the first Zevin book I read and I was hooked from there-on-out. P.S. I'm now a follower of your blog ^^

    Aimee: Thank you very much for stopping by! I am also following your blog!

    Brooke: I completely agree. You have worded that perfectly. Thank you for stopping by!

    Brenda: I hope you enjoy Gabrielle Zevin and you also have a fantastic weekend!

    Pussreboots: Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

    Tribute Books: I've never thought of giveaways like that. Very cool! Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

    Caroline: I have also only seen the movie. that would be so incredible to see it live-- especially since there are songs that were written for Broadway but had to be cut in the movie. Have a great weekend!

  10. I'm your newest follower!
    Just blog hopping by! Nice to meet you. :-) My hop is at The Lit Express.

    Come check out our 100 follower giveaway. Prize is an amazon gift card!

  11. I love Gabrielle Zevin! I've only read Elsewhere, and it was a while ago, but I remember it being awesome!

    I'm a new follower, maybe you could return the favour?
    Have a great weekend,

  12. Alyssa: Thank you very much for taking the time to stop by! I am also a follower of yours! Have a good weekend!

    Bella: I'm so glad that you've heard of Gabrielle Zevin. This was such a cool question this week. I've found several new authors that I need to check out. Have an excellent weekend!
    P.S. I'm a new follower of yours.


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