Friday, November 4, 2011

TGIF! Blog Hop & Feature, and Follow Friday (13)

Welcome, Pretty Readers, to another week of Friday fun! It just wasn't feasible to squeeze our Friday memes in last week. As such we missed a whole week of hop-a-long  fun. It happens, I suppose, but now we're back, and super excited to see what others have to say!

As usual, Follow Friday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.; TGIF is hosted by Ginger, from GReads!; and (though it's not yet up) Crazy For Books hosts the Book Blogger Hop.

Now, without further ado:

Today’s Question is something new, an activity. We want to see what you look like! Take a pic with you and your current read! Too shy? Boo! Just post a fun pic you want to share.

Kira
Jesse


This Space Reserved for the Book Blogger Hop:



Jesse:

Kira:

Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre?


Jesse: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross really opened up the world of steampunk to me. I'd seen steampunk before (in movies or what have you) but I'd never read a book about it. Now I'm dying for my next taste of it, so if you know any excellent YA steampunk books let me know!

Kira: As weird as it may be, I can't really pinpoint any specific book that opened me up to a new genre. I've always just sort of read a hodge-podge of different types of book. What I can say, is that while I did read some YA here and there while I was younger, I didn't read nearly as much as I do now. What got me started there, actually, were a few online stories and authors. I'm not talking fan fiction, necessarily. You can find original stories online, too, and yeah, some of the stuff out there is terrible, but if you're willing to sift through the crap, you can find that handful of really talented -- if a bit unrefined, at times --  budding authors out there.

 Two of my favorites (I'm not entirely sure if they're still writing online. I've fallen a bit out of touch) go by the usernames The Silent Lullaby, and Ms. Marauder. It was through people like these, not necessarily these two, that I was introduced to the Twilight Saga through their praise of the books (it was all the rage among online writers between 2006-8 -- took me 'til 2008 to actually read it). From there, I've sort of been a bit of a YA addict though, again, it's not the only stuff I read (as evidenced by Jane  Austen Made Me Do It in the picture above).

(and last week, too)
* Last week(end) was a crazy-busy (RL wise) week(end) that we devoted to the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. Mainly that means we wrote review of (most -- The Iron Knight review should be out this weekend) her books in the series:
* This week, things were a bit more back on schedule. 
  • For those of you that were paying attention to last weeks reviews, we also hosted a giveaway during that time. The prize? 1 Full set of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, including her latest release: The Iron Knight. You can find out who the lucky winner is right here.

16 comments:

  1. hehe, cute pics!! I hadn't participated in that hop but I will prob update my blog so I can take a cute pic too :)

    xo,
    Lah @ LazyGirl Reads

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  2. Your pictures are both so cute! I'm really jealous you're reading The Pledge. How is it so far? I'm thinking of ordering it soon.

    New Follower
    My Follow Friday

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

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  3. Great pictures! I haven't read The Pledge yet but I'm so excited to. Great blog (love your header).
    -Jenna @ Fans of Fiction (new follower)
    My Follow Friday

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  4. It was hard for me too - to pick books that opened me up to a new genre. I ended up doing one for Steampunk - but now that I'm seeing everyone's answers, I keep thinking of more books (and authors) that introduced me to different genres (like Stephen King for creepy books; Nancy Drew for mysteries).

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  5. Great pictures
    New follower Here is my
    #FF

    Happy reading
    Anna =)

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  6. I've not got around to reading the pledge yet. Cutes pictures. :)

    Here's my FF

    Amy@adumbrations

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  7. I haven't read this one yet, but I plan to since I love the Body Finder series.

    New follower here for the hop!

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  8. Love the name of your blog, new follower here. I really like the look and feel of your blog. Keep up the good work. Happy reading!

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  9. cool blog. new follower. my ff: http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/

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  10. Hopping through. Great that Twilight helped you get into YA. It's always nice to see more YA readers.
    My Hop

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  11. The Pledge is awesome!


    Hope you are having a great weekend!

    Kristina
    Ladybug Storytime

    New follower :)

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  12. Thanks for visiting my blog! Old follower :)

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  13. hi There, what a great site you have here...I am visiting from Follow Friday...I am now a new follower I like it so much! Pinkim from TrulySimplyPink

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