Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hopping Time

It's time for the weekly book blogger hops again! A great opportunity to meet new bloggers and say hi to old.

Crazy For Books' Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Parajunkee's Follow My Book Blog Friday.

I'm Alison. I've been blogging for eight months. I review mainly YA with a few MG books and a weekly manga feature.

On the blog this week - 


Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Manga Mondays

Fruits Basket vol. 14 by Natsuki Takaya

Guest Post

Author Laura Kreitzer of Phantom Universe on Human Trafficking

Discussion Post

How old are YA bloggers? - I'll post the results in a few days!

Questions of the Week:

Blog Hop: What books would you like to see turned into a movie?

That's a hard one, because it's almost impossible to perfectly turn books into movies. The Harry Potter books are pretty close, but even they don't make it. I am a fan of the Twilight movies. They aren't nearly as good as the books - there's lots to complain about of the films - but I don't know how it really could have been done better. I think some books are just hard to translate onto screen no matter how good of a script, director, or actors you have.

That being said, here are a few books I'd like to see as movies, for better or worse:

1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
3. Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
4. White Cat by Holly Black

I could go on...

Follow Friday: If you are a fan of Science Fiction what is your favorite book? If you haven't read Science Fiction before...any inkling to? Anything catch your eye?

I have never been a science fiction fan, but I'd like to change that. Until a few years ago, I hated fantasy (thank you Harry Potter!) and paranormal romance (thank you Twilight!). I don't think one should necessarily discount any genre. One good book could get you hooked.

The only science fiction book that comes to mind that I enjoyed was Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and the companion Bean books. I'd like to read Robert Heinlein at some point, but haven't. What books do you think could convert a sci-fi hater like me?


  1. Happy Hopping!

    I'm trading some of my ARCs so make sure you stop by and see if there's anything you want :)

  2. I have heard Across The Universe was awesome its one I wanna try.

    My FF and Blog Hops

  3. Heinlein is pretty tough to read he's very weird >.> You should try Old Man's War by John Scalzi it's a much lighter and funner read ^.^

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books
    Loving the Reviews Challenge

  4. Hi
    Just following through - I don't rally read science fiction but I'm a sucker for SciFi TV shows like the Star Trek spin-offs

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  5. I used to think that Sci-Fi books and I aren't going to click but I was wrong too. Guess it's time for me to try Ender's Game ;)

    Old follower stopping by ;) You can visit mine here

  6. Ender's Game is awesome! I really like a bunch of Orson Scott Card's books.

    I've read and reviewed a bunch of sci fi from independent authors. There are some great ones out there!

    (current follower- you're even on my blogroll :) )

  7. You know, I had something against Paranormal Romance for a long time too - and I kept my fantasy love hidden :) I felt almost like they were genres to look down on, that they didn't have the same "merit" as fiction. I am so glad that I got over that, I mean now I run a speculative fiction blog lol. Yay for evolving! :)

    Long time follower :)

    That Bookish Girl

  8. I don't think I have ever read scifi... I need to give it a shot!

  9. Hey Alison! The one book that is a Science Fiction that I heard about, and i'm definitely interested in reading, is 'Across the Universe' by Beth Revis. I haven't read it yet but I'm definitely going to! : )

    My FF is here:

  10. Not much of a sci-fi fan either. Hoping by! Have a great weekend :)

  11. here's mine

  12. Happy Friday Alison! I agree completely, no genre should be discounted there are good and bad books in everyone. Paranormal romance, adult and YA, is my absolute favorite, but Sci Fi is an interesting genre I would like to read more of:) Hope you have a great weekend!

  13. Hey you, just stopping by on follow.
    I really enjoy Sci-fi, come see my fave book. Ender's Game is a classic. Read Roberts work, it just might hook you.
    Have a terrific weekend!!!
    See ya!
    Readaholics Anonymous

  14. I liked Ender's Game too. New follower, btw! Great blog :)

  15. Just stopping by to share some Friday blog love! Hope you have a great weekend! Don't forget to join in the current Read My Review which has a Love/Romance theme (see the link at the top of my blog)
    Trillian xxx

  16. Did you read The Host by Stephenie Meyer? That book is a soft science fiction story. I really enjoyed that story because of Stephenie's ability to tell a fantastic story.

  17. Hi Alison! I love love your blog! Yes, I am a manga/anime freak and just adore the cherryblossom/colors you have. *grins* I have read all 23 volumes of Fruits Basket and no I won't ruin it for you.

    I don't read many YA's but mangas yes. Mad crazy over them. XD I do hope you have a beautiful weekend and fun time reading. *whispers* The hollow on my blog actually refers more to the Hollows on Bleach. ;)


  18. Across the Universe was a great read and a good book to introduce someone to the SCI/FI YA genre.

  19. You hated fantasy and paranormal romance?!? How did you live?!?

    Happy Friday! :)

    iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books

  20. Hey Alison! Well, I'm not a sci fi fan either, but now that you mention it, I always wanted to read some Orson Scott Card books, but I never got the chance. I should give him a try soon!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier! I'm an old follower.;)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. I have to agree I didn't get hooked to Paranormal Romance until Twilight and am currently getting hooked on Urban Fantasy thanks to the current series i'm reading. Thanks for dropping by.

  22. Harry Potter changed my mind about fantasy too. Heinlein is a good place to start for sci-fi, but if you liked Ender's Game, you could try some more in that series too.

  23. I do agree with you that no one should discount a genre without giving it a try. I've read so many books I never thought I would read since I started my blog and I have loved them.

    Have a great weekened!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  24. Thanks for coming over for Follow Friday, and now I'm following you back! I hope that my reviews will give you some ideas for science fiction books that you will like!

    Aaron (Dreaming About Other Worlds).

  25. Happy Friday, Alison! I'm actually beginning to really love sci-fi, and I think you just need to find that ONE book that turns you onto the genre, you know? I just read THE PACE by Shelena Shorts that's part fantasy, part sci-fi, and I loved it...the same goes for THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX.

  26. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I look forward to reading your reviews. Happy Friday!


  27. I was going to say you could try reading the Host but someone already mentioned that. I agree with you: I'm sure I'd like Sci-Fi if I read some more of it. I'm not really good with genres: books are books, and what only matters to me is whether I like them or not.

    Anyway, thanks for visiting and I'm now following,


  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am now following you as well :)

  29. "One good book could get you hooked." That is SOOO true!!
    I keep hearing great things about Across the Universe, so I'm hoping it's good! (And that I can get a copy soon!)
    Thanks for stopping by!!

  30. I haven't read Ender's Game, but I've heard it was really good. Have you read Across the Universe? That one's a cross over genre:) New follower!

  31. Try The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson-I thought it was great and the teen book club out our library read and discussed it and the feedback was fab!

  32. If I think of any sci fi books i'l let you know!! have a great weekend!

  33. Following you back :).

    Yes, I heard wonderful things about Across the Universe, so if you haven't tried that, I'd say that's a good bet.

    I just finished Human.4 and found it to be an enjoyable read and worth the time, so you could try that one, too :).

  34. I 100% agree with what you said about not discounting a genre. Some genre's I never thought I'd be interested in have come out with some of my all-time favourite reads.

    As you saw on my blog, my two fave sci-fi were Across The Universe and Academy 7. Both of which I think could convert you! *nudges toward them* :)

  35. I prefer watching a sci-fi movie than reading a book. Thanks to FF and you people, I have made a short list of sci-fi books now that I'd definitely read.

  36. I am not a fan of this genre so cannot comment on your choice of books but I am certainly enjoying the blog hop.

  37. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I'm also new follower! :)

  38. Thanks for hopping by my blog and I'm returning the favor.

    Hopping by from the FF and have a great weekend!

  39. Thank you for stopping by my blog. :) I'm an old follower. Hope you have a good weekend!

    Lacey in the Sky with Books

  40. Not too keen on Holly Black's Series but I agree fully with the other three

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  42. Hi Alison,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following, I'm now following you too. A couple of books that I think might convert you to Sci-Fi would be The Host by Stephenie Meyer and the Dark Angel series by Max Allan Collins.

    Have a great weekend!

  43. Hi thanks for stopping by , am now a follower :)
    Hope you have a great weekend.


  44. Hopping back to say hey! Would love to see VA as a movie. Heard that it was possible to that they were beginning the ever long process of making it happen!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

  45. Well you're already going to know my answer but Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi did a great job to convince me I should check out more SciFi and it restored my friend's faith in SciFi she was ready to give it up when she read it :). I keep hearing about Ender's Game so I'm going to have to add it to my TBR list.

    Thanks for visiting the blog!

  46. I'm going to throw in a vote for some other sci-fi books to try:

    Maybe you'd like something with strong characters and good action, like:
    The Warrior's Apprentice, Lois McMaster Bujold
    Trading in Danger, Elizabeth Moon

    Or maybe something with complex relationships between humans and utterly alien races, like:
    Serpent's Reach by CJ Cherryh
    Dawn by Olivia Butler

    Happy Weekend!

    The Blue Fairy's Bookshelf

  47. Hey! Reading Ender's Game already read that tho. Really like it so far! Have a great wknd!

  48. Great choices with Vamp Academy and Beautiful Creatures!

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  49. Alison,
    Old follower hopping by! Have a great weekend!


  50. If you haven't already, you should definitely read the rest of the Ender books, they're all very good. New follower. :)

  51. Hi Alison! Thanks for stopping by my blog:-)
    I love Vampire Academy and that would definitly be my #1 pick.

    I agree with you - never discount a genre. I had never read paranormal romanced, urban fantasy, etc..until someone suggested a Twilight and the Sookie Stackouse novels. Now I'm a paromantasy addict! I had all the sci-fi fans suggest their fave books and I added them to my TBP pile. I may just become a fan.

    Have a great weekend!
    Evie@ Paromantasy

  52. I agree - Beautiful Creatures NEEDS to be a movie!! Love those books.

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Hooked to Books

  53. I'd love to see movies of all the books you listed, though I haven't read Gallagher Girls.

  54. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science by Londa Schiebinger is one of my favorites, a great story about the emergence of professional women in Europe. I'm from Louisiana, and I love reading about the history of New Orleans - the cultural history of the city is amazing! I found New Orleans as it Was by Henry C. Castellanos on a bargain bookshelf and absolutely fell in love with it. It's a collection of stories about personal experiences and inherited traditions during the Antebellum period. If you like American history, you will really enjoy this book. I'm a big fan of William Faulkner too - most of his stories are set in the south. As I Lay Dying by Faulkner is my all time favorite book. It's a difficult read, but it's absolutely amazing.

  55. I forgot about Vampire Academy. That could be a great movie.

    I also am not a major Sci-Fi fan. I have tried, but just don't get into it as much.

    Andrea @ Reading Lark

  56. Thanks for hopping by! Hope you had a great weekend :)

  57. Thanks for stopping by! I'm not much much of a Sci-Fi reader either. I mainly stick to the big names... still waiting on that great title to change my opinion of this genre!


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