Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blog Hopping


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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 ten months. I review mainly YA with a few MG books and a weekly manga feature.

On the blog this week -

Big Review!

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephenie Meyer


Giveaway, Interview, and Review

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Manga Mondays

Fruits Basket vol. 22 by Natsuki Takaya

Questions of the Week:

Blog Hop: Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her.

I recently read Lindsey Leavitt's Princess for Hire and Royal Treatment. The main character is Desi Bascomb. She's just a typical 8th grader from small town Idaho. Her mom may dream of Desi being a pageant beauty queen like she was, Desi prefers to spend her free time designing funny T-shirts and watching classic movies. She's not very popular and has the typical low self-esteem of a young teenager.

This all changes when she discovers she has magic potential and becomes a Sub for princesses who need a break. While she helps young princesses get through state dinners and deal with royal princes, she discovers that she is a strong girl who is able to stand up for what she wants. The Princess for Hire books are super-cute. I highly recommend them.

Follow Friday: Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with IRL? Tell us about him/her.

Hmm...yes and no. My dad shares my taste in books about history and some of the adult fiction I read. My mother and I read a lot of the same adult fiction books. I've pawned a few books like The Mortal Instruments series and White Cat/Red Glove off on my husband, making him a fan of both series. I have one friend at work who is really into Twilight so we had a squealing coffee break on Wednesday to discuss The Twilight Guide. Otherwise, I don't have anyone who is as obsessed with young adult books as I am.

86 comments:

  1. I don't have anyone obsessed with books IRL either. My hubby hasn't picked up a book since we've been married. He's more of a gamer. LOL!! My mom and sis are big readers as well, so we do chat it up a bit. :)

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  2. It's rare to have a male sig other who will read things like Mortal Instruments. You, are a lucky woman ^.^

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  3. You know my Brother in Law loves Twilight so when I get a book I think he might like and I give it to him, I never dreamed he would like what I would like.

    Happy weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  4. I really love to have a dad and mom like yours. I believe they are the best reading buddies you could ever have.

    Hopping through~
    TheJay2xA
    Reading Hobby~

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  5. Hi Alison I'm an old follower stopping by. I have a few book buddies IRL but non are big "book-geeks" like me!

    Here is my follow Friday post:
    http://www.handsandhome.ca/2011/04/follow-friday-2.html

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  6. Hi Alison, yeah I don't really have anyone close that I talk about books with-- that's cool your husband reads though! Mine is allergic to books haha.

    Here is my FF for this week :)

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  7. My hubby wouldn't read one of my books if I paid him! LOL

    My Blog Hop & FF!

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  8. Haha your husbands so cool! I'm pretty much the only avid reader in my family and no one shares my tastes. I do have my best friend though, we have all sorts of girly talk about YA books!

    Have a great weekend!
    My FF

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  9. Hello! Thanks for stopping by! It's pretty neat that you can get your husband to read some of your books. Mine would look at me like I had grown another head if I tried. LOL! Have a great weekend. :)

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  10. I wish sometimes I could be able to talk to my mom about book stuff, but she just looks at me like "umm okay" especially when I drag her to the bookstore with me. She just doesn't get it.

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  11. My mom only reads romance novels and I read everything so sometimes we find something we both like. Good thing us lonely readers have the blogging community and each other :)

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  12. My mom and I frequently talk about JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. We both fell in love with those books, and with every new book we have more to discuss.

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  13. Nice that you can pawn books off on your hubby! Mine doesn't like to read. :-P

    Here's my FF

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  14. Wow youre husband, way cool! I'd be lucky if I could get one of the guys I have ever dated to read at all. But then I dont date them for their brains.. LOL JK!

    I'm following now

    -Amanda

    Lets Get Romantical

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  15. I am lucky that so many of my friends are readers! I would love for my future man to be one too hehe

    - Kylie
    http://reviews.blueteacup.com

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  16. Old follower hopping through! Ah, you're so lucky your husbands a reader! Same; none of my friends are quite as into YA... I'm bringing them round, one by one... ;)
    Have a great weekend!
    Meg @ The Book Addicted Girl

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  17. Hey Alison, Happy Friday! Have a great weekend :)

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  18. As much as I can't stand Twilight anymore, it was the book that got my friend hooked into the UF genre. So I guess I have to be grateful for it a tiny bit. ;)

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower
    Jessica@a GREAT read

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  19. Hello! I just hopping by to return the follow.

    Here's my FF.

    http://thebooknympho.blogspot.com/2011/04/follow-friday_14.html

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  20. I've been getting my husband to read some of my books - The hunger Games series/Enclave) I love when I get to talk to him about my books.

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  21. Love the blog lay out! I am a new follower BTW! Just hopping over! :00 Happy friday!

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  22. Hi Alison!
    Just passing through on my way around the blogsphere and thought I'd check in :)
    Have a great weekend!

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  23. I wish my husband understood why I love reading. IRL the only person I generally talk books with is my Dad, although his tastes are a little more limited than mine.

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  24. Happy Friday Alison! At least your husband accepted some books, mine adamantly refuses to even open a page of one of mine:) Oh well, he doesn't care when I got to the bookstore and come back with a whole bag full so I guess I can cut him some slack! Hope you have a great weekend:)

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  25. Old follower stopping by. I don't have anyone either to talk books about either other than my friends I met in the blogging world. Hare a great weekend. You can see my blog here: http://justnookit.blogspot.com/2011/04/follow-friday-6.html

    Theresa

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  26. Hopping throught, I am a new follower...I love your blog.

    Spell Checked by C.G. Powell
    http://spellcheckedbycgpowell.blogspot.com/

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  27. Stopping by from the hop. So glad to hear you have some people to talk books with. Both my parents only read non-fiction, so there's not a lot of overlap. Fortunately, I have the other bibliomaniacs to talks books with!

    Have a great weekend!

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  28. I'm glad you have some people you can discuss books with IRL at least, even if they don't share your obsession with YA. Good thing there are book bloggers. :)

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  29. Aw, that's lovely that you can talk with your parents about books! Mine don't read much, haha. :)

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  30. *waves* Hi Alison!

    Thanks for hopping by the Wyld! I see you're almost done with Fruits Basket, wait till you get to the last one! :) Hope you're having a great weekend!

    Redd @ the wyld hollow

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  31. I'm glad you have people IRL who can talk books with you! Even if they're not obsessed. :) I have a couple of friends and they're really great.

    TGIF!! Jess @ Gone with the Words

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  32. YA is one of the areas where I am completely lacking in RL friends. No one likes YA. I have people for romance, fiction and historical fiction. But I have no one to share my YA books with. I want one! Maybe I should scout.

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  33. Old follower saying HI. Not a Twilight fan myself but am appreciative of what the book has done to get teens reading.

    The Scarf Princess

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  34. Hello! :)

    I have a few people that I talk about books with in real life but the blogging community is great because there is just so much variety, I have found so many new books to read!

    I could never get my hubby to read something like that.

    I'm a new follower!

    Happy reading
    Jules x

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  35. Yes I do! One of my besties is one of the operators of Pageturner blog
    Pixie and I have been friends since high school and she is the reason I am an avid reader .
    She is the mother of four kids one of which has autism, she shares her love of reading with her kids as well as anyone who will listen. She and I tend to have the same view points on the books we read with the exception of twilight she is a wolf girl and I am a SOUTHERN vampire girl.

    I am a follower come check out my blog
    Outhouse Reviews

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  36. My mom and I share the same interest in books as well!

    ~Happy Blogging!~
    www.abookaddictshaven.blogspot.com

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  37. Following you back! Thanks for stopping by!

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  38. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I'm just returning the favor. I'm a new follower as well. If you have a chance, please make sure to stop back over as I have two giveaways running, with very little entries, so the chances of winning are really good. Thanks! A Book Obsession..

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  39. I haven't read Princess for Hire but it sounds good. I don't have anyone to talk books with IRL. :*(

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  40. Hi Alison, thanks for hopping by! :D Those Princess for Hire books sound so cute and fun! And at least you have all of us to freak about about YA too. :) Happy Friday and happy reading.

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  41. Wow, busy Follow Friday going on here. I, myself, do not have a hubby and I would be very worried if I did! :) My only outlet is blogging as no-one I know in person who is a big book reader.
    Thanks for stopping by my site and for the follow...very cool of you.
    Marc

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  42. Haha, I wish someone walked around my bookstore/library and recommended books to me :P.

    I haven't read Princess for Hire or Royal Treatment, so I will definitely have to check those out!

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  43. I know, other than twilight none of my IRL friends are book people. =( Thats why I love blogging =)

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  44. Aw, at least you have your blog to talk about books on! Thanks for visiting!

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  45. I really like it when bloggers do a recap of the past week by linking to all of their post :) Hope you get a great weekend!

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  46. Hi Allison, hopping through for #FF! Have a great weekend!
    The Bawdy Book Blog

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  47. Hi Allison,

    Hopping by from the FF Blog Hop!

    Same here my dad and I have the same taste for history. Also my mom has the same taste as me for mystery/thriller and romantic suspense. My bro and I both enjoy the Darkhunter series and BDB series.

    Have a great weekend!

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  48. Hi there! Thanks for hopping through. :) I'm following you as well!

    You asked a hard question about quintessential Swedish books! I'm not really into the Swedish books at all. But yeah, Stieg Larsson. Perhaps Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist... but I really don't know. Most Swedish books are in the complete different genre for my reading habits!

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  49. Thank you for stopping by, returning the favour :)

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  50. Hi Alison!
    Thanks for coming by on my blog!
    I am your newest follower.
    It was nice to hear that you have been visiting the Baltic countries and Tallinn!
    By the way, I might take you up on your suggestion about asking help about blogs. I will probably do it by email :)
    Take care! I like you blog!

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  51. My husband reads mostly books at my suggestion. I'm his book finder, if you will. But mostly the books I suggest to him are ones that I probably wouldn't read. He did, finally, just read To Kill a Mockingbird - and loved it. I've been waiting for him to read that for years!

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  52. Hopping through! Princess for Hire sounds like a cute series. I love stories where the characters overcome their insecurities to be the best they can be.

    Here's my Book Blogger Hop: 4/15-4/18 post!

    P.S. The ebook version of Wings (with bonus material) is available for free at Amazon in case anyone is interested.

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  53. OH my.. you're layout is so freaking adorable.

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  54. Heya! Thanks for commenting on my post! you're lucky I have no one at all to talk about books with :( All my friends thinks that i'm nuts because I like to read books, but they love me anyway :)
    An old follower dropping by :)

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  55. I love having people to chat about books with too. Wish I had more. It's nice that your husband will read books that you give him. Thanks for stopping by.

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  56. Thanks for commenting on my FF (:

    Lucky you - I don't have anyone to talk to about books in real life, only the blogosphere... Those two books sound great! I really have to read something by Lindsey Leavitt!

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  57. Leavitt's book sounds great. I like books that give young women images of women they can identify with whose main advantage is strength of mind and ethics instead of a "hot body."

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  58. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I've followed you back to yours. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    M

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  59. I love the librarian at our school. I know she's the reason more kids are in the library reading. She takes the time to go out and find the popular and enjoyable YA books.

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  60. Finding an actual afficianado of horror literature around my neck of the woods is pretty much impossible, so I get where you're coming from with regards to finding people with an equally potent love for the same kind of books.

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  61. Obsessed is a good word. I guess there aren't that many of us out there. Funny, my parents were not big readers -- but I still ended up with this passion for books. I did get my 83 year old mom to read a Kristin Hannah book last year, and she liked it!

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  62. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You're awesome. Have a great weekend!

    Aimee

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  63. I went to the US for college, and my English wasn't very good (obviously!) and YA was just easier to read for me :) I'll join the Wings challenge!

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  64. Awe, your so lucky you have people to talk to about books! i'm sad i don't because if I read an amazing one, I don't really have anyone to talk about it with. Expect I alway drag my boyfriend to listen to me tehe.

    And yes, i did take my header picture. Thanks! (:

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  65. Hey Allison, just stopping by on the follow. Thx for the visit. Leavitt sounds very interesting. Love the blog it always makes me smile. Any new comics? Going to PRComi-Con in May, maybe you could fly over and visit!
    Have a terrific weekend reading !!!
    See ya!
    Dana
    Readaholics Anonymous

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  66. Hopping on through (belatedly, as usual). Hope you're having a good weekend!

    Working in a library is dangerous... I'm around all these books and I keep finding more I simply MUST read. I'm proud of myself at the moment, I only have sixteen items checked out! (and that's a first since I started working here!)
    Amanda

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  67. Hi Alison! Just stopping by to return the hop! You have such a cute site :) I'm looking forward to future posts!

    *New Follower*

    -Sarah @ Inklings Read.

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  68. Hi Alison! Thanks for stopping by. I'm returning the gesture and following you as well.

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  69. Alison, thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you too. :) I've been meaning to pick up the Princess for Hire books, so good to know you've enjoyed them.
    I try to pawn off books on my husband, too, but he tends to think I read "girly" stuff. Maybe because some of them have princess in the title. ;)
    Happy weekend!

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  70. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm an old follower, but thought I would pop back and say hello.
    Shame you don't have a YA fanatic to talk to, but I suppose that's where us bloggers come in. :D

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  71. hopping by to return the follow, Happy Reading =o)

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  72. Ooh, you got your husband to be a fan! Wow, that's some talent. Hehe. :) Glad to know your family loves book as well!

    Have a nice weekend! <3

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  73. Haha making your husband read! That's really cool. Although I guess he won't appreciate it when you go on blabbing about Jaces and other hot men in books. ;)

    Happy Reading! :)
    Lucia
    iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books

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  74. Hey! So the pretty reckless is actually pretty good. Taylors voice is pretty good a little gritty its good for the type of music she is singing. She wont be singing RNB anytime soon. Lol. Check out the songs Make Me Wanna Die and Just Tonight. You can You Tube them. For only being 17 I was pretty impressed but I had hella low expectations. I usually dislike actors turned musicians. Except I do live 30 seconds to mars. Jered. Leto is a better singer than he ever was actor

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  75. I don't really have anyone that's obsessed with books like I am either. I also find myself giving out books to other people I know in hopes that they will read it and then we can talk about it LOL. I keep trying to get my hubby to read, but he's an extremely slow reader and finds most of my books too long (says it will take him months to finish!)

    Jamie @ Bookerella

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  76. Hopping through! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  77. Great. You're an only child but still you have a lot of people to discuss books with.
    кєяo

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  78. Thank you for dropping by my blog Alison! It's great when we have a lot of people in real life that we can talk about books with right? I had a recent squeal fest with patients I worked with in the past week about If I Stay by Gayle Forman and how we would love to grab a copy of Where She Went. Lucky for me, I finally got the book and I plan to share it with them soon.

    Have a great weekend!

    Brush Up On Your Reading

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  79. Hi! You mentioned on my follow friday that you were curious about my views on Sweet Valley Confidential. I actually did do a review: http://sheshines.net/2011/04/03/book-review-sweet-valley-confidential-by-francine-pascal/

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  80. Hello Alison!

    Happy Blog Hop! (I know, I’m a little late this weekend!) Old follower here!

    That great that you can share your love of reading with your parents! My mom's a big reader too...

    F.Y.I - Saturday was our one year anniversary at Once Upon A Chapter. We are having four huge giveaways plus our 500 followers giveaway! Please check it out!

    Lisa @ Once Upon A Chapter

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  81. Thanks for stopping by my blog during the hop.

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  82. HI GIRL! I'm following you from friday follow, wow...everyone comments!:) Please take a look at my blog and follow in return...the focus is on sci fi, paranormal, and historical romances....I give tips to authors every week now and sundays post...

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  83. Thanks for stopping at Book'd Out by Alison!

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  84. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Princess for Hire sounds really cute.

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