Thursday, April 21, 2011

Weekly Blog Hops

Current Giveaway on Alison Can Read 

GIVEAWAY: Win two copies of Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell

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

-Actually, this was from last week, but I'm leaving it up for people who are interested.


Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell


The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire #1) by Clay and Susan Griffith
Red Glove by Holly Black
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Advice Needed

Pick A Read! Help Me Choose a Vacation Book!

Manga Mondays

Fruits Basket vol. 23 by Natsuki Takaya

Questions of the Week:

Blog Hop: If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?

Yes, although not necessarily right away. I have so many books to read, I generally can't just drop my scheduled books to read everything by a particular author. But I'll pick them up as I go along. For example, I fell in love with Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta last September. Since then, I have periodically picked up her other novels. I'm reading Piper's Son right now and have read all her other books except for Looking for Alibrandi.

Follow Friday: What is on your current playlist right now?

Love this question! I am almost as obsessed with music as I am with books.

Current fav songs:

1 (tie) . Helplessness Blues; and Blue Spotted Tail by Fleet Foxes (New Helplessness Blues album comes out May 3!)
2. Walking Far From Home by Iron & Wine (Kiss Each Other Clean album)
3. Down by the Water by The Decemberists (The King is Dead album)
4. Mine by Taylor Swift (Almost as good as You Belong to Me)
5. Blow by Ke$ha (Pathetically catchy)
6. Vesuvius by Sufjan Stevens (Age of Adz album)
7. Running With the Wolves by Cloud Cult (Light Chasers album)
8. The Field by Mason Jennings (Blood of Man album)
9. Sun Hands by Local Natives
10. Terrible Love by The National
*Edited to add
11. Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons (Sigh No More album - listen to this all the time)


  1. I really like Walking far from home and down by the water, both really good songs.

  2. Old follower stopping by. Ke$sha is good, and Taylor Swift. Have a great weekend! :)

  3. Hi Alison, thanks for hopping by! Happy almost friday!

  4. Hi Alison - thanks for the visit. Yes, I did read the book of Wicked and enjoyed it very much!

  5. I don't know that I've heard any of these... Am I pathetic? Hey! My kids keep me tied to a chair and force me to watch Dora all day! ;)

  6. Hi, just an old follower here stopping through. I have to tell you that after reading your review of the Twilight Saga Illustrated Guide I went out and bought it!

  7. Old follower stopping by! Taylor Swift is finally starting to grow on me lol thank you for stopping by!

  8. I didn't plan on running out and getting it but the day after I read your review I saw it in the store, picked it up and just *had* to have it!

  9. Thank you for the blog visit~

    Hopping through~
    TheJay2xA @ Reading Hobby

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  11. I love Mumford and the Decemberists. I'm also borderline dying to get the Twilight Guide but I keep convincing myself not to.

    I'm following. I love your blog.

    Grace @ Books Like Breathing

  12. I am already a follower so just stopping by to say I hope you have an awesome weekend!

    Crazy Book Slut

  13. Thanks for popping in. :) I'll admit that some Taylor Swift songs are a guilty pleasure of mine, though it often pains me to admit it. LOL Have a great weekend.

  14. Thanks for hopping into the Hollow, Alison! Cool eclectic playlist. =) A lot of them I haven't heard of, but sounds pretty neat. May have make few notes to listen. =)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Thanks for hopping, I haven't heard of the songs you listen to but I'm going to check them out.
    Have a great weekend

    Bookgirl ( My Book Addiction )

  16. Aqua Timez, The Brilliant Green, Ceui, Eufonius, fripSide, Fumiko Orikasa, Kalafina, Stereopony, Yui Horie

  17. Hi thanks for stopping by!
    Can't say that I've heard of a lot of your music list.. But I do know The Decemberists and Sufjan! Good choices!
    Happy Friday!

  18. Hi! Never heard of any of your music choice...they sound interesting.
    RE: Vampire manga, Bloody Kiss and Rosario and Vampire are quite good. Vampire Knight starts out good upto volume 5, then gets slowly worse (in my opinion. I'm waiting to see yours) and there's also Hellsing and Vampire Hunter D, which i've not read. I'm sure theres also a lot more out there- see what you can find!

  19. Old follower (who continues to stop by) :) It was a good wee read and I don't normally go for girly books. Congrats on your 10 months, here is to many many more

  20. I love Little Lion Man! I'm going to go play it now.

    Zombie Ninjas

  21. I've read Jellicoe Road too! It was great! Some of your songs are on my playlist as well! :)

    ~Happy Blogging!~

  22. Hey Alison! Happy Good Friday! Have a great weekend :)

  23. Not familiar with those songs. Learning a lot of new ones today! Everyone has such a wide variety of music taste! I like how we can all share some fave things but then have some totally different ones!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower
    Jessica@a GREAT read

  24. Great playlist! I haven't heard of a few of those songs, so I'm going to have to check them out! I like Kesha too. There's something about the beat, it's great for working out!


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  26. Happy Friday Alison! I'm like you, once I find a book by an author I like, I do go get the rest of his/her books, but I usually do it periodically and read other stories in between:) Hope you have a great weekend!

  27. I love Mumford & Sons and my friend just introduced me to Fleet Foxes.

  28. I think music is probably my second obsession. The music I like varies a lot depending on my mood. Love Mumford & Sons :)

    MY FF:

  29. Hopping through! Have a good week!

  30. Hey Alison,

    I'm listening to some Adele right now. Sounds like you have a pretty eclectic list going on there...very cool!

    Happy Blog Hop!

    P.S. Last day for our five HUGE giveaways!!!

    Lisa @ Once Upon A Chapter

  31. I hear such great things about Melina Marchetta! Definitely need to start reading her books! :) Happy hopping, Alison!

  32. I'm sadly addicted to Taylor Swift, myself.

  33. I like your taste in music! Not that I've heard it all, but I really like the ones I have. :) Don't really have a specific music taste myself, so my playlist always changes!

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

  34. Hey thanks for the add and stopping by! Good songz

  35. Hi Alison,

    You beat me to the hop! I was on my way over here earlier this morning and got distracted and by the time I got back on line you had already hopped by mine!
    I do find that I try to glean the best part of another author. I really look carefully at descriptions - particularly faces, features and surroundings. I try so hard not to be repetitive and I find that reading other authors allows me to remain fresh.
    Have a great weekend!

  36. Hey!
    When I really,really love a book, I try to find other books by the same author too, but just like you, I don't always have the time to read all the books I want by the same author!
    And you have a great playlist there! Adding a few songs on mine now :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  38. Hi Alison!

    I like Taylor Swift too - she's been on my playlist a lot lately. Something about her songs just make me feel like summer is on the way. Very light and catchy and bright. My friend is a big fan of Mumford & Sons, she's been trying to convert me lol!

    have a great week
    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  39. I hope you're having a great time reading the Piper's Son. It's still on my wishlist.
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  40. Great playlist! I love The Decemberists and Mumford and Sons. Thanks for stopping by Reading Lark. :)

  41. We listen to very different music :) I don't usually have my reading planned out in advance. So if I read a good book, I can insert another by the same author right away if I'm in the mood.

  42. Alison, I totally understand Ke$ha being pathetically catchy...I have all her singles. I'm embarrassed to say that, but her songs just make me wanna dance. I also LOVE the Sigh No More album. It's the best album I've listened to in years and it gets played a LOT! You should check out my post today, Song & Book Saturday! Might be right up your alley. =) Thanks for stopping by on the hop!

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  43. I want to read The Piper's Son so badly, and Saving Francesseca. I LOVED Jellicoe Road.

  44. Hello! Stopping by from the Hop and the Follow. Already a follower! Happy Reading!

    Zakiya @ Butterfly Feet Walking on Life & For the Love of Reading

  45. Happy Weekend and blog hopping! Shari

  46. Great Music choices! I just love music :D

    Thanks for stopping by my blog

  47. Wow you have a really interesting playlist! I haven't heard of some of these bands so I'm definitely going to go check them out!

    Thanks for swinging by! Happy Hop!

  48. Awesome! Will have to check out some of the songs. Thanks for stopping by my new blog.

    Dana @

  49. Great list! Taylor Swift does have some good songs so I definitely agree with "Mine". Not really familiar with most of the other songs you listed, might have to check those out now!

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