Friday, May 13, 2011

Blog Hops

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

I missed the last Blog Hop because I was out of town, so my recap is extra long today.

On the blog the past two weeks -


Blogger Advice: Gaining Followers


Families in YA


Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Royal Reviews: Bios of Kate and William; The King's Speech; Bio of Queen Elizabeth II

Manga Mondays

Vampire Knight vol. 6 by Matsuri Hino
Vampire Knight vol. 7 by Matsuri Hino

Questions of the Week:

Blog Hop: Are you going to Book Expo America (BEA) and/or the Book Blogger Convention (BBC) this year?

No. I would love to go, but I'm getting read to move to California in a few months, so all my money and time are being devoted to that endeavor. I'm doing Armchair BEA.

Follow Friday: The Blogger Apocalypse made me a little emotional. What is the most emotional scene in a book that you have read lately?

Hmmm...One of my favorite books so far this year is Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith. There are a few moments at the end of the book where the main characters express their love for each other that are so touching and sweet that they bring tears to my eyes no matter how often I read it.


  1. @Jenni I'd say it's being at BEA emotionally, not physically :P
    I guess I'm doing armchair BEA too! And Cali wow! You'll have lots of nice weather :]

    Have a great weekend!
    My FF

  2. I loved the Greyfriar so much! I cannot wait until book 2 comes out:) When she was teaching him to write and then he misspelled her name because he'd never seen it before so couldn't replicate it? *dies* Have a great weekend Alison!

  3. Just hopping by, happy Friday.

    stop and see mine.

  4. I'm going to BEA and BBC, as I live in NYC that's it's pratically in my neighborhood and I can't wait to be there. It's going to be so much fun.

  5. BEA and BBC sound like fun, and it'd be a great excuse for an NYC trip but funds and time don't really allow! Have a great weekend.

  6. Haven't read that one. I would love to go to BEA as well, but can't, because money is tight since I'm trying to find a job and plus NYC is scary big, and I would want a buddy to go with! Of course really, finding a buddy wouldn't be the biggest problem--what with all the bloggers I know, the money is!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower
    Jessica@a GREAT read

  7. I'd love to go, but it's an 8 hour trip I just can't take. I'll live through those who do go!

    Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea

    Faith Filled Reading, my new Christian book blog

  8. Found you via the Hop this week, and am a new follower. Love your background...seriously so cute and happy!

    Haven't read Greyfriar, but will have to check it out!

    Ems, from

  9. I'd love to go too but can't swing the trip.


  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog - following you back!
    Hope you enjoy your move.

  11. Hi
    An old follower just stopping by to say hi! I'm based in the UK so not much chance of me attending BEA afraid, hope everyone who does get to attend has a fab time though


  12. I am doing lazy Book Expo at home. Thanks for the Hop!
    *new follower*

  13. Hi!
    Thanks for coming by at my blog!
    I haven't read Greyfriar yet.

    inga from

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog and the comments! Yours is so pretty :). Wow, I haven't read ANY of the books you reviewed this week. I will have to check them out. Have a great weekend ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

  15. Oh that sounds so exciting. I hope you have a good move and everything goes smoothly! :)

    Thank you for stopping by my blog hop. I'm a new follower of your blog. :)

    ~ Sarah ♥ I'm Loving Books

  16. Hopping through! Gah, I've somehow missed even hearing anything but the title of Greyfriar - feel I must work to remedy this!

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Haven't heard of Greyfriar, I'll have to check it out.

    Have a fantastic weekend. :D

  18. I haven't heard of Greyfriar before, definitely going to check it out! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Hi!
    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog :)
    I'm very picky with the books and I mostly "judge" books by their covers, as I think a cover says a whole lot on the book. If I like it then I turn and read the plot, and if I like the plot bingo! Otherwise I put it back on the shelf. Luckily for me, Stray (the firt book of this saga) had it all. The cover is kinda cool and the subject is kinda intriguing, never read about werecats before :) Let me know when you read it so we can talk about it. And I hope to see you around my blog again ;)

  20. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I'm glad to know that you liked Sisters Red - I don't know a lot of people that have read it. Although my friend I go to school with just started reading it.
    And I haven't read Greyfriar yet. Sounds pretty good though.

  21. Awesome blog Alison! Thanks for following me, and I am proud to say I am a new follower of yours as well!

    I didn't have it as part of the blog hop post before (because I posted it from my phone), but I just added the link to my 1st Blogoversary Giveaway so be sure to enter (it closes tomorrow night!). Thanks again! ^_^

    (Enter the giveaway here!)

  22. Greyfriar sounds like a great book, I am adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am following you now as well!

  23. Thanks for stopping by my blog ;]
    have a good weekend!

  24. Thanks for stopping by our site, we're your follower #1000!! Woohoo

    My HOP

  25. I haven't read that book--okay, I don't even think I've heard of it--but I like the sound of it from the scene you described. I think I'll have to look it up, to take a closer look at it. :)

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

  26. Hello again Alison, and thanks for stopping by my site. I am so glad my selection peeked your interest. A debut novel from someone I believe will be very well known in a short space of time.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  27. I loved Greyfriar! I really need to write a review for that. I don't think enough people have read it.
    Good luck with the big move :-)

  28. Happy Friday! I'm hoping to do Armchair BEA, too. Have a great weekend :)

  29. Happy hopping, thanks for the follow I did so as well :)

  30. Hi, Alison. Oh, yes. "Frustrating" is definitely a good word for today! I'm very upset with Blogger right now. I only just got my two posts back.

  31. Hi Alison! Happy Follow Friday! New follower... I must say, I hadn't hear of Greyfriar until today, but it also came up on Blogger Bully today so I think I'm going to have to check it out.


  32. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I really like your design.

  33. Thanks for stopping by. Old follower hopping through. :) Yes - blogger issues= much frustration. Screwed up my whole timeline for the day. :) And it took me awhile to figure out why no one's blogs went past May 11... :)

    Mandy @ Reality Bites

  34. The most dangerous thing about these posts is watching your goodreads list grow and grow. I'm going to check that out after this. And I'm armchair attending BEA, too, even if I live here. Too much too soon - but next year, for sure!

  35. What is armchair BEA? I've heard that term like three times now. Is this something real or is it the term for people who aren't going?

    I'm not going to BEA. No funds. No time.

  36. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

    Jemima x

  37. Thanks for commenting (:

    I haven't heard of this one yet, but I'll have to check it out! Sadly, I'm not going to BEA or BBC either...

  38. old follower stopping by...

    I really enjoyed the Luxe series. Have you read the newest series, Bright Young Things? It's about flappers in the 1920s. I loved it.

  39. Armchair BEA! I guess I'll be doing that too, since I'm here in the Philippines and spending for a trip to the BEA is not really on my priority list.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog!

    Brush Up On Your Reading

  40. *Hops by* Just followed you, I HAD to. Love the header! Where did you get it? Oh, and I spy "Manga Mondays," I positively LOVE manga.

    Armchair BEA... I think I shall join you. I don't have the money to fly from HK to America >.<

    Hikari @Imaginary Reads

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  42. Thanks for commenting on my Follow Friday blog post!

    I haven't read Greyfriar, but it sounds so sweet and touching. I'll have to check it out sometime!

    New Follower

    Kris @Imaginary Reads

  43. Hopping through - that's the second time I've heard of Armchair BEA. Obviously I'm missing something important/cool.

    Have a great weekend!

  44. Greyfriar sounds really interesting, I'll have to check that out! I seriously don't know if I'll ever make it to BEA because of the cost issue, but I SO want to some year.

  45. Hopping by. Good luck on your move to California and I will see you at ARMCHAIR BEA.

  46. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  47. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looks like I'll be attending Armchair BEA too if I can remember and don't get pulled away too much. I wish I was heading to BEA too.

    The Greyfriar is on my TBR list :)

  48. I would love to go to BEA but I can't so I decided to register for the Armchair BEA :)

    Thank you for stopping by and following!

    New follower!
    ★ Leila

  49. The Greyfriar...hmm...I'm interested because you enjoyed it but I just searched it and found that it's about vampires. That makes me hesitant but I like steampunk so I'll be adding it to my TBR list! Don't know when I'll get it to though. And I wanna go BEA so badly but I'm up in Canada and my parents don't have the time to take me! Oh well, maybe some other year.

    Old follower! Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

  50. Thanks for the visit.
    Good luck with your move. I just moved (am still unpacking) so I feel your pain.
    (following you!)

  51. Hi Alison! I haven't read Greyfriar, but I feel like I should! I would love to go to BEA but it's a little far and my girls are just too young to leave them for the weekend - I'm hoping in a year or two! I hope you have a great weekend.

  52. Hello! Stopping by on the blog hop!!
    When you go to the Armchair BEA, make sure to take plenty of pictures! :)
    ~Happy Reading!~

  53. I love that, armchair BEA.. lol.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower on yours now :)

  54. Stopping by on the hop! I haven't heard of that one...I'll have to check it out, because I just love adding to my TBR list LOL.

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  55. Don't feel bad, I can't go either. Wow, you are moving to Califonia. That sounds wonderful! Good Luck!!


  56. Hope your move goes smoothly and that you settle in quickly!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower :)


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