Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blog Hops

Current Giveaway on Alison Can Read 

GIVEAWAY: Win a signed galley of Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers

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

On the blog this week:


Character Interview with Gabe; Signed Galley of Original Sin by Lisa Resrochers


Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

Manga Mondays

Chibi Vampire vol. 1 by Yuna Kagesaki

Questions of the Week:

Blog Hop: How many books are currently on your TBR pile?

I don't keep a specific TBR list. I have probably about 10-15 books that I own that I still need to read. But my general TBR is much larger. It basically consists of every book I hear about that sounds even vaguely interesting :-)

Follow Friday: Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?

I don't have one genre that I prefer over another. I love contemporary fiction. That's always been my traditional go-to.

I also love historical fiction. As a kid, I devoured Ann Rinaldi's books. Now, my favorite author is Jeff Shaara (I just got his new one from the library. Yay!)

I increasingly enjoy fantasy and paranormal. I first got turned onto fantasy by...surprise, surprise...Harry Potter. I hated fantasy as a kid. If it had a supernatural element, I wouldn't touch it. I only picked up Harry Potter, because I was working at B&N at the time and everyone was asking about it. I am also a new paranormal lover. Twilight (big shocker, right?) introduced me to that genre. I wouldn't have gotten nearer than a cross's width to a vampire prior to Twilight. Now I can't stay they werewolves, vampires, witches, etc (although vampires are my first love).


  1. Great giveaway!

    ßookable Reads☺
    The Die Is Cast #3: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick :

  2. Hi
    Following through from Parajunkee's. I like a variety, bar phases of obsession!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Hello! Old Follower stopping by!

    Historical fiction is my favorite genre! It was really hard for me to pick as well but I decided on one genre by seeing how many books of that genre I had on my bookshelf!

    ~Happy Reading!~

  4. I go through phases where I prefer different genres at different times. Right now I'm still in the historical fiction phase.

  5. Hi & Happy Friday!

    My choice for this week is UF :)

    Have a nice weekend.

  6. Old follower stopping by (number 2 LOL)

    You're "wouldn't have gotten nearer than a cross's width to a vampire prior to Twilight" made me giggle.

    I have to say. You have this following thing down to an art. No wonder you're so popular. :)


  7. Hi Alison! Old follower stopping by. Lol. I think Twilight probably got quite a few of us (myself included)!

  8. Vampire...just can't get enough of 'em.

  9. hi! new follower here from FF. do check out my site, thanks!

  10. Hi Alison! Great choice. My go to is historical romance. I've been on a paranormal kick lately. It's awesome. =)

    Kati R @ Romancing Rakes

  11. HP brought me to fantasy as well!!

    New follower! Happy reading, friend!

    Nikki @ Books Most Wanted

  12. Hi,

    stopping by for the follow friday!
    who can't stay away from the supernatural creatures ;)
    have a wonderfull weekend
    Kyanara from the Life of a BookAholic

  13. Just stopping by to share some Friday blog love. Come and join Read My Review on my blog which currently has a Outdoors theme. Hope you have a great weekend!
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx

  14. Hi, hon . . . sharing the Friday love! Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous weekend.

    Sally @ Bibrary Bookslut

  15. Oh wow! Seeing a lot of people say that they only got into paranormal in the recent years! I was 13--10 years ago, my god--when I became addicted to paranormal books. Of course back then, they were incredibly hard to find!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :D

  16. Before Twilight I carried a bit of garlic around to ward off vampires, but now they're almost lovable. Almost. Have a great weekend!

  17. Hopping over from the Hop! Didn't see an answer for this week's question but I'll check back later! :)

    My hop is here:

  18. Happy Friday! stopping by for the #FF Hop.

    Have a great weekend,

  19. I've really been enjoying Contemporary fiction lately! And paranormal is awesome as well! :) Happy Hopping!

  20. I can't really narrow down a favourite genre. I have always loved paranormal (it started when I was a kid with the Buffy the Vampire TV series... I know...). I also love contemporary and historical fiction as well.

    Have a great week Alison - I hope you get some work done on that TBR pile! :)
    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  21. Hey Alison! Happy Friday! Old Follower. Just stopping on by. Have a great weekend :)

  22. Old follower hopping by.

    I have a similar circumstance in my TBR pile. Eventually I had to stop listing the ones I didn't own but wanted to read--it kind of got out of control.

  23. Hello, friend! Old follower here!
    I have to completely agree with you about Harry Potter. My aunt was a project manager at Borders' corporate office, and even she had read them before I did. Finally, when she was visiting, she brought them home and said 'you need to see these'. Ever since, I was hooked.
    As for Twilight.. I feel like it's a hard thing to admit that Twilgiht was the book that introduced you into the paranormal romance genre, but at the same time, I feel like Stephenie Meyer really paved the way for a lot of the books that are coming out by the dozen these days. And, I couldn't be happier. :D

    Thank you for following, Alison. I really really do appreciate it.

    Meghann D.

  24. Vampires are my first love as well. :)

    Happy reading! Enjoy your weekend.

  25. Hey Follow Twilighter! :0) Thanks for stopping in. I came over to say hey and return the follow love and let you know to go grab that GIF if you like it I have ga-zillions! I don't know where I got them to be honest. I snagged them before I thought to record where they came from to credit the maker....
    Happy Friday!

  26. Hahah - I already AM a follower - well then...that's' embarrassing!

  27. Haha, cool. I always loved Fantasy. I answered that I liked Suspense but I guess I really do love Fantasy.

    Lah @ LazyGirl Reads

  28. Happy Friday Alison! I think Twilight turned a whole bunch of us on to the paranormal genre, I hadn't read a thing with vampires in it prior to that one either, and probably wouldn't have bothered if I didn't love those books so much:) Hope you have a great weekend!

  29. Happy Friday! Stopping in for FF.

    Hope you have a great weekend,

  30. Hi, back following you again. Hope you will follow back. I love historical as well. If I can get paranormal historical then I am super glad!Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    Twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  31. I also have many genres that I enjoy but I narrowed it down to two: paranormal romance and romantic suspense.
    Happy blogging.

  32. My TBR pile keeps growing because I keep adding any book that sound vaguely interesting. At some point, I'm going to have to stop adding books to it so that I can hope to read everything on it. LOL.

  33. Hi, just hopping by! I love a bit of most genres, but vampires and werewolves just aren't my thing so I think I'm in a minority.

  34. 10-15 books owned but not read is pretty good. My number is always around 40.

    My Follow Friday

  35. My favorite genre is modern fiction/mainstream fiction. My list of book not read but own is probably near 100. Sad. :-( I'm addicted to the library store and amazon. Currently looking for a book rehab. But it's not really bad I guess, I own four to five times that amount of books. So 25% isn't too bad I suppose.

    Well, just hopping by to say hello. :-)

  36. I love historical fiction! My favorite historical fiction author is Carolyn Meyer. I've only read one Ann Rinaldi book (Nine Days a Queen) but I really liked it.
    My FF

  37. I really like historical fiction as well! My favorite in that genre would have to be "No Turning Back by Deanna Jewel". Happy follow friday! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by!

  38. Hi, Alison. Well, it looks like GFC has been at it again. I know I've followed you in the past, but it looks like it weeded you out without my knowledge. You're the fourth one today! In any case, I'm a returning follower. I'm about to start trying out some contemporary YA. I need to broaded my horizons a bit, so to speak. Hope you have a great weekend!

    Marla @ Starting the Next Chapter

  39. heya alison! thanks for the hop! :) i'm following you back!

  40. Haha your comment about adding books to the tbr pile is spot on :P
    Harry Potter pretty much got me obsessed with reading in general, so it'll always have a special place in my heart ^_^

  41. Hope you have a great weekend Alison!
    Happy reading :)

  42. Hey stopping by from follow friday, great choices & great blog! Looking forward to more posts. Have a great weekend. New follower!

    Darcy @ Open Book Empty Cup

  43. Hi Alison. Thanks for stopping by. You asked about Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. She writes historical vampire fiction and it is amazing. It's almost like reading literary/historical fiction but with vampires. So well written. I highly highly recommend her stuff. If you google her name her website will tell you more! ;)

  44. Heey
    Harry Potter was also what got me into fantasy, but to be honest, Twilight has really turned me off anything with a vampire or a werewolf!!!
    Hope you have a great weekend,
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  45. I like Historical fictions also! I just ventured into contemporary fiction by currently reading Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. Thanks a bunch for the follow! I'm returning the favour, your blog is super cute!

  46. Thanks for the visit! I hope you have a great weekend.

  47. Hi Allison! I just wanted to say thanks for checking out my blog and following!

    I'm a new follower of yours on GFC and on Twitter as well :)

    I really love Historical Fiction also :) I really can't pick just on favorite genre but for my answer I just gave the two genres I've been leaning towards the most lately lol.

    ~Taylor <3

  48. Hi Alison! First I want to thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and second, I have to tell you that your blog is so cute! I LOVE the design and the blog header is so amazingly adorable! I'm following you back for sure! :)

    I'm definitely a fantasy and paranormal girl, and I adore reading contemporary too! Those ones, especially Sarah Dessen, are so sweet.

    And I'm a lot like you since we were both introduced to paranormal reading by Twilight. Actually, Twilight is what made me addicted to reading in general! x)

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!

  49. Hey chica! I used to read a lot of general chic-lit, but broke into paranormal with a Laurell K. Hamilton book (Meredith Gentry series no less) because it was recommended to me. Picked up Twilight a couple of years ago and loved it. But my fav genre right now is probably Dystopian. OMGtheworldisgonnaend stuff really gets my attention. Happy FF!
    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  50. Hi, Alison! Thanks for hopping by. We're new followers now, too.

  51. I've always been a bit of a hit and miss with Contemporary. Seems to be getting better now though. :)

  52. Twilight is a good place to start for paranormal, if you venture out of YA The Sookie Stackhouse series is VERY similar but does have adult content. Love me some vampires :)


  53. Hey Alison,
    Wow, great giveaway! Here to say hi, I'm scoping out titles to read from your blog, you always have such a great collection. The Royal Treatment has caught my eye. Have a great weekend.
    See ya,
    Readaholics Anonymous

  54. Thanks for stopping by! I also was not a fan of most fantasy until Harry Potter, and I was an adult when they came out! And even then, it took me getting a free copy of the book to actually even give it a try.

  55. Hey Alison!

    lol I too buy every book that sounds vaguely interesting! And my TBR is overwhelming because of it!

    Happy Blog Hop!
    Lisa @ Once Upon A Chapter


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