Thursday, July 7, 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 a year. I review mainly YA with a few MG books and a weekly manga feature.

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On the blog this week:

Discussion Post:

Are You A Book Cheater?


Switched by Amanda Hocking
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

Manga Mondays

Vampire Knight vol. 12 by Matsuri Hino

Questions of the Week:

Blog Hop: Find another blogger who is having a giveaway and promote their giveaway for them!

I know just who to promote. One of my favorite blogs: Jenni Elyse!

She is giving away a signed copy of Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter in honor of her fourth blogoversary. Check out her GIVEAWAY!

Follow Friday: Let's step away from besties...What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?

I want to be careful about answering this one. There are a few books I've read recently (especially of the self-published variety) that would fit this question well, but I don't want to hurt any feelings. Luckily, the answer Alexis posted at Reflections of a Bookaholic inspired me. This author can't be insulted, because he's been dead a long time.

Waverly by Sir Walter Scott

The summer after my sophomore year in college, I spent the summer studying in the UK. We spent 3 weeks in London, 10 days in Edinburgh, and 2 weeks in Dublin. In each location, we read quintessential authors, playwrights, and philosophers from their respective countries. Edinburgh was the great Sir Walter Scott. We were assigned Waverly.

Ten years later, I don't remember exactly why I hated Waverly. I think it was because it was long, flowery, and the hero was rather wimpy. But I do remember the Sir Walter Scott Monument in downtown Edinburgh. Our class unanimously voted to stack all our copies of Waverly at the base of the monument and shout "Take it back, Walter!" (I wish we'd actually done it. It would have been hilarious.


  1. I'm already a follower. My answer is up for Friday Follow

  2. Hi, just stopping in via the Blog Hop! New follower here.

    I really like your blog and look forward to reading more.

    Have a great weekend!


  3. Hi, first time stopping by. I like the way your blog looks. I love the flowers.

  4. Just stopping by. I like your blog : )


  5. So the cover is yawner!

    Old follower

    Here's mine:

  6. Hi & Happy Friday!

    My FF,

    Have a nice weekend.

  7. Funny answer! If you get to stack your books under the monument and shout the words please take a video of it for me.

    Have a nice weekend!


  8. I haven't read this book and I guess I'm never going to.

    Here's my HOP

    Have a great weekend.

  9. Oh, I hope I don't disappoint then.

    And I changed my Manga Monday to Manga Bucket. What do you think ?


  11. Haha, that would have been hilarious if your class had actually done that. Happy weekend!

  12. already a follower,,just wanted to hop thru and say have a great weekend..and I haven't heard of that author,,


  13. Classics can be harder to enjoy. I really don't like many of them myself. Can count the ones I like on one hand actually!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!!

    Old Follower :)

  14. I agree with Jessica, I always struggle a bit with the classics. The one I remember having the most trouble with Crime and Punishment. I could barely keep my eyes open reading that one, I just felt like nothing ever happened after he murdered the poor woman. Only test I ever got a D on because once I finished, I couldn't remember a single thing about the book outside of the murder:) Have a great weekend Alison, and I will most definitely be avoiding Waverly:)

  15. Hey Allison! Old follower! Just stopping by the blog hop! Have a great weekend!

  16. Thank you so much for listing my giveaway as your hop answer! I really appreciate the love! :D Have a great Friday!

  17. That's too funny. Like your banner and background!

  18. LOL, You should of done it.

    Already a follower! Have a great weekend.

  19. Old follower stopping by! It is hard to read classics and enjoy them, so good answer. I've never heard of that book, but if you didn't like it, I probably won't be reading it! Happy Friday and check out my answer on my blog!


  20. Giving the books back? That would have been too funny! Just stopping by. Following you from Feature & Follow Friday. Would love a visit and a follow back on my blog: Thanks! Nice to meet you!

  21. LOL! I think you shoud have done it! I think many people would love to do that with a few classics : )

    Our FF

    Suzanne @ Under the Covers

  22. Thanks for stopping by! I'm already a follower. Classics are always hit and miss for me.

    Alyssa @ Reader's Refuge

  23. Cute story! I've never read Waverly, but from the sound of it I doubt I'd enjoy it.

    Thanks for stopping by my post! Have a great weekend. :)

  24. I love Vampire Knight. I'm only on the third one though. I just recently got introduced to manga.

  25. I've never read Waverly, but it doesn't exactly seem like my cup of tea anyway lol.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend :)


  26. Haha I like how you chose a book whose author's already dead, because that way no one gets insulted! :) And it's hilarious how your class wanted to return all the books at the monument LOL.

    Thanks for dropping by my FF! :)

    A Novel Paradise

  27. LOL that's a hilarious story. I love your blog and I will be following you as soon as your follow button reappears :)
    Thanks for dropping by at

  28. Hi Alison! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I know how you feel. I've read worse books than the one I featured, but they were self-published so I didn't dare mention them. Maybe I should have chosen a dead author. XD

    I hope you have a nice weekend!

  29. Thanks for stopping by. I've never read Waverly--it's one of those books I've always heard of but never heard of anyone actually reading it. You're one of the few I've heard of making it through that book :)

  30. Yeah that sounds like something I wouldn't want to read...LOL! Stopping by on the Friday Follow...have a great weekend!

  31. Hi, just following back.

    That would've been a great moment if your class actually did that and recorded it on video.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  32. I am a new follower. I saw you stopped by my hop. :)

  33. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog, I've come to return the Follow Friday love :)

    I feel that way about a bunch of classics haha! I think it's just the different style of English, usually, that prevents me from fully enjoying them! Though there are a handful of classics I do enjoy, heh.

  34. Old follower here. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you have a great weekend :-)

  35. That would have been hilarious, trying to get Walter to take back is horrible novel. I haven't read that one, but my FF answer is a novel written near that time period. And, I suppose I'm glad I can't insult the author, either.

  36. Thanks for stopping by, Alison. Wishing you a great weekend!

  37. I'm reading Vampire Knight too ... I stopped for sometime coz it seemed to be getting too depressing ... but I couldn't help myself and came back. LOL.

  38. hi,

    thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
    Have a wonderfull weekend

  39. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :D

    LOL, great story! I've never read the book, but I am curious to do so now (just to find out myself, haha).

    Have an awesome weekend!

  40. ooh, you're clever! you can't offend the author this way. lol happy weekend!

  41. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I chose a book I was required to read 16 years ago. I figure if I still remember it being bad then it must be true.

    Girl Who Reads

  42. HAHA! I love your post!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  43. Sounds like it must have been a fun trip, even if Waverly wasn't!

    Thanks for the blog visit. :)

  44. Whew! Kind of glad I don't do Parajunkee's hop right now, because just like you, I could list some self-pubbed books that were horrid (one I pushed myself through because it had good ratings; I don't know why, though). Using one by a dead author would be better (but kind of untrue, since the first three that popped into my mind weren't) :) Have a great weekend!

  45. I have never read Sir Walter Scott, that is nice of you to pick a dead person so feelings don't get hurt. :)

  46. I've never read Waverly... with so many good books out there, it's hard to believe that they would assign you that!!

  47. Hi, Alison! :) Old follower stopping by!

    Aww, you're so considerate! I've actually never even heard of that book, but I love you were kind enough to choose a book where the writer couldn't possibly be offended :)

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!

  48. Thanks for stopping by at following you now

  49. Haha, I loved your answer! I was in the same boat, I've read a few self published books lately that were just awful, but I didn't want to throw them under the I picked an author that is more established. Maybe that was wrong

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  51. New follower! Oh goodness, I read a book from the same era called Evelina. A ground-breaking book as far as women's lit goes, but boy was it boring!

    Thanks for stopping by

  52. I said a similar experience with Sir Walter Scott
    's Ivanhoe. I read it for school, (out of choice really since we had several books to choose from), and while I technically read every page I have NO IDEA what happened. I daydreamed the entire time I read it and didn't absorb anything. So when it came time to actually write a report on it, the internet came into play because otherwise I wouldn't have been able to tell a thing about the story.

  53. Well, first, I'm jealous you got to go to all those places. I've only been to London. :( Second, LOL, you totally should have done it!

  54. lol I love that, "this author can't be insulted because he's been dead for a long time". :-P

    But seriously, that's kind of why I stay away from most self-published books. No offense to the author themselves, but it can be few and far between that a self-published is good. I just would hate to have to sift through all the bad stuff to get to the good. :-\

    Thanks for stopping by my follow friday and book blogger hop as well!

    ♥ Sarah

  55. I'm not sure I have even heard of that book! And a good way to ensure the author won't be hurt.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Rebecca at kindle fever

  56. Thanks for coming by! Old follower, and I haven't read that book--

    Have a great weekend!

    GraceKrispy@MotherLode blog

  57. Returning the favor!! And yuck, that cover alone looks BORRRRIIINGG!! haha

    Have a good week!!

  58. Hello,

    I am stopping by and a new follower. You stopped by my blog and commented on Dean Kootnz, his new book is lacking but there are some really good books that he has written. I'm sorry you had to read a somewhat bad review about him.

    I hope I can read another of his books soon and write a good review of him soon!

    Thanks for taking time out to stop by my blog today!

  59. Thanks for hopping by my blog! Hope you had a great weekend. :)

  60. Belatedly hopping through (computer and blogger were having arguments, it seems) - I like your choice of the worst book.. sometimes it's nice to know what to NOT add to the TBR pile!

    Hope you have a great week!

  61. Hey there!
    *yawns* The cover looks so boring! No wonder you had a hard time reading it!
    Anyway, just dropping by to say hey and I'm a new follower.
    Looking forward to reading future posts by you.



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