Friday, November 18, 2011

Follow My Blog Friday (3) & TGIF (2)

'Follow My Blog' Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The idea is to meet other book bloggers, and get to know one another. What a fun idea, and opportunity!
Featured blogs: Lauren's Book Blog & Books and Barks.

Q: Letter to Santa: Tell Santa what books you want for Christmas!

Dear Santa,

Your sack's magic, right? Can I just have a library? No? Oh :(
If you're feeling generous, I bought eBooks of  Some Girls Bite (Chloe Neill/Chicagoland Vampires) series, and the Bloodhound Files (D.D. Barant) books. I'd love Love LOVE to have these as real books... because I want to lend them to my friends and make them read them, too! I'd LOVE a copy of A Million Suns, too, and maybe A Touch of Power (Maria V. Snyder)?

If you're feeling really, REALLY generous, and really, really magic, any chance you could make the fifth Nalini Singh Guild Hunter book come out early? And Biting Cold, by Chloe Neill? And Rapture, by Lauren Kate? And Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore? And... XD


P.S. I left milk and cookies. If they're missing, follow the trail or crumbs. there, you'll find Cleo.
P.P.S. Move quick, she might decide to eat you, too.

Q: Giving Thanks: Which books are you most thankful for receiving from other bloggers, friends, family members, or publishers?

Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
Okay, okay, you've see this everywhere, right? But I'm really, really grateful for Twilight. Twilight for me, as for many of you, was a gateway drug to my obsession with reading as an adult. Throughout my life, I've had a few books that have hooked me on reading, but this was before I knew what a book blog was, or Goodreads or Amazon was around, so it lasted for a while, and--while I've always enjoyed reading--Twilight came at a point in my life where I was able to go 'hang on, I want to read more stuff like this!', and had the tools to be able to find that stuff. I have huge thanks and love to my BFF for lending my Twilight, and sending me spiralling into addiction.

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1), Charlaine Harris
My BFF bought this one for me. She hadn't read these books, but thought I'd like them. Boy, was she right. This book switched me on to adult PNR/UF, and I've never looked back. I owe my love of Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh, and hey, just about every other 'grown up' book to Dead Until Dark, and my fave BFF.

The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
I can't articulate how very much I adore Neil Gaiman. No, really, I can't. I'm overwhelmed. So I shan't. I'm just going to tell you all that if you haven't read anything by him, do. Start with this, or Stardust. Thanks to MY AWESOME MUM for lending me this. It was my first Gaiman book.

The Hitchikers' Guide to the Galaxy, The late, the great, Douglas Adams
Thanks, Dad. To this day, ask me what my favourite book is, and I'll (usually) answer with Hitchikers. I remember re-reading Hitchikers' on the train a few years ago with tears in my eyes from trying to repress the laughter.

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”  

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  1. Your post is so cute! I love the part about Cleo!


    Angela's Anxious Life

  2. Haha, I wish I could have a library of YA books :) Great books you picked; a lot of them I want to own.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. @Angie: I wish I was joking about Cleo! She'll eat anything. I'm scared I'm going to wake up one morning missing a limb!

  4. You have a naughty list...hee..hee... great list!


  5. Great picks! I've read Touch of Power . . . a totally awesome book. I can't wait to read A Million Suns!

  6. Love your picks! I have a e-ARC of Touch of Power and I really need to read it! Looks amazing. Hope Santa treats you well!

    Megan at Book Brats

  7. I would so love a library as well lol, here's mine

  8. @Erin and Megan:
    I'm trying really hard not be jealous. I LOVE MVS :D

  9. Oooh, A MILLION SUNS is a great book to ask for! Awesome!

    Happy Friday!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  10. Hopping through. I need to catch up on Chicagoland Vamps. It's such a fun series. And I love your comment in TGIF that you're grateful for Twilight. It's been so important to so many people.
    My Hop

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  12. Aaah, you picked some good books there! I'd love the new Guild Hunter book to come early - I love that series!

    New follower :)

  13. I wished for Across the Universe cause I still sadly haven't read it even though I really want to! And I'm totally with you on Biting Cold!! August is soooo far away :(
    New follower :)
    Manda's Movements

  14. Great choices. Hope you get them all.
    Thanks for stopping by and happy reading.

  15. You have very generous family and friends! Mine don't pay enough attention to know what I've read and what I haven't, so they just buy me B&N gift cards. But I'm not complaining! :)

    Loved your rant about Nora on last week's TGIF. Seriously had me cracking up this morning. :D

  16. hey i'm a new follower, have a great weekend!!

  17. Books are great to read, but even more so when we can think about where they came from, and that someone thought enough of us to give us these books to read. Great choices!

  18. I would be curious too about your books! And I love your header LOL.

    I'm a new follower, thanks for stopping by my blog.

  19. I would love to have a library too! LOL. Been hearing great stuff about A Touch of Power. I can't wait to read it! :)

    I'm a new follower. Have a great weekend!

    Pam | jellylovesbooks

  20. Nice choices.
    New follower.
    Returning the favour(thanks for following my blog)

    Le' Grande Codex FF post

  21. Cute post! I'd love to get Rapture by Lauren Kate also!
    MaryAnn @ Chapter by Chapter

  22. I hope you get your wish list.

  23. Great list,hope your wishes come too.

  24. I have to say, I want to give credit where it's due: though I'm not a huge fan of the series, Twilight (the book itself) definitely got a lot of people reading. By default, more attention has gone to books in general. Gotta love that :)

  25. Thanks for stopping by today! Returning the love!

    Beth ^_^

  26. I really want to read Rapture, too.

    I'm a new follower and I'd love if you'd follow back.

  27. Your Dear Santa letter was simply amazing. I'd love a library too Santa! LOL Love the blog. Good luck finding a name (it took me like three weeks)

    ♥ Trish
    Just a YA Girl

  28. I want Maria Snyder's Touch of Power too. :D I love her books.

  29. Thanks for stopping by my FF! I totally want the next chicagoland book early too! Great wish! Have a good weekend, happy reading! Book Savvy Babe

  30. I really want to read the Chicagoland Vampires books! Good picks :) Thanks for stopping by on the hop!

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  31. Yeah, with your list you really should just ask for a bunch of book related giftcards! Thanks so much for stopping by. Following!

    A Written Rhapsody

  32. New Follower!

    Great wishlist!

    I really hope Santa grants you your wish!

    My FF Post

  33. Wow! With you being that cheerful, how could Santa resist? Great choices!

    New follower and stop by my blog if you've got time!

    Reading is my cup of tea

  34. New follower! I wish I had more friends like you that wanted to share their love of reading (and their favorite series) with me! I've had my eye on the Chicagoland Vampires series for a while!

  35. I totally agree about Bitterblue! Hope you get the books you want!

  36. Awesome choices. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Am now following yours too.

    Livin' Life Through Books

  37. Ooh all great choices! I hope you've been good so Santa will get them for you :-)

  38. I want a library too! Do you think Santa can pull two out of his sack??? Great book choices! Thanks for stopping by, I'm a new follower :)

    Amy @ Following The Reader

  39. Ooh Sookie! I love Sookie! <3 I also enjoyed The Graveyare Book it was very cute!

    Xpresso Reads

  40. New follower, I hope santa gives you want you want this year!

    Cassy @ Late Night Reads

  41. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am now your newest follower!

  42. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am following you :)

  43. Oh if Santa can get me a copy of Bitterblue I'd totally freak out! I absolutely love Kristin Cashore!

  44. How could I forget Bitterblue?!?! I am so excite for it! Thanks for hopping by!

  45. Thanks for visiting. I will put a request in for early delivery! I will leave it out with Santa's Snack.

    Thank for coming by! Steph

  46. If only Santa could give us libraries for Christmas...:( ah, well, until then we can dream. Thanks for stopping by!

    New follower.


  47. Haha, I loved that you did yours as an actual letter.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  48. Awesome blog! Love it.

    Following you back!! :)

  49. Rapture AND A million Suns?!?! We have such similar tastes :) I can't wait to read them. The cover of the Fallen books are gorgeous :)

    New Follower! Hope Santa's sleigh can hold all of that lol

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  50. Great books on the Santa list! I hope you get all of them. Have a great weekend!

    Ladybug Storytime

    New follower :)

  51. Yes! If I could get ARCs of A Million Suns and Bitterblue in my stocking, I'd end the year so happy. Completely agree!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  52. I've heard tons of good things about Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. But just haven't read it yet. Maybe I should. :-P And Bitterblue!!!!! I can not WAIT for that one. But alas, I have to. :-P

    Thank you for stopping by my blog!!! I'm jealous you have those books already!

  53. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    New follower

    Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick

  54. Love your selection of books to Santa.And I enjoyed reading your post on giving thanks.
    Thank you for following, I'm following you back.

  55. new follower :)

    Great post and I hope you receive all of these awesome books this holiday!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following!

  56. Hi, just stopping by for the Friday Follow. A little late, but I'm new at this so it takes me forever. It’s gonna take me all week to get thru this list. Lots of new authors to meet.

    I'm from I'm a new follower here.

    When you come to visit my blog, you might want to stop and take a look at the new TELL-ALL INTERVIEW I just gave about my THREE YEARS OF HOMELESSNESS. During that time, I wrote and published THE HOME STREET HOME TRILOGY. I just finally got a new apartment and after a month of rest, I felt ready to open up and tell what it was like to live through this experience and write my books. I hope you will take a look at this UNIQUE INTERVIEW.

    Thanks, and nice to meet you.
    P.S. I wanted to like you on FB too, but didnt see a like box. I’m at
    followed you on Twitter

  57. Thank you for the follow! New Fellow Follower!

  58. Hi, Sarah!

    Thanks so much for commenting on my FF post, and following my blog!!! I GREATLY appreciate it!! I'm following you back now!

    Hey, you've TOTALLY blown me away with your answers to both blog hop questions!! I want ALL the books you asked Santa for, and I LOVE your choices for books to be thankful for, ESPECIALLY "Twilight", since I'm absolutely addicted to this series!!! (BTW, you know that "Breaking Dawn, Part I" is already out, I'm sure. I'm planning to see it when the crowds dwindle a bit.) I also want to get into the True Blood series, and Neil Gaiman!! And "The Hitchhiker's Guide"? Can't believe I haven't read this one yet!!

    Anyhow...thanks again, and have a TERRIFIC Sunday!! : )

  59. Ooo, I want Santa to bring me "A Million Suns" too!

  60. I want all these books as well! Great choices and sorry for the late visit!



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