Book Blogger Hop: drei (3), and 1st Follow Friday

Book Blogger HopA book-blog stalker's paradise, the Book Blogger Hop is. After a holiday hiatus, it's back for the new year. I for one am quite excited about seeing what people have been up to over the last couple weeks, as well as any 2010 Reading Roundups that are out there.

This week's BBH question is:

"What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?"

     There are a number of books that I could list for various reasons, but for the sake of brevity ^_^ I'll go with Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I read it as a teenager, but even so I felt a distinct connection to--and identification with--the characters, especially protagonist Ender Wiggin. The book follows his story from age 6, and most of the cast is under the age of 10...but they are strong, resilient, heart-breaking people who inspired me greatly.
     I'd also be remiss to mention the first full-length novel I ever read (when I was 7 or 8, can't remember exactly): A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I was mesmerized and addicted to the written word from then on. I'll always be thankful for that.


Also, I thought I'd try out Follow Friday from Parajunkee, whom I already blog-stalk extensively and adore.

This week's question is:

What book(s) have you discovered lately from someone's book blog?

Hm. Well, I've been getting a lot of new TBR list additions from the folks over at Book Lovers, Inc. They frequently feature books that seem off the beaten path but intriguing all the same. But the last book I specifically read based on a blogger's review was Ava Gray's Skin Game. Mandy at Smexy Books talked it up with such enthusiasm that I had to read the blog, and am now so glad I did; Ava Gray/Ann Aguirre is an auto-buy, for sure.

...and that's that. I look forward to checking out the many blogs out there over this weekend, as well as chatting with anyone who happens to stop by here. Cheers!


  1. Stopping by for Follow Friday! I'm your newest follower.

    Please stop by my blog if you get a chance:

  2. OK I'm headed over to Smexy Books just because that name is too much fun! Thanks for the heads up and welcome to Follow Friday! You can find me blogging here:

  3. Hopping by from the Book Blogger Hop! This weeks question was hard for me to answer but I did answer it. I hope you'll stop by my blog to check out my answer!

    Happy Reading! : )

  4. Books can really leave a mark in our lives. To read what that book is in my life, come visit me at Clandestine Sanctuary.

    Dropping by via the hop. new follower. Have a great weekend!

  5. Hey you, just stopping by on the hop and follow. I'm ur newest follower! Ender's Game is a great book. Have a great New Year. Much luck with ur blogging. Happy Reading!!!
    See ya!
    Readaholics Anonymous

  6. Hi there, I found you through the Hop and I'm now a follower. Lots of books influenced me when I was little and kept me reading and also wanting to write. I do remember having A Wrinkle in Time being read to me in school and you're right, it was mesmerizing. Very surreal.

  7. Hopping back past to thank you for stopping at my spot and also am following back! Thank you!!

  8. Hi,

    Thnx for stopping by my blog and for the follow! :D
    I am following you back!;)


  9. here's mine

  10. Stopping by from the Hop! Great choices with Ender's Game and A Wrinkle in Time. I read both within the last year and really enjoyed them. Have a great weekned.

  11. Hello there! Hopping by! I love the answers to this week’s question.
    I have a huge prize pack giveaway at the blog. A contest reminder is included in my book blogger hop post. I hope you drop by!
    Here’s my post.

    Have a nice weekend!

  12. I have to be totally honest with you and say that I really don't get the appeal of ENDER's GAME. I've tried to understand, but I just cannot get through that book! I do love A WRINKLE IN TIME, though.

    Glad to have found you via the Hop. Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. Thanks for visiting and following me. I am following you back!

  14. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog, I'm your newest follower!

    And nice touch, writing the 3 in German ;D

  15. Stopping by on the follow! Please stop by mine.

    Oh and I love wrinkle in time. It was one of my first books too!

  16. Happy Follow Friday! I am a follower!!!

    Emma Michaels

  17. I don't have a single book to point to. Come by and see why.

  18. My answer (from FF)-- My current read: Amber Frost, I found at Bitten by Books
    I am hopping by from Follow Friday. I’m following you and would love it if you follow me back! Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  19. new follower. That's a petty heavy book for one so young. You must be wise beyond your years! Hope you will come by to visit. Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  20. Happy New Year!!

    Good answer.


  21. This will probably come of something as a surprise but the book that changed/influenced my life (more than any other) is a non-fiction book. I know we all focus on novels and the fanciful fiction we love to read but The Four Work Week is the book that gets all the credit. I know the title sounds fictional but it really isn’t. Hop over to my blog and find out why –

    Happy Book Blogger Hop Day!

    Howard A. Sherman

  22. Hi there! I'm a new follower! I do have to admit that the Enders Game series is pretty darn amazing! :)

    Kristina @ Frazzled Book Nommer.

  23. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
    I am a new follower :)

    Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf

  24. Hopping through. New follower!
    I didn't like Wrinkle In Time as a kid. But after reading When You Reach Me, I really want to re-read it. I hated fantasy as a kid and now I love it.
    Happy weekend!
    My Hop

  25. Diana Gabaldon's "OUTLANDER" did it for me. I cannot stop reading since I read her books last October. She is the reason why I started blogging about books. Have a super weekend. I am your newest follower. Come and visit me at

  26. Alisha-
    Love your blog and thanks so much for stopping by mine (and the kind words-they made my weekend).

    Have a great one!
    Kristin@ MyBookishWays

  27. Hi--thanks for visiting and following me--I'm here to repay the favor. Our great minds were thinking alike on this one, listing A Wrinkle in Time

  28. I'm a junkee stalker too! It's a sickness I tell you! Thanks for following me this week, I'm here to follow you! Glad to find another adult reader out there!!

  29. Thanks so much for following at the blog!
    New follower here!

    And great choices for this weeks FF and BH.

    Have a great weekend!
    And happy reading. :)

    Asher K.

  30. Your newest follower!

    I've always wanted to read A Wrinkle in Time.

  31. Stopping by from the hop. Have a great weekend! New follower.

    My hop is here

    Happy Reading,
    Zakiya LadyWings

  32. Stopping by from the follow
    have a nice weekend!

  33. I enjoy Ann Aguire too, so is this book something you recommend?
    Enjoy the hop!

    -Dee, hopping from e-Volving Books

  34. The book I shared was a major catalyst for change last year so come by and visit :)I'm a new follower

    The Bookish Snob

  35. A Wrinkle In Time keeps popping up, I'm going to have to re-read this one. It never grabbed me like it has others (something that really disappointed my mom). But I've learned from experience that sometimes I just need a few years to appreciate a book.

    Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)

  36. Hi and thanks for your great comments.Glad to follow you too. Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  37. Hi! I just found this Ava Grey novel off your site! Hehe *wink*! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm now following you!

    Sonette @

  38. Love your blog! Stop by mine and say hi if you get a chance!


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