Thursday, March 7, 2013

Feature Follow Fridays {#7}: I AM A FEATURED BLOGGER this week... Plus, What's a Book You Love But Wasn't So Popular? Or Vice Versa?

Yes! I am the FEATURED BLOGGER this week on Parajunkee! 
And Peachy is the Featured Blogger on Alison Can Read!

If you'd like to know more about how this Feature & Follow Friday works, visit either of the two hosts.  It's a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know other bloggers, as well as create a better following for yourself.  I am very fortunate to be part of this features and I am incredibly THANKFUL for Parajunkee and Alison Can Read for featuring me this week. 

Here are the Q&A's part of being Featured:

When Did You Start Blogging?

I began blogging April 2011.  Before I started blogging, I had gone through a very silent phase of many years.  I wasn't reading much at all, I was mostly accumulating books.  Then an event pushed me towards my love of books, again, thankfully.  So I found my release, my escape, and also my peace in reading books.  I began blogging, at first, as a way to express my love and passion of books, in its most basic sense - just writing my reactions and thoughts... for me.  Last year, though, I started doing reading challenges and it has slowly developed into something I feel is a bigger part of me.  It has become a full expression of who I am; a reflection of all that I love about the books.  I have come to discover how much I belong in the book blogging world... I'm very fortunate to have also come to know the community of bloggers that are out there.  Everyone has made my blogging time so much more fulfilling.

What is Your Favorite Part of Book Blogging?

My favorite part of book blogging HAS to be WRITING REVIEWS.  I love getting up every day with the thought of a prospective review.  Writing a review means I get to read another new book, and best of all talk about it.  I love books and I love writing reviews of books even more!  It's through the process of writing my reviews that I have come learn so much about the books I read, about life in general, and even about myself.

What Books do You Mainly Blog About?

During the year of 2011 I was blogging a lot about Classics.  Then in 2012 I started blogging more about new books as I was doing Book Tours.  Then late 2012 and now this year more, I have come to expand my book base.  I blog a lot about Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult, and Science Books.  Lately, I have found myself reading quite a lot of NonFiction, too. 

What are Your Favorite Books?

Oh I have so many favorite books.  First and foremost, I have to mention The Hunger Games! It's this specific book that has inspired me in so many ways.  Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorite novels.  I'm also a huge fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  Check out more of my FAVORITES!

What Has Been the Best Thing That Has Happened to You Because of the Book Blogging?

Oh there are so many great things... but the BEST thing HAS to be getting to know the large community of book bloggers I have come to be a part of.  I blog every day realizing more and more how fortunate I am to know so many people that love books, to visit so many blogs that love to talk about books, and to have so many opportunities for free books and community events.  

THANKS PARAJUNKEE & ALISON CAN READ for Featuring me this week!

A weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read
Featuring Elemillia (ME!!! :)) and Peachy

Q: What's a book YOU loved but one that wasn't so popular?  Or what's a book you DIDN'T like, but your friends raved about?

Hmm... this is a good question.  I'm not so sure I have an answer for either of these two questions.  If I have to choose, these are my choices.

First, I would have to say that as far as I have come to discover, most people I've mentioned Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami to have not really like it.  And it wasn't that they didn't like it as much as I think they didn't even understand it.  Regardless, their answer or reaction has always been empty or without enthusiasm AT ALL. 

On the other hand, people have been crazy about Twilight.  I, on the other hand, only like the last in the series - Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.  

Those would be my two choices.  What do you think? 

Bookserk by Author

Milan Kundera (4) Jane Austen (3) Stephenie Meyer (3) Suzanne Collins (3) Bernhard Schlink (2) F. Scott Fitzgerald (2) H.G. Wells (2) Herman Hesse (2) JRR Tolkien (2) Jules Verne (2) Khaled Hosseini (2) Paulo Coelho (2) Sam Kean (2) Stieg Larsson (2) Sylvia Day (2) A.G. Howard (1) Adam Johnson (1) Alafair Burke (1) Albert Einstein (1) Alexander Soderberg (1) Alicia Hendley (1) Amanda Hocking (1) Andre Dubus III (1) Ann Patchett (1) Aravind Adiga (1) Azar Nafisi (1) Barbara Kingsolver (1) Becky Aikman (1) Camilla Lackberg (1) Carl Sagan (1) Cat Hellisen (1) Charles Webb (1) Charlotte Bronte (1) Chinua Achebe (1) Chris Prentiss (1) Chrisanna Northrup (1) Christopher S. Stewart (1) Clare Clark (1) Clive Barker (1) Coltaire Rapaille (1) Dai Sijie (1) Daniel J. Levitin (1) Daniel Kahneman (1) Daniel Pink (1) David Foster Wallace (1) David Levithan (1) David Sedaris (1) Debra Driza (1) Domenica Ruta (1) Don Miguel Ruiz (1) Douglas Adams (1) Elie Weisel (1) Emily Bronte (1) Emlyn Chand (1) Enid Shomer (1) Epictetus (1) George Orwell (1) George R.R. Martin (1) Greg Graffin (1) Gretchen Rubin (1) Harper Lee (1) Haruki Murakami (1) Herman Koch (1) JR Moehringer (1) Jane Eyre (1) Jennifer Egan (1) Jodi Meadows (1) John Eldredge (1) John Englander (1) John Kenney (1) John Steinbeck (1) John T Cacioppo (1) Joyce Carol Oates (1) Judy Blume (1) Julia Glass (1) Karen Thompson Walker (1) Karol Jackowski (1) Kate Chopin (1) Kate Walbert (1) Katherine Boo (1) Lauren DeStefano (1) Lisa See (1) Lois Lowry (1) Lou Marinoff PhD (1) Madhulika Sikka (1) Maggie Stiefvater (1) Margot Livesey (1) Marissa Meyer (1) Martha Stout (1) Mary Roach (1) Mary Shelley (1) Meg Howrey (1) Megan Abbott (1) Natalie Babbitt (1) Nujood Ali (1) Oliver Harris (1) Paulo Giordano (1) Poet Charles Swain (1) Poet Margaret E. Sangster (1) Priscille Sibley (1) Ray Bradbury (1) Rebecca Dean (1) Richard Francis (1) Robert Louis Stevenson (1) Robert M. Pirsig (1) Rudyard Kipling (1) Sarah Gruen (1) Sharon Lebell (1) Shirley MacLaine (1) Stasi Eldredge (1) Stephen Chbosky (1) Sue Kidd Monk (1) Susan Cain (1) Susanna Calahan (1) Tara Conklin (1) Tea Obreht (1) Terri Giuliano Long (1) Thrity Umrigar (1) Victoria Hislop (1) Virginia Morell (1) Voltaire (1) Zora Neale Hurston (1)

Bookserk Globally

Bookserk by Publishing House

Harper Perennial Publishing (8) Random House Publishing (7) Crown Publishing (6) Little Brown and Company Publishing (6) Harper Publishing (4) Knopf Publishing (4) Scholastic Press Publishing (4) Vintage Publishing (4) W.W. Norton Company Publishing (4) Anchor Publishing (3) Atria Books Publishing (3) Free Press Publishing (3) HarperCollins Publishing (3) Penguin Books Publishing (3) Riverhead Books Publishing (3) Ballantine Books Publishing (2) Bantam Books Publishing (2) BarnesNoble Classics Publishing (2) Broadway Publishing (2) Harmony Publishing (2) Harper Paperback Publishing (2) Hyperion Publishing (2) Katherine Tegen Books Publishing (2) Simon and Schuster Publishing (2) William Morrow Publishing (2) Algonquin Books Publishing (1) Amber Allen Publishing (1) Amulet Books Publishing (1) Berkley Trade Publishing (1) Blue Crown Press Publishing (1) Createspace Publishing (1) Crown Business Publishing (1) Del Rey Publishing (1) Dover Publishing (1) Ember Publishing (1) Faber and Faber Publishing (1) Farrar Straus Giroux Publications (1) Feiwel Friends Publishing (1) Five Rivers Chapmanry Publishing (1) Gallery Books Publishing (1) Grand Central Publishing (1) HarperOne (1) Hill and Wang Publishing (1) Hogarth Publishing (1) It Books Publication (1) MJF Books Publishing (1) MTV books and Pocket Books Publishing (1) McGraw Hill Higher Education Publishing (1) Nelson Publishing (1) Pamela Dorman Books Publishing (1) Pantheon Publishing (1) Plaza Y Janes Publishing (1) Plume Publishing (1) Pocket Publishing (1) Puffin Publishing (1) Quill Publishing (1) Reagan Arthur Books Publishing (1) Science Bookshelf Publishing (1) Signet Classics Publishing (1) St. Martin's Press Publishing (1) Touchstone Publishing (1) Virago Publishing (1) Washington Square Press Publishing (1)