Friday, July 22, 2011

Feature and Follow and Blogger Hop Friday 7/22

Q. Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?

I know they are dead, but since this is a hypothetical question to begin with, I would vote for Mark Twain, Carl Sagan, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Hands down. I don't know how much talking I would do. I would just sit down and listen to them say fabulous things. 
Book Blogger Hop
Q. What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

Romance. For instance, even after trying to enjoy it, I have never been a Jane Austen fan. I find the Mr. Darcy obsession intriguing but I just think it's all boring. There is such a huge following for romance, however, and a lot of good stuff out there I'm sure. And even though I have a difficult time liking the genre, every now and then I'm pleasantly surprised. 




55 comments:

  1. I prefer my romance novels usually mixed in with another genre rather than just reading pure romance fiction.

    I'm a new follower!! :D

    http://thegreatthegoodandthebad.blogspot.com/

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  2. Hi & Happy Friday!

    My FF, http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

    Have a nice weekend :)

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  3. Oh, definitely good choices, especially with Mark Twain! I love him! :)

    I'm now following your blog!!
    Here's my post: http://tiny.cc/y1i2x
    Have a great weekend!! Xo.

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  4. Great answers! I think there are a lot of answers with Rowling. So sad to see the end of the HP era. I'm a new follower! My answers are up at Coffee Table Reviews.

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  5. I don't like this one either! Romance is okay as a sub-genre like to historical fiction but I don't ever choose romance for itself.

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  6. Hi there, I'm hopping through and following you.

    Have a great weekend!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka
    www.pedanticphooka.com

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  7. Mark Twain - nice choice.

    Here's my FF: http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2011/07/follow-friday-7-22-11.html

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  8. How funny - I really don't like romances, but I do like Jane Austen. So, maybe I just don't like contemporary romances? They're too cheesy/predictable/graphic for me.

    Glad to have found you via the Hop!

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  9. Hopping through. I'd love to meet Tolkien...even though I'm not an LOTR fan. I'd love world-building tips.
    My Hop

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  10. Q. Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?


    I'll have to re-post at my blog, but Inga Muscio, Julia Butterfly Hill and Bart Ehrman.

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  11. Ah, see...my books have to have some romance in them.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! :)

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  12. Mark Twin is a nice choice :)
    I just wanted to say thanks for visiting my blog.
    I am a new follower!

    ~Grace

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  13. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog! I have hard time with romance novels, too. I mean, I like light romance, like Nicholas Sparks. But I can't get through anything with Fabio on the cover :P

    I see you are currently reading 'Clean'. That is next up on my TBR pile. Hope you're enjoying it!

    Happy Reading!

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  14. I write romance, but I like to think my stories have more than that in them - interesting characters and situations, often a mix of other genres, whether paranormal or historical. Most of what I write is m/m but not all of it.

    Thanks for the follow! Happy Friday! Following you too!

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  15. Thanks for visiting my site (www.cocktailsandbooks.com). Just hopped over from your post. Following you now.

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  16. Jules- I can handle a romance when it's mixed HEAVILY with another genre. Paranormal romances are generally ok with me.

    Sharon - Happy Friday to you too!

    Cary - I love Mark Twain too! I would have loved to hear his stories from his mouth. Have a great weekend!

    Aimee- Thanks! There are TONS of answers with Rowling. I like Rowling, but sometimes I think she should be taken as a given because she's so awesome. :)

    Kathy- Yeah, I like it as a subgenre as well.

    Pedantic Phooka- Thanks! You have a great weekend too!

    StuckInBooks- Thanks! I like him lots.

    Susan- Yeah, I find most modern romances cheesy. However I don't mind a steamy scene now and then :)

    Alison- World building is a huge thing with fantasy. It is really important for fantasy writers to seriously study Tolkien. He is basically the father of modern fantasy!

    Becky- Oh! I'm not familiar with those authors. But I am interested. You have to tell me more about them!

    Jess- No problem! I don't have to have romance in a book, but I can handle it in small bits in other kinds of books. :)

    Grace- No problem! Thanks for following

    Crazy Bookworm- LOL! I'll be sure to let everyone know what I think of "Clean" once I'm finished!

    Julie- I'm sure your stuff is great! It's just kind of the watered down romances, of which there seem to be a lot of, that I really can't get into. Happy Friday!

    Shannon- Sweet! Thanks for the follow.

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  17. I like stories with romances but I need a real plot there. I stopped reading adult romances because so many of them started with a relationship breaking up.

    http://booksyourkidswilllove.blogspot.com/

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  18. Sara- I never thought of that, but that is so true!

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  19. Interesting choices. Is the second time I see JRR Tolkien in the posts today, it would be pretty interesting to sit and have a coffee with him.

    You have a lovely blog ^^

    Mariana @Smart Girls Read

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  20. Oh...J.R.R. Tolkien!! I love The Hobbit!! I would love to meet him too.

    Shanan
    http://thebookaddictnet.blogspot.com/

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  21. Mariana- Wouldn't it be just so awesome to have a coffee with him? I think so. And thanks for the compliment!

    Shanan- I love the Hobbit as well! Can't wait for the movie!

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  22. thanks for dropping by at kafkatokindergarten.blogspot.com. following you back now.

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  23. Hi, just hopping by to follow back.

    Love J.R.R. Tolkien! I read LOTR and the Hobbit when I was in 4th grade and reread them when I was a little older just because I loved the books so much.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and have a wonderful weekend.

    Kristy
    http://rantsofaucg.blogspot.com/

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  24. Che and Kristy- Thanks for following back and a wonderful weekend to you both!

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  25. Bart Ehrman is an "agnostic" biblical scholar whose books like Jesus Interrupted, Misquoting Jesus and others led me out of the belief of God.

    Julia Butterfly Hill is a radical environmentalist who lived in a tree for two year and though she is radical, her words radiate love and care.

    Inga Muscio is my Bodhisattva. Her books Cunt, : A Declaration of Independence, Rose : Love in Violent Times and Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil changed my life. I've actually reviewed Rose (http://www.thehummingbirdhollow.com/2011/05/book-list-rose-love-in-violent-times.html) and Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil (http://www.thehummingbirdhollow.com/2011/07/book-list-autobiography-of-blue-eyed.html)on my blog.

    What is more incredible for me was that she recently came for a book reading at our local independent bookstore (http://www.thehummingbirdhollow.com/2011/06/meeting-your-muse-inga-muscio.html)!

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  26. New follower, (here, Goodreads and Twitter). Thanks for stopping by http://alaskanbookcafe.blogspot.com
    Sorry so late getting back. I went hiking today.
    I love your choices. The were some great authors! I would love to meet all of them too. This was a hard one - so many great authors!

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  27. Becky- Ah yes! I have heard of some of those authors after all. I have heard of "Cunt" and wanted to read it. I'm going to check out your posts as soon as I finish commenting!

    Cristina- It was a pleasure. Hiking sounds fun! And it was a hard one. There are so many greats out there.

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  28. New follower!! Thanks for stopping by to check out my choices! I am loving FF and getting to meet other like minded souls! Great post!!

    http://can-duu.blogspot.com/

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  29. Ahh I am no sure if my former post worked?? But in a nut shell - New Follower!!! Happy to meet you thanks for commenting! I love FF so much fun.

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  30. Thank you for stopping by my blog and have a great weekend!

    Bookgirl @ My Book Addiction

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  31. Love the AIW theme of your blog!!
    Just hopping by!
    I am not into romance much either!

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  32. I wasn't into romance for the longest time. I think it was about my age though. In the past six months I've started reading some, and I really like it, but I could never only read romance. Jane Austen, I've been reading for years and I love her so much. She's just so clever!

    Tolkien is such a great choice. I decided to choose living authors, but if I hadn't, he'd definitely be on my list.

    Thanks for following. I'm following back.

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  33. Tolkien and Twain - now there would be a salty convo! I'm not sure what Sagan would add to this mix though (unfamiliar with him).

    New follower. Love your blog.

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  34. I'm with you all the way on Q2!
    Following back from ScathingWeekly.blogspot.com - the spot for scathing book reviews!

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  35. Hi! I followed you back. I cant get into romance either. I have tried but leave me going, really? However if it is a book like Time Travelers Wife then I am all for it.
    I see you are a librarian. I am back to school to get my MLIS degree soon. I cant wait!

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  36. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I'm a new follower.
    Good choices!! Although I haven't read anything by Carl Sagan.. :)

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  37. Hi. Happy Belated FF from a new follower. Interesting choices. I also picked Tolkien, and I think you're the first I've seen to pick Mark Twain.

    http://shikiharu.blogspot.com

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  38. C. J. Duggan- Glad to meet you too! I love FF too. It's a great way to network.

    BookGirl- It was a pleasure! Thanks for stopping by here.

    AgnesPink- Thanks! I love it too. Glad that makes both of us. :)

    Laura- You and me both with Tolkien! I guess I was taking the hypothetical to the extreme with choosing authors who have already passed. :)

    BookBelle- Sagan was an astrophysicist who wrote a lot of books on the cosmos and the evolutionary history of the human race. He did it in a way that was fascinating and really made you feel awesome inside. I just love his stuff.

    Scather- Thanks Scather!

    Hillary- That is awesome that you are getting an MLIS! I am planning on making categories of blog lists soon and one of them is going to be along the lines of "Book Blogger Librarians."

    Stephanie- Thanks for stopping by! You should check out Sagan. He's awesome. His famous fiction piece was that movie that came out a few years ago called "Contact." But most of his stuff is non fiction.

    Daniel- Thank you! Glad you could stop by.

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  39. Love Mark Twain! He's my favorite author of all time. New follower hopping through! Have a good weekend! :)

    Reader's Refuge

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  40. I don't get Mr. Darcy heartthrob either.

    Since last week's pie chart about where I get my books was so popular, I thought I'd share what types of books I do read. Please stop by to see which genres I don't typically read.

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  41. Finally got my done!!

    http://www.thehummingbirdhollow.com/2011/07/glass-of-wine-and-chat.html

    Though I've never read Carl Sagan, he is on my list!

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  42. I like some romance but not the bodice ripping type of romance. There has to be more to the story than just getting busy. :)

    Thanks for stopping by this weekend!

    Rachel-
    Endless Reading

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  43. Finally got my done!!

    http://www.thehummingbirdhollow.com/2011/07/glass-of-wine-and-chat.html

    Though I've never read Carl Sagan, he is on my list!

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  44. Love Mark Twain! He's my favorite author of all time. New follower hopping through! Have a good weekend! :)

    Reader's Refuge

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  45. C. J. Duggan- Glad to meet you too! I love FF too. It's a great way to network.

    BookGirl- It was a pleasure! Thanks for stopping by here.

    AgnesPink- Thanks! I love it too. Glad that makes both of us. :)

    Laura- You and me both with Tolkien! I guess I was taking the hypothetical to the extreme with choosing authors who have already passed. :)

    BookBelle- Sagan was an astrophysicist who wrote a lot of books on the cosmos and the evolutionary history of the human race. He did it in a way that was fascinating and really made you feel awesome inside. I just love his stuff.

    Scather- Thanks Scather!

    Hillary- That is awesome that you are getting an MLIS! I am planning on making categories of blog lists soon and one of them is going to be along the lines of "Book Blogger Librarians."

    Stephanie- Thanks for stopping by! You should check out Sagan. He's awesome. His famous fiction piece was that movie that came out a few years ago called "Contact." But most of his stuff is non fiction.

    Daniel- Thank you! Glad you could stop by.

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  46. Hi! I followed you back. I cant get into romance either. I have tried but leave me going, really? However if it is a book like Time Travelers Wife then I am all for it.
    I see you are a librarian. I am back to school to get my MLIS degree soon. I cant wait!

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  47. Hey Jules! Sometimes I don't mind the bodice ripping stuff... but that's usually when I'm up for a laugh!

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  48. You have a great weekend too!

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  49. Isn't Twain the best? Thanks for following!

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  50. Hey Jules! Sometimes I don't mind the bodice ripping stuff... but that's usually when I'm up for a laugh!

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  51. He's great! Glad you got the post up.

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  52. I saw that pie chart. It's fabulous!

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  53. Twain is awesome. Thanks for stopping in. Have a great weekend!

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  54. I am doing a little follow Monday fun! I haven't read any Mark Twain in a long time. Interesting choices.

    My Follow Friday

    ~Kristin

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  55. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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