Aug 10, 2012

Friday Hops

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

This week's question is: What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?



MY ANSWER: Uhh...I can't think of anything really. I learned as I went over the years. So I guess nothing?




TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that recaps the week's post and has a different question each week.

This week's question is: Unexpected Books: Which books did you have reservations about reading, but ended up loving once you did?


MY ANSWER: Oh wow! That's a toughie.In the beginning of the paranormal craze, you know when it was just starting and all. I had some reservations because a few paranormal books were shelved in romance. When I read one, there was way too much sex in it for my liking. At the time it just felt like to me every other chapter the heroine was engaged in activities.

But on to answering that question, I remember feeling that way about both Stray by Rachel Vincent and Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. They were shelved in romance and I had come to associate that meaning there was going to be a lot of sex scenes. But the back of the cover descriptions were just too good to pass up, so I took the plunge and decided to read them both--these were both separate occasions!

Naturally after reading both of them, I realized how wrong my prejudice was! And I soon learned that bookstores just shelved them there for some reason, one I have yet to figure out! But yes, I am ever so glad that I read these two!


Another example was when I decided to go back to reading YA. I really wasn't going to at all, since the last YA books I read were too contemporary and filled with Teen Drama. The annoying kind. Then some online pals told me I HAD to read Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy. That I would really enjoy it and it wasn't filled with Teen Drama.

Well, since I already fell in love with Rachel Vincent's books, and these were pals from her first discussion board, The Pride, I decided to take their recommendation. I was after all at this time, needing something to read! Shocking that there was such a time!
And OMG! Did I LOVE this series! So this was yet another example of a book I didn't want to read, but because it was YA. Now I read equal YA and adult books because they are just soooo good! I was deprived in my teen years!
 

48 comments:

  1. Jess- Thanks for always stopping by! I love seeing that you hop through! I totally agree with your answer, there's nothing I would change! It's been a great experience.

    Old follower hopping through.

    Ensconced in YA
    http://cahreviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/feature-and-follow-6.html

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  2. Great answers! :D

    Old follower, thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I don't think I'd really want to change anything because the process of learning is simply to much fun! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  4. it's true we learn with the time, it's always like that, doesn't it?

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  5. I have been wondering about Stray. Guess I will have to pick it up.

    I love your blog, don't change a thing.

    Old follower. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Ha ha! I know what you mean about being deprived in your teen years, I think back on the books I read and think: why the heck was I reading that?
    Anyway, thanks for stopping by My FF!
    Happy Friday!

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  7. Well, its totally awesome that if you could go back and change it, you wouldnt! NO regrets!

    Great job!

    Old follower-
    My FF
    -Theresa

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  8. Hey Jessica! Thanks for stopping by my FF . You have a great weekend as well! - old follower -

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  9. Lots of people love the Vampire Academy series, I should read the first one. Shouldn't I? :) Have a fun weekend.

    Old follower.

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  10. I just finished the Vampire Academy series and they were SO GOOD, but I thought they looked ridiculous (in a bad way) that I didn't read them for a LONG TIME.

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  11. I absolutely LOVE Vampire Academy! Great FF answer! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Old Follower!:)
    My FF

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  12. I definitely agree with learning as we go.

    Have a good weekend!

    My FF

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  13. Great answers! You have officially convinced me I have to read Stray soon! lol!

    Have a great weekend, Jessica!
    Old follower. My FF

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  14. I'm a new GFC follower.

    My F & F - http://bookbloggermom.blogspot.com/2012/08/follow-my-book-blog-friday-1.html

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  15. I haven't read Stray or Halfway to the Grave, but both sound interesting. Thanks for sharing. New GFCfollower.

    My FF

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  16. I thought more about what I would change about my blog... and I would probably change the title. It started out as a personal blog and then I decided to do books... so the name is probably confusing.

    Angie

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  17. Yaaay Vampire Academy! I was also skeptical of that series but then I read it and loved it! :)
    And great FF answer!
    Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  18. Old follower. Great answer and thanks for stopping by our FF. We love you just the way you are too! :D

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  19. I really love your blog layout!! thanks for stopping by!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  20. I'm still trying to get my header the way I want it..lol. But I would say my blogs come a long way. Thanks for stopping by. Old follwer.

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  21. I keep having people tell me to read Vampire Academy. I haven't because I hate the vampire craze and thought it sounded like a shallow series. I'm starting to rethink trying it out- at least from the library lol.

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  22. Vampire Academy was definitely another book that I have on hold because I can't take any more vampires. I'm glad you liked it so much! Thanks for stopping by! I don't know why I haven't followed you yet! But now I am x)

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  23. LOVE ANYTHING by Richelle Mead!I didn't want to read The Mortal Instruments because I hated the first cover, but that series rocks! Another example is the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. At the time I was getting sick of vampire books but Im so happy I read it because its so much more than just vampires. I freaking love the series!

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  24. I think I just would have slowed down a bit, took my time (which I am doing with my YA blog).

    Halfway to the Grave, I still need to read it.

    Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend too.

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  25. I haven't read any of those books, but a friend just read all of Vampire Acadamy and loved them, I just don't know when I would find the time.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  26. I'm glad you're happy with your blog! I really like it just the way it is :)

    Thanks for stopping by my FF post #7 to leave a comment earlier!

    Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  27. Thanks for stopping by my Feature and Follow! I still have reservations about Vampire Academy but I've heard so many good things about the series that I'm going to read it soon.

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  28. It is awesome to not want to change anything. =] Thanks for sharing and visiting My FF
    Michael @ The Bookshelf Review

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  29. You really do learn a ton once you get up and running! There are still a couple of things I would have changed for my own blog, though. :)

    http://herebebookwyrms.blogspot.com/2012/08/follow-friday-7.html

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  30. Hi! Your answer was great!(: I'm a new blogger! Mind checking out my blog?(: And maybe possibly follow?(x

    New follower!
    simple-books.blogspot.com

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  31. Ha! I'm with you girl! Happy Friday as usual!

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  32. Nothing??? That sounds like my idea I already put too much work into change anything LOL thanks for stoppin by my blog. Old follower
    Krista
    Book Review Club

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  33. I've really enjoyed my learning process as a blogger! Now, I do wish I'd figured out how to network sooner, but still--love my blog! Thanks for stopping by!

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  34. Yeah, this week's question was tough. We do learn about our blogs as we go along :)

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  35. Great answer this week!! I totally agree :)

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my follow Friday!!

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  36. Lucky you :0)

    And when I mentioned WP, I meant the version where you have to self-host it. I LOVE that version. Not the other version where they host it for you. I agree, that's difficult to navigate. But the self-hosted WP, SO professional, easy and lots of features.

    Much better IMO. Thanks for stopping by my FF :0)

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  37. Great answer! Thanks for stopping!

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  38. I love your answer! I wish I could say the same! :)

    I'll have to check out your TGIF books (except VA...I didn't like that series O_o). I like Rachel Vincent, so I'll check out her others!

    Thanks for stopping in!

    Old follower

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  39. The only way I've learnt is to teach myself, great answer, thanks for stopping by! :)

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  40. I haven't read any of those books but hoping to read them one day.
    Thanks for droppin by. :)
    Old follower as well.

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  41. I love seeing all the different books that people read, the only trouble is my tbr pile is big enough infact its almost toppling over !!

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  42. It's great to hear that you have no blogging regrets. I like that. I’m glad I dropped by from TGFI. I am your newest follower.
    Cheers,
    Shanae
    My Blog

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  43. I'm glad you enjoyed VA. I absolutely adore that series!

    Old follower! :)

    My FF

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  44. thanks for stopping by! Old follower as well. Yeah, I've been learning over the years too, so one can only keep improving!

    Scarlett at Books Before Bed!

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  45. Good answer :) I'm pretty content with what I do on my blog as well... but for the sake of choosing something, I chose "posting more" lol. Which I've gotten pretty good with. Thanks for stopping by my FF girly <3

    Old follower via GFC :)

    Ana♥ @ Beach Bum Reads

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  46. It's the journey, not the destination, right? I think learning about the blogging as I go is part of the fun.

    Old follower. :)

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  47. Lucky! lol I really learned a lot over the years too.

    Thanks for stopping by mine =D
    Old Follower,
    Becky

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