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Follow Friday 2: Book Bloggers I Enjoy (And Think You Will Too)

This is not the same as the feature and follow Friday meme,  I’m not ready for another weekly meme on my blog. This is the old fashioned Follow Friday, where I say, “Hey I like these blogs and think you will too!” These are four bloggers who I have bookmarked and check often.

FLYLēF

FLYLēF Young Adult Book Blog for Reviews and Giveaways

Experience the magic of great writing coming together to build breathtaking worlds in our minds’ eyes. Happiness is a book away, find it at FLYLeF.

FLYLeF runs a lot of Guveaway Hops, which is how I found the blog, and also seems to be a fan of Kat Ross books (if you read my blog you know I gush about Kat Ross.) I don’t participate in a lot of Blog Hops, but I enjoy reading the Book Spotlight and seeing which books get chosen in the Winner Spotlight. In fact, that reminds me I better go make sure I have my July entry in.

Book Lovers Blog

Hi, I’m Jo, a 21 year old female History & Journalism university student and blogger from Cambridge, UK. As the title of my blog suggests I love books-that’s my entire reason for creating this blog-you’re supposed to write about what you know and I’ve loved books ever since I was able to read so this seemed like the perfect platform for me to share my opinions about the books I read.

I found Jo through the Top Ten Tues meme. I find myself agreeing with her a lot, and our reading preferences seem to over lap a lot. She does quite a lot of book tags, so if you are lost on ideas head her way and take a look at the book tags for lots of great content ideas. She’s also got good stuff on the writing process for the author crowd.

Howling Libraries

My name is Destiny, and I’m a 25-year-old stay-at-home mom who’s been obsessed with reading everything I can get my hands on since I was barely walking. My favorite book genres are fantasy, horror, contemporary, and sci-fi. I primarily read YA/NA and MG books.

Another blog I found through Top Ten Tues. Since I am an adult who enjoys Young Adult and Middle Grade books it’s nice to connect with other blogger who are the same. Agreat thing about the book blogging community it that you don’t ALL have to agree on your favorite reads, or even enjoy the same books. Case in point, she’s a fan of Cassandra Clare, and I’m not. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying her posts though.

X+1 / One More

x1 there's always room for one more

Welcome to the virtual home of @imyril and @deblurred, where we share reviews, rants, rambles and photos. Thank you for popping by.

The door is open and the kettle is on. Make yourself comfortable and poke about.

there’s always room for one more…

A blogger who actually found me through Top Ten Tues and left a comment on one of my blogs, and since I comment back I discovered Imyril too. A prolific blogger who posts nearly everyday, I can’t keep up with that (either in reading blogs or posting my own) but mad respect for hose like Imyril who do. We still trade Top Ten Tues comments… whenever I actually happen to post.

Now…

Introduce me to your favorite book blogger. I love discovering new book blogs and getting to know more people from the blogging community.

Book Blogger A-Z Survey

Book Blogger A-Z Survey

I saw this post on Stumbly who got it from Trendy Simple Life it seems to have originate with the Perpetual Page Turner. It’s a fun little survey for a Friday.

AUTHOR YOU’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS FROM:

Stephen R Lawhead. I checked with Goodread just to be sure, since there are some children’s book authors I’ve read a lot of, but Stephen R Lawhead beat them all out. Coming in 2nd was Dr Seuss and 3rd Stephen Cosgrove (both children’s authors.)

BEST SEQUEL EVER:

This is pretty tough… if it were movies I’d hands down say The Two Towers. As for book sequels there were a lot that came to mind. But I’d have to say I think the The Hidden Staircase Nancy Drew #2 is my pick. It’s one of my favorite Nancy Drew books and it was a lot better than the Secret of the Old Clock.

CURRENTLY READING:

Monstrum by Kat Ross.

DRINK OF CHOICE WHILE READING:

Nothing really  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

E-READER OR PHYSICAL BOOK?

I’m just a book person. I’ll take them pretty much anyway I can get them but I do have a special place in my heart for Mass Market Paperbacks.

FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY DATED IN HIGH SCHOOL:

This is super tough, because I was a shy little church mouse and tom-boy in high school. Sure there are lots of characters I would have liked to date, but they probably wouldn’t have noticed me, or would have told me as one of my classmates did, “You’re too much like one of the guys to date.”

GLAD YOU GAVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE:

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. Not my typical genre, but it blew me away.

HIDDEN GEM BOOK:

Can I repeat an answer? Cause The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is really good.

IMPORTANT MOMENT IN YOUR READING LIFE:

When my dad took me to the Christian book store for my 13th birthday and let me pick any one book and any one cassette I wanted. This is how I got introduced to Lawhead. I now own every book of his and pretty much automatically pre-order new ones that he writes. (I also got Fire and Ice by Steve Camp, a cassette I played so much that it’s distorted now.

JUST FINISHED:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

KINDS OF BOOKS YOU WON’T READ:

EROTICA… I can’t stand explicit sex scenes, and especially rape scenes. Really people, we don’t need that in our books.

LONGEST BOOK YOU’VE READ:

According to Goodreads it’s either the Bible (does that really count?) or The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy.

MAJOR BOOK HANGOVER BECAUSE OF:

Robinson Crusoe… nearly killed my love of reading for a year. I slogged through it for months and afterward I was just kinda numb.

NUMBER OF BOOKCASES YOU OWN:

Ha! You’d like to know would’t you? I’m going to say it’s around a dozen, but I won’t confirm it.

ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES:

Dream Thief by Stephen R Lawhead. It’s my favorite book by my favorite author.

PREFERRED PLACE TO READ:

In bed.

QUOTE THAT INSPIRES YOU/GIVES YOU ALL THE FEELS FROM A BOOK YOU’VE READ:

“Stories never really end…even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don’t end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.”  ― Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

READING REGRET:

I use to feel like I HAD to finish series, but after a few bland finishes and a couple of downright bad ones I realized that there are too many better books out there to ALWAYS have to finish a series.

SERIES YOU STARTED AND NEED TO FINISH (ALL BOOKS ARE OUT IN SERIES):

Six of Crows duology. I started Crooked Kingdom, but had to return it to the Library before I finished. (Quite frankly I was afraid of what was going to happen in the story and that stalled out my reading. If something happens to Inej I just don’t know if I could handle it.)

THREE OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS:

Dream Thief by Stephen R Lawhead, Prometheus Bound by  Aeschylus, and Deus Irae by PK Dick.

UNAPOLOGETIC FANGIRL FOR:

Kat Ross, Stephen R Lawhead and Tolkien.

VERY EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE MORE THAN ALL THE OTHERS:

Doors of Stone (The Kingkiller Chronicle #3) by Patrick Rothfuss. Please Mr Rothfuss finish this book!!!

WORST BOOKISH HABIT:

Not dusting, With a big book collection like mine I really should dust more often and keep the book in better shape.

X MARKS THE SPOT: START AT THE TOP LEFT OF YOUR SHELF AND PICK THE 27TH BOOK:

Which shelf?🤣… On the to-read shelf it’s The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by Tolkien. On the Tolkien shelf it’s Smith of Wooton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham. On the YA/Middle Grade shelf it’s Bridge to Terabithia. How many shelves do I need to do this for?

YOUR LATEST BOOK PURCHASE:

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

ZZZ-SNATCHER BOOK (LAST BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP WAY LATE):

Cinder, once it got going I could hardly put it down.

Those are my answers. If you choose to do the survey on your own blog please link back and then let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to check out the original post at the Perpetual Page Turner.

#HarvestVoxBox

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purpose.

Besides getting books to review occasionally I received other free samples so that I can share my option on them too. I recently I received a #HarvestVoxBox of samples and coupons from Influenster.

Inside the box:

  • Tree Hut Shea Body Butter – Product I already use and love!
  • Gain Botanicals – We normally use unscented laundry soap but these were not bad.
  • Vera Wang Embrace – I don’t wear a lot of perfume these days, but I did enjoy the soft and subtle scent of Embrace.
  • Coupon for free Country Crock – Again we already enjoy this product, so “Score!” on the freebie.
  • Two Coupons for Middles – Which I cannot find at any of our grocery stores and therefore can’t redeem.
  • Eva NYC – I don’t like such heavily scented things in my hair, but it did untangle and make my hair soft like it promised.

Thanks for the goodies Influenster! Looking forward to reviewing more Vox Boxes in the future.

Follow Friday: Book Bloggers I Enjoy (And Think You Will Too)

This is not the same as the feature and follow Friday meme, I don’t think I’m ready for another weekly meme on my blog. This is the old fashioned Follow Friday, where I say, “Hey I like these blogs and think you will too!” These are four bloggers who I have bookmarked and check every week. I hope you enjoy the list.

Always Me

Lauren at Always Me is a fellow participant in Top Ten Tues which is how I discovered her blog. This is what she says about herself, “My name is Lauren and I’m a 27 year old Ohioan.  If it isn’t already obvious, I am completely addicted to reading and I particularly enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and YA.  I’m a librarian by day and I mix paint by night.”

Some Recent Posts:

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio + 50/50 Friday
Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Fantasy and Sci-Fi Releases I’m Looking Forward To
Music Monday: Zenith Salutes… The Teen Sound

Mom’s Radius

I found Mom’s Radius through the monthly pick-ups link up at The Deliberate Reader. This is what she say’s about herself, “My name is Kate Unger. I am a reader, an introvert, a lover of deep friendships, a wife, and a mother of one who works full time.”

Some Recent Posts:

Juvenile Pile: Many Half-Read Books
Kid Lit: Different? Same!
Great Reads from March & April 2017

Reading Is My Super Power

Carrie is the kind of blogger I aspire to be. She posts often (like several times a day) and has lots of great content on her blog. This is what she says about herself, “I live in Kentucky with my hubby of 15 years and our quirky dog Zuzu (who also happens to be my unofficial official blog mascot).  I’m the long-distance cool aunt to NINE nieces and nephews, and I teach English as a Second/Other Language to International Adults.”

Some Recent Posts:

Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Unraveling by Sara Ella
First Line Friday (Week 59): Nightshade
Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Love – Summer Edition

Book Haven

Another blog I found through Top Ten Tues. His blog is very visual with lots and lots of beautiful book covers. This is what he says about himself, “My name is Greg and this is where I talk about books, films and anything else that comes to mind. I’ve always been an avid reader and I enjoy promoting authors and discussing my favorite books with others.”

Some Recent Posts:

Bookcover Spotlight #102
COYER 2017 Summer Signup
Top Ten Summer Freebie 2017

So that it for this Follow Friday. Do you follow any of these four bloggers? Do you have any  Follow Friday suggestions for me?