Thursday, June 30, 2011

4th of July Follow Friday!

Welcome back for another festive Follow Friday! Hope your plans for the holiday weekend will be safe and full of fun. Don't forget to check out my current contest while you are here. Share some comment love and like the Facebook fan page. Nice to meet you! Hope you will follow along!

Q. ACK! Your favorite book/movie character (example Hermione Granger played by the Emma chick) just walked into the room! Who is it and what would be your first reaction? You get extra points if you include visual stimulation.

One of my favorite books of all time has to be Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. If I saw Jamie and Claire walk into a room, I think I would probably start to babble and try to restrain myself from hugging them. They are such breathable characters, I feel like I know them and they are part of me. Yes. I might even cry.

Book Blogger Hop

What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?


The voice of the book has to grab me within the first few pages. The point of view, dialogue, and characters have to be there. The other thing that drives me crazy is when a book is marketed for a certain genre or age group and it doesn't fit within that category. Especially if a middle grade book is being marketed for a teen audience. That just does not work and that is the fastest way to find a book flying back onto the shelf.


Grace Fonseca said...

Who doesn't love a hot highlander man. I adore Highlanders. Good answers. New follower. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog.

pussreboots said...

Dialogue and characters are on my list too. For the books that I'm stashing in rooms, I read in short bursts. To keep reading them I must be able to remember where I am even if I've only read a couple pages or haven't been able to read in days. Come see how I decide what to keep reading and what to stop.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i still haven't read outlander. hope you have a great weekend!

Alison said...

Hopping through. I still need to read the Outlander books. I've heard so many good things.
My Hop

CharmaineElaine said...


I love your blog. I'm a new follower just hopping by to say hello.

My FF: From The Shadows I Review
Char =)

Amy said...


Nice answer. I would have to agree that the voice has to grip you straight away.

Here's my Friday

Amy@adumbrations (new follower)

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I don't know why I keep reading a book. It's not the story. It's not the characters. I really don't know!

I'm hopping by to tell you that I've got a wonderful giveaway going on at my blog, Readerbuzz. It's international! During the Readerbuzz July Giveaway I'll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! I'd love to have you stop in and throw your name in the hat to win!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Just blogging by, have a nice weekend.

Joy said...

I totally agree with you on audio books and the narrators voice. Forgot about that in my post. Have a great fourth of July weekend!

Howard Sherman said...

These book blogger hop questions just get better and better. This one looks easy but I think it’s a trick question. We all know it’s the same answer – the writing – but we all have different perspectives of what good writing is.

Hop on over to my blog at and read my three-prong answer as I explain why I’ll decide to pick up a book or put it down in under sixty seconds.

Happy July 4th Weekend!

Howard Sherman, Implementor

Teen Fiction Centre said...

Hey I found your blog through Parajunkee's Follow Friday, and I'm your newest follower. I love your blog!

Be sure to stop by Teen Fiction Centre for the latest news, reviews, and author interviews!

Lucy (The Secret Life of Books) said...

Hey, I found you on the book Hop. Great choice wit Outlander!! I LOVE that series. If Jamie Fraser waslked in the room I don't know what I would do. I liked the video of the characters. Happy hopping
(Be sure to check out my giveaway)

Beth said...

Great answers. I'm your newest follower.

Emma Michaels said...

Happy Follow Friday! I am a follower! Hope you will stop by

Emma Michaels

Pedantic Phooka said...

Stopping by via Crazy-For-Book's Blog Hop. I'm following your blog.

I'm having a giveaway on my blog this weekend so please stop by!

Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka