Friday, July 22, 2011

TGIF {8} & Follow Friday {7}

Ginger at GReads! created this fun weekly event called TGIF at GReads! to re-cap the week and ask us fun questions. This week she asked us this:

 Where do you keep your books at home? Are they organized?

I've been avoiding this question for a couple of weeks now. My book situation is actually kinda...bad. I have these wonderful built-in bookshelves on each side of my fireplace/television, but they are full. Since they are full, Mike the Hubby and I are sort of shopping around for a nice big bookshelfish piece of furniture that we want so we can remedy the problem of all of the other books I have lying around. In piles. Everywhere. 

We really are looking for a bookshelf, honest. The thing is that we have this great house and we want to make sure that the bookshelves that we get really complement the house well. Soon my wonderful books will have a place to rest. I promise. Soon. 

Until then...thanks Ginger! Fun Scary question!


Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted at Parajunkee's View where a question is asked and answered. All the blogs that participate are linked together in one place. It's really cool.


This week, the question is:

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

My Answer:   

At first, I thought this question would be easy...

1. John Green. This was my east first choice. I love John Green's books. I love vlogbrothers. I love John's brother Hank. I'm a nerdfighter. I'm just a huge fan. I think he has fun being himself, he's a great writer, and he uses his position to do great things.*

Immediately after I chose John Green as my obvious first choice, I knew that this question was very, very hard...

2.  Anne Rice. Although I have never read any of her books (its true!), she is so very controversial and interesting. I have seen interviews with her where she seems nice. I have read different interviews, however, where she seems to take opposing and confusing views regarding her writing, at times defending writing about vampires and at times defending her decision to stop writing about vampires. I would love to sit down and have a chat with Ms. Rice to clarify all of my confusion, straight from her mouth directly. I'm just curious, that's all. It is very possible that I am the only person that is confused by what I have seen and read, and that is okay. Either way, a nice hour-long conversation or meal would be a lovely opportunity to ask her a ton of questions that I have. 
3. (tie) Roald Dahl & Beverly Cleary. Because they're awesome and that is all. Because they gave me a fantastic childhood. Because they are currently giving my children a fantastic childhood, which makes me have a fantastic adulthood. 

Okay, so I know that I cheated and gave four answers. But I think that is okay. This question was super hard, but super excellent.

*The vlogbrothers work hard along with the nerdfighters to rid the world of suck. DFTBA

Book Blogger Hop 
7/22 - 7/25

Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly event hosted by Crazy For Books in which a question is asked and an answer is given! This week's question/topic is:

"What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, 
but just can’t?"

My Answer:   I am pretty open-minded when it comes to reading, but I have found myself pretty much unable thus far to do anything with graphic novels. I want to like them, I really want to. I just can't get into them. Which is a shame, because I fully recognize that it takes a ton of talent to produce a great graphic novel. I love great illustrations (Hello, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman...) and I love a great story. I particularly love a great story with great illustrations (I'm looking at you, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick). But ole' Hugo Cabret has been as far as I can go so far...

I fully plan to keep trying, though. Because I believe that it is important for me to read outside of one particular genre on a regular basis. In fact, I try and make rounds through several different genres all the time. I love general fiction as much as the next gal, but I am crazy about middle grade and childrens literature. In order not to get stuck in a rut, I make sure I read plenty of nonfiction too by throwing memoirs and biographies into the mix, as well as a few general nonfiction books.

On a sidenote, just today on Twitter I was speaking with another book blogger friend and we agreed to each read a book outside of our genre of comfort...we each chose another book/author for the other. By the time the conversation was over, there were a total of four bloggers that had swapped books/authors that we would never have ordinarily chosen to read. Hopefully we will end up liking the recommendations we received, but if we do not, at least we will know that we tried and that is what is so important! Thankfully, today my recommendation was not a graphic novel. Phew! I dodged that bullet today, but eventually I will try again and maybe one of these days I will be able to appreciate them as much as other people do. I really want to. 

Thanks for another great question! 


  1. Hi there, I'm hopping through & following you.
    Have a great weekend!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

  2. Great, great answers!

    When you do finally get some shelves you'll have to post a picture. I still have quite cheap ones, were waiting till we've got most of the other furniture then splash out on some more substantial nice ones! :)

    I'm a new follower :D

    I do like these FF memes because I find some great blogs :)

  3. Haha! YAY for outside the box Twitter recommendations! If you want good recs for Graphic Novels, I feel like Misty (The Book Rat, Darling Misty) reads quite a few & should have some great recs for you! :)

  4. Is there a IKEA in your area? I 'm quite sure you will find something there. then you may have to look at it in a non traditional way, like, making bookshelves that are not but can be used as bookshelves. for instances I gave my daughter my baker rack. it is a wrought iron baker rack, she actually have her books on it. where as in my kitchen it kept my wonderful kitchen gadgets like mixer, food processor, foreman grill, canisters, and etc..

  5. I hope you find the perfect bookshelf. I need to get one as well. I'm planning on moving soon, but the first thing on my list is to buy a nice bookshelf!

    Happy TGIF :)

  6. I have the opposite problem. I have the bookcases I want picked out, but we just about downsize by about 2100 sq. feet so no more adding furniture until we move into our house that is being built in about a year. Many of my books are going to have to go into storage. :(

    Rie @ Mission to Read

  7. New follower. I'm fussier than I first thought. Now I'm adding Graphic Novels to my list too. You reminded me how much I do not like them.

  8. I completely agree with your Feature and Follow Friday answers, Anne Rice is in my list and although John Green is not I'd love to talk to him too :D
    I'm a new follower now, hehe.

    This is my Feature and Follow Friday , please feel free to pass by and have a look. i'm also hosting two giveaways, just click on the "Giveaways" tab and good luck!


  9. Great answers! Love the blog!

    Hop past the blog and say hi!

  10. I'm jealous of your built in bookshelves! That is my dream.. to own a house with built-ins :-)

  11. LOL- its ok that your books are in piles. It happens to all of us even with book shelf's!!

    And Im with Ginger, I would love to have a whole wall of book shelf's with one of those moving ladders.....oh to dream......

  12. Hi, New Follower:) Great picks. I had a hard time thinking of what author's with the question this week. Happy Friday.

  13. Stopping by from the hop. I used to do the read outside the comfort zone swap with my best friend in high school. We both liked a lot of the same books/music but had very different tastes as well. Found a lot of interesting books that way :)

  14. Great answers! I wish I had bookshelves like yours. Mostly, I just want bookshelves. I'm a new follower. My answers are up at Coffee Table Reviews.

  15. I honestly thought we were suppose to store our books in piles !! LOL

  16. Hey, just hopping by! Great choice with Roald Dahl!

  17. Eh, shelves schmelves, piles are the way to go! Ha ha. My books are everywhere, it's all good. I outgrew my bookshelves back in college and have yet to find more.

    Great author choices, btw! Roald Dahl almost made my list, but another awesome children's author beat him out. You can check out who it is over on Fuzzy.Coffee.Books!
    Have an awesome weekend!
    *new follower

  18. Hia visiting from the hop.

    My book situation is all piles too, but they are at least piled on top of my bookcase!

  19. Graphic novels vary so much -- I completely understand what you're saying. I really respond to the art and the stories in some, and others fall completely flat for me. :)

  20. Hopping through. I'd love to meet Beverly and Roald Dahl. Especially Beverly. Dahl is probably more talented, but he seemed like a jerk too.
    My Hop

  21. Great author choices! I am hopping through and am a new follower. Please return the follow favor!

    My hopping post is here.

  22. Since you mentioned The Graveyard Book, I recommend trying some of the graphic novels that Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean have collaborated on.

    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.

  23. Good luck finding a new beautiful bookshelf! :) I want to have a room for my books only, but I still need to convince my hubby lol :) He gave me kindle so I can lessen my spendings on hardcopies and lessen the mess too! But I somehow manage to buy more books than ever before--i buy on kindle but if I ended up loving the book, I get a hardbound copy too! lol! By the way, you can take a peek at my shelves at:

    April (new follower)

  24. graphic novels are really tricky i must say ... i think you should get the right one to start with ..else it will put you off

  25. I would love to chat with Anne Rice too. She really is such a fascinating person. I've read three of her books, the 2 books in her Songs of the Seraphim series (her most recent books) and her memoir, Called Out of Darkness which was VERY interesting and wonderfully written.


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