Nov 5, 2010

The Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly event hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books and runs from Friday to Sunday. The Hop is a fantastic way to get your blog noticed, and visit some other blogs that you didn't know about before. Head over and sign up and see what you can find!

Each week a different question will be added to the hop in order for conversations to occur, and for your followers to get to know you better. Here we go!

"What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following a blog?"

While I hate to see anyone unfollow, it is their choice. I mostly stick to YA fiction -with a few middle school reads every now and then. If someone prefers a different age group, they might want to leave. Perfectly understandable! I hope I never post something that would upset someone so much that they would want to unfollow. Have I ever stopped following a blog? Last week I read a review about a children's chapter book, and the reviewer was up in arms about having gay parents in the story. Her reaction (and homophobia) upset me and I will not be returning to her blog. It is her right to say how she feels, and it is my right to not listen (after I posted my not very pleasant reaction). 

Follow Friday is hosted by the lovely Rachel at Parajunkee's View. Here is her question:

Who are your favorite authors? 

This is a hard question. I love authors who consistently tell good stories. I have also been lucky enough to meet a lot of authors that I love to hang out with, but only have published one or two things. Regardless, my favorites are: 

Lois Lowry - The Giver changed my life. I cried when I read she is coming to Texas next year. 

Suzanne Collins - Uh, no brainer here folks. Meeting her was one of the highlights of my year!!

Ellen Hopkins - Amazing. She reaches an audience when others can't. 

Carrie Ryan - Zombiesssss!

Kami Garcia & Margi Stohl - Great books. Great people.

J.K. Rowling - Who doesn't love someone that got millions of kids reading?!

Alice Hoffman - Everything she puts on paper sticks with me. One of the few adult FIC writers I will read.

Augusten Burroughs - Running With Scissors anyone? The other adult FIC writer I love. 

Dr. Seuss - Will stand the test of time...

There are so many more that I love to read, but these came to mind easily. 

I would love to hear your answers. Leave me a comment with your link and I'll find you. 

Enter the The Marbury Lens Giveaway! SIGNED HARDCOVER b4 pub date. Contest ends Sunday, November 7. 

Enter the The Sweetness of Salt Giveaway! Contest ends Monday, November 8.

Happy Reading! 


  1. The Giver - completely agree - it was is one of my top 10 of all time favorite books - I actually wrote a critical theory paper on it in grad school for an English course - the prof loved it!

    Have you ever read any Cynthia Voight - over her Tillerman series!

    Happy Hop,
    Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

  2. I'm an old follower, I'm just dropping in to say hi and have a great weekend. We share a lot of the same favorite authors, there are so many great ones I had a hard time making a short list!

  3. @Bibliophile - I haven't! I'll check it out!! I bet that paper over The Giver was amazing! It changed what I read forever. I get the chilly bumps when I think about that book!

    @Jenny - Hi back!

    ~ Jen

  4. I agree with you about following/not following blogs. If I am not happy with their blog content I choose not to follow, and I am not too worried about who does/doesn't follow at my blog. I realize that each person has their own opinion and likes/dislikes and respect that! I too generally stick to YA or mid-grade books just because that is what I really enjoy reading... however, I do mix in a few adult books on occasion. Just to feel a little grown up. ;)

  5. Who are your favorite authors??

    My favorite authors are:
    Maeve Binchy
    J.K. Rowling
    Stephenie Meyer
    Charlaine Harris

  6. Found you through Follow Friday! HI!

    I <3 J.K Rowling! For more of my faves, check out my site

  7. Hi Jen.

    While I feel a little sad if someone stops following me, I understand that it is tricky to follow too many and sometimes readers want to prune their list down to their favourites, and I sometimes have to do that myself.

    It's difficult to choose just a few favourite authors, but Neil Gaiman is one, and L.M.Montgomery another - two very different writers indeed.

    I have just finished reading "The Hunger Games" and will be reviewing it shortly. It's very cool that you got to meet Suzanne Collins!

  8. I haven't actually read any Ellen Hopkins (cringe)! I keep meaning to, but I always seem to pick something else up instead. Guess I should get on that, huh? Lol.

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the name of your blog!! I'm now a follower. I can't just put a few names down. I have too many favorites for various reasons! :)

  10. Hi! See I knew I would forget one...I love Alice Hoffman too. She's a stellar story weaver. Have a great weekend.

  11. Hey! Thanks for stopping by on the hop. I'm your newest follower. I just came across the new cover of Cremer's new book today too. Very exciting! Have a great weekend!

  12. Hopping by for a visit...
    I have got to read The Giver. My whole family has read it! And you're so right about Dr. Seuss. My favorites are the tongue twisters for read-alouds.
    Susan from ReadingWorld.

  13. Great group of favorites! I still have to read The Hunger Games---I think I'm one of the last people on earth who hasn't! :) I'll get to it soon, though! Ahh, Alice Hoffman...I just love how every story starts off sinking you into the surroundings of the story. Her settings almost become like characters in the story---Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl do the same thing with the BC series. I love that!

  14. Great fave author list! I love a lot of the ones you mentioned above.

  15. Happy HOP! I just try reminding myself that people like what they like and try not to get too upset someone unfollowed.

    THanks for the good luck. I was late starting the NaNo but I've now got just under 6000 words under my belt so I'm feeling good about it.

    Thanks for coming by.

  16. Definitely with you on Lois Lowry. The Giver was my fav book when I was a kid. I also loved Number The Stars.

  17. Hopping by to say hello ---- I completely agree with why you un-followed that blog. I think it's ok for all of us to express our opinions on things -- but sometimes, I find that I'm just not in step with a blog any more, and realize it's better to un-follow.

    Happy Hopping!

  18. Thanks for visiting. Such a great list of fav authors you've got. Yep, agree on Collins and Garcia and Stohl, love them:)
    Have a nice weekend!