Follow Friday #4

It’s time for another Follow Friday, hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read! You follow me, I follow you – it’s as simple as that! You can follow me by email, Feedburner, Linky or NetworkedBlogs. Twitter follows and Facebook likes are nice, but I don’t count them unless you also follow another way. In the comments, PLEASE TELL ME HOW YOU FOLLOW ME. I always follow back as close in kind as I can. (Meaning if you follow me multiple ways, I will also follow you multiple ways.) Now onto the question!

Q. What is one thing you wish you could tell your favorite author?

A. Well, having been able to talk at length to Tamora Pierce thanks to a writing workshop called Alpha, I guess I’ll have to pick another of my close favorites…

Dear Rachel Hawkins,

No one has a right to be this funny. Seriously. I never get tired of ANY of the Hex Hall books, and I’m literally chomping at the bit to see what you write next. I live for snark, and you came up with some of the BEST SNARK EVER. Snark is great, original snark is hysterical. The best thing is, you’re even that funny on your Twitter. (@LadyHawkins) Someday I really hope I can meet you in person, because you just seem awesome all around.

Love, Gretchen


Meme Overload, Meme Overload–RESISTANCE IS FUTILE…?

Something has been on my mind a lot since a Top Ten Tuesday category a while back, and it got brought around to the forefront again when I found out about a meme called Throwback Thursday. Don’t ask me who hosts it; I didn’t look into it. I wanted to, though. But there was a problem.

See, in my Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers post, I mentioned the danger of participating in too many memes. In the

Seriously, do you blame me? Look at my week, starting on Tuesday and ending on a Wednesday.

perfect example of someone forgetting their own advice, I got irrationally excited about my number of pages views last week. Three weeks in a row, my Top Ten Tuesdays and Waiting on Wednesdays consistently broke records for my busiest day. While staring at my blog stats, I couldn’t help but think, “WELL I SHOULD DO MORE OF THESE!”

My mouse was literally hovering over the link. But then I thought about it. And I thought about the calendar I use to keep track of my blog. And then the sirens went off in my head.

No matter how awesome memes are, I had to hold myself back. Why, you ask, when I don’t usually blog on Thursdays? Because I already participate in Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and the Bookish, Waiting on Wednesday by Breaking the Spine, and Feature and Follow Friday by Parajunkee’s View. That only leaves Monday and Thursdays free for reviews and my own ramblings (like this post). (I don’t blog on Saturdays and Sundays usually because I have work, don’t judge me. Why do I not blog on Thursdays? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. Depends on how much reading I’ve actually gotten done. Stop asking hard questions.) That means that, already, over half my week of blogging is memes. No matter how much I want to, personally I don’t think it’s a good idea. I’m already worried I participate in too many.

So what do you guys think? Do you like memes? Participating is one thing, but how about READING them? After all, the point of a blog is to have someone READ it, and do readers get tired of memes? When do you know if enough is enough? Tell me in the comments!

Follow Friday #3

Time for another Feature and Follow Friday, hosted by the lovely Parajunkee’s Review and Alison Can Read! Come follow me and I’ll follow you; it’s as simple as that! I prefer either following by email or RSS feed. Twitter and Facebook likes are also appreciated! I always return every favor. PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW YOU’VE FOLLOWED ME!

This week’s question: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then “broke up” with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

I have definitely had this experience with characters, multiple ones. The one in most recent history was every single character in The Shapeshifter’s Secret by Heather Ostler. I really, really wanted to like this book. And at times I really did, especially when she was describing the shapeshifting process–it was amazing! But that book REALLY needed some work. The main character did nothing but whine and parrot what other people said, her best friend was a complete stereotype and … agh. I managed to get halfway through the book before I just gave up because I cringed anytime a character opened their mouth. I really, really wanted all of them to live up to the shapeshifting awesomness and that gorgeous, gorgeous cover and they just … didn’t.

Follow Friday #2

It’s time for another Feature and Follow Friday, as hosted by Parajunkee’s Review and Alison Can Read! What this means is, you see this post, you follow me, you tell me you’re a new follower and then I follow you! Everybody wins!

My preferred way to be followed is email!

This week’s question: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

The only book I can think of that I did this with is Hush, Hush. I got it at an awkward time and still haven’t read it, but I’d heard either glowing things, or that the writing was bad and Patch was abusive. At the same time I got it, I was reading Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey that resulted in this rant about abusive relationships in YA books, so I never ended up reading Hush, Hush because I was so disgusted and didn’t want to go through that again so soon. (And maybe that isn’t in there. I still don’t know how I feel about it because I haven’t read it. :P) Personally, bad reviews have never affected me, unless there were a lot of them. I know that some people just don’t like things, and other people love them!

Feature and Follow #1

Hey guys, we’re trying out something new! It’s called Feature and Follow, hosted by the amazing Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. The entire point is to make new friends, get new followers and follow some amazing blogs yourself! Follow either link above to have it explained in more detail.

I’m new to this whole thing, so I hope I’m not screwing anything up. 😛 My prefered way to be followed is by email, but if you prefer RSS feeds go ahead!

Q. Do you read one book at a time or do you switch back and forth between two or more?

A. I used to only read one, because I finish fast and that’s all I have the attention span for! 😛 However, I just started getting e-galleys, so now I’ve got books on my computer and books in hard copy that I’m reading. My max is still certainly two–one e-galley and one hard copy–but that’s more than enough for me!


EDIT: There seems to be a problem affecting basically anyone who wants to comment on a Blogger website, so please forgive me! I am following the hosts and the features, but commenting seems to be beyond my powers at the moment!