Friday, September 09, 2011

Book Blogger Hop #28, Follow Friday #3, Updates and a Poll

Personal Updates

First thing first, I decided to include some updates of what is going on lately in my life (I totally copied this idea from some of you, my fellow bloggers). As the new school year started, I'm tutoring again, mainly my younger cousins, which doesn't pay in money, but I do get lots of fresh home-grown vegetables, so I save money on groceries, which is good (not to mention healthy). And it is nice spending time with them and we also have some fun. Tutoring also helps me stay in touch with what is going on in ESL teaching in our school system, which is good for when/if I get a teaching job again. This means I have less time for blogging, so I have been a little lazy on commenting. I still read my fellow bloggers' posts, and I will try to do some commenting, too.

In addition, I have a bit of a reading slump, right now, which is the reason for the lack of reviews this week. I will post the review of Ballad tomorrow, and next week I hope to review a book or two I am reading in Slovene  to beat the reading slump.

Also, I have a question for you. I am thinking about an Autumn blog makeover - nothing fancy, I just feel like giving my blog somewhat more season-appropriate look. What do you think about it? You can either comment or vote on the poll (you can find it on the top of the page).

Now, on to the Hops (I always return the visit, it just takes a few days sometimes).


Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy-for-Books. It is a great way of discovering new blogs and meeting fellow book bloggers, talking about books and authors, and sharing our love for literature.

 Book Blogger Hop

This week’s question is: “Many of us primarily read one genre of books, with others sprinkled in. If authors stopped writing that genre, what genre would you start reading? Or would you give up reading completely if you couldn't read that genre anymore?”


This is an excellent question. I read all genres, with a strong preference to one or two at a time. I have eras of reading one or two genres more than other genres. I had years when I read mostly crime fiction, then I shifted to romance, then I went for fantasy, and all the time I read some books from other genres from time to time.

Lately, I read mostly paranormal, followed by historical fiction/romance. I still read some books from other genres. If my current favourite genres ceased to be written, I would probably move on to YA which is starting to grow on me. And if that was gone, I am sure I would find some other genre to read, or return to one I used to read more in the past. I would definitely not stop reading. 


Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.


Today’s question is: “Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one?”


I honestly can’t remember. I can sympathise with villains sometimes, but I don’t know if I have ever wanted the villain to actually win. I rooted for the villain/s to get some sort of their happy ending, but I don’t remember who or in which book/s. 

If you'd like to follow me, I have no idea why my GFC is in and out of working. My GFC box is in the top left corner, but it keeps mysteriously vanishing. I heard refreshing the page might help. I think you can also click the Blogger Follow link on the very top of the page - on the Blogger navbar. You can also follow me on Twitter @StrangeNewWords.  


  1. Great answers! and I think that we might have similar reading tastes :)

    I hate when I get in a bit of a reading slump, it's hard to break out of it.

    I haven't read Ballad yet but I keep thinking about buying it.

    I didn't notice your follower box but I am off to follow you on Twitter :D

  2. Great answers. I was in a huge reading slump in the month of August. Hold on it will get better. I think my follow worked but not sure. Enjoy your weekend.

    Lisa's World of Books, Follow Friday

  3. Oooo I like the villain question! I kind of rooted for Hades in The Eyre Affair, because I thought he was a really fun bad guy. And I guess Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights is KIND of a villain cause he's all mean and bitter, but I rooted for him the whole time. I love Heathcliff.

  4. Oh BTW, I love the idea of giving your blog a fall makeover! I'm going to have my sister update my header to give it a bit of autumn spirit as well :-)

    Have a good weekend!

  5. Hi, just hopping through!

    - New follower

  6. Hi
    Thanks for stopping by Book'd Out earlier! A blog makeover is always fun!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  7. Great answers. I'm the same way with my reading. As long as the only available wasn't just non-fiction, then I'd be good. :)

    The GFC does that for everyone. It's very finicky and irritating. But, refreshing does normally help.

  8. Great answer - it's really hard to pick a villain out to be victorious, I had the same problem. I much prefer a butt kicking hero/heroine winning!

    Have a great weekend! :)

  9. Glad to know YA is growing on you!!:P

    Great post, new follower:D

    My Post

  10. Please don’t be shocked but this week I’ve got a straightforward, cut and dried answer to this week’s question... for a change!

    Root for villains? No way, no how. Why am I being so narrow minded? Follow me back to my blog and find out why –

    Thank God it’s Follow Friday!

    Howard A. Sherman, Implementor
    Get Inside a Story

  11. New follower here hopping through!

    Great answers. There are many villains that I've wanted to see redeemed and get their own happy ending.

    Here’s my FF and Hop

  12. Great answer! I love to read a variety of books! Keeps it interesting!

    My Follow Friday!

  13. I am the same way--I have periods of time in my life where I focus intently on a particular genre and then other periods of time when I focus on a different genre. That is a big reason why I did not want to focus my blog on one genre. It has the possibility of changing with my tastes.


  14. Good answer! I wouldn't stop reading either. I have a couple of favorite genres, but I would look for others to read if I couldn't read my favorites.

  15. I love blog makeovers. Your current look is very spring-y. I'd definitely go for an autumn look for a while. It's always fun to mix things up.

  16. I don't know a ton of people who read crime fiction. What is the best thing about that? Curious, because maybe I'll pick up some in the future.
    Glad you're getting on board the YA wagon.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Are you going to do the autumn look yourself or find someone to design it for you?
    -Jenna @ Fans of Fiction

  17. Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

    @ Jenna: For me the best part of reading crime fiction trying to figure out who committed the crime. I will probably just utilize the Blogger templates and customize a little.

  18. Heey
    Sometimes I also switch genres, but Fantasy remains my favourite! Thank you for stopping by, hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words


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