Thursday, August 11, 2011

Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop


You know the drill! Follow moi et I follow tu. That's french. I think. I'm not very good at French. I failed all my exams and had to retake them for a higher score and left the class with a C. Meh. C'est la vie.

Question for the week:

Q. How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?

I'M STILL A TEENAGER. No I'm not. I'm twenty years old. T-W-E-N-T-Y. That spells "old." No it doesn't. 

Surprisingly, my reading habits have changed quite a bit between nineteen and twenty. My teenage years were lazy days. I went to school through the motions. Didn't have too many friends. Don't get me wrong, I didn't wear Korn t-shirts and paint my nails black and blab about the world not understanding me. No, that was middle school. In high school, I spent most of my free time either re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer or reading books. I loved Stephen King and still do. He's vastly underrated. I have moved beyond that safety net quite a bit. I really enjoy transgressive, southern gothic, and literary fiction. I didn't know I liked Young Adult until I became an adult. Reading time has changed quite a bit. I attend college now, have become QUITE social, and write consistently. Of course I still read. All writers must read. It's more of a planned activity rather than a way of life now, which almost seems sad. Sometimes I have to schedule in reading time. I don't think it's all that melancholy. Books help us understand the world and what good is something understood if we do not take the time to embrace it?

Book Blogger Hop's question:
“Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!”

 Hmm. I particularly enjoy The Chronology of Water and The Grapes of Wrath. Very strong titles that really jar when the eye scans over the spines. Never Let Me Go, Mysterious Skin, As I Lay Dying, Gravity's Rainbow are all great too. Wally Lamb, while his works can be too sentimental/melodramatic for some, comes up with striking titles like She's Come Undone, The Hour I First Believed, and I Know This Much is True. I hear his next book will be called Willow, Weep For Me or We Are Water, both great. 

Thanks for reading,


  1. Nice title choices, Nick. I loved The Grapes of Wrath :) I'm a new follower.

    Take care & happy reading,
    Ms. C

  2. Thanks so much, Ms. C! Will check you out! And yes, The Grapes of Wrath = perfection. It's a book I'd like to be buried in when I die.

  3. I spent my high school years catching up on tv-on-dvd instead of reading. I re-found Buffy around 2005 and went bought all the dvds.

    New Follwer ;) Here's my FF

  4. Grapes of Wrath is a strong title. Great book too. Love your list.

  5. Ah Buffy. I still get annoyed about the whole Spike thing. Guest blog on my site Nick?

  6. Brett: Same! Buffy was my life. I wore those DVDs thin. I haven't rewatched it in some time though. I look forward to a reprisal. It'll be soaked with nostalgia, I'm sure.

    Karen: Thanks!

    Lan: Yes! I'd love to. Send me details at

  7. Haha, I love your post. I read all through high school too and even though I'm 18, I still love the YA genre! paranormal is awesome, though I have never watched Buffy. Maybe I'll check it out now :)

    Here's my FF!

  8. Hey Jessica! I never really got into paranormal lit for some reason. I'm more into literary or dramatic works, but when it comes to television, I'm drawn to it. Buffy, Angel, True Blood, and even Charmed although that one has to be counted as a guilty pleasure.

  9. I easily came up with five crazy book titles just by taking a fast look at my bookshelf.

    All five come from the same book series. Can you guess which series it is?

    Here’s a hint – The book series is a trilogy in five parts.

    Hop on over to my blog for the answer –

    Howard A. Sherman, Implementor
    Get Inside a Story

  10. Thanks for stopping by The Bawdy Book Blog! You have a new follower :)
    Also, love the page, it's very grungy, and grunge reminds me of my high school years (Nirvana, Pearl Jam...those were the days!).

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  11. Hopping through. Ha ha ha ha! Old at 20! I'm turning 30 next month. Now that's old. :-)
    My Hop

  12. Hi there,
    Stopping by via Parajunkee's Follow Friday. I'm following you.

    Have a great weekend!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

  13. You really picked some odd title for sure!

    I am your newest GFC follower. Visiting via Book Bloggers Hop. Stop by and see which crazy title I chose.

  14. Howard: A trilogy in five parts? How does that even exist?

    Jennifer: Thanks! I love that 90s grit, maybe more so as an atmosphere than the actual music heh. Although I do love me Nirvana and Hole. I don't there's just something about the 90s that brings to mind ragged flannel, highway over passes, and junkyards. Very youthful too, very rebel teen. I love it.

    Alison: Get off my blog, you're too old. Just kidding. Stay forever. Please.

  15. LOL I'm like you, I fell in love with YA only recently, I'm nearly in my 30s and I probably read more YA than I do Adult Fiction LOL

    Here's my Follow Friday post.

    I'm having a
    giveaway for a signed copy of "Passion" by Lauren Kate. Please feel free to enter :D

  16. Hi, new follower :).

    lol 20 isn't that bad. I'm 21 and I babysit a 5 year old who has got it into her head that I am ancient (real confidence booster when she is around - NOT)

    I got my first Stephen King(The Gunslinger I think it is) out of the library this week...I don't really know what to expect but I think I'll like it.

    Loved the post.

    Blethering About Books

  17. Hey, Alex! New followers are my favorite!

    Haven't read The Gunslinger yet, but I'd recommend IT. That one was my favorite. HUGE book, but you have a new gang of best friends by the close. I also loved Dolores Claiborne, The Green Mile, Duma Key, The Stand, and Salem's Lot.