Thursday, July 19, 2012

Friday Memes: TGIF (18), FF (16) + Book Blogger Hop (1)

TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads!

Throwback TGIF
Pick a previous question you posted on your blog in the past and revisit your answer. Has it changed since then?

I'm kind of twisting the question - I've only done TGIF 17 times, and most of those are recent and/or I still agree with everything. Which would be quite a boring answer! So instead, I'm going to revisit the first TGIF I ever did, which was the first of the new year since my blog was born on January 1: Book Blog Resolutions! What better time to check in on New Year's resolutions than just over halfway through the year?!

For the original post, click here; though in summary, my resolutions were:
     1) Track my reading.
     2) Read 100 books.
     3) Give vampires another chance.
     4) Open up discussions on books.
     5) Blog.

SUCCESSES: I'm surprised that I've actually kept up with these pretty well! Normally resolutions are lost on me by February. But I've tracked my books consistently, and that this blog still exists is testament to number five. I am still on track to read 100 books in the year (3 books ahead!), though I've been slacking lately. It was going swimmingly, I was over 8 books ahead at one point...and then life got in the way and now I'm only on track. Hopefully in the coming summer months I can pick it back up.

EHHH MAYBE: I've tried with the discussion, and I feel I've had some successes. But I'm still crap at responding to comments, and I don't engage on Twitter as often as I could or would like to. I'm working on it, I swear!

NOPE: The vampire thing. Still haven't gone there. I really, really should - I just can't yet. Vampires are a very non-summer weather thing for me, and obviously that's not been happening for most of this year.  Can I just blame it on the world and its weird weather?! (But really, I know, I know; I will get to vampire books! I have The Immortal Rules waiting, and I'm certain I'll check out the Vampire Academy series before the year is out.)

Which TGIF post did you revisit?
Leave your link in the comments and I'll hop by!
Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee's View, meant to spotlight two blogs and allows bloggers to link up and meet other fabulous bookish friends and share the Following love!

This week's spotlight blogs are: A Glass of Wine & Booktastic Reviews

And the question of the week is:
Christmas in July: Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?

Crap. Only two?! Way to make it difficult! My TBR stack is too huge to even attempt to narrowing it down to two, so I'm going to go with books I read, loved, but don't own a finished copy of yet.
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (read my review here!)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

What two books would you buy?
Leave me your link and I'll hop by!
And of course I'd love to return a follow if you are kind enough to follow me :)
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books
Q: What's the ONE super-hyped book you'll NEVER read?
I don't like saying I'll never read a book, just because I always find myself picking up strange, random or completely unexpected books at the oddest times. Maybe I end up enjoying them, a few times I've questioned why I kept going...regardless, I've definitely read ones I swore I wouldn't. (Such as the Twilight series.) I'd like to say Fifty Shades of Grey - and I assume that'll be the popular answer because there are very polar responses to that series - but the truth is that I've totally read random passages as I stand in a store killing time. I don't think I'll ever read all of it, but...stranger things have happened!

Though I will say it'd be hard pressed to get me to read the Sookie Stackhouse series. I don't know if that counts as a 'super-hyped' book (kinda? True Blood is pretty huge...) but I've tried to read Charlaine Harris books before and the writing was just...not for me. I had to put it down, and I very, very rarely DNF books. Maybe the SS series is better, maybe the one I tried was just a fluke, but it was so bad for me I can't go back.

What hyped book will you ignore?
Tell me in the comments or leave a link!


  1. UnknownJuly 19, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Great throwback question. I had the same problem, but with only one previous post :)

    Helene @ Helene's World of Books

  2. BLHmistressJuly 20, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    I haven't read Charlaine Harris's other books but I do like the Sookie Series but I am a vampire girl :). There are some really good ones out there. I can't wait to read what you think when you do read some.

    My FF

  3. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    What a great TGIF Throwback pick. I am the same with vampire books at the moment :-)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Suzy HendersonJuly 20, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    For me, it's Fifty Shades. Not interested in that kind of thing at all and if something isn't edited well or well written, it spoils any book for me. Wolf Hall was a super-hyped book and I got that but I'm struggling through it -had this for more than a year I think and still not finished, but it's interesting, just a bit slow here and there.

  5. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    If 50 Shades and The Help hadn't come instantly to mind for me, I would have picked Sookie Stackhouse as well. I actually bought the first 8 in a box set, read the first and gave my box set away.

  6. KyraJuly 20, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson looks really good! :)

    I'm a new GFC follower! :)

    Here is my FF:

  7. fakestephJuly 20, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    I was reading your revisit vampire and in my head yelling VAMPIRE ACADEMY, so I'm psyched that you're planning on reading them. Adrian, sigh. And I totally chose Fifty Shades of Grey, but Sookie Stackhouse totally counts as hyped.

  8. -Ria xoJuly 20, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    I was the same "Only two books?!" xD Omg, I want to read Will Grayson, Wil Grayson so bad. Any book by John Green should be owned by everyone. I hope you manage to get your hands on both your picks soon, Ashley!

    *New follower via GFC and Linky.<3

    My Follow Friday. (:

  9. MaryJuly 20, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    Hopping around!
    I really want to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, it must be amazing! And I've never read 50 shades too:)
    New follower!
    Have a nice weekend,
    here's my FF


  10. UnknownJuly 20, 2012 at 5:53 AM

    Happy Friday and New Follower!
    My FF

  11. SamanthaJuly 20, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    Agree on Fifty Shades. No interest whatsoever. Awesome post! :-)

  12. PatriciaJuly 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I checked my resolutions, too. Alas, I'm not that good with resolutions it seems. XD Btw, I didn't enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series, so I kinda love that answer! ;D

    Patricia // My Hop

  13. Jaskirat@SeeitORreaditJuly 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    It is hard to to choose two books! I haven't really heard of these two before but they sound interesting! Great choices :-) Thanks for sharing!


  14. Amanda B.July 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    It looks like most people are answering with 50 Shades today. Great answer!

    Check out my post.

  15. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    I kind of gave up on vampires too. The only one that really got me by surprise was Vampire Academy and I actually liked it, which I was totally not expecting!
    I'm glad you're keeping most of your resolutions! I almost never keep any, but I've been doing well as far as the number of books I've been reading.
    Happy Friday :)

  16. ElizabethJuly 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    My answer is in the with popular one that I have seen today!!!! :) I am not interested at all in this book.

    It was all over the bookstores in Scotland....front and center. UGGH.

    Stop by my blog for my full answer if you like.

    New Follower and E-mail Subscriber

    Silver's Reviews

  17. rachelJuly 20, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Great picks for FF! I really need to read a John Green book soon!

    New GFC follower! :D

    My FF post, here:

    1. rachelJuly 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Thanks so much for linking up my blog, Booktastic Reviews! :D

  • JenniferJuly 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    You aren't doing too bad on your New Year's Resolutions. I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson and really want to read Something Like Normal. Old follower.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  • Alexa S.July 20, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    I absolutely agree -- vampires do not scream summer to me! But congratulations on keeping up with your resolutions :)

  • Alison Can ReadJuly 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Hopping through. I haven't read Fifty Shades. I didn't think I was going to want to read it but I've grown too curious. I do expect it will be terrible though.
    My Hop

  • AnonymousJuly 21, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Hey, thanks for stopping by :)

    That was a great Throwback TGIF - I had a similar problem but didn't think of that! I just went to a random number generator and went with the result (Literary Vacations).

    I'm not a huge vampire girl myself, but I'll read them if I'm bored/fancy something different/nothing else at the library jumped out at me!

    I keep hearing good things about Something Like Normal, but I'll have to check out Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

  • Jessica N.July 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    I can actually sympathize with you on the Sookie Stackhouse series. My friend's swear that I just have to get into them but...well...not happening :). I tried. I really did. Great answer! New follower via RSS!

    You can find my answer here

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