Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hops, Follows, and Tag Alongs, Oh My!

The Feature & Follow Hop, courtesy of Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Q. What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?

A. I finally checked out Anita Blake after hearing all the hype, but she just didn't work for me. Yeah, she kicked ass, but she certainly lacked something. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is another well-hyped tome that just bored me to tears and made me wish I could have those precious hours back.

The 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines.

Q. Do you listen to music while writing reviews or do you need quiet?

A. Absolute quiet while reading, but definitely music while writing reviews. Lately I've been in a very 80s mood, so my playlists haven't strayed far from the likes of KISS, Lizzy Borden, LA Guns, W.A.S.P. and Oingo Boingo.


  1. Haven't read any of those, but never felt much desire to read Anita Blake. :D Old Follower. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

  2. I haven't read any Anita Blake books yet...but I have to try. New follower :D follow me back at Nette's Bookshelf Reviews

  3. I tried to read Anita Blake too. I think I got to the second book and then quit after that.

  4. I've heard about Anita Blake but I haven't read anything yet.

    New linky follower

    -Amanda P
    Paranormal Romance

  5. I agree with you. It was missing something!
    New follower!
    Here's my FF :)

  6. Haven't read any Anita Blake books yet but I've heard of them.
    new gfc follower :)

    here's our FF

  7. I haven't read any of her books.

    I'm a new GFC follower.

    My F&F -

  8. Have a great Friday!

    New email follower (amugglesmagicalbookblog at yahoo)

    Sugar & Snark

  9. Sorry to hear that about Blakes books!

    Have a great weekend!
    J'adore Happy Endings

  10. I totally understand the Anita Blake "underwhelmed" feeling, but i still love her, probably just for the fact that it is one of those first read series for me... and as to your music, nice playlist choices! I can't have the music while reading or writing... Book Savvy Babe

  11. haven't read any of these sorry

    old Follower

    My FF here

    Le' Grande Codex

  12. New follower here!

    I've read Anita Blake... and I absolutely agree with you! My biggest problem... other than the series degrading into nothing but plotless porn, is that I disliked Anita... she was a snooty biotch, and I just couldn't like her!

    I never read your second choice, but I have listened to it on long car rides, and it's a rather pleasant book when taken that way!

    Please check mine out:

  13. New follower!! I am exactly the same way!! I love listening while reviewing a book but need total quiet when reading!! OMG...I can't remember the last time I listened to KISS or Oingo Boingo!! LOL I'm into Adam Levine and Marron 5 right now!! LOL ;)


  14. Hi,

    I read the Anita Blake novels after stumbling on one during a holiday. I really enjoyed the first five or so. After 'Butterfly', I felt that they'd jumped the shark.

    I'm with you on Strange & Norrell, though. It wasn't a bad book, just not very gripping! I think the bit that annoyed me the most was that the publishers kept banging on that it wasn't a fantasy book. Oh the joy of labels! ;-)

    BTW, have you had a look at any of the Joe Pitt series?

    PS: Old follower, first time poster :-)

  15. Have not read this yet :) new follower FF# Follow back

  16. I loved the first books in the Anita Blake series but then it just got to be too much for me, so out there. I haven't read the last few newer books in the series. I'm sure I will eventual but they're not high on my list right now.

    As for music, I'm 50/50. Just depends on the review and how it's coming along. :) Love listening to Friday Night 80's though!

    Thanks for joining in the 18+ Follow!

  17. I used to have a copy of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, I never got the chance to see if I liked it or not as it grew legs and walked right off my bookshelf. I guess I'm not going to be so mad at its mysterious disappearance now. Whoever nicked it might just have been doing me a favour. lol

    I'm new to FF and to your blog.
    Mines at