Friday, November 4, 2011

Follow Friday Time!!

TGIF is a weekly event hosted by Ginger at GReads.

Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre?

What an excellent question! While I've been reading a crapload of the same old same old (Mystery & Middle Grade, with the occasional popular YA novel), there are some genres that I wouldn't hesitate to read because of a a few excellent gateway books.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

My friend reads all kinds of sci-fi and she suggested that I start with this one. I was hesistant because I wasn't so into super fine print and made up worlds whose names I couldn't pronounce. But Old Man's War is sci-fi for people who sci-fi curious. The basic premise is that once you turn 75, you go fight in this war in space. Presumably, you die out there protecting the planet. Imaginitive and fast paced, this book is one of my favs in the genre and has me curious to read others like it.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
I don't remember who told me to read this but I'm glad I did. This is supposedly for Middle Graders and up, but it is Dystopian at its finest! The major ingredients that makes or breaks a dystopian novel for are:
1. Does this seem like something that could happen?
2. Is there some sort of major twist?
3. Is it freaking awesome?!
The Giver covers all these things.  I won't reveal the shocker but this short book is worth the read if you want to see what, in MY opinion, is what dystopian should always be like.

Follow my Blog Friday is hosted by Alison at Alison Can Read and Parajunkee at
 Today's Question is something new, an activity. We want to see what you look like! Take a pic with you and your current read! Too shy? Boo! Just post a fun pic you want to share.

Snuck a picture at work before anyone noticed I was taking pics of myself.
Here I am with modest make-up and an updo sneaking a read and a pic at work! Just took this a few minutes ago :) By the way, that book (House of the Lost by Sarah Rayne) is super creepy and I can only read it during the day time hehe!!

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  1. I really want to read The Giver! everyone says it is fantastic!!

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    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  2. The Giver was and awesome dystopian. One of the best books I ever HAD to read in English (Though there were a few good ones that year, not that I remember all the titles -- it was 6th grade -- this one definitely stuck, though)

    Hopping back from PiF. :)

  3. Haha I will have to give that a read. I like creepy myself out just before bed. I guess i am a bit weird.

    Great picture.

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    Amy@Adumbrations (new follower)

  4. Ah, your pic was awesome!!! Why is everyone so freaking photogenic? I'm jealous :p
    Hope you have a great one,
    Ninja Girl

  5. Hey, new follower. Love the photo, had to get my war paint on for mine too. ;) The book looks good!!

    You can find my FF here

  6. Super cute pic! I wouldn't be able to read that book! Too scary for me! Have a great weekend!

  7. Great pic :) I love that you suck it in at work haha!

  8. LOL @ your comment about your picture! i had to take mine my cubicle too but i asked a co-worker to snap mine.

    Trish - My Friday Memes

  9. LOL! =D I just don't really like showing my face =P
    I like your pic! It's cute ^_^

  10. Haha I took my picture at work too :) I had to take it twice because the first time I looked angry.. like a normal work day :) happy friday!

  11. New follower!

    Love that picture LOL :)

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  12. Oh great picture ! I haven't read this one, I totally understand you for reading it during the day.

    thanks for stopping by my blog !

  13. Haha join the naughty at work club :P Thanks for stopping by my FF!

  14. Awe your picture is so pretty! I love the updo =) And don't worry, none of us will tell about the picture at work =) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

  15. I really enjoyed the Giver! Great sneaky picture:)
    Now following you at twitter, goodreads, and facebook! Thanks so much for stopping by My Neurotic Book Affair! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  16. I'm loving that you sneaked a shot of yourself.

  17. Haha nice pic! That book looks great. Hope you enjoy it and have a great Friday!

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  18. This is great! I love that you took it at work, and that you carry around your hardcover with you! So many people hate the weight.. but a booklovers gotta do what a booklovers gotta do!

    New follower =)
    Chels @

  19. Seriously cute pose Lah. :) Oooh House of the Lost looks pretty awesome - I love a creepy read.

    Thanks for stopping by my little blog. :)

    Shelagh (New Follower)
    The Word Fiend

  20. Lovin' the picture with attitude;)
    Thanks for stopping by today! House of the Lost looks creepy. Are you liking it so far?
    -Jenna @ Fans of Fiction

  21. OOhh that book sounds really good! I love creepy books that scare me! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Following you now!

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  22. You look great! I love seeing all the bloggers today :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    The Romanceaholic

  23. Awesome pic! I love creepy books so I might just have to check that one out.

  24. That's a very fun picture! Yes, the book even /looks/ like a creepy-scary read. :-)

  25. Thanks for the follow! Following you back.

    from The Feather and the Rose

  26. Cool pic! Work it, girl!Lol. I don't read too many creepy books, I like to sleep at night. New follower! Here's my FF

  27. Very nice pic. New follower. I love your background and love your header. Great pic. Come check out my blog as well.

    Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog

  28. I should seriously reread The Giver. I haven't read it since eight grade and I barely remember it. I do remember really enjoying it, though.

  29. You are so photogenic! I wish I was like that! I love your blog! It's really pretty and cute! New follower!
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  31. Love the pic! And the creepy book! I'm gonna have to check that out.

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  33. Hopping through. The Giver is such a wonderful book. It opened up dystopia for me in a way. It made me more interested in the genre but I still am not a big fan. But The Giver is one of my all time favs.
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  35. Love the picture!

    Hope you are having a great weekend!

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    New follower :)

  36. The Giver was absolutely one of my favorite books growing up. Good choice!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    --Sasha @ The Bookshelf

  37. I think I love the minimal makeup. It's totally cute.


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