Friday, 16 September 2011

Friday Hop Deux

This is something I really struggle with: how to sum myself up without seeming big-headed. So, to overcome this, I usually list some interests and try to say them in a quirky way that will make people not feel bored after reading. I try to be funny too, but I can never laugh at my own jokes so I don't know. As a new book blogger, there's nothing I can say too intersting about a book blogging profile. I tend to re-use my twitter profile for a lot of things because it means that I'm being concise and I tend to ramble on. If I'm allowed more words, I use my twitter one and then add anything else I thing might be of interest or relevance.

Have you ever come across a book you were so stoked to read, but it failed miserably in your eyes?

I'm normally quite a careful reader so I won't read something that I haven't heard or read something about and, if I haven't read something, it usually because I think I'm bound to like it. I'll try and think of a few examples though.
-Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I remember reading this straight after Catching fire and I could just tell the books were absurdly different. When I finished the book, I was shocked. Collins always, to me, seemed to write in a "There is hope" kind of way, but this last book felt like she gave up. And it was sad, like she purposely waited to destory everything we cared about. I spent a day afterwards with a constipated look on my face as if I couldn't believe I actually read what I did.
-Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I am not a fan of paranormal romance anyway, but the hype about the book, and the film not being too terrible meant I thought I'd break from the norm and try it. I'd heard a lot about how people really liked this book either in conversation or in newspapers (this was before I discovered book blogging) so I expected it to be really good. Instead I had more things I dislike in a book than I ever expected. Instant love, really attractive protagonists and 'woe is me, I'm a teenager' issues. I'm being mean, and it isn't all bad, I'm just focusing on that. Edward and Bella were interesting, and I really liked the Cullen family themselves, but overall it wasn't a book for me and I was disappointed.
-Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I'd get a lot of hate for saying this, but when ever I re-read Harry Potter, this book seems to irrelevant to teh series as a whole except for some emotional trauma that I don't always want to read it. I enjoy it because I love J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter universe, but it still strikes me as alike a detour from the original story.

Q. It's that pesky magic book fairy again! She has another wish: What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?

Contary to what I just wrote above, I think Harry Potter being real would be neat and I would choose that, but since a lot of people will also say that, I'll choose something else. I have two choices.
1. I'd be realy boring and just go back in time into Austen's books. It's nice that no-one really dies (and if so they are not horrible deaths) and I'm bound to get a happy ending with a great partner perfectly suited to me. Also, I'd love to try out my civilities and speak in those grandeur ways. Just imagine:
Me: Good Evening, Mrs Darcy.
Elizabeth: Good evening, sir. My I beg the pleasure of your name?
Me: You may indeed, my fair lady. Yet, I am tortured that I do not wish to say my name for fear of identity theft via the internet and this imaginary discourse must cease.
I actually love the way they used to speak- or at least how I think they spoke in my head.
2. The other world would be the world of The Belgariad by David Eddings because I love the books and the fact that anyone could potentially learn magic just makes my pulse race. He mystic quality of that world just mesmerises me and I would give almost anything to go into that world and meet the characters from the books and experience fully their charms and habits.

The End! Quite a good set of friday Memes, I think. Took a while to write but I wouldn't have noticed since it was all quite enjoyable. If you comment (following being but the cherry on the sundae) I will swear to look at your blog and your posts. I can never promise to follow, but I will always give someone the time of they day if they at least pretend to give me their's.


  1. Great Anwser. New Follower. =]
    Here is my FF this week. =]

  2. New follower. I love your answer. I really like Jane Austen books, most of them. Yet you had some interesting answers. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love.

  3. Hi, I'm Izzy and I'm stopping by for Follow Friday. I almost chose Harry Potter but like you, I didn't want to have the same answer as a billion other people. I've never heard of the second book you mentioned, but speaking in the grand way of Jane Austen's time would certainly be quite fun.

    Izzy @ My Words Ate Me

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE your answers!

    Here's our FF

  5. My answer for book disappointment was Mockingjay also. That book crushed my little reading heart. The first two books were filled with so much symbolism and I really expected it all to mean something and it all got tossed out the window for .....I just don't even know what. It felt like a different author, different series, different world.
    See? I'm still not over it.
    Love your Jane Austen answer. :-) I can totally see you in that world.

  6. Well, if you've written a profile that says what it needs to and in an interesting way to boot, why not use it everywhere, right? Glad to have found you via the Hop!

  7. New follower via book blog hop hoping you will follow us back at thks in advance xx

  8. Well I havent read those you mentioned above except for the twilight books. Loved it before the hype but now Im actually considering of getting rid of those books. I hate Bella (movie).

    As for my world - Id love to see VA and Middle earth! New follower here and happy friday ;)