Friday, September 2, 2011

Follow Friday Fun (11), TGIF @ GReads (7) & Book Blogger Hop (10)

This past week at Ramblings of a Daydreamer:


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Follow Friday Fun Week 11 - this weekly meme is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Check out their blogs for details/rules, and to join!  Also, be sure to check out this week's featured bloggers on each of the girls' sites!

This week's question: If you could change the ending of any book (or series), which book would you choose? Why and to what?
This is going to be a spoiler fest so try to write the title of the book as a dominant feature - and warn people about spoilers.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
***SPOILER ALERT***SPOILER ALERT***SPOILER ALERT***

I have a feeling this one is going to pop up a lot today. As much as I loved The Hunger Games trilogy, and as much as I enjoyed Mockingjay, the ending was sort of anticlimactic in a way. Yes, there were twists and turns, devastating loss, and triumphs, but I think there could have been more. Even though I was Team Peeta all the way, I wanted there to be more with Gale. The way things ended between him and Katniss seemed like a cop-out. We waited and wondered who Katniss would finally choose, but she didn't choose, the choice was made for her. After being this kick-ass heroine all the way through, it felt like Katniss just gave in too easily and accepted things when she could have fought like she'd done all along.

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TGIF at GReads Week 7: TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads - be sure to check out her blog and join in the fun!

This week's question: Making a Difference: Which book(s) would you put in the hands of today's teenagers in hopes of making a difference in their lives?
 
*Harry Potter: I know that Harry Potter is my answer for just about everything, but I have to do it lol. Those books teach such wonderful lessons about the power of friendship, love, loyalty, and good versus evil. Even though they're fantasy, there's so much in the books that's real and that applies to real life.
*A recent read: Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer. One main lesson was that you can run away from your life, but your past will follow you wherever you go, and you need to confront it and make peace with it.
*I think basically any book that shows characters who are strong and able to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles is good for teens - family problems, addiction, abuse, bullying, issues surrounding sex, etc. And also books that have strong messages of friendship, family and love. Those were the types of books that made a difference to me as a teen.

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Book Blogger Hop Week 10 - This is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books.  Be sure to stop by her blog to check it out.  This week's post is here.


This week's question: What are you most looking forward to this fall/autumn season – A particular book release? Halloween? The leaves changing color? Cooler temperatures? A vacation?

This autumn, there are a ton of books I'm looking forward to reading, but what I'm most excited about is finally finishing my own novel, Blue Sky Days. My editor and I are working hard on this round of revisions - there are a lot of changes being made, and I feel like the book is getting better every single day. So this fall is going to consist mainly of getting the final revisions done, working out the remaining kinks in the cover (I'm hoping to do a cover reveal in the next week or two, so stay tuned for that), creating a trailer, and getting the book out to reviewers. I'm still looking for people who are interested in reviewing it, so if you'd like more info, check out the page at the top of my blog called My Novel.

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Happy Friday, guys! Be sure to check out the giveaway I have going on right now. I'm so grateful to all of you who take time to leave a comment, and I'll be sure to visit you back as soon as I can. Have a great weekend!

16 comments:

  1. Yup I've seen mockingjay quite a bit. I know now I'm going to have to read them.

    New follower.

    have a good weekend.

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  2. Another Mocking Jay! They are getting hit hard today. ;)

    New Follower. :) My Friday and YA Giveaway

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  3. Mockingjay was a disappointment for me too! New follower! :D

    -Kat
    http://katmuntser-reviews.blogspot.com/

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  4. Great answer to the TGIF question. Books that touch on a variety of topics like the ones you mentioned are great for teens because at that time in their lives they're trying to hold on to, remake, or create meaningful attachments and to build themselves as people.

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  5. I think Harry Potter is an excellent example of a book that can make a difference. Talk about overcoming obstacles.

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  6. I would definitely agree and say Mockingjay!

    My Follow Friday

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  7. Another Mockingjay ending hater! The more I read other bloggers' answers to this week's question the happier I am about skipping this one!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads / Twitter

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  8. This week’s question is perfect for Labor Day weekend with the “official” end of summer and all.

    I’m all about fall! I love all four seasons and I’m sorry to see summer go (I hope to get in a few more swims in my pool) but I’m also amped up for Autumn.

    Why?

    For most of the same reasons we all like autumn – fall foods, Halloween, the chill in the air, changing leaves and candy corn. But I’ve got a scary slant to why I’m angling for autumn. Hop on over to my book blog at http://www.howardsherman.net to read all about the murder, mayhem, seriously spooky stuff and even some BSP!

    Happy Labor Day Weekend!

    Howard Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  9. I am an old follower!
    Hope you will stop by and check out my new multi-author blog 'The Writers Voice' with myself, Kristie Cook, Jamie Magee, Kim Richardson, Keary Taylor, Victoria Simcox, Jessica Sorensen, Brenda Pandos, Samantha Young, Jayde Scott, Megg Jensen, Danyelle Leafty and guest authors!

    The Writers Voice
    "Where you get to know the people behind the pages."


    If you suggest your favorite author in the comments we will see if we can contact them for an interview, guest post or other exclusive content!

    Sincerely,
    Emma Michaels
    http://ourbooksourvoice.blogspot.com/
    http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com

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  10. I agree! To me, Mockingjay was a bit of a letdown.

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

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  11. I have been seeing this one a lot.
    http://plbjourney.blogspot.com/2011/09/follow-friday-im-on-2-in-numbering.html

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  12. Hopping through. I agree with you on Mockingjay. I was sad that Katniss settled.
    My Hop

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  13. Hi just followed from the Hop, could you follow back, thks in advance xx http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/

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  14. Wow, lots of awesomeness. Thanks for sharing! And I so agree on Mockingjay.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  15. Off topic for the subject of this entry but: have you thought about posting a few Hubs about your adventures thus far in independent publishing? I'm sure there is no shortage of other people who have a lot of questions about the process and haven't seen any hubs from you in a while.

    My two cents, spend them as you will(I like saying that).

    Anyway, just letting you know I'm still stalking your blog so you don't feel forgotten.

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