...or why books and tv rank higher than sleep

Friday, July 9, 2010

Hopping and Following Again! July 9th

Happy Friday everyone!! It's time again for Jennifer's Book Blogger Hop @ Crazy For Books, and Parajunkee's Friday Follow.

For those who aren't familiar with the Hop/Follow process, just click on the links and check out other bloggers. It's a great way to see what is out there, meet new bloggers, and support each other.

Make sure to check out the featured Friday Follow Blog - The Unread Reader

Jennifer @ Crazy for Books has a twist on this week's Hop. She wants us to talk about our favorite authors and why they are our favorites.

I have a whole bunch of favorite authors, depending on the genre. My all time favorite since childhood is Louisa May Alcott. Not only was she also from Massachusetts (although born in PA), but her books represent happy childhood memories for me. And her female characters were so well developed and showed there was more to being a girl that being silly, prissy, and lacking adventure.

As an adult, my favorite author is Bernard Cornwell. I just love his approach to historical fiction. His characters are so lifelike. He takes his readers on an adventure through history while incorporating fictional elements for storytelling. His interpretation on the Arthurian legend is amazing. And he doesn't delve too much into "bodice heaving" and "Loin stirring" that a lot of historical fiction has. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with erotica or romance novels. It's just that if I want to read those books, then I pick out those books. When I'm reading historical fiction, I want to learn something while enjoying a story. I always learn something new when I read a Cornwell book, even when I'm reading a book on a topic I know a lot about because I've spent a lot of time researching over the course of my school work.

Other favorites include: Jim Butcher (his Dresden books are so much fun to read), Ken Follett (Pillars of the Earth is my favorite book), Jane Austen (her social commentary in her novels is nothing short of genius), Alice Hoffman (I adore the whimsical and magical elements to her stories), and so many more.


Diva's Bookcase said...

Just visiting via the blogger hop

Sheri said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and following, I am now a follow of yours too :) Have a great weekend!

Missie said...

LOL! Of course reading ranks higher than sleep! Great tag!

New follower from FF! Have a great weekend!

Tanya said...

Hi! I found you through Follow Friday and am now following you! Aspiring genealogist huh?! That's great! I've been trying to do some of my own tracing back to Ireland and have hit a block. I tried ancestory.com, but that didn't work out as great as I thought it would! I haven't given up though! Have a great weekend!

Among The Muses

chelleyreads said...

hi jenn! thanks for stopping by our blog! i'm already a follower of your blog. you have a great weekend too. happy reading :)

-michelle (and leslie)

Morgan said...

I have found your blog through this meme and am happy to be a new follower. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to reading your future posts

Kristin said...

I love Louisa May Alcott and my husband loves Jim Butcher.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tara (The Bodacious Pen) said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog via the Hop! Have a great weekend. :)

Emily said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower and I look forward to reading more of your posts. :)

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

I'm so happy to have found another Ken Follett fan!

VampAngel said...

Hi! I'm visiting because of the blog hop. Great place!

I'm a follower.

I'll be hanging around awhile.

VampAngel's Reviews: To Read or Not To Read It? That is The Question

Mr Monkey said...

I'm a new follower of friendly Friday follow, please follow me back. For every follower that joins I will be releasing a Unicorn back into the wilds of the New Jersey boardwalk. So please do your part by joining and saving these special creatures. Thanks
Thanks, Mr. Monkey


Shari said...

hello, i found you wonderful blog on follow friday and have decided to stick around awhile and follow. Hope you can come over and check out my blog at myneuroticbookaffair.blogspot.com
I'm having my very first contest right now.

molly (a dazzling distraction) said...

I found you through the blog hop. I'm also juggling a full time job and full time grad school (for a masters in Elementary Education as a Reading Specialist). It gets crazy sometimes!

Missie said...

Hi. I'm back to share some news. I'm starting a new meme on my blog, When I'm Not Reading

Hope you can participate sometime!
The Unread Reader

Whitney said...

Louisa May Alcott was one of my favorite authors growing up too, I adored Little Women.

Bernard Cornwell's novels look interesting, I'll have to check them out.