Thursday, December 16, 2010

Book Blogger Hop (24) & Follow Friday (16)

It's Friday so it means it's time for the Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday!

Book Blogger Hop

First off, the Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jennifer of Crazy-for-Books. It is a way for all the book bloggers out there to get together and find out about each other's blogs. I've found a lot of great blogs and bloggers through this hop and it's always fun to take part in each week.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST IMPORTANT IN A STORY: THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS?

When I'm deciding whether or not to read a book the plot is what is going to draw me in, so initially that's what is most important. Once I actually start reading the book, the characters become just as important to me as the plot. If the story is amazing but I just can't get into the characters I most likely won't finish the book and same thing for when the characters are great but the story isn't. So basically both are equally important to me when I'm reading a book.



The Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View each week. It works a lot like the Book Blogger Hop except that it's only on Fridays. I haven't been taking part in this hop as long but I've found a lot of great new blogs through this one too.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:

WHAT DID YOU STUDY IN COLLEGE, OR ARE CURRENTLY STUDYING, AND DID IT LEAD TO YOUR CURRENT 9 TO 5 OR ARE YOU DOING SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT?

I'm still in university. I'm halfway through my second year. I started out in journalism last year but now I changed my majors to Communication Studies and Political Science. I still don't know what I want to do with my life but I'm hoping it's going to be in public relations or publicity. As for the second part of the question, I currently don't have a job but hopefully that will change in the new year. I need money in order to keep up with my book buying habits.

UPDATE:

I can finally see the end! I have two finals left and then I get to go home for 10 days and see my family. You cannot imagine how excited I am for that. Plus during my time at home I get to go to London so all the better. I'll be doing lots of reading during that time too, so I'll have plenty of new reviews going up. And who knows, maybe there will even be some changes in the new year.


That's it for this week!

Enjoy your weekends!


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30 comments:

  1. Blog-hopping by to visit and follow! I just realized that I do somthing similar with plots--it takes a cool-sounding plot to make me buy a book or accept it for review, but once i'm reading it, I want the characters to really shine. :-)

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  2. I agree, both are important. I really want the plot to be good when I'm choosing a book, and then I want the characters to be good when I'm reading it:)I'm a new follower:)
    -Danna
    http://friendlyreaderohyeah.blogspot.com/2010/12/book-blogger-hop-14-and-follow-my-book.html

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  3. Great post! Goodluck on your finals! I'm in University as well!

    Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf

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  4. The BBH question was a tough one this week! Very hard to choose either.

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  5. Hop. . .Hop. . .Hop. . .

    Stopping by from the hop & ff! I am loving your blog, so I decided to follow! I hope to see more interesting posts from you soon!

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  6. I'm a old follower Stopping by to wish you a Happy Holidays

    My Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop

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  7. Stopping in via the Hop! I also think both are important, although one or the other can be more so depending on the type of novel I'm reading.

    I also majored in Political Science!

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  8. Hi. I've come a'hopping. :) I'm also a new follower.

    I totally agree with this being a tough question and that the plot and character are both equally important in creating and guaranteeing a good story.

    Cam

    http://tales-of-a-bookworm.blogspot.com/2010/12/book-blog-hop-and-follow-friday-dec-17.html#comments

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  9. Happy HOP! This week's question wasn't so simple to answer but ultimately it was characters for me. That's where I make my connection to the story. Come HOP by The Bookish Snob

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  10. i agree both are equally important. I'm do kind of the same thing one draws me in but they both have to be good to keep me interested.m :0)

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  11. Hopping by!! GReat blog!! Now a follower!!
    The Hop question was a real thinker this time!!

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  12. What a great question this week! I have to say, plots are king, for me. I can read a book with really annoying characters (helloooo Vampire Academy!) as long as the plot races along.
    Alternately, if the book is much more of a character study, and not much happens, I just can't take it! (boo, Olive Kitteridge!)

    I see you are reading The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney! I just read a great review of it last week. I'm totally putting it on my "to be read" list. You'll have to let us know what you think of it!

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  13. I am loving your blog. I'm always excited to find more YA blogs so I'm a new follower.

    If you'd like to check my blog out, you can find it here:

    http://www.bookscompleteme.com/2010/12/follow-my-book-blog-friday-4.html

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  14. My first try at BBH. Ultimately, I think both plot and characters have to be authentic and compelling to make a great book. As a writer, I'm driven by my characters' choices first. Anyhow...delighted to have found your blog and good luck with your exams!

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  15. I'm totally with plot. :) The most solid answer to this question but it's still on someone's preference. Anyway, read my answer in Clandestine Sanctuary.

    I'm an old follower. Have a great weekend.

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  16. I did not go to college, and I am currently retired. I worked for over 15 years in the secretarial division of Emery Air Freight in the 1960s and 1970s. I was a stay-at-home mom for the 1980s and 1990s, and now I am helping my daughter with her business, Tribute Books as the volunteer office manager.

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  17. Emilie - I am still in college too. I actually just finished with finals on Wednesday; so I am already enjoying my winter break :)

    I agree with you about the plot and characters - they really both need to be wonderful to make a good book :)

    Sarah
    That Bookish Girl

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  18. Good luck with your finals!

    I prefer characters over plot. But both are important. Happy Blog Hop.

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  19. Hi! Old follower here. I know exactly what you mean about spending habits-I too need to get a job to keep up with my all my book buying. Good luck on your finals :)
    Have a great weekend!
    Caroline @ Bon Bons and Reveries

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  20. This might be the best Book Blogger Hop question I've seen to date.

    So what's the answer? Plot! Hop over to my blog and let me tell you how a good plot rescued bad characters from bad book oblivion.

    Howard Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  21. Old follower dropping by on the FF. Great question this week! Good luck with exams. I always found it difficult to write exams at Christmas - too many other things going on! Drop by and say hi when you have time. I can be found at Sugarbeat's Books

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  22. Just hopping through :) Great answer, and good luck with finals (I just finished mine).

    You can hop by if you have time here.

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  23. Hopping by. I prefer a strong character over plot when I read a book. Good luck with your finals :)

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  24. Cute header and design...first-time visitor.

    Stop by my blog if you like.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  25. Hi! Just stopping by from the Friday Book Blogger Hop! : )
    I completely agree with your answer! When I first read the question, I went back and forth about which one was more important, but I ultimately decided that both were equally as important!

    I like your blog and I'm interested in YA books so I'm a new follower! Hope you'll come by and check out my blog as well!

    Happy Blogging and Happy Reading

    http://faybaysbooks.blogspot.com/

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  26. I completely agree that both the plot and characters are important! Great answer :D
    Have a great weekend! I'm a new follower :)

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  27. New Follower hopping by for the Blog Hop!
    I love your blog!!

    I also loved your answer for the BBH. My answer was very similar -- I think that characters and plot go hand in hand in making or breaking a book. However, I don't pick up books if I don't like the query, therefore the characters have to keep me hooked as well!

    Happy Hopping!
    BrandiHeather

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  28. Just hopping over here- I'm a new follower! Come hop over to my blog and see my response to the questions of the week:
    http://www.thebucketlist-gina.blogspot.com
    Happy Holidays!

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  29. Good explanation! I can see your side of the story, but I'm still going to say plot over characters.

    Happy Reading,
    Zakiya - My BBH

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