Thursday, July 29, 2010

Let's Talk Authors at The Hop and a Few Links of Interest

This week's Book Blogger Hop question is: "Who is your favorite new-to-you author so far this year?" That's tough. I've read so many new authors this year, particularly a lot of YA authors, and there have been some gems (like Markus Zusak and Carrie Ryan). But my favorite new-to-me author from this year is Kathryn Stockett who wrote The Help. Wow, what amazing voices she gives her characters! It's phenomenal. Check out my review and pictures of me getting my  book signed here.

I'm almost done reading Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter so expect a review sometime this weekend. I'm hoping all you non-gamers out there will still find my review interesting. And I'll be posting an update on Northanger Abbey soon - Friday eveningish. Not sure why I'm telling you my schedule. I think it's me thinking out loud...but in my head and onto the keyboard. OK, stopping now!

One last thing! Here are some interesting links I've found in the past couple weeks:

Man of La Book reads and reviews a variety of texts including non-fiction and historical fiction among others. He and I share a reading goal: to read through American Presidents' biographies in chronological order. On his about page he says, "I consciously decided to renew my reading habits" and out of that grew his blog. Hip-hip, hooray!

"Beyond Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters: Classics Written by Women" - a fun post with a lot of book recommendations of classic women authors.

Jane Austen Fight Club: Austen meets Palahniuk in a very funny video posted on Carin's blog.

"Reading Critically" - a post in which Chelsea discusses whether or not learning to read critically has made reading more fun or drained the magic of the experience for her. It has some great comments.


  1. Came from the Hop! I love Markus Zusak! The Book Thief was my favorite but I am the Messenger was great too! I need to read The Help. I own it but just haven't gotten around to it yet!

  2. Hello, found you at the hop. Just stopped by for a look see.
    I think the hop is a marvelous way to meet bloggers both old and new. This week my trip to the Hop is brought to you by the number 8.
    I have a contest going on at

  3. Hello, I'm just dropping by from the hop. I'm glad to see your positive review of The Help. I've seen it everywhere lately and I've been wondering if it is any good. On your recommendation I may have to add to my requests from the library. Happy reading this weekend!

  4. Howdy, just hopping by to see what's new. I'm already a follower.

  5. Hey, hopping by from the hop! Lovely blog.

  6. Hopping by to say hello. I want to try Book Thief.

    My post for the Hop.

  7. Stopping by from the Hop!
    I recently picked up the audiobook for The Help and will be listening to it soon. :)

  8. Came over from the hop and became a new follower! I like that you added links to blogs you've discovered that's a great idea. I may have to do that next Friday...

    Also, I love the Jane Austen Fight Club video. So funny!

  9. Just stopping by for the hop!!! I hope you are having a good weekend!!!

    Feel free to stop by my place Addicted To Romance

    Happy Reading!

  10. Happy Friday!

    Just stopping by for the hop! I see that you're going to read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I love that series and I hope you do too.

    I'm now a follower. :)

  11. The Help was such a good book!! :) Happy Friday!

  12. Just hopping by to visit. I'm enjoying your blog. Come and check mine out, too.

  13. I have several books I need to clear off my stacks first, but I'll be getting to The Help soon. It's been languishing on my Nook for far too long.