Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop (2)

It’s Follow Friday! Hosted by the always amazing Parajunkee’s View, this is a chance to meet new blogger friends and grow our networks.

This week’s question is “What book(s) have you discovered lately from someone’s book blog?”

Starting this blog has really plugged me in to the book industry in a big way and I have found so many books that I otherwise would never of heard of thanks to book blogs. This is especially true for debut authors, and reading someone’s first book is fun for me. I love how bloggers generate excitement for new authors and how much those authors tend to interact with bloggers. So cool!

One book that I heard about through the blogosphere and am just dying to read is XVI by Julia Karr. It just came out yesterday and looks so good. I think besides being a compelling story it will deal with some important issues around the sexualization of young girls. I can’t wait to read it!

Be sure to check out this week’s featured blogger Stalking the Bookshelves and the rest of the participants.

Book Blogger Hop

Hosted by Crazy For Books, this blog hop is all about connecting with our fellow bloggers. Each week we discuss a book-related question and hop around to other blogs to see their answers.

This week’s question is “What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?”

A big one for me was Animal Farm by George Orwell. When I first read it, I was in 8th grade, and it affected me in profound ways. It’s full of tension, conflict, and sorrow. Taken at face value, it’s a story about animals, and even then it can be heartwrenching. Add in the allegory of Communism and it becomes so much more powerful. This was the first time I remember really understanding that a story can be so much deeper than you first assume and that words have power. It’s still one of my favorite books.

Keep hopping and following and I hope to see you again soon!