Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop & Weekly Recap


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 “How did you come up with the name of your blog?”

Um.

Do I really need to answer that?

The short answer is that I wanted to stick with my name for simplicity and to build myself as a brand, not just the blog itself. Ta da!

Be sure to check out this week’s featured blogger (and one of my personal favorites) Gone with the Words 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 “Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?”

I usually read more than one book at a time. I’m almost always reading one or two on my Kindle, and then I have a paperback that sits by my bed. Right now, for instance, I’m breaking up the formal Jane Eyre with the creepy Wicked Lovely on my Kindle, and I’m reading 13 to Life in bed at night. I go through spurts where I’ll focus on one book at a time, but usually I’m too fickle and need to go back and forth between them. The downside is that if I read books that are too similar to one another while I do this, I can confuse the story lines.

What about you?


My weekly recap is inspired by the phenomenally talented, kind and generous Small Review. If you are not already following her, you are really missing out.

If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Features and Memes
Silly Sunday – Bronte Sisters Power Dolls
Watch a funny fake advertisement for some killer literary dolls.

In My Mailbox
A return to the vlog.

Waiting on Wednesday – Crossed by Ally Condie
The much anticipated sequel to Matched.

Reviews

The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
4/5 stars
I Read Banned Books ARC Tour

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
5/5 stars
Get Steampunked! Challenge

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Follow Friday/Blog Hop and Weekly Recap


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 “Share your current fav television show! Tell us a bit about it.”

I could say The Vampire Diaries. Or the Modern Family/Cougar Town double feature. I could even say Glee. All of these are favorites of mine. But the ultimate mega-amazing super fantabulous Must See Show for me?

Psych on USA Network. It’s. Amazing. Hilarious, full of the best bromance ever, and has the perfect balance of formula no-brainer television mixed with cult insider deliciousity. It’s so amazing I have to make up words to describe how much I love it. You dig?

Also:

Image Credit: Alan Zenuk/USA Network
Yum. To all of it.

Be sure to check out this week’s featured blogger NaKesha at Totally Obsessed 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 “Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?”

Oh, you sly devil! Yes, sometimes I do wish that I had thought ahead and kept book blogging separate. In my haste to get a domain secured (the “E.” came in when loganturner.com was already taken), I slapped a blog about books together before I fully realized what book blogging was all about. So I do think it would be cool to have a slick name to go with my book blog and have my domain direct to a blog about my writing or something. I am kind of the oddball using just my name.

What do you guys think?


My weekly recap is inspired by the phenomenally talented, kind and generous Small Review. If you are not already following her, you are really missing out.

If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Features and Memes
Silly Sunday – Very British Movie
Watch the very funny, very British fake movie trailer from SNL.

In My Mailbox
A list of the books I bought from Borders this week.

Writing Wednesday – I Am Number Four
I discuss why I boycott James Frey.

Interview
Better Know a Blogger by For What It’s Worth
I was interviewed as part of the Ultimate Reviewer’s Challenge month at For What It’s Worth.

Reviews
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
5/5 stars
Shifter Challenge
YA Series Challenge
Ultimate Reviewer’s Challenge

Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein
3/5 stars
Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge
Ultimate Reviewer’s Challenge

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
3/5 stars
Debut Author Challenge
Ultimate Reviewer’s Challenge

Follow Friday/Blog Hop (5) and Weekly Recap

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 “If you are a fan of Science Fiction what is your favorite book? If you haven’t read Science Fiction before…any inkling to? Anything catch your eye??”

I haven’t read a lot of sci-fi. I’ve had a hard time getting into it, particularly if it’s heavier on the science end. I do really want to read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I suppose if you count steampunk as sci-fi (which I do), I did really like The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia.

Be sure to check out this week’s featured blogger Dreaming About Other Worlds 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.

I’ll post the question and answer for this week when the hop post goes live.

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


If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Features and Memes
Silly Sunday – The World’s Smallest Horse
See the cutest tiny ponies EVER.

In My Mailbox
A vlog of the books I received this week.

Writing Wednesday – Animal Violence
I discuss a disturbing level of detail in violence toward animals in fiction.

Reviews
Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
5/5 stars
YA Series Challenge
The Ultimate Reviewer’s Challenge

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
3/5 stars
YA Series Challenge
YA Historical Fiction Challenge
The Ultimate Reviewer’s Challenge

Follow Friday (5) and Weekly Recap

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 is your favorite romance hero-type? Do you like the strong silent type or the brute macho man?”

I have to say that in literature I am very drawn to the macho type, though in real life I’m definitely more of a strong and silent kinda gal. If you knew my husband you would be nodding emphatically right now. Guys like the suave, single dad pack leader Adam Hauptman in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series or the rugged, red-headed Highlander Jamie Fraser in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series are more my style when reading. It’s the perfect fantasy. If I’m already in a make believe world of shifters or time travel, you may as well include a guy who is devastatingly attractive, handy with his fists, and so in love with you that he would do anything to protect your honor/well-being. Ahem. *fans self*

Be sure to check out this week’s featured blogger Ruby’s Reads and the rest of the participants!


I’m trying something new this week. If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Features
Silly Sunday – The Great Chicago Blizzard!
Watch some crazy clips of the storm that blew through my city last week.

Writing Wednesday – To Review or Not To Review?
I weigh in on the debate over whether aspiring authors should be writing negative reviews.

Reviews
The Minister’s Daughter by Julie Hearn
4/5 stars
YA Historical Fiction Challenge
The Ultimate Reviewer’s Challenge

Wonderland by Joanna Nadin
5/5 stars
The Ultimate Reviewer’s Challenge
I Heart Banned Books ARC Tour

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
4/5 stars
YA Series Challenge
The Ultimate Reviewer’s Challenge

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop (4)

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 is/was your favorite subject in school?”

Is it a cop-out to say English? I had a phenomenal English teacher my senior year of high school, and she inspired me in so many ways. I learned everything I needed to know about college writing from her, which helped me breeze through my required English 100 course freshman year. Her entire room was decorated with aluminum foil on the walls, which she then covered with words in permanent marker. Line by line, they marched alphabetically around the room, over and over, mixed in with William Wordsworth quotes. She lit candles and waved wands and made us laugh, but more than anything she passed along her passion for words and showed us what to do with them.

Did you have any teachers who inspired you?

Be sure to check out this week’s featured blogger Mission to Read 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 are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011? Why are you anticipating that book?

I’m a sucker for a dystopian thriller, and the synopsis of this book sounds like it will contain everything I love about the genre. Veronica Roth also happens to live in Chicago and write a super cool and entertaining blog, so she gets bonus points. I am really looking forward to this book, but it doesn’t release until May 3rd!!! 😦


All you new followers: I have a giveaway for a copy of XVI by Julia Karr to celebrate reaching 100+ followers last week! You have until Sunday at 11:59PM to enter!

Follow Friday Feature! (4)

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.

You guys! This week I’m the featured participant! I’m so very excited about this, because I just adore Parajunkee and this meme has already led me to some amazing blogs and friends. I will happily follow everyone back, and I hope you newcomers enjoy your time on my site!

If you are so inclined, you can also find me on Twitter and Goodreads.

This week’s question is “Who do you cheer for?” My answer is in my bio, which I’m copying from what I submitted to Parajunkee.

Hello lovelies! My name is Logan (really? I know, quelle surprise!) and I started my book blog in December 2010. I’m working on a YA manuscript, but haven’t read nearly enough YA books. I love challenges and starting a blog gave me a great excuse to join tons of reading challenges and expand my horizons a bit. I blog to share part of myself and connect with the rest of you awesome book bloggers, writers and authors. So far, I have not been disappointed. In the short time I’ve been blogging, I have met some truly amazing people, and I’m astonished by the amount of kindness and support shown to me on a near daily basis. I am so thankful to be featured this week and owe a huge debt of gratitude to Parajunkee, who runs one of the best blogs around.

But enough sappy stuff. Who am I? Why should you care about my blog? I’m married and work as a legal assistant for a non-profit organization. I grew up in Nebraska and now live in Chicago, which means that I’m a huge football fan (Go Huskers! Go Bears!). When I’m not watching football, I’m rooting for the Cubs. It’s a lost cause, but someone’s got to do it. I love the color purple, movies, and Shakespeare. I hate ketchup, bad manners, and most children. As for my blog, I mostly review YA paranormal novels, but some steamy romance, urban fantasy and steampunk books will slip in there from time to time. I post every day except Saturday, and I have two features each week: Writing Wednesday, where I post about, well, writing; and Silly Sunday, which usually involves a goofy YouTube clip. I hope you will stop by and say hello!

Be sure to check out the rest of the participants in Follow Friday!

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop (3)

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 makes up your non-human family?”

I’ve always been a huge fan of pets. Starting with my first cat at age 3, I think I’ve only gone a few months without having a pet. Growing up we had anywhere from 1-4 cats, and starting in junior high we had 1-4 dogs (all Boston Terriers). Currently I have the world’s cutest Boston Terrier, named Carey. You can see her picture on my About Me page. She turns 6 years old this month!

Be sure to check out this week’s featured blogger The More You Read, The More You Will Know 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 “Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?”

The thing I love the most about YA fiction is the coming-of-age angle that seems so typical. I’m most drawn in to stories that have conflict around responsibility versus desire. I guess you could say I’m a sucker for teen angst. When characters have to choose between duty and love, I melt. I think one of life’s hardest lessons is true selflessness, and this is something young adults face with particular difficulty as we move out of our self-involved childhoods and into relationships where we put others first. This isn’t necessarily true for all YA books, but it is in a lot of them and is a big reason I was attracted to the genre.

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

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!

Follow Friday (1)

Hopefully I’m not driving everyone crazy with the memes this week.  Tomorrow I’m posting about life in other times and coming Monday is my review of Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.

For now, 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 did you study in college, or are currently studying and did it lead to your current 9 to 5 or are you doing something totally different?”

Well, I graduated college with a BFA in Theatre Arts.  I most definitely am not doing anything with that in my current job.  In fact, ever since I graduated, I’ve been working in the legal field, even though I don’t want to be a lawyer.  Go figure.  I’m currently in grad school finishing my MS in Public Service Management.  I’m hoping to find a job in grant writing or something similar where I can use my writing and research skills.

I realize WordPress complicates things because it doesn’t allow the GFC widget.  I would love it if my visitors would follow me on Twitter and add me to their RSS feeds instead! There are several RSS links through Feedburner on my sidebar.  And I love comments!

Check out this week’s featured blogger, Rabid Reads.  She’s got a great blog about urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and a fun new look designed by Parajunkee.  And don’t forget to check out the other Follow Friday participants!