Friday, December 03, 2010

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday

So it's been almost two months since the last time I participated in these two memes but I figured it's about time I joined back in.

The blog hop is hosted by Jen from Crazy for Books.

This weeks question is: What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere did you NOT enjoy and how did you feel about posting your review?
Well, I'm not a fan of paranormal books which means that I tend to avoid most of the books getting a lot of hype these days. However before I posted my slightly negative review of Great House by Nicole Krauss I had only read good things about it. The book had even been nominated for a National Book Award! But it just wasn't for me and I felt perfectly comfortable posting my review because it was honest and I'm sure there are other people who agree. Mostly though, I tend to avoid books until the hype has died down a bit, unless it's by an author I already know I enjoy, that way I can appreciate a book like The Hunger Games on my own terms. 

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee

This week's question: What do you do besides reading / reviewing as a hobby?

Reading and reviewing is definitely my major hobby these days, but occasionally I also enjoy writing both creatively and to friends as I love mail. I also recently taught myself how to knit again and I am halfway through a massive purple scarf, I love that I can knit and study at the same time, which isn't exactly true of blogging or reading!
While you're visiting my blog don't forget to enter my two awesome giveaways. The first one is for Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller, and the second (brand new) one is for Heidegger's Glasses by Thaisa Frank. Happy Friday everyone and welcome to In The Next Room.


  1. Hopping through. New follower!
    A lot of the big award winning/nominee books aren't for me. The only one I really loved of recent award winners was Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.
    My Hop

  2. I the like paranormal stuff, but a lot of the books that have been published lately could really use another couple rounds of editing >.> Makes me sad.

    I was lucky to have gotten into The Hunger Games without any knowledge of the hype whatsoever... course the friend that recommended it to me failed to mention that it was part of a trilogy BEFORE I started reading it heh~~

    Stopping by from Follow Friday and am your newest follower~~

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

  3. Really? I have been knitting this red scarf for two years now and can't seem to finish it. But I do go back now and again, hoping it'll be done already. Happy Blogging.

  4. Hey Zoe! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I'd love to be able to write well, like reviews and even essays. I do enjoy getting real paper mail as well, but I mostly forget to send letters hehe.

    I cant knit to save my life! But I do enjoy Crocheting.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend!

  5. Hey there! I am hopping along on the blog hop.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    I remember my mum's first piece of knitting, a red lap rug, I left home before she finished it! Took her 10 years before it was done lol


  6. Great House was going to be one of my choices for this week, but I chose a different book. I didn't see what was so was disconnected and made no sense to me.

    I thought it was going to be a great read. I am glad someone else felt the same as I did about the book.

    Stop by my blog to see the book I chose for this week's answer.

    First-time visitor...cute blog.

  7. No paranormal? Gasp! It seems like that's all anyone's reading these days. I think you're smart, though, to wait until the hype dies down so you can read books on your own terms.

    Glad to have found you via the Hop!

  8. Just hopping by to say Hi! It's funny you chose Great House - I just saw a glowing review of it yesterday. I see one of the commenters above mentioned loving Wolf Hall, but I couldn't finish it. I'm off to enter your Heidegger's Glass giveaway! I've got a big giveaway of my own going on, please stop by if you get a chance! Let Them Read Books

  9. To your first question- I absolutly HATED The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. It was getting rave reviews and Oprah said it would change my life. And it did because up until that point I have never hated a book as much as I do that one. And I wrote a terrible review on it, AND I wrote the author a letter saying that I think the fact he spent like 8 years or whatever writing it is something he shouldn't promote because it was really that bad. What a shitty ending for the book and I was angry after finishing it. LOL. That was over a year ago and I'm STILL angry about it. LOL!! :)

  10. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm an old follower here I just wanted to pop in and say hi and have a great weekend. Good for you with knitting, that's always something I wanted to learn but could never quite pick up:)

  11. Hi,
    Yay! It's Friday! I'm so glad for the week to be over maybe now I can get some reading time in. I'm stopping by for the Blog Hop and Follow Friday. I hope you have a awesome weekend!

    I'm an old follower. =)

    Romance Book Junkies

  12. I love paranormal! But it isn't everyone's bread and butter. I haven't read either book you listed. I'm a new follower. My Hop is at Coffee Table Press

  13. wow knitting! i told my husband about it months ago and he allowed me to start those but i have a lot of books to read so im now thinking if i can manage to do both!

    btw, thanks for stopping by my blog and im a new follower!


  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog The Crazy Bookworm, hope you have a great weekend!

    Old Follower:)

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm not into the paranormal hyped books, either.

    Have an awesome weekend! :]

  16. Hi Zoe! I like your layout!! Thanks for stopping by and following, I'm following you back!
    Hafsah @ IceyBooks

  17. Awesome blog/layout i love it and I love writing also and I followed back thnx for following

  18. I waited a long time to read Hunger Games and didn't enjoy it, that is part of my answer actually.

    I only choose hyped books that intrigue me but there have been a few that is just not my cup of tea.

    Maybe I need to choose better, that is a goal for next year.

    My response to my question.

  19. Like you I mostly avoid the paranormal books. My tastes are so eclectic I'm not usually reading popular fiction while it's still popular. You can my full answer here. Happy Blog Hop.

  20. I love paranormal romances. Just hopping through on the Blog Hop and thought I would say "Hello". So, Hello :)


    Escape Between The Pages

  21. Hi There! wandering through from the hop! Hope you have a great weekend....and have fun like I am wandering from blog to blog making new friends!

  22. Beautiful blog! You read some good-looking books. I'm a new follower and I can't wait to read more in the future!

  23. New follower to your blog!
    Keep up the good work.
    Care to follow me back?
    Happy Blogging!

  24. I love it! A question pertaining something other than books! Here's the
    short list of what I'm doing when I'm not reading:

    Cooking, gaming, gambling, drinking, smoking, golfing and sometimes even
    watching TV.

    I expound on all of the above at my blog. Follow me here -

    Howard Sherman

  25. Hello Zoe. (Can't do the '..' thing you put on the e)
    Thanks for stopping by and as an answer to your questiong: That's my plan!
    ^^ I also like to knit. I really should get back to trying to finish the one I started.
    Have a great weekend!

  26. It's great that you can knit! That's one thing I can't do... I tried it once and I got cross-eyed from the effort (I am near-sighted).

    Thanks for following my blog, I'm a new follower of yours now too :D

  27. I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy Great House. But I am a new follower.

    Happy Reading,
    Zakiya @ Butterfly Feet Walking on Books

  28. You know how to knit? I'm jealous. I tried teaching myself and never got the hang of it :( I should try again!

  29. Hey, just hopping through.
    You don't read paranormal?! :O hehe.
    It seems you're one of the few who don't. It's almost the only thing I read... :L
    I'm a new follower! =]

    Have a great weekend!

  30. New follower here to return the favour. Thanks for stopping by!

    I love to knit as well! It's so relaxing.

    Have a good weekend!

  31. I'm not a fun of paranormal books either and most vampire books as well so many of the books being hyped on some blogs I don't read.

    I havenot read Nicole Krauss' The History of Love yet but have read many great reviews of it. Her more recent book Great House sounds pretty unique. I've read a few reviews and they seem to run the spectrum from great to don't bother. I'm interested but want to read History of Love first!


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