Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Hops, August 24th

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Q: Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you’ve read and loved?

It's hard to pick a book that I've read that had a bad cover since the majority of the books I've read had decent covers, if not beautiful. The one that I would have to pick is Slave by Cheryl Brooks. Why? Because of the title and what's featured on it. Naming a book "slave" and having it be an erotic book could be offensive.

I don't even remember how I got this book. It was in my pile and it kept calling me out. After a few months, I caved in and read it. I was completely embarrased to read this book in public. I made sure to only read it at home. I was completely surprised how well it was written and how much I liked it. I liked it so much that I read the next two in the series and I currently have the fourth book in my pile.


Crazy-for-Books is running this Book Blogger Hop to help connect book bloggers with other fellow book bloggers. Here's this week's question:
Q: What is your favorite thing about blogging?

A: My favorite thing about blogging is the fact that I am able to share what I love with others and the process of sharing (such as creating new posts) is very fun. I like to take my time and make sure that what I share with you guys is visually appealing and of course I try my best with my grammar.


Friday Five is a new weekly meme featured at Under A GraySky.  Each week, a list of five favorite or least favorite things will be shared. Most of the time the Friday Five will be book related.

This week is:  Favorite Books of All Time

Hard to pick but these ones are the ones I’ve re-read multiple times:

1.       Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux: I am a HUGE Phan! I have read this book at least five times. The musical was introduced to me when I was five and I quickly became obsessed. I love the mystery behind the phantom and I loved the fact how he terrorized an opera house.

2.       Becoming Latina in 10 Easy Steps by Lara Rios: This book called out to me. I’ve read it three times and each time I got something new about it. Being a Latina in the United States makes you question your identity. How American are you? How Mexican are you? What things do you to try to prove people who you are?

3.       Marianela by Benito Perez Galdos: This is by far is my favorite book in Spanish. I read it twice and each time I cried. I feel completely bad for Marianela. She is poor and malnourished. She’s in love with a blind man who also claims to love her. But there’s a breakthrough in medicine where a new operation is done to help the blind see again. Will her love still love her when he sees how ugly Marianela really is?

4.       The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks: Okay yes…I’ve read this book a few times along with my little brother. I love this book for the fact that it brings my brother (who is 11 years younger than me) and I closer. Besides…we are now prepared for a zombie apocalypse!

5.       The Serial Killer Files by Harold Schechter: I like true crime and I like to learn about serial killers. This book documents a lot of serial killers around the world. I love the way it’s put together and how easy it is to search for killers that you want to learn about.

How about you guys? What was your worst cover? What is your favorite thing about blogging? What are your favorite five?


  1. I would not read a book with a cover like that in public either. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, following back. Have a great weekend!

  2. I would probably paint over the cover, just so I could take it out with me XD BUt that title+cover combo is a bit wrong. Thanks for stopping by, I'm an old follower!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. How funny! I wonder if they make bookcovers for smaller books.

  3. The worst cover of a book that I enjoyed was "Gods and Fathers" if it had not been a book I read for a book tour and it was free, I never would have bought it. I hated the title and the cover, but, I was surprised when I rather enjoyed the book.

    My favorite thing about blogging is getting to visit all the other bookies like myself who love to read.

    Off the top of my head as for favorite five, I loved the book "Gone With the Wind"
    "To Kill a Mockingbird" "The Help" "The Midwifes Confession" and "Doggone."

    Thanks for visiting today. Will check and see if I am a follower, if not, I will follow you back.

    1. Yes, Gone with the Wind and The Help are favorites, but I haven't re-read them yet.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my Friday Blog Hop! Haha I love your story about being embarrassed reading the book in public, that's why I love having a kindle now.

  5. Agreed about reading this in public, lol. **New Follower via GFC** :D

  6. LOL! I would be embarrased to read it in public, too! xD
    I'm a new follower via GFC (I'm under ele05gs), please follow back if you can.
    My FF

  7. I love writing the posts and sharing the storyline with readers as you do. It is so neat when I find a book I have never heard of and when the review is so good that I can't wait to read it.

    Great answer....I also love the creativity on blogs. Stop by to read my entire post if you like.

    Happy Friday!!

    Silver's Reviews

  8. Yeah when you have books like those, you definitely need the "hide a cover" cover! I have a few--my fave is the one that says "this is not a trashy vampire romance" or something like that. And it wasn't one either! Although the covers would have you believe otherwise! They were urban fantasies with vampires and a tasteful and HOT romance! ;)

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  9. I don't think I'd be brave enough to read Slave in public, except for on my Kindle!

    Thanks for following! I followed back. :)

  10. There are some books that I've never read because I don't want to be seen with their covers in public. True story.

    My follow friday. Please visit!

  11. I hate chest covers. It's so embarrassing to carry then around or even buy/look at them in the bookstore. Thanks for following back!

  12. I always say that I do not like reading books with half naked guys on the cover (but I do like looking at them).

    I love that lighthouse pic for the Friday Five! I love lighthouses.

  13. Interesting book list. I've only read POTO and it's been so long ago I can't even remember if I liked it! Love the musical, though. I've seen it twice and really, really enjoyed both experiences.

    Happy Hopping!

  14. lol. well , that's the good thing about having a kindle, no-one seeing an ugly or embarrassing cover, this cover is ok, but with the name and the guy, not a good combo.
    Here is mine (old follower)
    FF Post

  15. I love sharing with other book bloggers too, they really get my excitement over books!