Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Hops, 7/19/13

This hop is hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week participants answer a question and then visit other blogs participating. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers the chance to meet new bloggers, get to know one another better, and get new followers. This week's question is:

What is your favorite classic novel?

A: Oh gosh...I can't answer just one when there are so many good ones out there. So, I'm going to list my absolute favorites:
1. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (I am a HUGE Phan!)
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker (The one who started it all with the vampires)
3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (got to love Scarlett)
4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (now this lady knew how to write)
5. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (the one who inspired the fantasy world)
6. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (this book makes me sob)
I'm going to stop now but I do have a few more.

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice.

Still Water Saints by Alex Espinoza

The beginning: "She could walk on water." 

Page 56: "But she doesn't answer. Cradling my father's shoes in her arms, my mother walks into the bedroom and slams the door."

I've only read 30 pages and stopped because I kept getting distracted by other books. I really want to get back into it because it's a very interesting story, or stories I should say.

The beginning had a great hook-in. It made me wonder if whoever the woman was could really walk on water.

The quote from page 56 also makes me wonder who's story is it following. This book chronicles the life of the people who live in Agua Mansa so get to read different points-of-view.


  1. Hmmmm see I am really no a classics kind of gal. But is even considered "classic"? Is John Steinbeck considered classic? If he is - "Of Mice and Men" is my fav.
    I also love "Gone with the Wind"

    "Heidi"!!! Thats gotta be a classic, right? I love Heidi!

    So there you go, there's 3.

    1. Wow I really messed up the typing on that one! LOL
      Sorry sheesh!

  2. Very catchy opener....and the 56 arouses my curiosity about these characters.


  3. Glad to see Frankenstein get some love on your list. I agree with you that Mary Shelley is a great writer and what is even more astonishing is that it was her first novel and she wrote it in her early 20's!

    Happy hopping. :)

  4. Ooh what an enticing opening line! I want to know more! I hope you get chance to read more soon. Thanks for visiting my blog too Vonnie :)

  5. Still Water Saints sounds very interesting, will have to check that book out on GoodReads :)

    Thanks for dropping by my Friday book memes, happy weekend! :)

  6. Ohhhhhhh...forgot about Gone With The Wind. I love that novel.

    My favorite is Rebecca.

    Happy Hopping!!

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  7. I love Dracula sooooo much!!! The copy I have is illustrated by Edward Gory too. If you don't know who that is.. google him. Such spooky art with great stories to go along with it.

  8. Interesting choices, Vonnie!

    As you know, I LOVE the Phantom of the Opera! However, I much prefer the Susan Kay version. Leroux made Eric too much of a monster, I think.

    I also like "Gone With The Wind" because of its sweeping, larger-than-life tale, although I can't stand Scarlett O'Hara.....

    And I totally ADORE "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings"!!! Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn....ah, bliss!!

    "Les Miserables" is one of those classics I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read.... Gotta do something about that...

    About "Still Water Saints": that's a STUNNING cover!! Both quotes are interesting, too. I'll have to find out more!!

    Thanks for sharing!! Have a GREAT weekend!! : )

  9. P.S. I just bought "Still Water Saints" at Amazon. I got a hardcover at a great price! Thanks for the recommendation!! : )

  10. Great cover of Still Water Saints - sound intriguing. Happy reading !

  11. Great list for the blog hop!!
    There are quite a few on your list that I've been meaning to read :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

  12. Hey Vonnie!

    Loved Dracula, always wanted to read Phantom of the Opera and that's it for me on your list.

    Have a great week!


  13. Yay! We share a love of Les Mis! I wish I would have thought to pick more than one book ... a few of yours woud have made my list!