January 7, 2011

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday (19).

Book Blogger Hop

I came across the Hop and Follow Friday while I was blog hopping - how appropriate! - and decided to join in on the fun.

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly thing going on over at Crazy-for-Books. Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee. If you're a new blogger like I am, or have been blogging for a while, stop by the sites and get involved!


Weekly question: What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I'm not sure how old I was when I first read this, but I was young. I already knew I liked to read, but Speak made me realize I LOVED reading and couldn't get enough. It was beautifully written and had such a captivating story and I thought, I want to write something just as compelling, I want to use my voice to talk to everyone. I decided I wanted to become a writer, and nothing got in my way after that.



  1. I am currently waiting for the postie to deliver me a copy of Speak. I keep hearing good things about it so I thought I'd better check it out myself.

  2. Slowest Bookworm - Glad you're checking it out! It really is very good. :]

  3. Speak is an incredibly poignant book. Wintergirls really impacted me. I've suffered with an ED for almost 10 years, and reading it and about disorders for the first time was eye-opening.

    Happy Friday, Alissa :)

  4. I love it when people are really inspired by books!! Great choice!! I'm a new follower!! I got a great giveaway going on on my blog so check it out!!

  5. Welcome to the blog hop, Alissa - I often take part in it myself. I'm going to investigate "Speak"

  6. Hello there! Hopping by! I love the answers to this week’s question.
    I have a huge prize pack giveaway at the blog. A contest reminder is included in my book blogger hop post. I hope you drop by!
    Here’s my post.

    Have a nice weekend!

  7. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-book-blog-follow-friday.html

  8. I haven't read Speak. I wish could find also the cover of it. But I think Amazon will help me out

    Have a great weekend

    Aleetha - It's All About Books

  9. Anderson is a very powerful writer. I wish she had been writing when I was a teen!

  10. I loved Speak as well; I just bought it after reading it for the third time actually!Anyways, I'm just hopping by for Follow Friday :P Visit my blog and enter the giveaway when you get the chance! www.bethebooks.blogspot.com :)

    Have a good weekend!

  11. This will probably come of something as a surprise but the book that changed/influenced my life (more than any other) is a non-fiction book. I know we all focus on novels and the fanciful fiction we love to read but The Four Work Week is the book that gets all the credit. I know the title sounds fictional but it really isn’t. Hop over to my blog and find out why – http://www.howardsherman.net

    Happy Book Blogger Hop Day!

    Howard A. Sherman

  12. Thanks for dropping by, Alissa! I would definitely recommend reading some Tamora Pierce - my favorites are the Song of the Lioness and the Immortals series.

    I have to admit, I haven't read Speak yet! I've heard nothing but good things about it though, so I really should read it. I think I've just shied away from it so far because it's such emotionally intense subject matter.

  13. Hopping through. I don't think of Speak as one of my most influential books, but it was wonderful - a must read for teens.
    Happy weekend!
    My Hop

  14. Wow, this is going to age me! the book that had the biggest influence on me was Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. I suppose I should clarify that by saying the first time i read it was too young to understand the philosophy she was pushing (a philosophy that I now do not agree with), but the book pushed me towards a stronger work ethic, and that was a good thing!

  15. Cute header.

    Stopping by from the blog hop...

    Happy New Year....

    My answer is at: http://silversolara.blogspot.com


  16. Hi,
    Just hopping by and following through- I havent read Speak yet but its on my list!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  17. I ended up choosing Twilight because it was one of the first books that I interacted with strangers about. (More on my blog!)

    Have a good week!


  18. Happy hopping! I've awarded you the Stylish Blogger award at http://thinkingcat.blogspot.com!

  19. I enjoyed Speak to! I'm a new follower and great blog.

  20. Here I am hopping on by...

    I went all over the map with this question on my blog. I read and enjoy almost every genre of fiction out there. There’s no way I could just pick one.

    So I talked about all of them. Even romance fiction (sort of)! I invite you to hop over to my blog at http://www.howardsherman.net and see for yourself.

    Howard A. Sherman


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