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Friday, November 05, 2010

A Little I-Can't-Believe-I'm-Old-Enough-to-Have-A-12-Year-Old Bookishness

What were you doing 12 years ago today? I was making my way to the hospital, trying to breathe through some fierce labor pains. At 29 weeks along. I was sure the doctors were going to take one look at me, laugh, and send me home. Didn't happen. Instead, I gave birth to a tiny little boy who weighed only 3 lbs. 6 oz. After a roller coaster ride through the NICU, he came home in time for Christmas. Today, he's a sweet, funny 12 year old who's as tall as I am. Where does the time go?

Anyway, it's Friday - time for my two favorite book blogging events. I haven't participated in either for a couple of weeks, so I'm ready to do some Hoppin' and Followin'. How 'bout you?

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy For Books. This week, she asks: What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following a blog? She's also issuing a mini-challenge that kind of goes along with the question, so check that out.

- I guess the answer to this question is kind of obvious based on the fact that I participate in the Hop and Follow Friday almost every week. Of course, I want followers! And by followers I mean people who officially Follow me on Google Connect, people who subscribe via feed reader, those who check in regularly without any kind of reminder, and especially those who leave comments. I love my readers! I do realize, though, that there are hundreds of book blogs out there. If you don't have time to check mine, I completely understand.

My Google Reader, I have to tell you, is full of book blogs. Several hundred, in fact. All of which I check on at least monthly. I just love book blogs and when I leave a comment on yours saying that I'll be back, I mean it.

Yes, I have stopped following blogs, but usually it's only when the blog goes inactive, the blog's content is offensive, or I go months without looking at it. That doesn't happen often, though.

How about you?

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee. Her question this week is a toughie: Who are your favorite authors?

- I'm too indecisive to have a favorite anything, but here's a list of some of the authors whose work I consistently enjoy:

  • Jodi Picoult
  • Tana French
  • Adriana Trigiani
  • Maeve Binchy
  • Kathy Reichs
  • Robyn Carr
  • Cassandra Clare
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Many, many, many more

Who are your favorites?

Have a wonderful Friday, everyone. Happy Hopping, Following and, of course, reading!


  1. Happy Birthday to your Son!
    What a gorgeous photo, he was so tiny.
    I was lucky with my 3 that they were all around term time. One was 1 day late,next was 3 weeks early and the last 2 weeks late!

    enjoy ur weekend!


  2. Hi! I'll continue to follow blogs even if I only check them out once a month or so. There really are too many to keep up with!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I noticed you were reading Matched and was wondering what you thought of it

    <a href=">Sniffly Kitty</a>

  4. hi just hopping over from the book blogger hop
    copied your button for my blog thanks

  5. My oldest, who also had a wild NICU ride, is now 21, and my YOUNGEST turns 12 in just a couple of months. No kidding on where does the time go and "I'm not old enough!" I totally get it!

  6. Hi Susan, I'm your newest follower. I just finished reading Matched a week ago, and I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it!
    Please stop by and follow back!
    Hafsah @ IceyBooks

  7. Dizzy C - Thank you! My boys were both preemies, born at 29 weeks. My girls were early, too, but only by 4-5 weeks. It wasn't until the last one that the doctors finally figured out that my uterus is deformed (it's bi-corneal) - Who knew?

    Bea - Agreed!

    Sniffly - I'm loving MATCHED. Really. It's a great book - dystopian, but with a fairy tale kind of feel to it.

    Joan - Thanks so much!

    Suey - Thanks for making me feel young again :) LOL.

    Hafsah - See my comment to Sniffly. I've been to your blog before - if I'm not already a follwer, I'll gladly become one!

  8. Happy birthday to your son! And thanks for visiting my blog. It's good to meet you. Even more so as I see you're a cross stitcher too! I have to admit though that I haven't put a stitch in since June. I think finishing a very large piece earlier this year kinda put me in a bit of a stitching rut. Anyhow, I'm going to go take a peek at some other posts on your blog now :)

  9. Happy bday to your son!

    I stop following a blog if I find that I'm not really engaged in what they're writing. If I constantly find myself just skimming the posts I'll stop following.

  10. I don't or haven't yet stopped following blogs and probably won't unless there was a really good reason to. I may not checkon thm all the time but every once while I think I haven't beenthere in awhile and go and check it out and leave a message or two. Anyways, hope you have a good weekend and happy birthday to your son!

  11. Happy Birthday to your son! Time flies fast. :) Wishing you a good weekend!


    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

  12. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower of yours too! Have a great weekend :)

    Claire @ YA Bookie Monster

  13. I like that all your favorite authors are women! I'll bet you didn't even notice :)


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