Of Memes and Hops

It's another Friday which means time for more memes. I cannot believe another week has passed but I guess time flies when you're having fun, so my week can't have been that bad. Now, onto some memes.

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This week's question was asked by Elizabeth over at Silver's Reviews:
Do you have a schedule set for blogging and reading time? Or do you not have a set time and just let it happen?

I didn't use to have a schedule and at the beginning that was fine because I was still in high school and just really excited about the entire "blogging thing". But then I started University and everything just became a bit more intense. Now I have a schedule in the sense that I have certain memes I do on specific days, like Teaser Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday and of course all the Friday memes. I don't always do all of them but that way I at least know there will be something on my blog most days. I don't really schedule my reading time because I like to read whenever I want and reading under pressure is hard. I do have my Netgalley reads "scheduled" though in the sense that there is a day before which it needs to be finished!

For Book Beginnings (hosted by Rose City Reader) and Friday 56 (hosted by Freda's Voice) I'm using Joseph Adams' Watership Down. I'm seriously going to start reading it now and I hope these two memes are going to get me more pumped than I already am. The cartoon movie is one of my favourite movies ever.

'The primroses were over. Toward the edge of the wood, where the ground became open and sloped down to an old fence and a brambly ditch beyond, only a few fading patches of pale yellow still showed among the dog's mercury and oaktree roots.'
I feel like there is a lot of finality to the beginning of this book, in the sense that nature is dying and decaying, despite the narrative only starting.

''Well, well, Prince with the Thousand Enemies, where are the lettuces?'"'I am having them delivered,' answered El-ahrairah. 'There will be rather too many to carry.' Then he and Rabscuttle went secretly down one of their few holes where there was no water, put a sentry outside and thought and talked for a day and a night.'
It's important to remember that this novel is about rabbits and therefore lettuces are very important. Despite what might seem slightly ridiculous, I'm loving the way it is written!

Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. This week's question is:

Recommend some of your favourite back-list books - books that are at least a few years old (5 to 10 rather than classics).

This is quite difficult because I am terrible at remembering when books came out. But let's give it a try. Here are three I recommend.

  • The entirety of the Harry Potter saga. I realize this might not be the point of the question, but they're recent and they're amazing so I think I should be allowed to get away with this one.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, published in 2008 I absolutely loved the first book, it was just so good and I read it in an evening. It was one of the first times in forever I didn't go to sleep until the sun was already shining.
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, published in 2002. In my head, this was the kind of book that had been around for generations but it's actually only 11 years old. It is a favourite of mine although rereading it is a bit of a chore because it is quite big.
So, what are your answers? Leave a link in a comment so I can come check it out!


  1. OOOh - it has been ages since I read Watership Down. I can barely remember it. You have just succeeded in putting it on my TBR pile. I just have to find my copy.

  2. I've actually never read Watership Down, maybe some day.

    Backlist books, hmm. I can think of quite a few actually. Maybe I'll do a post inspired by this topic.

  3. I haven't read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yet but so many people have told me about it. Thanks for sharing all the great books! :D

    New GFC follower :)

    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

  4. I haven't read Watership Down, but I'm intrigued by the excerpts. Enjoy! Here's MY FRIDAY POST

  5. I have a crazy busy schedule too! That is why I schedule EVERYTHING or it does not get done at all. I have to find more time to read now. To bad I love sleeping. LOL!

  6. I read WATERSHIP DOWN many years ago and saw the movie too. It's an interesting tale that I should reread (when my TBR pile gets smaller). PILLARS OF THE EARTH and WORLD WITHOUT END are fantastic stories that I've read more than once. You've featured a lot of good books in today's post.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: THE MERMAIDS SINGING.

  7. I too love the Millenium trilogy and HP series..:)
    New Bloglovin follower..

    My FF

    -Njkinny @ Njkinny's World of Books

  8. Hi Juli,

    I haven't read any of your featured books today, nor have I watched Watership Down the film. I am not one to cry over fims generally, however I think this one would be just too sad, although I do live quite close to actual Watership Down, featured in the story.

    I have watched one of the Harry Potter films, however I must be about the only person on the planet who doesn't really connect with them!

    A nice interesting post, thanks for sharing and have a good weekend,


  9. I read whenever I have free time.
    Never seen the cartoon movie or read the book. Sounds cute!

    Happy weekend!

  10. A book about rabbits is different. Hope you enjoy it. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

  11. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Just to clarify: there were no mermaids in THE MERMAIDS SINGING. The book mostly takes place on a small island on the west coast of Ireland called Inis Muruch (the Island of Mermaids); however, mermaids were mentioned as a local legend.

  12. Nice answer. Life does get in the way, doesn't it.

    I am very "scheduled" with my reviews, but blogging and reading "just happen."

    Have a great weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  13. What a full post! Scheduling for me is pretty loose: must read, must review ... ;) I felt the same way about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- you just can't put it down! I have Pillars of the Earth on the TBR but it so. so. so. BIG. Talk about a chunkster! I'm sure I'll love it and want to kick myself for waiting so long ;) Have a wonderful weeken, Juli!

  14. I schedule my posts, my Tweets and FB posts. With a full time job, it's the only way I can keep it all moving forward.

    I loved Pillars of the Earth. Amazing book. Just steer clear of the follow up book; it's just a rehash of the first one.

    Have a good week!

  15. Very good assessment of the book's beginning! I enjoyed reading that.

    Linking from Freda's Voice,
    Ricki Jill


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