Have you met your favourite author and have a picture?
I don't really know who my favourite author is, but quite a lot of the ones I like are unfortunately dead. Meeting Tolkien is never going to happen. I hope to one day get to meet J.K. Rowling and drop dead at her feet, but that might take some time. I haven't been to a lot of book conventions, which is a shame because they look like such fun. I probably should really start going to them. I did once "meet" Carlos Ruiz Zafon at a Q&A but we didn't take pictures and I was to scared to actually talk to him so I mainly just gawked!
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
How do you decide what blog to follow?
What I love about memes like these is that because of it you get to drop by a whole new bunch of blogs. I usually follow a blog if I like the way they write their reviews or the way they answer the questions. Something that puts me off at times is a confusing lay out, so when I see a blog that just looks nice aesthetically, I sometimes follow as well. Part of the whole book blogging fun however, I feel, is also just randomly following blogs and see what they put out there.
Book Beginning is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice. This week I'm using Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird', which I, to my shame, still haven't read!
'When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury.' p.1I like how the first two lines already tell us something about Jem's character, namely that he doesn't give up in the face of possible defeat, yet is also scared at times. That's an important mix of character traits to have!
'Atticus did not seem to realize this, or if he did he didn’t care. I hated him for that, but when you are in trouble you become easily tired: soon I was hiding in his lap and his arms were around me.' p.56
I love the second sentence. Sometimes when you're just scared and tired you need somewhere to hide and that could be the person you were angry at before. We all need comfort every once in a while.
So, how about you? Have you ever met your favourite author? And what makes you follow a blog?