Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Book Blogger Hop and Weekend Wrap-up August 6th

Friday finally came! And we ALL know that Friday brings us the lovely...

Book Blogger Hop

The Hop is a great way to gain some followers for all you book bloggers out there. Just head on over to Crazy For Books and put your name up on the list of links. It runs every Friday until Monday.

Each week, if you sign up for the Hop, there's a question to be answered. And this weeks question is...

Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what are your favorite reading tunes?

Ok, generally, I hate to listen to music while I read. It distracts me from being totally focused and in order to totally immerse myself in the story, which is my favorite part of reading, I need to be focused. But, if I had to choose, I'd say any pretty song that has no words! Honestly, though, I enjoy silence so the rare times I do get it, I like to take advantage of it :)

If you're visiting from the Hop, comment below to let me know where you're comin' from, and then follow!

Well, it's been another relaxed week here at FMNS. But here's what I DID do. 

I reviewed the book The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone. This one was the opposite of what often happens. I had low expectations for the book, and it totally blew me away. Michele Young-Stone is an author who defies the word "talented", and the novel left me wishing it didn't have to be over yet. The book left me breathless.

You can read that review by clicking here.

Also reviewed this week (actually just today) was the book The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez. It was an easy read, but it touched me deeply and left an imprint on my heart. I personally fell in love with everything about the book. The title has such a powerful connection to the plot that it left me with tears in my eyes.

You can read that review by following this link.

Currently I'm reading the book The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard. I'm reading it for the August 2010 Debut Author Challenge (as were the last two books mentioned--that thing is taking over my life! More accurately, my TBR list). I'm practically finished it, actually, and it's been very good. Not beyond spectacular, but I have a feeling we'll get into that when I write the review for it! But it IS a very good, very compelling novel and I highly recommend it. It's a fabulous debut novel for Jennifer Hubbard.

And that's the week! Unfortunately, I was unable to find anyone to feature this week! If you are a new book blogger (about 2 months or less), please email me at frommynightstand(at)gmail(dot)com. Also, PLEASE email me if you KNOW of someone who could be featured; I'm always on the lookout for promising new blogs. Thanks for reading this week! Au revoir!



Hi Meghan, I'm like you, music distracts me too. I love the type of books you read! Happy weekend.


Thanks for checking out my blog :) I need to read your review of the Michele Young-Stone book. I've been thinking about reading it for a while but wasn't sure if I'd like it. Added you to my google reader!

Tiger Holland

Hopping by to visit and follow! I'm all for total immersion in the reading world, too. :-)




Hi, already following but just hopping by! I'm the same way, music generally distracts me when I'm reading.


Just hopping by! I'm excited to read The Red Umbrella, so I'm glad most reviews seem to say nothing but good things about it. :]

Have a good Friday!

Shannon (Giraffe Days)

Hi Meg, I'm returning your visit on the Hop! Your blog is lovely :)

I agree that music without words is the least intrusive, but aside from a couple of jazz albums and some movie scores (which may as well be the movie, eh?!) I don't have much like that.

It's great to see what you've been reading too - the first book sounds familiar, I may have seen the cover on someone's blog, but this is the first I've heard about it. That's the kind of enthusiasm I love! I'll have to check out your reviews.


Hey I'm your newest follower from the hop!

I find music way too distracting while reading.

Hope you have an amazing weekend!


Lover of Romance

Just sopping by for the hop!!! Hope you are having a good weekend so far!!!

Feel free to come over and visit me Here

Happy Reading!


Hopping in to wish you a Happy Friday ~
~Tresa @ Bippidy Boppidy Boo


Happy friday! I read your review of The Red Umbrella, it sounds really good! I'll be sending you an email about that feature. Have a great day!

Danielle @ everylastpage.blogspot.com


Hopping by! Your blog has great design. And I've never heard of The Red Umbrella, but now I have to check it out! I'm a follower now, too.



The Book Bee

Hello, just stopping by from the hop. I like the look of your blog and I am now a follower. Have a good weekend.


Wow, awesome blog! I'm a new follower stopping by from the blog hop but man am I glad to have found your blog. I love the colors and I'm mighty curious to see what you think of The Iron King. I loved it!

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