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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Follow Friday--Would-Be Disappointments

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! 

Q: Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate -- ? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?

When I was clear back in grade school, (yes I still remember this but you'll understand why in a minute) I had a sick day. I think it was a Monday. When I came back to school the next day, I found that the teacher had divided the class into two reading groups. Half the class was reading one book (I can't remember what it was called) while the other half would read The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander. I wanted to read the first book because it was about American Indians and I had a copy of the book sitting on my shelf at home that I'd been wanting to read for a long time. I thought that would be a good group for me. Instead. I got put in the group reading The Black Cauldron and I was NOT happy about it.

To my great surprise, I LOVED The Black Cauldron and was so glad that was the book I got to read. I remember that because it was the first high fantasy-type book I read on my own. I'd grown up on stories of Frodo and the Ring, and the adventures of Narnia, but this was the first time I'd picked up a fantasy book and read it myself. It was the first time I realized how much I loved that genre. From then on, I started looking for fantasy books to read. :D Thank goodness for a book I didn't think I'd like! 

How about you? Anyone else have a similar experience?


  1. I've never heard of the book before but maybe I'll give it a try.
    New follower :) My FF is at www.myviewpointonbooks.blogspot.com

  2. Great answer!

    Old follower.

  3. I've heard about this author. Glad you liked it.

    Here is my FF

  4. Ooj nice! I don't think I've heard of this one!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  5. This is actually a really great story! I love it when books we read in school stay with us for such a long time. Mine would probably be Goethe's Faust, though I don't "like" or "dislike" it. :D

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  6. Its always a hit and miss when I have to read a book for school. Sometimes I will hate the book, while other times I will love the book so much. I have never heard of that book, but it has such a beautiful cover :D.
    old follower
    my F&F

  7. Oh The Black Cauldron was awesome! I wish I got to read that one in school instead of Lord of the Flies and The Good Earth. I knew I wasn't really going to enjoy those and I was right. With so many books that I want to read out there, if I don't find something that sounds interesting to me then I usually pass on the book. Have a great Friday!
    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  8. Oh, I had a number of assigned books that were A LOT better than I thought they'd be. I've also have a few strong reinforcers for 'yeah, I knew I'd hate that' (most recently, Twilight--I read it because my teen daughter swore I'd love it and I felt obliged to give it a fair shake). I do think it's easier to be open minded when we come in without expectations. I read book DESCRIPTIONS, but I tend to only trust a few people on reviews--people I know like some of the same things I do about books.

  9. That's really awesome! When you have to read a book and you think it's not for you, and you end up loving it it's like getting a surprise present!

    I still get assigned books, since I had the great idea to go back to Uni for a bachelor degree in English literature :D Most of the time I enjoy what I read though, my professors know how to make their classes interesting!

    Thanks for stopping by my FF post earlier. Have a wonderful weekend, Liesel!

  10. Good story! Now I'll have to look it up, cause I hadn't heard of it before.
    Thanks for stopping by and happy Friday!

    ~Pam @ moonlightreader.com

  11. Ohh awesome that you ended up loving the book in the end! I hated being forced to read books in school, the teachers always chose the most boring books.

    Although we had to read Z for Zachariah in primary and I ended up thoroughly enjoying that one. Actually now that I think about it I also remember reading a book that had the style of letters being written back and forth. It was about a girl replying to a pen pal ad in a magazine and the pen pal replying. And turns out the girl she was writing to was in jail/whatever. It ended without the readers ever know for sure what happened as the letters stopped but it also lead us to come to a conclusion that the writer wanted. I loved that book.

    Now I think about it the only books I hated reading were the books we were forced to read in primary school, they were silly books about having a pet monkey that ran away and things. As if being 8 meant we were too young to enjoy something with more depth. They were never engaging. Except for Z for Zachariah.

  12. You know, this is a book I've always wanted to read... so many people talk about how much they love it. Maybe it'll be my next bookstore purchase... or library rental.

    Old follower

  13. New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to visiting again.