Friday 5 August 2011

Follow Friday #20 / Book Blogger Hop #20

Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

I think for me Pushkin's Eugene Onegin was a timely find. I read it during a period when I totally worshipped this guy who didn't feel the same and it seemed like Tatyana and I were in the same boat. I even wrote a letter to the guy I liked, the way she does. It didn't work out, but eventually I went on to find love with someone the complete opposite of the guy I had once adored. I still like to go back to the book now and again as it is such a wonderful piece of writing.

Book Blogger Hop
This week's question from Crazy-for-Books is:

What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?

I am quite keen to read the new A. S. Byatt book, Ragnarok that will be released early September. I requested the ARC from NetGalley, but haven't heard if I was lucky enough to be approved for it yet.


  1. I like your blog and your answers! I am intriged by both books. Especially Ragnarok which has Norse Mythology.

    I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by my Follow Friday post.

  2. Sounds like a good read! I chose a very cliché book for the FF question, lol!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Hi & Happy Friday!

    My FF,

    Have a nice weekend.

  4. I haven't heard of this book...ima have to look it up!
    Hop on our hop Here! And while your there don't miss your chance to win a signed copy of Unlovable HERE!

  5. Hey, hopping by.
    I have never heard of your FF answer but I love how it inspired you to write a letter to that guy. I'm definitely going to look it up on good reads!


  6. I've never heard of Eugene Onegin. It sounds like it's an interesting read, though. I'll have to check it out.

  7. Hi (old follower stopping by) I like your book choices, I'll have to check them out in more detail.
    Here's my #FF

  8. Hopping through. I've never gotten around to reading Byatt. I've always heard good things about his books. I should.
    My Hop

  9. Just dropping by for the blog hop. I haven't heard of that book. If you get it, enjoy!

    My hop:

  10. Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier. New follower now! I've never heard of the Ragnarok book, but it sounds interesting. I'm kind of interested in Norse mythology, so I'll check it out.

    Happy Friday!

  11. I saw Ragnarock on NetGalley but I didn't request it. Good luck! One month and one day from today's hop, the book I'm highlighting comes out. Come see which book I'm talking about.

  12. I haven't heard of either of the books. They sound good. Friday Post!

  13. Hi, Nicki! I'm a recent new follower.

    You know, I've only read "Crime and Punishment", by Dostoevsky, but I know that Russian literature boasts some pretty towering writers, and Pushkin is one of them, from what I've heard. I've done the letter-writing thing myself, in a way -- I once wrote a guy several poems, and read them to him, too...(GROAN...) What I wouldn't give to go back and change history! He smiled cynically and said they were "nice" I completely understand this type of behavior! It never works. A man has to be crazy about a woman first, I've come to realize. Anyway, I LOVE reading classic novels, so I have to add this one to my TBR pile, right along with all of the YA books! Lol.

    I also like yor pick for the ARC. A.S. Byatt is another writer I've been meaning to read, and just haven't gotten around to it...I have the novel "Possession", for instance, which I've heard SO much about! I also have a book of essays, the title of which escapes me at the moment.

    Two AWESOME picks!! GREAT!!! : )

    Come on over and check out my FF & Blogger Hop posts!