Thursday, June 30, 2011

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday! [8]

Welcome blog hoppers!
I hope you enjoy your visit here at Writer Quirk!

Book Blogger Hop 

FFQ: ACK! Your favorite book/movie character (example Hermione Granger played by the Emma chick) just walked into the room! Who is it and what would be your first reaction? You get extra points if you include visual stimulation.

WQA:  Ack!  I don't know!  Let me think...oh yes.  It would be  
Captain Jack Sparrow 
and my first reaction would be to squint at him to make sure he is real.  Especially if I am seeing multiple Jacks.

BBHQ:  What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?

WQA:  What keeps me reading is a unique/distinct voice, a bit of mystery, good storytelling and atmosphere, and an outside-the-box quality when it comes to premise, settings, and situations.  
Great writing, wit, humor, and snark also help.
As for what makes me want to stop reading: flat/irritating/stupid characters, lack of forward motion, overkill of agenda, and supreme unbelievability.  The writing would have to be ridiculously bad for me to give up on it due to that (I did get through Twilght after all). 
*dodges tomatoes*

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  1. Johnny Depp was perfect as Jack Sparrow. New follower. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog.

  2. YAY CAPTAIN JACK!!! I would be pretty excited if he walked into any room I was in:) Johnny Depp is just so perfect for that role! I'm a new follower here and I'm looking forward to reading your posts!

    Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

  3. Hi & Happy Friday!

    A perfect choice :) I love Johnny Depp.

    I am a new follower.

    My FF,

    Have a nice weekend.

    Following from the Hop : Im a Old Follower

  5. Love the blog and your choice for this weeks question!

    Am a new follower. My FF post:

    Lan @ The Write Obsession

  6. Hi,

    I love captain jack sparrow, great choise ;)
    have a wonderfull weekend

  7. Johnny Depp is pretty popular this Friday and I can see why! Nice choice! Here's my FF!

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

  8. Here for the Hop! lol...multiple Jacks. And I agree, I like a degree of snark from my reads.

  9. Great choice! I love Jack Sparrow. He would be one interesting man to hang out with!

    New follower!


  10. Johnny Depp used to do it for me, but now... I think I'm Pirated out! Nah, I still love him!

    Oh, and I'm a new follower! Love your blog! Here's my FF! Book Brats!

  11. Hi,

    I love your blog. I'm a new follower just hopping by to say hello.

    Another Johnny Depp lover! I've seen loads on my hopping. =) I love him too.

    My FF:
    Char =)

  12. New follower stopping by from the Follow Friday blog hop! Great choice! Check out my Follow Friday post on my blog! Happy Friday :)


  13. Hey!

    Great answer. I would love to meet Captain Jack.

    Here's my Friday

    Amy@adumbrations (new follower)

  14. I don't know why I keep reading a book. It's not the story. It's not the characters. I really don't know!

    I'm hopping by to tell you that I've got a wonderful giveaway going on at my blog, Readerbuzz. It's international! During the Readerbuzz July Giveaway I'll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! I'd love to have you stop in and throw your name in the hat to win!

  15. Happy Follow Friday! I'm a new follower - please check out my blog! Steph @

  16. Old follower, hopping by! I work at Disneyland and they have Jack Sparrow impersonators at the Pirates ride! The first time I saw him I had to do a double take cause I actually thought it was him! Happy reading :)

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  17. Another vote for Jack! He's shown up a couple times on the hop so far. :D

    I also wanted to personally invite you to the 2011 Declare Your Independence Indie Author Giveaway Carnival at my blog, What Book is That?. A different indie author will be featured every day in July and new giveaways are going live almost daily- today's giveaway is for a $25 Amazon gift card!

  18. Aw! There is such a thing as a well-written elementary book, I promise you.
    I think there's so much dreck out there for that age level because lots of authors (and people in general) look down on that group, and say, "Well, it's 'just' for kids, so I don't have to try that hard."

    But when it's written well for elementary students, the results can be amazing.

  19. Love Captain Jack! New follower.

    Have a great holiday weekend!!

    SJune @

  20. I live Captain Jack! We have this folder with Captain Jack on it that we alwaystake on vacation. New follower.


  21. Hey I found your blog through Parajunkee's Follow Friday, and I'm your newest follower. I love your blog!

    Be sure to stop by Teen Fiction Centre for the latest news, reviews, and author interviews!

  22. Hopping through. I especially dislike authors who have too strong an agenda. I don't want to read a political diatribe - I want to read a book.
    My Hop

  23. Great pick. I'm your newest follower.

  24. Love the lively colors on your blog! I am your newest GFC follower. I am visiting via Book Blogger Hop. My answer to the question.

    I started reading a book the last month and it was suppose to be a very good book. But after giving it a couple of chapters I just couldn’t get into it. I put the book aside to read another day. I don’t like to do that because I feel as if my mind might have had too many distractions and I didn’t give the book a chance. So I always try to wait for another day to give it another go. I have so many other books calling to me from my to-be-read list that it can really be distracting. READ ME! READ ME!
    I prefer reading and reviewing Christian Fiction but I do read a varity of other books. I just can’t handle too scary or gory. Suspense and Mysteries I like. No explicit adult books either if I do find one I really want to read I just skip over the x-rated stuff. So what genre do I read?

  25. @Grace: I agree. Thanks and done!

    @Jenny: Thank you, and I love your blog name! Two of my favorite things to find in a book!

    @Sharon: Me too. I've seen nearly everything he's been in. Thanks!

    @Phantom Paragrapher: Thanks!

    @Lan: Thank you and thank you!

    @Kyanara: Thanks and you too!

    @Jessica: I haven't gotten to hop around much yet, but I haven't seen him elsewhere so far. I've found a lot of Harry Potter characters though, which is to be expected because HP is awesome.

    @Dani: Yes! A snark sympathizer! I've come across a couple books this past month that have some good snark and that make me smile while reading. People around me think I'm nuts, though. ^_^

    @Kristina: I agree! It would be so cool to hand out with him. Maybe I could ply him with rum and get him to sing a pirate or pub song? Probably wouldn't even need the rum, lol. And thanks!

    @Megan: I could never be pirated out if JD is involved, lol. Thanks!

    @CharmaineElaine: Thank you, thank you! Yes, I prefer Captain Jack to that wimpy Will Turner any day (says WQ, the former Legolas stalker, lol).

    @Kristen: Thank you and done!

    @Amy: Thank you! Maybe we should take a Caribbean cruise to find him? ^_^

    @Deb: Thanks for the info!

    @Steph: Thanks and done!

    @Crystal: Thanks for visiting again! And that sounds like a lot fun but I bet it's always crazy there! I saw a Captain Jack impersonator at the Ren Fest here and did the same thing!

    @Emily: Seems like there are a lot savvy bloggers out there! lol. And thanks!

    @Madigan: Oh no! I didn't mean actual elementary school books or books for that age - I just meant poor writing, bad grammar, no organization, that sort of thing (kind of like when a first grader writes a story - it's cute but it would be very hard to read a novel written that way). I took that bit out because it didn't express what I meant it to. I have seen some really good books for children. My favorite would be the Skippyjon Jones series, which is super fun and the rhymes get stuck in my head. ^_^

    @SJune: Thank you and you too!

    @Tammi: So you get Captain Jack wherever you go! Clever! Thanks!

    @Teen Fiction Centre: Thank you thank you and done!

    @Alison: Absolutely. Thanks for visiting again!

    @Beth: Thanks and thanks!

    @Patricia: Thank you! I have that happen too. I was in the middle of listening to a contemp YA audio book, but it wasn't catching me up enough and all I could think about was moving on to something more my type (namely paranormal YA). I think I will finish it eventually, but still decided to put it aside for now.

    Thanks for hopping by everyone! Great to meet (and see again) all of you! ^_^

  26. Hi fellow Tennessean! And ahhh Captain Jack. I so adore Johnny Depp. : )

    I'm a new follower! Please take a sec to stop by my blog if you can.


  27. Stopping by via Crazy-For-Book's Blog Hop. I'm following your blog.

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog this weekend so please stop by!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

  28. @Molli: We have two (very awesome) things in common! Thanks and done!

    @Pedantic Phooka: Thanks for stopping by! I visited your blog and the meaning behind your blog name is so cool! Thanks for following!


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