Follow Friday (10) & TGIF (3): All My Favorite Bookish Things

Moments after arriving at work this morning, I received a phone call from my boss, who told me they're doing away with my entire department and I am out of a job starting March 1.  Was it wrong that my first thought was, "That means I'll have more time to read!"?  

Anyway...

Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites. 

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Q. Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kickass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?

All my favorite books have strong protagonists, who generally make logical decisions.  Off the top of my head, most of my favorite books have a male lead character, but I don't think that's necessarily a requirement.  There's excitement and forward movement, but also enough character development that I feel like I'm living an adventure with these characters rather than just seeing a two deminsional picture.

The writing is always vivid without a lot of direct exposition and use of superfluous langauge.  All my favorite books take place in worlds that are different from our own - either because they're told in the future, a completely different world all together or an alternate version.  Each book transports me to a world that I want to spend time in with characters that I want to spend time with.

 

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Greadsbooks.com, where we answer a book-related question and recap our weekly blogging.

Book Appeal: When you're browsing goodreads, the library, or another blogger's reviews, what grabs your attention to make you want to read it?

I have what I like to call "triggers" - words or concepts that, if seen in a book's description, will automatically make me want to at least read more about it if not automatically add it to my TBR list.  Some of those more obvious triggers are: robots, steampunk, zombies, time travel, space, underground/parallel societies, supernatural powers, and alternate versions of faerie tales or old stories.  Those tend to be qualities of books that I enjoy the most.  It used to also be angels, but after reading so many bad YA angel books, that trigger has fallen off the list.  Now I need to see something about battles or wars involving fallen angels to get my interest.

I also have a tendency to pick up books at the library because their covers look interesting or unusual.  With blogger recs, my attention is grabbed by books that suddenly seem to take over the blogosphere with generally positive reactions.  That's how I came to read Incarnate and Wither.  I had seen those titles everywhere and felt like I was missing out on something great.

 

This week has been pretty awful.  It started out with migraines, melted into abdominal pains and ended with a layoff, so a lot of my blogging plans for the week got pushed aside.  It did have some good things too like book club and dinner with friends, but these are also things that kept me away from proper blogging.  Despite that, I still managed to post once each day.

- Monday's review was of Jodi Meadows' Incarnate and Thursday I reviewed Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines.  One I really had a lot of fun reading, the other not so much.

- Tuesday was a random post about a really great fund raiser that author Patrick Rothfuss is hosting that includes thousands of bookish prizes for those who contribute.

- Wednesday had our 2012 Sci-Fi Readers Challenge January wrap up and February link up post.

 

I have gotten a load of books in the mail over the last week and a half, so expect an IMM tomorrow.  Next week is up in the air again, so we'll see what I come up with.  It might just be daily squealing about Matt Bomer being on Glee and Misha Collins being on Ringer.  I'm predictable like that.

 

I've had a difficult week.  Tell me something happy.