What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, August 5, 2011

Follow Me Friday (3)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read. Every week we answer a different question to help you get to know your blogger friends a little better!

This week's Question:

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?).

My Answer:

Wow, it's hard to pick just one. The Giver by Lois Lowry has been on my list of favorite books for the longest. I don't even remember how old I was when I first read it, 3rd or 4th grade, I think. When I read that one, I remember being a little kid and really discovering that books can take you to different places. But as for what book really piqued my interest in reading, it was Shel Silverstein's poetry. The Giving Tree, the Light in the Attic, all those books I remember loving. I don't read a lot of poetry nowadays, but I remember climbing up in my Grandma's big orange (this is where she'd correct me and say peach) rocker and reading his stuff over and over again.

This week's Featured Blogger is Bonnie @ Hands and Home! So head on over and show her some love, eh?

And don't forget to enter in my 100 Followers Giveaway! Cheers, happy reading, and Happy Friday!


  1. Its good you used to have a love of reading from an early age.

  2. New follower :) Great pick, I love that book too!

    Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following you back!

    I loved Shel Silverstein! I had a lot of his books and I really loved reading them. The Giving Tree still makes me BAWL! I recently tried to read it to my daughter and I had to stop because it was just too sad and I started to cry!

  4. Thanks for dropping by, great answer!
    Following you back :)
    Happy weekend!

  5. Aww i remember reading The Giver! Great choice!

    Here's my FF!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm following you back! The GIving Tree was one of my favorite books (: I love the name of your blog, especially the subhead. Clever! Happy Friday,
    -Katie @ Magic Is In Words

  7. Omg, Shel Silverstein ... I still remember in elementary school, one of my teachers had a book of his and I would just read it all the time because I loved it so much, haha.

  8. I loved Shel Sliverstein poetry! When I was on my poetry kick he was one of my more modern faves! Falling Up was the first one I read before going back for the others!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  9. Hi Courtney! New follower. Excellent choice with Shel Silverstein. If only all poetry were so stimulating, I'd probably read more of it as an adult!

  10. Thanks for the follow. Now following back. Lots of books. Some of those books I never heard of.

  11. OOh ... you pick a book I haven't heard of ... something to think over. Thanks.

  12. Oh and I'm new follower. Happy weekend!

  13. Thanks for the comment on my blog! I did read Dark Visions and I think I like them equally!
    I'm your new follower too!! :]
    Love love your blogg

  14. Thanks for coming by my blog and following :)

    I read The Giver for English at school in like year 8. It feels like that books that I had to read fro English and study at school didn’t inspire me much to read at all. I guess that’s how it goes usually.

  15. I didn't even think of The Giver, but it was a great book.

    Just hopping back from Pretty in Fiction. You've been followed.

  16. Hi Courtney! Thank you for visiting my blog :) You know, I've been seeing The Giver for a while now and I'm curious about it, but I'm quite hesitant yet to give this book a try. Do you recommend it? Is it good?

    ~April :)
    P.S. I'm following back :) Thanks so much!

  17. Awww Shel Silverstein!!!! I cry every time I read the giving tree. Stupid selfish boy. I've memorized a few of Shel's poems. So much fun.

    I'm following back :)

  18. I haven't read The giver yet, but I see it when I go to my used bookstore maybe sometime I'll get it.

    As for the poetry books I have 2 or 3 of them. Light in the attic and where the sidewalk ends. Some of those poems still stick out in my mind like Sick. Good choices. :)

  19. Hi Courtney, thank you for visiting and following! We are following you back as well.
    Great choice for the Follow Friday.

    Happy Reading,

  20. thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, I haven't heard of the giver but am interested


    - Kylie

  21. Hey, new follower!
    I haven't read The Giver yet, but everyone i know has been raving about it so much that i'll definitely get to it...eventually :)
    Just stopping by from a friend's blog, make sure to come say hi in your free time, i love meeting new people!
    Have an awesome week,
    Imo :D

  22. thanks for commenting/ following! I'm now following you too :)))
    I loved his poetry!! Brings back memories haha!


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