Friday, August 12, 2011

Follow Friday (14)

Happy Friday, everybody!

Time to do some love sharing!

I'm participating in two Follow Friday Blog Hops.

The first one is hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Both of them are featuring new blogs. Blogs which are featured this week are: http://www.teenfictioncentre.blogspot.com/ and  Stephanie @ Steph Likes Books. Feel free and visit their blogs and follow them!


 
Question of the week: How have your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?
 
My answer:
Ugh, I was teen many years ago :) My reading habits have changed a lot, also genres.
When I was a teenager, lot of writers and especially books were forbidden and banned by the regime, so there was very little information about foreign contemporary literature at all. Already from the 40s there were lot of books which were removed from libraries and shops and stamped with forbidden sign. They were considered as dangerous to soviet people. For example, if you wanted to read something about modern life in so called western countries, you had to know somebody who knew somebody who knew somebody abroad and who could illegally smuggle some books into the country. These books were called itinerant books which were secretly spread amongst readers from hand to hand. Lots of Estonian writers were also banned. This lasted until the fall of the soviet begun, when lots of banned books were republished. That has also influenced my reading because at the end of eighties I was a teenager.

When I was teen I was really into some serious and heavy classics. I adored (and I still do adore) English and Russian literature and also some US and German writers, just to name few names: Mikhail Bulgakov, Feodor Dostoevsky, Jane Austen, Lev Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Salinger, Hemingway, Erich Maria Remarque, Tsheckov, Agathe Christie. These authors were definitely writing adult books. Young adult literature was almost non-existent for me. I have always been an avid reader and I read what I could get my hands into and bigger part of the classical literature was still allowed at that time. I also loved (and still love) poetry! Even now, poetry has a quite remarkable place in my bookshelves.
 
After the change of regime, the market of books changed totally in Estonia - you could buy and read everything! In my 20s I lived in Denmark, which also meant that I started reading lot of Scandinavian and Nordic literature, I enjoyed contemporary writers like Peter Hög, Herbjörg Wassmo, Jostein Gaarder and also authors like Knut Hamsun, Selma Lagrelöf and of course Hans Christian Andersen with his fairy tales.
 
Coming back to the presence, the past has surely defined what I am reading today - from the early age I have read different genres: romance, mystery, historical novels, suspense, fantasy. One genre which I just recently got acquainted with is paranormal and urban fantasy. There were very few books available in these genres when I was a teenager. But, I have read lot of books in these genres during the few last years. Yes, it all started with Twilight series, just like for many other book bloggers I know. After these books one of my favorite genres is paranormal, especially paranormal romance.
 
So, as you can see, lot has changed.
 
Now to the second hop I'm participating. It is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books.



Book Blogger Hop


Question of the week:
Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!

My answer:
I think I really don't own any books which have very weird titles. At least I cannot recall that at the moment, so I am going to give you something I found on the internet and which is hilarious. It is taken from the Oddest Book Titles. Take a look at that list - there are many funny and weird book titles there!!!

That's it for this Friday! happy reading (and laughing)!

Link to Crazy for Books linky: http://crazy-for-books.com/2011/08/book-blogger-hop-812-815.html
Link to Parajunkee's View's FF:





6 comments:

  1. Happy Follow Friday! I'm a first time follower. Just jumping around, and checking out all the amazing blogs out there! Follow Follow Follow! Lol I think I like this a bit too much! : )

    Feel free to check out mine: http://booklove101.blogspot.com/

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  2. OLD FOLLOWER...stopping by from the blog hop.

    I chose this as my funny-name book: COCKTAIL HOUR UNDER THE TREE OF FORGETFULNESS.

    Elizabeth

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  3. Hi there,
    Stopping by via Parajunkee's Follow Friday. I'm following you.

    Have a great weekend!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka
    www.pedanticphooka.com

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  4. I read very differently when I was a teen. But that was long, long ago.

    I'd love to have you stop by my blog and take a look at my post, The Hop: Reading a Jigsaw Puzzle. And don't forget to sign up for the Readerbuzz August Giveaway!

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  5. @BookLove101, thanks for coming by! I visited your blog and am a new follower there.

    @Elizabeth, thanks for hopping by! I also checked out and left a comment in your blog!

    @Holjo, I checked out your post, too. I'm an old follower of you blog. Thanks for coming by!

    @Deb, I visited your blog and following you. Ups, I forgot your August giveaway, but not to worry, I'll go back and take a look!

    @Kristin, thanks for coming by, following your blog, too.

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