Literary Friday ya’ll….

It’s Friday- what’s your weekend plans?


1. Deep South Mag and their #literaryfriday: Fannie Flagg, Vampire Books, Lee Smith, book festival news and so much more!


2. #giveaways this week include:

Always With a Book is giving away the latest Laura Childs book, Gilt Trip!

Book-Alicious Mama is giving away Grounded by Angela Correll!

Traveling With T is giving away Strangled by Silk by Barbara Jean Coast!


3.  Traveling With T was visited this week by Angela Correll- her debut novel, Grounded, was released this week! Read the Interview or Author Spotlight about Angela for more information!


4. Reviews posted this week on Traveling With T: Grounded by Angela Correll, Wedding Belles by Beth Albright,                The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty & Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber.


5. Book Lovers Unite is reading The Life List for October! Here is Week 1 questions!


6. Another AWESOME blogger: Helen at My Novel Opinion!


7. Yesterday, I posted a blog post that I had written- A Million and 1 ways to be a Blogger. In it, I consider things that bloggers think about- but mainly, the question is “Am I Blogging Right?” Is there a right or wrong way to blog? I don’t know- but I’m loving hearing what others are thinking!


8. Bloggers Recommend just posted their October newsletter: 26 Must Reads for October 2013. Check it out and find you a read!


9. My #fridayreads The Last Winter of Dani Lancing by P.D. Viner. At first it was hard to get into- but I hit a groove the other night. Let’s hope that continues!


10. October 10th come chat with Literary New England and myself- it’s a combo chat between Literary New England and She Reads- we’ll be discussing The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill. There will be giveaways! 8pmEST #LNEChat

Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Helen @ My Novel Opinion

Another AWESOME blogger! Helen @ My Novel Opinion is a relatively new blogger, but I started seeing her reviews popping up here and there (mainly because we like a lot of the same books). I started checking her blog out and liked what I saw.  Read on to find about #literaryconfessions and is Helen a book shelf kind of girl or not?


Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Helen @ My Novel Opinion

Helen- when did you begin blogging?

I started blogging at the beginning of April this year, so I’m relatively new.


How did you come up with the name My Novel Opinion?

Lots and lots of brainstorming! I wanted to incorporate books and thoughts/opinions into the name so I opened a word document and started going through the thesaurus. One option was The Book Hoarding Magpie since I treat books like shiny objects that I just have to have and then never get rid of them. I like that ‘novel” has the double meaning though – it fits well!


What are your thoughts on blogging today in an ever-changing book-ish world? Are blogs helping other readers connect with good books?

I think that blogs absolutely help to connect readers with good books. It now only helps new and upcoming releases but also older books. I just recently read and LOVED Looking for Alaska by John Green as a direct result of the adoration of many book bloggers!


When you are not blogging (or reading!)- what do you like to do?

Usually spending time with my children, husband and puppy.


Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

I’ve never read anything by Austen or any of the Bronte sisters, it’s actually quite shameful!


Do you have a #literarycrush? 

I’ve never really thought of this! You had me going through my Goodreads list to try and recall if there ever has been one…maybe John from Nicholas Spark’s Dear John, and that may or may not have something to do with Channing Tatum playing the part in the movie 😉


What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013?

Well 2013 is almost over, but there are still a few books which I am looking forward to being published: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, Sycamore Row by John Grisham and The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.


In your opinion, what book has been the best book you have read (so far!) in 2013?

Of those published in 2013 it has to be The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty or Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman. Otherwise it would be 11/22/63 by Stephen King.


You have a beach vacation planned. What are the 3 books that you must bring?

3 books that I have yet to read (I seldom reread books), they would have a beach/summer theme. Or something lighthearted by a favorite author Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Jewell or Cecelia Ahern.


Are you an e-book or tree book lover? Or does it not matter?

I was against ebooks for so long, I felt like I was cheating on paper books but I am now well and truly converted! I love my Kindle and probably couldn’t live without it (I know right) but it is just so convenient and lightweight for those mammoth 1,000+ page books! But I still love real books, and will always buy them and read them. I don’t really think it matters which you prefer as long as you are reading…it’s the same words!


Do you stack your books on the nightstand or are you more of a bookshelf person?

Definitely a bookshelf kinda girl. My husband would go crazy if I had a stack lying around on the nightstand. It’s bad enough when I have a few lined up on the coffee table!


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