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Friday, December 17, 2010

Book Blogger Hop (2) &Follow Friday (4 & 5)

Book Blogger Hop
Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee. Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer of Crazy-For-Books.

I can't believe it's that time of the year again. *sniffs* Yesterday was the last day of our preliminary exams and I'm so happy I survived it without nose bleeding, fainting, vomiting or whatever. I just hope my grades would survive too. *fingers crossed* ALSO! Only 8 days to go before Christmas!! Aren't you excited?? The Simbang Gabi (Mass at Dawn), also, has started a couple of days ago in my country. It sucks that I wouldn't get to complete it. Again. Simbang Gabi is a yearly tradition in the Philippines that starts Dec. 16 and ends Dec. 25. where people go to church at dawn (usually 4-5 am) for 9 days. If you get to complete those 9 days, you will be entitled to make a wish. Which will be granted, of course. *winkwink*
bibingka
Puto bungbong
Usually, it's also the time when stores that sell Bibingkas and Puto bungbongs pop up like mushrooms in the streets. They are rice cakes and you don't go home from the mass without buying those. Sometimes, those two are what I really look forward to Mass at Dawns... yum.

Book Blogger Hop: This week's question comes from Alex who blogs at Geek on the Brink:

"What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"

Mithee says: Both. The plot and the characters play a vital role in a story. Sometimes, if I don't like a story's plot but it has some kickass characters, I'd keep reading it. If the story has boring characters but has a mind-blowing plot, I'd keep reading it as well.

Lyn says: Both but first and foremost: the plot. I can stand bad characters in interesting plot but good characters in bad plot is such a waste!

Kay-c: It depends. Though I would preferred both. But sometimes plot leads me to love the characters. But sometimes if I love the character I will have to force myself to love the plot as well. So It just depends on how I would I appreciate the book.

Follow Friday: This week's question comes from Carmel at Rabid Reads:

What did you study in college, or are currently studying and did it lead to your current 9 to 5 or are you doing something totally different?

Mithee says: I am currently studying Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. It's very toxic, but I hope to finish it in two years.

Lyn says: I studied communication and what I've learned practically used in every kind of job that require communication. But my primary job isn't related to broadcast or PR world.

Kay-c says: Me? I am currently studying Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management Major in Tourism :D

Anyway, since we weren't able to post our FF #4 last week, this will serve as our FF 4&5!

Reviews:
The Ghost and the Goth (Ghost and Goth #1) by Stacey Kade (Mithee)
Nevermore (Nevermore #1) by Kelly Creagh (Mithee)
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore (Mithee)
Stolen by Lucy Christopher (Kay-c)
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud (Lynossa)
Tunnels (Tunnels #1) by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams (Lynossa)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larrson (Lynossa)


Features:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (1)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)
Teasers Tuesdays (3)
Teasers Tuesdays (4)

Waiting On Wednesday (4)
In My Mailbox (3)


Challenges:
Crime Fiction Alphabet 2011
Out with A Bang Readathon

Others:
Character Interview with Will Killian of The Ghost and the Goth
Giveaway! The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade. (International)

Please post your FF links on the comments below so we can return the favor. ^_^


PS: We've reached 100 followers! This require a toast of champagne! Or just sparkling mineral water...

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30 comments:

Julia Writer said...

It was a tough one this week! Very hard to choose either.

Sniffly Kitty said...

I've had neither Bibingkas nor Puto bungbongs what are they made from?

Sniffly Kitty
Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books
New Meme: Third Sentence Thursday!

Mithee (The Deranged Book Lovers) said...

@snifflykitty: they are made of rice. Both are Filipino delicacies. You only get to buy them around Christmas season.

Hannah @ Every Little Thing said...

Hop. . .Hop. . .Hop. . .

Stopping by from the hop and ff! Your blog is ANOTHER unique kind, so I decided to follow you :) Have a great weekend!

BLHmistress said...

Stopping by to say hi, Old follower. Hope you have a Happy Holidays.

My Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop

Belinda said...

Happy HOP! This week's question wasn't so simple to answer but ultimately it was characters for me. That's where I make my connection to the story. LOVE your blog and I'll be back.

Come HOP by The Bookish Snob

Ruperto Prieto Jr. said...

sarap ng bibingka! i will have it on sunday coz i'll be going to bulacan to visit my parents! can't wait to pair it up with a very hot tsaa!! delish!!!

AngelicNytmare said...

I agree I think they both go hand in hand. :)

Mithee_ Pharmacy is actually very interesting. What are you trying to do in the field. Just curious I'm a Pharmacy tech. :)

Tina (Book Couture) said...

I love all your answers! It was a hard decision for me too, but personally, I think that the story and plotline are equally as important as each other, so I agree.

Your blog is adorable, by the way, and I'm definitely following you for more reviews and awesome posts!

Happy reading,
Tina @ Book Couture

brave chickens said...

It's great that three people have one awesomely written blog. I love how each of you have given an answer for the blogger hop questions as well.

As for this weeks's question, I agree with Lyn. Very true indeed!

bookdout said...

Hi,
Hopping by and following through. It's interesting how different you all are in terms of career - thanks for sharing!

Shelleyrae
www.bookdout.wordpress.com

Jemima Valentino said...

Yay, I'm your newest follower. And yet ANOTHER gorgeous blog.
Happy Friday :)
www.jemimavalentino.blogspot.com

Universe in Words said...

Great Blog!! Now a new follower!
the questions were really tough this time!!

Facing50Blog.com said...

Hi! I am your newest follower.I've somehow bumbled onto your great blog.
Please drop by and maybe follow me if you fancy a laugh. I'd be delighted to welcome you.
Friendly wishes from a festive UK
Carol from www.facing50withhumour.blogspot.com – the blog that gives you laughter lines. (Has that put you off?)

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by for today's #FF and checking out my new blog design. Have you read my featured blogger post yet at Parajunkee's View? I'm an old follower. :) Happy weekend!

Carmel
Rabid Reads / Twitter

Julie said...

I'm a new follower from the hop!

GREYZ said...

I'm totally with plot. :) The most solid answer to this question but it's still on someone's preference. Anyway, read my answer in Clandestine Sanctuary.

I'm an old follower. Have a great weekend.

P.S. Puto bungbong!!! Favee.

Tribute Books Mama said...

I did not go to college, and I am currently retired. I worked for over 15 years in the secretarial division of Emery Air Freight in the 1960s and 1970s. I was a stay-at-home mom for the 1980s and 1990s, and now I am helping my daughter with her business, Tribute Books as the volunteer office manager.

TwoBibliomaniacs said...

New follower from the Hop! Great answers and I agree that this was a difficult decision. In the end I choose plot, but went back and forth several times… Stop by and say hi when you get a chance!

Aleetha said...

new follower from Parajunkee blog post. This is the first FF post which consist of three posters

Waiting your new updates
have a great weekend

My FF

Selena said...

Hi! Thanks for the follow. I'm here to do the same.

Thanks for stopping by The Enchanted Book! I like your blog.

Have a great weekend!

Selena
http://theenchantedbook.blogspot.com/

Dana Alma said...

Hey you, just stopping by on the hop and follow. I love reading about all the different careers. Happy Holidays. Happy Reading!!!
See ya!
Readaholics Anonymous

Inspired Kathy said...

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

pussreboots said...

I prefer characters over plot. But both are important. Happy Blog Hop.

Howard Sherman said...

This might be the best Book Blogger Hop question I've seen to date.

So what's the answer? Plot! Hop over to my blog and let me tell you how a good plot rescued bad characters from bad book oblivion.

Howard Sherman
http://www.howardsherman.net

Lynossa (Deranged Book Lovers) said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone ^^
It's interesting to read your answers and a bit of your background.
I've got an upcoming challenge for classic novels lover so tuned in!

Tiger Holland said...

Hopping by to return the visit and follow!

Caroline said...

It was a tough question this week. I have to go fifty/fifty on plot & characters. It really depends on the book. I'm in high school right now so I can't answer the FF question. New follower though! :)
Happy reading! -Caroline, Words & Whispers

Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies said...

Happy Friday!

Hope you have a great weekend!!
Romance Book Junkies

Elizabeth said...

Cute Christmas header...Hopping by from the blog hop.

Stop by my blog to see my answer to this week's question.

Also check out a design site I found...pretty neat...it is in the right side panel on my blog.


http://silversolara.blogspot.com

Happy Holidays!!

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