Friday, 5 August 2011

Follow my Book Blog Friday 05.08.11

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and gives us the chance to hop around, visit each other's book blogs and follow the ones we like the look of. Every week there is a different question, and this week's is:

Q. 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?

I'm going to choose Adam Bede by George Eliot, because it's the first grown-up "classic" that I ever read and enjoyed. I had read some of the classics for school, but because we were forced to read them I always viewed them as a chore rather than a pleasure. Then I went travelling around Europe and found myself with nothing to read on long train journeys. I went into a bookshop in Italy, and the only books I could afford on my shoestring budget were classics. So I picked up Adam Bede almost at random and before long I was hooked. It made me realise that classics aren't necessarily boring, and removed the fear and mystery surrounding anything written more than 50 years ago. On that trip alone I went on to read over 20 classics and they've been a regular part of my reading ever since.


  1. Haven't read Adam Bede. I chose a book I first read when I was 13. "Are You Alone on Purpose?" - Nancy Werlin.

  2. New follower just hopping through :) Happy friday!

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  3. I haven't read that book, but i can understand hating certain classics because of school!! I didn't actually enjoy the books I read in school until junior year when I read Wuthering Heights and Crime and Punishment. Those are still my favorite classics!

    Here's my FF!

  4. It's kind of sad when you don't like to read because of school, isn't it? Good thing I never stopped reading, hahaha. Great choice, by the way.
    I'm a new follower! This is my Follow Friday.

    BTW, I'm hosting three giveaways in my blog and two of them are international (the other one is just for Europe), just click HERE and feel free to enter :D


  5. I haven't read it, but I'm glad it's been special for you! It's cool you liked a book so much that you randomly picked up. :)

    Have a happy weekend! My answer can be found here!

  6. Nice. something original. New follower. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog.

  7. Hopping through. I haven't read anything by George Eliot. The only Eliot book I've heard of is Middlemarch. Have to look this up.
    My Hop

  8. Just came across your blog. Looks interesting.