Hop In and Follow Me Friday #4

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-For-Books. This week's question:

“What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change

To be honest, I would have to say that it was Captivating by Jon and Staci Eldredge. I read it years ago and use it in womens ministries all these years later. It isn't a fiction book, which is what I usually read, but every word felt as if it was specially written for me.

Follow My Blog Friday

Follow Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Parajunkee's View.

This Week's Question:

What book have you discovered on another blog?

I discovered Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen. I would like to say that I read it all the way through, but I didn't. The reason is...I'm a prude. *Gasp* There were too many scenes that made me blush and check to see if someone could be reading over my shoulder--like my children (who are 2 and 4, BTW, so they don't read yet).

But here is what I LOVED about that book and why I truly did want to finish it:

Sara has an incredible writing voice--pulling the reader from one paragraph to the next. I enjoyed how the POV character moved from two different times in his life, letting us see his past, and letting us see how that past effected him much later in life. There were times when I felt the character's pain so significantly, that I just wanted to wrap my arms around him and huge him--telling him things would be okay. Funny how writer's never have the urge to do that for their characters--only the readers.

Water For Elephants has been made into a movie that will be released this spring. I'm looking forward to seeing it.



  1. Hi
    Just hopping by and following through. I loved the book and am looking forward to the movie also

    Shelleyrae @ book'd Out

  2. Happy Follow Friday! I'm your newest follower!

    Really looking forward to your future posts :)

    Be sure to check out my blog if you get a chance:

  3. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-book-blog-follow-friday.html

  4. Hello there! Hopping by! I love the answers to this week’s question.
    I have a huge prize pack giveaway at the blog. A contest reminder is included in my book blogger hop post. I hope you drop by!
    Here’s my post.

    Have a nice weekend!

  5. Just hopping by...Captivating sounds fascinating.

    Here's my hop:


  6. Happy Follow Friday! I am a follower!!!

    Emma Michaels

  7. New follower!

    I love Water for Elephants! It made me blush (a lot) but I finished it... and I plan on reading it again! Can't wait for the movie to come out :)

  8. Just hopping over to say hi! I can't wait until the movie for Water for Elephants comes out. To see my response to this week's questions, hop on over to:

  9. This will probably come of something as a surprise but the book that changed/influenced my life (more than any other) is a non-fiction book. I know we all focus on novels and the fanciful fiction we love to read but The Four Work Week is the book that gets all the credit. I know the title sounds fictional but it really isn’t. Hop over to my blog and find out why – http://www.howardsherman.net

    Happy Book Blogger Hop Day!

    Howard A. Sherman

  10. I don't have a single book to point to. Come by and see why.

    I'm a new follower. Happy Friday.

  11. Hopping through. I loved Water For Elephants.
    Happy weekend!
    My Hop

  12. Water for Elephants was GREAT.

    Stopping by from the hop...

    Find my answer at:



  13. Happy HOP! The book I shared had a major impact on me last year and totally changed my life for the better. Come by and visit to see which one it was. I'm a new follower :)

    The Bookish Snob

  14. Love your blog! Stop by mine and say hi if you get a chance!