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TGIF & Feature & Follow (#6)

This Friday’s Feature & Follow question (hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read) is:

Q: What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?

I think honestly I’d give it a different name – I came into it thinking book blogging would only be a small part of my posting and that student-life posts would take up the majority of my time…in reality it’s more like the other way around.  I’d also network a lot more, I’m still pretty poor at it!  I don’t think I’d really want to change anything drastic though, I’m kind of loving the learning curve!

TGIF is a weekly feature hosted at Greads.

The question this week:

Unexpected Books: Which books did you have reservations about reading, but ended up loving once you did?

This is a really hard question, because 9/10, if a book doesn’t reach out and grab me from the blurb, I probably just won’t read it!  The exceptions of course are a) books somebody has bought me and b) library books.

Wolf of the Plains (Also listed as Genghis: Birth of an Empire on goodreads).  I didn’t expect to enjoy this at all, but it was lying around on the shelf and my dad raved about it.  I thought I’d give it a go and ended up loving it! I’ve just ordered the latest in the series and can’t wait to start it.

Before this book I knew nothing about Genghis Khan, and had no interest in him.  I’d tried a few historical fiction novels and not really loved them – this book changed all of that!

My reservations about A Game of Thrones came mostly from the book itself – my parents bought me it for Christmas a few years ago, and I just couldn’t get into it.  It seemed so slow and long-winded that I’ll be honest – I gave up.  I put it back on the shelf, walked away, and didn’t think about again until I was bored one day and looking for something we already owned that wasn’t a re-read.  I gave it another go, and really enjoyed it once I finally got into it.

13 thoughts on “TGIF & Feature & Follow (#6)

  1. Sometimes I wish I gave my blog a different name, but all the names I wanted were already out there. Even if it’s not too book related, I love your name Student Spyglass. It sounds really awesome!

    1. Thank you very much 🙂 I quite like it, it’s just that I’ve let book blogging take over everything else a bit and so it doesn’t really fit. Maybe instead of a new name I just need to find a way to make my posting more balanced!

  2. I might pick a different blog name, too, but as someone above mentioned, a lot of good names are taken!

    I had the opposite problem with A Game of Thrones. I was excited before I started, then got bored while reading.

  3. The game of thrones was definitely long but since I already read rrally long books (Eragon seties) i wasn’t deterred. Lol my sster made me finish the series because she wanted to watch the tv series together.

  4. My blog name has nothing to do with books, but I figured it would be easier to remember since it sticks out. People will know its my blog since my name is my blog name :0) I like yours too!

    As for the question you asked on my blog: It’s easy to switch from blogger to WP. I just don’t want to invest in self-hosting yet and I’d lose the GFC app which most of my followers are following me from. Those are the two top reasons I don’t want to switch yet. But I love the professional features and ease of posting on WP.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF! New follower via Linky :0)

  5. I really enjoyed your thoughts on the Game of Thrones. Last year I purchased the book, but have not got myself to read it. It is good to hear the effort will be worth it. I’m glad I dropped by from TGFI. I am your newest follower.
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