Friday 5 August 2011

Follow Friday (8) - The Book That Changed My Life

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkie and Alison Can Read. It's a really fun way to get to know other bloggers and pick up a few new followers on the way.

This weeks question is: 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?)

Before a work colleague recommended Vampire Academy to me, I'd kinda lost hope that there were any good books left to read. I was going through a particularly rough patch at the time and it was whilst reading Vampire Academy that I decided to try writing. I ended up loving it and writing has been a lifeline for me ever since. Maybe there is no real correlation between the two events except for circumstance but Vampire Academy will always hold a special place in my heart. Incidentally, I also discovered the wonderful world of book blogs when I went online to see if there were any other obsessives out there debating the Dimitri vs Adrian dilemma. Turns out there are one or two ;)

What about you guys? I'd love to know what books had a similar effect on you.


  1. Hi & Happy Friday!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the VA series..

    My FF,

    Have a nice weekend.

  2. Hi, new follower hopping by. I really enjoy the VA series, too and that's a very sweet story about how it inspired you. Happy Friday!

  3. Love the blog! I have never read Vampire Academy but haven't heard anything bad!

    Happy hopping!
    Hop past the blog to say hi!

  4. Awesome answer. :) I still have yet to read VA (I know - shock/horror!) xD

    - New follower

  5. I havent read it - but ive seen it around everywhere. Im a diehard Twilight fan so any other vampire books have a touch act to follow. Is it kinda like Twilight?

  6. I am not going to admit in public how many times I have read the Vampire Academy books...I will only say that, since I have them in audiobook, my Audible app keeps giving me "Frequent listener" awards. LOL

    And the Rose/Dmitri issue? There IS no issue. Dmitri, all the way! Mmm. Makes me wish my name were Rosa...

  7. New follower stopping by. Happy Friday! Haven't yet read any VA books but will asap.

  8. Sharon, It's a book thing & yay: Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by :)

    TG & Renu: Thanks for following. Really appreciate it.

    Lani: Ok, before you do anything else, go out and get yourself a copy of Vampire Academy. Right now. You haven't lived until you have Dimitri Belikov in your life. Edward and Jacob who???

    BJ: I am constantly opening up VA at random pages and reading it without needing to refresh my memory. I have considered changing my name to Roza a million times :)

  9. Happy Friday! I had a hard time getting into VA. I think it is good YA, but was never for me. Maybe it was because (And I don't remember the characters names, I know I am a blasphemer for saying that.) The main character liked a guy my age (at the time I read it), and I could not get into that.

  10. I only recently discovered the VA series and I'm loving it.

    Here's mine:

  11. Wow, that's so awesome that Richelle Mead's books inspired you to write!!! I love that series and read it all last summer. Great pick!!

    Here's my FF!

    old follower :)

  12. I'm a complete and total VA fan it was the next series after twilight that I read, and I was this is much better in my opinion.

  13. Happy Friday!

    I never read Vampire Academy but I remember a time when I always seem to be running into the books -- they were pretty popular eh?

  14. The Vampire Academy series are really something special. :) New follower!
    Amy's Follow Friday

  15. I love The Vampire Academy Series! Great pick :) New follower!

    Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!

  16. this post just reminded me to add VA to my TBR pile. Thanks & Happy Hopping!
    Trish @ Tales from...

  17. That's so funny, I've never read any of the mainstream, new series lately; I am just SO slow on the update!

    Following back~ <3

  18. I've heard so many awesome things about the Vampire Academy series -- I even came really close to buying book one before! -- but I haven't actually read it yet! I really need to get my hands on the series so I can read it and hopefully love it as much as you do! :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm following you back for sure!

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!

  19. Hopping through. I love Vampire Academy. One of the best YA series. I'm team Dimitri but I love Adrian. I just think Dimitri and Rose are meant for each other.
    My Hop

  20. I haven't read this series yet, but I totally want to! Thanks for stopping by and following. Following you back!

  21. Thanks for stopping by and following. I'm following back.

  22. Thank you for stopping by!

    I agree...Colin him!

    Shanan (new follower)

  23. Never heard of Vampire Academy. Thanks for mentioning it. Friday Post!

  24. Goodness. I am so far behind. I have this series on my TBR and I just haven't gotten it yet! LOL



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