Friday, August 5, 2011

Follow Friday & The Blog Hop (3): Influenced & Coveted ARC

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee.
This week's question 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 have always been a reader, but I think the book that most changed my life was The Girl Who Owned A City by O.T. Nelson.  It’s an old book, and I had to read it in seventh grade for my reading class (back when we still had classes devoted to reading).  The book got me thinking about what would happen if a kid actually did own a city because all the adults were wiped out with a virus.  We had to do a project in my reading class about where the best place to locate a city would be if all the adults were gone.  My group chose a school because the classrooms would be like makeshift houses on street, there would already be a nurse’s office, a cafeteria, and a library, the main staples of a small society can be found in any school.  Anyway, this book made me a more avid reader than I already was because I wanted to know what other types of books were out there.  This post has actually made me want to go track that book down and read it again, which I might just do if I can find one at my library. :)

The Girl Who Owned A City: “A killing virus has swept the earth, sparing only children through the age of twelve. There is chaos everywhere, even in formerly prosperous mid-America. Gangs and fierce armies of children begin to form almost immediately. It would be the same for the children on Grand Avenue but for Lisa, a ten-year-old girl who becomes their leader. Because of Lisa, they have food, even toys, in abundance. And now they can protect themselves from the fierce gangs that roam the neighborhoods. But for how long? Then Lisa conceives the idea of a fortress, a city in which the children could live safely and happily always, and she intends to lead them there.”

What book has changed your life?

 The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books.
This week's question is:

Q. “What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?”

Title: Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5)

Author: Ally Carter

Release Date: March 20, 2012

Description: The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, her memory is a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and dirt under her nails. All she wants is to go home. But even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers as Cammie and her friends face their most difficult challenge yet. With only their training and a few clues to guide them, the girls go in search of answers on the other side of the world. But the Circle is hot on their trail and will stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

I would have to say Ally Carter’s upcoming release Out of Sight, Out of Time the fifth in the Gallagher Girls series.  I don’t know if the ARCs for this book would exist, and if they do I don’t know when they’d be coming out because the book isn’t due to release until March 20, 2012.  

I want this ARC because frankly, I can’t wait until March for this book.  I am obsessed with Ally’s books and would love love love to get my hands on an early release of one of her books.  I will have to re-read all four of the books in the series so far to remember what happens because it’s been a while since I’ve read them, but it would be so worth it to have an ARC of this book.

What ARC are you dying to get your hands on?


  1. Your answer to the Feature & Follow Friday is really interesting. I'm already a new follower :D
    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


  2. New Follower, hopping by for Follow Friday!

    Check out my FF here:

  3. The girl who owned the city actually sounds good! Might be fun to read. :)

    I got married thanks to this book...
    My 3rd Friday Follow Entry

    Oh! - and I'm a New Follower. :)

  4. Hi,
    Just dropping by via the blog hop. I've never heard of The Girl who owned a City, but it sounds great!

    Check out my FF @

    I’m hosting a Mega Aussie Author GIVEAWAY which is international so please stop by and check it out!
    The Australian Bookshelf

  5. I missed this one too. It sounds really good. I remember the days when we had a reading class in school. It was awesome! We read some really good picks and I had a few teachers who let us pick and vote on the ones we wanted to read. It's too bad most schools have dumped that.

  6. This one sounds intriguing. New follower. Happy Friday. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love. Nice blog.

  7. I've never heard of either of these books ... I'm going to have to check them out!

    New follower btw :)

  8. I will have to add the Gallagher Girls to my list. This is the first time that I have heard about this series.
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

  9. Those sound like good reads!

    New follower! If you can, please check out my Friday memes at: Pawing Through Books

  10. I LOVE all of Ally Carter's books! I wish I could get an ARC, but I don't think that would ever happen! New Follower.

    Katie's Amazing Book Reviews

  11. Love Ally Carter's series. Great choice! =) New follower! =D

  12. I haven't heard of the Girl Who Owned the City, but that's awesome it got you more into reading!

    Here's my FF!

  13. Hi! I'm stopping by from the hop and am a new follower. I don't read that series, but it sounds good (:

  14. post all of the following including the signature to each and every blog at
    the Book Blogger hop:

    As with just about everything else, most people will be startled to learn which
    ARC I’m looking forward to the most.

    Shocked, possibly.

    So what’s the next ARC I’m looking forward to the most? The one I can’t stop thinking about?
    The one that gives me sweaty palms?

    Hop on over to my blog now and find out –

    Howard Sherman, Implementor

  15. I haven't started the Gallagher Girls books yet, but I just got a copy of the first one and I am looking forward to it! Feel free to check out my BBH here. New follower!

    Rumana @ Relook the Book

  16. Hopping through. New follower! I'd love a copy of the new Gallagher Girls books too. I love that series.
    My Hop

  17. I've never read that book...sounds interesting and dystopian, all the things I love. I'll have to check it out. Nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and participating. Happy #FF XOXO Parajunkee

  18. Ahh, I feel like an awful person, I never responded to anyone on here yesterday. I hope I did get to stop by everyone's blogs though, if you didn't leave a link, feel free to leave one so I can check out your blog too :)
    Thanks to everyone for stopping by/following. I definitely recommend The Girl Who Owned a City, I never knew I liked dystopian for so long, but that book is definitely dystopian-y. I think it's in the Children's section of major book stores though, if it's even in the stores anymore.
    Ally Carter's new series Heist Society has been getting a lot of press and a lot of people reading it, Gallagher Girls is her first YA series (she wrote two adult books that are out of print now and kind-of obnoxious to track down). GG is a fun series, short books that are easy reads in a sitting or two. :)

    Jess ♥

  19. This is a great answer for FF! I may have to take a look at this book. ^_^ Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm following back!

  20. I need to check out The Girl Who Owned the City. That sounds right up my alley. Friday Post!

  21. I'm glad I could recommend another book to be added to everyone's never-ending TBR piles!! :)

  22. Hi, Jessica! Both of your picks sure sound great! Never heard of them, but I will investigate!

    BTW, I've already started reading "Abandon"! Have you checked out the Books and Books website yet? I'm sure they'll send you a signed book that you might want! But you have to get on their e-mail list. And they have a bookstore somewhere in New York (the state), too.

    Stop by and let me know what you think of my ARC choice. I have no comments as yet...sniff, sniff! :(


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