TGIF and Feature & Follow

April 27, 2012 Feature and Follow, Meme, TGIF 31


Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read. Every week they feature a new blogger and ask a question.  Learn more about Feature & Follow. 

Have you had a character that disappointed you?  One that you fell in love with and then “broke up” with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book?  Tell us about him or her.

I have a couple of characters that I’ve “broken up” with. 
* Eve and Roark from JD Robb’s In Death series.  I started to read this series so long ago and I used to love it.  But then books started to get stale for me and I didn’t feel like Eve and Roark were getting anywhere and a couple years ago I stopped reading completely.
* Gale from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Game series.  I always thought Peeta was a better match for Katniss, but I liked Gale.  Until Mockingjay (or maybe it was Catching Fire, I can’t remember) when he totally changed.  It was so disappointing to see his character do a 180.
* Sookie Stackhouse from The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris.  She has begun to annoy me.  I don’t read the series because of her anymore I read it because of all the other characters (Eric.  Sigh). I’m glad that Harris has said that there will only be 2 more books because I feel like it’s about time to wrap this series up.


TGIFTGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads.
Reading Blues: We all get them from time to time.  What helps you over come those reading slumps when nothing seems to grab your attention?
First if a book isn’t grabbing my attention I will put it down.  There are so many good books out there I don’t feel like I should force myself to read one I’m not enjoying. 
Second I will try reading something completely different.  If I’m reading a lot of contemporary I might pick up a paranormal or mystery to shake myself up.
Third I’ll return to a book I know and love.  Sometimes all it takes is stepping back into Harry Potter to get me back in the mood to read.
If all else fails, step away from the books!  Sometimes nothing will grab your attention, even your favorites.  That’s when you need to take a couple days, weeks, months, whatever and enjoy something else. 


31 Responses to “TGIF and Feature & Follow”

  1. Kathryn

    I totally agree about Sookie Stackhouse. Also think that the series has gone on far too long – seven books would have been plenty.

  2. Vanya D.

    I’ve only read the Sookie series, but to be honest, I mostly just skip around. I kind of don’t like her either. But I loved the tiger dude, and hated it when she broke his heart…

    Also, I’m a new GFC follower :)

    Stop by my #FF and follow back?

  3. _yay_

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and HAPPY FRIDAY :-)
    I’m following via GFC.
    Haven’t read The Hunger Games. To be honest, I don’t think it’s my cup of tea.
    It’s always really sad when a character you liked begins to annoy you. Makes me all grumpy lol.

  4. Red Headed Bookworm

    Yeah, Sookie annoys me more on True Blood than she did in the books. She is very whiney on the show. Thanks for stopping by. Following you back!

  5. Priscilla TheGreat

    Another Hunger Games mention that I had to skim because I haven’t read the books yet! Thanks for the post.
    My FF Post

    And don’t forget to enter to win a Kindle Fire. The LPP Kindle Fire giveaway ends Monday April 30th!

  6. fakesteph

    I didn’t like Sookie in the first book… which is why I’ve only read the first book. And Gale was a complete disappointment! Harry Potter is def one of my go to books!! Love them!

  7. Gabby

    Great FF. I agree I always liked Peeta better than Gale.
    New Follower. — Gabby @ The Ya Pixie

    My FF-

  8. Ashley R

    I think Harry Potter is the perfect book to get us out of slumps! They’re just such an easy world to slip into and remind us how amazing books can be. And I agree about Gale! I never really had a preference as to which one would end up with Katniss (I was secretly hoping there’d be a non-controversial way for her to be with both haha), but by the end of the series Gale was so off-putting.

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

  9. Megan

    Hi Kimberly!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I’m following you back here and on twitter :)

    I agree about Gale. I’m actually seeing his name a lot on the FF posts! Peeta is a much better match for Katniss in my opinion!

    Talk to you soon!

  10. Darlene

    Oh man, I know what you mean about Gale. I was always a Gale fan! Even from the first book, I recognized that Peeta would be the one to be with Katniss in the end, but I still loved Gale until Mockingjay. At that point, I just couldn’t believe that he had changed so much and it was truly heartbreaking.
    I like your advice to pick up a book of a different genre to switch things up if you are feeling in a reading slump. That’s a good idea and I bet it keeps things feeling fresh!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

  11. Jenny

    Thanks for stopping by my blog & following! I’m returning the favor! :)

    I was never much of a Gale fan. I am much more drawn to the charismatic, sensitive guys like Peeta. But I never thought either was a good match for Katniss. I thought Cinna suited her the best but what can I say? I’m a sucker for the odd pairing. :D

    Jenny @ Into The Morning Reads

  12. Christy @ TheReaderBee

    This is the second time I’ve seen Eve and Roarke listed. That makes me sad! I’ve read the first 6-7 books in the In Death series, and have really enjoyed it so far. Too bad it doesn’t last.

    Sorry for my late reply! Thank you for hopping by for FF!