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FF 2012 Feature & Follow #109

Q: What book(s) are you reading right now? What do you think of it?

A.  Yeah!  What a great questions, I cannot wait to see what others are reading, I think that this is going to be a really fun Follow Friday.  So here it goes:

Such a Rush

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

I am not very far into this one yet maybe 40 or 50 pages I forgot to look when I put it down last night.  So far I like it, I know that there is a lot of drama coming but right now I feel like I can connect with Leah.  I love how she took her life in her own hands when her mother just didn’t mother.  I was drawn in my the cover on this one and am so glad that I picked it up as my newest read.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander Series #6)

 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (Audio)

I know that you are all probably really sick of seeing these Outlander books but good news this is the last one until the new one comes out.  It was my goal to reread all of the books in this series before the newest one comes out.  Mostly, because I knew that I had forgotten a lot of the details.  When Audible offered them on special I decided that it would be a better idea to listen to them.  I have at least a 45 minutes commute to and from work each day and still these books take me over a month to listen too.  This one is over 55 hours.  I love this series.  Diana Gabaldon is an amazing author and I don’t know how she does it but this is by far one of the best series I have ever read.  The download is broken into 7 parts and I am at least half way through part 2 so only 5ish more parts to go.  I am going to be sad when it ends.

Those are my current reads.  I hope you enjoy the little blurbs on them.  I hope you will leave me your follow Friday links below.  Have a great weekend!

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Q. Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it?

I do have a favorite series that I come back to but only every couple of years, typically when a new book is coming out because I need to be able to remember what has happened, and a TON happens.  Each book is about 1200 pages long so there is a lot to remember.

The series is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Here is what the author has to say about this series (from her website).

The OUTLANDER series started by accident, when I decided to write a novel for practice, in order a) to learn what it took to write a novel, and b) to decide whether I really wanted to do that for real.  I did, and I did–and here we all are, still trying to figure out what the heck you call books that nobody can describe, but that fortunately most people seem to enjoy.

In essence, these novels are Big, Fat, Historical Fiction, ala James Clavell and James Michener.  However, owing to the fact that I wrote the first book for practice, didn’t intend to show it to anyone, and therefore saw no reason to limit myself, they  include…

history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships,
the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses,
gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…

you know, the usual stuff of literature.


I don’t like  to do things I’ve already done, so (in spite of the fact that this is a series, and does involve the same central characters throughout) each book is unique in structure, tone, approach, and theme. The books can be read independently of each other (I can’t be sure that people seeing the newest one on a bookstore table will realize that it’s part of a series, so the books are (with minor exceptions) engineered to stand alone)–but if you have a choice, I’d strongly recommend beginning at the beginning, with OUTLANDER, and reading through the story in order of publication  (I’d say “in chronological order,” but that isn’t necessarily a useful term when you’re playing fast and loose with time, which I not infrequently do):

Gabaldon-OutlanderGabaldon-Dragonfly-in-AmberGabaldon-VoyagerGabaldon-Drums-of-AutumnGabaldon-Fiery-CrossGabaldon-Breath-of-Snow-and-AshesAn Echo in the Bone (Outlander Series #7) by Diana Gabaldon: Book Cover

I love the history and pure plot and idea behind this series.  Also, the character list is OUTSTANDING and so very diverse.  Overall, I just love this series and would highly recommend it.

I hope that if you don’t already follow me that you will consider joining.  Happy Friday!


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Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?


Lisa’s Answer: I love The Outlander Series by Diana Galdadon.  I would have to write myself into that series as so one who was close with Claire so that I could go one these amazing adventures with her.  I would love to visit Scotland in both of the periods of time she travels too.  Not to mention living through all of that history.

Sure it would be hard, I mean giving up all of the conveniences we have today for horses and no technology but I still think that it would be an awesome adventure and probably make me appreciate the things I do have a lot more when I was able to come back through the standing stones to my modern world.

Outlander (20th Anniversary Edition)Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series #2)Voyager (Outlander Series #3)Drums of Autumn (Outlander Series #4)The Fiery Cross (Outlander Series #5)A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander Series #6)An Echo in the Bone (Outlander Series #7)

This was a pretty easy question for me.  What about you? What book would your write yourself into?  Please be sure to let me know if you are a new follower.