Book Blogger Hop + Follow Friday (11)

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Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop are weekly events hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee and Jennifer at Crazy-for-Books respectively. 


This week's FF question is: What did you study in college, or are currently studying and did it lead to your current 9 to 5 or are you doing something totally different?

I'm currently a first-year university student studying life sciences but hoping to take some more English-related courses next year because it's something I'm more interested in. I've never had a job before except for maybe helping out my Dad now and then for his work... I focused on my school work in high school rather than getting one. I've always imagined my first job to be at a book store though!

This week's BBH questions is: What do you consider most important in a story, the characters or the plot?

Ugh! Tough question because I really do think they both go hand in hand! A great plot will engage you, keep you reading, and let the characters grow. They draw out your emotions, terrifying you one moment and leaving you breathless in another. They take on journeys to other worlds which you could never imagine. A book without a great storyline is not worth reading at all. But the same is true for characters! I don't want to read a book where the whole time I hate them and can't stop complaining about their actions. A story needs characters which people can relate and sympathize with so there's common understanding. A book can have an awesome plot but without great characters to support it, I'm not going to read it. You need a balance of both!!

What about you guys?

And wow! I haven't participated in either meme since early October! I'm going to make use of my holiday break and hopefully visit and find some new blogs to follow! If you stop by, please leave your blog link since it makes it easier for me to return a comment and/or follow! 

Well, I'm off to do some blog hopping! *hops away* 

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24 comments

  1. ^G*^ I got a Degree in biology and a Teaching certification for English (As a language). Lol, I've worked in an office (was more of an inter) doing desk stuff, like a temp (but I learned loads of stuff, like making diagrams and flow charts and work more in Excel) and I also taught Geography for a few months. I liked the desk job more.

    Oh and I'm definitely Team Characters, I agree that a great story will have both, but if I have to pick one, I'm more forgiving of a less than stellar plot and of less than stellar characters.

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  2. Oh, you're a first year university student? I hope you're enjoying yourself! I'm currently in my third year.

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Hi hopping around , enjoy your break and hope you have a Nice Holiday.

    I agree there has to be some balance.

    My Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop

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  4. hey new follower hopping through and I must agree it is a tough question lol

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  5. I love your answers! It was a hard decision for me too, but personally, I think that the story and plotline are equally as important as each other, so I agree.

    Your blog is adorable, by the way, and I'm definitely following you for more reviews and awesome posts!

    Happy reading,
    Tina @ Book Couture

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  6. Hi, Liz! Old follower here. Wish you all the best in your studies. Concentrate in that if you don't need to work yet. And enjoy the experience of being a student. :)

    Have a nice weekend!

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

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  7. Hey! Thanks for stopping by for today's #FF and checking out my new blog design. Have you read my featured blogger post yet at Parajunkee's View? I'm returning the follow. Always thrilled to find another Canadian blogger. :) Happy weekend!

    Carmel
    Rabid Reads / Twitter

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  8. Hi! New follower, visiting from Follow Friday! Have a great weekend :)
    Kristy @ Dreaming By Day

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  9. your answers are great, really explains your reasons =)

    heres mine
    http://forevertonowhere.blogspot.com/2010/12/follow-friday-blog-hop.html

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  10. Hey Liz I envy you haha I wish I would be able to not work and have all the time in the world for my studies lol. I hope you do get your first job at a library :) or at a bookstore! I'm sure they would love to have you!!!

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  11. Hey Liz! Thanks for stopping by! I love the revamped Midnight Bloom blog, great job! I hope this busy holidays season is treating you well. Have and great weekend and Happy Holidays!!

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  12. hi! just wanted to stop by and say have a great weekend!!

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  13. *hopping in*

    Hey! I always wanted to work in a book store when I was in high school but no one wanted to hire me because they didn't have enough costumers to need another help.

    New follower (:

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Celine
    Nyx Book Reviews

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  14. English is a tough field~~ Life sciences is a different kind of tough though so.... heh ^.^ Hope you are enjoying uni!

    O man, I always thought it would be awesome to work in a bookstore because well there would be books and books and well... books~~

    Glad to meet you ^.^ New follower here~
    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books
    New Meme: Third Sentence Thursday!

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  15. I totally agree that characters and plot go hand in hand! Very difficult to separate the two - in order to have a strong book you need both.

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  16. This might be the best Book Blogger Hop question I've seen to date.

    So what's the answer? Plot! Hop over to my blog and let me tell you how a good plot rescued bad characters from bad book oblivion.

    Howard Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  17. Hey, hopping by-I'm all about the characters myself. Great blog. Make sure to check my hop out:

    http://unautrehistoire.blogspot.com/

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  18. I prefer characters over plot. But both are important. Happy Blog Hop.

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  19. Just stopping by from the follow to check things out :)
    have a good weekend!

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  20. Love the mask in your header.

    Hopping by from the blog hop.

    Lots of good answers to this week's tough question.

    Stop by my blog to see my answer to this week's question.

    Also check out a design site I found...pretty neat home decorating ideas...it is in the right side panel on my blog.


    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

    Happy Holidays!!

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  21. Happy HOP! First off I'd say both are important to how I enjoy the story but ultimately it's the characters for me. Hope you're enjoying your weekend :)

    HOP by and visit The Bookish Snob

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  22. I agree, the best books have both. Hope you had a great weekend!

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