Friday Fix #9...Say hello to Jenn!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Friday Fix is a takeover of my Friday blog post by other bloggers who have volunteered their time and energy to "star" in their very own guest post on Friday. Only one mandatory thing - you must answer five of the most random questions I throw your way. The rest is up to you. Remember, if you'd like to be featured on the Friday Fix, shoot me your email, and let me know! So, without further ado, here is Jenn from Book Crazy!

The Most Random Questions in the World...

1.What do you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

Not sure, I might recognize the endangered animal but the endangered plant yeah, I am so NOT a plant person - so I would probably not even notice.

2.If you put a chameleon in a room full of mirrors, what color would it turn?

That would be one confused chameleon! I can honestly say I have taken care of a chameleon before and they are TONS of fun, but if you stick them with all mirrors they just turn brown! Not terribly interesting!

3. Can a hearse carrying a body drive in the carpool lane?

You know, here a woman got pulled over for being in the carpool lane – she told the officer she was pregnant so there were 2 people in the car. He gave her a ticket anyway, which she fought and actually won stating that after the first trimester you are actually caring another person. Several days later, the same officer (who was probably paroling to see if he could find her again) pulled her over again. Only this time he gave her a ticket for having to many people in the drivers seat, the law is only one – and she had to pay the fine, since she'd just proved that the baby was technically a "person"! guess is it probably would not work, because even if he got away with it once, the cop would probably find another reason to give him the ticket!

4. Why does pressing the start button shut down a computer?

And where is the “Any Key” - my BFF used to work in tech support, she would get calls all day long for people looking for the “any key!”

5. If you could only say one word for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Thank God this is not real – I probably would pick SHH, you know so I can read LOL!

So with all these crazy questions that Melissa has asked – I got one for you...

I recently read a quote – I don't know who said it or where I read it – sorry. But it went something like this, “The people who say we only have one life to lead, obviously never picked up a book.”

Now, obviously I believe this is true, heck I read about 3 books a week...I feel like reading is my drug of choice, that it's an escape for me! So do that make me abnormal? Some might say yes, heck I think even my own family at times would...but honestly, I think I would rather be abnormal, what's normal anyway?

So here's my question – do you feel sorry for those people out there that don't know what there missing because they don't enjoy reading, as much as you do? Are you like me and try to convince someone that they should pick up a great book?

Just the other day at the book store, I was browsing, a girl came up to me, thinking I worked there, and asked for a recommendation. She went on to say that she HATED reading, but had a book report to do, and dreaded it, waiting till the last minute to even pick a book (hence the reason she was there).

WOW I thought to myself, here I am reading 3 books a week or more sometimes, and this girl, who looked to be about 15-16 was totally missing out on worlds that exist only in the imagination of amazing authors? Honestly my heart broke for her!

Though I told her I did not work there, I also said that I was an avid reader of Young Adult fiction and asked what she thought she might like...she said she had NO idea! My heart broke even more...

So, we browsed, I told her about stories I have read and loved, The The Body Finder came up, as did books like Fallen, Harry Potter and Twilight. She looked at me like I was nuts when I suggested Twilight, saying that the kids in school said it was totally fake and random. I looked at her and said, “That's the joy of reading, you get to enter a totally fake, random, beautiful world, leaving behind things like friends, bullies and parents! Honestly, what could be better than that?” Then I used the quote, “The people who say we only have one life to lead, obviously never picked up a book.”

Frankly she looked at me like I was nuts, but I went on...I told her what I felt like when I slipped into a story that things like eating became things I no longer thought about, or cared about! She then looked at me with a look I can only describe as gratitude maybe, she told me the only “real” books she's read were one's that her school had assigned, never thinking to pick something up for the simple pleasure of it.

I grinned, knowing exactly what that felt like – I after all felt the same way as a teen. So, she took my advice, picked up The Body Finder and left, with my email address and website in hand. Just last night she emailed me for another recommendation, she said she had “eaten alive” (her words) The Body Finder, and craved more!

That has to be one of the most gratifying things ever! Granted getting an email from an author or having another person thank me for an awesome review sends me over the moon – but hearing this girl who was so sure that this reading assignment was going to be the worst thing in the entire word, explain that she was now looking forward to the next report that would be due, as long as she got to choose the book! And asking for a recommendation from me for another book that was NOT for a school assignment! Yeah life does not get much better than that.

I know we can't change the world, but reading's brought so much into my life, I would feel lost if I could not share my passion with someone, so today was a good day and though I know the next book she picks up she might hate, and she might even return to her idea's that reading is nothing more than something they “make you do in school” I know that at least today, she found love in a story! And that, makes
me happy!


Thank you so much, Jenn, and thanks for bearing with my incessant nagging! My friends, if you don't already follow her amazing blog, I suggest you do so right!!!

A final quick note - one of my favourite blogs is hosting a contest to win a copy of Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran. The contest closes March 29th, so make sure you enter while you can!


  1. Aww thanks so much and it was not incessant nagging, it was just a casual bothering! LOL ;) Just kidding, sometimes we all need a swift kick in the knickers...

  2. My library knows me as the woman in the YA section that gives out reccomendations to random teenagers who ask. :)

    I don't what I would do without my stories, they have gotten me through some really hard parts of my life. You never know Jenn, that teenager just might become the next book blogger!

  3. To true Jami wouldn't that be amazing!

  4. Awesome awesome story about the girl in the bookstore. I love inspiring people!

  5. Fun, fun interview! I especially love Jenn's topic. It's so nice to see that she got one person to enjoy reading, especially since there are so many teens who hate it (thanks to required reading...*sigh*)

    I love that quotation, it really does speak truly.

  6. Dang..what state is that in...I will never drive there pregnant. LOL

  7. Hi Jen and Hi Melissa..Both of you are nice!

  8. Wow! That's really cool!
    Jenn- I love your blog! So cool!

  9. Thanks guys! :)

    And Cleverly it's in VA, though they dont pull over people all the time for being pregnant, he was just steamed LOL :)

  10. love the story and your answers are cleaver! Nice interview! :) Although, the any key reminded me of Homer Simpson's adventure with a computer.

  11. Great Questions and great answers too ^^

  12. Great answers! That answer to number three is one of the funniest things I have heard in a long time!

  13. HAha I love the answer to question 3, such a funny story!

  14. Wow that story is fantastic. I hope the girl is going to read lots more books and just fall in love with reading. Great job! :)

    The answers are fun! :)

  15. This is such a great feature! You ask really original questions. I enjoyed reading it!

    from Une Parole


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