Thursday, December 17, 2015

I'm Featured on Feature and Follow Friday!

Good news! Hibernator's Library will be featured in this week's Feature and Follow Friday, hosted by Allison Can Read, and Parajunkee. This meme asks a weekly question and provides a linky for the answers. Then we blog hop and find new blogs to follow (and new friends). 

This week's question is:

If you could write a book, what would it be about?

I've always wanted to write a book, and I've had so many ideas over the years. I like the idea of my first novel being young adult - because I want tomorrow's adults to have inquiring minds. But I struggle with meaning. Everything has to have meaning to me. Most recently, I've been thinking of a retelling of an important epic like Gilgamesh Epic or Milton's Paradise Lost. I want the story to make some of the major defining philosophical and moral themes of the epic accessible to youth. Problem is, they're both about anti-heroes, which is hard to write. Let alone the questions: Do I understand the ultimate meanings of these epics enough to interpret and adapt into a format that a teenager would enjoy reading? And who would publish it? This is when I have to decide to write a book just for my own gratification. :)

When did you start blogging?

I first started blogging regularly back in 2011, but sometime last year I was sick and stopped blogging. When I felt inspired again this August, I decided to start fresh - get a new atmosphere, a new content, and (mostly) new followers. That's when Hibernator's Library was born. 

What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Writing posts helps me to better understand the books I'm reading. I also meet lots of wonderful bloggers who encourage me to read outside my normal hover-zone. Book bloggers are some of the most supportive people I've met. 

What type of books do you mainly blog about?

I read a large mixture of books. I read a lot of nonfiction of varying topics, classics, science fiction / fantasy, young adult, and every once in a while modern "literary fiction." 

What are your favorite books?

I've always had trouble with this question. I'd have to pick an Austen novel - probably Sense and Sensibility. Of course I love, love, love Harry Potter. Lord of the Rings was also quite wonderful. Believe it or not, those are the only books I remember ever re-reading in my life. 

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

Meeting all of you wonderful book bloggers has been wonderful. I'm very big on reducing stigma of mental illness, and I find that there are many of you out there who are supportive and understanding when I talk about my own mental illness.


  1. Hi just stopping by to say hi and read your Feature Friday answers.
    I just started following you. Stop on by my blog and give me a shout out of hi.

  2. Congrats on being a featured blogger this week. I'm following you here and on bloglovin.

  3. Congrats on the feature! I'm following via GFC & Bloglovin'. Great answer to this week's question. I like the depth and the idea of that kind of retelling. :-)

    My FF!

  4. This is such an interesting post Rachel.

    I completely understand your need to find and to impart meaning into everything. I am the same way.

    I love your emphasis on mental health issues on your new blog. I do miss the Cube however :)

    1. Hi Brian. :) Yeah, the Star Trek theme was fun, but it was time to move on. Now that I'm done with abnormal psychology class, I might not be posting as much about mental illness. :( I'll have to keep reading books and watching documentaries about it. And just post about my own experiences.

  5. I love your response about wanting to make tomorrow's minds inquiring ones. Great answer.

    New Follower on Bloglovin and Twitter!

    Kristine @ The Writer's Inkwell

    My Feature and #FF

  6. Congrats on being featured! I want to be a writer I just need to set myself down and make myself do it, but fear of failure sort of keeps me from just going for it.

    New Bloglovin follower!

    Friday Memes

    1. Yeah, it's fear of rejection that keeps me from doing it. I should just get out and do it though.

  7. Hello and Welcome!! Followed you on twitter, Bloglovin and GoodReads. You can see my blog at Can't wait to read more of your posts!!!

  8. Hey, CONGRATS on being featured this week, and welcome to FF Fridays!! WOOT, WOOT!!

    I think your ideas for a book are wonderful, and it would be AWESOME if you did write a YA novel! The themes you mention are definitely very important ones.

    I love your answers to the interview questions, as well. You make a very important point when you state that writing about the books you've read helps you to better understand them. I totally agree! And, of course, meeting other bloggers has always been one of the nicest parts about blogging!

    Sure hope you continue to blog for a long time to come!! Happy Friday!! : )

    P.S. As you know, I've been a GFC follower for a while now.

    Here's my FF post:

    1. Hi Maria! I'm glad you appreciated my answers. :) It's nice to have loyal followers as well. I'll stop by your blog right now.

  9. Congrats on being featured! I really love your idea! I would totally read a retelling such as you described. I don't think I'm ever going to read the original stories, but because of how difficult and deep they are, but if they were adapted in a more simple way, such as in a YA novel, I'd probably give them a try.

    New follower via GFC and BlogLovin.

    My FF:

    1. I'm glad to hear someone would actually read the books if I wrote them. Admittedly, I have been studying Gilgamesh pretty hard lately with this idea in mind.

  10. Congrats on being feature! Great answer I absolutely love your idea for your book I know I would totally read it. New follower on GFC, Google+, Twitter and Bloglovin. Here is my #FF

    1. Thanks! I'm surprised to hear how many people would read a book like that. :)

  11. Congratulations on being featured! Lovely answers as well :) it's great that the blogging community is so supportive for everyone
    Also I'm a new follower on Bloglovin, Twitter & GFC
    My Feature & Follow post

  12. Congratulations on being the Featured Blogger of the week! I hope you get to write that book. I think you can put lots of meaning into your writing if you keep your ultimate goals in mind. Best wishes! I am a new follower via Bloglovin. My blog is

  13. Congrats on the feature! And as a lover of YA, that sounds really interesting, anti-heroes and morals and journeys :) New GFC follower! Here's my FF Happy reading!