Thursday, August 4, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday #57

Welcome to Feature & Follow Friday (err Thursday) on

If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

*Thanks so much to Rachel for allowing me to be part of the Follow Friday fun. Parajunkee is one of the best blogs out there and FF is a highlight of the blogging community. The FF has been one of my favorite parts of my week for over a year and I'm so excited to help my fellow book bloggers get to know each other better.

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. If you are interested in becoming a Feature click on the drop down link above FEATURES > Feature & Follow Friday and get on the waiting list! It is also required, that if you participate you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) and the two Feature blogs.

Our Feature - Amber @ Me My Shelf and I

Me, My Shelf and I

I am Amber of Me, My Shelf and I. Self Proclaimed cover snob, lover of all things pink and/or glittery. I will NOT share my coffee with you, but will share my wine ;0)

I started book blogging as a way to keep track of the 104 book challenge I joining at the beginning of 2011. When i realized people actually liked what I was writing I gave the blog a little face lift and a new name, hired a pal to help me and here I am today!

Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

I have had several influential books at various points in my life. The first one was Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery, the 17th Babysitter's Club book by Ann M. Martin. I read it in second grade and it transformed me from an okay reader into an obsessive, life-long book addict. The girls of the BSC were some of my best childhood friends.

The other highly influential books have been the Harry Potter series, Pride & Prejudice, and Twilight. And maybe a few others that I'll think of when I read other people's FF posts.

In light of today's question and the answers I've read on a lot of blogs, I think it's time to bring up one of my favorite posts again: I LOVE Twilight and I am NOT ASHAMED! Check it out and be a proud vampire lover.

Now for the Follow Fun!

RULES To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - We Fancy Books & The Little Book Blog
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
Happy Follow Friday! Follow it up with your twitter address if you want to get that one out!


  1. Yeah, Harry Potter is very important to me, it really changed me =]

  2. Stopping by on the hop! I read a lot of the BSC books, but I was more of a Sweet Valley girl. God I loved those books. Anyway, my answers linked below. Happy FF!

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  3. You already know the most influential book in my life. ;) I haven't really read any other influential books, except scriptures and Harry Potter.

  4. Hi, Alison! :) Happy Follow Friday! The question for this week is awesome yet challenging -- just the way I like it!

    There are always those books for people that get them into reading! The Twilight Saga was honestly the YA series that first turned me into a bookaholic. I'm glad it's on your list!

    Here's my Follow Friday! And you can check out my 100 Followers Giveaway if you have the time! :)

  5. Hey Alison! (old follower!) =)

    The Baby Sitter's Club also influenced my reading life greatly! Though I don't think I ever read Mary Ann's Bad Luck Mystery (there were so many, I don't think I ever read the whole series, though I did many of them ... I really want to read some of them now for nostalgia's sake!)

    (My #FF post if you are interested:

  6. I loved the BSC, and I remember that book. It was one of the few I actually owned. ^_^ Here's my Follow Friday:

  7. Lots of my favorites on your list!

    Here's mine:

  8. Holy crap. The BSC books are like my holy grail. I have them all and I covered all of the covers with plastic film. I still read them from time to time. Especially Logan loves Mary Anne. I've always shipped them.

    My Follow Friday can be found here

  9. Harry Potter and Pride & Prejudice are two favorites of mine. P&P was one of the books that got me into a classic-reading craze in middle school :)

    Kris @Imaginary Reads
    My Follow Friday post

  10. Happy Friday

    Lydia @ Sensual Ride and my FF's at

  11. New follower :) Loved The Babysitters Club books! I think I owned just about every one of them!

    Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!

  12. Yay for Twilight! :) This is my first time joining Follow Friday. I'm so excited to be part of this. Thanks for hosting this meme Alison :) It's so much fun!

    Here's My First Follow Friday

    ~April @Books4Juliet
    P.S. I grabbed your button :) It's so lovely! Thanks so much!

  13. Didn't know you were a BSC fan! Always nice to find another one.

  14. I also picked Harry Potter. It is amazing how many people have been affected by these books.
    Here's my HOP for this week.

  15. Hi Alison. This is my first Follow Friday and I'm a new follower of your blog :-) Thanks for hosting and I'm looking forward to finding loads of great new book blogs to follow!

  16. Twilight was the book that got me back into reading all the time. Also my all time favorite is Pride and Prejudice. When i was little i loved the boxcar children.

  17. I love the books you picked.
    Mine are at

  18. Twilight is apparently the popular answer for bloggers this week! I was already knee deep in the paranormal books by this time though, so I only read the books out of curiosity!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  19. I never read the Babysitter's Mystery series, but I did read all the others listed. Sounds like I missed out on something.

    Here's my FF answer.

  20. The Babysitter's Club! Yes, I remember reading a lot of those when I was younger, lol!

  21. Twilight was one of mine too.

    Have a great weekend!

  22. Hey Allison! Just hopping on through! Have a great weekend :)

  23. I read the Babysitter's Club when I was younger as well. That takes me back to riding my bike to the little library in my home town and hoping they would have the next one in. Happy weekend!

  24. I used to collect the Baby Sitters Club when I was young, but don't remember reading any of them. :(

    Twilight is one of my influential ones as well.

    Here is my FF this week: Pawing Through Books

  25. ha! yeah, i had many of them, too. it was hard just choosing one book.

    here's ours:

  26. Twilight was definitely the series that really kicked me back into a reading frenzy. I didn't read much outside of my curriculum in college, but when those books came out I bought every book that was even remotely similar and got addicted to reading:)

  27. i agree with you with the Harry Potter and Twilight answers...although for my answer I picked neither (go figure).

    New Follower!

    Trish @ Tales From...

  28. Hi Alison,
    Just stopping oh my you are quite busy these days! I would have to say the book that changed my life was Gone with the wind!

  29. Stopping by to say hi. I hope you have a great weekend! Harry Potter was also very influential to me. :)

  30. I never read the Babysitter's Club series but I've heard it's great :). Harry Potter has influenced me quite a lot too.

  31. I remember reading BSC when I was younger too. And it did have a slight impact on me too. The one chick... oh what was her name, it started w/ a C. She was an artist and I wanted to be one too because of her and my grandpa.

  32. BSC is such a great choice!!! I actually thought of that series when I was trying to come up with my choice.

    Thanks for stopping by mine! Hope you have a great weekend.

  33. Hi again, Alison (:
    Old follower here...
    twilight and pride & prejudice = <3

    have a great weekend!

  34. Yay! I'm not the only one who picked Twilight! I like the BSC club, but I actually think I liked Babysitters Little Sister a little better!

  35. Interesting choices this week. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Old follower saying hello.

  36. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I think I was in second grade when I read my first Babysitters Club book too. Mallory and the Trouble with Twins, I think it was. I love the other books you picked too!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  37. Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

  38. Hi Alison. Thanks for stopping by. Loved your answer this week. Have a great weekend

  39. Great Choices! Thanks for stopping by my blog and Happy follow Friday. Hope you have a great weekend:)

    Felicia @ Livin' Life Through Books

  40. Hi Alison!

    Love the #FF Blog Hop!



  41. I read a lot of Baby Sitters Club books growing up! I don't remember if I read Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery though. My daughter is reading the series now, so I may have to check it out!

  42. another BabySitter's club fan! old follower here. thanks for stopping by!

  43. I remember my younger sister loved the Babysitter's Club books, although I never got into them.

    Aaron (Dreaming About Other Worlds)

  44. BSC were one of my all time fav reads when I was younger. And what a great idea a club like that is. I wonder if there are real babysitter clubs around? Harry Potter is a bit of an obsession of mine too :) Am loving your choices this week Alison.

  45. Old follower stopping by. I devoured most all of the BSC books, too. I even read the "little sister" series about one of the girl's step-sisters! I guess I grew up a lot while reading that series, so I gotta share the love. : )

    Have a great weekend, Alison!


  46. Hi, Alison!!!! I've been a follower for a couple of weeks or so, and am hopping through.

    I am SO happy to find another Twilight lover!!! Squeeeeee!!!! And even better, you are NOT ashamed to say that you love the books!! And heck, why should anybody be ashamed to "admit" that they love them? Why are there people who hate it as much as they do? I know that there's a great variety when it comes to literary tastes, but still...

    The entire Twilight Saga is a lushly romantic, poignant tale that mesmerizes and enchants! I have read it twice, and the first volume, "Twilight", three times! I treasure these books!! In fact, pretty soon I'll be reading the Spanish translation of the first book. If I knew more languages, I'd read it in each one, too! Lol.

    Come check out my post and see what I have to say about the wonderful story of Edward and Bella.

    Have a GREAT weekend, fellow Twilight lover!! : )

  47. Oh yes! The Babysitters Club! I read all of those books so many times. They were my favorite books when I was younger. Reading the title of your favorite one reminds me of the way the books used to say Logan talked with a Southern drawl and used to pronounce Mary Anne's name with that Southern accent. Which was totally normal for me, because I'm from Eastern NC and that's how we all talk around here.

    Anyway, I'm rambling. You just took me way back in time and I'm so enjoying it. Thanks so much!

    ~Asheley (Into the Hall of Books)

  48. Happy FF and great question this week! I had to think about it for a while.

    Jacquline @ Adventures in Writerland

  49. Thanks for stopping by :)
    I should really have mentioned Harry Potter, shouldn't I? But then my FF would have been miles long! Harry Potter was from a different time in my life really, while I would definitely reread it and love it now, it was Twilight and moreso The Book Thief that dragged me out of my several year long reading slump.

    Once Upon A Time

  50. Awesome books! I'm in the minority that hasn't read Harry Potter, but I think that will change soon. :-))

  51. Hi Alison! Firstly thanks for hosting this blog hop ;)

    I just wanted to ask how do you post a comment and add your link without having the complete link address?

  52. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

  53. OMG! I loved The Baby Sitter Club series! I had every one!


  54. Loving all your choices...Twilight is what introduced me to paranormal, so I love it for that. P&P is a lifelong fav. And Harry Potter? Well, obviously, he's magical. :)

    I think I read all of the Babysitter's Club books when I was a kid, and at the age of 9 or so I can recall ranting to my parents about the "meet the characters" chapter in each book and how redundant it was. I guess I've always disliked the info-dump!

    Happy (belated) FF!

  55. Hi there, old follower here, returning a visit! :)

    The Babysitter's Club is great - I remember many afternoons reading them after school in junior high. I miss those days!

    Have a great weekend!

  56. I remember reading Baby Sitter's Club back in the day too. Twilight was it for me though. I wish that I had jumped on the reading wagon with Harry Potter, but I apparently wasn't ready at that point to be an avid reader. Oh wells. Great answer!

    I love Twilight too. Haters gonna hate! lol

    Thanks for stopping by my friday memes as well!

    ♥ Sarah

  57. Babysitters' Club was a bit after my time, but I know those books flew off the library shelves for a long time. Lots of great ideas here. Happy Reading!

  58. Hi there!
    Thanks for stopping by. I have never read the BSC books, but I definitely enjoyed the other books on your list. Twilight was on mine as well.

    Have a great weekend!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

  59. Excellent choices...Love Harry Potter and Pride & Prejudice. Thank you for visiting and commenting!

    Have a great weekend,

  60. Great answers! I am a proud Twilight lover too!!
    Thanks for the visit and Happy Weekend =)

  61. Pride & Prejudice, Twilight, and Harry Potter are very popular answers. (: Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    -Katie @ Magic Is In Words

  62. Ha! I'm proud of the people who can boldly say they love Twilight and aren't ashamed. I used to love it and am now somewhat embarrased by that. :-)

  63. I love HP and Twilight and I'm not ashamed either! And if it's something to be ashamed about, I guess we're in REALLY good company since it's such a big hit! LOL

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  64. I'm a proud lover of Harry Potter and Twilight, too. :) Great question, by the way. I just submitted my blog to the hop for the first time! *Excited!*

  65. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Im a new follower (I always mean to click the button as I have always loved this blog hehe)

    - Kylie

  66. I hope you had a great weekend, Alison! Sorry I've been off on the blog comments lately - hopefully I'll be back on my game soon! :)

  67. I love the Baby Sitter's Club, especially the spin off series, Baby Sitter's Little Sister. I read the cover off KAREN'S WISH when I was young. I still have it somewhere, being held together by scotch tape.

    Jacquline Carrera @ Adventures in Writerland

  68. Hi,
    I'm a bit late but I'm also a new blogger and just found your "Follow my blog" meme. Great Idea!!! Thanks.

    Nimue @ My bookish Obessesions

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