Thursday, August 11, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday #58

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 - StephLikesBooks


Hi! I'm Steph :) I'm 18 and 3/4's. I live in the UK at the moment -I'd love to travel! I'm obviously very passionate about reading, I always have a book with me wherever I go. I'm one of those people that drags others into a bookstore just to have a peek at all the books :) (Yes, I am one of those people who smells books :D) I started blogging because I wanted to share my opinions and thoughts with other readers.

I have A LOT of favourite books e.g. The Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter -ofc! :) The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Vampire Academy, Blue Bloods, Poison Study novels etc. :) I'm currently reading a few books, Coexist by Julia Crane, Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, Dead Beautiful. Something that makes me an interesting person is..... I can twist my hand all the way around :) I know, I know, gross! :D

Q. How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?

I've always enjoyed reading. I never went anywhere without a book as a little kid. That slowed somewhat when I was a teen. I always had a book that I was reading, but I wasn't nearly as passionate about it as I had been when I was younger. I spent most of my free time watching TV. My reading habit picked back up around my sophomore year of college. By my junior year, I was completely obsessed and the amount of books I read has only increased since then. I went to law school after college. One handy trait gleaned from law school was a fast reading ability. I can now get through books much faster than I could when I was younger. Currently, I estimate that I'll read about 200 books this year.

Also, the types of books I read has changed a lot. As a teen, I read mostly non-fiction. I was really into politics. I read tons of Bob Woodward's books. Ironically, now I'm so jaded about politics that I don't know who my Congressman is. Sad. For fiction, I read almost solely contemporary fiction and historical fiction. Now I read a mixture of contemporary, historical fiction, paranormal romance, and high non-fiction. I wouldn't have touched fantasy or paranormal with a ten foot pole when I was a kid.

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. Holy....200 books?! I thought I was a speed reader. Anyway, stopping through on the hop... Happy FF!

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  2. 200 books is amazing. I may actually hit 250 this year--although I will probably review not even half of that.

    Have a happy weekend

    Grace @ Books Like Breathing

  3. Hi, Alison! :)

    Wowie zowie, 200 books is a lot! I'm not exactly sure how many books that I read, but I definitely won't be able to review that much in a year! x) I hope I can at least be close!

    Here's my Follow Friday! And there's still time to enter my 100 Followers Giveaway if you want to! :)

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!

  4. hey there! happy follow friday and thnaks for hosting!(technically its thursday still lol)
    I'm a follower on your blog! hope you'll stop by mine and follow me! I also have a giveaway right now to win an ARC of glow by amy kathleen ryan! =]

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a fast reader too from so much practice. It can be an expensive trait to have though when you can go through a book in less then a days time!

    Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!

  6. It's amazing how our tastes change over the years!

    I'm also a very fast reader, I have no idea how many I've read so far, but it's around 200, because I read at least a book a day...sometimes more. Eep!

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

    Amanda @ Letters Inside Out

  7. I remember reading all the time when I was younger as well and then when I got into high school and college reading became more of a chore and it felt more like homework than fun. My reading habit kicked in a few years after college and now I can get enough young adult and PNR books:) And 200 books this year? That's awesome:)

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend Alison!

  8. I am amazed at your politics-reading. Those books are hardcore!

  9. Another great teen reader while I was solving equations. =)

  10. you are one fast reader! the best i think i did was read 7 books in a week :) one book per day!

    old follower here, hopping through!

    my FF:

  11. Your reading habits really did change! It is funny how we change as we grow older. :)

  12. Just stopping by . :)

    200 books is definitely I'm lucky if I make to 100.

    Have a good weekend.

  13. First time feature and follow friday for me! Lovin all these new and interesting blogs!

    : )

  14. I wish I had started reading sooner, didn't really start until I was out of high school. And 200 books? Wow, that's a big number, but I'm sure if you read that much you're going to run across some really great finds :)

    Ninja Girl

  15. It's interesting how our tastes change as we get older isn't it? I can't believe the number of books you can read, I'm so jealous. I'm a super slow reader and I keep hoping that the more I read, the faster I'll get, but I'll be lucky to read 75 this year, and since it's already August and I'm only at 30-something, that's probably pushing it! lol Happy Friday, Alison, have a great weekend!

  16. Participating again! i'm getting addicted. ;)

    Niina's Friday Entry @ For The Love of Reading!

  17. I have been a bookaholic ever since I can remember and never went or go anywhere without a book. I really love my Kindle because now I can carry 3500 books around with me if I want to.
    My tastes have changed a little over the years but not much.
    Here's my HOP for this week.

  18. Hi Happy Friday! Interesting question. I don't think I will make 200 but who knows. I am almost at 100 now. :)

  19. Hey - Could you do me a favour? I posted the wrong link the first time and followed it with the right one. I'd love it if you could remove the first one please. Remove number 170! Many thanks and sorry for that. Shah. X

  20. hopping through, great answer

    New follower
    Le' Grande Codex - Check out my FF here

  21. I was always a reader as well. I just couldn't always find the paranormals that I wanted to read 10 years ago! So much easier now!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  22. I used to read historical fiction, too. Actually, that's part of why steampunk appeals to me now - the stories usually have the flavor of a historical, but without all those pesky, depressing bits of reality. :)
    Happy FF!

  23. A lot of people seem to have discovered different genres as adults. I think a lot of people stuck with what they liked as teenagers, myself included. Happy weekend.

  24. Hi! I'm new to Friday Follow, and a new follower :) Thanks for hosting!

  25. Thanks for hopping by; I think it's really interesting to see how people's tastes have changed over the years, whether because they got tired of something as a kid or because there are so many more of one type of book available.

  26. Hey Alison! Happy Friday! Have a great weekend :)

  27. Wow. You have a really interesting history with books. Politics? Really? That's just amazing. Funny how our reading habits change. Just saying Hi. :)

    ♥ Trish

  28. I just came across this blog hop and hope to find more great book sites so thanks! :)
    My reading habits are about the same. Always been into romance but I have moved away from the Christian romance I read as a teen (my dad was a pastor so I was kind of limited to what I could read) into contemporary and historical romance

  29. Hi Alison :)

    Your blog is beautiful, I love the colours!

    Nice answer! 200 Books is impressive. I read a lot, but I don't think I've quite hit that number yet! x

  30. I love historical fiction and I really wish there was more of it! What has been your favorite HF read?

    -Jenna @ the book element

  31. That's so interesting that you wouldn't read fantasy or paranormal romance as a teen. If I read as a teen, I think I'd read exactly the same things I read now, except I wouldn't have been as willing to read classics.

  32. wow. 200 books? My goal for this year is only half that, and I might not even reach it! I feel like a slacker, now.

    Here's ours

  33. Hopping along and reading everyone's answers for this week's FF question is really making me sad I stopped reading as a teen. Oh well, time to make up for it, but I don't think I'll try for 200 books. Just whatever is in my TBR pile.

  34. Eeek!! I would never be able to read political books!!

  35. You about did a complete 180, didn't you? Have a great weekend!!

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

  36. I loved politics as a kid too!
    My dad is a politician and ALL the books in my house were about politics, and when my friends in elementary told me they liked comics I would wrinkle my nose at them.

    Now I simply don't understand how on earth did I ever thought they were some fun :/
    weird kid.

    Happy friday, alison!

  37. Hi! I'm a new follower and new to Follow Friday! I hope I'm doing it right!! :)

  38. I realize I honestly read more YA now than I did as a teenager.

  39. Another lawyer! I found that reading fast helped a lot in law school, but I was fortunate enough to have that skill before I started.

    Aaron (Dreaming About Other Worlds).

  40. Law school, oh god. I had to do a few law subjects for my accounting degree and they were torture.

    Thanks for hopping through :)

  41. Wow, 200 books! That is a lot for sure. This year I'll be skimming by on 100 books to meet a challenge I joined.

    Thanks for hopping through on the blog!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  42. Wow! You're into non-fiction too before! same as me! but not politics ;) lol

    Thanks 4 stopping by at my blog ;)

    xoxo, april

  43. That's quite a transition. I didn't read too much when I was a teen either. I was way more interested in hanging out with friends and going to see bands play.

    Have a good weekend!

  44. Hi there,
    Stopping by via Follow Friday. I'm an old follower.

    Have a great weekend!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

  45. Hi Alison! I'm already following you, but I wanted to say hello and thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy Friday!!!!!!! :)


  46. Hoppin on through! Thanks for the visit and have a fab weekend :D

  47. Non-fiction *shudders* you're amazing Alison. 200 books a year! I think I'll be lucky if I make it to 50 :)

  48. I hardly read growing up and when I was in college, if I did read I would read fiction. I don't know how I went through life without reading. I would be lost with out it!


  49. Alison

    Stopping by from the Friday hop. Will push all of your 'please stalk me buttons!'

    Twitter --> @akchocoholic

  50. HI,

    Stopping by for the follow friday.

    thnx for stopping by my blog.
    Have a great weekend.

  51. Just wanted to say thanks for dropping by! :)

    It's so interesting to see how our preferences change as we get older.

    Hope you have a great weekend! :)


  52. Your tastes have certainly changed! I've found I enjoy reading faster so I can read more books. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend.

  53. I wish I had a fast reading ability! I read SO slow. ;) Happy Hopping!

  54. Hey Alison! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. It's awesome that you and are teaming up to boost Follow Friday.


  55. 200 books a year? WOW! It's so interesting seeing how everyone's tastes have changed over time!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Hope you have a great weekend!

  56. You are a super speed reader! I find that very highly awesome. :) Also I think it's fascinating how people's reading tastes change over the years. Sounds like yours have branched out for the good!

    my FF/Hop

  57. Hey Allison. So nice of you to stop by. I always enjoy your blog so I'm returning the favor. Keep writing great things. Keep it shiny!

  58. I've always been an avid reader as well!!! THank you for stopping by hon!!! Have a lovely weekend!

  59. Wow sound just like me!

    I read a lot in jr high and then really didn't get into again until college!

    I intended to go to law school, but like you became jaded by politics and the judicial system and decided against it! lol I was even a political science major!

    Glad we have reading to look forward to! :-D

    Happy Blog Hop!

    Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter

  60. Thanks for stopping by my FF this week. I hope Wonderland painted a good picture of Pennsbury... Prom is the only exciting thing that happens there :)

    Jess @ The Midnight Bookworm


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