Thursday, September 15, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday #63

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 link here for Follow Friday Feature or go to Parajunkee and click 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 - Alaskan Book Cafe


I am living in Alaska with my grandson who is 4 and on the autism spectrum. We both love reading and taking hikes. I also enjoy cooking, ( I collect cook books), crafts, collecting faeries and meeting new people. My favorite books change all the time. There are so many I would be listing forever. I am still trying to get caught up on GR and Shelfari. I will read just about anything, even t-shirts, (especially on hot guys).

I'm kind of snarky but in a fun way. I'm on FB where somehow I got married and then a 10 year old kid showed up. I guess that 's ok since he can work. I'm trying to learn Twitter so I guess that makes me a twit. My sister set my hair on fire during a double date but I still allow her to be my best friend. Loyal like Lassie.

Q. It's that pesky magic book fairy again! She has another wish: What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?

The problem with most imaginary book worlds is that they're usually scary. There's a lot of them that I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of. But there are still some that are so magical, I just can't help wanting them to be real, despite the scare factor.

Take Harry Potter. An obvious answer, but it's hard not to want to visit Diagon Alley or go to Hogwarts. I'd also love the world of the Revenants in Amy Plum's Die For Me to be real, since they are paranormal creatures who do good. Finally, although it's not a fantasy book, I'd love for the Babysitter's Club to be real. I wish I could have been part of the Club (or even just babysat by the members). I would have been best friends with Mary Anne. Stacy would be cooler, but Mary Anne and I are more alike.

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. Love this week's question! It took me a while to answer, but I eventually typed out my long, winded reply. Phew!

    Here's my Follow Friday
    Happy Friday guys!

  2. I can't believe I still haven't read the Harry Potter series yet! Everyone keeps telling me that they're amazing -- I really have to pick them up! Because wizards? SO COOL! :)

    Here's my Follow Friday! And you can still enter my 300 Followers Giveaway if you haven't already! :)

    Have an amazing weekend, Alison!

  3. I feel the same way about most fantasy/paranormal books. I'm chicken -- too scary for me. I can read it but I don't want to live it!

  4. I chose Amy Plum's Revenants also! Great answer! Old follower hopping through.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a great weekend.

    ~Kristin @ Better Read Than Dead

  5. Agreed! The Babysitter's Club would be an awesome place to be!

    My Follow Friday

    Sarah @ The Book Life

  6. You guys ROCK! I used to Love the babysitter and yeah as a teen it was TOTALLY where I would of wanted to be :D

    - Kylie @

  7. This is my first ever Follow Friday, I am excited to take part, especially with such an awesome question. =] Here is my FF

  8. Harry Potter? Of course! and a few others . . . I have not read Die For Me, but have heard mixed things about it, but I intend to read it soon!


  9. Totally agree on HP! I haven't read Die for Me yet, but I want to! I would totally die to see a game of quidditch though! :D

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  10. Great answer! It's true that most stories are really scary. But most stories also have a great hero/heroine who saves the day. I keep forgetting about Amy Plum's series. I'd love to join that world too!

    Happy follow friday!

    Livin' Life Through Books

  11. I thought about Die for Me, too! And I agree, it's hard to choose because these fictional worlds are usually very scary!

  12. I just want Harry Potter to be real so I can try Quidditch. Just once.

  13. This is my first follow friday! Great (but tough) question!

    here is my FF!

  14. Hi & Happy Friday!

    I chose Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series for my answer this week :)

    Have a great weekend.. My FF,

  15. Ha! Baby-sitter's Club, I love it! That made my night. I was so obsessed with BSC growing up. My friends and I used to pretend we were them, take pretend phone calls, we had lists of parents and kids names and we'd make appointments to baby-sit. We used my funky phone that lit up when it rang, and I think Claudia had the same phone in the movie. When I did baby-sit, I had a kid kit like they did, with fun stuff for the kids. Man, I miss the days of BSC!
    I chose Harry Potter too, btw. Love your answers. :-)
    Have a great weekend, Alison!

  16. *high fives* I also like the Babysitter's Club and wished they were real too. Diagon Alley is one cool way to get in and explore :D Have a great weekend

  17. Great answer!!!--although I was more of a Sweet Valley girl than BSC--but still gotta <3 the BSC!!!

    There are so many good books--and you're right, lots of scariness-- I had a tough time picking just one--but my top 3 are Hogwarts, Tamora Pierce's Tortall, and TLC's Thalassinia--magic, magic, and mermaids!!! :D

    Have a great weekend!!! Oh, and hope your move went well!!!!


  18. yeah, a lot of them are scary. i had a few keep going through my head while thinking up my answer. i want them to be real, but i don't want them to be real...

    Here's PiF's

  19. I loved this week's question - it was a lot of fun. Thank you for the feature - it's epic! You ladies rock!

  20. I better get start reading fantasy books. Great answer!
    My FF:

  21. Great question! I'm looking forward to reading all the participants' answers. Have a great Friday!

  22. The Babysitters Club! Great answer! I loved that series growing up and always wanted to be apart of their club! :]

    Happy Friday!

    My FF Post

  23. Hi, there! I'm new to follow my book blog Friday, but what a fab way for authors to meet and connect!

  24. I definitely agree about Harry Potter. It's hard not wanting to be a part of that so wonderful and magical world! Thanks for stopping by!

    Kindle Fever

  25. I always liked Mary Ann, too! Plus...if memory serves...the quiet girl got the best guy! :)
    Happy FF!

  26. Harry's world is getting some votes, but not as many as I thought. Surprisingly seeing other answers too! I voted for Harry, and any UF world! I think that would be cool!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  27. I love this question and enjoyed answering it.

    My Friday Hops

  28. I don't know anyone that doesn't secretly wish Hogwarts was real. How cool would that be? The world of Die For Me would be really interesting as well, and I wouldn't mind running around Paris with Vincent:)

  29. Harry Potter would be a good one! Have a great weekend!


  30. Interesting question. Like you said, a world may be really cool too read about but there is usually a dark side that I wouldn't want to be around.

    Have a great weekend!

  31. Oh, The Babysitter's Club. I used to want to start one so bad when I was younger. None of my friends wanted to though...haha.

    Great choices! Happy weekend.

  32. Hey Alison! Hopping on by! Have a great weekend :)

  33. Good answer! I often forget about the scare factor. But, I wouldn't want to meet Voldemort or the Volturi in a dark alley.

  34. Yea I thought about that too, which is why I didn't pick Harry Potter even though I really wanted to see hogwarts! The babysitter club brings back great memories for me. Old Follower :)

    My FF- Book Briefs


  35. Thanks for stopping by:) Great answer!

  36. I really enjoyed this week's question. I think Harry Potter was the hands down favorite, but I've also enjoyed seeing the other worlds people have chosen, too. Who hasn't dreamed of their favorite story world -- whether it's a different world or simply a detailed part of our own -- coming to life? :)

  37. ::wave:: I've been a lurk follower for a little bit, but since I'm taking part in FF for the first time I'd better unlurk!

    Here's my FF post

  38. Old follower stopping in to say hi. When I was younger I also wanted to be a member of the BSC. They were awesome. ;)

    My FF

  39. Thanks for stopping by. I so wanted to create my own BSC with friends when I was younger. Sadly it never panned out.

    Old follower

    Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick

  40. It sucks that you had a hard time moving, but I hope your week gets better!

    *Current follower*,


  41. I use to want to be part of the Babysitter's Club! =D

  42. I would love to live in the world of HP. Love it!
    Thanks for the visit and Happy Friday :D

  43. Hi Alison!
    Thanks for stopping by again this week, have a fabulous weekend!

  44. Being part of the BSC would be awesome. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy Follow Friday!

  45. Alison, thanks for hosting this Friday Hop. It must be overwhelming to try to comment on 240 submissions each week!

    Anne@My Head is Full of Books

  46. Babysitters Club! I read so many of those and even had this boardgame I played all the time with my sister! Great answer!

    Thanks for stopping by my FF :-)


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