Thursday, December 8, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday #75

Welcome to Feature & Follow Friday (err Thursday) on Parajunkee.com


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 - Anonymous Reads






"Hi, I'm Pepa, and basically, I love books. I only started book blogging recently, but I've been reading for a long while. I love the community here. I love how everyone in the book blogging community can just get lost in a book the same way I can. And I love to meet new bloggers to discuss books with.

My favorite genres are paranormal and dystopian. But I'll still read anything that's YA. The two authors that really got me into reading are JK Rowling and John Green. JK Rowling filled my childhood with this magical world that I never forgot, and ever since then I've been looking for more books and more worlds to escape into. And then John Green brought me into the YA world. I love both of their work. Some of my favorite books are the Harry Potter series, Looking for Alaska, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Vampire Academy series, and the Infernal Devices books. I love how books allow you to escape into a different reality and just forget about yourself. I also love meeting new people to talk book-talk with. So come say hi, I don't bite. :)"

Question: Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?


Hmm...there's a lot of books I could choose for this question. I'm going to stick with books that I read this year.

On the YA fiction side, I would love for everyone to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. It's incredibly creative, emotional, and romantic. Goes far beyond the typical paranormal romance.

On the non-fiction side, I think everyone should read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It's a heart-wrenching tale of unimaginable torture but also the triumph of personal strength. And very well-written.
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 - Anonymous Reads & Keeping Up with Roxy's Books.
  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!

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65 comments:

  1. I haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bones but I hear it's really great! I will have to get to it sometime soon.

    My Follow Friday

    ~Kristin

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  2. I still need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bones! Great pick!

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  3. great post! I really need to read Daughter of the Smoke and bone :)

    http://sarahcatchingbooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/follow-friday-9.html

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  4. I still haven't read my ARC copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bones. Soon though.

    Here's my FF

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  5. Great choices! I loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone..

    My FF, http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

    Have a wonderful weekend x Sharon

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  6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a great choice. I loved the read!
    Thank you for hosting.

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  7. Stopping by on the hop. I haven't read either of those, but I've heard good things about the first.

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

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  8. I REALLY need to step my reading up and finally get to The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. So many people are praising it and I feel so left out.

    old follower
    My Follow Friday

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

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  9. I loved Smoke and Bone! I haven't read Unbroken, but I really like WWII narratives, so I'll have to check it out!

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  10. I love Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It really is one of the most amazing books I have read in a long time. Guess I'd better get to Laura Hillenbrand's new book. I loved Sea Bisc.uit

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  11. There were so many great books this year to chose from. Good choice. I loved it as well, but there was one book that I love so much that I loved it and loaned it to a lot of people. I know how you feel.

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  12. Hey Alison!
    I've heard so many great things about The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Might need to check it out. As much as I know that people have loved it, to be honest, I've never read the summary (i.e. I have no idea what it's about lol!) But I love that cover! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Ninja Girl

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  13. Thanks for posting about The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I will definitely check it out. This is my second FF. Thanks for creating such a great hop!

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  14. Oh I haven't read any of these books, I'll try to remember to add them to my wishlist. Thanks

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  15. Thanks for stopping by!

    I have been wanting to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone (lovely cover isn't it?) for a very long time:D

    Natasha @ Dreamland Teenage Fantasy

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  16. somebody with similar non fiction tastes.

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  17. I have heard the Daughter of Smoke and Bone is good. I just need to get to read it.

    My Follow Friday
    http://addictedtowordsreviews.blogspot.com/2011/12/follow-friday-3.html

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  18. Thanks for hopping on over! That Smoke and Bone sounds really good, I will have to add that to my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing, Happy Holidays!

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  19. I seriously need to get these books. Great Picks.

    Old Follower
    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex
    CHECK MY FF POST HERE

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  20. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is really beautifully written! Great choice.

    Our blog is relatively new, and we just joined the blog hop!
    http://thenocturnallibrary.blogspot.com

    Thanks for doing this.

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  21. thanks for such a wonderful blog hop.
    http://sidnereviewz.blogspot.com

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  22. I really want to read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Thanks for stopping by my FF!

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  23. I totally agree with you on Daughter of Smoke and Bone! It's a beautifully written story that's very unique. Great picks! :D

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! (:

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  24. Haven't read those, will have to add them to my growing list to check out!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  25. I'm going to have to check out both of those reads! seems like Daughter of Smoke and Bones is very popular!
    Trish - My FF & TGIF

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  26. I really, really want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Unbroken sounds interesting. It's very cool that you were in Mesa! The lights at the Temple are gorgeous! Hope you had a good time here in the Valley of the Sun!

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  27. Thanks for stopping by Alison. I havent heard of your second book, but Daughter of smoke and Bone is just sittin in my TBR pile waiting for me to finish classes so I can read it.

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  28. Now I really need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I keep hearing such great things about it.

    JJ iReads
    Check out my Friday post

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  29. YES! Loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone so much! That is definitely one I'd recommend to any and everyone:) I can't wait to reread it to get ready for the second book! Happy Friday Alison:)

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  30. I keep meaning to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone but there's just so many excellent books to read at this time of year. Everyone seems to be really enjoying it too!

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  31. Hi Alison, I don't know about anyone else but I can't get to the FF feature to sign up cause the link doesn't work . Just thought I'd mention it here cause I never got a response from parajunkee .

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  32. I have been meaning to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone forever! Your non-fic sounds interesting, as well.

    Here's PiF's.

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  33. I really want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It sounds so good and right up my alley. One of these days, I'll be able to read as much as I want, lol.

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  34. I JUST got Daughter of Smoke & Bone and I'm so excited to read it!! Woohoo!!

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  35. Daughter of Smoke and Bone's UK edition is on my TBR. I have heard many great things ^_^. The book I would recommend would probably be Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, in fact after I finished the series I was actually going to get all my book friends that for Christmas but I came to my senses and decided to actually get them books that we're on their wishlist xD. At least 2 are still getting Leviathan though.

    Sandy
    If you don't mind, please visit my friend's relatively new book blog - WildFire Writing

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  36. I ADORED Smoke and Bone, it was just MAGICAL. I think that would make anyone happy to receive as a gift! :_

    http://dulivre.blogspot.com/2011/12/follow-friday-4.html

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  37. I just picked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I have read such wonderful reviews of it! I'm excited to start it.

    Visit My FF Jennifer @ Some Like It Paranormal

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  38. I promised a couple of fellow book bloggers I wouldn’t “machine gun” my Follow Friday posts on the blogs I visit but this week’s Follow Friday has inspired me to make an important exception.

    The book I think everyone should read is a work of non-fiction called The Four Hour Workweek. The thing is, the book is very well written and entertaining so it reads like a work of fiction. What the book can do to enhance your life and change the way you live day by day seems unbelievable on its face which might mark it a legitimate work of fiction for the skeptics out there.

    If you read this work of non-fiction and really follow the advice it gives and apply the insights you’ll gain, your life will read like a modern tale fairytale.

    I encourage, implore and even insist you follow me back to my book blog so you can find out why I think EVERYONE should read The Four Hour Workweek – http://www.howardsherman.net

    TGIFF!

    Howard Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  39. I haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet, but it looks awesome! Can't wait to get ahold of it :)

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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  40. Daughter of Smoke and bone looks so awesome! Still need to read though :/

    Great choices!

    Check out my FF post here

    New follower, thanks :)

    Molly
    Reading is my cup of tea

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  41. Hey Alison! Happy Friday!! I have read DOSAB and didn;t really like it. But, I haven ever heard of the other book. I will look into it.

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  42. Oh, I can't believe I forgot about Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I've actually already thought about giving that to someone this year. :P

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  43. Wow, I'm proud of you for reading such serious and moving nonfiction. I'll add Unbroken to my TBR list.

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  44. I chose my own book because it is about homelessness. Home Street Home - The Virginia Beach Chronicles would be good for everyone to read in this season of materialistic excess, I think. Especially with so many newly homeless hitting the streets, I think my book is a timely read for this season.
    http://homestreethome.yolasite.com

    I'm a new follower here from:
    http://steepedinbooks.blogspot.com
    Find me on Facebook at:
    http://facebook.com/homestreethomebooks
    Find me on Twitter at:
    http://twitter.com/HomeStreetHomeY

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  45. I've not read either of these yet - will have to add them to my list. Have a fab weekend everyone!

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  46. I rave about Daughter of Smoke and Bone to EVERYONE! Laini Taylor is a master of words.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  47. I remember when Daughter of Smoke and Bone came out and I was leery b/c it was hyped up so much. Now that the dust has settled and I've heard actual good reviews, I think I'll actually add it to my TBR! Thanks for reminding me about this one!

    I used to read books like Unbroken but I've gotten so entrenched in PNR, UF, Sci-Fi and YA that I'm just not into these types of reads anymore (like Into Thin Air, A Perfect Storm, or Into the Wild). I'll have to mention it to my husband, tho ;)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! Old follower...

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  48. Great choices! I'm going to check them out:)

    I'm a new follower! I'm trying to link up, but it keeps messing up. I'll try again. :)

    Here's mine:
    http://www.bookmarkyourthoughts.com/2011/12/follow-friday-my-first-ever.html

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  49. I can't wait to read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I have heard some really great things about it.

    Beth ^_^
    http://sweetbooksnstuff.blogspot.com/

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  50. I have Daughter of Smoke and Bone sitting on my bookshelf just waiting until I have time to read it. I can't wait :-)

    Thanks for stopping by my FF and have a great weekend!

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  51. I've tagged "Unbroken" in my TBR list :D It sounds like a compelling read of one's indomitable spirit. Here's my FF

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  52. Daughter of Smoke and Bones looks so good and I have heard so much great things about it. I have to get my hands on a copy to read it. Thanks for hopping by my FF. =]
    -Michael
    My FF

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  53. Oh, I definitely can not wait to read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Thanks for the visit hon, and Happy Friday!!!!

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  54. Thank yoooooooouuuuuuuuu! I'm so thankful! You have made my day! :)

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  55. I swear I haven't heard a SINGLE negative thing about Daughter Of Smoke and Bone... plus, the Australia cover is GORGEOUS. I so need to read this, huh? On it goes to the TBR XD

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  56. I still haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but I can't wait to get my hands on it. It looks so good! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Kristina
    Ladybug Storytime

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  57. I am essentially new to the FF but have been watching all the wonderful bloggers and hoping you will stop by and check out my site!

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  58. I've wanted to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone for ages. I really need to get a copy.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :D

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  59. I've heard of this Unbroken book, but it's not on my list. I'll have to check it out if you think it's that good. Thanks for stopping by!

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  60. Hmm, interesting choices. I know I've heard of Smoke and Bone. Might have to check it out.

    Thanks for the follow!

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  61. Ohh, Daughter of Smoke and Bones! Definitely want to read that one and this makes me even more curious. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  62. I still haven't read this yet! I'll have to see if my library has it.
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Sandra

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  63. Sorry, I'm super late this week! lol Better late than never, right?

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Your book choices look interesting!

    Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter

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  64. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - cannot wait to read that one!

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  65. Thanks for the comment on the Clary/Jace pic. I like your Blogger comment pic of Bella and Edward :)

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