Thursday, December 29, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday #78

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 - Kristin Can Read

I originally started blogging to keep track of all the books I read and what I thought of them. It was helpful when my reader friends would ask me because I could just refer them to the blog. I'm an English teacher who reads ALL the time. I try to read books that my students (6th graders) are reading. Makes trips to the media center much easier when I can recommend books. I'm also a mom, wife, and now student again. I also like read the books most people would be embarrassed to admit they have read like The Duggars, Sarah Palin, and now Bristol Palin's book. I don't care. Makes read much more interesting.

Question of the Week: The New Year is here -- and everyone wants to know your New Years Blogging Resolution! What are you going to try to revise, revamp and redo for 2012 on your blog?

Before I answered this I looked back at my resolutions from last year. And I'm proud to say that I completed them!

Here are my resolutions for this year:

1. Keep Blogging! That was my resolution for last year and it still stands. My blog was a big part of my life last year and it's an even bigger part now. I want it to continue being so.

2. Comment More: I try to reply back to all the people who comment on my blog. I'm not 100% successful at this, but I do try. I'd like to continue doing this as well as commenting on more people's blogs regularly.

3. Social Networking: I want to do a better job maximizing the value of Facebook and Twitter. I've grown a lot on Twitter this year, but I still have a long ways to go on making it useful.

4. BEA! I'm planning to go to BEA this year. It will be exciting just because it's BEA but also because I've never been to New York City before. Is anyone else planning to go?

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 - Kristin Can Read & Ex Libris.
  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. I'm planning to go to BEA. I wish it wasn't a Tuesday through Thursday...that's the only thing that would keep me from going, but I really want to make it up and NYC isn't too far from me - about 4 hours. Count me in! And Happy New Year :)
    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  2. AHHHH That's awesome you are going to BEA, plus it's in New York... that's the icing on the cake.

    Happy New Year, Allison!

  3. enjoy BEA allison
    not residential in the US
    so a no 4me

  4. Social networking is a good goal. I often let that slip because of lack of time. Thank you for hosting.

  5. I can't make the trip to BEA, but I'll be going to ALA Midwinter (my first bookie event :-) Have a great time in NY!!

    Oh, and I agree that social networking can sometimes fall through the cracks. It's hard to find time for that also :-)

    Here's my FF:

  6. Great resolutions!! I also want to try to go to BEA this year!!

    Happy Friday!

  7. Def going to BEA this year. Maybe I'll see ya there?? And I think you comment a whole heck of a lot. I'm amazed at how often I see you around :)

    La Toya @ La Toya, literally.

  8. I so want to try BEA this year! I'm really bad at social-networking though. It's horrific.
    My Follow Friday!
    Have a happy new year!

  9. The hubby and I want to go to NYC for our 10 year anniversary. With that being said if we do I might try to plan it the same week as BEA. LOL But I'm not holding my breath. But I will be attending AAD in NOLA in August which will be my 1st book con. I'm really excited.

  10. Awesome goals, I can totally relate to a lot of them. Good luck to you and happy new year!

    Novel Sounds

  11. Yeah, I live in California, so BEA is just to far. But I want to go so bad. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Old Follower.

    Jennifer@Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

  12. I also want to go to BEA but I live in the Philippines so it's really next to impossible. But I hope I'll be able to attend someday and maybe see you there? :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Sarah @ Smitten over Books :D

  13. Aww BEA sounds fun, but can't make it since it's in June. I'll be out of school by then and back in TX, otherwise I could've take a bus to NY and go.

    Have fun!!

    Mine @ Feature and Follow Friday

    Thanks for stopping by.


  14. Hey, Alison. Just stopping by to say hello. I hope you're doing ok. :)

    Here's our #FF post

    Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

  15. Twitter has helped my blog net working a lot-thanks for stopping by my blog and all your hard work for the book blog community

  16. Thanks for commenting again this week Alison. You are good at leaving comments . I honestly don't know how you can keep up with all the comments you get . I don't think I will go to BEA but I hope you do and HAVE FUN!

  17. Great resolutions! Poor french I am I don't even know what is BEA lol.

    old follower

    Mine is here

  18. That is exactly what I needed to do too :P

    By the way, what's a BEA? :P

    Natasha @ Dreamland Teenage Fantasy

  19. I have been pretty good about responding to comments made to my blog--but I think I need to work on commenting more on the blogs I read. :)


  20. I definitely need to start commenting more, too. Congrats on completing all of you resolutions last year!

    Old follower

  21. I would so love to do BEA, but NYC is too pricey for my pocketbook. Especially since I plan on going to RT this year--there'll be books, but not all are ARCs. Oh well, GOOD LUCK!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend and Happy New Year!

    Old Follower :)

  22. Facebook still confuses me especially as they keep changing it, but I do need to make more effort in communicating with Twitter and Facebook.

  23. I agree completely--more comments, and more efficient social networking. Let's use our internet time efficiently! Thanks for stopping by! Reading to Penguins

  24. I would LOVE to go to BEA, but Ontario, Canada to NY would be a bit of a treak, not sure if I could make it happen this year!

    I also hope to find a little more time for commenting in the new year. I don't get a chance to visit as many of the blogs that I follow. At the beginning of the year I tried to visit everyone at least once a week but lately that just hasn't been happening so I hope to carve out a little more blogging time in the new year!

  25. YEAH BEA!!!! I hope you can make it this year Alison, it will be fun to traipse around all the craziness with you:) Have a wonderful weekend and Happy New Year!

  26. Great job on meeting last year's resolutions! They are always hard to keep. The BEA in NY would be a great trip. Have a great weekend.

  27. Girl, you are /stunning/ with your amount of comments and comment-replies. You don't need to improve anything!

    On the foreign dramas I review, I'm obsessed with Korea, so I watch English-subtitled K-dramas, which are either like sitcoms or like soap operas, but without the sleaziness. So awesome. :-)

  28. I'm so glad you're going to BEA next year! It's so much fun. I hope to be going again (3rd year in a row if I make it) and NYC is so amazing. I had never been before either. I discover something new each year.

  29. Lots of people are talking about BEA but I'm not sure what that is...either way great goals :)

  30. Thanks for hopping by! I totally agree with you, I need to do those things as well. Have a Happy New Years!

  31. I didn't do FF today. Didn't feel like it. (yea, my resolutions are already not working out...being lazy. see my resolutions here ) I have a question though....can just anyone sign up for BEA because I wanted to do it this year and did it too late, but still couldn't even figure out how to register. I sooooo want to go!!!

  32. I am planing on going to BEA for the first time too! I hope I can do it, I'm so excited about it

  33. Great resolutions! I may have to "steal" a couple! My hop: Mom Reads My Books

  34. Hello! Thanks for stopping by! In answer to your question, I actually didn't nurse. My little girl was bottle fed so my hands were a little bit more occupied perhaps than otherwise (although I wouldn't know!) It was very difficult for me to find time to read when my daughter was born. It pretty much shrunk to 15 minutes before going to sleep. =( However, if you have a Kindle or another ereader, you could probably use that with little problem. I haven't been able to bring myself to make the switch yet because I love good ole paper, but it would be pretty easy, I could imagine, to set an ereader next to you and just reach over to "turn" a page every now and then. I'll probably do that for my next baby. Anyway, that's all the advice I've got. =) Good luck!

  35. Good luck with blogging in 2012!
    Thanks for your comment- I'm considering a 100 follower competition... but we'll see... ( :

  36. Hey Alison! Happy Friday! Have a great weekend and a Happy New Year!

  37. Hi Alison
    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week. I am halfway through Rift Walker now and enjoying it so far. It took a little longer to get going than Greyfriar, but now the action is happening. I should finish it either today or tomorrow.
    Happy New Year!

  38. Glad you've accomplished your previous resolutions! Happy New Year too!

  39. I think you do an excellent job of commenting! You always return mine :) And I hope you have a good time at BEA! I'm going to Comic-con so I'm super excited about that :)

  40. Thanks for visiting me today! I'm getting out and about so late today!!

    That is soooo awesome and commendable that you actually completed your resolutions from last year!!! I think I'll actually write down my "blog resolutions" this year and see if I meet them. We have book goals, why not blog goals?!

    I couldn't help but be nose-y and notice the comment from Cam above. I didn't START reading until my son was born. I'm stay at home so that helps but when he was first born, I'd read in his room when he napped b/c there was a time when he wouldn't nap without me sitting in the room with him (trust me, I worked my chair to the door everyday!). And nursing, it's so fast but if you wanted, a smaller mass market could be read with one hand. You won't want to, tho ;)
    Old follower...
    Kristin @myparahangover

  41. Girl, New York is FUN! My husband, best friend, and I went when I was looking at graduate schools. We planned our trip, and then discovered it was over Saint Patrick's Day! I twas crazy, amazing, fun, etc.! The Toys R Us on Times Square has a Farris Wheel inside. Wow, I could go on for days!! Definitely jump at that opportunity!

    Those are good goals for this year. I'm with you on commenting and social networking more.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    sinn @ sinnful books

  42. Have fun at BEA! Thanks for stopping by! HAPPY NEW YEAR :D

  43. I want to go to BEA, but I don't know if I can make it. I'm also trying to comment on more people's blogs and responding to comments at Imaginary Reads, as well as maximizing the use of twitter. :)

    Imaginary Reads

  44. Hi

    I'm a noob. Here is my post

    Lynsey @ Urban Fantasy Book Reviews

  45. Those are all great resolutions! Gosh, I wish I could go to BEA. Hope you'll have an awesome time. :D

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope the beginning of the new year has been a good one!

  46. Oh I would love to go to BEA!! I haven't been to New York either... or America at all... But I really would like to go! Great resolutions :) I need to be better at social networking too!

    Amy @ Following The Reader

  47. Hi, I'm a new follower here. My blog is Finding Your Gibbee,
    I have a terrific new years' book giveaway going on right now. Come over and check it out!

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