Thursday, January 19, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday #80

Welcome to the Feature & Follow

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View 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!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) 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!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to Wordpress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don't have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed.

Our Feature -Butterfly-o-Meter

BoM Books

Hey everyone! You may know me (pffft, yeah, riiiight!) as L.E.Olteano, I'm Livia for friends, meaning you guys :D. I'm a 24 yo girl/woman (I'm not sure what I can describe myself as at this age; uhm, female? Whatever.) stranger from a strange land - Romania - that loves everything about the written word.

I've had on and off reading sprees ever since I can remember, usually exactly at times when I was supposed to do something completely different. What can I say, that's part of my personal charm, fu~fu. I tend to have crushes on the villains in any book, or at least the bada$$-y sort of characters, give me the dark, the brooding, the mischievous, the possessive...*yum* I also host a deeply rooted obsession for vampire-related fiction since I was 7 yo and saw Interview with a Vampire at the cinema - oh, those intense and consuming eyes, that fair skin, those deadly beauties... Errrm, yes, as I was saying.

I have somewhat of broad reading horizons, I go for pretty much anything that titillates my reading gland after the first few pages, , with a few notable exceptions (like DIY and religion-focused books); I’ve been blogging since March 15th, 2011. I'm a supporter of the indie/self-pub phenomenon, and my reviews are mostly for such works. Aside them, you can also find reviews of traditionally published authors, sure (though not as many...I'm noob, and from a mystery place in Europe, what can you expect, right?), but my guilty pleasure reads revolve around smutty, villain-ified, hunk-ilicious romance, paranormal more often then not (but not necessarily).

My usual routine is squealing, raving, and generally fangirling once I like something. Some of my big time favorites are Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series (oh, the yum factor!), Becca Fitzpatrick's novels, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, any and all writings of Anne Rice, and pretty much anything original, quirky, peculiar, edgy or gutsy (have I mentioned hot? fu~fu).

My greatest fear is I won’t manage to read all the books I wanna read; so many awesome books out there, so little time…*sigh*

Q: What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get your hands on any particular book?

I can't think of anything crazy that I've done to get a specific book, but I've done lots of crazy book related things. Particularly with libraries. When I lived in Phoenix, I had five library cards (for different suburbs). The first month that I lived in California, I visited four different libraries, because there's no better way to tour a new city than to visit its libraries.

When I was a kid, I hated clothes shopping (not the case today...Hello Nordstrom!). My mother would reward me with little trips to B. Daltons between clothes stores.

In elementary school, I was voted "Person Most Likely to Own a Bookstore," mostly due to my epic book buying sprees for the Scholastic Book Order forms (one of the treasures of elementary school). In fifth grade, I kept a dozen books in my backpack, desk, or cubby, because you never knew which one I'd be in the mood for - including the illicit Sweet Valley High books, which I wasn't allowed to read, but borrowed them from friends and read them at school. I was such a rebel.

Now for the Follow Fun!

With GFC going the way of the dodo bird for many bloggers, there is no better time to start following blogs via RSS feed. If you use a reader, it would be great if you followed my RSS directly.

We have a new button, so update your blogs if you are used to doing this meme!

Gain New Blog Followers

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  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. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
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  1. I wish we had 5 libraries that I could get cards to! That would be awesome. :) Happy FF!

  2. Great story and awesome post!! That's so amazing that you were voted most likely to own a bookstore!!

    Happy Friday and check out my follow Friday!!

  3. I used to LOVE the Scholastic book forms! Best part of elementary school! I would always spend too much money! I had a weakness for anything R.L. Stine.:-D

    P.S. I tried to use the new html code under the new graphic but it still gave me the old picture. Don't know if I'm the only one to have this problem...

    Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter

    1. LOL so did i! I even joined RL Stines fan club that he had - i got ashirt (I actually have a school pic of me in it :X WITH the pin attached - how nerdy is that) with a big neon green G LOL I'm glad i'm not the only one hahaha

      The book fair was like the highlight of my year :D (in middle school when they'd actually come in instead of just hand out the catalogues ot order from) :D

    2. Oh my gosh! That is so cool! I never did join his fan club, but trust me, I would have if I had known about it! I collected every Fear Street novel he ever wrote. I still own each novel...they are boxed away in the attic. I will never get rid of them, because they were what first inspired my love of reading! So they are very precious to me!

      Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter

  4. I love my library but 5 library cards?! That's wow! I don't even know how you keep track of them.

  5. I stole books once. True story. I did return them though.
    My FF

  6. LOL, I have membership cards for two different library districts in two different counties. Totally know where you're coming from.

  7. Ha! I am kind of in love with that story. And I so miss all that Scholastic stuff. I LOVE getting those little flyers.

    Here's PiF's! Thanks for featuring us. :} Have a great weekend!

  8. I miss those book orders! I wish they had them for grown-ups!! (And I also can't wait until my little one starts getting them!!)

    Stop by and see my TGIF / Follow Friday this week!

  9. I LOVED Scholastic book orders. I got so many of my books from that growing up. Love Sweet Valley High too!
    Book Light Graveyard

  10. My youngest daughter is always bringing me her Scholastic book order and telling me she wants like all the books! LOL!

    Great Story!

    My Follow Friday


  11. Did you ever make it to the main Scottsdale library? My kids loved the 'Castle' library! What a great place to spend a Phoenix summer.
    Here's what I did for a book!

  12. Oh, those Scholastic Book orders. I totally forgot about them! I loved when we'd have the book sales and you could get SO many books for so little money. Best thing ever and it really fueled my desire to read.

  13. I love that my little girl brings home those Scholastic Book catalogs. Always spend too much money though:)

  14. LOL! But 5 cards is not that crazy, I have 3 for the same library so I can take out 6 books at a time.

  15. Oh, the code is wrong under the new button. I used it and it brought up the old image.

  16. Did you also get to read Sweet Dreams? I remember that was a banned book at my grade school library. It was always at the top shelves lolz. Hey, I never realized going through libraries are a good way to take a tour of the town. Nice idea. Love the new FF image. :D Here's my FF

  17. Haha! I wish I will be voted that too! I remembered once when I said I will be married to the son of a bookstore owner, and few days later I found out that the bookstore had been closed down. That says something.

    5 library cards, that's impressive!

    My FF

  18. How adorable were you! I was someone who'd stay up really late (10pm being late for someone young) to read sometimes, but I only let myself have one book. We used to have book fairs in the school which I'd spend a small fortune on everytime.

  19. You are right about the libraries. That's a great way to get to know a city.
    Hopping through.
    Here's our #FF post

    Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

  20. Oh it's funny and nice. I don't think I've ever done something crazy...

    old follower

    Here is mine

  21. Haha, I never did anything particularly crazy either. Does that make me a bad book-fangirl? lol

    Thanks for featuring lil'oh' me! xDDDD
    Have a great weekend!

  22. Sweet Valley! I do love that series when I was in Elementary. But we're allowed to read them, hmmm. Anyway, Happy Friday! :)

    Old follower,
    Sarah @ Smitten over Books
    Here's my FF post.

  23. Wow. I just have the one library card which I rarely use because I always buy my books. Costly, but then I stalk my authors and try to get to signings to get their autographs!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  24. I didn't even think...I actually have 4 e-library cards. One is even in Singapore. :x

  25. 5 Library did you keep up with them? =)
    I didn't anything crazy for a book either...but I did drive a hour to see one of my fave authors when I was 7 months pregnant just to get a pic with her and signed books. I would do it all over again too. =)

    My FF Post:

  26. Yay person most likely to own a bookstore! How fun that your love of books has lasted all this time! I was really never a big reader until just before I started the blog. I of course read for school and things like that, but I never read for fun until Twilight and then I got addicted:) Happy Friday Alison!

  27. Hello, I am new to this, I love good clean books, mystery, thrillers, romance, etc. I love your blog Alison. Have a wonderful Follow Friday!

  28. I loved those Scholastic Book fliers. I bought all of my Animorphs books from those as a kid. New follower from FF!

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  30. Great question this week! I was addicted to the Scholastic Book flyers and the book fairs in grade school, too. My mom is a first grade teacher, so I still have fun ordering from Scholastic for books for her classroom. I look forward to her getting them every month!
    I forgot to tell you that I copied the code under the new FF picture, and I keep getting the old one.

  31. Hahahah I was the same way as a kid! I always wanted everything from Scholastic!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  32. Lol, I love your rebellious book ways. :) I didn't get into reading until I was older, but I love that your mom rewarded you with books for clothes shopping. Probably would have been reversed for me as a youngster.
    Happy Friday!

  33. 5 libraries I can relate .. though our library system is all connected so i can request a book and have it sent from any of the libraries to the one I wish to pick it up at . here is my follow

  34. Bummer. We only have one very small, very sad library. Gotta love small town living. :) And when I went to Prescott (about an hour away on Monday) B&N was closed up. Waaaaaaahhhhhh! But I love that you were voted person most likely to own a bookstore. How awesome!
    Kendra @ Reader's Edyn

  35. I bet you were excited when they invented interlibrary loan! I know I was. No more limitations based on libraries! New follower. And new to FF!

    ~ Nikki (

  36. I've been looking for fun memes like this!! New follower :)

  37. Hmmmm, I think the craziest thing I have ever done is go to the all night Harry Potter release parties and stay out past midnight and then be at work super early the next day. I also went to a release party for one of the Star Wars books at my local Borders that had a book signing when I was in college. I wore a fitted Star Wars t-shirt and a miniskirt. My message consisted of the author's signature, telephone number and hotel room number!

  38. 5 Cards? That's awesome. Thank you for hosting.
    My Feature and Follow...

  39. My libraries are okay I guess. They aren't the best, but its okay!
    Have a happy friday! M FF

  40. Wow, you own 5 cards! That never even crossed my mind, lol! I remember Sweet Valley High too! One of my all time fave kid series was The Boxcar Children :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! ~ margie

  41. LOL. Yes, those expensive books I bought were worth it. Interesting reads and great collector's pieces!

  42. Oh the Scolastic book fairs! I used to love them. Sometimes I still look through my sisters Scholastic forms when she brings them home!

  43. Oh i loved the Sweet Valley books. :-P So much fun to read. Did you ever watch the show?

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I wish I worked at a bookstore. Heck, i wish i owned one. Happy reading!

  44. Oh I loved Sweet Valley High! :)

    Thanks for commenting

    Megan @ Between the Lines

  45. Happy Friday Allison! Have a great weekend :)

  46. LOL I love that you read Sweet Valley High books at school because you couldn't read them at home haha And that your mom tempted you to go shopping with trips to the bookstore! Awesome! My dad always loved books so we'd go to the bookstore when my mom went shopping at the mall :D I LOVED those Scholastic Order forms, those were seriously the highlight of my year when they came out. I'd have to choose SO carefully what books I wanted, since I only got so much to spend haha :D Oh what great memories :)

    Have a great week Alison!

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  47. LOL, love your little stories. Sorry the response was so late, for some reason my old computer does not like your site and it usually won't let me leave a comment. I am getting a new computer in a couple weeks so I should be able to leave you comments again soon. I didn't want you to think I don't respond to bloggers when they visit my blog. :)

    Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance


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