Thursday, February 2, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #82

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 -Omnom Books

Reading is my drug, i've been addicted since a very early age, and don't think it'll end any time soon. I lived in England, but moved to Australia when i was 14 because of the 'better economy'. Apart from reading, i also love travelling, art, and surprisingly sport, although i'm a terrible loser and can't resist yelling at people when i think they're doing something wrong (how embarrassing!) My friends would probably describe me as funny, lively, and also a complete and utter nerd, due to my unfortunate liking of maths and science.

I started Omnom Books at the beginning of this year as a way to keep track of my formidable pile of reads, and to share my thoughts on them with others. I love meeting new people, and i can spend hours surfing blogs, finding new books and talking with others about our opinions on them. At the moment, I'm slowly reading my way through Tamora Pierce's epic works, right now i am up to Terrier (Beka Cooper #1), and i have Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer on the side. My favourite genres would have to be YA Paranormal or fantasy, with The Mortal Instruments and Paranormalcy being some of my faves as they are made of WIN. Alright...that's all i can think of for now, but hopefully i'll hear from some of you soon (dumbledore!)

Q: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kickass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?

I don't think my favorite books share any characteristic, really. I like books with strong heroines but I also love Bella in Twilight. I'd say that I have a weakness for bad boys with a hint of danger but I also adore Etienne and Cricket in Stephanie Perkins' books.

My favorite books share the quality of having good stories and characters that I care about. That's a boring answer, but it's true. My favorite books are nothing like each other other than that category. I think the characters are the key feature for me. I have to like the people I'm reading about. Even if the main character isn't always the nicest person (think Sam in Before I Fall), as long as I understand why they are the way the are and feel some sympathy for them, I will probably like the book.

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.

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  1. I love a book that has a really good story as well. There's nothing better than finishing a book I adored. :)

  2. I also love strong female characters! I love when a character can stand up for themselves :)

  3. I will have to think about my answer to this question for a minute before I post my answer. What I do look for is strong writing and I enjoy books that utilize poetry/lyrics in their storyline.

  4. Yes! I agree, I like it when I can understand a character. Its proof that the author has done their job correctly.


  5. My favorite books definitely share common themes, I think. I love strong central characters, especially if they are girls, and I love post-apocalyptic worlds. There is something hopeful about them I guess.
    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  6. That is a great answer, Sam was a total douche in the beginning of Before I fall but her character grew a lot throughout the story, I think that's what made her so real and relatable. Have a great weekend ;)
    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

  7. That's a really thoughtful answer. I agree. As long as you care about the characters you'll want to find out their story.

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    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  8. You love Bella? You must be one of the few! I loved those books but I couldn't stand her. Anyway, have a great weekend!

  9. I agree, I think it depends on the book we want to read at the moment.

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  10. I totally agree I have to care about the story and the character together. Great answer.

  11. I agree with you that it is hard to determine common characteristics of my favorite books other than that they had a story that affected me in a noteworthy way. In a way that hits me more than most or draws me in more than most. :)


  12. I agree. I don't like certain characteristics, I enjoy good characters. As long as they're well-written and believable, I'll care about them.

  13. I like your answer. There's isn't always a defining characteristic that would say "I like these types of books", just as long as the characters are likable and the plot is solid and relatable, it will be a good read.

    Happy Friday!

    JJ iReads
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  14. I gotta admit that I like the bad boy too!

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    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  15. Great answer. Although, like you, I can't help but fall for bad boys with a hint of danger!

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  16. Love you answer! How the story and characters are written are important. As long as the book keeps me interested I'm happy.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by - always happy to return the visit.

    I agree, a great character can make or break a book, but I need a solid story first & foremost. If the plot doesn't engage me, I don't care how awesome the character is . . . eventually I'll lose interest.

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  18. Hey, I love your answer! If the writer gives me a good reason for why a character is a jerk - well, then, I'll like the jerk! I totally agree with you, I have no favorites either. I go back and forth depending on my mood and what I need (a distraction with humor or some lovin' with a hot alpha male, who knows?)

    Have a great weekend! I'm not hoppin today - I've got too much to do and I'm wicked reading, too :)
    Kristin @myparahangover

  19. As much as everyone wants to hate Bella, I like her too. :-X LoL. Wish I had her issues. Two totally hot guys both madly in love with me. :-P Thanks for stopping by! Happy Friday. :-)

    Tara @ Shhh... Not While I'm Reading

  20. Characters are extremely important to me as well. Like you, I need to understand them in order to care about their story.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

  21. That's is so not a boring answer, Alison! It's an honest one and one we can all agree on. :)

  22. This is a tough question. I guess the one thing that I look for and enjoy most is damaged characters. I'm not a fan of perfect people or alpha males. It's not a necessity but is something a lot of my favorite books seem to have in common.

  23. I'm a character reader too. I have to connect with the characters. Otherwise, I won't like the book very much.

  24. I think "characters that I care about" is a key issue. I just can't tell you what makes me care about the characters. I guess it's the writing...I'm not a writer, so I haven't a clue. But if I care, then I feel EMOTION. And if a book makes me feel emotional, it's GOOD!!

  25. Just hoping by.. great post..

  26. I know what you mean.For me it is important that I am interested in the characters.Some of my favourite books have my favourite characters.
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  27. I think you have an awesome answer alison. It is very similar in a way to mine. =]
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  28. YES! Characters are the essence of books. It doesn't matter if the world building is wonderful or if the plot is completely awesome. If I can't relate to a character or find them boring/annoying, it just ruins the book for me. Example, I hated Harry Potter #5. Why? Because Harry was infuriating with his constant self-pity and his general attitude. I hate to say it, but after #5, my opinion of the series just went downhill.

  29. Hey Alison! Happy Friday. I love characters with a redeeming quality and can grow. It really bugs me when characters make the same mistakes over and over again. I like to see them succeed in whatever they are doing. Have a great weekend :)

  30. Not sure who came up with this question but as far as I am concerned it is one of the best ones yet!!

    Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy FF and Tea and Book FF

  31. That's the great thing about Stephenie Perkins' writing--she gives you completely great guy characters who are not typical alpha males in any sense of the word. And they're /great/.

  32. Totally agree. All my books have characters I care about. Ones that make me cry or laugh becuase I care what happens to them. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

  33. I completely agree! Thanks for stopping by!

  34. I agree! I like a book when it have good story and characters. Bab boys are a plus :)

  35. I also love strong heroines. I do also enjoy just a good, well written story with relatable characters.

  36. Hello everyone :) I am new to this!! Can't wait to check out all the blogs!!

  37. I agree too. I love books with a great story and I want character that I like. People that I can see myself hanging out with.

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