Thursday, March 8, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #87

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 -Novel Days










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My name is Britta and I will forever be a part of the 'Incurable Bibliophiles Society for Dreamy Souls.' I'm in the midst of completing an MA in Creative Writing, which alloted me the opportunity to spend a year in the emerald land speckled with sheep and middle English. I call it Middle Earth, the world calls it Wales. My goal is to become J.K. Rowling's understudy someday. I also would like to spend my entire life around books. Until then, brisk walks to the Strand Bookstore will do! I started Novel Days because my free time is taken up with books, and I wanted to document my finds/thoughts, as well as make new friends who I can celebrate these novels with. I specialize in YA Fiction, but I do read other genre's. At the moment, I'm reading Paper Towns by John Green, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, and will soon start on Delirium by Lauren Oliver.


Q: Have you ever looked at book's cover and thought, This is going to horrible? But, was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.


Ummm...I'm not really sure. I do think the cover for Anna and the French Kiss is stupid looking, although not as ditzy as the title. That's not entirely true. It's a cute cover, but it makes the book seem flighty, which it's not.

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I do hate the paperback cover for If I Stay by Gayle Forman. They took a unique cover and turned it into a copy of every other YA book with a photographed, overdramatized girl. But I'd already read the book when the new cover came out. I like the new cover for Delirium much better than the old one - but I still haven't read it. Can't believe I still haven't read it.

Until I started blogging, I didn't care about covers at all. Now I've fallen under the influence of so many of you who drool and ogle at the gorgeous covers. They're much more important to me than they used to be, but I still think they don't influence my impression of a book as much as they do for some people.

Then of course you have the unbelievable covers that tempt even disinterested people like me, but only lead to disappointment. Books that come to mind are Tris & Izzie (I made it 50 pages) and Everneath (Ducks as angry bloggers throw stones at my head...I didn't hate Everneath, but I didn't like it as much as a lot of people).



Speaking of covers, have you seen the cover for The Hunger Pains, the Harvard Lampoon parody? I think it's one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time:


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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RULES

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  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  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
  6. 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"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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59 comments:

  1. Awesome post!! Now that I think about it I kinda agree about Anna and the French Kisses' cover!

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  2. Yes to Anna and the French Kiss. I don't like it when books have amazing covers, but nothing more to it than that when you read the book.

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  3. Drop everything and read Delirium. Now! NOW!!! ;~))

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  4. Interesting thoughts on Anna and the French Kiss and Delirium :) Thanks for sharing! I still have yet to read Delirium but wow, the new cover is beautiful <3
    My Answer

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  5. Thanks so much for featuring me, Alison! I feel the same way about Anna and the French Kiss, but I've heard so many great things about it, I might as well give in and give it a go!

    Britta

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  6. I totally agree with you about Anna and the French Kiss, but it really was more an issue with title then the actual cover. New to this meme Alison:)

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  7. I feel exactly like you about covers. Before blogging, I didn't really care about covers. But covers really do sell the book.

    Thanks for stopping by,

    Livin' Life Through Books

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  8. Pssst, I didn't like Everneath either! I found it bleh! But it had a gorgeous cover!

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  9. I actually like both of the If I Stay Covers, but I definitely agree about Anna and the French Kiss.

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  10. Psst...I didn't love Everneath either. It was fine, though it almost ended up as a 'meh' for me. Jack came in for a nice save in the 2nd half. But definitely didn't think it lived up to its cover. :D

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  11. I have heard great things about all these books! I'll definitely have to check them out. Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. You're right, the Anna and the French Kiss cover is a little dorky. lol. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  13. You know I never really thought about Anna and the French kiss as bad, but now that I look at it its veyr corny lol, but such a great book!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  14. Hi there :) Old follower stopping by. Thanks for visiting. Definitely agree about Anna and the French Kiss :P So many YA romantics have the corny cutesy factor happening.

    Book Enslaved

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  15. I have yet to read Anna and the French Kiss but I will tell you the cover is the reason I stayed away from it. Until I started reading the reviews that is...
    Great picks.
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    And thanks for stopping by my FF this week.
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    ShawnaLeAnn
    Dreaming In The Pages Enter My Giveaway!

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  16. Ooh, the new If I Stay cover is a tad creepy!

    I am guilty of reading a book based on its cover.

    Happy Friday!

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  17. I totally agree with Delirium! The new cover is so much better, but I showed it to my mom the other day and she couldn't stand the fact that it had an up close of a girl's face on it. So I'm sure she would agree with you on If I Stay. I haven't read Anna and the French Kiss, but I have to say, the cover definitely doesn't make me want to advance it to the top of my TBR list. Oh well, I need to get over the cover and just read the book already :) Thanks for stopping by! BTW, how's the CAPTCHA thing going over for you? Did your post help make commenting any easier for you this week? I hope so!

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  18. When I saw the cover of Anna And The French Kiss, I thought it would be terrible. For that reason, I didn't pick up the book for about half a year.
    I was surprised because I loved the story!

    BTW I'm new to this feature :)Also, I followed you!

    www.nicksbookblog93.blogspot.com

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  19. Anna and the French Kiss does sound kind of silly. I actually didn't like the book. I agree that the old If I Stay cover was better. I get kind of tired of random girls on the covers of books.

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  20. I know it's not a good thing but it's true we always have an opinion about a book by its cover...

    old follower

    here is mine

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  21. I loved Anna & TFK's cover!!!

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  22. Oooh I really need to read Anna!

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  23. Hehe!! I actually touch covers and feel them like they are braille. My 9 year old started oneday feeling the writing and what was raised and shiney and she showed me there is more to a cover when you really look. So covers are important, but I have learned to not judge a book by it's cover:D

    Michelle

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  24. I totally agree with you on the cover of Anna and the French Kiss but I absolutely loved the story :) You should absolutely read Delirium right now!
    New follower
    - Jenni (My FF)

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  25. I almost picked Anna as my FF choice too! But then I decided against it, because the cover isn't THAT bad. It's just... not the best. Especially for such an amazing book. ;D

    Here's my FF. ♥

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  26. Thanks for hosting this meme! I'm a brand new blogger and this is a great idea.
    Happy Friday!

    Here is mine:
    http://nancydigirolamo.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/feature-and-follow-friday/

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  27. Haven't read your picks! But good ones!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  28. The Hunger Games parody book is really funny. I agree, I didn't like the cover of Anna and the French Kiss.

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  29. Oh yes, Anna and the French Kiss. Not a fan of that cover as well. It was too cutesy for the story I think. I avoided that one for a long time and then was super pissed at myself for waiting! Have a great weekend Alison!

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  30. Good Books! Hopping Through!

    My FF

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  31. Thanks for hopping by my blog. You should definitely watch the first season of Game of Thrones.

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  32. I've heard a lot of things about Anna and the French Kiss recently. I'll have to check that one out for sure!
    happy friday!
    ~aspen
    http://inner-aspen.blogspot.com

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  33. Great picks. I agree the cover of Anna and the French Kiss is not that great. But I've seen an awesome cover for that book on Goodreads, I think it was a fanart or something like that...but they should totally change it to that.

    Happy Friday!

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  34. I'm with you regarding covers. God, I'm such a cover 'ho. An ugly one can really turn me off to a book, even if there are great reviews about it. Anna seems like it's going to be a lot frothier than it is because of both the title and the cover.

    LOVE that parody cover!

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  35. Well, I like both the covers although I haven't read either of 'em!

    Here's my first ever FF!

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

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  36. Agree Alison! Anna & the French Kiss is a cheesy cover! The National Lampoons Hunger Games cover, hilarious!!,)

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  37. Hi! I just did my first Feature and Follow post and have started following you! I loved this question because it made me stop and think (which I don’t always do a lot of) about what what I’ve read recently that would fit this question. When the answer buzzed into my brain I was surprised that was what I came up with and excited that it was my answer!

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  38. Totally agree on the If I Stay novel. The paper back is horrible. I haven't actually seen the new Delirium cover (I am almost done with Pandemonium), I will have seek that one out!

    Thank you for stopping by!
    Otherwhere.co

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  39. I liked the Anna cover, but it did not blow my socks off when I saw it. I was not a huge fan of the title, but I guess it works for what Perkins does. I haven't read Delirium yet either, but I love the new cover!

    Old follower.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews
    http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2012/03/follow-friday-19-and-tgif-10.html

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  40. I haven't read Anna this is a book I want to read for years but still not available here in our local bookstore. ;(

    Old follower happy friday!!!

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  41. Happy Friday Alison! Have a great weekend :)

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  42. I'm so happy to participate in this again. I really really like Anna and the French Kiss and the cover.
    Have a great weekend.

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  43. Hi Alison! I've been following you for a while now, but I just thought I'd pop in and say hi since I'm actually participating in Follow Friday this week (after a long absence).

    It's nice to meet you! :)

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  44. I don't like the cover for the hardcover version of Across the Universe by Beth Revis (I love the paperback version), but that ended being a favorite book, after all. Some people love it, but I think it's misleading and plain weird.

    Still, I don't let a book's cover sway me too much, other than letting it convey to me which genre the book is. That allows me to weed out the type of books I have no interest in, since I don't just read everything that's out there.

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  45. I totally agree with you on both Anna and the paperback version of IF IS STAY, Alison! Not a fan of either one, although I really enjoyed both books.

    This was a great idea for a meme, it's been fun to read everyone's responses. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  46. The Hunger Pains looks hilarious!

    Have a great weekend!

    http://www.deadtreesandsilverscreens.com/2012/03/follow-me-fridaymarch-09.html

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  47. I have not picked up Anna in the French Kiss for exactly the cover. It really does scream flighty. And it also makes it seem like it could be shallow. But! I have heard some awesome things about this book. I hear it is a lot of peoples favorites. Thanks for the visit!! Happy Reading :D

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  48. I just saw The Hunger Pains at the store the other day and thought it looked hilarious! I might have to read it simply because of that great cover! Happy Friday!

    My FF/TGIF

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  49. I don't mind any of those covers, I think they are ok. The Hunger Pains one is very funny too.

    Thank you for stopping by Claire's Book Corner and have a great weekend.

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  50. Yup, the If I Stay one is quite spooky. The Anna and the French Kiss one is sweet though.

    Thanks fot stopping by.

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  51. am not too happy about the Anna cover but am hoping its as good as everyone says as I have it on my tbr shelf.
    Thanks for stopping by.

    old follower

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  52. I completely agree with you about the covers of If I Stay. The original blue cover is really different and that makes it eye-catching. I wouldn't even look twice at the new cover.

    Also, I love the cover of The Hunger Pains! I hadn't paid it any attention until now, but that really is a gigglesnort cover!

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  53. 'The hunger pains' cracked me up!!!! >.< poor mockingjay!

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  54. I feel the same way about the If I Stay covers, that's probably why it took me so long to read it!

    Anna's cover is okay by me!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  55. I've always thought Anna and the French Kiss was a really silly title, and that coupled with the cover made me not want to read it. Amazing how much a cover can do!!!!! Thanks for stopping by!

    Goldilox

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  56. I've heard great things about 'If I Stay' but neither of those covers would make me want to pick it up. It's on my TBR list though :D

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  57. Thanks for stopping by, I'm an old follower :) I've heard that If I Stay is good, but I just haven't been able to get to it yet. Guess I'd better do that!

    Happy Friday! (or, well, Saturday now...)

    Ree @ Literary Obsession

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  58. I just joined the Feature and Follow Meme. My site is http://harleybearbookblog.blogspot.com/ if you are interested.

    I think it's interesting how a book cover can really turn readers off. The If I Stay cover on the left is more inviting. I don't know if I would pick up the one on the right if I saw it on a bookshelf in a store.

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