Thursday, May 24, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #98

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 -Charissa Books

1. When did you start blogging?

About a year ago, we had our YouTube channel (BooksForYouAndMe) first.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Marissa: Connecting with other people and sharing what I've read!
Charlotte: Discussing books in the comments, and doing weekly events.

3. What is your favorite book(s)?

Marissa: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower & John Green books
Charlotte: The Hunger Games series and the Luxe series

4. What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

Marissa: Meeting people with similar interests and similar taste in books.
Charlotte: Talking to all types of bookish people, and learning the process that takes place when a book is published. It's so cool when an author tweets you, and stuff like that. You're a lot more involved in the blogging community, and you get more opportunities to talk to authors and such. I find the whole online book community totally fascinating, and getting to be a part of it is the best thing!

Q: Activity! Dreamcast your current read.

I'm reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin right now. It's a book with a lot of hype and I can entirely see why. I love it so far! I'm about 2/3 of the way through.

I'm horrible at casting books, but here are my picks for the main leads Mara and Noah:


Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit


Thomas Dekker of The Secret Circle

I've never actually seen either of these people act, but they look like how I imagine the characters.

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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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
  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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Happy Follow Friday! Come back at midnight CST for the Facebook & Twitter hop!!  


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  2. I've seen both Hailee Steinfeld and Thomas Dekker act, and I like them both! So although I haven't read Mara Dyer yet, I'm going to say those are good choices :-)

    Here's my FF post!

  3. Great picks this week Alison! I actually haven't read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer but I really need too!!

  4. Ok so I haven't read the books and don't know the actors I'm not doing so hot! Happy Feature Follow

  5. I haven't read this book, but I do know the actors! I may have to check it out!

    See my FF Here
    Tabby @Insightful Minds & IM Design Studio

  6. I'm not very familiar with either of those actors, but I LOVE Mara and am so glad you're loving the book so far!
    I'm hopping from Novels, News and Notes (a collaborative blog) as well as my own blog Candace's Book Blog this week.
    Old follower, of course!

  7. Old Follower. I really need to read that one! Great choices; they would look good together. Our FF this week!

  8. I'm horrible at casting too! I like your picks, though. Old follower! My Follow

  9. I love this topic but it is so hard! I do not envy the job of a casting director!

    DT from Dead Trees and Silver Screens

  10. Hi! I'm definitely not good at casting lol, but you did a good job!

  11. Wow, awesome activity this week! I've never read the book, but your cast choices make we really want to!!

    Here's mine:

    sinn @ sinnful books

  12. Those seem like great picks!

    Have a great weekend!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  13. OoOOO you are reading MAra Dyer???? Truly I hope you'll LOVE it - it was fantastic!!! Love the actor you picked for Noah... gosh, how I love this boy!

    Happy Friday !

  14. I have not read or heard of these actors. I am not doing to well. Happy Feature and Follow.


  15. I love Unbecoming!! So happy to hear you do too! I haven't heard of either of those actors, but they seem pretty cool! :)


  16. I really need to read this book. I have awesome things.

  17. Great casting Alison!

    My FF,

    Have a nice weekend :)

  18. Ooh interesting choice for Noah!! I love this book. It was so interesting XD

  19. I really have to read this book! Everyone is talking about it! She is gorgeous!
    My Hop
    Happy FF!

  20. Great choice :)
    Have a great weekend
    My FF Post

  21. I haven't read this book yet. I so need to though.

  22. Ooh nice! Haven't read that book or know these actors! Seems to be a pattern today!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  23. Old follower returning stop. I haven't read this book but I do know who Thomas Dekker is!

  24. Hailee is pretty. I'm not good at picking actors, but it was fun :)
    Happy Friday! Here's my FF.

  25. Oooh! I agree! Especially with Thomas Dekker as Noah. ;)

  26. Hailee Steinfield is so gorgeous and a really good actress as well! Good choices! I think I messed my choices up a bit. Hop on over if you have the time:
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  27. Ah, now this isn't something I've read but alot of people say it's great...must get on that. I haven't seen anything with this cast either, I've been meaning to start watching the secret circle for ages but just never got round to it.

    Thanks for hopping by :)
    Vikki @ V's Book life

  28. Oh! I just got this book!!! *excited* But somehow I think that actress would be spot on. So cute. :)

  29. I haven't read this yet, I have found so many books that I still need to read. Old Follower. Thanks for dropping by!

  30. I haven't read this book yet so I can't judge your casting skills. But, Thomas is quite a cutie! Old follower.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  31. Great actors. Have a nice weekend.

    My FF

  32. I really enjoyed this book, great cast!

    Old GFC follower.
    My FF.

  33. YEAH ALISON!!! So glad you're enjoying MARA! I loved that one to pieces, and Michelle is quite possibly the cutest person ever. She's been giving little treats to readers on her blog - there's a love scene from book 2 and a scene from Noah's POV when he first meets Mara in book 1. Highly recommend:)

  34. Great choices!

  35. Great choices....I have yet to read Mara Dyer though...

    Old Follower

    My FF post here

  36. Ooooo, I haven't read this yet, but I've heard great things about it! I'll definitely have to check it out!

    Old follower :)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature
    My FF & TGIF

  37. I haven't read or heard of this book but with Thomas Dekker associated with it I so need too ...teehee especially since The Secret Circle has been Cancelled:( I'm actually talking as if this is a real movie in the works can you say

  38. I own this book and I have it on my TBR list, but I still haven't read it! I need to read it SOON.

  39. I have read the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! It was okay. I like the cast that you picked. Here is mine:

  40. Another book I want so much! And I really like Hailee Steinfield! Thanks for stopping by ealier :)
    I'm an old follower

  41. I haven't really seen any movies with Hailee, but I saw a few episodes of The Secret Circle (before it was cancelled. . .) which Thomas and he's a pretty good actor. He has a cocky attitude going for him IRL. XD

  42. Thanks for stopping by! Great casting picks!

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

  43. I've never read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer but Thomas Dekker is a pretty fantastic actor so I'm sure he'd fill out the role wonderfully! :)

    Thanks for hopping by my blog earlier.

  44. I haven't read that book, but the dream cast is great! Old follower :)

  45. Hailee actually seems like the perfect pick for Mara...especially that picture, looks like it encompasses a lot of the emotions Mara goes through! As for Noah, I picture him with those stupid dyed blonde streaked locks kinda deal. Though if Thomas Dekker dyed his hair, I think it would definitely work!

    Thanks for stopping by my post :)

  46. I haven't read Mara Dyer yet (although it seems like a hot book lately, and I ought to move it up on the TBR list), but I can say that I loved Hailee in True Grit. I didn't love the movie... but Hailee was good. ;-)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week!

  47. I've never seen Dekker act but Hailey was fantastic in True Grit. I want to read Mara Dyer but I hear alot of negative things about it that totally turn me off. Can't wait to see what you think!

  48. I haven't heard of this book nor have I seen the actors act but I think I will have to add the book to my wishlist now :P


  49. I haven't read the book yet (although I do have it), but I trust you on this!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  50. I read this book and I love your character choices. that's exactly who I pictured as Mara. Great picks!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm an old follower but thanks for following.
    Have a great weekend! (:

  51. I haven't heard of this book but the cast looks cute and I'm going to check it out.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  52. Never read this book but I love your casting choice!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

    Valerie @ Intriguing Reads

  53. Hailee Steinfeld is good! If you haven't seen True Grit, definitely do. It's fairly faithful to the book too. *nods* Really good choices, Alison!
    Here's mine.


  54. Hey Alison! Totally forgot to do this. I've been so busy with work. Hope you had a great weekend :)

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