Thursday, June 28, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #103

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 Sounds

Novel Sounds
1. When did you start blogging?

December 2011

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Elena: The community!! I am constantly overwhelmed with how genuinely welcoming and just NICE generally everyone is. It's a ridiculously generous community and I love, love interacting with everyone. Hooray for people who love books!

Kendra: I really enjoy the community of it all. Finding new books that I maybe wouldn't have checked out otherwise because it got a great review by someone I trust, that sort of deal. It's great to have find people to have the same interests as you do, always.

3. What is your favorite book(s)?

Elena: My favourite book is Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. I just think there's something so beautiful about his writing and the way he understands human nature. I also love that even though he is a Japanese author, his works seem very international. Kendra's all time favourite book is probably Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion.

Kendra: We are mainly YA book blog though so some of our favourites are the Hex Hall series, the Agency Series, Anna & the French Kiss, etc. I think my favourite book so far this year is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein which EVERYONE needs to read. Kendra's favourite book that she's reviewed on the blog is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

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

Elena: It seems redundant to say again but meeting everyone! I just can't gush enough about everyone I've met and interacted with so far. The girls specifically at Rather Be Reading ( give me such great advice. I've also grown closer to Kendra because of this and I think she's got such a unique voice.

Kendra: This is such a dumb answer but seeing our layout when we moved from Blogger to WordPress was a big thrill for me? We looked so shiny and awesome, I was in love. I love sharing everything with Elena too, she is the very best.

Q: Birthday Wishes -- Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake...who is it and what book are they from?

Umm...Edward. And Jasper.

Otherwise, I'd love to have Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss jump out.

As I was typing this, I was also thinking of TV and movie stars that I'd like to have pop out of my birthday cake. I was thinking of Gossip Girl...Am I the only one who thinks the actor who plays Rufus - Dan and Jenny's dad - is the most attractive guy on the show?

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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Gain New Blog Followers

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  1. Nice answers! I think Edward and Jasper might be very popular in today's answers. I also loved Etienne too!

    Here's my answer:

  2. I also picked Etienne!! Such a great choice for someone to pop out of your birthday cake :)

  3. I will have to read a little more about this Etienne character! And no, I 100% agree with you on Rufus! The first time I watched an ep I was like "Who's this hot guy . . . oh wait he's their dad? Good god he's dishy!" ;)
    Here's My FF!

  4. All of those boys would be perfect in a cake lol

    Good choices =D


  5. Nice picks! Just saw an Etienne a blog back!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  6. First picks are good :) I haven't read the second but will probably see it around today
    Have a Great Weekend!

  7. Great choices although I'm having a hard time picturing any of these oh so hot guys wanting to jump out of our cakes!

  8. I forgot about Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss. Great choices!

    Old follower. :)

    My FF:

  9. haha you wrote Anna and the French Cake! I got the book from the library now I just have to find time to read it!

    My FF

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  10. OoOo if I had to choose between Edward and Jasper, it'd be Jasper (sorry Edward). <3 Hope you have a great weekend
    Shellie @ Creative Reads

  11. LOLs, it would be pretty fun having Rufus jump out of your cake, he could sing you happy birthday :) I just got back from RomCon... my answer may be skewed... Book Savvy Babe

  12. I love Novel Sounds!!! Such a cute blog and the layout?? Utter cuteness! I totally understand how happy one can be over a layout :))))

    AS far as your question... Oh Edward... *sigh*
    I would go now with Kaidan from Sweet Evil or ... Barrons .. always Barrons, but to keep it YA I go with Kaidan!

    Happy Friday!

  13. many persons, doesn't it? At first I was wondering if I could pick some and not one but well I finally choose one.

    here is mine

  14. I completely forgot about Jasper he would be perfect.

    Happy Friday!

    My FF

  15. I love that you featured Elena and Kendra, their blog is great!

  16. I guess you're a hardcore Twilight fan, Alison :)

    My Follow Friday

  17. Hmmm, between Jasper & Edward I'd probably pick Jasper. Though Edward's a nice choice too. This is my first time doing this hop and I'm now following you via GFC. :) Here's my answer:

  18. Edward can pop out of my birthday cake every day! :)
    Great question (and answer!)
    Old follower

    Happy Friday :)
    My FF

  19. Great choices!!
    I love Edward. *swoons*
    (old follower)

  20. I am a new follower thanks to this week's FF, I am new to blogging, but luckily Miss Vain told me about this as a good way to find new blogs :)

  21. Etienne would be a great bday present! I agree that Rufus is definitely the hottest guy on Gossip Girl!

    Old follower.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  22. Nice picks. I'd want Varen Nethers popping out of my cake and no other lol

  23. I'm with you I haven't seen Gossip Girl since the second season but Rufus was definitely the hottest guy on that show.

  24. I'll take Edward :D thankyou and the cake x

  25. Etienne <3 He was a cutie.
    I'm a new follower and FF blogger here, so I'm hope I'm going about this the right way!

    Sophie @ The Dreaming Reader

  26. I love this question since tomorrow is my birthday! I totally pick the Wesley twins.

  27. Yum! Edward and Jasper! Haven't read Anna and the French Kiss yet, but it's been on my TBR list for a long time...

    Old follower passing through. My FF Post

  28. I'm too late to join your FF hop today but will be back next week :-0
    Thanks for this opportunity.

  29. oh i miss watching Gossip Girl. Yah I liked Rufus as well. The last season I watched was Season 3 I think? Thanks for reminding me of my once favorite show! Old follower hopping thru! Happy Friday!

  30. Lovely interview! Anna and the French Kiss & Code Name Verity are some of my 2012 favourites too. :) And YES, Etienne! He would be my second pick, after Tucker from Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand, of course. :) Happy Friday. :D

    Leanne @The Reclusive Reader (New GFC follower).

  31. So many choices, so little time. I think I'd choose a new one for each day of the week (or maybe the month!).

  32. Ooh, Etienne is a fantastic choice! I could also go for Jasper, even though I'm not a Twilight fan. (hey, there IS something I like about Twilight after all! WOO!)

    Great picks!

    My Friday Hops

  33. Hey Alison, I hope you have a great weekend!


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