Thursday, July 26, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #107

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.



How To Become a Featured Blog?

We pick our featured blogs randomly each week from the blogs who participated the week before.

Please be sure to feature your e-mail address clearly on your blog. Either on the main blog, on a Contact page, or on an About Me page. If I can't find your email easily, I will choose a different blog to feature.

Our Feature -Concise Book Reviews


Concise Book Reviews By Michelle


1. When did you start blogging?

I started about 3 months ago actually.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I love being able to discuss books with other book lovers like me. No one in my home life likes to read like I do. Except my daughter, but now she reads less since she got older and has a boyfriend. (she is 19, so too cool to talk books with mom now) also the new discoveries I have found from my fellow bloggers.

3. What is your favorite book(s)?

That list would be very long, so I will just mention my top ones, lol.

All CassandraClare’s The Mortal Instruments Books, and Infernal Devices.

Jeannie Frost’s Night Huntress Series

And a fewnew books I really love are: Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Covenant series, and her Lux series.

The list could go on, but by looking around my blog you can see what I like for sure.

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

Mainly some of the new friends I have met, and really appreciate the books I get to review, as my money situation is not good, so buying books was hard for me, I had to save what little I would get to buy books, and trade off what I did have, for new ones. I love that I can get a book for a review, granted many are ones I may not ever have discovered if I was not asked to review, but have found some books I really liked and enjoyed, and am eager for the sequels, so I think that overall is one thing I really like, is the new discoveries.

Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?


I'll go year by year:

9th grade - To Kill A Mockingbird, although I also really liked Jane Eyre.

10th grade - Les Miserables. We read the abridged version. Some day I want to read the full version.

11th grade - Huckleberry Finn. My memory of the 11th grade reading list is actually a little thin. But I liked this one.

12th grade - The Iliad. I've also forgotten most of the books I read this year but I loved The Iliad.




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!

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RULES

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
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58 comments :

  1. We actually never had to read To Kill A Mockingbird in school. I did read Jane Eyre though and enjoyed it.

    A lot of the ones you have listed were not required reading for me. It is going to be interesting to see which novels show up most often.

    Happy Weekend!

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  2. Great books! I love them all! I love when a teacher first assigns a book, we are so miserable, but then it ends up being one of our all time favorites :D

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  3. Awesome choices! I LOVED To Kill A Mockingbird..such a great read! Hopefully I can pick it up one day soon :)

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  4. I honestly don't remember the names of any of the required reading titles for school, so I went for one of my personal favs. Great Choices though!

    Here's My FF!
    Happy Friday!

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  5. I forgot about Huckleberry Finn, that's one of my faves too.

    My FF

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  6. To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my faves too! And I can't believe I forgot about Jane Eyre!

    Here's my FF

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  7. Hello! I'm new to the Follow Friday Hop, and just came over from Parajunkee's. Great to meet everybody, and indeed, excellent choice with the Iliad (though I only really appreciated it during my second run through a few years back). Off to browse the other blogs!

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  9. Hmm.. The only one on your list that I had to read was Huckleberry Finn and I was not a happy camper about it lol.

    Here is mine

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  10. I also chose Les Misérables. I still have the paperback copy of the abridged version that I read many summers ago. I'd like to read the complete version someday, too.

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  11. Ah, I loved The Iliad! It wasn't required reading for a school class, though. And I've actually managed to read To Kill a Mockinbird twice as an assigned book, once in 9th grade and once in 11th—I switched schools.

    Thanks for hosting!

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  12. Awesome list Alison. I copied your idea. Hope that is okay. =]
    Here is My FF
    Michael @ The Bookshelf Review

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  13. To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn were on my required reading list too but I couldn't tell you what year I had to read them. I listed Gone with the Wind as my favorite but I also loved The Good Earth, Of Mice & Men and The Grapes of Wrath.

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  14. i love that you did this by grade. each year i have a stand out in my mind. To Kill a Mockingbird is on my list too.

    trish - my ff

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  15. I'm with you on The Iliad, although it didn't make my list. I disliked To Kill a Mockingbird...I don't remember why. My FF

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  16. wow I can't believe u remember those by year. my high school years were a blur mostly cuz I couldn't wait to get out.

    My FF

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  17. We never read Jane Eyre for school but I LOVED it. I remember reading it when I was in 8th or 9th grade and thinking how sophisticated I was :)

    The Brunette Librarian Blog

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  18. that was an awesome list you have there. I wish we also had something like that during my time hahaha :)

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  19. I'm new to the Blog Hop. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird. It's on the top of my all time favorites list!

    Traci @ madhatterreads.blogspot.com

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  20. here's mine.. :) http://kisskitkatey24.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-and-follow-friday-1.html

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  21. I haven't had to read To Kill A Mockingbird yet, but I kind of hope I will soon :)
    Here's My FF

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  22. The only one out of the ones you listed that I read was To Kill A Mocking Bird. It was okay but I don't remember much of it. Old follower.
    My FF

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  23. To Kill a Mockingbird is on my list too. I also enjoyed Huck Finn :) nice list, though I have yet to read Les Mis.. it's on my TBR though! I also still haven't read the Iliad. The only epic I've read to date is The Aeneid.
    hopping through! Old Follower. Have a great weekend!

    Aspen

    http://inner-aspen.blogspot.com

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  24. When I was at a homeschool fair, I begged my mom to let me read Jane Eyre. *sigh* I couldn't get through it. As part of the curriculum for it, I had to answer weekly questions based on the chapters I read. Couldn't get through it, so my best friend at the time told me all the answers because she watched the movie. Sadly, it worked! My hat is off to you for enjoying it!

    Here's me FF:
    http://www.sinnfulbooks.com/2012/07/follow-friday.html

    sinn @ sinnful books

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  25. I'm not sure if I'd read Iliad back then. I'm kinda forgetful. :P But I like Mythology. :) Greek and Roman's story really gets to me.

    Here's my FF

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  26. Oooh I agree on To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre (trying to remember if I read it for summer reading or on my own), and Huckleberry Finn. I've never read the other two. I did read The Odyssey but it definitely wasn't for me back then. I think I'd like it better now and may have to re-read some day and also try The Iliad.

    Have a great weekend!

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  27. Seeing lots of Mockingbird! I didn't really enjoy that myself. In fact it wasn't til senior year in high school that I came across a book and enjoyed it! It was the only one too. In college I read more that I just did not like at all. And I was an English major. I still find that odd...;)

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    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  28. It's funny that most of our answers are the same. I'm glad that most DO like classics because sometimes they get such a beat down being that they are "required" readings.

    I'm the other feature over at PJ - books are my reality :0) Old follower!

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  29. Some great picks! I really like Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird, but I didn't read either of those until I was older. I'm not sure how I got away with not reading them in school... Have a great weekend! :D

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  30. Nice picks!!! I actually never read To Kill a Mockingbird or Jane Eyre :o The were not required in school and we actually didn't have summer reading in my school :) But happy reading Alison <3
    xoxo, Mariam @Book-A-Holc

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  31. I love To Kill a Mockingbird. It is one of my all time favorites.

    - Alex
    MINE

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  32. I also chose To Kill A Mocking Bird :)
    Alexia - Here is Our FF Post

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  33. I wasn't required to read any of those in school.
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  34. I'm new to Blogging, and this feature so I thought I'd sign up to have some fun. Miss Vain actually recommended me to this Meme. I joined into my first Meme this week, so I'll see how I go with it!

    Naomi

    http://nomisparanormalpalace.blogspot.com.au/

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  35. Thanks for hosting! I'm an old follower via GFC.(:

    My Follow Friday.

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  36. Oh I didn't think of The Iliad, but you're rigtht, I loved this one.

    here is mine

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  37. I haven't read any of those yet, I really must though!
    Old GFC follower :)

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  38. My memory is terrible! Trying to remember the required reading list was a struggle (I'm showing my age ;)


    A great list!!

    Sharon @ www.obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

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  39. You have an amazing memory! I read Hunkleberry and The Iliad in college instead and did enjoy them.

    Old follower :)

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  40. Great picks! I didn't care so much for the Iliad because it was so long and only took place in a short amount of time, but I loved The Odyssey and it's still one of my favorites. One of my book loving friends has a great graphic novel of both books. They are really cool because of all the crazy illustrations.
    I'm also a huge lover of Les Mis. I think I've seen every movie and musical adaptation on tv, though the book is the best.
    I'm an old follower.
    Happy Friday!
    Here's my FF: http://meganm922.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-and-follow-fridayrequired.html

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  41. My favorite was Into The Wild. Actually made me cry a bit. Hah :)

    Old follower!

    Andrea @ Literary Getaway

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  42. I also read Huck Finn in 11th grade and I really liked it- we didn't read any of the others but we had to read The Odyssey in 9th.

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  43. I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of those books in school but at least I can make up for it as an adult!
    I'm a new member of the blog hop
    RB :D
    http://reflectivebookworm.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/feature-and-follow-friday-1.html

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  44. While I was required to read every one of the books you mentioned, I've only read To Kill a Mockingbird. And, I read it just last year. I missed out on so much by not reading in high school. At least I'm trying to make up for it. :D

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  45. To Kill a Mockingbird, definitely. A great book!

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  46. Happy Friday Alison. Have a great weekend :)

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  47. I'm starting to see I was also part of the never had to read To Kill a Mockingbird crowd.

    I do remember having to read 1776 and Great Expectations and absolutely hating those books. I'm at a point in time where I could reread 1776.

    My dislike of Great Expectations is too immense though.

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  48. Interesting reads, especially to kill a mockingbird.

    http://itchingforbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow-727.html

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  49. I forgot about Huck Finn! I think I kinda liked that one. Haven't read the others, though. I do want to read To Kill a Mockingbird eventually.

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  50. I really wished I was to read more though High school required to. Though I got to pick my book to read in 9th grade between two books I do not remember having to read another book in High school years or for that matter durning my middle school either.
    http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-me-friday-11.html

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  51. TKAM is the only one of those 4 that I have read - I really want to read les mis since its the basis of one of my favorite broadway musicals, but the size is daunting - that might be a goal for 2013

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  52. I forgot to add thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower too!

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  53. Reading the unabridged Les Mis has been on my to-do list for over a decade. One of these days I'm going to get to that.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week!

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  54. Neither To Kill A Mockingbird, Les Miserables, Jane Eyre or Huckleberry Finn were required readings for me in HS, but I've read them. And I really loved them! Iliad wasn't my favorite, but I liked Odysseus :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  55. Wow, you're lucky you enjoyed a book each year! :D I'd say out of those, Huck Finn and the Iliad are my favs.

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

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  56. I never had to read To Kill a Mockingbird. Seems like almost everyone did at some point. I did read it as an adult, and I can see why it's a good one for a class read. Thanks for visiting!

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  57. Thank you for stopping by <3 I loved Iliad as well, though I didn't read it at school!
    Old follower :D

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  58. Great picks! I loved To Kill a Mockingbird, too. In fact, I still have my old high school copy and I convinced the hubby to read it recently - he's a fan. :)

    Thanks for visiting!

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