Thursday, August 2, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #108

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 -Read It, Read It, Loved It



1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging back in October 2010 because I had so many books that I completely lost track of which books I had read and which books I hadn't. I also got really bad at remembering what actually happened in some books and I thought that book blogging would help.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I would have to say that my favourite part of book blogging is all the great people I get to meet through my blog and theirs. I especially love the memes, like Feature & Follow Friday, because it allows me to meet new bloggers every week.

3. What is your favorite book(s)?

My favourite books would have to be the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, and the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. I am a huge fantasy/sci-fi fanatic and the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings series were the ones that introduced me to the genre. They have stuck with me throughout my childhood and, even now, I still love picking them up and starting over. The Stephanie Plum series is a new venture that I actually picked up because of book blogging. Without book blogging, I would have never picked up the series and, right now, I can't picture my life without it.

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

This is a really hard question for me to answer because there have been a lot of great things that have happened to me because of book blogging. I would have to say that the absolute BEST thing that has happened to me would be my connection with new authors and publishers who allow me advanced copies of their books for review. I love getting new books and I love that I can get a connected with authors, which may eventually give me the connections to publish my own books.

Q: Do your reading habits change based on your mood? Do you read a certain genre if you are feeling depressed or happy?


I don't usually change what I read based on my mood. Rather, my enjoyment of a book varies based on my mood. Ironically, I really enjoy reading depressing, angry books when I'm in a bad mood. It makes me feel better. Gets out the aggression, I suppose. Although sometimes when I'm in a down mood, I feel more like reading funny books. When I'm happy, it's easier to read almost anything. I suppose it's more tempting to focus on happy books, but sometimes a good cry is a lot of fun.

A book often changes my mood for better or worse. Things like Anna and the French Kiss put a spring in my step. I read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson on my birthday a few years ago. Bad idea. I spent the rest of the day on the verge of tears.




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

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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56 comments:

  1. I agree, sometimes a good cry is what you need--which is basically why I never tire of re-watching the titanic!--but usually just reading a book I like automatically puts me in a better mood!

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  2. Great Q! And I agree, if I'm in a happy mood, it's easy to read anything!

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  3. Great response! I never read angry book when I'm in a bad mood. They just worsen my mood. But I do read humorous books, they make me feel Better!

    Great question. :)

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  4. I'm more of needing to get away from a certain genre based on my mood rather than type (I swear there is a difference)of book.

    Happy Friday

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  5. That is so interesting. I definitely think what mood I'm in changes the level of enjoyment of the book I'm reading. But I also think that depending on my mood I change what book I want to read because I know if I read the book that's next on my tbr pile and I'm not in the mood for it then I won't enjoy it.

    My FF

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  6. I'm almost the opposite...if I'm in a bad mood, I'd hate to read a grumpy or a sad read. :)

    The Brunette Librarian Blog

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  7. I tend to lean towards my favorites when I am in a sad or grumpy mood and even though they may make me feel it does help.
    My FF

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  8. A good cry really can be fun. It makes you feel more connected to the book, and yes Angry books sometimes do help when you are angry too lol

    Old follower,
    Becky
    http://bookbitereviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/follow-friday-27.html

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  9. I soooo agree with you on this one!
    Trish - My FF

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  10. Yep, nothing like some good gore or a sob story when you're in a mood. Right there with ya!

    Thanks for stopping by, looooooooong time follower :)

    Otherwhere.Co FF

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  11. I completely agree Alison! a nice answer.

    My FF, http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/feature-follow-friday-3rd-april.html

    Have a great weekend.

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  12. I love a good cry when I am in a good mood. My moods effect my reading too. If I'm in a bad mood, it's usually best if I wait for the mood to pass to write my review.

    My Follow Friday

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  13. Great answer Alison..and I really agree :D

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  14. Great question this week, I'm reading a lot of really great answers already! And you're absolutely right, sometimes it's nice to have a good cry!
    Thanks for stopping by My FF!
    Happy Friday!

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  15. That totally makes sense, Alison. I'm a bit different. I can read any book in any given mood I'm in. Whether I'm mad/sad/happy/angry I can get lost in a book and forget how I feel. Totally becoming one with the book.. «-- how lame does that sound? xD

    Ana♥

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  16. I agree! I'm drawn a bit to depressing books when I'm in a bad mood lol, but my mood also changes with the book I'm reading. I love Anna and the French Kiss and that's exactly how I felt after reading it!

    My FF

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my FF, Alison!
    I agree, Anna and the French Kiss left me in such a giddy happy mood, haha!
    Loveeed that book <3

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  18. Isn't it funny that sometimes a good cry IS a lot of fun? That's usually how I base my mood and what I want to read...based on whether I feel like I want/need to cry. Although, I'm the sort of person who cries at almost everything. ;)

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  19. Happy Friday!!!

    And .. no I do not think I change the books according to my mood, rather books can change my mood. a good cry can be so wonderful (which is weird but true lol).

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  20. Haha! Amazing answer <3 Same here actually a book can always change my mood :) And I really want to read Anna and the French Kiss soon :\ But thanks for sharing <3
    xoxo, Mariam

    My FF

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  21. Great answer. It's interesting to see everyone's different views. Thanks for stopping by our FF. :)

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  22. Books can affect my mood as well! They have to be really good, though. If they're really good, then they can make me cry, or piss me off, or make me really happy.

    My FF Post

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  23. I agree! A good cry is sometimes all you need!! Great answer!! Thanks for hopping by!!

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  24. New follower! Love your answer. I almost never like to cry and I tend to stay away from romance books no matter what mood I'm in. Paranormal romance, I can do. But the mushy romance, yeah...no, that's a sure way to make me grumpy.

    http://mkayforever.blogspot.com/

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  25. I forget what mood I'm in when I read. =)
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Sabina
    Delirious About Books

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  26. Oh yay! Someone who does what I do!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  27. You have a nice blog here Alison! Thank you for hosting this wonderful meme! I'm really new in the blogosphere so thank you very much! Followed you on Feedburner :)

    Hope you could drop by the blog!

    Jaylyn @ Promiscuos Diva

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  28. Great response! Anna and the French Kiss always make me feel good no matter the circumstances. ;)

    My first FF post

    Best

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  29. I definitely agree that there's more stuff which suits a good mood! Probably because everything is just better when you're smiling :)

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  30. Oh I love your answer, it's beautiful and you're right I agree with you as well.

    here is mine

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  31. I'm the same when in a bad mood!
    My FF

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  32. I don't generally read b a book based on a mood, but there are times when I'm reading a book that's not bad, but I just can't get into it and I have to put it down.

    Happy Friday!

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  33. Lovely question this week :D Happy friday!

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  34. I'm a new FF-er! Here's my FF post!

    http://crazyredpen.blogspot.com/2012/08/follow-friday.html

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  35. Good answer, I let a lot of books sort of take me along for the ride and it can affect my mood. Happy Friday! Old follower. Here's my FF: http://meganm922.blogspot.com/2012/08/feature-follow-fridayreading-habits.html

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  36. I agree with you on having a good cry. Although, it doesn't take much for me. I have actually cried over a radio commercial before (which my husband finds endlessly funny), but it was REALLY sad!

    Great question this week! Thanks for stopping by, Alison!

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  37. When I'm upset or mad, I really need a great urban fantasy...of course, since it's my drug of choice, I'll read UF anytime.

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  38. Allison, I messed up and the first Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my needs to be removed if you can. It doesn't go to a link. :( My bad. I fixed it in the second one. :)

    I think the only time I might change a book based on mood is Christmas time or Halloween. I try to read books based on those two themes..lol.

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  39. Hey Alison, Happy Friday! Hopping on through. LOL! I'm a crazy person when it comes to books. I like books that make me feel. Have a great weekend.

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  40. It's my first time doing this and it's been lots of fun so far. :) Thanks for stopping by, Alison!

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  41. Great answer! Pretty much the same for me! Thanks for hosting this hop yet again (it's the only reason I EVER get new followers! :D) Happy Friday!

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  42. Interesting. Good for you, i'm moody as all hell.

    http://itchingforbooks.blogspot.com/2012/08/feature-and-follow-83.html

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  43. I like the question & your answer! :)
    Happy Friday!

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  44. Agreed, its easy to enjoy even a average book when in a good mood :D Books also effect my mood, after reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy, I was weepy for the next 48 hours.

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  45. Great answer! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. New follower via GFC. Traci at http://madhatterreads.blogspot.com

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  46. Great answer! Anna and the French Kiss definitely puts me in a good mood every time. Old follower.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews
    http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/follow-friday-36-and-tgif-24.html

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  47. Hopping through myself! :-) Thanks for stopping by, and I hate to cry. HATE IT. Ruins my day.

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  48. Great answer. There are a few books I've read that have put me in a bad mood because the heroine is dumb and has no idea what self preservation means.

    I'm new to Follow & Feature: my FF

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  49. I'm always reading no matter my mood, but yes, what type of book I want to read does change based on what I feel like I'm in the mood to read. I need to WANT to read it to actually read it, not because I HAVE to. Probably why I don't receive ARCs, lol.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF :0)

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  50. First your yesterday's WoW, and now this one! They both sound so me. Not the choppy writing part, but I love finding sci-fi that has a different feel to it...'not your usual dystopian' will always make me sit up and pay attention. Great review; thanks for sharing.
    Comida a domicilio

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  51. My parents found out but didnt believe me so they want to have a confrence with my airheaded teachers and ive been sorta overwhelmed with everything so i cant do all my homework so they are gonna lie and say that i havent done any.

    Accounting Software

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  52. Hello there! This is my first time to do a meme. Yours sound so interesting so I'm trying it out. Just followed you, too! :) Have a nice day!

    http://mybookmusings.blogspot.com

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