Thursday, November 1, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #121

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 -Love, Literature, Art & Reason

Love Literature Art and Reason

1. When did you start blogging?

I started book blogging January of 2012. I had a blog before that, but I really wasn't doing much of anything with it. I had no idea there was such a thing as book blogging until I started to look into sharing my book reviews on my blog!

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Being able to discover and share books and bookish thoughts with other people. I'm lucky enough to have friends that love to read, but now I'm part of a community of readers and I really enjoy it.

3. What is your favorite book(s)?

My tastes are all over the place and my favorites change frequently. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are some old favorites and my new current favorite is The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

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

Besides the initial awesomeness of finding out there was such a thing, I would say having friends wait for me to review a book before buying it. It makes me feel good that my opinion matters a lot to them and they trust my reviews. But book blogging has opened me up to a community of readers and authors and enriched my own reading so much, it's hard to pick the absolutely best thing that has happened to me because of it.

Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can't deal with bad editing?

The only deal-breaker I have is horrific grammar. That almost never happens in a book that is published by a reputable publisher. Granted, there are still plenty of books with grammar issues, such as overuse of certain words, but these problems aren't usually serious enough to make me give up on the book. They're just annoying.

There are plenty of other things that I don't like - insta-love, love triangles, etc. But all of these can work if the author puts a unique spin on them. Also, if the rest of the book is good enough, I will usually forgive the annoying elements.

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!
If you have CAPTCHA word verification enabled on your blog, please take it off. It makes it much more difficult for readers to comment. Please look at my CAPTCHA Eradication Post to learn how to get rid of it.
Happy Follow Friday! Come back at midnight CST for the Facebook & Twitter hop!!


  1. Sorry! My link is wrong, can you change it? It's :

    I'm Emily @ Simple Books! Thanks.

  2. Like your response. Just hoping through.

    My FF @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  3. I agree, bad editing gets on my nerves so much! It constantly distracts me from the actual story!

  4. I agree! Horrible grammar is the worst! :D

  5. Hello! I completely agree with you I hate bad grammar but I can usually get passed it if the story is good enough!
    I'm Danielle at Random Thoughts and Weirdness @

  6. I have horrible grammar myself so I'm not sure I would notice. Lol

  7. I am with you. There are a few things I don't like, but can usually be forgiven. :) Happy Friday!

  8. Agreed. Love triangles didn't bother me too much until every darn book I bought had one. Have a great weekend.

  9. Bad grammar is a big pet peeve of mine too, but same with you it's not a big enough problem to make me stop reading.

    Old Follower,
    Becky @ Book Bite Reviews

  10. Happy Friday!!!
    Oh and my deal breaker totally is a bad ending!! IHATE it when I become invested in a book and then do not get a decent flashed out ending. Or, worse a not HEA ending...

  11. I haven't had many books with bad grammar, but one in particular really did annoy me. When I contacted the Author, she said that she published it without a Beta Reader or a Critique Partner, but was going to re-publish it after she was finished with book 2. I must say that it affected my review of the book though.

    Here's My FF!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  12. Definitely agree! When I catch the minor errors, I just wish I could be hired by the publisher to be a proofreader! (and to have my own book published!)

    Insta love is annoying too! But I can tolerate it if there's a good reason for it.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  13. Nothing worse than a book with bad grammar!

  14. I agree with the grammar, but I find the repetitious word usage annoying!
    Here's my FF.

  15. The grammar and the bad editing can be major issues. Ugh!

    Old follower!
    Our FF is at Book Sake. –Jessica

  16. I hate bad grammar and typos as well. Of course, I realize that such things happen in blogs (I'm probably a culprit there), but if I've paid for a book I expect that the author and publisher had the respect (for both me and themselves) to carefully check their work.

    Here's my Feature and Follow

  17. Hey Alison! Happy Friday :) Hmmm, a deal breaker for me in a book would be a ridiculousness love triangle. I don't mind them as long as they are done right. OH! And a girl who jumps back and forth between guys and never makes up her mind! Grrrr...

  18. I'm the same way, if I'm loving a book, I can get past the mistakes, but they are super annoying!
    My FF

  19. Bad grammar is definitely something that keeps me from enjoying a story because it continuously reminds me that I'm in fact reading, and it doesn't allow me to just sort of sink into the world that's been created. That said though, I can usually overlook it if the characters or story are strong enough, it all depends. I don't know if I have any absolute deal breakers, they're all so circumstantial!

  20. Awesome question! This is my first FF and am now a new follower. :)

  21. I'm actually pretty forgiving of this one. :) If its storyline can grab my attention, then I ignore the grammatical errors. But I agree, in some books grammatical errors are simply impossible to ignore.

  22. I'm SO with you! Bad grammar is a really hard one to get past. I can deal with love triangles and insta-love because they can be done well even though they are awfully repetitive these days...but bad grammar just ruins a story. Great answer, thanks for sharing! Here's my FFF this week.

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows
    (old follower)


  23. Good answer.

  24. Slow plots, bad grammar and perfect characters are my deal breakers. I follow you by GFC.

  25. Hi Allison......Stoppin by to say Hi! Such a good question this week and so many thought filled answers!
    Beth at . Old follower.

  26. Bad grammar turns me off too! I find it difficult to deal with too many point of views, too many characters in just a few pages and plot roles. Also I don’t find bad edited books very attractive, and this can turn out to be a deal breaker in the end. Love triangles I can deal, but I’m getting tired of reading the same things in romance books...

    Murphy's Library

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