Thursday, December 6, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #126

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 -Bookworm Brandee

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in January of this year (2012). A friend recommended I start blogging as a creative outlet for discussing all the books I read! =)

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I really enjoy sharing books with other book lovers. Sharing opinions and discussing differences of opinion with other bloggers is indescribable. I also love that I’ve made blogger friends in the virtual world of books. AND I’ve read lots of great books by phenomenal authors that I wouldn’t have found if they hadn’t been reviewed/recommended on bloggers’ sites.

3. What is your favorite book(s)?

I have a hard time naming just one...but if you hopped by my blog last week you’ll know that my fav of all time is Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. This year has put a lot more favs on my list. A few of my “go to” authors are Rachel Vincent, Maggie Stiefvater, Colleen Hoover, S. C. Stephens, Tara Sivec, Sylvia Day...well, my list could probably go on and on. But these are a few who I will read without question...

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

So far, the best thing that has happened to me because of book blogging, other than making book blogging friends, is getting to see the book loving community play such a big role in promoting literacy...all the social media outlets being used, reviews and giveaways,’s an amazing thing! I know we’re all promoting our favorite authors and their books, or introducing new authors, but it all boils down to promoting reading throughout the world. And that’s a passion of mine. =)

Q: Activity! Who do you want to be? If you could choose any character from a book. What do you think that character looks like and what do you have in common?

My initial answer was going to be Hermione. And that's still partly my answer - after all, who wouldn't want to be good buds with Harry Potter and save the wizarding world with him? I'm not overly thrilled about the idea of being married to Ron although at least he'd be a laugh.

My answer stays on the Harry Potter theme though - I'd like to be Tonks.

Except for the dying part, she has one of the coolest lives of any of the HP characters. Partly I'd like to be her, because I love Remus Lupin. But I also love Tonks's style. She's super smart, brave, funny, mischievous. Actually, she's almost nothing like me (although I like to think I'm a little smart). What does she look like? Whatever she wants to. Although I think when not metamorphosing she has brown hair and dark eyes and has a pale, heart-shaped face.

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!!


  1. I didn't think of Hermione. Great answer.
    I had a little trouble with this question so my response is more generalized.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  2. Great answer! Hermione is super smart and awesome with spells. Great choice this week 8)

  3. Love Hermione! I think just about every girl wants to be a bit like her.

  4. Great answer! I forgot about her until I read your post.

  5. Great choice! I'd love to be just about anyone (who's not evil) from Harry Potter! :D My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

  6. Tonks is such a great pick. She's the only character I really cried for aside from Snape.

    I also picked Hermione. For selfish reasons of course. I never really thought she should end up with Ron although I did like him. I have always shipped her with Snape and there is no way that that would happen without influence of some evil mastermind--me.

    My FF

  7. Living in the Harry Potter setting would be an amazing ride. I am sure that we will see a lot of Hermione's today, but Tonks is an amazing answer. I love your reasoning. Thanks for hosting.

  8. Tonks is a great answer, I didn't think about her but she is so much fun. Hope you have a Happy Holiday!

    My FF

  9. Hermione & Tonks is an excellent answer :)
    My favorite character is Ron, so I would probably wanna be Hermione lol

    Old Follower @ For The Love Of Film And Novels

  10. Awesome choice, Harry Potter would be an awesome world to live in. I semi choose the same thing. Here is My FF
    Michael @ The Bookshelf Review

  11. Good answers! Tonks isn't really my style, but I love Hermione.

  12. I love Hermione and Tonks - they are two of my favorites in the series besides Luna as well. Great choices! New Follower :D

    My FF.

  13. I already told PJ I wanted to steal her answer and here you go picked Hermione too!

  14. I would choose to be Tonks because of Remus as well!
    Good picks :) Old follower!


  15. I love Hermione. She is great. I actually wouldn't mind being married to Ron though. :)

  16. Aww, I loved Tonks. I was so sad when she died.

    My FF:

  17. Oh who do I want to be ??? Maybe Bella - she gets her perfect happily ever after like no one else. Also, her life isn't too stressfull..

    I could also be Mac (Fever), but she has a tough life.

    Happy Friday!

  18. Look at us with the same answer ;) XOXO

  19. Having never seen or read enough of Harry Potter to meet Tonks (as far as I can remember, anyway), I sadly don't know much about her. She sounds like a fantastic character though.

  20. Characters from Harry Potter are popular today!! Great choice Alison!!

    Here's My FF!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
    New Follower :)

  21. I actually can't remember Tonka (:O can you guess I'm not the biggest HP fan out there?)

    Old follower stopping by and wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    Here's my FF post

  22. Aww, Tonks! Great choice - such a fun character.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, old follower! :)

  23. Yeah Tonks was awesome! Except for her having died, :(

    She even had a super cool werewolf husband!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  24. Oooh!!! I love the Harry Potter series, I think Hermione is awesome :)
    I became your follower last week, check out my blog if want:

  25. The films were a lot of fun and I love how so many children were encouraged to read, too.

  26. Hermoine & Tonks are awesome answers! I never really thought about that!

    -Novel Reveries

  27. Great choice! :D

    Here's my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  28. I do like her style. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Old follower!
    Heather ~ My FF

  29. Hermione seems to be a popular one. And why wouldn't she be. :-) Tons would be pretty cool too.

    Thanks for stopping by! I've never actually seen the version of P&P that has Colin Firth in it. Is that bad? :-P

    Happy reading!
    Tara @ Shhh... Not While I'm Reading

  30. HAHA! I know! If I could choose a character I'd me Mercy from the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Her and I think almost exactly alike. When reading the story, are lives are similar and of course, I can figure out what she is thinking cause I am thinking it also.

    Happy Friday Alison! Have a great weekend :)

  31. I picked Karou from daughter of Smoke and Bone, but Hermione and Tonks are both cool answers! :)

    Thanks for hopping by my blog!

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

  32. Great answers from the featured blog! Hermoine made an appearance in my FFF this week as well,though Tonks is a brilliant choice!! I adore Lupin as well ♥ Thanks for sharing & thanks again to Alison for hosting :D

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  33. Thanks for stopping by. Amazingly enough I have not read any of the Harry Potters, but they must be good characters because the world does love them.

  34. OMG yes, Tonks! I always feel she is so underrated, but I absolutely love her! Thanks for hosting :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  35. I kind of went along the lines of Tonks. I chose to be a character in the Harry Potter world as myself, but as a metamorphmagus, lol. I want to have that ability, but I want to be me.

    I'm glad you chose someone "new," though. I'm anticipating that Hermione will be very popular this week.

  36. I chose Bitterblue, but Tonks is so good. I'd also like to be Luna Lovegood, she has the ability to simply stay cool and true to herself no matter what!

  37. Hermione and Tonks are great choices! Thanks so much for allowing me to be a Feature this week! :)

  38. I'm a new follower!! My blog is

  39. old follower stopping by to see what your answer was....Tonks and Hermione are great answers...I dated myself going back to my child hood favorite all time role model, Cherry Ames created by author Helen Wells
    Happy Reading!

  40. Great answer I love both Tonks and Hermione!
    I'm an old follower, thanks for hosting this.

    Check out my FF if you feel like it :)

    Have a nice week!
    Kar @ Pause Time

  41. Great choice!
    Hermione is a great character!
    My FF

  42. Never read HP so I don't know anything about those characters.

    My FF Post
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  43. Hi!! This is my first hop and I am excited! I have had my blog for a year but I am just not trying to get active and really start sharing. Hope you are able to stop by. Any advice would be great!!

    Heather @ YA Fantasy Book Junkie

  44. Hermione popped into my head first too. But really, I don't think I'd be a good Hermione. I wouldn't be a good Tonks either, but I like that answer! Thanks for visiting!

  45. Harry Potter Picks are super popular for this one! I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't started this series yet! The books are humongous and its a long series to, so I'm afraid that if I start I wouldn't be able to stop. xD Thanks for stopping by! Old follower. :)

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  46. I like the Harry Potter route you took! Thank-you so much for stopping by my blog Alison, great question this week =)

  47. Lots of Hary Potter picks this week! I admit it would be pretty epic to fight with Harry and Ron, good choice.

    see who I picked at Read. Sleep. Repeat.

  48. great pick alison! thanks for check out my FF~ Katie @ Inkk

  49. Hermoine is awesome, nuff said. :D Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, felt extremely honored!

    Kaina @ These Flying Pages

  50. Sadly, I still have not read HP. >.>

  51. Thanks for stopping by my blog~ Hermoine is a good choice. ;)

    Cindy @

  52. I would love to be Hermoine or Tonks! I love them both! Thanks for stopping by my FF. Old Follower
    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  53. This is a great idea, and can't wait to get started as my blog is totally brand new (a few days old) so this will definately help!!

    I am now following you sweetie :)

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