Thursday, January 17, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #132

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 - On Starships and Dragonwings

On Starships and Dragonwings Button

1. When did you start blogging?

I briefly started a book blog back in 2011, but didn't know about the awesome community that was out there, so ended up giving up on that first try. However, when I stumbled across the book blogging community, I knew I had to try again in March 2012 and it has been much more successful so far and so much more fun with friends!

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I have to choose just one?? Well, then it'll have to be reading what everyone else thinks about new (and old!) books and finding out about books I would have never noticed otherwise. It has helped me expand my reading and also find so many more books that I absolutely love!

3. What type of books do you mainly blog about?

Science-fiction and fantasy all the way! This includes adult and YA in fairly equal amounts though :). 4. What is your favorite book(s)?

I'm going to sneak in two here since I have two main categories of books. For the older and more sci-fi category Robert Heinlein's To Sail Beyond the Sunset. It helped me through all the angsty teen years ;-). In the newer and more fantasy focused category (I don't know why the categories are organized by age and genre that way, just happened to work out, haha), I have to say Brandon Sanderson's Elantris. That book is some ridiculously epic fantasy and I wish he would make a sequel!!

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

I partially eluded to this already, but I have found out about and read so many books that I would never have been exposed to if I hadn't joined in the book blogging community. In addition though, those recommendations come from all the awesome people I have met that make this so much more fun! Blogging adds this whole new dimension to reading, it's freaking awesome.

Q: Who is your favorite villain from a book?

I'm still on a Harry Potter kick, so I'd say Voldemort. Although I think that Umbridge and Bellatrix are just as evil, if not moreso than Voldemort. Umbridge and Bellatrix both seem to get turned on by causing other people pain. Voldie is perfectly happy to kill loads of people to accomplish his goals, but it's more like a means to an end.

One instance where I liked the villain more than the hero was Warner in Shatter Me. I found Adam boring. Warner is twisted, but a much more fascinating character. And then there's a certain person in Shadow and Bone who I loved, but I won't identify him because that's part of the book's surprise.

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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  1. I like when villains have a little more umph to their character that makes them fascinating.

  2. Great choices! I'm a huge fan of the snarky, sexy villain! Loves those guys!
    Happy Friday! =D

  3. I almost went with Voldemort too! I agree that he's evil and kills to get what he wants, but Umbridge and Bellatrix take such joy in causing pain and heartache to others that they're right up there with him. Old follower :)
    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads
    my FF

  4. I know, I almost decided on Voldemort. He's seriously villainous, although I agree with you 100% about Umbridge and Bellatrix being just as awful! Especially Umbridge because she wants people to think she is a nice, pink wearing cat loving woman. Scary!

  5. Harry Potter villains are good ones! Especially Umbridge. I can't wait to read Shadow and Bone! :D
    My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday!

  6. Hello!

    Harry Potter has some great villains, I think I really liked Belatrix from HP.
    Amazing Feature and Follow that you and Parajunkee do!

    New Follower

  7. I think the Harry Potter villains are some of the best there are. I even hated Sirius' mom and she wasn't even alive. I remember the first time I read the 5th book too and Dolores Umbridge just about made my blood boil, and you're right it was all for a completely different reason. She just liked to see people hurting. Bellatrix was crazy for sure and every time she taunted Neville it was awful. Great choices! Old follower :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

  8. My first time participating in the Hop and a new follower her.

  9. Great interview! Umbridge totally creeps me out!

  10. Voldemort is a great pick! I almost went with him too. My FF is at The Akamai Reader. I'm new!

  11. I still have never read the HP series. Maybe one day.


    Lets Get Romantical

  12. Nice choice Alison! I think I really need to read the Harry Potter books!!

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

  13. I haven't really been able to think of Warner as a villain anymore. His father on the other hand is a whole different matter.

    -Nyx @ Unraveling Words

  14. Oh I think Umbridge gets my vote. I loathed her throughout. Excellent choices though. All of them apply. I thought along the same lines as you with the villain. I do enjoy having a villain that I loath. It seems to make the hero stand out that much more.
    Happy Friday!
    Old Follower

  15. I love reading these interviews!
    Your answer for your villain reminds me that I have to read Shatter Me.

  16. Tons of people have picked Voldy, i think we all love to hate him!

    Check out my Follow Friday

  17. I almost went with Voldermont too, good choice though. :)

    My FF

    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

  18. This was a tough one for me, but I agree with Warner as a choice.

  19. I think Bellatrix is craaazy, but since we know more about Voldy than Bella, then Voldy comes out as more interesting. But in real life, I'd vote for Helena Bonham Carter as more interesting!

    Old follower :)

    My FF:

  20. I didn't think of Voldemort. He is definitely one evil dude. Great choice!

    Old Follower :)

    My FF @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  21. Hi there,

    I'm a new follower (via GFC)

    I absolutely LOVED Warner. I thought I had problems because a part of me wanted him with Juliette? I hear it gets better in Unravel Me. Cannot wait :D

    Jaz @ Fiction in Fiction in Fiction

  22. I actually haven't read Harry Potter yet *hides* but I have all of the books waiting for me on my kindle. And I haven't read Shatter Me either, so I guess I need to so I know who Warner is?

    I'm an old follower, here's my FF post for this week.

    Have a fantastic Friday Alison.

  23. Warner was one of my pics too. And I love your HP choices.

    old follower. My FF:

  24. I picked Severus Snape!!! (Voldy, of course, is also a brilliant, plausibly evil villain) And Marisa Coulter and Lord Asriel. I like me some complicated villains!!!

    New follower: My FF

  25. This is one of my favorite blogs! Congrats on the feature and great choice, I totally agree!

  26. Haha yeah, HP features in mine too!
    Old follower.
    My FF :)

  27. At first I wanted to say Voldemort too but I figured a lot of people would feature him so I also picked Warner from Shatter Me!

    Here's my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  28. Very popular picks! Anyone from Harry Potter and of course this Warner! Thinking I must read the book now and meet him!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  29. i need to me Shatter Me AND Smoke and Bone up higher on my TBR list!
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Trish - my follow friday

  30. Warner and Bellatrix were on my list, too. Great answer!!
    Here's My FF
    Old follower. =)
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

  31. I went with Lord Voldemort too. J.K. Rowling really knows how to write a good villainous character:)
    Here's my FF of the week .

  32. I went with Umbridge. Have not read the Shatter Me series yet but keep seeing it on this hop. Thanks for stopping by.

  33. Yea i went with him too cause he's so badass :)

    old follower

  34. Voldemort rocks! I picked him too. I think a lot of bloggers are digging on him today! Old follower getting back in the game.... My FF

  35. Awesome choice!!! I forgot about Voldemort when I was struggling to come up with a villain.
    Thanks for the awesome share.
    Have a great week
    Old follower
    My FF

  36. Great feature today ~ her blog is one of my favorites! And, on your villain choice ~ gotta love Voldemort!

  37. Perfect choice, he is probably the epitome of creeptastic, especially since the movies put that snake nose in my mind *shudders* Thank you again for having me on your feature!!

  38. I picked Umbridge. She made my skin crawl. I hated her! But, Voldemort is awesome and so is Bellatrix.

  39. All the HP villains kick ass! Have a great weekend :)

    Sugar & Snark

  40. I put in a vote for Voldemort as well! hopping through, old follower!


  41. Warner seems to be a big hit today :) Hopping by!

    FF Post

  42. Loved Warner!! He's one of my picks for this question!

    I'm new to this feature and a new follower!

    Feature & Follow Friday!


  43. Great answer Alison - I love how your always on as much of a HP kick as I am. Voldemort in the books is the most scary villain ever...but I can't bring myself to say I like him...cause he's terrifying haha! I do enjoy the movie version because he's less horrible and more charismatic. Bellatrix & Umbridge are both just as horrible!

    Thanks for hosting & congrats to Anya ♥

  44. New follower and new Feature and Follower member! Looks like fun.

  45. Hi Alison! Voldemort is a great pick - he's the quintessential villain! :)

    Old follower - Have a great weekend!

  46. I think I'm the only person on the planet that hasn't read Harry Potter, lol! I'm still on Team Adam, but who knows? That might change in Unravel Me!


  47. I knew I could count on you to throw in a villain from Harry Potter :D Umbridge is probably my favorite villain of all time. I love to hate her. She makes my skin crawl worse than Voldemort! I mean, there are times in the series where I actually feel bad for Voldemort. But for Umbridge, no way! She is just vile.

    - Jackie

  48. Hey Alison! Happy Friday, have a great weekend :)

  49. Voldemort was my choice as well. So great answer! :)

    Old follower hopping through! Here's my F&F:

  50. Oooo I totally agree with Warner, for sure. Great pick!
    Old follower. :D
    My FF


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