Thursday, January 24, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #133

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 - Books Are The Only True Magic

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging about 4 months ago all thanks to webmaster teacher. If she hadn't made it An assignment, I most likely would never have begun blogging!

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

My favorite part is meeting new people through blogging, and just blogging in general; it's just so much fun

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

I blog only about YA books. Some of my absolute favorite genres are dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy, and historical fiction, but occasionally I read something else. 4. What is your favorite book(s)?

Harry Potter. I am obsessed with it. It was because of the Harry Potter series I began reading. I also love the Unwind trilogy by Neal Shusterman.

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

Becoming a feature! And meeting a whole bunch of fellow bloggers!

Q: What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?

Hey - for once an answer that won't reference Twilight or Harry Potter!

I've had two late night reads in the past week. I've been lucky. Saturday night was consumed by Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel. Sunday night was taken up by The Duke and I by Julia Quinn - my first, but definitely not my last Julia Quinn book.

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 haven't read either of these, but I'm glad they were awesome enough to keep you awake! Funny, only a bookish folk would see losing sleep as a good thing! ;)
    Happy Friday!

  2. Haven't read either of those, but I'll have to check them out. :D Great question this week!

  3. I haven't read either of these but love when a book is good enough not to put down

  4. Awesome. What was Stolen nights about?

  5. Oooh I LOVE Julia Quinn! I totally understand why you stayed up for that one :) Happy Friday!

    Here's my FF!

  6. Sorry, but I am not familiar with your choices either. However, if they kept you up late, then I'm assuming they must both be good reads.
    Have good weekend!!

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  7. I have not read either of those but I still love all the Harry Potter and Twilight books! LOL what did you think of Breaking Dawn 2 not being true to the book? Glad to be participating!!! Happy FF

  8. I haven't heard of either of I looked them up. Stolen Nights looks fantastic. I added the first Infinite Days to my to-read list. Here is my FF. Old follower :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

  9. My friends have read Stolen Night, but still not totally convinced about reading it.

    Happy Reading!

    -Nyx @ Unraveling Words

  10. My FF is scheduled to post @ 12am est, as it will officially be friday, lol! But I love the question! I'm currently reading Stolen Nights as well, and love it!
    -Novel Reveries

  11. I am counting down the days until my Stolen Nights copy gets here! So dying. I loved the first novel and can not wait until the second one! Great question as usual! 8)

  12. Oh I love The Duke and I. My favorite is the 4th book about Collin. I bet you will love it as well. Yay for the Bridgerton series! My last one was actually a historical romance as well, but it was from The Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. I recommend her books. They have a nice balance of whit and charm.

    Happy Friday!
    Old Follower

  13. I haven't read either book, but I am glad they were good enough to keep you up!! Happy reading!

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

  14. I still need to read Rebecca Maizel's books. Have had the first book for a while.

  15. I'm currently reading Stolen Nights and I totally agree with you, it's a real page turner! I haven't read The Duke and I but I will check it out! Thanks for hosting, Old follower.

    Literary Cravings

  16. Happy Friday Alison :))
    And YES for Stolen Nights, I LOVED this book so so much!
    I admit I never have read anything by Julia Quinn, but seeing you and Pushy so insanely in love .. there must be something about these books I need to read!

  17. Since the books kept you up reading them, I will definitely have to check them out!

    sinn @ sinnful books

  18. Nice ones! Haven't read those!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  19. I haven't read either of those books, but I'll check out your reviews for sure.

    Here's my my FF post for this week.

    Old follower wishing you a fantastic Friday.

  20. I been hearing great things about Rebecca Maizel. Will have to check it out.
    Old follower :)
    Here is my FF.

  21. Hi, this is my first FF, and I'm a new follower.
    I haven't heard about either of your books, but I'll definitely check them out now!

    Here's my FF.

  22. another fun question!
    I'm unfamiliar with the books you chose but I'll be looking them up so thanks for sharing!
    Old follower, hopping through!
    have a great weekend

    visit my FF here:

  23. I love Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series! I hope you'll have fun reading them as much as I did :)

    Old follower.

    My FF.

    Have a nice day! :)

  24. I haven't read those books but I remember staying up late for the final Harry Potter!

  25. I've never heard of those but I just looked up Julia Quinn and The Duke and I looks so sweet and romantic. Added to my tbr :D

    And yes Harry Potter. Always.

    Great question this week :)

    My FF

  26. Stolen Nights is definitely a book I want to read :)
    My FF :)

  27. Great answer. I haven't heard of these books but I'll definitely check them out!

    Old follower

    Here's my FF!

  28. Hahaha I also commented on how I finally had a FFF answer not relating to HP or Twilight! Priceless :) Anyways, both new books for me but I'm off to check them out now. Thanks for sharing & hosting Alison!

    Old follower.

  29. Finally I joined another Feature and Follow!!

    My last must read book is The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda.

  30. I haven't read any of those but it sounds like you had a great weekend reading them!
    Ruty :)

  31. I am not familiar with either of those books. Always great to find new ones people love!

    Here's my FFF Post.

    Audrey @ Ink and Page

  32. Wow two in the last week that's lucky. I've not read Stolen Nights and this is my first time hearing about Julia Quinn so I added a few of her books to my TBR list.
    Thanks for the great share!
    Have a great weekend
    My FF

  33. I haven't read either of these although The Duke and I is waiting for me on my nook! :) I'll have to check out Stolen Nights...

    Happy Friday!

    Bookworm Brandee

  34. oh good for you. I haven't read a book that made me want to stay up late to finish it lately, but have had two series that did that to me couple weeks ago.

  35. Haven't read either of those books :( .. But I will make it point to check them out..
    New follower, check out my FF too..

  36. I haven't read Stolen Nights yet, but I may need to check it out. I adore Julia Quinn and am so glad you enjoyed The Duke and I. I hope you continue with the Bridgerton books because it is one of my favorite series. Book 2-The Viscount Who Loved is my personal favorite, but they are all good. Old follower.

    Happy Friday!

  37. Stolen Nights wasn't what I expected, I liked Infinite Days much better. I love Julia Quinn! Is on of my favorite historical romance writers (especially her Bridgerton series :)

  38. O I cannot wait to read The Duke and I, I have the book waiting for me on my shelf, need to open it soon! So many books <3

    My F&F

  39. Oh my gosh, The Duke and I is one of my favorite Julia Quinn books. I love her Bridgerton series (the Duke and I is the first). Definitely don't miss Romancing Mr. Bridgerton! Oh and The Viscount Who Loved Me. But the one I re-read the most is How to Marry a Marquis. It is one of her earlier ones, but I just can't resist Elizabeth and James in this book.

    I can't wait to see your review for The Duke and I. I think Quinn is amazing with dialogue, don't you? I need to stop now. I could go on and on about her books :)

  40. I've never heard of either of the books you mentioned. But, just by the title alone, The Duke and I sounds like I may enjoy it. :)

    My Follow Friday Post

  41. I'm looking forward to reading Stolen Nights, although I'll have to reread Infinite Days first since it has been so long.

    old follower
    My FF:

  42. lol I was like that with LOTR and Vampire Academy. They're always my answer to almost every question haha

    Julia Quinn, heard that author before from my office mates...

    Happy Friday!!
    old follower

  43. I haven't read either of those books but I love books you can't put down. Late night reading is usual for me anyway, after the kids have gone to bed.

    I am a new follower, my ff

  44. Alison I just noticed you and Rachel no longer answer the weekly questions? I miss reading up on your answers :(

    With the RSS button, do you mean I should put that up instead of the original Feature & Follow Friday button that you've got included in this post further down from the RSS button? I'm so annoyed that GFC is getting turned off, we should at least have a way to export our followers to another eg. Networked Blogs :(

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

  46. Hi, Alison. I just followed you via GFC, and I followed Rachel via email. I'm looking forward to read your reviews :)

    Kaykay @ The Creative Forum


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