Thursday, March 21, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #140

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 - Cherie Reads

1. When did you start blogging?

I've been blogging in general for over 5 years. I used to have a product review blog. I've been book blogging since September 2012 and I'm loving every minute of it!

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Sharing my love of books with others. None of my friends or family are book lovers like I am so I had no one to discuss what I was reading with. Joining the book blogging community allowed me to gush about favorite reads or cringe over the not-so-good ones with a group of people who understand and appreciate my ranting.

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

My reading tastes are pretty eclectic. I stay mostly to fiction but after that almost anything goes. I have a new love of New Adult and I'm a sucker for a good Dystopia, but I'll post about anything from Romance to Sci-Fi to Thriller and everything in between. I usually stay away from Erotica and Horror, though.

4. What is your favorite book(s)?

This question is so tough! My all-time favorite is probably The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It's fantasy and it's funny and just genius, in my opinion. More recent favorites include Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst and Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

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

Interacting with some amazing authors! Have you seen that t-shirt that says, "Authors are my rock stars?" That's how I feel and meeting them and having them actually talk to me or personally reply to emails is amazing.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book? .

All of my reading is pleasurable. None of it guilty.

If I had to choose something in the guilty genre, maybe it would be the adult historical romances that I've started reading - like Julia Quinn. But those are no more or less worthy of reading than many of my other books.

Another "guilty" pleasure? Maybe re-reading all my favorite books over and over - like Harry Potter or The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen, which I read last week for the 3rd time. But I don't feel guilty about it.

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!

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow


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
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  1. I love the new button!! ^-^ Happy Follow Friday!!! :D <3
    ~Jaiden @ Girls on YA Books

  2. I am a habitual re-reader. I have read Harry Potter so many times that I know what all the characters say. I have a lot of other series that I have read a lot like that too! Here is my FF. Old follower :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

  3. Old follower blog hopping!

    Historical romance is a guilty pleasure too! They're addicting because they're not too dramatic and make me pass the time without getting so emotionally involved. :)

    My guilty pleasures

    Goldie @ My Book Musings

  4. I don't feel guilty about anything that I read, either. I love JQ, but I think I've professed my love for on in your comments before, so I will contain myself this time :)

    I used to read historical romance all the time. I don't much anymore (except JQ's books, of course), but I still have a very special place in my heart for them. And Julie Garwood, which I mentioned in my answer for today's question.

    I also mentioned re-reading books. I love to read Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz. It's comforting somehow, even though I know it isn't a perfect book. Do you ever love reading books that you know need a little more work (maybe the dialog is little off, for example)?

  5. So ready to participate again. :)
    My FF

  6. Thanks for featuring me this week!

    I'm an old follower. :)

  7. I like re-reading my favorite books too. Sometimes reading a book the second time around helps you pick up details you missed the first time.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  8. Oh I definitely always re-read my favourite books! :D It's always fun, and like Marilyn says, you can always pick up the facts in the book that you missed out before! :)

    Emily @ Fluttereal Reads
    New follower via GFC! :)

  9. Adult historical romances are definitely a good choice :-) I also love to re-read books.

    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

  10. If only I had time to reread!! There are so many books I want to read again!!

    Come and check out my FF
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
    Old Follower :)

  11. I don't feel that guilty over anything I read anymore either. I used to back when I was a teen and reading adult PNR. But if I had to pick a guilty pleasure now I usually say zombie fiction. I get weird looks for that one still sometimes :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

  12. I'm one of those that rereads over and over again, too. My Anne of Green Gables books just had to be replaced because the spines gave out. I reread them two or three times a year. Never gets old.

    My FF

  13. Loooooove historical romances! I haven't read them in awhile but love love love them!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  14. I love rereading or rerererereading all my favorite books. I tend to read them at times when I shouldn't but oh well. I tend to feel a little guilty..until I start reading them haha. Never read a historical romance novel...will definitely need to check that genre out soon!

    If you have time check out My FF

    Reese's @Reese's Reviews: MA2F

  15. I definitely reread my favorite books. Each time I get something new out of the experience, and I love that. Happy Friday!

    My FF

  16. I re-read all of my favorite books too! They can get addicting :) My FF

    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

  17. Thanks for stopping by my post.

  18. Happy Friday!!!
    My guilty Pleasure reads are definitely the heavy romance ones I read and squeeze in once in a while :))

  19. I love rereading any good detective novel, especially the one with a sick, twisted villain and a great, perceptive protagonist. I don’t really feel guilty about reading them.

    My FF @ The Creative Forum

    Happy Friday! :)

  20. I love rereading favorites! Sometimes you find things you missed before and other times it's nice to say hello to an old friend.

    Do you have favorite Julia Quinn book? I have to say mine is The Two Dukes of Wyndham series.

    Thanks for stopping by Literary, etc. :)

  21. Gosh I wish I could be like you. You don't seem to let anything affect your reading experience, whereas, with me... almost anything can! lol
    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

  22. LOL. I don't really feel all that guilty either. Historical Romances, particularly Highlander Romances, are my "treats" too, and re-reading favorites are a must. Otherwise, they wouldn't be a favorite, right? ;)
    Raina @ The LUV'NV

  23. Rereading my favourite books is a great guilty pleasure. I wish I had more time to do it.

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  25. Hi *waves* New follower here. My guilty pleasure are my Nora Roberts books and my Tamora Pierce books as well. I love rereading too but I never feel guilty about that.

  26. I don't really feel guilty either, and I think my pleasure is all the good books I have found to read!

    Have a fantastic Friday Alison :)

    Here's my FF post for this week - old follower.

  27. I love re-reading book series as well! :)

  28. Glad to see I am not the only one who doesn't consider their favorite genre a guilty pleasure!

    It's been so long since I re-read a book. I wouldn't really be able to guess which one it was. I could hazard a guess I suppose, but no idea if I would be right!

    Thanks for visiting my FF!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  29. I re-read a lot of books lol. I don't care that I know what happens in the end, if I love a book, I read it again. =P

    Old follower via GFC
    B -

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  31. I re-read my books too! I can't get enough of them :)
    Here's my <a href=">FF</a>
    I'm also hosting and INT giveaway to win a book of your choice :)

    1. Try again with the link haha! :
      Here's my FF
      I'm also hosting and INT giveaway to win a book of your choice :)

  32. i can see why historical romances make the list!
    old follower :)

    trish - my follow friday

  33. I'm going to have to read this False Prince book...

  34. I love rereading books too! :D

    Old follower

    My FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  35. my first time following a blog hop *grin* I'm still trying to figure out what my guilty pleasure is! :D

  36. Yes, there might be some guilt on reading again the loved ones. :)
    My guilt is killings and action. If a book has's my favorite read.
    Old follower.
    Here is my FF

  37. Well said! I don't feel guilty about any kind of reading...especially considering what low-brow televisions shows I could be wasting my time on instead!

    I mentioned HP as a guilt-free pleasure too. And every time you mention how much you loved False Prince it makes me itch to start reading my copy ASAP :) Thanks for hosting Alison!

  38. Reading is my pleasure and I never feel guilty about anything I read. :) But I do need to go to bed and stop staying up late reading.

    My FF is stop by and enter the book giveaway!

  39. I may really love a book but most of time I won't re-read it takes a special kind of book to do that xD
    I do like my historical romances every now and then, it's just called for :)

    Old follower.

    - Nyx @ Unraveling Words

  40. Love your answer Alison! I don't have any "guilty" books either. I use to feel a little embarrassed standing in the romance aisle at the bookstore, but I got over that a long time ago and now I stand in that aisle forever pulling 8 books off the shelf to buy. Win:) Have a fabulous weekend!

    Oh, and have you finished the Sweet Evil audiobook yet?

  41. I love Historicals! Julia Quinn is amazing, it was her books that made me start reading them :)
    Thanks for hopping by!
    My FF

  42. Hi Alison

    You are right "reading is pleasurable. None of it guilty." From now on, "guilty pleasure" will no longer exist in my vocabulary =)

  43. Rereading is a great guilty pleasure. I always feel guilty because I spend time rereading instead of reading new and awesome books, but I love to revisit a good book. Great answer!
    Old follower.
    Here's my Feature and Follow Friday Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

  44. I'm not a big re-reader (The Hunger Games series is one recent exception) but only because of a lack of time, not inclination. I always feel like I'm missing out on some potentially great book if I'm re-reading.

    Thanks or stopping by!
    Stephanie (Go Flash Go) @ Read, Rinse, Repeat

  45. Just wanted to say hi and that I'm following you by email subscription and twitter. Rereading is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine as well.

  46. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) No more "guilty pleasures" - let's all be proud to be spending time with books we love!! ;)

    My FF

    Nikki @ There were books involved...

  47. I love my romance in books, but you're right, I don't feel guilty about it. I love reading too much to dim some of the joy with guilt. I guess the guilt comes in the next morning when I have book hangover. Thanks for stopping by, old follower here!

  48. I love how you say none are guilty...we shouldn't feel guilty for anything we read! I love to reread my favorite books, nothing like getting lost in a favorite book to brighten your mood! It is awesome to fall in love with a story all over again!

  49. Omg. The False Prince? That's one of my favorite novels of all time! Jennifer is just such a talented author.

    Thanks for stopping by! Old follower. :)
    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  50. What am amazing question!! And I am just like you :)... even I have read Julia Quinn and her Bridgertons :)

    Visit my Booklok Coffee FF

    Ankita Singhal
    LOve your FF...

  51. I agree never feel shame in reading...anything! Old follower.

  52. I'm with you on re-reads. Thanks for stopping by.

  53. My first time participating. Yay, I'm excited! Looking forward to meeting a whole mess of new book lovers.

  54. Blerg...forgot to add the comment about how to follow me. If you don't also use Wordpress, email is the best way. Hope to see you around.

  55. I love reading my favorite books too.

    Old GFC Follower
    Thanks for stopping by at

  56. Hey Alison! Happy Friday, I hope you have a great weekend.

    As far as my guilty pleasure is romance books. I don't read them cause their bad for me. They give me false expectations but I can't help but want to read them. LOL!

  57. I would love to get around to re-reading (that would definitely be a guilty pleasure), but I've too many other books on my shelf to read. Old follower
    Here's my FF

  58. Hey(: I just found this today(tying to do more memes) and I totally love this one. I am working on my FF right now as a matter of fact(:

  59. I just love Julia Quinn!!! Thanks for visiting me!! Hope you have a great weekend!

  60. Hopping by! I agree, no reading should be a "guilty" pleasure, but boy do I love reading my favs over and over. :)
    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  61. I don't feel any guilt either! There should be no guilt in reading :)

  62. "All of my reading is pleasurable. None of it guilty."

    Love, love, love this comment from you Alison. I wish more readers felt that way.

  63. I'm a junkie for all YA lit, but I don't feel guilty about it, it makes me happy! :)
    Too bad I found this Feature and Follow Friday on Saturday :D But I'm gonna try it out next week, s I can meet more people! :) I'm such a newbie to blogging haha :D
    My Blog@Maria's Bookshelf

  64. First time participating

    Promising a lot of fun.

    Jodie @ Moringoreviews

  65. Hi Alison,
    I'm Carmen Stefanescu from
    I signed to follow your blog a while ago. I'd be glad if you could honor mine, too.

    I live in Romania, better known as Dracula's country. I am a teacher of English and German in my own town and country.
    Would you be interested in read/review/bookspotlight/giveaway for my paranormal/historical romance Shadows of the Past?
    My novel was released on 4th December as an e-book by Wild Child Publishing, USA. If the answer is affirmative I can send you a PDF provided by the publisher. It's not erotica, as all romance I write I keep at the sweet level.It has 230 pages.
    Summary ~from Goodreads~

    When Anne and Neil leave on a one-week holiday hoping to reconcile after a two-year separation, little do they know that destiny has other plans for them. Their discovery of human bones and a bejeweled cross in the hollow of a tree open the door to the supernatural realm and the anguished life of Genevieve, a nun from medieval England.

    Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve her eternal rest?

    The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

    Award winning author Paulette Mahurin says in the review she wrote for Shadows of the past," Carmen Stefanescu’s Shadows of the Past was a great read that I enjoyed from the first page through the last sentence, that I was sorry to see end.... an excellently crafted work, by an author who clearly knows how to write, who understands literature, and knows how to tell a compellingly great story....
    You may read all the reviews here:
    Best regards!

  66. I agree that I don't really feel guilty about reading anything. Now, sometimes I'm glad that I do it on my Nook so the cover isn't showing LOL :D Thanks for stopping by this week! Old follower!

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  67. I admire that you can always stand behind what you are reading! :)
    thanks for stopping by! old follower hopping through
    have a good weekend!



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