Thursday, April 18, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #145

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 - Words Fueled by Love

1. When did you start blogging?

After watching my sister-n-law blog for a year I decided to give it a try myself. I started my blog October 1, 2012 and have been going strong ever since!

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

To narrow this down to one favorite thing is really hard so I'll keep it to my top 2 favorite things of book blogging. One - the opportunities having a book blog has opened up to me (e.g. book blog tours, cover reveals, giveaway hops, ARC reviews from authors and publishers, etc...). None of that would have been possible had I not had a book blog. Two - all of the fantastic people I have met through book blogging. Book blogging just wouldn't be any fun without the interaction between other book blog friends.

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

I mainly review young adult and new adult books in many sub-genres (paranormal, contemporary, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, etc...)

4. What is your favorite book(s)?

Another tough question to narrow down to just a few. Here are some of my current fave series: Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Cambion series by Shannon Dermott, Too Far series by Abbi Glines, Slammed series by Colleen Hoover, Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, Beautiful series by Jamie McGuire. Now for some long time favorites: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

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

I guess the best thing for me personally since starting my blog, has been rekindling the avenue to express myself through writing. I don't think I'm an eloquent writer by any means and I don't write lengthy reviews typically or use big words, but I enjoy writing my thoughts down and I really enjoy hearing from other readers and bloggers about the books I review and the various posts I participate in.

Q: If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

*I'm on a cruise right now so I probably won't comment much this week.

Duh! JK Rowling. For inspiration but mostly to find out more about my favorite characters.

I'd also love to hang out with John Green, because he seems super smart, cool, and witty. Stephanie Perkins too. She seems fun and cute.

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
  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. J.K. Rowling is an awesome pick. She probably would have been my second choice. :D Congrats a zillion times for passing the bar, btw! SUCH an achievement! The cruise is well-deserved! :D Have fun!

  2. J.K. Rowling is my top choice as well. We definitely share a love of Harry Potter. I've listed a few others as well. I hope you are having fun on your cruise! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  3. Lucky you being on a cruise. Awesome question. I have so many authors I would love to hang out with that I couldn't name just one.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  4. I saw an interview with her once talking about killing off a character dear to her heart. She cried for days and her husband flippantly asked her why she did it if she was so miserable over it. I'd love to talk to her about making those hard choices. Great answer! Here's my FF.

  5. Karen Marie Moning!!! I'm dying to chat with her about her characters!

  6. I had so much trouble choosing this week!

    Have fun on your cruise, and congrats on passing your bar exam.

    Here's my FF post for this week.

  7. I think that JK Rowling will be a popular answer this week!! Great answer!

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

  8. JK is definitely a hot pick!! Wouldn't mind meeting her either!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  9. Oh, J.K. Rowling would be so much fun! I love her, man to pick here brain even on her worst day.

    My FF

  10. Rowling would be interesting! I still haven't read her books, but I do respect her very much and I'd love to just talk with her.

    Jess @ Literary, etc (old follower)

  11. Great choice, love Rowling! Congrats on the feature! New follower :)

  12. Hey! I just wanted to point out that the feature's link before the interview does not go to the correct website. It takes us to last week's feature Dear, Restless Reader! Just wanted to point it out in case anyone else was confused. :)

  13. I slightly broke the rules and went for a dinner party for four, just in case I faint from the sheer author-amazingness happening in my house! At least they'd have each other to talk to! Thanks for hosting, keep having fun on your cruise!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  14. Hello, I am new to this hop. I think it is an awesome idea!! I am now following your blog as well!
    Brittany @ Spare Time Book Blog
    My Blog:

  15. SO MANY AUTHORS! I think I'd just have a massive party and invite everyone (including all my bloggie friends so we could hang out with our favorite authors and die of happiness). Definitely JK Rowling, though. She'd be at the top of the list.

  16. Great answer. A cruise :) have fun!

  17. I hope you're enjoying your cruise & a BIG congrats on passing the bar Alison :D

    JKR was definitely my answer too this week (big surprise there ha!) Thanks for sharing & hosting!!

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  18. Love this question this week! This is my first one!

    Stephanie B from Chasm of Books

  19. I hope you have a graet cruise trip! JK All the way! I also listed her. I mean I had no hesitation. If I could meet with any author that's still alive - I would definitely want to meet JK Rowling.

    Although John Green and Stephanie Perkins would also be great to hang out with.

  20. Have fun at the cruise trip!
    Old Follower :)

    Here's my F&F: Maria's Bookshelf

  21. Wow A Cruise!!! Can't lie I'm a little envious=) I'm new to FF, seems like a lot of fun!!!

    Here's my FF

  22. Awesome question this week, dear! I am so jealous of the cruise! Enjoy yourself and post pictures :)

    sinn @ sinnful books

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  24. I picked J.K. Rowling too! I would love to hang out with her and get to learn even more about Harry Potter!Here is my FF

  25. Just stopping by for FFF.

    My fave is Ruth Rendell.

  26. JOHN GREEN!! How did I not think about him?! He would be an amazingly awesome person to hang out with! He seems so nice on vlogbrothers. J.K. would be fun too, but I'd love to hang out with John Green.

  27. Great picks! They're all authors I'd love to meet, too. :D I wonder if they like roller coasters?? lol

    Old follower :)
    My FF

  28. Oh JK Rowling... If I ever met her, I'd just visually stalk her because I don't think I'd ever have the guts to go up to her!
    My Follow Friday

    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

  29. I changed my answer to JK Rowling, I cannot believe I forgot her!!!

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

  30. Hey Alison!

    Happy Friday! Have great weekend.

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