Thursday, April 25, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #146

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 - Beauty but a Funny Girl

Beauty but a Funny Girl

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in October 2012, so I still consider myself somewhat of a baby blogger.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I love finding new books. I know there are books that I have read/plan to read that I would not have found out about had it not been for blogging. I don't mean just indy books, but ones with smaller publishers that occasionally slip under the radar. At the same time, there are books where by blurb alone I would pass on, but when I see so many fellow bloggers rave about it, I know I have to give it a chance. Blogging has definitely expanded by TBR list, which is a double edged sword really.

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

I mainly focus on YA books that deal with fantasy/paranormal. That's definitely my favorite genre, but at the same time I read historical fiction, realistic fiction, new adult, and adult books. I've got to mix it up every now and then, but I always go back to the favorites.

4. What is your favorite book(s)?

My all time favorite book is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. However, you can't go wrong with a Sherrilyn Kenyon book, especially if it's from her Dark-Hunter or The League series.

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

This is probably a really cheesy and cliche answer, but I've made a lot of blogging friends though doing this. Bloggers whose reviews and opinions I've come to trust when it comes to both books and blogging. Also, I've learned a lot about myself when it comes to book preferences and review writing.

Q: Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?

I'm going to be boring and answer truthfully - I really can't think of any songs that remind me of a book.

I guess with one unsubtle exception...lately I've gotten into Wizard Wrock. This is music inspired by Harry Potter. One group that I really love is Oliver Boyd and The Remembralls. Here's one of my favorite songs and an incredible accompanying video:

Are any of you into Wizard Wrock? Who are your favorite bands?

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
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  1. The Wizard Wrock is kind of cool

  2. Haven't heard of that group. Sounds like fun, though! I'll have to check them out. :D My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday!

  3. That is really cool. I love music and listen all the time when I read so I am always connecting songs with books. :-) Old follower stopping by

    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

  4. I love Wizard Wrock, I am making plans to go to Leaky Con 2014 where there will be plenty of live Wizard Wrockers at night to keep me happy for a few months.

    Sami @ The Bookish Diaries

  5. Great question this week! I'm not familiar with your choice but it sounds good.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  6. Wow I haven't heard of this one so thank you for the introduction. Always with the Harry Potter lol. Hope you have a great Friday and rest of your weekend! If you have time come check out my My FF

    Reese's @Reese's Reviews: MA2F

  7. I haven't heard of this song before, gonna check it out now. Thanks for stopping by and Happy reading!!!

    Old follower
    Amie @Magic of Words

  8. Oh my gosh this song is beautiful! I loooove the music video too! Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention!
    Old Follower
    -Novel Reveries & Writing Reveries

  9. This is new to me and even though I'm not really a potter fan (I know, shame), I like this song.
    Old Follower!
    Thanks for stopping by My FF

  10. I LOVE the video! And the song! They're amazing... Thank you so much for sharing it with us :) I think I'm going to go check out their songs :D

    Here's my FF!

    Fahima @ I Read, Ergo I Write

  11. Of course you can never go wrong with listing something that reminds you of the magical world of Harry Potter! I have never heard of this band! But they are fun! Thanks for the intro! Hopping through!

  12. I'm new to least to blogging outside of school and work (I am a children's librarian). I'm excited about Follow Friday and I hope to find a lot of great blogs with this hop!

    Thanks for hosting!

  13. At least someone else is in the same boat as me! I thought of a song myself, but couldn't attach it to any particular book.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  14. Never Heard of Wizard Rock until today!! Thanks for sharing!!

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

  15. Had the same problem, I couldn't exactly match a song to book, but here's my FFF
    Maria's Bookshelf

  16. I have to agree, one of the best things about blogging are the friends you make :)

  17. Great choice! I love Harry Potter! FF

  18. I have never heard of Wizard Wrock before, but I think it's kind of cool that musicians have been inspired by books, and thus are making music to accompany their favorite genre!

    Here's my FF post for this week - and I have to admit it took me a while to answer the question this time...

  19. Happy Friday Alison! A song that reminds of books is Demi Lovatos, " Give your heart a break" song. It reminds me of all contemporaries where a girl is trying to get that guy to notice her/him vice versa.

    Have a nice weekend :)

  20. Great feature & cool question this week.

    old follower

  21. Harry Potter just sparked a lot of things, didn't it? I'm definitely going to have to look into this.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF! I was already a follower of you :)

    ~Andrea @ Beauty but a Funny Girl

  22. haha good choice, Alison! Are you familiar with A Very Potter Musical? It's a must-watch for all HP Fans! happy Friday!


  23. I've not heard of Wizard Wrock but how awesome is that? Loved it! Thanks for stopping by this week :D
    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  24. I sadly have never heard of wizard wrock until today... but It was awesome!!!

    Bethany @ Bythebookful

  25. I haven't ever listened to wizard wrock. I knew it existed. I'll have to check them out. I'd probably enjoy it.

    I couldn't come up with an answer. I thought about it for about an hour and couldn't think of anything!!!

  26. A month ago I had never even heard of Wizard Rock until someone told me about Harry and the Potters. I think the whole genre is hysterical. Thanks for visiting my F&FF. Old follower. (and thanks to you and Parajunkee for featuring me this week).

    LisaILJ @ I’ll Tumble for YA

  27. I have not heard of them sadly. New follower.

    Here's my post:

  28. Hi, Alison. Great idea. New follower. (Simply Sensational Book Fanatics : Entry 118)

    Thanks, Sandra.

  29. New follower.. never heard of them either.

    Thanks for this great feature!!


  30. I LOVE WRock. Love love love. It's the harry potter nerd in me, mostly and the wicked awesome lyrics :D

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  32. Cool! Never heard of it until now. :P
    Love the song though.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Bieke @ Bookaddict Bieke

  33. Hi! I just became a new follower On you GFC!

  34. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who couldn't really think of songs that make me think of books.

    I've never really listened to any Wizard Wrock songs (besides Hank Green's Accio Deathly Hallows), but I've always been interested. I mean, how freaking cool is it that a genre of music was born out of the Harry Potter books!!

  35. Oh my, right in the feels! You know when you're just having one of those days lol? I didn't watch the video last night because it was late & I wanted to have time to give it my full attention...and I'm glad I did!! Thanks SO much for sharing Alison, I'd listened to some Wizard Wrock but I should really get into it...I'll definitely be watching & listening to that again, that was stunning!! ...Now that I've wept, I need a break though hahaha >.<

    Oh and thanks for hoping by ♥
    Old follower,
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  36. I wasn't aware of Wizard Wrock! Thanks for sharing, i'm off to explore :)

  37. Had never heard of them, but great song.
    Hopping through :)

    Nyx @ Unraveling Words

  38. What a great song! I've never heard of Wizard WQrock before :)
    Thanks for stopping by My FF

  39. Haven't heard of Wizard Wrock before, but they sound pretty cool! Love the music video. :)

    Thanks for stopping by! Old Follower.
    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  40. That is a fun song!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am an old follower.
    Brittany @ Spare Time Book Blog

  41. I'd never heard of them until today. Thanks for introducing.

    Good topic! I love hearing other people's choices.

    I'm glad to be one of your many old followers! ❤

    T. R. Graves, Author

  42. I've heard of Wizard Wrock before, but haven't listened to any by this band. Love the song...and the super creative video! Thanks for introducing me to them! Old follower.

    Happy Friday!

  43. Too cute! Can't believe I haven't come across Wizard Wrock before. Old follower, but thank-you for hopping through my blog!

    Have a great weekend. :-)

  44. Hey there I'm a new follower. Thanks for hosting this great weekly blog hop, I think that's what it's called.

    My FF :

    Have a good weekend!

  45. I've not heard of Wizard Wrock until today. Nice song. :) Thanks for stopping by my FF earlier!

    Old follower.

    Kaykay @ The Creative Forum

    Have an awesome weekend! :)

  46. I don't really listen to music while I read so my song and book are an exception. Probably why I remember it.

    New follower here. Have followed you every which way I can bar actually following you down the street ;0)

    Linsey @

  47. I love wrock! Hank Green of the vlogbrothers sings wrock. There's Accio Deathly Hallows, Book Eight, and a couple other songs by him. Just listened to your song choice, it's great! Old follower :)

    On my post you asked about the weird capitalization. It stands for the rules of capitalization by Margo Spiegelman from Paper Towns by John Green. Margo says that she thinks it's unfair that words in the middle don't get capitalized.

  48. This is my first time to hear of Wizard Wrock. That video is so amazing. They're so good!

    New follower through GFC!

    Nina @ The Bookish Confections

  49. I haven't heard of that group - are they an indie band? I'll have to check them out on Spotify.

    Old follower :)
    My FF

  50. Haven't heard of that, I'll check that out :)

    Here's mine check it out? :)

    Camelle @ Home Of A Book Lover

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