Thursday, June 13, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #153

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 - The Book Stop

1. When did you start blogging?

I started my blog, The Book Stop, not too long ago actually. April 16th this year was the day I decided to just go ahead and start my blog.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Wow, there are so many great things about book blogging! I think my favourite would be the amazing community of bloggers. I have made so many friends since I started blogging. From Goodreads to Twitter, the book blogging community is everywhere! I get so excited when I see that someone has commented on one of my posts, and it really makes me feel great that there is someone that actually enjoyed reading a post of mine! I also love how connected you are with authors. I've had so many great conversations with some of my favourite authors! There are lots of perks of being a book blogger, I love it so much!

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

I read a lot of different genres, but most of my reviews are of YA books. I still love adult books though! My favourite genres are contemporary, dystopia, mystery and humour. I try to review every book I read, and I like to go into detail about what I liked and disliked about the book. I just have a wide interest of books!

4. What is your favorite book(s)?

Oh, wow. This is always a hard question, because there are so many books that I've read and loved! Okay, well recently I read a brilliantly written book by Vikki Wakefield, Friday Brown. It had such a unique story line, and I really admire Vikki Wakefield's writing style. So that's definitely one of my favourite books! But I also love the Divergent series, Gone series, Monument 14 and The Cold Eye of Heaven.

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

So many great things have come out of blogging! Well this didn't really happen because of book blogging, but I got to personally meet Michael Grant, author of one of my favourite series 'Gone', when he came to Dublin earlier this year! I had such a great time and got to ask him lots of questions over a glass of coke. I was also so happy when two of my favourite authors, Vikki Wakefield and Emmy Laybourne sent me some book swag just because I spread my love of their books on Twitter! Authors are awesome! But I have experienced so much since I started book blogging!

Q: Activity: Spine Poetry. Create a line of poetry with your book spines (take a picture). Not feeling creative? Tell us about your favorite poem.

Here's a few of the books I got at BEA (still haven't done my post-BEA posts). A poem...let's see...I hate writing poetry, but oh well:

You Look Different
Just Like Fate

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!

Next Week's Question:
Share your favorite literary quote!


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  1. I'm not very good at poetry either but this was a fun activity. I gave it my best shot :D

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  2. My 10 year old put my spine poetry together. He absolutely loves doing it! I think your poem is great though :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  3. I kind of cheated with this one. I'm not to creative when it comes to Poetry so I posted one from my childhood which is still a favorite today.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  4. *snap snap*

    Hi, I'm Nova! You probably haven't heard of me. I'm going out of my way to be more social. That being said...

    I like your poem. And I'm totally jealous that you went to BEA. I'm sad I didn't go. I'm saving money.

    My feature... Don’t forget to follow!
    - Nova @ Musings of a Blogder

  5. Great titles! This is such a fun question. I actually did two! :D My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday!

  6. This was a fun question this week! Also.. I want to say that I love that you post the next week's question early. I was able to work on my post today when I had time instead of squeezing it in tonight!


  7. love the fun that we got this week! I enjoyed trying to put books together to make something sound good!

    Here's My FF

    Amber @Paradise of Pages

  8. Hi following thru from Parajunkie's follow friday.
    New follower, u can follow me back at "SnowRavyn's Reviews"

  9. I'm not creative either but yours is amazing! ;)

    Nina @ The Bookish Confections

  10. Such a fresh and fun question and I cannot wait hopping around to see other people's answers =) I've not heard about Just Like Fate but the title alone already made me want to read it.

    Happy Friday!!!
    Amie @Magic of Words

  11. This is my first time to participate in Follow Friday and just wanted to say Hi! This topic was fun, I was a little tired, so I threw together whatever books were close by.

  12. What a creative question!! *giggles* Im so bad at writing!

    Happy Friday!

  13. I'm new this week! I'm excited to make some friends!

    katy @ a blighted one

  14. Hey all that counts is you attempted it lol.

    Old Follower
    Happy Friday
    Becky @ Book Bite Reviews

  15. I'm not good at it either! But very nicely done, Alison!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  16. I really, really love this week's activity, Alison! And I think your poem is very good. It shows that we can all be at least a little creative, and it's so much fun to run and hop around all the blogs today to see what everybody came up with!

    Have a fantastic Friday :) Here's my FF post for this week.

  17. Nice!! I am not very good at poetry, but hey.. had a crack!!

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

  18. This activity was amazing!!

    Old follower!
    My FF-->

  19. Nice poem:) I really liked this activity, I'm not good at poems but it was much fun!

    My FF:

  20. Well aren't you a talented poet! ;) Stopping by to say hi, old follower:)
    My FF
    Esty @ Boarding with Books

  21. I feel for you, I'm not good at poetry either. But you did a great job :)
    Old follower
    Maria@Maria's Bookshelf

  22. Nice.
    Here is my attempt to write poetry.

  23. Hey Alison! Happy Friday! And I'm jealous you have Frozen. Have a great weekend.

  24. Awesome feature & cool arrangement :)


  25. WOW.. Awesome books you got in BEA :) and lovely poetry

    Here is mine

    Ankita @ Booklok Coffee FF

  26. I did't see Easy at BEA!

    I did a quick post but still have to do my food one (the one everyone really wants to see lol)

    I love the spine poetry this week. Great idea.

  27. Hi! This was my first Feature and Follow Friday. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for my blog post. I am really excited to join this weekly meme and look forward to following all of your blogs!

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  29. This is such a fun one! Find my poem here.

  30. This is definitely my favorite FF post since I joined months ago :)

  31. This is the first time I'm participating. Had fun with the first activity! You poem is sweet! :)


  32. I had a hard time with this activity too, but it was a lot of fun. Great idea! Old follower.

    Happy Friday!

  33. This is by far my favourite question / activity! :) Had such a giggle raiding my bookshelf for this.

    Happy Friday! :D

    Here's my FF

    - Allie x

  34. Love the titles, and you did a great job even if you don't like writing poetry. :D
    Old follower by GFC, email, and Twitter!
    My FF @ Donnie Darko Girl

  35. Great FF activity! Love reading everyone's submissions! :)

    Here's ours: FF @ The Demon Librarian

    New GFC and Twitter follower

  36. Awesome Feature! Haha I am terrible at poetry but I had a blast doing it.

    Have a beautiful weekend
    My Feature & Follow

  37. I love your poem! The start is so great (Heartbeat, Just like Fate).

    Old follower :)
    My FF

  38. Alison like I said to Rachel, the activity is fantastic, it puts a bit of extra spin on things so as to not get boring. I was also saying that maybe we can do a Google docs for activity/question suggestions and would you all consider posting the future topics so we can draft/schedule our posts?

    Your poem is perfect, short and sweet :D

    My Feature & Follow post.

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  40. I'm new to the follow friday hop, so I'm not 100% sure if I've done everything right but hey!

  41. This is such a great idea for a hop, thanks for hosting. I'm new to the hop and blogging :) The spine poetry is fun!

    Meredith’s Musings

    1. Oh, and I followed as MeredithRaeJ (also my twitter)


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