Thursday, June 20, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #154

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 - Tsuki's Books


1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging last year in August but I really became a daily blogger with my blogging resolutions for 2013. It took me a few months to get to a true daily posting but now I'm going strong.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

It is so difficult to just pick one favorite part. I love connecting with the community especially those people who introduce me to new things by sending me to their "Stacking the Shelves" or "Top Ten Tuesdays". I love talking to people about books and since I'm mostly a romance reviewer, it is sometimes difficult to find people who read a lot in that genre. I love recommendations, tweets, and facebook messages so I can talk about what I love and get new ideas and books to read.

Secondarily, I love getting comments on my reviews on Goodreads because they often offer a new perspective on the book for me.

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

I review mostly romance novels. My main focus is Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotic, and the occasional YA. Romance is an intimate experience and I love the tangle of emotion that accompanies each page. Sometimes I cover a mystery or fantasy novel when it comes from an author I've followed for years OR an author that sounds interesting. I'm pretty open but I've found my love of romance shapes what I read.

4. What is your favorite book(s)?

I have so many favorites and it is just so hard to choose! I'll pick my top five real quick just because it is so hard to choose. I always love re-reading "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith, "The Harry Potter Series" by J.K. Rowling, "The Witness" by Nora Roberts, "Bitten" by Kelley Armstrong, and "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness. All of these are re-read constantly when I need to get out of a book funk.

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

I would love to say something super profound here but I have to be honest. My favorite moment happened a few weeks ago when I got an email from author Olivia Gates. She wrote one of my favorite romances and she commented on my review on Goodreads. It was just amazing to hear from an author whose book I bought in the store. It's unbelievable to make these connections with people I would never have the chance to speak to otherwise.

Q: Activity: Favorite Literary Quote


So many! Let's see:

Pride and Prejudice:

 “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Vampire Academy:

[Dimitri]: "No. If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you."

The Fault In Our Stars:

"According to Maslow, I was stuck on the second level of the pyramid, unable to feel secure in my health and therefore unable to reach for love and respect and art and whatever else, which is, of course, utter horseshit: The urge to make art or contemplate philosophy does not go away when you are sick. Those urges just become transfigured by illness."

“Without pain, how could we know joy?' This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”

Harry Potter (you knew I was going to mention HP...):

“Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. "After all this time?" "Always," said Snape.”

“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

“Death's got an Invisibility Cloak?" Harry interrupted again. "So he can sneak up on people," said Ron. "Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking...”

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

RULES

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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What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?

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59 comments :

  1. Great picks!! I also chose "It is a truth..." from Pride and Prejudice! It is such a good quote! And of course I had to include one from Harry Potter :) Mine was different though (there are so many good ones to choose from!)

    Amber @Nala’s Book Corner

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  2. Those P&P quotes are just classics! I was going to put the truth one as well, but I opted for another :)

    My FF

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  3. I picked Jane Austen as well; only I picked Persuasion. Great question this week!

    Kendal
    Kinx's Book Nook
    http://www.kinxsbooknook.com/book-blogger-hop-and-ff-friday/

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  4. Great quotes! :)I still haven't read the Vampire Academy, but it definitely sounds interesting :)

    My FF:)


    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

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  5. All great choices. I couldn't choose just one either.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

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  6. Great quotes! Love them all. I chose one about literacy rather than from literature, because I knew I'd never be able to choose just one. :D
    My FF.

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  7. I just adore Harry Potter. My oldest daughter is reading it now so I get the joy of reading it again!

    Meredith

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  8. Great quotes! I loved that one from VA. And of course, Harry Potter. =)
    Old follower.
    Here's my Feature and Follow Friday Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

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  9. Great quotes :D I didn't think I answered my "literary quote" well this week LOL

    My Friday Blog Hop

    Have a great weekend!

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  10. AHHHHHHH! *in love*
    Vampire Academy:

    [Dimitri]: "No. If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you."

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  11. I love your quotes! I wasn't sure how you preferred to be followed, so I did GFC and email :)

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  12. Great picks, Allison. I like the one from Vampire Academy.

    Old follower.

    My FF @ The Creative Forum

    Have a great weekend! :)

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  13. Great quotes =D I especially loved the Pride and Prejudice ones. And the Vampire Academy one makes me want to read it already!

    Happy Friday!
    Becky @ Book Bite Reviews

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  14. Great quote!!! Is it sad I've only read one of those? Anyway thank you for sharing and old follower!! I believe I will be reading Pride and Prejudice this upcoming fall.

    Happy Friday or almost Friday where I am!

    Reese's @Reese's Reviews: MA2F

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  15. Great quotes! Love the Harry Potter ones. Pride and Prejudice are wonderful too.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Ah, I completely forgot that Pride and Prejudice quote! I have never actually read the book, but I've seen two movie versions, and Mr. Darcy says something very similar. I just love it. :)

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  17. The in vain quote is my favorite line in all of P&P. I really need to read HP.

    Thanks for stopping by Literary, etc! (old follower)

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  18. Ahhhh I love your quote choices!

    Old follower!
    Tiffany @ A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner

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  19. Great Post and thanks for stopping by my FF :)
    Daniele @ Coffee and Characters

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  20. LOL, I like your quotes. Especially that one about death and his invisible quote. :)


    Here's mine:

    http://thatgirlreads.blogspot.com/2013/06/feature-follow-friday-6.html

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  21. Oh Dimitri... forget Rose! Take me!!!!! You sweet-talker you! As for the fault in our stars... I like broccoli AND chocolate, so there! Lol great quotes
    My Follow Friday

    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

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  22. So many great choices!! Love Dimitri and it's no surprise that you would pick Harry Potter!! ;)

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

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  23. Loved the quotes. And yes! The Fault In Our Stars, oh yes!

    Have a great weekend!

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  24. Love all those quotes!

    My FF:
    http://evelinesbooks.blogspot.nl/2013/06/feature-and-follow-friday-3.html

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  25. I love the quote form the VA. Amazing series.
    Here is my FF http://between-my-lines.blogspot.gr/2013/06/feature-and-follow-16-literary-quote.html

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  26. OOoh great selection of quotes!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  27. Cool selection of quotes

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

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  28. Great selection (love the use of Dumbledore and Snape - makes me feel all sentimental :D)

    Here's my FF

    - Allie x

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  30. The one from Vampire Academy. OMG, all the feels coming back to me. That quote was so poignant. Your other quotes were lovely picks as well! Old follower. Hope you can follow me back. My FF can by found at my blog Music Plus Books. I also tag you to do my Blogging Things I Suck At Tag. You can find out all the details and more at the post on my blog here. I really hope you can do it.
    Wishing you a fantabulous weekend,
    Laura @ Music Plus Books

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  31. Excellent quotes, Alison! I love Dimitri, and that quote really shows what kind of a man he is :)

    Here's my FF post for this week. Happy reading!

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  32. Cool feature & nice quotes. Of course, Jane Austen is also in mine :)

    follower

    http://itchingforbooks.blogspot.com/2013/06/feature-and-follow-53.html

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  33. Oh, I absolutely love that Dimitri quote... Sigh. So beautiful. :)

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  34. Gah! Love those quotes, Alison! I'm partial to the ones from P&P, of course. But I love Dimitri too! *swoon*

    Happy Friday!

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  35. "[Dimitri]: "No. If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you."

    DIMITRI I LOVE YOU!!!! That's one of my favorite quotes too Alison, and one of the moments I understood why them being together was such a problem. *sigh* I need to reread those books I think:) Have a great weekend!

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  36. Hopping through...Great quotes!

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  37. Oh my gosh! I love the one from Vampire Academy! :D

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Old GFC follower!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  38. Great picks this week! Of course I love the HP quotes, but yours is another that I've seen for TFIOS and I'm going to check it out. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

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  39. Great post and thank you for stopping by!!

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  40. Hi! Totally new here, but I'm ready to jump in!
    Nathan and Other Jerks...and Stuff http://edenbynite.blogspot.com/

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  41. Happy Friday Alison! And yes, I loved Dimitri quote. GAH! I remember reading it and totally melting to the floor.

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  42. Have a nice weekend Everyone!
    Here's my FF: Maria's Bookshelf
    Old Follower

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  43. Love the HP quotes! :) I had a couple in my head, but went with two other favorites instead. I'm an old follower passing through. My FF:

    http://spicedlatte.blogspot.com

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  44. Great quotes! Especially from The Fault in Our Stars and Harry Potter! Thanks for stopping by my FF!

    Old Follower.

    Sarah @ Bubbly & Bookish

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  45. Oh, Dimitri! That quote made me day, hihi. Thanks for stopping by. Old follower.

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  46. Love the HP quotes! I really need to read The Fault in Our Stars! Thanks for stopping by my FF :-)

    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

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  47. "Always," said Snape. Definitely one of my very favorites (sorry I'm not original!).

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  48. Great choices I didn't even think of the VA one.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Old Follower
    My FF

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  49. I ADORE the Pride and Prejudice quotes! I almost put one of the ones that you did. I also really like the Dumbledore one where he's talking about Sirius and how people treat their inferiors. It's such a wonderful quote. Thank you so much for stopping by my FF. Old follower :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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  50. So many good quotes! Thanks for sharing all of them with us!

    Michelle

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  51. I remember that quote from VA ;-) Loved it. Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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  52. Gah, the HP quotes get me every time. Especially the first one - with that one word, Snape spoke volumes.

    My FF @ Donnie Darko Girl

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  53. Love the quotes! Especially the ones from HP and TFIOS! Thanks for dropping by my FF. :)

    Nina @ The Bookish Confections

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  54. There are so many quotes that I love but for some reason I can't remember even one when it comes time to name my favorites! lol

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