Thursday, July 18, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #158

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 - Meredith's Musing

1. When did you start blogging?

I wrote my first post on May 26th of this year.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Definitley the best part is reviewing an ARC! I also love participating in cover reveals. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout was so much fun. I love getting to know authors and other bloggers. I've met some fantastic people in such a short amount of time.

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

I’ve been on a YA kick lately, but I’m reading more NA. I always love a swoon-worthy romance.

4. What is your favorite book(s)?

It’s hard to pick a favorite book. So I’ll pick my more recent favorites. I loved the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Unbreakable by Liz Norris, the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare and my all time favorite is definitely Harry Potter. I also have to give credit to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton for inspiring my love of reading. Stay Gold!

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

I get so excited when an author actually stops by my blog. It’s the best feeling in a world to help spread the word about a book you loved and then have the author notice. It's like Christmas morning to find a comment from an author, or a tweet!

Q: Book Vacay: Where is the best destination reading spot for you? (Where do you like to go to read other then your home)

I'm on vacation right now at my parents' house. I love reading out in our backyard. But since it's July in Phoenix, you can only stand out there for 2 or 3 minutes at a time.

Otherwise, my husband and I go on a lot of cruises. I love sitting out on the balcony of our stateroom, reading a book, gazing out at the ocean, and listening to the waves.

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:
What do you do with your books after you are done reading them?


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  1. A cruise sounds fantastic. My husband and I talk about doing an Alaskan cruise one of these days. Hopping through and have a happy Friday!

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  2. Ooooo, we went on an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon. Not that would be a fantastic place to sit and read :) Thank's for the feature. Have a great weekend!

    Meredith’s Musings

    1. *Now* that would be a fantastic place. Darn typos!

  3. I've always wanted to go on a cruise! I think I would probably get a LOT of reading done, and they just sound so relaxing!

    ~ Nikki @ There were books involved...

  4. the linky list is closed? Anyhow I want to join the fun this week . I'm going to schedule it for Friday . I hope this is the right one ...anywho....

  5. I love reading outdoors too, but since it's currently winter here in Australia, I'm settling for a cozy fireplace.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  6. I found the right code to enter my FF link Here it is!

  7. I love to read outside. I am also new top the blog hop, bug I am now a follower. Check us out at

  8. I've never been on a boat before but I would love to read on one!
    My FF

  9. I went on a cruise once. I didn't love it. I felt trapped in that tin can. But I loved to read on the ship. We had a room with a balcony and it was so nice to sit out there and read. One day when the ship stopped at one of the ports I stayed on the boat and went up to the pool and read the newest Harry Potter. Now that was amazing.

    Angela's Anxious Life

  10. Reading on a boat is really good.:)

    Here is my FF

  11. Envious of all the cruises! Never been on one myself! It's too hot and miserable in St. Louis as well to want to be outside for anything! Worked up a sweat by just bringing in the trash cans yesterday it was so hot! Ick!

    I like to be comfortable when I read and that includes the weather! Other than that I can read about anywhere!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  12. Nice feature :)

    I wouldn't mind a cruise.

  13. Same here..summer weather=dying of heat where I am!
    <a href="> FF</a>

  14. Hey Alison! Happy Friday. Where I'm at there is lots of sun and heat so sitting by the pool or going to the beach is great.

  15. You're the second mention of reading while on a cruise. I've never been on a cruise but I'm thinking I may start planning one! :) Happy Friday!

  16. Replies
    1. I was wondering the same thing! Hopefully it gets opened soon...

    2. I just went to the one on Parajunkee's blog instead. :)

  17. I am also new to the whole blob hop. Can you check out my blog and make sure I am doing it right lol....


  18. Ummm. Why is the linky closed? That makes me sad. =(

    Oh well. Here is the link to my Feature and Follow!

  19. I love to read outdoors, but summer is too hot here in San Antonio.
    GFC follower

    Kimberly @ Once Upon a YA Book

  20. Alison a cruise sounds fantastic, I've always wanted to go on one :(

    Feature & Follow

  21. An ocean cruise sounds like a great place to do some reading. Great for the downtime!
    Here is my FF .

  22. Good entry, I would love to read on a cruise

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