Thursday, August 1, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #160

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 - Hardcore Heroines

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in September 2012, but I had no idea what I was doing, and didn't properly commit until November 2012.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I love talking about books with other bloggers and fellow book-lovers! There's something so satisfying about finishing a book and discussing/crazily fangirling about it with other people. I also enjoy talking to authors, and connecting with publishers.

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

Young Adult (and lots of sub-genres in YA), Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. I could kiss those genres, they're so good.

4. What is your favorite book(s)?

This is such a cruel question! I'm going to go with the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.

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

It would have to be getting an ARC of Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead. She's one of my favourite authors and I literally danced around the room when I found out!

Q: How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through?

Usually I DNF. I have neither the time nor the patience to stick with a book that I'm not enjoying.

There was one time when I knew from page 1 that the book was going to be awful. The writing was terrible (in comparison, Twilight was of Nobel Literature Medal quality - yes, even I admit that Twilight is not well-written). It was so bad that I kept reading it as a joke just to see how bad it could possibly be. I made it to page 50 and simply couldn't take it anymore. Actually, Fifty Shades was similar for me, but I made it 2/3 through that one.

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:

Back to School time! Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you'll be teaching this semester.


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  1. I have no problem DNFing books either. If I am not liking it, I move on to something else.

    But now I want to know what book you are talking about. With the bad writing. Besides 50 Shades. I'm all curious, now. :)

  2. Hi Alison :) I don't exactly have a problem DNFing books, but it's not very often I actually do.

    Have a fantastic Friday :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  3. I usually DNF bad books. I sometimes hang in there as a joke. I could NOT stand Twilight though. I couldn't even read it as a joke.

  4. I'm a sucker for giving a book a fair go, so even if I'm not completly enjoying it, I'll still read to the end in the hope that it might improve.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  5. I agree - I just don't have time to power through a book I don't like. There's way too many books on my TBR to waste time with a book I'm not enjoying even a little bit.

    Old follower :-)
    Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

  6. This is my first time taking part in this Feature Follow. I am a very new blogger and looking forward to checking out other blogs. I am also a follower of yours for about a week now and I have really enjoyed your reviews.

  7. Also, I tried to get the code to place a button on my post and the code seems to be missing, am I doing something wrong? Again I am new to all of this.

  8. Alison, I sent you a message on goodreads on how to fix your button if you want to go there and look. Hope it helps!

  9. I'd rather not finish, move on, and skip reviewing something I didn't like. Not to mention there are jut too many books on my TBR and not enough time :) Happy Friday! Old follower.

    Meredith’s Musings

  10. I used to power through that book and finish it no matter what. Although there is to many books on my TBR list, but still I want that chapter to be closed.

    Sana @Novels they Wrote or Movies they Made

  11. I have no problem with DNF books. It is so hard to power through when it's just that nothing "clicked" with me =/

    Happy reading!
    old follower.

  12. I usually like to finish the books, but sometimes I can't.

  13. I've DNF a lot of books because I figured that it's not worth wasting my time when I have so many other books available to read. I do try to put in a little more effort into books sent for review from publisher/author but overall, if I hate hate the book, then it will inevitably end up as a DNF.

    new twitter follower, but I think I still follow via email.

    My FF

  14. I don't accept review copies of books I'm not interested in, so I don't feel the need to DNF books often. But when I do, if it's a review copy, I don't DNF it.

    Old follower :)
    Kim @ YA Asylum

  15. I just can't help it, I have to power through!!

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

  16. I always try to finish review copies but with other books I'm pretty ruthless.
    Old follower
    My F&F

  17. Yay I was the other featured blog! Thank you! :)

  18. I like to finish books, but in some extreme cases DNF is the only way :D
    Have a nice weekend!
    Here's my FF: Maria@ Maria's Bookshelf

  19. I always try to finish books but it isn't always easy.

    Old follower!

    Here's my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  20. I usual power through so that I can post a review warning others not to read the book LOL

  21. Yikes, that sucks. I usually do my best but sometimes its really hard, and like you said, wasting time.

    Happy weekend!

  22. Hi Alison,
    I never DNF. I power through!:)

    Here is my FF

    Have a great weekend.

  23. As bad as some books are I always push through. There was one that was just horrendous but could've been really good based on the story line. No way would I willingly subject myself to the other books in the series though.

    Actually I take that back....I did DNF Pride and Prejudice (GASP!). The 5 hour movie version is verbatim of the book and I just couldn't get past the language. UGH! But I didn't review it since I didn't actually finish it.

    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

  24. I actually liked Twilight ( but I didn't read it in there's a difference) :D

    New Follower:)
    The Daydreamer @ The Daydreamer's Obsessions

  25. Thank you for hosting me Alison!
    I mostly power through if I've been given it to review--I can't take the guilt. Otherwise, I have no problem putting a book I'm not enjoying. Life's too short!

    ~Tilly @ Hardcore Heroines

  26. Before I used to power through but not anymore. I DNF as soon as it gets boring!

    Happy Friday!


  27. Hi! This my first time :). I DNF if it isn't an ARC. If it is an ARC, I power through.

  28. This is where I think excerpts are really useful! I haven't picked up 50 Shades and don't intend to, but I've read excerpts and that's what helped me realize that I'd never be able to get through the book. I rarely DNF a book that I actually start, but that's because I do a lot of homework and am always relatively sure that I'll at least like any book I decide to read. :D Happy Friday, Alison!

    My FF

  29. Yeah I've tried to power through in the past but these days I am not afraid of DNFing a book. There are too many books that I want to read spending time on one that I am not enjoying.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  30. Tend to agree. Don't like to DNF but if a book really isn't working for me sometimes I have to let go.

  31. This is my first time participating in Feature & Follow! I never DNF books - I keep going no matter how boring, although I do let myself skim a little bit.

  32. New GFC follower, I agree plowing through a book that is no good is a waste of time, but sometimes I feel so guilty. Especially and I hate to admit it, if the covers are really beautiful! lol I know that horrible, but it's true!

  33. Hey Alison, I hope you had a great weekend. Usually, I give the books up to 60 to 70 pages in. If it doesn't get any better I DNF it.

  34. Hi Alison, just new here in blog hop, I'm kinda confused,hope I did it right.

    new follower here

  35. I wish I could DNF, and maybe I'll be able to someday but for now it bothers me to not finish something, even a book I'm not particularly enjoying. :/ With my TBR so out of control, I really should try to only read what I enjoy.

  36. I just found this blog hop and had to join in. I've been a fan of parajunkee for a long time but left the blogging world for almost 2 years. I got my post done but missed getting my name in the linky. Oh well, maybe next time.
    Still thrilled to be part of this.


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