Thursday, August 8, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #161

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 - Girl in the Woods Reviews

1. When did you start blogging?

We started blogging on 30th August 2012.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Our fav part of blogging is that we get to meet so many other bloggers, authors who we love their books and new authors that have expanded our 'circle' and now, we have experienced so many things!

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

We mainly review about YA books.

4. What is your favorite book(s)?

Fav Books: Shiver Trilogy, TMI, ID, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Ink, Delirium Trilogy and many other books that can't fit this list! :)

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

The best thing? Hmmm... I think it's the experience of meeting other bloggers, handling the blog, achieving and having more authors write to us for reviews! It's been so fast and fun so far - phew! It's already almost the end of the year :)

Q: Back to school. Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you’ll be teaching this semester.

This is such a great question. I'll list a few and probably edit my post later as I think of more...

The big debate is whether you focus on the classics or go for modern novels. My instinct is to go for the classics. They are the framework upon which modern literature has been shaped. And if you don't read it in high school, being realistic, you'll probably never read them. On the other hand, there's something to be said for offering books that students are more likely to enjoy - and still have learning points. Because is the ultimate goal to create a love of reading?

Shakespeare - Hamlet, Macbeth, and/or Much Ado About Nothing (I read the last this week for fun) and watched a video of David Tennant and Catherine Tate performing the play. It was fantastic.

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Farenheit 451
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
To Kill a Mockingbird
Grapes of Wrath (even though I didn't really like it)

Also, some modern -

Harry Potter - so many opportunities for in depth literary discussion
Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Fault in Our Stars
Code Name Verity
Jellicoe Road (it's a very challenging and literary read but wonderful)

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 see both of you went into the classics for your classes, lol!

    Great feature! We are all glad to have met you all as well!

    Amber @Paradise of Pages

  2. Nice. Gotta love the classics. I didn't do Shakespeare but he probably would have been my next choice. :D (I didn't like Grapes of Wrath either. :D)

    My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday!

  3. You chose some great books there. i went for some more modern choices.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  4. First time I've actually done this. I like your choices of books.

    Kathryn @ A Bibliotaph's Reviews

  5. I chose Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre as well. I also enjoyed Macbeth. Great choices. Old follower :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  6. This is my first time doing the Feature Follow meme. And I'm still getting the hang of it. <3

    I've chosen 9 books but they were prettily mixed up. :D

    New follower.

    Thoughts and Pens

  7. Nice choices. I haven't read a lot of classics.... your class would be interesting!!

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

  8. My first reaction was "Who the F is Geoffrey Chaucer?" Google told me that he's the father of English Lit. Hm, guess I need to read outside my comfort zone more often.

    We both picked TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I actually read that in 9th grade and it wasn't bad. I read it in about 2 days...and it took the teacher a month to digest it. I liked the story, but didn't like breaking it down and trying to figure out what was the meaning of the metaphor on page 15.

  9. Love Pride and Prejudice. I haven't read that many classics but I enjoyed that and Gatsby. Thanks for stopping by my post!

  10. I love Pride & Prejudice and of course Harry Potter has to be one the list! Melina Marchetta is also amazing, all her books could make my list :)

    Amy @ The Reading Realm

  11. Yeah I wasn't sure what route to go, but ended going with the modern one because that's what my heart wanted to do instead!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  12. I also put Jane Eyre on my list. I'm not a Steinbeck fan but did like East Of Eden. I remember reading Grapes of Wrath back in high school, and I didn't really like it, but I might appreciate it now, maybe.

  13. I love the combination of classic and modern,great selection.

    old follower

    here's my Follow Friday

  14. I also put perks of being a wallflower on my list because it was so relatable. I have yet to read fault in our stars, but everyone swears that it's amazing so i'll have to read it soon! Great answer!
    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

  15. +JMJ+

    What I loved most about my Shakespeare paper in uni was that the lecturers would show photos or videos of different stage adaptations of every play we studied. It was fascinating to see how different generations and cultures would interpret the same texts!

    If I ever have to teach Much Ado about Nothing, I would definitely show both the Kenneth Branagh movie and a video of the David Tennant stage play!

  16. Awesome feature. Cool list. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy weekend!

  17. Great list! Love that Harry Potter is on it. :)

    Old follower!

    Here's my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  18. You have some great choices. I'd love to read Fahrenheit 451 again! But if someone makes me read the Grapes of Wrath again...well I'm not sure my sanity would survive ;)

    Kimberly @ Once Upon a YA Book

  19. I love those choices! I think I would really enjoy this class. :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  20. I love Chaucer, I actually had to read him in my British Lit class. :)

    Thanks for stopping by.

  21. All great choices! list went for a classic/modern list too. :) Happy Friday!


  22. I love the mix of classic and modern :) Thanks for stopping by!

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  23. You have some great ones, and we shared one. I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing. A great one.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm an old follower :-)

  24. All the classics, pshhh ;)

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Old follower!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  25. Thanks for stopping by my Feature & Follow!

    It's always nice to have a mix of modern and classics. Something to get them interesting in reading and something to keep their minds sharp :)

    Old follower :)

    ​~​Andrea @ ​Beauty but a Funny Girl

  26. Nice choices! What's next week's question..?

    Thanks for hopping through!

    Old follower.

    Liana @

  27. Hey Alison! Happy Friday!! I love to teach class or be in class that discusses books like Harry Potter or even The Fault In Our Stars.

  28. Fahrenheit 451 is AMAZING! I loved it so much! Thanks for stopping by my FF :)

  29. Great picks! I wish I read Perks of Being a Wallflower in my HS years!

    Trish - my ff

  30. Yay for Pride and Prejudice!! I love that one! And Perks, Harry Potter, and The Fault In Our Stars made my list too! Thanks for stopping by my FF :)

  31. Great choices! I think we can ALL agree Harry Potter would be great. Can't understand why it's not taught in a lot of schools already!

    Here's my FF

    - Allie x (Little Birdie Books)

  32. Great choices! I went into it thinking of high school level so I picked so YA that I think kids would like if they read them! I always try to get people to like reading!
    Ashley @ Nook of Books

  33. Nice mix of classics and newer stuff. I agree a mix is nice gotta read some classics, but come on reading should be fun too right? :)

  34. Great list - I also thought about adding modern things, but opted to go classic. Pride & Prejudice made my list too :-)

    Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

  35. Great list, Jane Eyre and P&P are fab choices!
    Thanks for stopping by my FF, I'm an old follower :)

  36. I STILL need to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower!
    Thanks for stopping by my hop!

    Nikki H @ Take Me Away...

  37. I haven't seen Fahrenheit 451 on any of the lists yet, and I love(d) it!
    Glad Bradbury made it to yours.
    He's responsible for one of my favorite quotes of all time: "Stuff your eyes full of wonder."
    Just gorgeous.

    Here's my sort of tangential, stream-of-consciousness response to this week's question. Forgive my deviant nature:

  38. Looking at your list reminds me how many good books are out there that I have yet to read.

    New Follower.

    Rachel @


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