Thursday, September 12, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #166

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 - Fiction in Fiction in Fiction

1. When did you start blogging?

I've always had a personal blog but I started posting book reviews at the end of 2012. However I started "officially" book blogging January this year when I started to really promote it.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

People to who understand my fangirling! It's so great to finally meet others who I can discuss books with and squeal over hot fictional characters ;)

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

I'm a YA girl through and through. The main genres within that I blog about are contemporary and paranormal/fantasy with the occasional sci-fi/Dystopian (I think that's pretty much everything :P)

4. What are your favorite books?

One of the hardest question a book lover ever has to answer... It definitely is books... Series more like. Harry Potter (JK Rowling), Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead), The Iron Fey (Julie Kagawa), Covenant (Jennifer L. Armentrout), The Fault in Our Stars (John Green), Looking For Alibrandi (Melina Marchetta), On the Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta), Easy (Tammara Webber), Throne of Glass/Crown of Midnight (Sarah J. Maas), The Grisha Trilogy (Leigh Bardugo), Hunting Lila/Losing Lila (Sarah Alderson), These Broken Stars (Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner), anything by Jessica Shirvington, Gayle Forman and Colleen Hoover. I actually have a lot more "favourites" but these are my best-of-the-best!

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

Being part of the book community - it's really a whole other world, like when Harry stepped into Diagon Alley for the first time. I've met so many amazing people on Twitter and through blogs, we see each other at book events and some have become really good friends who I go see movies with and such! Also, I'd say my writing has really improved to :D

Q: It is up to you to do a Kickstarter campaign for your favorite book!!! Who are you casting for the main characters?

Well, honestly, none. I'm so nervous about any book that I love being made into a movie. It nearly always gets screwed up. Even as excited as I am about JK Rowling's new Beasts project, I'm horribly anxious about it. I wouldn't want anything Harry Potter related to be a failure and/or of poor quality.

But if I have to pick something... It would be cool to have a remake of Where the Red Fern Grows, one of my favorite books from childhood. There's a blank and white movie, but it's ancient. Also, any of Maggie Stiefvater's books, but I can't imagine how they could do that properly.

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!

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What were some of your favorite picture books as a kid? If you have kids, what are your favorites to read to them?


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  1. It is nerve-wracking - a favorite book being turned into a movie. You want it to be amazing, but the movie hard to live up to the book.

    That's why I ended up focusing on a book that has already been turned into a movie a few times :)

  2. Even though it was black and white Where the Red Fern Grows was a great movie. I remember reading the book and watching the movie in grade school. I would like to see it redone too. Have a great weekend!!

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  3. I understand your nervousness. I like movies to resemble the books and not stray too far from the original story line.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  4. I love the blog hop, thanks Alison! New follower now tagging along :)

    Since we are on the books/movies category and you are a fellow Twilight fan, I have to ask my perpetual question on that do you feel about Kristen Stewart? No matter how many times I watch the movies, she is one actor who has never grown on me with her character....

  5. I agree that making your favorite books into movies is always super scary. I always have to see it though, even when I suspect it's going to be an epic fail. I always think I could do it better, but this casting took me forever, so I'm not so sure!

    Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

  6. I know what you mean about books being made into movies. I always worry that they won't do the book justice! :-) Old follower

  7. I'm the same way, I'm so worried that when they make a movie about one of my favorite books that the movie will be terrible. I am also really bad at picking actors for parts. I gave it a shot this week just for the FF.

    Just hopping on through and posting my link. Old follower

    My FF

  8. I dread when books are made into movies now. They rarely, if ever, live up to the "original." Still, I find myself always hoping for the best and that the movie will change my life like the book did ;), though I know I shouldn't.

    Raina @ The LUV'NV

  9. Thanks for stopping by my FF, Alison. After tweeting you, I promptly passed out! I'm of the same mind, and find it extremely difficult to associate characters in books being portrayed by actors.

    Sandra @ SSBF Blog

    Here’s my FF

  10. I hadn't given much thought to actors for characters in my favourite books before I saw this question this week. I guess,because I saw the question last week, it gave me time to think about it.

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

  11. Yay! I'm not the only one who couldn't think of a cast!

    I thought I initially heard that Maggie's Shiver was going to be made into a movie. I guess there hasn't been progress. I don't usually hear movie news on my own!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  12. I haven't read that book yet,old follower
    Hope you can visit my Follow Friday

  13. I actually prefer it when unknowns are cast in book adaptations otherwise I have the actors' old roles in my head. I cheated a little and picked actors that would never ever be selected to play the main characters. Here’s my F&F
    Vilia @ Backchatting Books

  14. Amazing question this week.

    Here is my FF

    I hope you will stop by. I'll glad to hear your thoughts.

  15. Hey Alison! Happy Friday. Hmmm, if I had chance to do a Kickstarter I do Patricia Briggs mercy Thompson Series. Love those books.

  16. Cool answer! :)

    Happy Friday!

  17. Thanks for stopping by! Did you ever watch the 90's version of Where the Red Fern Grows? I always remember it as the movie that made my older brother cry. Lol. He was probably 9 at the time.

    --Brenda @Daily Mayo

  18. I agree that it's hard to think about... I made the jump and casted my favorite book series! Check it out The Book Cove

  19. I'm worried about J.K. Rowling's new project too - I got really cranky with some of the changes they made to the books in the movies :0)

    Have a great weekend

    Lauren @The Hottie Harem

  20. I loved Where the Red Fern Grows as a child, too. It'd be great to get an updated version made. :D

  21. We really struggled with this question since so many books are being made into movies now.

    Question for you though - you say the email address needs to be easily found. Do you consider a contact form as part of this? We each have a page for a contact form, but we do not post our email address visibly since we don't want spam.

  22. Thank you for featuring me <3

    You know, I considered your answer for mine too but I think I would like to see mine turned into a movie if done correctly.

    I totally understand what you mean, because you don't want people to butcher something you treasure. I think Harry Potter (and Perks of Being a Wallflower) are probably the best done.

  23. Now that I understand what kickstarter means, I don't think I'd get myself involved. There are a lot of movie adaptations out there that seriously failed. And I don't think I could stand it if the movie that I campaigned for becomes a total flop.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF. Old follower.

  24. I so get it. I get excited when a face book is going to be made into a movie, but if the casting is wrong....huge let down. I'm so nervous for Obsidian. If they don't get Daemon Black right, ugh.


  25. I don't really like when my favorite books are made into TV shows or movies. Even when they are done well (although they usually aren't) I have my own vision and I can't unsee the actors in the roles afterwords. It kind of ruins things for me.

  26. This week's question was a toughie, for sure! Thanks for coming by my blog, Alison.

  27. Hello,
    Lovely blog!
    I'm a new follower.
    My blog is My Favorite Things


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