Thursday, September 26, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #168

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 - Words and Tea Bottles

1. When did you start blogging?

I started Words and Tea Bottles in January of 2013, but I’ve had blogs before. They were mostly personal ones, or ones specifically for a novel I was writing at the time. The earliest one I can remember was from 2004 over on LiveJournal.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I have to say it’s getting to know about books I might not have heard of otherwise. I use NetGalley a lot and follow plenty of people who do blog tours and cover reveals for books coming out. This also accounts for self-published books, since you wouldn’t normally see one on the ‘coming soon’ poster or flyer in a book store.

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

Young adult. It’s mostly what I read and what I write; I hardly ever dabble into “adult” fiction.

4. What are your favorite books?

Ella Enchanted. I’ve loved that book since I was in junior high, although I was pretty disappointed with how the movie compared.

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

Definitely getting to connect with authors; I’ve gotten friendly with a few who’ve directly requested a review from me, and it’s always nice to be on the short list when they’re getting ready to release something new!

Q: Reading Nook Tour: Give us a tour of your favorite reading spots.

Once again, I am in Phoenix visiting my parents for a few days, so I'll give you a few photos of my all time favorite reading spot: our backyard. And I only have it for another week, because my parents are moving to a new house :-( 

(Usually the bench has cushions on it)

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 book (or TV show or movie) have you not read that seemingly everyone else has?


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  1. I love your backyard. I wish our house has the luxury of space to have that beauty. Apparently, what we have is a narrow sort of cemented alleyway that only 2-3 people can pass. *sighs*

    Old follower.

    Thoughts and Pens FF

  2. Looks like a fun place to read, Alison! :D

    My FF

  3. What a great spot to read. Doesn't it stink when your parents move and you lose all your favorite spots? I don't know if this was your childhood home, but when my parents moved out of mine it was rough. I felt like I was losing a connection to so many memories right along with it. Hopefully the new place will have some great reading spots too!

    Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

  4. That look like a nice quite spot to read.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  5. My parents never stayed in a place very long.. so never had a favorite spot to get attached to. But your parents backyard looks nice.

    My Feature Follow

  6. Miss having a backyard and miss leaving in a big house! In Paris, I have to settle for a noisy small appartment that I love because it's full of life.
    But no quiet spot in a huge city unless your mind count!


    Ps: I entered a contest to win an French award for my blog. And I really appreciate, if you stop by my blog before october 25th to vote!
    Thank you!

  7. It's a bit rude to move and take away one of your reading spots :) I hope the new place is just as nice if not better. Here’s my F&F
    Vilia @ Backchatting Books

  8. OOh nice! I don't usually do outdoor reading myself! Weather is rarely cooperative enough for me to do so. Nor do I have a comfy outdoor spot either!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  9. Aww so you're about to lose your favorite reading spot :( That's sad, but gotta find a new favorite :)

    Julie @ Chapter Break

  10. Beautiful spot! I hope you find a great new favorite reading spot!

  11. Hey Alison! Happy Friday. I usually read in my bed or on my husband recliner. He gets mad cause I'm always "in his spot" LOL. Have a great weekend :)

  12. That looks very pleasant and comfortable. I couldn't do Phoenix though. Way to hot for me.

    Just stopping by to say hi.

    My FF

  13. I am participating in my first FF!! and I'm beyond excited to be able to follower so many bloggers!!

    Sarah @ The Ultimate Bookworms ( I don't know how to make that part a link yet, I'm a new blogger so I apologize)

  14. That looks like a nice place to read some books :) As long as it's not hot. The dry heat in AZ can really get to me.

  15. Dog Breeds
    Lovely spot! Lets hope you will find a fantastic fresh beloved looking at spot!

  16. That's a nice area!! I like to read outside too!!

    Here's My FF!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
    Sorry I'm late.... had a bad week last week!
    Old Follower ;)


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