Thursday, January 2, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #182

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 - Bookish Findings

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging about 8 months ago and after a few experiments I created Bookish Findings in June 2013.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

When I started blogging I had two main goals: to improve my English (I’m a Portuguese girl living in sunny Portugal) and to meet other bookaholics like me. So, definitively one of my favorite parts of book blogging is meeting other book bloggers who have the same taste in books, but also to discover amazing new books to read.

What type of books do you mainly blog about?

I must confess I love the classics, but I also blog about YA, horror, and whatever I feel like reading at that moment (and as you may have noticed I blog a lot about literary gifts and other bookish stuff I discover on the web).

4. What are your favorite books?

That’s a difficult question. But if I had to choose just one book I would go with Death with Interruptions by José Saramago, a Portuguese writer who won the Literature Nobel a few years ago. This amazing novel poses the question of what would happen if from now on nobody ever died.

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

Definitively meeting other bookaholics like me who share the same passion for books.

Question of the Week: What were your favorite books of 2013?

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I'd have to say that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was my favorite - along with nearly everyone else's. A very well written book although so hard hitting that it's not always super fun to read. I also loved Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, Diana Peterfreund's books, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, among many others. I posted a list of my Top Ten Books earlier this week. If you're interested, I also posted a list of my Favorite Albums and Songs of 2013.

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.

Follow on Bloglovin

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:

Resolutions: Put together your blogger resolution list for all of us to see!


I have an updated CAPTCHA post!

If you have CAPTCHA word verification enabled on your blog, please take it off. It makes it much more difficult for readers to comment. Please look at my CAPTCHA Eradication Post to learn how to get rid of it.

The Linky List was down when I went to publish this at 9pm - if it comes back up great. Use it. But I wasn't taking my chances -- this is why there will be two linky lists on the posts. The Simply Linked is the back-up list. When the linkytools list becomes active again, please use that one. But, continue to click the blogs that used the SimplyLinked list.


  1. I've heard great things about Rainbow Rowell, though I haven't read her. Maybe this coming year. :D I started the Mortal Instruments series this year and am loving it, though I haven't gotten to Clockwork Princess series yet. Great picks! Happy Friday!

    My FF

  2. I have a huge list for 2013 haha. I have trouble being decisive about this kind of stuff!
    My FF:

    Brittany @ Spare Time Book blog

  3. Oh, I plan on reading Rainbow Rowell's books this year, Alison!

  4. Cassandra Clare featured on my list too, along with quite a few others.
    Happy first Friday for 2014.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  5. Fangirl made my list too!

    Following via Bloglovin

    My FFF!

  6. I'm not a new follower but I have been out of the blogging world for almost a year. Good to be back and glad to be apart FFF again!

  7. I haven't read a Rainbow Rowell book, but I've hear AMAZING things about her novels.

  8. I haven't read any Rainbow Rowell books and the Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. SOON!

  9. Yep, Fangirl's in my list as well. Just a beautiful and wonderfully written story. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's my FF post :)

  10. Following via Bloglovin.

    I have been wanting to read Fangirl. :} Thank you for sharing.

  11. Been seeing a lot of her around lately. Don't think her books are my taste, but glad to see everyone enjoying them!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  12. I had to shorten mine down to six, since I had so many. I know lost of people enjoyed reading Fangirl :)

  13. I loved Clockwork Princess. Have a great week.

    My FF

  14. I have Clockwork Princess on my e-reader. New Bloglovin follower :)

  15. Fangirl is on my list too! I read For Darkness Shows the Stars in 2012 and it was amazing. I'm read Across a Star-Swept Sea right now and loving it. Old follower.

    Happy Friday!

  16. I've heard Fangirl is really good! maybe I'll be going to the library soon to check it out (: Great top ten list as well!

    Tina @ Pages of Comfort - old follower
    My FF

  17. Hmm, one of my face books was The Fault In Our Stars, Deceptions and there are probably more that I can't name right now. Happy Friday!!

  18. I might read Fangirl!
    I'm a new follower, please have a look at my blog.

  19. I have Fangirl, and I still haven't read it yet. It's on my list to read to read soon though. :) I have enjoyed meeting other bloggers since I started blogging and finding genres that I normally wouldn't have read. Have a great weekend.

  20. Heard of Fangirl, haven't read it though! I really want to read 'All Our Yesterdays'!
    Old follower
    My FF

  21. Hey! I am new t the blog hop! :) Clockwork Princess was one of my favourite books of the year too! :) It was beautiful and the ending was perfect!

    followed via GFC :)

    Here is my hop :)

  22. I haven't read her yet, but I'm definitely intrigued now. I loved Clockwork Princess. Such a fantastic series! Happy Friday!

  23. Hi Alison,
    I just want to thank you for choosing my blog for the FF Feature. This is a great blog hop!
    Happy New Year!

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