Thursday, February 6, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #187

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 - YA Asylum

1. When did you start blogging?

I started book blogging around February 2013, so almost a whole year ago.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I love so many things about it. I've made some really great friends. Outside of the blogosphere, I don't know that many people that are as obsessed with books as me so it's such a relief to get on twitter and start talking to other book lovers about an author I adore or a book that I loved beyond words. In a really weird roundabout way my book blog got me my internship at P.S. Literary too, which is amazing.

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

YA. I'm completely in love with YA books. I'll read any genre within YA, but I have a special love for horror and thrillers. I'll read Adult horror/thrillers and the occasional MG book as well.

4. What are your favorite books?

Anything by Nova Ren Suma, John Green, Courtney Summers, Gretchen McNeil, Lexa Cain, Kendare Blake, and Laini Taylor.

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

It's between two events. I met Lexa Cain through book blogging, which is amazing. She's the best critique partner a girl could ask for and a great author. The other is getting my internship with P.S. Literary. A long story quick: Carly Watters liked my post on The Importance of Critique Partners enough to link to it on her blog. I was super excited, of course, because she's a remarkable literary agent. Then I started to look around on her blog and happened to see that they were looking for internships. I applied and got the position. I don't know if I would have caught the window for application if I Carly hadn't linked to that post.

Question of the Week: If you could read a book for the “first time” again, which book would it be? Why?

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Harry Potter. This is the obvious, boring answer, but the wonder is reading that series is so exceptional, that nothing else will ever come close. Especially the big reveals in Deathly Hallows - most of which I secretly hoped would happen.

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:

Find a “new to you blogger” and feature their button on your post this week. Tell us why this blogger stands out to you.


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  1. I enjoyed Harry Potter as well. :) Happy Friday!

    ~Pam @ Moonlight Reader

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  3. I loved the Harry Potter books too. That was almost my choice!
    Brittany @ Spare Time Book Blog

  4. Yeah, HP is just amazing. There was nothing like it. It would be fun to live in those moments again, not knowing what to expect. It was def an experience ;)

  5. I still haven't finished that series...I lost interest around book 5 because Harry and Hermione didn't end up together =(

  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was my choice, I think it was the first book I read in one sitting. Simply magical.

  7. Harry Potter was the second choice for me. I have a feeling I'm going to be seeing a lot of it. Have a good weekend! :)

  8. I have yet to read this series. I saw the movies and I am worried reading the series will ruin the movies for me. Great choice! Old follower!

  9. I've never been interested in reading HP, since I tend to avoid books surrounded by massive hype, and generally dislike them the few times I do give them a try.

  10. A lot of people are picking Harry Potter I see. =D

    Old follower

    my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  11. Good choice! I remember being so amazed at how everything came together in the last book :)

    Old Follower
    My FF .
    Zareena @ Books and Books

  12. I am one of the few readers alive who hasn't read HP yet...

    Happy Friday Alison :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  13. I think Harry Potter is a great choice!

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

  14. I think that is probably going to be a popular It was an icon series for me because I has in my late twenties when I read them and I almost didn't read

  15. Same as Rachel. I agree that Harry Potter is a great choice.
    Happy FF. Old Bloglovin' follower.
    My FF

  16. I think we're going to see Harry Potter show up a lot today. I tried to pick something a little less popular, though I do agree with you :)
    Current follower.

  17. By the way, the site you featured today - the link doesn't work ;(

  18. Cool feature. It's okay to be such a die hard fan of a book, it always mesmerizes you when you re-read the story.

    Happy Friday!

    My FF

  19. HP is on my list this week too! Its such an amazing series, I would love to experience it for the first time again (:

    Tina @ Pages of Comfort
    My FF

  20. I almost said Harry Potter. Good choice. Have a great week.

    Lacie @ Rainy Dayz Reviewz
    My FF

  21. Harry Potter seems to be the popular choice today! It was nearly my choice, as well. Happy Friday!

    My First FF!

  22. Just to let you know, cooper and newbielibrarian do not have F&FF posts. One is about cats (she links to this meme every week) and the other is a religious site!

  23. Haha! Nice! I chose Harry too! But as a series as a whole! And reading the books back to back with no pesky waiting in between! Great and classic choice! ;)

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  24. I chose HP and LOTR :) These books had really big impact in my life :)

    here's mine!

  25. I chose HP and LOTR :) These books had really big impact in my life :)

    here's mine!

  26. Hi! I love the Feature And Follow Friday and nice blog! I am new and I just started participating in this today. : ) I loved the Harry Potter series too, but I chose The Hunger Games.
    Here's the link to my response:

  27. I totally thought about Harry Potter. What I wouldn't give to experience it all over again for the first time. I agree with you 100%, Alison! :D

  28. I've only read 2 - 3 books of HP and I just watched the movie. But good choice. The books were definitely better. HP is in it's own class.

    Have a happy weekend!

    Old follower :)

    My #FF

  29. Happy Friday Alison. Have a gread day.

  30. Harry Potter is an excellent choice! Old follower. My FF

  31. If I can read one book again for the first time it would be The Mercy Thompson Series! All the feels I had while reading that is awesome! Happy Friday and enjoy your trip.

  32. Just wanted to say you have a wonderful blog Alison. I love the color theme, it's really eye catching. Wonderful informative reviews as well. Keep up the great work on this lovely blog.
    Good books to read


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