Thursday, March 6, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #191

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 - Pottermore Books

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging on October 4th, 2013 and I just hit my 6 months bloggaversary this Wednesday!

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

My favorite part of book blogging is writing the book reviews and discussing it with fellow bloggers and just people in general. If you guys didn't know, I have a really difficult time executing my thoughts because I had speech delay when I was younger, which I'm guessing is why my speech is a bit jumbled up. I can formulate it very well, but when I try to express it, it doesn't really come out the way I wanted it to be, which is partially the reason why I post my book reviews on my blog and not my booktube channel.

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

I mainly blog young adult novels, however, I do expand into other genres too so you will see a wide variety of book reviews every once in awhile.

4. What are your favorite books?

Whenever someone asks me this question, it takes me awhile to answer this because I have a lot of favorite books. Even if you give me a million dollars, I will never answer that question because it will be unfair to the other books that is on my favorite's list but have not been mentioned.

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

Besides from the fact of meeting people with the same interests as me, I would have to say being able to interact with the authors. Before the social media network occurred, these authors were just these non-existence but existence authors to us if you guys know what I mean. Now that we have blogging and the social media networks, we now have the ability to converse with them and I really enjoy that part of blogging the most.

Question of the Week: Recommend some of your favorite back-list books - books that are at least a few years old (I’m thinking 5-10 years old rather than classics)

Some older titles that I've read and loved include:

1. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - So fabulous!

2. Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King - a brilliant 15 year old girl matches wits with the retired Sherlock Holmes.

3. The President's Daughter by Ellen Emerson White and its 3 sequels - a great series set in the 1980s.

4. Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam - the book that the movie October Sky is based on, which I loved.

And so many more!

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:

Spring is in the air! Show off your favorite outdoors reading spot. If you don’t go outside...well where else do you read that isn’t inside your house? We want pics!


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  1. Love the challenge for next week. I may have to take a picture of my favorite spot before the snow melts so when it's 100 degrees outside and I'm complaining I can't read outside I'll have a memento of the cold.

    Have a great week, Alison!

  2. I haven't read any of these yet. Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King looks really interesting. I love Sherlock Holmes.

  3. I SO need to read Neil Gamon. Great list! Happy Friday! :D
    My FF

  4. I loved Neverwhere - it actually might be my favourite out of all the Neil Gaiman books, which is really saying something because I've loved everything I've read by him.

  5. Beekeeper's Apprentice seems like something I would enjoy immensely. Happy Friday!

    Old follower. My FF.

  6. Thank you again for choosing me for this week's feature Alison! And I so excited for next week's FF!

  7. Yes! I need to read Neverwhere! I've heard so many great things about it!

  8. I have only read Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. So I probably need to read Neverwhere! Great list! :D

    My FF

    Witless Fool @ Obsessive Compulsive Reader

  9. I havent read any of your picks but now will surely check them out.. :)
    Old Follower..

    My FF

    -Nikita @ Njkinny's World of Books

  10. It's safe to say that I've never heard of any of those books. I've only been reading constantly for about 3 years so this is going to be a tough one for me.

  11. I've read Stardust by Neil Gaiman but never any of his other books, I think I should give him another a try.
    My FF post is here

  12. I've only read one book by Neil Gaiman and haven't heard of the others. Maybe I'll give them a try :)

    Old Follower
    My FF .
    Zareena @ Books and Books

  13. I haven't read any of those. Maybe I should check them out.

    My FF @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  14. I haven't read any of your backlist faves, Alison, but especially the Beekeepers Apprentice sounds awesome!

    Have a fantastic Friday :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  15. Neverwhere is at the top of my must read list but somehow I never get around to it. One day :)
    Old follower
    My F&F

  16. Yup, those are all totally new to me!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  17. Haven't read any of these books yet they look interesting tough I'll be sure to check them out :)
    P.S. followed you :)
    Rimsha@Ramblings of a Bookworm

  18. I haven't read any of these books, so I have to look into them thanks for sharing! Following via Bloglovin'
    This Girl Reads Alot F&F

  19. Cool feature and question. Those books are new to me but seem interesting. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Friday!

  20. I haven't heard about those books but I'm gonna go check them out! :)

    Old Follower

    my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  21. This is my first week on the FFF! Thanks for hosting this great feature! Great picks~more to add to my TBR. :)

    Kristalyn @ The Sarcastic Palmtree
    My FFF

  22. Beekeeper's Apprentice sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing Alison :)

    Here are my FF picks :)

    Camille @ Girl meets Books

  23. I really enjoyed Rocket Boys and have always wanted to read The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Thanks for the reminder! Here’s my FF

  24. How awesome is that?!?!! Great mind thing alike, I have Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman on my list too :) I can see that you have great taste so I need to check out the other books you named here.
    Check out my oldies but goodies on my FF @ Book Hangovers Blabs Books

  25. I've never read Neverwhere, but I love Neil Gaiman so I should probably check it out.

    Next week's theme is great! Hopefully it warms up and feels more spring-y here so that I can take photos that aren't full of snow.

    Here are my FF picks :)

  26. Hi Alison! Happy Friday! One of my all time favorite books is The Secret Garden. Love the story!

  27. Ooh I haven't read any of the books you listed. Great picks, something new to look into :)

  28. I love Neil Gaiman and love Neverwhere too.... I picked his The Graveyard Book as one of my choices!

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

  29. I have not read those. Will check out to see what tneyre about. Thanks!

    Jessi (The Book Cove)

  30. I like Bookeeper's Apprentice.
    old follower
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