Thursday, March 20, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #193

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 - Fathomless Reveries

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging on May 26, 2013. I remember I was so excited about putting up a book blog that I posted a book review right away on the same day. It was supposed to be This Is What Happy Looks Like, but my brain was crazily all over the place again (as usual) so the review ended up talking about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight instead. (HAHA)

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

It's gotta be being able to publish new posts on my thoughts about the books I read. I've always had a hard time speaking up about all sorts of things, and having a book blog became an outlet for me to rant or go crazy about a book that I just read, and I just love it, especially when you hear someone going to try out a book because of your review. Awesome!

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

I mainly blog about YA/NA, contemporary romance and music-related stuff. I'm a sucker for those, but other genres like paranormal or dystopian might also appear at times. I'm not a big hater of them, it's just that I don't find a lot of books with that genre that I can come to love easily. (huhu)

4. What are your favorite books?

Oh, this one's hard. I sorta have a lot of favorite books, but I love books that involve family, and life in general, with a lot of lessons and stuffs. Or the books that are really very cute even though the plot lines are very simple.

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

Not much has happened to me because of book blogging, but being able to talk to authors even if it was just a few exchanges of words here and there really felt awesome. I didn't even know that there was this chance to be able to talk to authors before I started book blogging. Oh, and when people just leave comments on posts. Those always make my day. Everything's really awesome and amazing. (yay)

Question of the Week: How have your reading habits changed in the past few years? Did you get interested in a new genre? Do you read more? Less? Why do you think your habits changed, if they did.

I've always been a reader, but the amount I read has ebbed and flowed over the years. I devoured books as a child. This dipped greatly during high school, for reasons that I'm still not sure of. I continued to read and think of myself as a book lover, but I really didn't read that much. The book switch turned back on my second year of college and I've read voraciously ever since. I even managed to read for fun during law school. At times, when I'd be studying 12 hours a day for exams, going to the bathroom became a great reward because I could read a fun book for a few minutes.

Harry Potter and Twilight each had a huge impact on my reading habits. Harry Potter taught me that fantasy was not awful. Twilight got me into paranormal romance and back into YA (a genre that I'd always dabbled in at least a little). More recently, my love for Doctor Who has gotten me into science fiction and my obsession with Sherlock has gotten me into mysteries.

Blogging of course has made a big difference in my reading. It's exposed me to books that I never would have heard of otherwise. Interestingly though, it has not increased the amount that I read. If anything, I read fewer books now that I blog, because I waste spend so much time on the Internet.

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!

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  1. My journey through reading habits has been very similar, Alison. I hear ya about reading less when you have more to do. I blog and write my own stuff, which leaves less time than I'd like to read. :D Happy Friday!
    My FF

  2. I totally agree with you on how blogging has introduced me to so many new books. A day doesn't go by when I don't discover something new to capture my interest.

    My FF @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  3. Hello Alison! I follow you and Parajunkee. This is my first time joining :)

  4. oh yes Twilight, I think that series will always have a special place in my heart since it's the one that got me into YA =)

  5. I am relatively new to blogging and as yet this has not affected my reading frequency..I am loving this phase of reading and blogging about it on my blog..:)

    Old follower via Bloglovin, twitter etc. and now by FB..:)

    My FF

  6. I think I meant to say similar things - popular books like Twilight etc have changed me a bit, stuff which I would have never considered before but found that I actually enjoy it.

  7. I just know I read and I owe it all to Twilight. I am not afraid or ashamed to admit it as so many are now. I loved reading about your reading journey. I know my 16yo complains about time to read being limited as well. I think it is a HS thing. He is ever reading for English class. Thanks for hosting this great feature each week!

    Kristalyn @ The Sarcastic Palmtree
    My FFF

  8. Just found about this meme-planning on joining in next week :)

    New follower of yours!
    Finley Jayne

  9. Twilight has made a huge impact on me too because that's the first book I started reading in English and now I only read books that are written in English. :)

    Old follower!

    my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  10. Harry Potter helped in breaking my classics only mentality, so I definitely understand there. It's never a bad thing for reading habits to change and grow!

    My FF!

  11. *ha* I love that your bathroom breaks were such coveted times, Alison! ;) HP and Twilight did wonders for me - particularly Twilight. Oh, and many hours to we bloggers, spend on the internet?!? Happy Friday!

  12. I'll admit to taking advantage of bathroom breaks too :D I sadly didn't read too much during my university years but now I'm getting back into it :D happy Friday!

    My FF

    Obsessive Compulsive Reader

  13. blogging and goodreads really did change my whole outlook on reading! Also the book community and what they recommend has had it effect on me too! Love my fellow readers ♥
    My F&F~ Book Hangovers Blabs Books

  14. What a treat that you stopped by my little old blog... I feel like I've been visited by royalty. Thanks for all you do!

  15. Ahh Twilight, that changed my reading outlook a lot. I'm more open minded to trying other genres that I wouldn't have tried before.

    This is my first time doing this meme but I'm an old(ish) follower. =)

    My FF

    Alma @ Journey Through Fiction

  16. I read as a child as well. But when I where going to high school it dipped bigtimes. In the last 3 years I became an obsessed reader again.
    And thank you sooo much about your compliment about my English. I was never good at it, and it still takes a lot of time to make a good English bookpost. So I appriciate your compliment a lot. English is a language what comes very easy in the Netherlands I think. But for me it isn't that easy, but now that I am reading only books in English my English becomes better and better. Yay for me :D

  17. Twilight also had a big impact on my reading habits - introduced me to a whole new genre :)

    Old Follower
    My FF .
    Zareena @ Books and Books

  18. It is interesting to see how interests and habits change over time. I think it is amazing you kept finding time to read during law school. My husband is no longer a reader and blames law school heh.

  19. I think I was always a reader. Maybe not as heavily in grade school, but I seriously think it was in middle school that I became more of an avid reader.

    Then when I was 13 I read my first vampire book and all other reads became obsolete! I had to read paranormal books! Finding those wasn't easy back then, think that was 2001, there were a few, but not many! I would spend an hour or two at Borders (sob!) looking for one in the YA section.

    Finally moved onto adult because they had a whole slew of paranormal reads over on the other side of the store! Wasn't but a few years later that I was told to read Vampire Academy by online friends (preblogging) and loved it! Devoured the first three within a week or two and was eagerly awaiting that 4th one!

    Now I read almost 50/50 and have been in heaven with all the paranormal books!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend! :)

  21. Harry Potter and Twilight were my re-introductions to fantasy, paranormal and YA. Thanks for hosting! Following on bloglovin

  22. Yup, Harry Potter and the Twilight series were big influences in my reading habits as well. And since then, I've discovered that I can enjoy other genres apart from my usual, which is historical and contemporary romances. Thanks for sharing Alison! Old follower :)

    Camille @ Girl meets Books

  23. Old follower stopping by to say hi! Thanks for the visit and happy Friday!

  24. Harry Potter is another great YA series. Thank you for stopping by. :)

  25. Seems like Twilight and HP affected a lot of readers! Thanks for stopping by my FF!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  26. My reading dipped a bit in high school, too, and for both of us I think it might have been hanging out with friends. It was so nice getting out of the house without parents, especially when we started getting our licenses! In college, I didn't read a lot for fun because studying just took it all out of me. I can't imagine studying for 12 hours and still having some energy for reading! You've got reading stamina! :D

    My FF @ Donnie Darko Girl

  27. Harry Potter geek here too! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    My FF :D

  28. Reading for fun while studying is a complete must! I do the same thing, and I read on the bus, or in the bathtub :)

    Thanks for stopping by earlier, Alison. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  29. I had the same experience. I absolutely loved reading when I was a kid, but then it became required in school and I didn't want to read anymore. But then I picked up New Moon (yes, I did end up read this one first, before I realized it was the second book in a series) in my Senior year, and I've been reading like crazy ever since. And blogging has broadened my reading horizons, LOL!

    Thanks for visiting Booksniffer Book Reviews!
    Following via GFC & BlogLovin!

  30. I'm with ya 100% on how blogging has influenced my reading. I've found so many new books and authors and genres since I started blogging.
    Thanks for stopping by my FF
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  31. Yes, Harry Potter was a huge milestone for me too! And though I don't really like Twilight, it has opened me to a new genre and I found myself reading other paranormal books (even Vampire Diaries which is an older book series). I can relate so much to loving science fiction because of Doctor Who, all the wibbly wobbly stuff is so cool to me now! :D

    My FF

  32. Just hopping thru. I was the same way. I was a big reader as a child but my teen yrs were a bit slow.

  33. My story with books and reading habits has been very similar to yours. After I finished college, for a few years I didn't read much. But now, with book blogging, I'm back on track! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  34. Hi Alison! Hope you had a great weekend. Definitely my reading habits have changed. I have grown to enjoy other books in other genres but also have found myself to be a bit more judgemental when it comes to buying books off the shelves. If it seems like something I already read, I tend not o buy it.

  35. Twilight also made a big impact on me. I started reading books with the same genre because of it.

    Old follower

    Here's my FF

  36. I started reading again in my second year of college too. :) Hope you're having a great week so far! Thanks for stopping by.

    ~Pam @ Moonlight Reader

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