Thursday, May 22, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #202

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 - Geeky Chiquitas

1. When did you start blogging?

We started blogging last year around September or so, but back then we had more of a personal blog, not a book blog. Geeky Chiquitas became mainly a book blog around New Year. While we were celebrating, we kinda got the idea that becoming a book blog would be great.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

My favorite part about book blogging is meeting new friends. The book community is just awesome. We've interacted with authors bloggers and so many other bookish people all because of our book blog. They're all great and amazing and super friendly. They'll make new book bloggers feel right at home.

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

Mostly we blog about YA, specifically contemporary. We actually read anything but it's just that we've had a lot of great reads in that genre lately. Of course, there are also a lot of books from other genres that we have also enjoyed as much as we enjoyed the books from contemporary YA. Basically, we blog about any book that we happen to want to blog about. It just so happens that those books mainly come from YA contemporary.

4. What are your favorite books?

My favorite book.. Ah that's hard! There's too many to choose from but classic favorite would really have to be the Harry Potter series. I can't seem to find any book that can top that.

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

The best thing about book blogging that has happened to me.... Is that I got to interact with a lot of great and awesome authors that I wouldn't have had the chance to talk to if it weren't for book blogging. We never really thought that we would get to interact with authors. It's amazing how, now, we get to interact with them and it's all because of book blogging.

Question of the Week: Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it?

*First thing:  A reminder that if you want to be chosen as the Feature for #FF, please have your email address somewhere on your blog. I know there are other ways to contact people including Twitter and contact forms, but I've set up my #FF system in such a way that I need an email address. So for better or worse, that's the requirement for now.

When I get excited about a book, I usually pass it onto my parents and my husband.

All three of them loved Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. My husband really liked the Mortal Instruments series. I recently gave City of Bones to my dad and he also liked it.

My parents read The Fault In Our Stars; my dad liked it more than my mother. I gave Neverwhere to my dad and he really liked it. I got my parents and husband hooked on the Divergent books. And Hunger Games. Plus, I've shared a lot of the history and adult non-fiction that I love with my dad.

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:

How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer: (1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or (2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing


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  2. Wow.. That's cool..My husband is interested in listening to the stories from me not reading them! LOL..
    I do convince my patents to read though.. :)

    -Nikita @Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

  3. My husband tends to read magazines more than books. However, I have managed to coerce him into seeing the Twilight saga movies, The City of Bones and Divergent.

  4. I loved The Fault In Our Stars! Thank you for stopping by. :)

  5. Our book club encourages reading just about EVERYTHING! We vote on monthly group reads to discuss. Sometimes we hate 'em; sometimes we love 'em. The most important thing is to have fun, right?

  6. It was actually the other way around at our house. My parents were always buying me books as a child and teenager, from NatGeo Magazines, Classic Lit to Harry Potter paperbacks, they were the ones who encouraged my reading habits. So as an adult, I just can't seem to stop reading! So thank you Mom and Dad. :-)

  7. Wow that's awesome! My family and I have different tastes. Although my sister did read Divergent on her own. Hasn't read the rest even though I bought her the rest!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

    1. When my sister finished the Divergent series last month, I got rapid fire text messages from her.

      Grave Mercy has been on my to-read list for like 2 years!

      Thanks for stopping by Second Run Reviews yesterday, Alison.

  8. I need to know how you got your husband to read! My fiancé like to read, but he reads graphic novels and refuses to take my suggestions :( Even when I completely gush over a book he's like "that's nice." Ugh! I give my mom recommendations from time to time, but it take her FOREVER to read the book, but it's something lol

    My F&F

    Andrea @ Bookish
    Old Bloglovin follower :)

  9. I never shared any of my books with my mom. She is just not going for it lol. I think it's pretty cool yours did. Thanks for dropping by my F&F.

  10. I love the Mortal Instruments series. My husband prefers biographies, but I can usually talk him into watching the movies with me.

    Existing Bloglovin' Follower.
    Diane @ Diane's Book Blog

  11. I've only read a couple of the Mortal Instruments but I did LOVE Grave Mercy.

    New email follower

  12. I loved the Mortal Instruments series, although I was a bit sceptical about it at first. Have a nice Friday! :)
    My F&F here : Maria's Bookshelf

  13. I can not imagine sharing any of my books with my parents....they just would not get into them. I usually share all my feelings on books with Kristen from My Bookish Fairytale. Her and I have become really good friends because of books. It is amazing how books can bring people together!
    I posted my first Follow Friday today @

  14. It's so great that you have family that you can talk books with. No one in my family likes to read except me.
    Old follower :)

  15. I hear so much about Mortal Instruments and how good it is. May just have to check that out.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog Alison.
    I'm an existing bloglovin follower.

  16. Sounds like you have a pretty big influence on the people around you! Unfortunately my sister obstinately refuses to read what I recommend, until she stumbles upon it herself and then falls in love with it! I mainly share my classics with my dad! :) Thanks for sharing and hosting!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  17. Hi Alison! Hope you had a great weekend.

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