Thursday, June 26, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #207

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 ayou 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 - Vicki @ Lilmissvix Reads

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging last December. I graduated from university with an English Lit and History degree last summer, and after leaving I found it odd no longer writing about the books that I was reading. I found myself keeping notes, which gradually turned into reviews, and the idea of starting a book blog just popped into my head one day. Little did I know that there was this whole crazy world of fellow book bloggers just waiting to be discovered!

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Meeting like-minded people. Not many of my friends and family read, and so blogging is the perfect way to talk about the books that I love.

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

Mainly historical/contemporary romance and YA/NA fiction, but I'm happy to read and blog about pretty much anything!

4. What are your favorite books?

This is an impossible question! I love Elizabeth Chadwick's historical fiction, and Anthony Horowitz is another favourite author. I love classic authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Bronté sisters too.

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

It's got to be the free books right? The postman must laugh to himself at how excited I get when he brings a parcel for me! Knowing that you're getting to read them before everybody else is an added bonus too.

Question of the Week: Post a photo of your favorite coffee mug (or mugs if you can’t choose just one).

*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.

I came up with this question, because I've developed a mug habit. I like having a nice cup up herbal tea before I go to bed and sometimes when I get up in the morning. This is a relatively new habit, so the mug obsession has followed it. My mug obsession also has to do with Ophelia's Gypsy Caravan, an Etsy seller whose mugs I've fallen in love with. She does these incredible hand-painted mugs with all sorts of quotes and designs on them. Most of the ones I've bought are Doctor Who mugs (and I've bought an embarrassing amount). You should all favorite her store on Etsy - she posts new mug supplies several times a year and they sell out within hours. You should buy some, although not the ones I still want to buy :-)

Here are the ones I've bought:

One of my favorite Doctor Who quotes: We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? (My mug looks a little different than this one)

My favorite quote from the 50th Anniversary: “You know that sound the TARDIS makes? That wheezing, groaning? That sound brings hope wherever it goes… To anyone who hears it… Anyone, however lost.” –The Moment, The Day of the Doctor  

"Tea! That's all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses." -The Tenth Doctor

"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause and effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff." -The Tenth Doctor

This gorgeous Harry Potter mug

I got this cool mug in one of my Book Riot Quarterly boxes. Love it.

How about you? Do you have any cool mugs? Is anyone as obsessed as I am?

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

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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:

What are some of your favorite picture books - either current ones or ones from your childhood?


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  1. As a Doctor Who fan, I can understand your obsession with the mugs. I need to get one NOW!

    Terri M.
    Second Run Reviews

  2. Oh wow! Cool mugs! My cousin loves Doctor Who as well! I ashamedly have never watched the show myself! But apparently there have been so many different doctors, I don't even know where to begin!

    Thanks for visiting my FF!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  3. I seriously love those mugs and am about to check out that shop on Etsy!

  4. Wow, beautiful mugs Alison..:)
    I love Doctor Who and the mug is so so charming..
    Old follower..

    My FF

    -Nikita @Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

  5. I'm totally jealous of your mugs! My daughter and I are relatively new Whovians (we're halfway through season 4), and we just got to see two episodes at the movie theater - Rise of the Cybermen and Age of Steel. They showed an interview with David Tennant afterward where he discussed filming those episodes and what he thinks of the newest Doctor. I loved seeing David on the big screen! :D

    Jennifer @ Donnie Darko Girl

  6. Oh wow! You have an unusual array of mugs. I'm not much of a Dr. Who fan but they look great.

    My FF @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  7. Oh wow the Tardis Mugs are AMAZING!
    Have a great Friday!

    Old email follower (chidoryx AT hotmail DOT com)

    Sugar & Snark

  8. Those mugs are so cool! Looking forward to check out your blogs!
    Here is my FF:

  9. Awesome mugs, Alison! I love the bookish one. I tried to find one with Shakespeare quotes on when I was in Stratford, but I couldn't find one to my liking :(
    Have a fantastic Friday!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  10. Such great mugs! I am going to have to visit that Etsy seller,I need an awesome new mug.

    Natalie @ Natalie Hearts Books

  11. I can't decide which one of yours I like more - the book riot quarterly one or those amazing Doctor Who ones. I love the quote "We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?" when I saw that episode. Especially when it continues one "Because it was, you know, it was the best."

    Happy Friday!

    Here's my FF

    Obsessive Compulsive Reader

  12. Those are some gorgeous mugs! Is the one from Book Riot a list of all banned books? It's very cool regardless.

  13. I adore the Harry Potter mug, they are all so gorgeous!

  14. So many mugs, my boys would love Doctor Who ones, I love that saying 'We're all stories in the end.' how cool.xx Beck Valley Books xx

  15. I LOVE these mugs! So cool! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

  16. Omg I love those mugs! Wish I could get my hands on ones like that!

  17. The Harry Potter one is awesome! ^.^

  18. Love the mugs. I'll check out that Etsy store. Have a great weekend!

  19. All of those mugs are just so cute. I love the Harry Potter one.

  20. Those are way cool! So gonna check out that Etsy Shop! Thanks for sharing!
    -Amanda @ Within Pages

  21. Love all the mugs!
    Thanks for stopping by my FF :D
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages
    Old Follower

  22. Those mugs are the most awesome things I've seen in AGES!

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

  23. Great mugs. I really need to start watching Dr. Who. Thanks for stopping by :)

  24. Wow those Doctor Who mugs are so cool! I love the quotes on them! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  25. I don't watch Doctor Who but those mugs are cute. I love that harry potter mug.

    Old Follower: GFC & Bloglovin'
    My FF:

  26. Oh, love those Doctor Who quoted mugs, so cool :) Thanks for stopping by!

  27. Hi Alison! I have yet to get into Doctor who. That is one show that is on my list to watch. Hope you had a great weekend.

  28. Yes, I'm obsessed. I've actually had to get rid of some mugs --- I don't have room! I love the book riot one, and all the color on the other ones. Thanks for stopping by.

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