Thursday, July 31, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #212

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 - I Am Simply a Book Drunkard

1. When did you start blogging?

I just started blogging a little more than a month ago, yes I know Newbie to the extreme. I’m getting the hang of it though.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

So far, I am in love with the community. I am a very social person so it’s just wonderful to be a part of something bigger. It’s also interesting knowing some people you are meeting are half way across the world.

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

I’m definitely YA all the way. If it’s YA I will read it. I prefer fantasy and paranormal YA, but I don’t mind contemporary. As long as there is action and romance somewhere in the book, I’m down.

4. What are your favorite books?

I really don’t know how some people are able to straight up answer this question. I definitely don’t have one favorite, but I do have authors whose books go on the INSTANT-READ-LIST. Jennifer Armentrout and Cassandra Clare are instant buys. I LOVE all of their series. When they have a new book coming out, I don’t even need to read the synopsis, I want it.

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

I would say finally feeling accepted, because most people think I’m crazy because I love reading books. I get THAT look (The judgment look) whenever I tell someone I like to read. I embrace my love for reading, but THAT look never really goes away. Being a part of book blogging just tells you that there are other people who love reading, and it's okay to like something that most people don’t. Thanks guys for the love! *HUGS*

Question of the Week: What is the biggest city you live near (or interesting landmark)? Show us a postcard picture.

*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.

Billings is surrounded by Rims
More rims and the Yellowstone River
I live in Billings, Montana - the largest city in Montana at about 110,000 people. The best description of Billings is middling. To the east of Billings, the landscape is desolate and ugly. To the west of Billings, the landscape is gorgeous. Billings is somewhere in between. The city itself is very western. I grew up in the west - I've lived in Arizona, Washington, Idaho, and California. Before moving to Montana though, I didn't realize that people actually wear cowboy hats, boots, and belt buckles every day. I figured those were only worn for costumes. Turns out large amounts of people wear those things entirely unironically. I don't hate Billings (it has a Barnes & Noble, so it least there's some civilization), but I am hoping that we will move away in the next few months.

Morning Glory Pool at Yellowstone
Lake McDonald at Glacier National Park
When you do go west of Billings, you can visit Yellowstone or Glacier - two absolutely gorgeous parks (although the prettiest parts of Yellowstone are in Wyoming).

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:

Social Share! What is your favorite social network and leave us a link so we can join you!


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  1. Barnes and Noble (or any bookstore) really is the emblem of civilization. At least you're surrounded by pretty. So much pretty!

    Axie @ Books are Bread

  2. You have such beautiful spots near your place and I have read so many cowboy stories based in Wyoming, Montana with references to Yellowstone. If I was attracted to these places by those books then I am definitely enchanted by these pictures. Maybe I will get a chance to visit these places someday.. :)

    Thanks for sharing...:)

    Here is My FF

    -Nikita @Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

  3. I love your pictures! I would love to visit Yellowstone or Glacier someday. :D Happy Friday!

    My FF

    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

  4. I would love to visit Yellowstone someday :)
    I live in Europe, in Portugal, and one of my dreams is to travel to the United States and visit all those spots we see in the movies. Happy FF!

  5. Wow! So pretty! St. Louis doesn't have that kind of picturesque settings!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. WOW, those pictures are amazing, Alison! And I wonder if I'd have a heart-attack if I lived in a place with actual cowboys *grins* or if I'd be able to keep fiction from reality in any way.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  7. Gorgeous pictures! I'd love to visit! :)

    Here's my F&F!

  8. Beautiful pictures! They look like paintings!

    Here's My F&F :)

  9. These are probably the most beautiful pictures I've seen today. The colours are phenomenal!
    Monique @ Mo_Books

  10. Definitely beautiful scenery in those pictures! Makes me wish I lived in Montana! :D My FF

  11. I grew up in the middle of no-where Minnesota. It was 45 minutes to the nearest bookstore. So Billings is one up on my hometown. Now I live in a city and one of my favorite things is that I'm 10 minutes tops from a bookstore!

    Terri M.
    Second Run Reviews

  12. Hope you had a great weekend Alison!

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