Thursday, September 4, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #217

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 - Whatever You Can Still Betray

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in 2009 however it was sporadic and I wasn't talking about books yet. The "official" launch of Whatever You Can Still Betray as a book blog was in June 2010 when I got wind of a book called The Iron King (perhaps you have heard of it) and wanted to read The Iron Daughter. From there it just started snowballing.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Being part of a community where you can gush and rant about your favorite (and least favorite) books is a welcome release for me. I read extensively and I my friends don't read that much books as I do. I mean, I need to manhandle them to read the latest fave I'm currently raving about. Second, because of this community of bloggers and authors, I get the latest news of new books to check out and I learn about books that I'd never would've heard about if I just rely on browsing local bookstores.

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

I mainly blog about Young Adult books. However, since I practically went through high school reading my mother's hidden stash of adult romance novels, I occasionally talk about them, too, as well as a sprinkle of manga/manhwa. Genre(s) include paranormal, fantasy, dystopia, romance, mystery and horror/thriller.

4. What are your favorite books?

Trying to pick a favorite is impossible! *whines* You know this question is unfair! I can have a current favorite, a genre favorite and a classic favorite. Fine, if I have to choose then I pick the Harry Potter series, the books from the Lord of the Rings Universe, The Secret Garden and Pride and Prejudice.

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

Besides widening my book world? Being invited to be part of a panel of book bloggers that will judge on the winners of book awards.

Question of the Week: Are you also a writer and what genre or did you ever consider writing? - Suggested by The Pegster Reads

*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 aspire to be a writer. There are two difficult things about writing. First, is actually writing. That is my main problem at the moment. Writing isn't happening. The second is not thinking your stuff is crap once you've written it. That tends to be my problem once I start writing. I really should dive back in though.

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:

Before blogging (dark times people!) how would you find out about new books or did you? - Suggested by A Great Read


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  1. "Writing isn't happening." Lol. So good.

    You should definitely dive back in, though. There's something so addicting about writing....especially when you get into your own characters and world. Great question this week!

    Axie @ Books are Bread

  2. I'm ultra critical of myself which is probably what's holding me back. But I think that is a great aspiration -- you should definitely try to dive back in.

  3. So I do the writing and then I get sucked in by the doubt... =) You should definitely dive back in!

    This is my first feature follow and it's awesome! =)

    Nobody @ The Story Goes...

  4. I definitely understand both those problems. Good luck to you.
    Sorry I'm automatically getting logged in as our old blog address. The correct one is

  5. I have the exact same two problems! I've got all these stories in my head, mainly in images, but it's so hard to translate them into words that make sense and sound good together. And then once I've written something I read back over it and want to knock my head against a wall! Thanks for hosting, this is a great question :) Have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  6. I agree with all of these comments. Let's face it, some of us are good at writing books, while others are good at reading books. I definitely fall in the latter category.

    Here's my Follow Friday

  7. I'm totally with you on thinking your work is crap. THAT has always been my problem. I write a chapter, go back, edit, edit, and edit again. I never make it any further. Maybe I'll stick to reading -_-

    Here's my F&F!

  8. I agree with both the reasons why writing is difficult. I definitely think my writing is crap, maybe the idea sounds good but then when I start writing the little voices in my head creep up!

  9. "There are two difficult things about writing. First, is actually writing." This made me laugh so hard, but probably because it's also totally true!

    I love that you know what's what with writing and all of it's highs and pitfalls :)

    Kat @ Readiculous Blog

  10. I'm suffering from both points myself! I love to write and want to be published one day. For awhile I was much better at keeping at it, but then splat. It all went splat.

    Yeah, definitely need to get my game back together. Getting motivated today but still battling a cold and that's keeping me wayyy down.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  11. I cried tears reading the difficult things! They definitely are the downfalls of writing, but Im sure you'll eventually come around =)

    Old follower via GFC, new follower via Bloglovin!

    Guinevere & Libertad @ Twinja Book Review's #FF

  12. I really struggle with not thinking my writing is crap too.It's pretty crummy because I know the only way to stop writing crap (or thinking that I write crap) is to...well, write crap and then get better because I realize how I shouldn't write!

    - Jackie

  13. Writing isn't happening... LOL. I agree with you. Stories could unravel in our heads but sometimes (or most of the time), we don't exactly know how to transcribe it to paper.

    Thank you for featuring me!

  14. I would love to write but I just don't have the time :(

    xx Kat xx
    My FFF

  15. Also I am a new GFC follower, I thought I already followed a long time ago It must have been a blog lovin follower and I was a RSS follower to:)

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