Thursday, October 23, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #224

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 - Shooting Star Reviews

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging about a year and half ago. I had been reading constantly for the previous two years, and I found Goodreads and started writing reviews after a while. After that it all just kind of fell into place once I started my blog.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Getting to share the books I love! It's so much fun getting to talk about books constantly!

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

There isn't a main type. I tend to lean more towards the romance genre with lots of sub genres such as contemporary, young adult, new adult, ect. But I really don't discriminate against certain books, unless it's horror. I normally can't do horror!

4. What are your favorite books?

Wow, that is a hard question. I have a lot of favorite books! I will only name a few though. The Gamble by Kristen Ashley, Fallen Crest High by Tijan, Strong by Kendal Waller, Sweet Seduction Shadow by Nicola Claire, and the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep!

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

Hmm, there have been a few good things that have happened because of it!
I've found a real true friend, Jme!
I found amazing books that help me escape.
And I've even found a job opportunity with a publishing company! :)

Question of the Week: Characters, sometimes our favorites, die during books. If you'd get to choose, who would you bring back? - Suggested by Howling for Books

*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.

Well, this one is easy. Lupin and Tonks! More than any other character in any other story, I mourn their deaths. Story wise, I understand the symbolism of them dying, but that doesn't make me like it any more. And only a few weeks after their son was born. How tragic!

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:

What books would you give to newbies in your favorite genre? (Ex. I'm a newbie to high fantasy and EVERYONE said to ease into it with the Throne of Glass series!) - Suggested by Take Me Away...


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  1. I would love to have Tonks back, I just loved her attitude! I also want Fred back :(
    My FFF

    xx Kat xx

  2. I loved Lupin *sniff/sniff*. I'm curious as to what you mean by the symbolism of them dying?

  3. Oh I didn't even think of them and I just watched the movie a couple of days ago! I agree they shouldn't have died.

    Lacie @ Rainy Dayz Reviewz
    My FF

  4. I second your choice! I love Tonks and Lupin and I feel sad for their child :( I was hoping for Fred too, because he is such a great character in the series.

    Natasha @ Dreamland Teenage Fantasy: My FF

  5. So sad :( Tonks was so full of life (terrible expression to use in this situation, I know) Hmm... I'm scared of this week's FF. Don't want any spoilers O_O

  6. I responded the same way, although I think I want Fred back more.

  7. Heartbreaking, but good, choice! It was so heartbreaking when I read this and the way they did it in the movie too - so so sad :(

    I picked a Harry Potter character for my Feature & Follow too!

    Old follower :)

  8. I loved those characters. But I haven't read the books, I've only seen the movie.
    My FF

    ~Karina @  Watcha Reading

  9. They were the first ones I could think of as well! They really shouldn't have died but I guess their deaths make a good point about the cruelty of war... :'( Hope you have a good weekend and thanks for hosting! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a good weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  10. OOOOOMG yes! I think besides Fred, their deaths killed me! After all the struggles to be together and then they finally get together, have a child and then die!!! I was in mourning. The entire book pretty much killed me! And to pretty much start off with Hedwig, I don't think I had a dry eye at all when reading that one!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  11. So many HP characters too! One made my list also, so I'm right there with you. Old follower!

    Here's my F&F!

  12. I agree. I would add them to my list as well. It was heartbreaking.

  13. Hey Alison! Hope you had a great weekend.

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