Thursday, October 30, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #225

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 - A Thousand Words, A Million Books

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging eight months ago- on the 24th of March! I remember that day so clearly, because I was supposed to be studying for my physics final, but was too excited with blogger and everything bloggy to concentrate!

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I'm going to answer this in two parts (cheating, I know, but still:P)

-- the whole array of new books I've gotten the opportunity to read- that I wouldn't have heard of or seen, due to the fact that I live in India!
-- the second is that I have the freedom to do what I want with my blog- I can write any way I feel like, play around with posts and the overall layout when I want, and just the sense that this is entirely my own (which is big, to someone who is still in school- in my country at least!)

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

I mainly blog about YA books, as, well, they're awesome- and I'm a young adult! I do some NA, and some Adult, but very little.

4. What are your favorite books?

Even if someone held me at gunpoint, I could never answer this question. So, I usually go with the most recent- favourite book I've read- Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis! P.s. It's BRILLIANT!

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

The answer is the same as my second- that I've gotten the chance to dig deeper into the world of books, with freedom to do what I want, and also, all of the AMAZING books I've won!

Question of the Week: 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...

*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 like to call these kind of books "Gateway Books." Harry Potter was what got me into high fantasy. I've finally gotten into sci fi and mysteries after years of them being my least favorite genre. Only it wasn't books that got me into them - it was TV.

I fell in love with Doctor Who and Sherlock in May of 2013. But if I was to pick gateway books for those genres, it would be Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the Sherlock Holmes stories, both of which I didn't read until I watched the above TV shows.

Twilight definitely got me into paranormal romance. While there are other series that are arguably (well, pretty definitively) better than Twilight, part of the reason I still am very fond of the series is that the whole vampire and werewolf mythos felt fresh and exciting when I read Twilight.

What other genres? Not too many I can think of. I've never been a huge fan of adult romance, but I fell in love with Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, which has gotten me into historical romance.

What about you?

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:

Craziest thing you'd be willing to do for an ARC you are dying to read (aka what would you doooo-ooo for that ARC you want? *think of the Klondike Bar music*) - Suggested by A Great Read


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  1. tv has certainly enticed me to read new books or genres. For instance (and I'm ashamed of this now) Peter Jackson's LOTR trilogy inspired me to read Tolkien's works and I now love them as much as the movies.

    I really enjoy Sherlock but have never read any of the stories despite the fact that they have been on my to-read list for a while. Maybe one day.

  2. Nice! I fell utterly in love with the paranormal genre when I read Amelia Atwater-Rhodes Demon in My View...unless I did read her first vampire book for this was the second! Needless to say I never wanted to read anything "normal" again.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. Twilight was actually one of my first paranormal romances too, though I'm usually too ashamed to admit it! Haha! I have to admit, I gave up halfway through the last book, but I did enjoy it! My friend and I read it together and were totally obsessive talking about Bella and Edward at work. Great list!

    Here's my F&F!

  4. Totally agree with you Alison! I bought the entire Sherlock Holmes collection because of the BBC series. So glad! Have a great weekend(:
    Esty @ Boarding with Books

  5. Twilight got me into Paranormal Romance too. Before that I only read Fantasy. Have a great weekend.

    Lacie @ Rainy Dayz Reviewz
    My FF

  6. My first paranormal was Kay Hooper, which kind of got my feet wet switching from thrillers to paranormal. Since then, I have become a total addict of urban fantasy & paranormal romance, but I still love my thrillers and mysteries with paranormal aspects.By the time Twilight came out, I had already been into the genre for a while.

    Old follower.
    My FF

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