Welcome to the Feature & Follow


Increase Blog FollowersThe 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?

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. 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 you 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. All features are chosen randomly to be the feature. They are not chosen by content or name.

 

Our Feature is The Book Girl

thebookgirlreads.blogspot.com

When did you start blogging? Hey guys! I’m Naiche, over at The Book Girl Reads. I started my blog back in 2010. I had poured over so many awesome book bloggers and book-tubers for a long time, so I finally decided to start up something of my own. I was definitely the new kid in the crowded cafeteria at first. My early backgrounds make me cringe today…

What is your favorite part of book blogging? I love that my blog is an outlet for my inner fangirl. Growing up, I didn’t really have a lot of friends who liked to obsess over swoon-worthy male leads and kick-ass plots like I did. When I joined the book blogging community, I got to rant and rave all day. Since then, I’ve met so many people who enjoy doing the same, and it’s pretty amazing.

What types of books do you mainly blog about? I try to keep my mind open to any kind of book, as long as it’s YA. From those light reads in which you know the two protagonists are going to confess their love to each other in the end to those serious action-packed fantasy series – I tend to enjoy anything that keeps me on my toes. Lately, I’ve been expanding into the adult genre, though. I just got Deathless by Catherynne Valente for Christmas, and it’s supposed to be this enchanting Russian fairytale set during World War II.

What is your favorite book(s)? I’m one of those readers who gets excited about every awesome book I pick up and call it the best thing ever. But…The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare are some of my all-time favorites.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging? I actually have two answers to this question, the first of which is attending the BEA. I went early this year, and the event completely blew my mind. Meeting my favorite authors, running around with my fellow bloggers, and picking up great reads along the way…I was in heaven.

I also have seen a drastic change in my writing since I started blogging. Having people read your posts definitely makes you pay more attention to grammar and flow, and because of that, I’ve seen a lot of improvement in everything from school essays to creative writing.

Thanks so much for featuring me!

Parajunkee, Urban Fantasy, Blogger Tips

This weeks Question:

What were your favorite books of 2013?

……egads

Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright
Bang by Lisa McMann
Bound by Night by Larissa Ione
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson
In the After by by Demitria Lunetta
More Than Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #2) by Kelly Oram
Doon by Carey Corp, Laurie Langdon
Quarantine #1: The Loners by Lex Thomas
Pivot Point by Kasie West
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden) by Julie Kagawa
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
The Program by Suzanne Young
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
To Catch a Vampire by Jennifer Harlow

Parajunkee, Urban Fantasy, Blogger TipsNew Feature! Next weeks question will be an Activity.

Resolutions: Put together your blogger resolution list for all of us to see!

 

Also if you are worried about your followers not knowing how to follow you — here are some great banners that you might use:

RSS GFC email bloglovin

Right Click, Save to your hard drive, upload to your #FF post and link to the “subscribe” link of your choice. RULES To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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”
    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
    • If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

The Linky List was down when I went to publish this at 9pm – if it comes back up great. Use it. But I wasn’t taking my chances — this is why there will be two linky lists on the posts. The Simply Linked is the back-up list. When the linkytools list becomes active again, please use that one. But, continue to click the blogs that used the SimplyLinked list.