"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies...The man who never reads lives only one." - George R.R Martin

04 January 2013

Feature & Follow #10

Hi everyone! Feature & Follow is a weekly blog hop hosted over @ Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.
  
How to join in:
Feature & Follow is all about making new friends and following new great blogs. The whole point of this blog hop is to gain more followers and follow those in return. You follow me, I follow you in return etc. Each week both blogs will showcase a Featured blogger each. If you participate in this blog hop you must follow both of the hosts as a courtesy

Q&A

When did you start blogging?
I started blogging almost a year ago. Actually, my one year blogoversary will be happening on the 12th of this month! Time has really flown by. I started after finding out about reading challenges (and realising they were easier to do with a blog) and happened to stumble across a few blogs and then I thought of making one myself. I like to think I’ve come a long way in a year and learned a lot about blogging, reviewing, publishers etc. I love blogging and I’m quite proud of myself for sticking to it for a full year even though I’m quite busy in my personal life. I love the book blogging community and love books and reading in general so it’s always fun and never ever a chore.

What is your favourite part of book blogging?
Writing posts and having lovely comments off other bloggers especially when it comes to reviews. After spending ages writing reviews (and it takes me so long!) and worrying about its quality I love reading comments off others saying that they enjoyed reading it, or that they added the particular book to their wishlist. I also love my readers and followers. After creating my blog I can remember doing a dance of pure joy when I had my first follower haha. You could swear I had won a million pounds or something, but it was a great feeling! I've also met so many lovely book bloggers whom I consider friends, it's been great.

What is your favourite book(s)?
The Lord of the Rings. Just pure amazing stuff. You should all read it and get lost in Middle Earth with all its adventures. I also love George R. R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. It has been an obsession of mine since reading it. I just love epic fantasy. But also since blogging I've read some great YA books and my favourite reads of 2012 were definitely Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Cinder by Marissa Meyer and The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
Receiving books of publishers is up there with the best. I love Netgalley but when I had my first paperback book from a publisher in the mail I felt like I had made it haha! I squealed in delight when it came through the letterbox! I've loved having the chance to work with authors and publishers; it's been awesome. I’ve had the chance to read and review some amazing books so it is definitely one of the best things to happen!

 Q: What New Years Blogging or Writing resolution have you placed on yourself? 

To essentially write more posts. I participate in so many meme's that I think I need to write more original, sometimes personal posts to mix things up a little. I've also decided to create my own new weekly feature starting next week: Beloved Book Quotes, so that should be fun. I also want to write more reviews this year. I have a habit of jotting down notes in a little review notebook that I have and the reviews just pile up and up, so I really need to get around to posting a review asap after reading the book. I still have so many to write up from last year. 

In regards to books, I plan on (trying) to read 80 books this year, read more science-fiction, try some steampunk and also get through my Sookie Stackhouse collection. I made a post about my New Years Blogging resolutions the other day so check them it out here :)

44 comments:

  1. congrats on being featured! I know all about being original although it's not my main goal this year it is one I'm going to work on! I'm a new follwer, have a great friday!

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  2. I started my personal meme on book quotes last year, I call it "That One Line", which is usually not just one line! Nevertheless, I enjoy it. Books have a lot of great lines to choose from! :)

    New follower via GFC, and congrats on being featured!

    My FF: New follower via GFC. Wow, I love your blog design, it's very clean and easy on the eyes. :)

    We have almost the same resolution, to interact with more bloggers too! :)

    Here's my FF: http://mybookmusings.blogspot.com/2013/01/feature-follow-friday-05.html

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  3. Round of applause for the feature! My resolutions are pretty similar to yours ~ increasing the quality of posts and review more... Can't wait to read your Beloved Book Quotes meme :)

    *New Follower*

    My FF

    Happy Reading :)

    Keely @ Realms of an Open Mind

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  4. Nice! Sounds like a plan!! I still need to read the last Sookie book before the final one comes out! Too many books not enough time in the day!

    Good Luck!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  5. New GFC Follower :)
    I'm on book 2 of Fire & Ice and I love it, but I just couldn't get into LOTR even though I loved the movies. I think I was too young when I tried them. I should give it another shot!
    My FF

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  6. Great goals! I have a habit of writing down notes and not getting the review posted immediately as well. I've read all the Sookie's except for the very most recent one. Here is my FF. Old Follower :D

    Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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  7. New follower via GFC!

    80 books! That's an awesome goal. I tried to read a lot last year, and I ended up stressing myself out trying to meet my reading goal. I'm scaling back to a book a week this year.

    And I'm so with you on the book reviews. I started reviews for a couple different books, but then I couldn't decide if I liked the book or not, so the review got thrown on the backburner. Good luck with meeting all your goals this year :)

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  8. Congrats on being this week's Featured Blogger! I'm highly interested in your meme! I'm a HUGE fan of highlighting quotes in every book I read, and I always include them in my review's. It's my way of connecting with the book more personally and sharing what touches me.

    New follower via GFC.
    Come say hi!
    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

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  9. Great resolutions! That quoting meme sounds very interesting! :)

    -Nyx @ <a href="www.unraveling-words.blogspot.com>Unraveling Words</a>

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  10. Congrats on being the feature and on your upcoming blogoversary! That is quite the accomplishment. Good luck with your posting, reading goals, and your new meme.

    New follower via GFC! My FF

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  11. N'awwww congrats on getting featured Bec! :D
    Here's my FF :)

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  12. I had the same resolution as you! New follower!
    FF

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  13. Congrats on being featured & great resolutions, both for blogging & reading! Oh, and I loved seeing the LotR reference in there :D

    Thanks for sharing & happy new year!
    I'm an old follower :)

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

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  14. Good answer, Congrats! on being featured.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/01/feature-follow.html

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  15. The book quotes post idea sounds like so much fun! I love book quotes :) New follower

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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  16. 80 is a good goal. My goal for 2012 started at only 45 and I made it to 88 ~ amazing how we can push ourselves when we're determined. Good luck!!

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  17. Congrats on the feature! Terrific resolutions! One of my goals is to write more reviews too. New GFC follower.
    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads
    My FF

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  18. Congratulations on being Featured! :) Love your resolutions. I, too, resolved to write more posts this year. And I love the idea of a meme with Book Quotes.

    Old GFC Follower, New Twitter Follower :)
    Bookworm Brandee

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  19. Yep. That's what everyone's hoping to do more of :)

    old follower
    http://itchingforbooks.blogspot.com/2013/01/feature-and-follow-31.html

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  20. Congrats on being the feature! Great resolutions. New follower! Here's my FF

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  21. Yay congrats on the feature :) wonderful resolutions good luck.
    New follower gfc

    My FF

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  22. I need to do more reviews as well. I also need to write up some reviews from books I have read last year, but I might need to reread some of them. LOL. Congrats on being the feature.

    New follower via GFC
    http://booksandcollege.blogspot.com/2013/01/follow-friday-12.html

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  23. New GFC follower. Congrats on being featured!

    My FF

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  24. New follower through GFC :) Stopped by for the Feature and Follow and noticed that you're doing the 2013 Dystopian Challenge, too. I am so excited for it (can't wait to read all the books I've got lined up). What are some of your favorite dystopians? I love the Matched series and The Maze Runner. Happy reading :)

    Megan @ Megz Madd Readz

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  25. Becca congratulations in being a featured blogger in the Feature & Follow Friday! Your blog design is so cute!

    It's so great when you read readers comments on your reviews, it feels like all the time you worked on it was all worth while.

    Great resolutions, looking forward to reading your new content and advanced Happy Anniversary!

    My FF post.


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  26. Congrats on being featured!

    Old Follower

    My FF: http://bibliophilesthoughtsonbooks.blogspot.com/2013/01/follow-friday-26.html

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  27. Congrats on the feature! I have been thinking about doing more personal posts as well this year. Your book quotes one sounds fabulous and I can't wait to read it! New follower via GFC, Goodreads, and Twitter.

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  28. Congrats on being feautured! Love your ideas for your blog!
    Old follower :)

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  29. Congrats on being a featured blog this week!!

    I also want to write more posts and not rely so heavily on the memes...

    I'm a new follower (subscribed to RSS)! Here's my FF: Coffee Bean Bookshelf

    Bree :)

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  30. Congrats on being featured! Good luck on your resolutions this year!
    ^-^ new follower!
    #ff :http://booknookgirl.blogspot.com/2013/01/feature-and-follow-1.html

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  31. Congrats on being a feature this week! New GFC follower. I'll be looking forward to reading more of your "personal" posts this year! :) Happy reading!

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  32. Congratulations on the feature!
    I've really cut back on memes recently on my review site and you'd be surprised how much more time you have for other posts! Though I do miss visiting all my lovely girls ;)
    Old follower here, hooray!
    Here's My FF!
    Happy Reading! =D

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  33. Your story about how you started blogging sounds a lot like mine. Though frankly, I can barely remember exactly how it happened. I also love when people on my blogs. I'll get an email in the middle of the school day and then the rest of my day is just better. I agree with your New Years resolutions. I need to work on a lot them for myself. New follower!

    My FF

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  34. Sometimes memes can overwhelm blog content. Well , congrats for the feature. I'm a new follower via gfc.

    My FF http://jessysbookends.blogspot.com/2013/01/feature-and-follow-friday.html

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  35. congrats on the feature! New follower via GFC. here is my FF post here: http://GlamourGlory.com/2013/01/follow-friday.html
    -Reyna
    @glamourglory

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  36. Congrats on my getting featured!
    New GFC follower!
    Feature and Follow

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  37. Congrats on being featured! Good luck with the new quote post you're starting :)

    New follower. My FF:
    http://booksojourner.blogspot.com/2013/01/feature-follow-8-bloggingwriting.html

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  38. Congrats on being featured! Good luck on your resolutions this year! New GFC follower!
    ~M
    M.A. Church
    http://machurch00.blogspot.com/

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  39. Congrats on being featured!! Sometimes, I think I do too many posts....

    Here's My FF!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
    Old Follower :)

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  40. Congrats on being featured! Old follower. Those are some great resolutions :)

    My FF

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  41. Congrats on being featured! Old follower hopping through! I love ASOIAF too. I hope we see WOW soon, but I doubt it. LOL. Do you watch the tv series too?

    If you're looking for science fiction reads I would recommend the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis and Midnight City by J. Barton Mitchell!

    You can visit my F&F here.

    Have a great weekend! :)

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  42. Hi, I am a new follower with FF. Congrats on your one year anniversary. I started blogging about books for fun too. I loved Lord of the Rings.
    Jessica FueledbyFiction

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  43. I'm a new follower with FF :) Can't wait to check out the reviews you post in the future.

    Rose @ www.thecosydragon.com

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