The Feature and Follow is the premium BLOG HOP of Book Bloggers that is hosted by fellow bloggers Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Running for over five years, the Feature and Follow’s goal is to promote the book blogging and author community to join together and support each other – even if it is just through a simple follow. The FF also promotes creative post options by offering interesting topics we can all talk about and comment on!
Feature and Follow Friday is finally back! With a new look and some new changes, there’s still lots of fun to be had and it’s a great way to connect with fellow bloggers.
Here’s a run down of how it all works:
- The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
- You create your own post using the post prompt.
- You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
- Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
- If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, COME BACK AND VOTE for them on the linky list to show some appreciation.
- The person with the most VOTES gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
- It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
- As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.
- 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 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”
- 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
For those of you who are familiar with this weekly feature, you can read about all of the new changes by viewing the posts on Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. As this is the first week back, there is no feature this week, but according to the new set up, we can vote for it every week.
Here’s this week’s question for participants: Top Ten Reasons You Read Your Favorite Genre – Asked by Parajunkee
I’m not going to lie, but I groaned when I read this week’s topic. For one, I don’t have a favorite genre. I’m just not one of those people who has to read one specific type of book to enjoy my reading experience. In fact, my interest in books is as wide ranged as my love for music and movies. I’m all over the place. Two, since I don’t have a favorite genre, I can’t possibly come up with ten reasons. So I’m going to try to come up with reasons for each genre I like. So please, bear with me. I’m at least attempting to do this, because I really do like doing this blog hop.
Adventure – When it comes to reading, I really enjoy the journey a character takes in adventure novels. Especially those that involve mythological or created worlds other than our own. If there’s one way you can pull me in as a reader, it’s by creating a phenomenal adventure for the character to go on. If the journey is good enough, I’ll most likely forget about all the little nit picky things I didn’t like along the way.
Cozy Mystery – In most of the books I enjoy, they all have these great worlds they live in. Sometimes it’s based in our world, sometimes it’s a spin on our world, or sometimes it’s completely original. The thing about cozy mysteries is that the more interesting ones typically have a town or group of really odd, quirky individuals that are nothing more than supporting characters. And yet, they add humor, depth, drama, intrigue… etc. to the story, in a way that you can’t experience just following a single character around. Truth be told, the supporting characters in this genre can really make or break a story.
Crime – I’ll be honest, I have an obsession with crime stories. I think it comes from me having such an inquisitive mind. I don’t just want a story where someone is murdered or something is stolen. I want to be allowed to get into the depth of the antagonist, to understand the psychology behind why they do what they do. These types of novels typically coincide with mysteries and once again, that plays to that desire I have to truly understand the motives and inner workings of antagonist.
Dystopian – You know those shows they have to explain how the world would change after humans disappeared or if a meteor hit? Yeah, I love those shows and if I know there’s a new one coming out, I won’t hesitate to watch it. That same intrigue I get from watching those shows and from crime novels, I get with dystopians. The truth is, it’s rational to believe society would de-evolve in the wake of an apocalypse. This allows manipulative people to take power and of course, when granted such power, it tends to go to their head. My love for a great antagonist expands across every genre I read. Sure, I typically root for those who are fighting for what’s right. But that doesn’t mean I can’t love to hate the bad guys.
Fairy Tale Retellings – I think this stems for my familiarity of the original tales from childhood. Between Disney and the Grimm tales, when I come across a retelling, I can’t help but become intrigued to see how the author twists the story. Some stories are very dead on, the characters are exactly as they’ve always been, but their story or world is different or they overlap with other fairy tales. And there are those true gems, like The Lunar Chronicles where there are similarities and the gist of the fairy tale is there, but it’s nothing like the original.
Fantasy – The title of this genre says it all. We all have fantasies and in this genre, many things that aren’t possible in our world can come to life in this genre. It’s a fun way to explore mystical and magical beings/events/worlds that could only exist in our imagination. I’m not a complete fantasy nerd. Once you start merging into the Dungeons and Dragons part of the spectrum, you start to lose my interest. I guess I’m not much for the dark ages setting that typically accompanies those types of novels.
Memoirs – I don’t read memoirs often and I’m fully aware that you can only accept the story within them, at face value. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy it. Especially when there are things that are considered scandalous being exposed for all. But I also feel my interest in these books comes from enjoying the opportunity to tell their own story.Paranormal – Much like fantasy, the paranormal genre offers the reader the opportunity to use their imagination. It’s also one of the biggest host to many of the supernatural creatures we’ve come to know through literature and entertainment. I’m extremely interested in these types of species because many of them have humanistic characteristic (in order to make them relatable to the reader), but aren’t human. The ways of their species/world doesn’t always interact directly with the human world or by it’s rules. But in understanding more about them, you can really begin to appreciate them for what they are.
Series – I love series that have the ability to create entire worlds that leave you wanting for more. I also tend to have an obsession with series. Even if I completely hate the direction it’s heading, I can rarely put the series aside. I just have to know how that story line ends. It’s not logical and I hate wasting time on books I don’t like, but once I start a series, I usually have to finish it.
True Crime novels – I’m a huge fan of Investigation Discovery and Dateline. I think it stems from my interests in not only mysteries, but also in trying to understand the people who are featured in these shows. Also, let’s face it. How many times have we seen the huge crime cases like Casey Anthony, Amanda Knox and O.J. Simpson and wondered what really happened. Why weren’t they convicted? What evidence did they really have? These types of questions are why I enjoy these books.
I’m always up for having new followers on my blog and bloglovin (links are on the right sidebar.) But I’m really hoping to have new Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook followers this week. Please comment below and I promise I will return the follow and view your post as soon as I can!