Thursday, April 10, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #21 - I'M THE FEATURED BLOGGER!

A weekly meme hosted by
 Alison Can Read & Parajunkee's View

How it Works: 

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 visit the blogs of our illustrious hosts and leave your name on the post using using the linky tools, 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 (this week it's me and Book Club Sisters). 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. 

Interview Questions
As the featured blogger for this week I included my interview questions. So if you're a first timer here get to know me a little bit and have a look around at some of my reviews and features.


1.) When did you start blogging?
Originally four years ago but very irregularly. I would stop back maybe a few times a year and update and tell myself I would keep it up but never did. This most recent foray happened about six months ago and it seems to be sticking.

2.) What's your favorite part about book blogging?
I think the best part so far has just been learning about amazing new books and being able to join in on the conversation with like-minded people about books that I enjoyed. I have found some new favorites through recommendations from fellow bloggers

3.) What types of books do you mainly blog about?
I have pretty eclectic taste in books. I try to mix in Classics with recent fiction and YA. In terms of genre mostly fantasy, historical fiction, and contemporary. Since I started back up in October I've been doing themed months where each month I read a certain genre or theme. I like doing that cause it keeps me focused and reels in my choices of what to read next. 

4.) What are your favorite books?
There are so many to list. My current five favorite standalone books are The Historian, The Alchemist, Wuthering Heights, The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, and new fave Attachments. My five favorite series are Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Wicked Years, The Luxe Series, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

5.) What has been the best thing that happened to you because of book blogging? 
The best and most tangible thing that has happened to me since blogging is probably that my reading has become much more critical, and it has has become much more frequent. I feel like I'm reading a lot more and I'm pushing myself to read a lot more. Maybe it's just my competitive

 This Week's Question:

Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it (as nicely and respectfully as possible)

This Week's Answer: 

 I recently blogged about a book I didn't like, check it out here, so I'm going to pick something different. Sadly most of the books I dislike are classics. I'm usually pretty good about picking recent fiction that suits my style. One of my absolute least favorite books is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I had to read it for a class in college and just didn't enjoy anything about. It was basically an entire book about symbolism. Everything was a damn symbol for imperialism and I got the idea within the first 50 pages, the other 150 or so were just overkill. The plot was slow and like his contemporaries Conrad drones on and on making something that could be interesting boring. However Apocalypse: Now, the movie that is based on this book, is phenomenal! 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post. Don't forget this is a blog hop so take a look around and if you like what you see give me a follow. I am indifferent to the way that you follow so pick you poison: GFC, Bloglovin, or Twitter. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY FF!

74 comments:

  1. I have trouble with a lot of classics as well. Congratulations on being featured!
    Laura

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    1. They're hit or miss for me. I've found a lot that I loved and then a lot that I didn't like!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  2. Congrats on the feature! I like your idea on genre themes for each month. Fun way to keep trying new genres and authors!
    New follower!

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    1. Thanks! It definitely let me try new things and keeps things fresh.

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  3. lol I actually enjoy Heart of Darkness a lot for its symbolism and dark imagery. Congrats on being featured! :)

    Mary @ Buried Under Romance

    New GFC follower

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    1. I think it was just too much and too overwhelming, but that may have also been because I had to analyze it all for class.
      Thanks for stopping by and following!

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  4. Congrats on being featured this week! I couldn't agree more. I had to read Heart of Darkness for a British Lit class. I was bored to tears. Just not my cup of tea.

    Existing follower, following on. :-)

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    1. Agreed! I wanted to beat my head on my desk while I was reading and discussing the book in class.

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  5. Hmm I can't say I've ever read this or even heard of it... I haven't read any classics to be honest. It sounds pretty boring though! I'm don't care much for a book that is all symbolism.

    Jord @ Miss Book Reviews

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    1. There are some great classics but there are some not so great ones. It really depends on your style of reading. Definitely stay away from Conrad if you don't like symbolism!

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  6. How fun to be featured!!! I haven't heard of this book but there are a few classics I think people should avoid!!

    Angie
    <a href="http://angelasanxiouslife.blogspot.com/2014/04/follow-me-friday-avoid-this-book.html>Angela's Anxious Life</a>

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    1. I agree with you on classics. They're often hit or miss for me. Even within authors. Like as far as Jane Austen goes I love Sense and Sensibility and hate Emma. I think it just depends on finding something that suits your taste.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  7. Hopping through. I never had to read Conrad. I know a lot of people don't like him so I was glad it was never assigned.
    My FF

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    1. Haha, I wish I was never assigned him. It was just all too much. Thanks for stopping by Alison!

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  8. Never had to read it and glad. Blech.

    Congrats on the feature!

    My FF

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    1. Thanks Alice! And yes "blech" is the best way to put it!

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  9. Congrats on being featured! I agree with you on Conrad. I could never get into it either.

    I'm visiting as part of the bloghop. :)
    Jaime
    www.jaimetong.WordPress.com

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    1. Thanks Jamie. I was definitely not a fan. And I was reading him around the time I was really into classics. It was just too much light vs. dark symbolism for me!

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  10. Happy Friday and congrats on the feature. Old bloglovin new GFC follower.
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  11. Hopping through here. Congrats on being featured!! :) I like knowing more about other bloggers through interviews!
    New GFC follower!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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    1. Thanks Jillian! I love the interview questions too. It's such a nice introduction to a blogger!

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  13. Congrats on being featured!

    I haven't heard about this book but it's always nice to see what people dislike. Weirdly enough, it only makes me want to read the particular book even more!

    new Bloglovin follower!

    my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! I like hearing books other people hate too. I feel like that says more about a person's reading taste than the books they like.
      Thanks for stopping by and following!
      Cassi

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  14. I've never even hear of this book before =/
    Old follower but I just added you on twitter as well
    Monique @ Mo_Books

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    1. Thanks Monique. I hadn't heard of it till they made me read it in college. It seems to have fallen into a bit of obscurity in the modern era, no longer our style I think.

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  15. Yay for being featured! Congrats!! It's weird when you hate a book, but then love the movie version. I don't think I've had that happen to me. Although I did read a book, love it. Saw the movie version. And there was practically nothing similar about it! Just the names and thin plot thread, but yet, it was still a pretty good movie. Just a sucky one based on a book!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. That's one of the reasons I typically like to see the movie first. I'm weird like that. But yeah, in this case the book and movie were very different. Heart of Darkness is set in the Congo and Apocalypse: Now is set in Vietnam. But they're both basically about war and imperialism.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  16. Congratulations on the feature!

    I must admit that I haven't read the book or seen the movie all the way through so I can't really comment on that although it is a bit to hate a book but enjoy the movie but if as Jessica above has said the movie is only a vague representation of the book then it makes sense.

    Old GFC follower but new Bloglovin one!

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

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    1. That was supposed to say a bit 'odd' to hate, not sure why it didn't come out.... maybe my head said odd but my fingers didn't follow through..... sorry xx

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    2. Yeah they are very different. Apocalypse: Now is set during the Vietnam War and I think the dark symbolism just translated better to a movie than a book.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  17. I haven't read this book before. Some classics can be very hit or miss for me, they don't hold my attention enough. Congrats on being featured!! Old follower, hopping through =)

    Alma @ Journey Through Fiction

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    1. I totally agree. Some classics I love and they're poetic and amazing while others seem to just drone on about things I'm not interested in. It really depends.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  18. I had to read Heart of Darkness last year and I thought I would hate it, but surprisingly I loved it! I had a very small copy though, not even 100 pages so I kind of managed to leaf through it. And I guess reading it for university meant all the symbolism greatly helped. Congrats on being a feature, I'm a new follower :) Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a good weekend!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. I'm glad you like it. I wish my version was shorter, I had to suffer through the longer version. But yeah, I mean it was definitely easy to discuss in class I think I said "It's symbolic of the darkness" about ten times and probably "it's a criticism of imperialism" more than that.
      Thanks for stopping by and following!

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  19. I don't do well with classics either. Happy Friday! Congrats on being the feature this week :D

    New GFC follower :)

    My FF

    Obsessive Compulsive Reader

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    1. Classics are hit or miss for me. Heart of Darkness just wasn't my kind of a book. In that same class we read Frankenstein which I loved. I guess it depends on your tastes.
      Thanks for stopping by and following!

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  20. I have not heard of this one. I don't really read classics either though. New GFC follower! Happy reading!

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    1. I try to read classics from time time but they're very hit or miss. This one just wasn't for me.
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  21. Congrats on being featured! I don't like many classics either. I have a hard time getting into them. Then I feel guilty because since I'm such a big reader I should be familiar with the classics when someone mentions them! Go figure. Have a great weekend. New bloglovin' follower.

    Lacie @ Rainy Dayz Reviewz

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    1. I'd say I love about half the classics I read. And yes, I totally feel guilty about not liking them. I feel like I should like it more I mean they're famous and popular for a reason, right!

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  22. Most of the books I dislike are Classics too, congratulations on being featured! New Bloglovin' follower :)

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    1. I think it's the style of writing. In the 19th century the books were a lot more descriptive and our modern sensibilities make us want to get to the next exciting plot point.

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  23. Congrats on being the featured blogger this week!!!! I've not read many of the classic and this one sounds like I'll keep it off my TBR list even longer. Thanks for sharing this week. I hope you have a great weekend happy reading, New Follower. My FF

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    1. I would maybe take it off your TBR list. There is a lot of other really great classics out there, but that's just my totally biased opinion.
      Thanks for stopping by and following!

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  24. I haven't ever read this one! I have a problem with SOME classics. So, I feel your pain. :)
    New GFC follower!
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    Christy @ Captivated Reading

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    1. I like the emphasis on SOME. That's how I feel too. I may have given the wrong impression by saying most of the books I hate are classics. It's like squares and rectangles... blah blah geometry!
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  25. Great post! I'm a new follower! :)
    http://carycheyennexo.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and following. Followed back on GFC.

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  26. Congrats on being featured! :) We have the same tastes in books. Do you have any good historical fiction novels?

    I haven't read the classic you mentioned but thank goodness I didn't. haha

    New GFC and twitter follower! Followed you via pottermorebook on Twitter.
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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I did a few posts about my favorite historical fiction. I'll DM you on twitter with their links and a few other recs.
      Thanks for following!

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  27. Congrats on being feature this week!
    New follower via Bloglovin'
    My FF

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  28. I have trouble with classics too! I'm a new follower via Feedly. Here’s my FF .

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    1. I think it's just a very different style from modern books. It's a lot wordier and more character driven. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't

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  29. I'm not a huge fan of classics either. Even reading your description of this one made me a little sick in my stomach. Congrats on being the featured blogger! New bloglovin follower.

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    1. Haha! Yeah Heart of Darkness definitely made me nauseous too! Thanks for stopping by and following!

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  30. Hey, I'm a new follower via bloglovin and GFC!

    I don't really read much of the classics either, and I have actually never heard of Heart of Darkness... It doesn't look at that great! So I probably won't read it.
    Congrats on the feature!

    My F&F
    Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

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    1. It's not that great. I didn't enjoy it but that may be because I was forced to read it in a History class in college.
      Thanks for the comment and follow.

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  31. I agree it is really annoying when a book keeps shoving a specific theme or idea down your throat harshly when you get the jist already. Grats on being this weeks FF!

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    1. Thank you! It is total overkill. Like people the stick down Conrad, the horse is dead!

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  32. I'm not much of a classics fan, either. You can probably imagine my surprise when I found myself to be liking the Great Gatsby, though. Have you read it?

    *New Follower via GFC
    Congrats on being featured!

    Here's my FF.

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    1. The Great Gatsby is fantastic! I read it in high school and was blown away. I mean that's a book that has a lot of symbolism but it works. Maybe because the plot is great!

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  33. Congrats on your feature! I totally didn't know Apocalypse Now is based on Heart of Darkness! I've never read the book or seen the movie. Think I'll stick with the movie. ;)
    Old follower by GFC, Bloglovin', and Twitter :)
    My FF @ Donnie Darko Girl

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. It's very hard to tell that Apocalypse Now is based on Heart of Darkness. The only thing similar is the themes and some of the plot. Definitely stick to the movie!

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  34. Congratulations on being the featured blog!! I found it hard to pick a book I didn't like, lucky me I guess! But that book you've picked doesn't sound like my cup of tea either!
    New follower! x

    Read, Review, Repeat

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    1. Lucky you is right! I had a hard time picking a book because I've hated so many. I think with me when it comes to reading there is no middle ground. I either like it or I hate it. I can think of only a few books where I thought, that was okay.
      Thanks for stopping by and following!

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  35. Congrats on being featured!! Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite series too! Old follower.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It's such a fantastic series! I listened to the audiobooks for the first two and fell in love and then I read the last three books. I devoured them, they're fantastic!

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  36. Congrats on being featured! I, too, find Conrad a tough slog. New follower via Bloglovin'. My FF

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    1. Thanks Greg. Yeah, Conrad is hard to get through. He's very wordy on top of being all about the symbolism. Maybe he's not so back if you're into that sort of thing.

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  37. I did not enjoy Heart of Darkness either, but I read it sooooo long ago I can't really remember it. Congrats on being featured. New bloglovin follower!

    ~Pam @ Moonlight Reader

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