Thursday, February 2, 2012

TGIF - Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

Question of the Week: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kick ass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?

I'd say they all have a hero who is defined by his creativity, imagination, and innovation. Not necessarily the strongest or biggest bad-ass around, but the kind of hero you'd want by your side when facing overwhelming odds.

Parajunkee also hosts a Social Hop for Facebook and Twitter, which I've taken part in the past two weeks. So, if you're one of those people who aren't on Blogger, or who just don't like Google Friend Connect, it's a great way to keep in touch and follow one another.


TGIF is another blog hop designed to provide much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by GReads, it's an interesting way to recap the week, pose a question, and find some exposure with a different audience.

Question of the Week: When you're browsing goodreads, the library, or another blogger's reviews, what grabs your attention to make you want to read it?

The cover is obviously a huge draw, as is the name of the author and their reputation. I tend to shy away from books that try to sell themselves too much - when half the cover is blurbs and praise from obscure media sources you've never heard of, I take that as a bad sign.


  1. Great answer! I am a new follower. Here is my Follow Friday: Mom Reads My Books

  2. Smart/creative heroes are always nice! Happy Friday! Reading to Penguins

  3. wonderful answer, definitely need a quirky character to bring you around C:

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  4. Great answer! If I feel a strong connection to the hero, wher I'd want him/her by my side then that's a plus for me.

    Old Follower
    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves
    My FF
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  5. Interesting answer! That is something to think about.
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  6. Wow, What a great answer. I totally agree. Old follower.

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  7. True, the characters comes in various shapes and sizes, but you just have to love them all. Great answer!

    Jez's Bookcase

  8. I love a book with a paranormal element. I just cannot get enough of those. It lets me escape reality.

    New follower! Here's my Follow Friday Post

    Happy Reading!

  9. I agree, every books lead character should show strength and perseverance, otherwise why the hell would I bother reading it lol. Have a great weekend =D
    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

  10. Hopping through. Lev Grossman did a thing on NPR about brainy heroes. I thought of it when reading your answer. You should check it out.
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  11. Hi;)
    Great answer. Those are great qualities.

    I'm a new RSS subscriber as well as Twitter! btw
    Happy FF

  12. Ooh if my favorite authors put out a book, chances are high that I'm going to read it too - I didn't even think of that before.

  13. True I don't like wayyy too many quotes on a cover. But I do read them to see who they're by. I gave Rachel Vincent's book a try because I saw at least 2-3 quotes by authors I already liked and I so fell in love with her books! Best choice ever!

    But I agree about not wanting there to be too many quotes on it.

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  14. I love smart heroes as well! :)

    I've followed via GFC.

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  15. I absolutely LOVED your answer. It was perfect. =)
    I'm a new follower. Here's my Friday Post:

  16. My favorite covers are the simple, minimalist ones with beautiful typography. They're always eye-catching :)

  17. Good answer, just hopping through.

  18. Nice answer... uh, both of 'em. I like it when I like the hero, too. I have issues when I don't like 'em at all. And... I am attracted to book covers. When I see a bunch of quotes, I read 'em all and try to figure out what they're NOT saying. Ha! :-) I'm a new Follower. ColorimetryMy FF:

  19. Love your answer.. just hopping by to say, happy reading.. and here is my ans..

  20. YES with the hero's creativity, imagination and innovation. That's a pretty innovative answer yourself. ;) And I agree, authors' reputations can sometimes precede them... and make you pick up their books, haha.

    I hope you'll drop by and enter my giveaway to win one of three ARCs! :)

  21. I LOVE your FF answer. And hah, same here when it comes to the blurbs. *laughs*

    Happy Friday!


  22. Hi, new follower here!

    Love your answer, that does seem like the kind of guy to have around!

    Here's My F&F Friday post!

    Happy reading!

  23. I find loads of review quotes on a cover off-putting too, I'd rather look at the spread of reviews, good and bad, on GR or Amazon etc.

  24. Hi! I'm Izzy, and I'm stopping by for Follow Friday. That's definitely a good criterion for a book. The best heroes aren't always the ones who would usually stand out the most.

    Izzy @ My Words Ate Me

  25. Love your answer! A hero that you can stand next to can only help a story line :)

    The Muggle
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  26. Great answer I think we all love our smart/creative heroes.

    New follower

  27. Nice well thought out answers :) Great FF!
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  28. I completely agree; a good heroine is an important element in the books I read! :)

  29. Heya :) New follower here! Found you through the blog hop!


  30. Love your answer to the hero quest. A hero like that DEFINITELY makes a book worth reading!