Jul 12, 2012

Friday Hops--I'm being FEATURED!!

I am being FEATURED this week! Yay!! First time in the three years of my blogging! Apparently I over-added in January! Just seems like a lot longer!


When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in January 2009, as you may know the story. Rachel Vincent was having a contest for her next book release of Prey and I wanted that early copy! So I had to post a review in as many places as possible, and so I went to Blogger.com and decided to create a blog! I went with the title a GREAT read--spelled like that purposely because Pride really was a GREAT read! My blogging career then started taking a slow start--I didn't win the contest, but kept the blog anyway. So I started posting and following other blogs and picked up a million tips along the way and made some GREAT friends!


What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I definitely like the reading! I love reading and always have, so I really like having this place where I can gush about the books I read to other avid readers! None of my friends were ever really big paranormal readers--I was ahead of my time since paranormal wasn't big when I was in high school. So I love being able to talk about paranormal books with other paranormal readers!


What is your favorite book(s)?

Oh man, seriously?! That is like a dreaded question! I have wayyyy too many favorites! I seriously have an incredibly hard time narrowing it down! I love authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Jenna Black, Shannon Delany, Rachel Vincent...the list goes on and ON! You can check that out on my sidebar! And new authors are always being added to! Although the book that started my paranormal obsession was Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. I read it when I was 13 and just loved it! It was about a girl named Jessica! Who was a writer! Who wrote vampire novels! Basically the story of my life! Ha! But no, I did enjoy those little factors, but the story was just really good too and I was amazed to learn that the author had written her first book at 13 or that was when it was published...

 
What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

Definitely has to be all the other bloggers I've met! Seriously! I am so glad to finally have other people to talk to and gush over paranormal books! One of my friends is getting into them finally, but it's still a work in progress! I love having my blogging buddies around to get recommendations from and to give them! And getting the occasional ARC is a nice perk too! ;)



This week's question is: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?


MY ANSWER: I actually wound up answering this in my first interview question above! I tend to ramble about books and book blogging! ;)





TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has different question each week.


This week's question is: Quotes That Make You Swoon: What are some of the most swoon-worthy quotes you've experienced in a book?



MY ANSWER: Oh crap! I am terrible with this! I don't tend to write down these things, so I wouldn't be able to mention one even if I could! And since 99% of my books are physical books and I don't bookmark or tag such pages I would practically have to re-read every single one to find such quotes!

But I can tell you that a good portion of words that comes out of Bones' mouth makes me swoon! Love that vampire!

And I am pretty sure Pietr--one of my YA boyfriends--from 13 to Life said some swoon-worthy things!

And oooh! Riley from Gena Showalter's Intertwined series and for that matter Cole from her next book Alice in Zombieland! He said some very swoon-worthy things! Riley especially always made me swoon!




76 comments:

  1. Congrats on being featured,New follower!!! Loved your answers.Sorry you didn't win the contest :( but continued to blog and was able to meet so many bloggers/book lovers in the years since :D

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  2. Congrats on being featured! I am so glad to have joined the book blogging community, its been so much fun.

    Follower

    My FF

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  4. Yay for being a featured blog! :)

    It is definitely nice to talk about books we love with those who share or passion.

    Old follower. :)

    My FF: http://moonlightreader.com

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  5. What a fun story for starting your blog! I'm glad you kept it up...I don't comment a ton, but I read a lot and enjoy your posts.

    Congrats on being a feature!

    Old follower

    My Friday Hops

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  6. Congrats on the feature!

    Yup, I had a similar reason to get into blogging - wanted to be able to talk about books with people that liked similar stuff!

    New follower via GFC.

    Here's my FF!

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  7. Yaaaaa, I have a feeiling you were going to be featured soon. I hope you get a whole bunch of followers. I love how you got started in book blogging. I would totally do that to win a contest too.

    Mine: http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-friday-36-tgif-28.html

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  8. Congrats on being featured this week! Amazing answer and its never bad to ramble about book blogging. New follower!

    thebookreaper.com

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  9. Hello fellow-featured-blogger! <3
    Loved your answers :) haha, yeah, I was totally like that for the favourite books thing as well XD

    Old follower ^_^
    Vivi's Feature&Follow

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  10. Congrats on your feature! I love your answer to the question, too! Here is my FF: Mom Reads My Books

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  11. Congrats on being featured :) I followed you!

    http://bookdoll.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-and-follow-friday-is-weekly.html

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  12. Congrats on being a feaure! And funny story lol

    New follower via email and GFC

    Happy Reading,
    Becky
    http://bookbitereviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-friday-24.html

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  13. Your blog looks great. I have to figure out how to work blogger still. I had high hopes my son would help me- he can program video games so a simple blogger layout should be a half day project. But...I'm mom, I do stuff for him, he does stuff for him.

    I'm following through GFC. My FF is at: http://365-books-a-year.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-and-follow-friday-5.html

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  14. Big Congrats on the feature! Old follower of course! My Follow

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  15. Congrats on being one of the feature bloggers! Enjoy the ride! New GFC Follower.

    http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow-friday-23.html

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  16. Congrats on being the feature! I'm a new GFC follower. You can find my FF here. And Rachel Vincent is AWESOME :0) I would've started a blog all because of her too, lol.

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  17. yayayay congrats on being this weeks feature and great post Jessica!!

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  18. hi!! new follower! Congrats on being featured! and omg I remember Amelia Atwater-Rhodes! I read her in high school lol! That was when she first published Hawksong and I loved it. I haven't read her other works sadly because I stopped reading for a while after that!

    My FF

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  19. Hooray! Congrats on the feature, Jessica! I gave a little squee when I saw you were featured ;)
    Stopping through with My FF!
    Happy Hopping!

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  20. Yayy for being featured!
    I was also ahead of my time when it comes to paranormal books. But in high school I met someone who shared the same tastes, so that made it better!

    Happy Friday :)

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  21. New follower hopping by via GFC
    Book Review Club
    http://bookreviewclub.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow.html

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  22. Ohh what a cool way to start book blogging! Awesome for being featured!

    New Follower via RSS!

    My FF

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  23. Awesome Answer. Old Follower. Congrats on being featured. I love that your blog is so GREAT and that you ramble about books and book blogging. Your GREAT. Thanks for sharing. =]
    Here is My FF

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  24. Congrats on being featured! That's a pretty neat story about starting your blog! Mine's similar because I wanted to gush about fictional characters!

    Here's my FF and TGIF

    new follower :)

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  25. hi new follower love your blog

    candi
    http://cantbeatbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/feature-ans-follow-105.html

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  26. Congrats on being featured! I love being able to talk to people that love books too :)
    Chrystina @BookLiaison

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  27. Congrats on being featured! Have a great weekend, I'm an old follower. Stop by my blog if you have the time.

    My FF!

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  28. Oh did you had your copy? What a nice way to start a blog lol. And congrats!!

    old follower

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  29. Congratulations! I'm now following you on both GFC and Linky!

    http://www.theliterarylioness.com/2012/07/friday-blog-hops.html

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  30. I'm glad you kept up with the blog - it looks great and I'm looking forward to your posts because I'm a new follower everywhere!

    Happy Friday!

    My FF

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  31. I agree! I go on and on about books. It's just that my family and friends are kind of...not interested :)

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  32. congrats on the feature! I love your reason for how you started you book blog. Sorry you didn't win the contest, but so very happy that you've made a ton of great friends... err GREAT friends :) Love the blogging community!

    New follower via GFC :)

    My FF

    Ana♥ @ Beach Bum Reads

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  33. Great answer! Old follower dropping by.


    -Amanda P
    Paranormal Romance

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  34. Congrats on getting featured! :)

    My FF

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  35. Great answer!

    I am a follower, I'd love it if you visited me and returned the favour.

    My FF

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  36. Congrats on the feature :)
    I love how your answer is so unique, not many people will be able to say that is why they created a blog.

    Old follower

    My FF

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  37. Making new bookish friends is one of my favorite parts of book blogging too.

    New follower :)

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  38. Congrats on being featured! I love your answers - meeting great people who also love to read is a plus :)

    Here's my FF post

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  39. PS, can I steal your 'comments are an award..' phrase for my blog?

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  40. Congrats on being featured! New GFC and Linky follower!

    Love your answer!!!! Book Blogging is addictive!

    Heres mine

    Valerie@intriguing reads

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  41. Nice to meet you Jessica and congratulations on being one of this week's features!

    I love your story of how you came to start your blog and I'm glad you decided to stick with it. ;) I've been away from my blog for a few months due to personal issues and I have missed it! The fun and the people are big pluses to book blogging.

    Shelagh (New GFC follower)
    The Word Fiend

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  42. Yay! Congrats on being a feature!!!!

    I totally have almost the same answer for TGIF... the part about not writing down quotes. It was a hard question... but I'm loving other people's quotes!

    Old follower :)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature
    My FF & TGIF

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  43. Awwww Jess!!! You started this blog for a Rachel Vincent contest???? That's an awesome incentive!!

    Stop by my Follow Friday

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  44. Oh Congrats on being featured!! Good for you <3 And I actually am rrally enjoying your blog right now, going through and stuff :) And love your answers <3

    New Follower!

    xoxo, Mariam @Book-A-Holic

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  45. Congrats on the feature! I love your origin story...contests are so much fun. And I definitely agree with your love of Bones's quotes. That man is my ideal book hero!

    Old follower.

    Happy Friday!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews
    http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-friday-33-and-tgif-21.html

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  46. Congratulations on being featured ^_^.
    New follower here!

    Sandy

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  47. Aren't you glad you kept blogging even though you didn't win the contest? ;-)

    Congrats on the feature!

    New Follower via GFC.

    My Hop.

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  48. Yay for being featured! Thanks for stopping by.

    Old follower :)

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  49. Congrats! on being featured, enjoyed your answer.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow_13.html

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  50. I totally agree- the hugest and most best thing about blogging are all of the people involved. Book Bloggers are AWESOME! :)

    Congratulations on being featured!
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

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  51. I already followed your blog ^^ So I'm just stopping by to congratulate you on begin featured!

    http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.nl/2012/07/feature-follow-8.html

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  52. Congrats on the feature! Great post! New GFC follower (Heather's Book Chatter http://authorheather.com)

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  53. I only started my Twitter account for giveaways.
    I don't mark my books either. I've thought about doing that before, but I haven't decided yet.

    Congrats on being a feature! *insert confetti here* LOL

    Old follower

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  54. Hi Jessica - I loved your story on how you started! I've also found that book bloggers are the best online group of people around.

    Congrats on the feature!
    Happy FF and new GFC follower :)
    Renee @ Succotash Reviews

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  55. New follower!

    http://writesthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/07/featurefollow-friday.html

    Stormi

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  56. Congrats on your feature! I love your story of how you started blogging.

    Old follower via GFC.

    Ensconced in YA
    http://cahreviews.blogspot.com

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  57. Congrats on your feature! Great origin story! I love Rachel Vincents books, although I haven't read the series you mentioned yet.

    New Follower :)

    My FF: http://bibliophilesthoughtsonbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-friday-17.html

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  58. Congratulations on being featured! Love how you started blogging - very unique!

    New follower. :)
    My FF

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  59. It is amazing the motivation of getting an ARC can do. lol I actually started b/c of GR and I loved reviewing books and discussing these books with anyone and everyone. :o)

    New Follower:o)
    My Friday Follows

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  60. Very awesome start into blogging. New followers via GFC

    A Bookish Co-op@ http://abookishco-op.blogspot.com

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  61. Congrats on being the feature! Great interview.

    http://destinationbookland.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-and-follow-friday-2.html

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  62. Congrats on being featured!!! Thanks for hopping by! I love that you're an addict for blogging!!!

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  63. Congrats on being featured!! I love the Intertwined series, Riley is pretty awesome :)

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Jessi @ Auntie Spinelli Reads

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  64. Congrats on being featured!! MMMM I love Bones!! <3 <3 <3

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  65. Congrats on being the featured blogger! :)

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  66. Congrats on being featured! I know how you feel, a lot of my friends don't like to read but I'm fortunate enough to have a best friend who will listen to me gush about a book she's never read and get just as excited as I am. But it's still nice to talk about the book with people who have actually read it haha. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Old follower :)

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  67. Congrats on being featured! I hoped you gained a lot of followers. Have a great weekend!

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  68. Congratulations on the feature! Whats it feel like to be in the spotlight?

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  69. LOL, I started for a contest too! I also did not win. :-) Congrats on being a feature!!

    Whatever the reason, I am glad everyone started blogging! It is a great community and I love meeting new people. :-)

    I am a new follower via Linky. Check out my post at http://littlereadridinghood.com

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  70. Many bloggers started that way. Trying to win contests but ended up staying anyway.


    Old follower.
    My FF

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  71. Hi New follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love the blog.

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  72. Well Jessica, I'm Jessica and it seems we Jessicas like to blog. I didn't know about Demon in my View and I can easily assume it is a great book because it has a character name like us. I'll add this one to my wild TBR. I'm a new follower via gfc.
    My FF: http://jessysbookends.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-and-follow_13.html

    Jess@ Jessy'ss Bookends

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  73. Great Post and Congrations on Being feature.

    I am a new follower. If you want come stop by http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-me-friday-9.html

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  74. Hi Jessica, congrats on being a feature, you have a wonderful blog :D **Old Follower**

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  75. Congratulations on being 'Featured', thats great!! Hope it brings you lots of new booky friends xx

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  76. Wow congratulations on being featured!!
    I'm a new follower. (:
    Here is my FF !
    http://cheerfulreviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow.html

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