Reader’s Edyn

I always felt like I could do something more than just read. Finally, I have found both a creative outlet and a chance to do something meaningful with my reading. This blog was created in appreciation of and tribute to all of the authors who have brought me joy through their books. These reviews are my way of giving back to authors and providing recognition for the hard work that each one completes every day!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Follow My Book Blog Friday ~ 14

**Welcome to the Feature & Follow**

If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of course 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 leave your name here on this post, 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!
Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. If you are interested in becoming a Feature click on the drop down link (on Parajunkee's site) above FEATURES --> Feature and Follow Hop --> and get on the waiting list! It is also required, that if you participate you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) and the two Feature blogs.

**Parajunkee's Feature - The Fake Steph Dot Com** 


When did you start blogging?
My blog has been around since 2008, but I started posting semi-regularly in 2010 and it wasn’t until 2011 that I found the book blogging community.  2012 is really when I fell in love with blogging, so even though my blog has been around for a while, most of the time I still feel like a new blogger.

What is your favorite part of book blogging?
Easily the best part of book blogging has been meeting other bloggers.  It’s amazing to know people who love books as much as I do and I’ve been able to translate a few of those blogging connections into real world friendships.  A close second is that I’m now more willing to read outside my comfort zone.  I’ve read and loved so many books that I might have completely missed if it weren’t for other book bloggers.

What is your favorite book(s)?
Right now my favorite book is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.  I seriously can’t stop talking about it.  Other than that, I love: The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter, Paper Towns, and The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
The best thing that has happened to me because of book blogging is meeting other bloggers.  I actually got together with two other Virginia bloggers for Dewey’s 24 hour readathon this year and it was so much fun.  It was a completely different experience from doing the readathon alone and only interacting online.

**Allison Can Read's Feature – Books Galore**


When did you start blogging? 
I started blogging in June 2011.

What are your favorite things about blogging?  
My favourite part of blogging is sharing my opinion with others, and meeting new bloggers.
What are your favorite books?  
My favourite books are The Mortal Instrument series By Cassandra Clare, Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi, and Fever By Lauren DeStefano.
What is the best thing that has happened to you since you started blogging?  
The best thing that has happened because of book blogging is that I get to talk to other people who share my love for reading, and I feel I have learned so much more from blogging then I did before about books.



Q: This Sunday in the U.S. is Mother’s Day, in celebration, what are some of your favorite books with strong mother/child relationships?

A: ACK! I can't say that I have read any books that stick out in my mind as far as this topic. I have read plenty of mother/child components to stories, but not so much beyond the basics. Basics meaning beyond the mother would do anything for her children, she is nurturing and loving, and so forth. The best I can come up with right now is Johanna Lindsey's LySanTer series. It is futuristic with Tedra, a very strong-willed woman, paired with Challen, her equally strong-willed mate. She ends up having twins and their books are the second and third in the series. Coming from another world and having her own independence and having to assimilate into this new world where women are ... well, lesser is a bad word, but definitely not as independent, is difficult. Her daughter experiences similarities when she travels abroad for her studies, gets a sense of independence, and ends up married to a man just as challenging as her father. Her brother as well when he ends up with a woman from Earth who has no concept of the "barbaric" ways of his world. Tedra lends her knowledge and wisdom with a bit of sneaky tricks and a whole lot of snark. She genuinely cares for her kids and it is fun to watch her transformation from the woman she was to the nurturing woman she becomes, all while maintaining her sense of self.


**Okay ... Rules**

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Follow Follow 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”
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  7. If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!


  1. That sounds very interesting. I love watching characters grow and I love reading about the bonds between family members. thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to reading your future posts!

    1. Hi Steph ~ Family member bonds can be both extraordinary and detrimental depending upon what the relationship dynamic is within the story. But they do add an extra component to stories that generally enhances. *waves* I look forward to seeing you in the future!

  2. Who'd have thought this would be such a hard question, eh? Everyone seems to draw a blank at first.

    New GFC follower. My FF.

    1. Abria ~ It seems like I am getting stumped by the #FF questions more and more. I have to sit and think for a bit before an answer comes to mind. Not always, but a lot. Thanks so much for stopping by! I will check your #FF out. Hope to see you in the future!

  3. I've never heard of the book you mentioned before, but I'll have to check it out :)

    New GFC follower :)

    My FF

    1. Hi Nick! I adore Johanna Lindsey. She writes HR and thankfully has never strayed from the genre. I continue to enjoy her books even after reading them multiple times! Someday I will get around to reviewing the tons of books I read before I started the blog ... someday. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you pop in from time to time!

  4. New follower!

    This one was a tough one, wasn't it?

    1. Love the name! And yes, I really had to think about this answer. Sometimes they are ready as soon as I read the question .. other times ... not so much. UGH! At least i thought of something though. I was worried I would draw a blank and have nothing. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and the follow. Feel free to pop in and add your comments anytime! :)


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