Thursday, July 5, 2012

#FF – Step outside your box

 
YAY I’m being social today!!  Go me!

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

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 leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) 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. Who is our Feature today? 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.
 
Q: Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don’t like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.

A: I don’t usually read Young Adult, I didn’t even read much YA even as a teenager, I was already reading Adult Fiction by then. So when people kept hounding me to read Cassandra Clares Mortal Instruments, I was skeptical to say the least. I didn’t think I could handle anymore insecure, immature teenagers running around.  So, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the Mortal Instruments as much as I did. Clary didn’t annoy me to the point where I wanted to reach through the book and slap her, not like other heroine of another widely popular YA turned movie franchise. I ended up liking all of the characters for the most part.  Clare even broaches controversial subject matter which could have gone horribly wrong, but she approaches it with maturity and pulls it off tremendously.

I also, enjoyed the Hunger Games Trilogy quite immensely. When I was reading this series it didn’t feel like YA though, I kept forgetting that the cast of characters were teenagers. They certainly didn’t act it, but due to their circumstances they didn’t have the luxury of being teenagers, they had to grow up way before their years.  

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77 comments:

  1. It used to turn me off when I heard something was YA because, though it stands for young ADULT, it seemed like teen literature to me. So I understand where you're coming from - I, as and adult, would rather read adult fiction aka books with nookie in them LOL. But ugh, don't you LOVE the plots these YA authors come up with though? I'm so glad we caved, LOL.

    I'm here to follow you back so thanks for commenting on my blog :0)

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  2. I, too, started reading adult fiction at a young age. I remember going to the library and getting stacks of Harlequins! lol

    Colletta

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  3. Hopping through. I so love TMI...although I also love the girl you want to slap series :-)
    My Hop

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  4. I just got the first book on my Kindle can't wait to read it.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Hm, I never really had that problem. I read both fiction and YA. I love Cassandra Clare novels too.

    Thanks for stopping by and following. Returned the favor :)
    @ Livin' Life Through Books

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  6. Loved the Moral Instruments series. Glad you enjoyed it as well :D

    Thanks for the follow,love you blog layout!!!!!
    I'm now following you back

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  7. Great answer! I'm a new GFC and linky follower:)

    If you want to know my FF answer, please come on over to my FF #2 and find out ;)

    Have a great weekend!

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  8. well i have to say that one was braver than mine so good luck to the future
    thank you for following my blog. New Follower

    hugs and wishes
    candi

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  9. Ahh, I read a lot of YA! But I have to agree the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is awesome, as is The Hunger Games. Really glad you enjoyed them! Old follower!

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  10. Why have I never come across your site before? It's beautiful!
    I love a good YA novel, in fact I can't remember the last time I picked up an Adult anything, glad you lost your V-card to those two series, they are great! Come visit my site again soon and we'll hook you up with the really good YA stuff ;)
    Thanks for stopping by My FF!
    New follower, hooray!
    Happy Friday!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment! I'll have to do that. =)

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  11. YA tends to be hit and miss with me. I always get stuck on crappy characterization and the ever-prevalent sexist undertones. Even though I'm a teen, I really don't think I'm a part of the YA target audience, haha.

    Thanks for hopping through!

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  12. Nice! YA is one of my regular categories these days, though I haven't read Cassandra Claire yet. Thanks for stopping by! My Follow

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  13. I didn't really start YA until I started my blog. I do enjoy this series though. Thanks for stopping by, following back.

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  14. I'm a YA-reader, through and through! I love adult books, but YA is my usual go-to genre.

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  15. I love The Hunger Games. One of my favourite YA reads.
    New follower.
    <a href="http://www.escapismfromreality.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/feature-and-follow-friday-18.html#comment-form>MY FF</a>

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  16. Im glad that you enjoyed The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments series. Hoping you have an amazing Friday and exciting weekend.

    New Follower

    thebookreaper.com

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  17. I liked hunger games, so far I have managed to avoid The Mortal Instruments, but I hear good things about it.

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  18. I'm the same way: not a fan of YA in general. The stories just aren't edgy enough for me. I'm not totally opposed to it, though, because every once in a great while, something fantastic like Hunger Games comes along. I haven't read the Mortal Instruments (I think I'm one of the few on the planet who haven't yet) but it's on my TBR list. New follower, btw. Happy Friday! :D

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  19. Hi Amanda! I'm a fan of TMI and The Hunger Games as well.

    Thanks for checking out my FF - I'm now following you back! :)

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  20. I was also pleasantly surprised by The Hunger Games, but I also don't read YA all that much. I'm not sure why, but I've just never really gravitated toward that genre of book.
    Thanks for stopping by, Amanda!
    returning your follow :)

    aspen

    http://inner-aspen.blogspot.com

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  21. ok-so next YA series to try: Delirium by Lauren Oliver!!

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  22. So glad you gave Casssandra Clare a try! New follower! My FF: World of Books

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  23. Following back! I'm starting to get into YA myself. I tried to steer away from it for a long time.
    -Jenese
    www.readersconfession.com

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  24. I think Ellen Hopkins YA books were the first to start me on YA and I have been hooked ever since!! Great choice!! New follower!!

    Elle@ Love Big Read Big

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  25. Great answer! I've read more YA since I started blogging, but didn't actually read them when I was a teenager lol. most of them have angst ridden immature teenagers, but I've found a few that I really liked and am glad that I gave them a chance!

    My FF

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  26. OH wow! I was the same way with YA! When I started blogging I didn't even know what YA meant lol! But when I discovered it I FELL IN <3 with it and changed my blog to a YA blog! I still read Adult books because I love them also! Thanks for stopping by my #FF post.

    New Follower via GFC!

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  27. The Mortal Instruments is a great way to get introduced to YA! Thanks for stopping by, I'm now following you back via Linky.

    Happy Friday!

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  28. Welcome to Create With Joy! I recently began reading memoirs and find I love them! :-)

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  29. Loved The first 3 books of TMI. New follower on GFC and Linky : )

    my Follow Friday

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  30. Go you, trying out YA! I'm following you on GFC!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Ensconced in YA!
    http://cahreviews.blogspot.com

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  31. Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog! Following back via GFC!!

    Angela

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  32. Man, I love YA. Jeaniene Frost even says she reads more YA now than she did as a teenager. Btw, you should check out my giveaway for a signed copy of ONCE BURNED by Jeaniene Frost on my blog! http://falln2books.blogspot.com/2012/07/once-burned-by-jeaniene-frost-review.html

    Anyway, following back. Thanks for stopping by!

    Amber@ Fall Into Books

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    1. As much as I'd love to win Once Burned, I already won a signed copy so I wouldnt want to take that opportunity from anyone that doesnt already have a copy!

      Thanks for stopping by and I'm trying to get into YA more. =)

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  33. I'm a fan of YA and adult equally but definitely love the Mortal Instruments and Hunger Games series. Glad you enjoyed them.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and new follower!

    Happy Reading!
    Austine @ The Red Reader

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  34. great answers! i loved the HG trilogy. Haven't read the Immortal Instruments series, though City of Bones is sitting on my shelf right now waiting to be picked up.

    Old Follower :)

    My FF

    Ana♥ @ Beach Bum Reads

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  35. Thanks for your comment and I know I need to turn off my chatha

    Following you back

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  36. I only recently discovered the existence of the genre, and loved it!

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  37. Hi Amanda! Thanks for hopping by! New linky follower. LOVE your blog! It's gorgeous! I'm a huge fan of YA.... As such, I'm through the first four books of the Mortal Instruments and have loved them all!

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  38. Love YA, but I love regular lit as well. I will be getting around to starting the Mortal Instruments soon - glad you liked it! Thanks for the follow! I'm following back via Linky as well! :)

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  39. Fixed it there should be no Captha now

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    1. Nice, people get really upset about Captcha when doing hops. Probably because they go to so many.

      Have a great weekend. =)

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  40. I love YA books, usually. The Hunger Games is one of my favorite series', but I haven't read Mortal Instruments yet. It is literally EVERYWHERE, so I will definitely be starting it soon. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by my FF and following! Following you too.

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  41. I still need to read The Immortal Instrument series myself and I AM a YA book lover. hahah! I do like to venture out and read adult fiction sometimes too though (:

    Thanks for stopping by!

    - Kim
    My FF

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  42. Following back!

    I liked the Immortal Instrument series. You should try the DemonHunter series by Jana Oliver, it's my current Paranormal fave :D

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  43. I like the Mortal Instruments series much mroe than I thought I would too. That was a great find.

    Thanks for stopping by and following! I followed ya back!

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  44. I always had the opposite problem - too much YA and children's fiction, virtually no adult fiction, haha. I agree on the Hunger Games, though. I read it back before it got popular, and it was amazing. I had thought it would be over-dramatic, but I'd read other books by Suzanne Collins and I decided to give it a chance. :D
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, following you back!

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  45. Great post this week :D

    Have an awesome weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog!! I am a new follower :)

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  46. Hehe... Your answer made me giggle. :) I felt the same about YA books before trying them, and now it's one of my favorite genres!

    Thanks for the follow! I followed you right back. :)

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  47. Hi following back...I'm reading City of Bone now and I must say that it's a chore. I just cant get into it o_O

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    1. It's not for everyone. I found the second book to be better.

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  48. I read adult books as a teen and now I read YA books as an adult. Weird, right? I just really like the pacing and the imagination, although I do spend a good amount of time wanting to slap the teenage protagonists. And I've only read City of Bones, but I can see its appeal.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF! Old follower via GFC.

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    1. t the end of City of Bones I was like this is pretty good, but I didn't LOVE it. That came with the second book. =)

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  49. I LOVE YA, but maybe that's because I'm a teenager :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm following back.

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  50. When I was younger, I read a lot more adult books! Now I'm in my 20s and reading YA. There are plenty of YA books that make you forget they are teens (only if school isn't involved). Thanks for stopping by. Returning the follow!

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  51. I love YA! :) I loved The Hunger Games and I liked The Mortal Instruments but LOVE The Infernal Devices. Clary did annoy me at points, but she grew on me. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Following back!

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  52. Hey new follower here following you back. I love your blog design! The Hunger Games is definitely a series that both teens and adults can enjoy.

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  53. Thanks for visiting my place....so I thought I would return the favor. I just love your blog...Your Newest Follower Here. I have to say YA is also a genre that I have a hard time with, but glad you enjoyed hunger games...I haven't read them yet and I dont know if I will, but thanks for sharing!!! Hope you have a great weekend

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  54. I'm also not much of an YA fan but I did enjoy The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. Maybe its the serial killer plot that kept my interest.

    Thanks for stopping by and I'm following back.

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  55. I read both YA and adult fiction. TMI and HG are two of my favorite series too.
    Love your blog!
    Following you via linky and GFC.

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  56. I didn't start reading more YA fiction until recently. I was more into Adult fiction a couple of years ago.

    Thanks for stopping by, I'm a new follower :)

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  57. I love this series!! Glad you enjoyed them, your blog design is awesome :)

    Thanks for following, following back :)

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  58. I didnt read that much ya as a kid either, its only since we started reviewing books that we read ya and love it!! Thanks for popping over now following you all over lol x

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  59. I didn't read YA books as a kid- my dad thought that once I could read well enough to read adult (real) books, there was no point to reading baby books anymore. But when I became a teacher, I started reading YA to make sure that my students' book reports were accurate and not faked. That's when I began to appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following- following you through GFC.

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  60. I read 99% YA, and I agree with your points. More often than not, the female protagonist is a whiny little girl. But that makes it even more special when she isn't.
    -Charlotte
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, new GFC follower!

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  61. YA is usually all I read but I do read some adult paranormal romances. I'm always hesitant to pick them up though. I haven't read Mortal Instruments yet or Hunger Games. If my sister had her way, I would have already read Hunger Games yesterday.

    I'm following you back via GFC. Thanks for stopping by!

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  62. Thanks for stopping by my post, just returning the favour and following you back.

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  63. Thanks for stopping by! Following via GFC.

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  64. Since I read a lot of YA, I'm glad that you found some books you liked.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  65. I would agree, the Hunger Games doesn't really feel like a YA series.

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  66. Yes those two are great starters in the YA genre, Hunger Games more so. It's great to step out of the box and be pleasantly surprised!

    Thanks for stopping by my post. New follower via GFC!

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  67. i loved the hunger games series and definitely need to read mortal instruments!

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  68. I also love The Hunger Games.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog; now following yours via Linky. :)

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