Feature & Follow: Describe the plot of your 10 favorite books in 7 words.

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Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read. The main goal of this blog hop is to allow bloggers meet, discover new blogs/bloggers and spark up some bookish friendship/conversation. Each Friday there is a post prompt picked by a fellow blogger to be featured. This week’s featured blog/blogger First Impressions Reviews.

This week’s prompt question: Describe the plot of your 10 favorite books in 7 words. (This was a hard one!)

Here are my attempts to put down the plots of a few of my favorite books:

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What did you think of my 7 word attempts to describe my favorite books? How would you describe your favorite books in 7 words? Leave me your best attempts in the comments below or leave me your link to your Feature & Follow for today so I can come visit. Let’s Chat!

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Feature & Follow Friday: Top 3 Book Boyfriends, Books They Are In & Why I Love them

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Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read. The main goal of this blog hop is to allow bloggers meet, discover new blogs/bloggers and spark up some bookish friendship/conversation. Each Friday there is a post prompt picked by a fellow blogger to be featured. 

I am the featured blogger for this week’s post prompt ( YAY!)  and I am so thrilled and grateful. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me to be featured. You are all awesome shiny stars!  Thank you so very much. <3<3<3

::BIG VIRTUAL HUGS ALL AROUND::

 

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HOW DOES THE #FF WORK?

  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
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  • The person with the most VOTES gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

This Week’s Post Prompt: 3 FAVORITE BOOK BOYFRIENDS, BOOKS THEY’RE IN, AND WHY YOU’LL ALWAYS LOVE THEM.

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Book Boyfriend #1

Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice was the first historical/period novel I read when I was younger and I fell hard for Mr. Darcy. Yes, he was a snob but he is tall, dark, handsome and sexy…what is not to like? When I saw the movie with Colin Firth and the infamous “wet shirt” Mr. Darcy finished conquering my heart. Thankfully, as you later find out in the novel, he actually isn’t really a snob.

 

Book Boyfriend #2

Marco Alisdair from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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As many of you already have discovered, I am pretty obsessed with the book The Night Circus. It is probably my number one favorite book of all time. Marco Alisdair is a handsome dark haired and grey-green eyed illusionist. He is smart, a writer of journals and is able to make such beautiful illusions that even the coldest of heart would melt. He also wears cute bowler hats and has a killer Victorian wardrobe.

 

Book Boyfriend #3

Kvothe and Bast from The Kingkiller Chronicles (The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear) by Patrick Rothfuss

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This is a tie between Bast and Kvothe from The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. Bast is not only quite gorgeous with his dark hair and cunning blue eyes, but he is also Fae. He seems sweet and innocent, but deep in his Fae core, he also is dark, dangerous and mischievous. Kvothe is a green eyed redhead. He is intelligent, clever, shape witted and a very talented musician. He gets bonus points  for having a tragic background, and a kind heart.

Who are some of your book boyfriends? What made you fall in love with them? I would love to chat with you about them. Leave me your answers in the comments below, and leave me your links too if you participate in Feature & Follow. Make sure to check out the other blogs on the Feature and Follow blog hop too.

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Feature & Follow: Short Stories (as companions to a series): Love or Hate?

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Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read. The main goal of this blog hop is to allow bloggers meet, discover new blogs/bloggers and spark up some bookish friendship/conversation. Each Friday there is a post prompt picked by a fellow blogger to be featured. This week’s featured blog/blogger is Katiria from Kati Bookaholic Rambling Reviews

Today we are discussing:  Short stories (as companions to a series and what we love or hate about them.

Personally, I love the idea of short stories or novellas as companion “side” stories to a series. I always find myself wanting to know more about a specific character or desiring to know what happened next or before the events in certain books. To me, there is no such thing as too much information, especially if it is going to expand on a book I LOVE.

For example, I would love to know what happened to Bailey and Poppet from The Night Circus, as well as what really became of Marco and Celia. I would be ecstatically happy if Erin Morgenstern released this information in a short story or novella form one day…or any other stories about the other whimsical members of The Night Circus. As a Harry Potter fan, I jumped for joy when I found out that the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was being published in book form. It would be wonderful if J.K. Rowling also decided to possibly put out a short story with more details about The Marauders, or further details on the lives of the professors (when they were students and such). I sure wouldn’t mind knowing a little bit more about death eater Bellatrix LeStrange (yes…I know she’s one of the bad guys…but it would still be interesting to see her as an angst-filled teen at Hogwarts) or getting a glimpse of Dumbledore as a teen either.

How do you feel about companion stories to a series? Do you love or hate it? What are some of the stories and characters you would love to read and get to know more about? Leave me your comments below, and remember to add your links so I can come over to your blog and say hello.   

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Feature & Follow Friday- Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

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Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read. The main goal of this blog hop is to allow bloggers meet, discover new blogs/bloggers and spark up some bookish friendship/conversation. Each Friday there is a post prompt and today the prompt is Top Ten Favorite Book Covers. 

 

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night circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Published by Harvill Secker

This book has pretty much become my favorite book. I just LOVE this version (UK) of the cover. The book itself is also lovely, with black and white stripes for the inside panels. I love the silhouettes of the two main characters with the striped tent behind them and the touch of  red scarf, the umbrella, the bowler hat and magician’s top hat- all important pieces in the story.

 

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The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Published by Bloomsbury

is another Gorgeous book. The cover/slipcover are beautifully illustrated with climbing vines and black flowers over the sleeping princess. The dust jacket is a bit translucent making the actually hardcover look a bit “dreamy” and “foggy” with a hint of a glimmer. It’s stunning! The illustrations inside are also divine and swoon worthy.

 

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Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

This cover has quite a lot of things going on and since I am still reading it I am still connecting everything to the story but it is a delicious feast for the eyes. I love the font they used for the title, and there are just so much to look at.

 

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Beauty and the Beast– By Ursula Jones and Illustrated by Sarah Gibb

Published by Orchard/ Albert Whitman and Company.

I fell completely in love with this edition of my favorite fairy tale. The illustrations are GORGEOUS, and the cover is just breath taking. Everything I could have ever wanted for how Beauty and the Beast should be illustrated. The other books in the series  are just as dazzling and I want them all in my collection.

 

 

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Puffin In Bloom Edition)

Published by Puffin

I think this is such an adorable illustrated cover. You have the four sisters, surrounded by floral and a golden cursive font for the title. It’s very sweet and there are a few other titles done in the same style (I want them all).

 

the gallery

The Gallery by Laura Marx-Fitzgerald

Published by Dial Books

The intricate lacework of this cover is beautiful and it incorporates lots of information about the story. It is set in the 1920’s in a mansion where there are “Gatsby-like” parties and a mysterious lady that refuses to leave her room. I love the gilded font too…so SWIRLY.

 

Miss Moon

Miss Moon Wise Words from a Dog Governess-

Witten and illustrated by Janet Hill

Published by Tundra Books

This is not only a lovely cover, but a very bright and interesting one. There are a variety of dogs (more actually on the inside illustrations), flowers, foliage , a parrot, a monkey, and an alligator. It’s quirky and slightly strange and it just makes one curious about what is actually going on here. Miss Moon doesn’t seem to be too worried about the little white dog with the blue bow getting too close to that alligator- who looks ready to grab himself a nice little puppy puffball for a snack. I love the possibilities and potential in what the book holds just from everything depicted on this cover.

 

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Love Fortunes and other Disasters– by Kim Karalius

This book cover is just the cutest. I love how sweet and romantic it is. There are heart shaped trees, a heart-shaped tunnel, and I really like the color scheme. I love the little cloud with the lightning bolt striking the “S” just hanging above the couple in the boat. It truly depicts that love isn’t always “calm sailing” and that sometimes it truly does feel like your are standing on a boat without a life jacket on rocky water about to get hit by lightning and a giant storm. Very appropriate and clever for the story inside.

 

bunny roo

Bunny roo, I Love You by Melissa Marr

Illustratre by Teagan White

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books

This book cover warms my heart. I love the color scheme, the font, and I especially love that there are bunnies on this cover. I plan on buying this book the moment my husband and I find out we are pregnant. It will be our baby’s first book.

 

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Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Published by Headline Review

I found this cover very clever. If you look at it quickly, or at a distance you can’t really tell that some of the cutouts are little knives, Skulls, and what looks like human hearts to me. I love that the cut-outs look almost like a pattern for a lace doily or even a gothic glass window. I especially love the long knife just below the author’s last name with what looks like “blood” scrolls squirting away from the blade.

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What are some of your favorite book covers? Do you ever read/buy a book based on how much you like the cover? Do you also participate in Feature & Follow Friday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll head over for a visit.

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