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4.07.2011

Feature & Follow Friday #40


Happy Follow Friday everyone! Let me tell you a little bit about this HOP. Every friday or really Thursday evening we all get together and say HI! But, we need to know how to find you, so please leave your link in the Mr. Linky below. Also on Follow Friday we have a Feature...because alliteration is the way we roll. Each week is a different feature from the book blogging community. They are picked randomly or I give in after multiple harassing emails. Just depends on the week. If you want to be next weeks feature...leave your link. Also, I've had a recent rash of people signing up on the linky weeks later, which sort of defeats the purpose. If you want to participate check back here on the next Friday!

Our feature this week is...





Hi there, my name is Lesley from My keeper shelf, I live in Scotland in the UK.

I'm fairly new to the world of blogging although I have always checked out other blogs for what to read next suggestions. It kind of started with joining Goodreads last year to help me keep a track of all the books I had read and to find suggestions for fab new books from like minded paranormal romance and urban fantasy readers. I then progressed into joining a few groups on Goodreads to discuss my favourite authors (Karen Marie Moning, Stacia Kane, Ilona Andrews and Nalini Singh to name but a few.) and was then inspired to start my own blog focusing on the types of books I love the most- paranormal romance and urban fantasy (although I do love a good smexy cowboy book now and then!)
 
I love reviewing books but I am in no way a professional reviewer providing amazingly insightful critique, I like to keep it simple. I'm a reader first and foremost. I pick up a book because something about it interests me: the story, the authors previous work or the gorgeous cover. I absolutely love to drool over book covers and have realised that I often, ok I admit it always, judge a book by it's cover so I like to include new covers on my blog and well, drool.
 
I came up with the name my keeper shelf as that's how I categorise books. If I love a book it goes on my keeper shelf. This usually means I have folded down or bookmarked pages at the "good bits" and I will go back time and time again to reread my favourite pages. My blog is simple but fun (hopefully!) I would love it if you would come over and say hi.

Q. Do you judge a book by it's cover?

Yes. Yes. Yes. I'm a graphic designer, to me things should look pretty. If a cover is so bad, I won't even pick up the book. I have been surprised though. A book that I thought had a horrendous cover...I really enjoyed. Here it is, what do you think? Great book though...







Now for the Follow Fun!





To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - http://mykeepershelf.blogspot.com
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  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
  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!

Happy Follow Friday!

Follow it up with your twitter address if you want to get that one out!
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38 comments:

Mariya said...

OMG. I am so like you Parajunkee, as a fellow graphic designer I can't help but judge a book by the cover sometimes, if the description/reviews are good I add it to might read shelf and may not read it for many many months.

Lea said...

Hi Parajunkee! My name is Lea and I just recently (2 weeks ago) started my own book blog, called LC's Adventures in Libraryland. This is my first Follow me Friday and I am pretty excited about it :)

Bonnie said...

Love the question and the featured blogger this week! Happy Friday (or Thursday night).

Lea said...

Oh... I was supposed to put my blog name, not my name... Wow, that was pretty special of me lol. Oops! Sorry guys.

Fiction Fool said...

Hi Parajunkee! Love your site and love your tutorials! This will be my first time to participate in Follow me Friday. I'm a Cover Girl too. LOL

@ Lea: I did the same thing. I put my name Aimee and not my blog. Your not alone!

Maria Zannini said...

I might read a bad book with a great cover, but I have to forced to read a great book with a bad cover.

I feel so bad for authors when they end up with cheesy covers.

Amanda P said...

I totally judge a book by it's cover! But sometimes I am surprised. I am new to Follow Friday, but haven been blogging about 6 months. And love it so far. I am new to twitter however...
http://twitter.com/#!/ParaRomance01

-Amanda P
www.paranormalromancenovel.com

the demureconnoisseur said...

I've been known to be guilty of judging a book by its cover. Many times. I've also been surprised by books that I had passed over before, like the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. The first time I saw those books I thought that they looked ridiculous and although not all of them are fantastic, I did really like at least the first 4 or 5.

I've been on a following frenzy the last few days! This should be fun.

Stacy
My blog:
http://demureconnoisseur.blogspot.com/

Coreena McBurnie said...

Hello, I just started my blog less than 2 weeks ago and discovered your blog hop on book blogs. Thanks for putting this together, it looks fun.
Coreena
http://coreenamcburnie.blogspot.com

Jane said...

I'm barely starting with my book blog but I've been blogging for so long. I'll be putting my first review up today, hopefully. Thanks for hosting this blog hop!

http://whenwegetthere.blogspot.com

Grace said...

I think I may be one of the only people on the planet who doesn't look at the cover before buying a book--I've always been a little off.

Grace
http://bookslikebreathing.blogspot.com

Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Hi Parajunkee,

Thanks for hosting this awesome blog hop each week! Love checking out new blogs!

Great question this week!

Have a great weekend!

Leetid said...

Happy Friday Follow and have a good weekend.

So many books, so little time said...

This is my first Friday follow, I think I have done it right. Although I am really new to all this so probably not lol

Lesley-Ann said...

Hi Parajunkee,

This is my first time participating in the Friday Follow although I've been a 'follower' of your blog for quite a while.

My book blog is really new and is slowly beginning to take form, through mainly trial and error really. But either way I am having fun with it and your site with it's posts is a great help.

Barbara@ Black, White and Read All Over said...

My first Follow Friday -- what a great idea! I'm always interested in finding new authors to check out and this is a great way to find other bloggers that enjoy similar books :)

My blog is simple--I tell a little about the story and why I enjoyed it. I try not to include any spoilers because, for me, the anticipation of what happens next is the best part of a good book. Sometimes I throw in a post about what's on my mind, but it's usually book related. Hope you check out my blog.

Mysteriousrose said...

Hi

I love being a part of follow friday and it's great reading peoples answers to the question.

Please stop by my blog if you have the time, and if you become a follower I would love to follow you back.
I really like meeting new bloggers and finding new blogs to read.

Mysteriousbooks: http://mysteriousrose.blogspot.com/

Dorothy A. said...

This is my first time joining Follow Friday! My blog, The Kindled Scholar, is a couple weeks old. I post reflections of books I've read (mainly contemporary fiction) and other book-related posts. Hope you stop by!

Ken Lindsey said...

I'm new to Follow Friday and I think this is just great. Thanks so much for putting in the effort to help connect book bloggers!

Heather said...

Love this meme, it’s fun fun fun! I am new this week, and I’ll be back next week too! my blog is: www.booksavvybabe.blogspot.com

Aimee said...

Great feature! I love doing this meme! I'm trying each week to get more and more blogs in. My goal is to visit every single one. *Crosses fingers*

Reader Riah said...

Thanks for hosting this cool meme. I'm a new follower of your blog. Come check out mine!

www.livinglovinglaughingreading.blogspot.com

bex said...

Hi there! Just found this and it's really a great idea. Love it!

I'm fairly new to blogging and definitely new to this Friday follow!

My blog: http://www.rebgeo.com/

bex said...

The post was a bit late, but is up now!

Cynthia said...

Hi, I have been a fan and follower of your blog since I started book blogging. This is a great Friday Follow but this is my first time joining in. My dial up keeps me from getting around as well as I would like, but wanted to give it a go this week. I do return follows for sure!

Covers are an important aspect of the book there is no doubt and by reading some of the blogs, I think most of us feel pretty much the same. Even so, it can be a knock out cover and the book can still fail. It is really cool with it all comes together and a great piece of work is created for our enjoyment. God bless em!

Take care and have a great weekend!
And thank you for an awesome meme :)
Cynthia
The Wytch's Mirror

TwilightsDance said...

Another great Friday question.

Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight!

Sarah said...

Im new to Follow Friday, let alone blog hopping. Seems like a great way to network and make new friends :) There are definitely a lot of talented bloggers out there!

-Sarah @ http://inklingsread.blogspot.com

WickedEnchantment said...
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WickedEnchantment said...

So I am hair brained today and put my name name in the name part instead of my blog name in the Linky section! lol
If you could fix that, that would be great :P
I am new to the follow friday thing hehe

I love this follow idea /hugs

Deborah~ said...

Hi, Parajunkee! Another great interview! I am so taken in by book covers, even after my teachers always told me, "Don't judge a book by its cover." Can't help doing that alot of the time...

Of course you know I'm a fan and follower. Come by and see my latest reviews of: "The Cypress House," "Being Polite To Hitler," and "Wither." I've been having some awesome reads this past week and a half.

Also, thanks for these Friday follows...I love them, though I don't always get alot of followers. :[ Hope people will stop by and chat with me this time!!

Deb/TheBookishDame

Celesta said...

New Participant and New Follower! Thanks so much for hosting this, such a good way to meet other bloggers!

I'm a new blogger too and would love to be featured when you have the time (here's my blog). I love getting deeper and deeper into this awesome community! This isn't helping my TBR pile getting any smaller, but there are worse things in life!

Meredith said...

Hi, I'm new to Follow Me Friday and would love to get some new followers. Just search "Mint Tea and A Good Book" in google and my blog will be the first thing that pops up. I am really excited to start Follow Me Friday. It sounds really fun and I can't wait to get some new followers!

-Meredith
http://mintteaandagoodbook.blogspot.com/

oO Mariana Oo said...

Very interesting question!
Have a Nice weekend ^^

-Mariana S
http://smartgirls-read.blogspot.com/

Molli said...

TGIF ya'll. :)

Great question, and one I go into a little bit of depth on in my FF post here, but I am definitely guilty of this from time to time. If a cover is pretty, I'll give it a second look; if it's kinda wonky, I'll study on it a bit, but in the end, I always read a couple pages of the book before I make my decision. :)

soulunsung said...

I will completely and whole heartedly unabashedly tell you that I am guilty of judging a book by it's cover. Most of the time the pretty gone's get bought while the lesser not so pretty get left behind on the shelves. I'm not exactly proud of this and there have been a few occasions when I've bucked the odds and bought the less than stellar covered book, but yeah. I are guilty! ;)

Sabrina said...

Also a new participant and follower! Follow Friday sounds fun! Thanks for hosting this!

Chri said...

don't worry, me is guilty with you ;P
http://theawesomemagicattic.blogspot.com/

Amy Jones said...

Hi, I'm new here. Well, actually I'm not... I've been lingering for awhile and taking everything in. I just joined Follow Friday and look forward to participating. It sounds like a lot of fun!
Smiles,
Amy
http://amyjonesyaff.blogspot.com

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