Thursday, July 5, 2012

Follow Friday





Feature and Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer! This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. The most amazing thing is that this week The Paperback Princesses are one of the featured blogs.  How cool is that? Check out our feature on Alison Can Read

This weeks feature and follow question is:
 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?

Curlypow here:  I am not a huge fan of contemporary fiction.  I don't mind the odd contemp romance like Anna and the French Kiss or something similar, but angsty contemps are really not my thing.  Until about a year or so ago when I picked up Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.  I don't remember now why I picked it up in the first place - I know I got it from the library, but the book just blew me away.  It has such a strong message about bullying and shows so clearly how we compound problems by being passive and not speaking out.  I firmly believe this should be required reading for high school.  I still don't read many contemps though - I leave that to Christinabean - give me fantasy every time.

Christinabean here.  I'm all about the paranormal/supernatural.  It took a little coaxing but I finally reached out to try some fantasy a few years ago and loved it.  My turnaround book was Graceling by Kristin Cashore.  I was hooked.  Curlypow recommended I try it out and I'm glad I did.  The characters were insightful and the story was well-developed.  I think I finished it in about 3 days.  That's fast when you're juggling 2 jobs, a family and a blog!  The next genre for me to tackle now is Science Fiction.  Still not a huge fan but I'm a firm believer in trying new things.

Welcome to the Paperback Princesses! Make yourself at home, take a look around our blog and let us know what you think in the comments section. We would love to hear what you have to say about our posts. We often try to comment on your comments as well so feel free to start a conversation! Since there are two of us running the show, we always have a variety of titles and event postings. Be sure to check out our own personal meme page. Check out Fantastic Fairytales, Let's Hear it for the Boys, In Case you Missed it and a few others. We try to not only focus on new YA books but also great titles from the past.

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45 comments:

  1. Congrats on being this weeks feature :D

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  2. Congrats on the feature. I got featured too. Both of your books choices sound interesting. I will look into them

    New follower.

    Mine: http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow-friday-35-yaay-im.html

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  3. Great answers! Contemporary fiction really isn't my thing either, actually I really don't like it. I'll have to look into the books you mentioned, maybe that will change my mind.

    Graceling was just okay for me. I don't know. Maybe I just didn't enjoy it that much. But I know it's really popular.

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  4. Congrats on being featured! I haven't read either of those, sadly...but I really want to! I even own both of them >.<
    New follower, nice to meet you guys!
    My Friday Hops

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  5. Congratulations on being this weeks Feature!
    I'm not a big contemporary reader either, but Thirteen reason why really interests me, I'll have to pick it up one day!
    Old follower, hooray!
    My FF!
    Happy Friday!

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  6. Congrats on being one of the featured blogs! Hope you get lots of visitors!

    New Linky Follower

    http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow-friday-22.html

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  7. Congrats on being featured!! I LOVED Thirteen Reasons Why. Such an amazing book! I am say way as you Christinabean, I am all about paranormal and fantasy is a very touchy genre with me. I either love it or hate it.

    New Follower!

    Happy Reading,
    Becky
    http://bookbitereviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-friday-23.html

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  8. I have been stuck in the paranormal genre its been hard to pull myself out until I was given Decadent Dreams and wow it made me rethink my views on Contemporary.

    MyFF

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  9. I'm not a big contemporary romance fan either, except now I read Anna and the French kiss I'm looking for more lol
    Btw, the link to your blog on the linky doesn't work. it leads to an error page. Thought you'd like to know and fix it!

    congrats on being features and old follower!

    My FF

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  10. Happy Follow Friday! I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

    New Folllwer =)

    thebookreaper.com

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  11. Aw, congrats on the feature! I'm going to have to try Thirteen Reasons Why, if it could change your mind about contemporary! Happy Friday! My Follow

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  12. I love your blog title. I am not much for Science Fiction, and I haven't tried contemporary fiction.



    My FF

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  13. New Follower. My FF http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-friday-24-and-tgif-8.html

    I loved Graceling. It's a great book to try out fantasy with.

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  14. Awesome choice. I loved both of those books. Old Follower. =]
    Here is My FF

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  15. Congrats on being featured this week. New follower here's the link to mine. :) http://myescape84.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-friday-5.html

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  16. Curlypow, I LOVE angsty drama. LOVE it and I have no idea why? I'm a drama queen I suppose. The thing is, it frustrates me so much, but I love it still. *Shrugs* What can you do?

    Christinabean, I'm glad you branched out because Cashore is fabulous, isn't it? I hope you find a good sci-fi book you like. I am all about fantasy and sci-fi :0) I like everything lol.

    Congrats on being featured. I'm a new follower and my FF is here.

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  17. Congrats on being featured!

    I'm not all that into Sci-Fi either, every now and then there will be one that grabs my attention but its few and far between.

    New follower via GFC

    -Amanda P
    Paranormal Romance

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  18. Hopping through. I really need to re-read Graceling and then read the rest of the series. Congrats on being the feature!
    My Hop

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  19. Oh nice answers! I think for me it depends on the fantasy books... the contempory fiction aren't a problem I think, but the same it depends.

    new follower

    here is mine

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  20. Hi guys, congrats on the feature!

    I'm a new follower via GFC, and here's my FF. :)

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  21. Congratulations on being a featured blog! I know the feeling about contemporary, but when I read it I like it, so I don't really understand my own hesitation.

    Happy Friday!
    My FF/TGIF

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  22. And I just forgot in my comment: New follower :) and the link to your blog on Alison Can Read doesn't work correctly. I'm not sure if it can be fixed, but so you know.

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  23. Stopping by from the FF, I'm a new follower. Have a great weekend!

    My FF

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  24. I haven't read that book yet, but I'll probably check it out now :)

    If you want to know my pick, please stop by my here

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  25. New follower! Congrats on being a feature :)
    Alexia - Here is My FF Post

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  26. Loved Graceling :) *New Follower*

    My Follow

    Happy Reading :)

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  27. Congrats on being a feature this week!!!

    New Linky follower! :)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature
    My FF & TGIF

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  28. Cngrats on being the featured blog! Followed you!

    Alex
    Breakfast At Bookland

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  29. Great answer, I agree about contemporary fiction and have been wanting to pick up Thirteen Reasons Why, but everytime I read the summary, I cringe a little, afraid I will hate it.
    New follower!
    My FF: http://meganm922.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-and-follow-fridayjumping-genres.html

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  30. I usually am not a big fantasy reader. It's getting a little bit better finding some of the books that I actually like. I really like contemporary fiction, but it's hard for me to find books in the genre that I want to read.

    Congrats on being a feature.

    New GFC follower!

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  31. Hey, great answers! New GFC Follower!

    My FF

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  32. Congratulations on being featured. I loved 13 Reasons Why.
    New follower by the way :)
    My FF

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  33. Congrats on being one of this week's features!

    I can't wait to read both of those.

    New GFC follower. :)
    My FF

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  34. Hi, I am already a follower, Here is my post, and i never heard of that book, not a gendre i read either
    FF post

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  35. I love Anna and the French Kiss! And Thirteen Reasons Why is quite interesting as well :-)

    Following! Feel free to stop by my blog :-)
    SeeitORreadit

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  36. Congratulations on being featured! :D

    http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.nl/2012/07/feature-follow-7.html

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  37. Nice post. I need to get to 13 Reasons. It's been on my list for a while.

    Errant Author: Feature and Follow

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  38. Congrats on being featured this week! I'm now following you via GFC and would love for you to visit me whenever you get a moment..... http://wowfromthescarfprincess.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow-friday.html

    The Scarf Princess

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  39. Great post! I'm started to read more YA contemps, but haven't found any that blew me away just yet. http://authorheather.wordpress.com

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  40. Congrats on the feature! I love Paranormal/Supernatural! haven't heard of that book though, def gonna look into it! Have a great weekend!

    New Follower via GFC

    My FF

    Ana♥ @ Beach Bum Reads

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  41. If your'e looking for some AMAZING contemporary I recommend Melina Marchetta. Aussies just do it better.

    And Graceling, I think it has converted many.

    Congrats on the feature! Following! My follow friday! Please visit

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  42. Congrats on the feature. I am a new follower! ;)

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  43. Congrats on the feature!

    I enjoyed Graceling, although it's not my FAVORITE fantasy, I can see how it would convert you! And I hope you enjoy your foray into sci-fi.

    And I'm with you on the avoiding contemporary thing, although I read Fault in Our Stars by John Green yesterday, and it was fabulous. Totally wrecked me, but fabulous. Now I'm in the mood for some more contemporary after that!

    New follower via GFC!

    Here's my FF!

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  44. Good answers here! I'm new to paranormal and fantasy and am surprised at all the new titles that can be found. And congrats on this weeks feature.

    New GFC follower :)

    Happy FF!
    Renee @ Succotash Reviews

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  45. Lovely post and new follower.

    You both may like the books I read or picked up with out even try and enjoy them but that up to you.

    http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-me-friday-8.html

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