Thursday, December 31, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday #20: Featured Blogger/2016 Book Excitement!!!

Welcome to Feature & Follow Friday!!

This weekly hop is hosted by  
Rachel @ Parajunkee's View, and 
Alison @ Alison Can Read!!

You can find the rules at the links above.
Join in the fun and make new blogging friends!

Every week, 1 or 2 new blogs 
are featured!



This week's featured blogs

Inked Brownies 


A Night's Dream of Books!!

Here are my answers to the 
interview questions:

1.) When did you start blogging?

I started in September of 2010. It's just incredible how fast time has gone by! But yes, I've been blogging for 5 years now!

2.) What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I really can't pick just one. When I first got started, I really enjoyed experimenting with blog designs. I finally settled into my present design, which I ADORE, because it's got so much BLUE in it! 

Of course, I LOVE blogging about books! I love reading YA, and other genres, as well. In fact, I have a blog for literary fiction, classics, and nonfiction, titled MindSpirit Book Journeys.

And last but definitely NOT least, I LOVE meeting other book bloggers, building relationships with them, participating in giveaways....Did I mention that I just LOVE EVERYTHING about book blogging?

3.) What type of books do you mainly blog about?

At the beginning, I had an eclectic blog. As time went by, though, I decided to start a second blog, and this one, A Night's Dream of Books, became dedicated to YA, with an occasional adult or New Adult book thrown in. I already mentioned my other blog above, lol.

4.) What are your favorite books?

OMG, I would probably spend all day here, telling you guys about those.... But I can single out the ones that come up right away. Of course, there's The Twilight Saga, the Harry Potter series, the Vampire Academy series....and I LOVE Claudia Gray's books! My favorite YA genres are fantasy, PNR, and UF.

Although it's not YA, I just have to mention my favorite classic of all time: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë. Oh, the adoration....

5.) What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

The VERY best? Being one of the featured bloggers on Feature & Follow Friday!! YAY!!!!! 

Here is this week's question:

What books are you most
excited for in 2016?

Contributed by
Alison Can Read 

Here's my list of books!
(Click on each cover to access
the Gooreads page.)

Next Week's Question


Contributed by


These are my follow preferences.
The links are in my sidebar.

 Be sure to visit the rest of the
participating blogs!!


  1. Congrats on the feature, Maria! :-D I'm looking forward to so many of those books too! Others I have to get a move on and actually start their series! I'm so behind! Hopefully 2016 is my year to catch up on a whole lot of reading. :-D Happy New Year, Maria!

    My FF!

    1. Hi, Baggins!

      Thank you so much!! I'm very happy to be one of the features this week!!

      Oh, I'm so glad you're looking forward to these books, too! They all sound amazing, don't they?

      I do have to do some catching up Hopefully 2016 will be THE year for me to catch up on a whole bunch of series!

      Thanks for dropping by! Happy New Year to you, too!! : )

  2. Congratulations on being the feature! New follower on blog and twitter. Can't wait to read more of your posts!!!

    1. Hi, there!

      Thank you so much for the congrats!! It feels so awesome to be one of the features this week!

      Thanks as well for the follows, which I will promptly return, so I'm looking forward to your posts, too!!

      Happy New Year!! : )

  3. Happy New Year Maria!

    It is so interesting that when we book bloggers talk about the positives aspects of blogging we almost always talk about the community of bloggers. The connections that we make is one of the things that make it so worthwhile.

    I agree about time going by so fast. I am almost at the four year mark of book blogging and it feels as if time has gone by so fast.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      Happy New Year to you, too! And to your family, as well!!

      You are so right about the blogging community! It is definitely very rewarding to connect with fellow book addicts and compare notes. After all, blogging in a vacuum is very lonely. So it's totally awesome when these connections are made, and lasting friendship is the result!

      As for time going by fast, I feel that this last year just zipped by at warp speed 10! I didn't know you had been blogging for 4 years! CONGRATS!!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! : )

  4. Some of those you are anticipating are on my read list. :) Happy New Year! New bloglovin follower!

    Friday Memes

    1. Hi, Stormi!

      It's great that you're highly anticipating some of the books on my list!

      Happy New Year to you, too! Thanks for the comment and the follow!! : )

  5. Congratulations on being a featured blogger. I received that privilege a couple of weeks of ago. I'm still pretty new in the game, but am a big fan of YA lit. The new Cassandra Clare is definitely on my list and so is Truthwitch. I'm pretty curious how both of those will turn out.
    You've given me some good additional options to add to my TBR pile too.

    1. Hi, Bill!

      Thank you so much! I'm honored to be featured!

      Since you're new to blogging, then welcome to the blogosphere! It's GREAT that you love YA!! I'm supposed to be receiving "Truthwitch" soon, since I won it in a giveaway, and can hardly wait! Of course, anything by Cassandra Clare has got to be amazing!

      I'm glad my list also added to your TBR pile! I'm always adding new books to mine, which I discover on other blogs.

      Thanks for dropping by, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! : )

  6. Congrats on the Feature!! New Follower via Twitter
    I'm looking forward to Faith Hunter's new releases, Lisa Shearin's new releases and Kalayna Price's new release. Too many good books, too little time!

    1. Hi, Nell!

      Thanks for the congrats!! I greatly appreciate that!

      Oh, geez, those are all new authors to me! I need to check them out! Judging by your enthusiasm, they must be totally awesome! So, Goodreads, here I come! And you're SO right about the scarcity of time....this is the bookworm's bane.....

      Thanks for visiting, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! : )

  7. Congrats on the feature! And those are so fantastic books! I would have picked most of them, too, if I remembered them! New GFC follower! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  8. Hi, Louisa!

    Thank you so much for the congrats!!

    Yeah, these are all AWESOME books!! I hope to be able to read at least some of them!

    You're very welcome for my visit! And thanks to YOU for commenting back and following!! : )


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