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Feature & Follow Friday #6 Featuring…ME!


First of all:


Wheeeee, I’m one of the two features this week!!

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You should totally check out Maria’s blog, this week’s other feature, as well! Edit: turns out I’m the only feature this week due to communication errors, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still check out her blog!

Here are the answers to my feature questions:


I’m still relatively new at this. I started my blog on the 15th of August this year but didn’t get to the point of being as active as I am now since half October-ish. A wedding needed to be planned in between; my own wedding, so that put a bit of a damper on things…;).


Does reading count? I’ve always been an active reader, but heck yeah, this really bumped my reading stats! And it feels sooooo good. I also do a little happy dance every time I get a request approval from Netgalley…


I don’t stick to a particular genre and alternate between books that have been on my physical shelves for 84 years, and newly acquired books/ARC’s. I do have a tendency to lean towards Fantasy, YA and Children’s Books a lot, though. Plus I hardly ever blog about non-fiction books. Which doesn’t mean I’m not open to reviewing them!


I’m glad this question is referring to books in plural because I could never pick ONE favourite. Keeping it short here and mentioning several favourite books is also quite hard, but I’ll give it a go, already feeling guilt-ridden towards books that I’m bound to forget about.

  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  •  A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson (see, non-fiction there)
  •  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  •  Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (again, non-fiction, although not everyone agrees on that here)
  •  Nobody’s Boy by Hector Malot
  •  The ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series by George R.R. Martin
  •  All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


Meeting people who are absolutely AWESOME and with whom I can talk Book Madness instead of having to pester my husband and non-book-loving friends with it every day (okay, I still do that, but to a lesser extent than before). This includes authors who are willing to work together with me, Mary Sue, to get some extra PR out there for their books. I’m puffing up my chest every time I tell someone about these kinds of things.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts: Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

How does this work?

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends! Every Friday, the two hosts will each showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas, and pose a question for other participating bloggers to answer. It’s a chance to find some new blogs to visit, and gain some new followers in return: win/win!

This week’s question is: What was the best Christmas (or other holiday) gift you ever received? – Suggested by Alison Can Read

Three things spring to mind:


I didn’t get the original Teddy Ruxpin one, but it was basically the same:


He’s been stuck in this creepy death mask position ever since his humongous batteries died

I got it for St.Nicholas and I think you can imagine why this was considered one of my top notch presents EVER. It came with an English cassette tape telling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which was definitely interesting for an 8ish-year-old Dutch girl.

2. A VHS tape of Disney’s Snow White. They were pretty expensive back in the day and I ‘accidentally’ *coughs* found the tape in one of my parents’ underwear drawers before they had a chance to wrap it.

3. My husband gave me a new laptop for Christmas 4 years ago. I believe the new Star Wars MMORPG came out back then and the video card on my old laptop was completely fried, so I wouldn’t be able to play it together with him. Hence, a new laptop! I think that was secretly the moment where I decided to marry him should he ever ask me to.

Edit: Oh my god, my husband just reminded me that we bought our dog 2 Christmases ago and he paid for him. So screw the other gifts: MY DOG’S THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT I EVER RECEIVED!


So what about you?!

If you also feel like participating in this Blog Hop, here are the rules for the #FF:

1. Follow the two hosts (this is a requirement)
2. Follow the featured blog (also required)
3. Put your blog name and URL in the linky thing (you’ll know once you check the post on the hosts’ blogs)
3. Grab the button up here/there and place it in your post. This will give people a place to say ‘hi’ in your comments and let you know that they are following you.
4. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC, (Google Friend Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
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 FF hop, comment on one of the hosts’ blogs and let them know, so they can stop by and check out your blog!

I have a slight preference for followers via WordPress, email and Facebook, but if it’s easier to use Bloglovin’, that’s fine with me as well, of course. Any type of follower = ❤



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About Anne (231 Articles)
Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

20 Comments on Feature & Follow Friday #6 Featuring…ME!

  1. How do you remember those things from your childhood? I can’t think of anything I received for Christmas prior to age 10. Is that bad?

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    • Haha, I’ve got a bit of an eidetic memory going on, so I pretty much remember all kinds of less impressive objects as well. Gives me the occasional brain freeze moments, though, with all that information tucked away in my tiny head! So no, I don’t think it’s bad if you can’t remember ;).


  2. Hi, there! Thanks for the shout out!! Yes, I was supposed to be the other featured blog this week, but I didn’t find out until much TOO late, due to not checking my emails…..BOO-HOO! But I’m on for next week, so you will see my answers then!

    CONGRATS TO YOU!!!!! I LOVE all your interview answers! And it’s SO sweet hat you picked your dog as your BEST Christmas present ever! I don’t have a dog, but I know I would have done the very same thing. A pet is always preferable to a machine, right? They can cuddle with you! And your dog looks SO adorable!!

    I also LOVE that Teddy Ruxpin commercial! And, of course, your “Cool, cool, coolcoolcool” GIF!!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your whole family, including doggie!! ❤ : )

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    • Oh NOES!! I found out yesterday afternoon and basically ran back home to get my answers and post in order. Maybe they should’ve sent us a note a few days prior to Christmas’s Eve ;). I’m looking forward to seeing your answers next week! 😀 Due to the lack of traffic today, I’ll probably be featured again as well, so we can still be feature buddies!

      A bazillion thank you’s! Same to you!! :-*


  3. Those were some cool gifts! Have a Merry Christmas! 🙂

    Friday Memes

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  4. Congrats on the feature! We didn’t get our doggies on Christmas, but we picked them up on my brother’s birthday 🙂 New Bloglovin’ follower! Here’s my FF:

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy reading!

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    • Thank you! 🙂 No matter what day it is, it’s always a festive event picking up your new pets :D.

      Happy holidays and reading to you as well! Hope you had a great Christmas!

      (Old Follower on Bloglovin’, new follower on Twitter)


  5. Congrats on being the feature!!! Already a follower!!#

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  6. Congrats on the feature! I remembered last second that I bought myself my dog for Christmas in 2008 and figured that totally counted as my best gift ever. 😉 Your dog is so cute! Hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas! Bloglovin’ follower.

    My FF!

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  7. Oohh VHS tapes!!! I remember I loved collecting movies back when I was a kid. 🙂 Congrats on getting featured!

    Happy holidays!
    New follower via Bloglovin. 🙂

    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

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    • I was a VHS tape hoarder, but they took up so much space! Books, however…
      Thank you! Happy Holidays to you as well! 🙂


  8. Oh I’m so happy to see as this week’s feature! And oh my God, the creepy death mask!!!! You’re post left me laughing. Great job and I agree, your dog is definitely best present ever. 😛

    I’m an old follower, but I just realized I am not following you on Bloglovin. So I, of course, couldn’t let that go on any longer. Consider yourself followed, ma’am. 😀

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    My Feature and #FF

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    • Haha, the bear is standing right next to our Christmas tree now and the longer I look at it, the creepier it gets…

      Thank you! Returned the follow there as well! 😀

      I did (best day is today though, where I get to lie down and read most of the day I hope 😉 ) Hope yours was fabulous as well!


  9. Congrats on being featured! Those are some great gifts! Hope you had a great Christmas!

    My FF:

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  10. susanfaw // 27/12/2015 at 01:17 // Reply

    I have always wondered if the bear in the movie “Ted” is a rude version of Teddy Ruxpin! Thanks for the smile 🙂 I think i am too late to add my tag to the #ff feature so I will leave it till next week 🙂 Merry Christmas everyone!

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  11. Congrats on being the featured blogger! Doesn’t it feel great? All The Light We Cannot See is also one of my favorite books! Be on the lookout for Bill Bryson’s latest book, The Road To Little Dribbling. I think it comes out January 19th!

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    • It sure does! 🙂 high fives! I know, I was dying to get an ARC copy of it, but Doubleday doesn’t hand out review copies to non-US/UK residents unfortunately (or that was my guess at least). I’m definitely going to buy it though. I’m a big Bryson fan 🙂


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