Thursday, March 15, 2012

TGIF (8) and Follow Friday (8)

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TGIF is hosted by Ginger at Greads! This week's discussion is about
Social Networking
Do you use Twitter or Facebook to promote your blog? How has it benefited your book blogging experience? If not, how do you promote your blog? Share your twitter handle and/or Facebook link!

I use Twitter to promote mine for now; Facebook pages seem very official and since I'm still a bit new I don't quite feel up to that yet haha. I know I will soon, but probably once I hit the 5 or 6 month mark.

Surprisingly, Twitter's been a big help! I'm not sure how directly it's been an influence on page views or clicks, but it really helps me connect with other bloggers.  I've chatted with a lot of bloggers that I love and admire, and I've gotten some great recommendations on books.  I also like to lurk on the #yalitchat that happen every Wednesday, it's fairly informative and I learn a lot.

The other way I've learned to adore Twitter in terms of book blogging is how it connects you with authors! I remember the first author to "interact" with me was Jennifer Bosworth when she retweeted my Waiting on Wednesday - I was ecstatic that I even crossed her path!  When Cath Crowley (Graffiti Moon) actually tweeted me, I'm fairly certain I flipped out.  I'm still starstruck any time any author tweets me (Ned Vizzini and Jennifer Echols were big ones, I think I squealed), and always a bit honored that they take the time to really connect with fans.

Follow me on Twitter! @italylove19

How has Social Networking influenced your blogging?
Leave me your link and I'll come check it out!

Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee's View, meant to spotlight two blogs and allows bloggers to link up and meet other fabulous bookish friends and share the Following love!

This week's spotlight blogs are: The Fairytale Nerd & Reading With ABC (who is one of my favourites actually!)

And the question of the week is:
What is the best book you've read in the last month? What is the worst book you've read in the last month?

Oh goodness. I've read some phenomenal books the last month, but I think I'm going to have to go with Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (read my review here!). It is seriously filled with wanderlust and whimsy and romance and emotion and will make you feel everything and want everything.  It's such a fabulous story, and I absolutely beg beg beg you to read it.

As for the's not that this book was bad, it was just not for me: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler (read my review here!).  The concept was great, the nostalgia was really fun...but it fell short.  It was a bit underdeveloped and some of the main points were unexplored.  Again, it wasn't a bad book - just a bit lacking.

What are your recent best and worst books?
Leave me your link and I'll hop by!
And of course I'd love to return a follow if you are kind enough to follow me :)


  1. JessicaMarch 15, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    It's too bad to hear that you weren't happy with The Future of Us, I have heard great things about it so far. I have a copy, just haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations!

    New Follower. Here is my Follow Friday.

  2. AnonymousMarch 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I haven't read these books yet, but I might need to check them out.
    I've heard great things about Wanderlove ! :)

    My FF

  3. PatriciaMarch 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    I have heard something similiar about The Future Of Us already, and I'm not sure if this book would be something for me, either.

    People keep loving Wanderlove. I'm REALLY curious now!

    New LinkyFollower! :)

    Patricia // My FF (With 25$ Giftcard Giveaway)

  4. Ashna March 16, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Everyone's praising Wanderlove just so much! :)
    Plus Twitter! I don't have a Twitter handle yet, I thought I already spent wayy too much time online with Facebook and some other random sites, plus the blogs. Now I know Twitter can really help bring awesome similar minds to you. :)

  5. UnknownMarch 16, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Hi there :) just hopping through... So many people have Wanderlove on their best list.

    I'm also your newest follower :) Here is my choice...

    Feature & Follow

  6. Tanya PatriceMarch 16, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    I wish I used Twitter more often, but seeing how lots of people are saying it's helped them connect with others, I might have to invest a little more time in it.

  7. SidneMarch 16, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Hi Ashley, I also love books.I'm a eclectic reader. hopping by and new follower by GFC.

  8. UnknownMarch 16, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    New follower on Twitter @lilpocketbooks. Facebook is great too! Once you get a moment jump into it. You can link Networked Blogs and Twitter to it so you won't have to post everyday.

  9. Amy NeftzgerMarch 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Found your blog through Parajunkie's blog hop and just started following - looking forward to reading more of your posts!


  10. Julie@My5monkeysMarch 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I love twitter and also loved wanderlove too

  11. @MelissaJoLynn_March 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    This is the second blog I've seen that raved about Wanderlove in their FF. I'm excited to read it now lol

    My FF:

  12. Alison Can ReadMarch 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Hopping through. I've read part of Future of Us. I wonder how I'll like it as a whole. I love the nostalgia.
    My Hop

  13. UnknownMarch 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Just got Wanderlove in the mail today, squee!:) Looking forward to it after all the awesome reviews:)

    My FF

  14. Mandie BaxterMarch 16, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Love the author interaction! :D

  15. veela-valoomMarch 17, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    AHHHHHH! I so agree with this post. I really enjoyed Wonderlove and felt completely underwhelmed by Future of Us. Going to have to look around your blog to see what else we agree on.

    Hope you can swing by mine too.
    My follow Friday

  16. BethMarch 17, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    i was looking forward to the future of us :(. I'm a new follower.


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