Friday 7 June 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #11

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YAY! I am so excited to be featured this week.
I want to thank Alison Can Read and Parajunkee for the opportunity.

When did you start blogging? 

I started my blog, Rainy Day Reads, in August 2012.  I had been reading like a mad woman prior to that, but only really writing smaller reviews.  I started to see other book bloggers on Goodreads, and decided it would be a lot of fun to join in.

What is your favorite part of book blogging?
The answer will always be, the people.  I am lucky enough to have good friends at work who love reading, so I do get to talk about a lot of books with them.  But, I have got to know so many more fellow book lovers through my blog.  It is amazing to be able to talk about all of the wonderful books we love.  I have also found so many awesome books that I would have never found if not for my blog, and fellow bloggers.  That is priceless.

What type of books do you mainly blog about? 

I love all kinds of books, however as of late I am really enjoying contemporary romance.  Doesn't matter if it is Young Adult, New Adult or Adult... I am loving them all.  I also have some of my favorite Paranormal books, but those are mostly from series that I've already started.  I haven't started a new Paranormal series in a while.

What is your favorite book(s)?

Is this a serious question?  How long do you have? Cause I could go on for a long, long time... 

I think I will narrow them down by my favorites of 2013 so far.  Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park, I simply adored this book!  But I have also loved This Girl by Colleen Hoover, Leo by Mia Sheridan, Love Love by Beth Michele, Consequences by Aleatha Romig, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines, Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Tangled by Emma Chase... honestly I could go on and on.  I best stop there.

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

Again, this is such a tough question!  So many completely awesome things have happened since I started my blog.  I have always had a weekly feature called Book Blogger Spotlight, but recently I started one for authors, called Author Spotlight.  I sent out about 15 eMails to some of my favorite authors, requesting interviews and they all responded yes.  This was a very special moment for me,  I sent out so many at once because I didn't think very many would be able to take the time to answer my questions. 

Also, in that same weekend, I was given an early copy of Left Drowning by Jessica Park, and an early copy of Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover.  I was flabbergasted.  Honestly, that had to be the best weekend since becoming a blogger.

Q: Have you broken up with a series? If so which one and why?

A: Can we maybe say that we are on a break?  Rather than fully broken up?  I'm not sure why I didn't carry on after Beautiful Darkness.  I know I want to someday go back to the series, I was enjoying it... but I felt it was starting to drag a little, and I needed something with a bit more pace.  So yeah, the Caster Chronicles and I are on a break, but one day, maybe with a little couples counselling... we will be reunited.

So... what about you? What is your answer?

Feel free to leave your links below so that I can check them out and if you are a new follower be sure to let me know so that I can come and check out your blog in return! 
Also... if you would like to be a part of my weekly feature on Book Bloggers check out the details HERE!  I would love to interview you.


  1. Haven't read that series. Sorry you are on a break Absents does makes the heart grow fonder :)

    New Follower on Twitter & Bloglovin :)

    Michelle@Because reading is better than real life

  2. I read Beautiful Creatures and didn't feel a strong desire to continue the series. Maybe someday but my tbr is filled with too many books I desperately want to read.

  3. Congrats on being featured. I have Beautiful Creatures on my TBR list. Not sure when I will start it.
    Happy Friday:)
    Old Follower.

    My FF @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  4. Congrats on the feature! I've read the first Beautiful Creatures book and really liked it. I hope to finish the series later this fall. Great answer. Old follower here.

    My FF

  5. Hopping through. Congrats on being featured! I love the Caster Chronicles series but I thought the first two were the best. The first time I read Beautiful Darkness I didn't like it that much, but I reread it before the third book came out and fell in love with it.
    My Hop

  6. Congrats on being featured!! I just started Beautiful Creatures and am trying to stay with it. Im only on chapter two lol, but it is so dry so far.

    New Follower
    Becky @ Book Bite Reviews

  7. Congrats on being featured!
    I still haven't read that series yet, for some reason I keep pushing that one down on the tbr list.
    My FF

  8. I haven't read this series yet, but I have the movie on my library wait list. You're at 78 books for your 2013 Goodreads reading challenge, holy goodness! I'm at 16 and ahead of schedule. I followed via NetworkedBlogs. Happy Friday! Here's my FF.

  9. I'm glad you haven't given up hope for reuniting with your break-up series. I may consider a reconciliation with my break-up one day, myself - LOL. Read about it at my F&F.

    Your blog is absolutely fabulous! Congrats on being the FEATURE! New follower, by GFC, Bloglovin' and Twitter.

  10. I liked Beautiful Creatures, but I haven't read anymore past that. It was good, but I wasn't crazy about it or desperate enough to want to know what came next,so I've also held off.

    Congrats on being featured this week!

    Old GFC Follower, New Bloglovin'

    My FF

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

  11. It's hard to completely break up with a series, especially when you enjoy the first book. But I find a lot of series start to drag, like perhaps there should have been less books in the series.

    I have always wanted to start this series, but something tells me I might get bored with them.

    New GFC, Linky & Bloglovin follower :)

    My FF

  12. Congrats on the feature!!

    I think a break is a good way to describe it! I am on a break too! lol

    Here's My FF!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
    New Facebook Follower :)
    (Old Follower through others)

  13. First of all, congratulations on being featured :) That is so awesome!! I totally agree with the Caster Chronicles! I read Beautiful creatures and purchased Beautiful Darkness but have yet to read it.

    Amber @Nala's Book Corner

  14. Congrats on the feature!

    Ooo, I've got Caster Chronicles in my post too.. I have read only only Beautiful Creatures yet, and though I enjoyed the idea behind the magic and the characters it was more the way the story headed and the romance that got me down.

    I've heard Beautiful Darkness is better but till then I've got a big list of books I'd rather read.

    Do stop by <a href=">my FF</a>. New follower via twitter :)

  15. Yeah I couldn't make it through the first book in that series, but I gave that one up as well!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  16. I actually just finished Beautiful Darkness literally 5 minutes ago. I can see why you'd stop reading it but I think I'll continue reading it one day. Already half way there, may as well finished it! :D I'm a new GFC follower.
    My FF can be found at my blog Music Plus Books.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

    Laura @ Music Plus Books

  17. Hi, Christine. Congrats on the feature! I haven't read Beautiful Creatures yet. Sorry to hear you lost interest along the way. Your blog is really beautiful.

    New Follower via BlogLovin.

    My FF @ The Creative Forum
    Happy Reading! :)

  18. Congrats on being featured!

    Beautiful Creatures was also on my list. The only difference is that I'm not thinking of continuing to read it.

    Followed via Bloglovin!

    Here's my FF.
    Michelle, The Escapist.

  19. Congrats on being Featured! :D

    Great interview. I'm reading Wait for you now. :D

    Bieke @ Istyria book blog

  20. Congrats on being featured today!! I'm sure you'll be pretty busy :)
    I am on a break with one series as well... I don't run to sweep it up in my arms when a new book is released anymore, but I might be persuaded to do some light pecking ;)

    Here's my FF post for this week.

    Happy reading!

  21. Hi!! New follower here.

    I really love contemporary romance rn too. And it's funny that you're doing a new Author Spotlight feature because I decided to do something like that earlier this year only with bloggers, authors, and readers. It's really awesome that someone else is going it too. :) If you're interested in following back here's my link: Vicariously!


  22. Christine, I love your post LOL with counselling LOL Congrats on being a featured blog in Feature & Follow Friday!!!!

    My Follow Friday

    Have a great weekend!

  23. Congrats on being featured!

    I haven't read Beautiful Creatures yet but I hope I don't eventually break up with it. *-*

    New Bloglovin follower!

    Here's my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  24. Hey there, I quit the 50 shades trilogy, at least for now because I simply can’t stand it anymore.
    I just started following your blog today and this is my first ever FF:

  25. Before I say anything else I just want to say I'm in love with your's so pretty!! Okay I'm done haha.

    I've only read Beautiful Creatures, which I loved, I just haven't moved on to the rest yet. They're just sort of sitting here lol So I can see where you're coming from with them in a way!

    Congrats for getting featured!! New Bloglovin and GFC follower :)

    Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books My FF

  26. Congrats on being a featured blog! I really like your blog!

    I haven't even read Beautiful Creatures yet..I hope you two will make up soon so you can finish the series. :)

    Here is MY FF

    New twitter and bloglovin follower

    Brenna @ Two-Tall-Tales

  27. I got so excited when the entire series was on sale for Kindle. I bought them all. I was in the middle of rereading the first book when I just... stopped. I had no desire to continue. I really want to finish the series. I think I'm on a break with it, too!
    Old follower via GFC, but I'm now following with Bloglovin, too. Congrats on being a feature this week!!
    Here's my Feature and Follow Friday Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

  28. Congrats on the feature. Beautiful Creatures was on my list, too - I read the first book but I just didn't feel enthusiastic enough to buy the rest of the series.

    I'm a new follower via Bloglovin!

    Emma @ From the Writer’s Nest

  29. Congrats on being featured! Be prepared for a crazy day. I'm an old follower. The Caster Chronicles and I almost took a break, but I was able to push through it.

    My Feature & Follow Friday
    LisaILJ @ I’ll Tumble for YA

  30. Sadly, I've been too afraid to pick up the "Caster Chronicles"....I've heard some pretty mixed reviews and after seeing the movie I don't really think it would be my cup o' tea!

    New Follower via Linky and Networked Blogs. You can follow me back here: MY FF

  31. Congrats on being featured! I actually finished Caster Chronicles, but sort of wished I didn't. I didn't enjoy the last book at all, and really just had to push my way through it :/ I hope if you decide to reunite you have better luck than I did! Following via GFC :)

  32. Wow! I almost break up on that series actually. But then I felt obliged to finish it. haha!

    new follower on GFC.

    check mine.

  33. I feel the same way about this series. Which is weird because I really enjoyed the movie version. I hope to continue it at some point...Congrats on the Feature! New follower via GFC :)
    Brittany @ Spare Time book blog
    My FF:

  34. I was all geared up to read Beautiful Creatures for the recent movie release... but then it seemed the movie wasn't so awesome, so now it is has been put on the back burner again. Perhaps I'll pick it up again when the series is complete. :)

    Congrats on your feature! New follower via GFC and Facebook.

    Reading With My Eyes Shut

  35. I still have to read these books. I bought the first book for my kindle so I'll be reading it very soon.

    New follower

    Courtney Ann @ Rondo of a Possible World
    Follow Friday post

  36. Congrats on being featured this week! I felt the same way about Beautiful Creatures. I just couldn't get into it and finish it. Old follower :-)

  37. Congrats on being featured!! The movie didn't do it for me, so I've sort of abstained myself from reading the book. Here is my FF New follower.

  38. Oh no! Is Beautiful Creatures that bad? I just got the first book! :O But anyway, I love your blog! I'll follow you! My blog link is:

  39. Oh too funny...I chose the same series, though I have no interest in finishing it!

    New follower via Twitter and RSS

    Audrey @ Ink and Page

  40. Gratz on the feature! Haven't bothered starting Beautiful Creatures. Pretty sure I would end up not finishing it :\

    New follower via Bloglovin' :)

    Nyx @ Unraveling Words

  41. I still need to read Beautiful Creatures, but I completely get where you are coming from with needing to take a break for a bit. Love your blog design! Congrats on the feature!

    New Bloglovin follower.

    Happy Friday!

  42. Hi! I have to agree with you. I read Beautiful Creatures back in February and I enjoyed it, but I don't know just when I'll read the rest.

    New follower on Bloglovin!

    Sarah @ Bubbly & Bookish

  43. I tried to read the first book in that series, but it bored me quicker than most books do. I don't know if I'll ever start on it again.

    New follower via GFC.

  44. Congrats on being featured!! I don't really ever feel like I break up with a series either, but I've definitely been on a break!

    Here's my FF!

  45. Oops! Forgot to mention that I'm now a new follower via BlogLovin' and GFC. (But I know I've seen your blog before, so I must be following some other way too :-)

  46. Yay!!!! You've been featured! So exciting! I seriously need to retry this series. I started book one and stopped once I realized it was a male point of view. (Does it stay that way?)

    Anyways, here's what I have broken up with if you'd like to see:

    (Old Follower)

  47. Hello! Just wanted to stop by and say that I am now a new follower.

    Congrats on the Feature!

    Courtney @ Read Between the Books

  48. Congrats on the feature!
    New follower via GFC and Goodreads :)
    Here's my FF post
    Fahima @ I Read, Ergo I Write

  49. I have Beautiful Creatures on my shelf, but I haven't read it yet. I have seen this one listed as a break-up a few times now and am not even sure I want to read it now. Congrats on being featured! New Bloglovin follower :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  50. Hey just hopping around and noticed this is my first visit to your awesome blog!

    Glad to read your choices it'll make me think twice about the series you chose.

    New follower via G+ and networked blogs,gfc and bloglovin

    Libertad @

  51. Congratulations on being featured! I've been eyeing to start on that series. But some also answered that one this night. So now I'm so lost whether to read it or not!

    New bloglovin follower!

    Nina @ The Bookish Confections

  52. Totally broke up with Beautiful Creatures! AND, wait for it... The Hunger Games, Mockingjay was a complete bust for me!!

    I'd So Rather Be Reading
    Nutrition with Nat

  53. Congrats on being featured~ I actually read that whole series. LOL.

    GFC follower
    Cindy @ In This World of Books..

  54. Congratulations on your feature! :D I love your blog with the falling stars layout - it's beautiful! I have yet to read Beautiful Creatures although I won a signed copy, lol. It's at the top of my TBR.

    New follower by GFC, email, and Bloglovin :)
    My FF @ Donnie Darko Girl


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