Feature and Follow | #10

September 19, 2013 Feature & Folow Friday 98

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly bloghop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can ReadParajunkee and Alison Can read each feature a blog and pose a question/activity for each blogger that participates to answer/do. Then we all hop around checking out as many participant blogs as we like, finding great new blogs and forming blogger friendships.

 

OMG I still can’t believe that I’m a featured blogger this week! When I got the email I had this delayed reaction – I was reading it but the words weren’t computing, I sat there stunned for a second before jumping out of my seat to tell my boyfriend (who looked at me like, what does this mean exactly? Will it cost us money? LOL!) and then rushing back to answer the email. Yep, I was giddy like a school girl and bursting to tell everyone. Thanks so much to Alison and Rachel for hosting this awesome feature every week!

I prefer follows via bloglovin’ and I look forward to meeting you all! 🙂

Be sure to check out the other featured blogger : Simply Sensational Book Fanatics

Simply Sensational Book Fanatics

 

 

This Week’s Question:
What were some of your favorite picture books as a kid?
If you have kids, what are your favorites to read to them? 

 

What a great question!! As soon as I saw it, the The Berenstain Bears came to mind and of course I started getting nostalgic right away. And then I Googled them and came to this really cool, interactive website where you can get tours, watch movies, color, play games, and read the books online!! Yep, I totally wasted a good 30 minutes playing around and reading my old favorites! There were some I didn’t recognize, so I guess they published after I outgrew them? Can you believe that The Berenstain Bears have been around for 50 years!?!?! Anyway, I grabbed the covers of a couple of my favorites growing up to share with you:
As I read these titles I can remember the stories so clearly. I also think that I liked them so much because they were always getting into trouble for a lot of the same things I was. LOL. Let’s see – I loved telling stories and often forgot to let people know they were, in fact, stories. My room was a disaster until I was like 16 years old and I hated doing chores. What kid doesn’t love junk food? Oh and as my little brother STILL reminds me, I was/am a bossy brat, with can cause some trouble with friends. Yep – these books were made for me!

 

I remember that at the back of each one the had pictures of other books in the series and I would look at them and get excited about the ones that I had and even more excited about finding the ones that I wanted. I remember going to school book fairs and getting excited about buying the newest one. As I write this I realize, not much has changed – I’m still obsessed with series, get excited when I look at the list of books I still have to read and love going to library sales! I was a book blogger in the making and we just didn’t know it (probably because there weren’t any book bloggers 30 years ago!!

 

This has been an awesome trip down memory lane and I can’t wait to see what you picked!

 

While you’re here be sure to check out (and hopefully sign-up for) the Clean out your E-reader Challenge I’m co-hosting with Michelle @ Because Reading is better than real life. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get to some of those books that have been sitting unread since the beginning of time!  Click the logo for more details!

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

98 Responses to “Feature and Follow | #10”

  1. The Pooka

    I read your interview over on Alison’s blog. I was particularly struck by your Jane Austen connection. Have you ever thought about getting a “Pride & Prejudice” tattoo? It’d definitely have enough meaning behind it to legitimize it! Also, I just received “Outlander” in my mail from Paperback Swap. After I read it I’ll be back to check out your review! (I’m even later to the Gabaldon game than you!)

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I have always thought I’d like to get a tattoo but wanted to make sure it was perfect, since it’s forever, and never known what to get. But that’s a really neat idea! I’m going to have to really think about it and ways that it could be designed, find an artist… I’m definitely seeing possibilities. What a great idea – thanks for suggesting it!

      Enjoy Outlander! What an amazing book/series. I will warn you that the first bit moves a little slowly – I remember thinking “what’s all the fuss about? this is good, but nothing amazing” and then suddenly the book just grabs you and won’t let you go. And then you realize that everything you read in the first part was so much more important than you could have dreamed. I’m a little envious of you reading it for the first time. LOL I try to keep my reviews spoiler free, but do stop by after you finish reading it – I look forward to hearing what you thought!

  2. Sandra

    Thanks for stopping by again, Berls! I had said I’d get on to the comments and follow backs as soon as I got in on Friday night, and I did. I was half asleep mind you, lol, but I got it done. Probably why I still feel exhausted. Hope you’ve managed to catch up. 🙂

    I was a beautiful day, I’m still sniffly when I think about it, and what’s in my head will be a movie that will play for the rest of my life.

    Hope you have a lovely Sunday!
    Sandra @ SSBF Blog
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    • Berls
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      LOL Sandra – I bet you were! When I read that you were going to respond when you got back I thought that was being optimistic 🙂 I’m glad you had a nice day. I can only imagine how you must be feeling – my step son is in the eighth grade and when I think about him getting old enough to go to a Graduation Ball I get a bit overwhelmed, so for it actually to be happening in your life is huge. I’m sure your very proud and will never forget that day! Congratulations to him (if I didn’t say it before, I def. meant to) and to you as well (b/c kids don’t make it that far without the support of their parents)! Have a wonderful Sunday! I hope you get rested up!

  3. Berls
    Twitter:

    Thanks Jennifer! It’s funny because I had no idea these books were so popular, but I’ve been seeing a lot of them on the hop and in comments. I hope you enjoy the blog, I swear I really am addicted to it and love sharing my love of books with everyone!

    Thanks for following and have a wonderful weekend!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Leah! LOL I think our mom’s would have had something in common then, I had to check and make sure I didn’t miss any new books! I’m telling you – book bloggers in the making!! 🙂

      Thanks for following, happy reading!

      • Leah

        Yep, definitely bloggers in the making! My mom still doesn’t quite understand what a blog actually is, and my BF doesn’t understand how I can spend so much time in front of the computer writing about books. He points out how many more I’d have time to read if I stopped writing about them…I hate to admit he has a very valid point but I just.can’t.stop.blogging!
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        • Berls
          Twitter:

          LOL about your BF – he does have a point, but part of the joy of reading books is being able to talk about them with other people. It makes them that much more exciting! My mom actually follows the blog from time to time, but since she’s not a big reader anymore (she used to be, IDK what happened) she doesn’t get as excited about it as I do. I think that’s why some of us become a bit more than readers and become bloggers – we NEED to find people who can understand the way we feel about books. And even a lot of people who really enjoy reading can’t understand!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Hi Kirsty, thanks for following! I think they’ve got great covers and illustrations, particularly good for captivating children’s attention.

      Happy Reading!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Hi Annette! Thanks for following 🙂 I’m surprised to see just how popular the bears seem to be! But they were great, so I shouldn’t be surprised!

      Have a great weekend!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks so much Rachel, I appreciate that 🙂 And I’m blown away by how many people loved the Bears – I had no idea. Clearly they are classics!

      Happy Reading 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL Thanks so much. My brother helped me come up with it, I’m incredibly bad at being clever 😉

      I’ve been super surprised to see how popular the Bears really were – I knew I loved them, but didn’t know everyone else did too!

      Have a great weekend!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Mandy, it’s been awesomness 🙂 LOL I’ve been discovering so many books that I forgot too. I guess that’s re-discovering, but you know what I mean LOL

      Happy Friday!

  4. Sandra

    Congrats on being featured, Berls! 🙂 Isn’t it awesome? When I woke up to the e-mail, I was just as flabbergasted. LOL. Everyone else was sleeping, and I couldn’t wait to share. Then I stressed because today of all days, I wasn’t going to be home the entire day. I’m finally back, and exhausted beyond belief, but it’s been an awesome day.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, and what a fabulous choice you’ve made, too!!

    I love trips down memory lane.

    Sandra @ SSBF Blog

    Here’s my FF
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Sandra – right back at ya! It’s been awesome getting to meet EVERYONE. I’ve been out all day today (Friday) and I’m just now responding to the rest of the comments. I don’t think there’s a way to manage them all in one sitting! LOL

      Have an amazing weekend and thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Chris! It seems that the Bears were VERY popular. But they were pretty great, so I’m not that surprised.

      Happy Reading!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’ve been having the same experience with this hop Emily – so many books that I can’t believe I forgot. The Bears are still my favorite, like you said they’re timeless classics 🙂

      Thanks for following! Happy Friday 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Greg! I’m discovering that the Bears were more popular than I realized with this hop!

      Happy reading!!

  5. Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

    I still can’t believe I left the BB off my list! 🙁 I used to do the same thing – look at the back of the books at the pics of all the other books and decide which ones I wanted and I loved looking for them at school book fairs! It’s funny now, because my son, who is four, is looking at the back of the BB books and telling me which ones he wants. lol

    My FF

    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Oh that’s too cute! I think the books are really timeless so maybe he’ll be doing the same thing with his kids someday 🙂 Great advertising technique now that I think about it! LOL

      Thanks for following! Happy Friday 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Well that makes sense! I can’t wait to see what you were reading as a kid then.

      Thanks for following, have a great weekend 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Vilia!!! The Bears are just so timeless – I feel confident I’ll be reading them to my kids when I have them. Check out the website I posted, you can read some right online 🙂

      Happy reading!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Lauren 🙂 Oh the Bears were so great – you should check them out (I put a website in my post) – I seem to think everyone should have a least one experience with them LOL

      Happy Friday 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks! Oh the Bears were just great – you should check out the website I linked to so you can check them out 🙂

      Happy Friday 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’ve had that experience with a few others on this hop too – like I know I’ve seen them, but I can’t remember them really.

      Have a great weekend!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Kris! I would have never guessed you weren’t a reader – look at you now!! LOL I don’t think I ever saw a Berenstain Bear show before, but I would like to.

      Have a great weekend!

      • Kris

        I didn’t really start reading until high school.. My Aunt gave me Charade by Sandra Brown and said it was a really good book, that I would love it. I haven’t stopped reading since. I’m sure I frustrated my parents with my constant need to go to the library. They finally told me I could only go once a week… I would walk out of there with an arm load of books.
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        • Berls
          Twitter:

          I think there’s two kinds of big readers – those of us who’ve always been readers (like me) and those of us who read that one book that changed everything for them (like you). I think everyone who’s not a big reader probably hasn’t read that one book yet, because I really believe everyone loves reading deep down, they just don’t know it. LOL how couldn’t they?

          • Kris

            I suppose that’s true.. I couldn’t imagine not reading now.. I love being able to pick up a book and jump into a world so different than my own. Or, with The Hollows, be set in my city and yet be a completely different city all the same.
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          • Berls
            Twitter:

            That’s always really cool, when you know a place and get to see it in a whole different light. The Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent is set in Arlington, TX where I lived for 4 years. It was really cool to actually know the places she was talking about.

  6. Anna

    Congrats on the feature! 🙂 And yes, The Berenstain Bear kids were always doing things I was too – especially the bad things I got in trouble for! Great reminder. I was more into Little Critter though. Something about his perpetually angry face…LOL New follower on bloglovin, Twitter and Facebook.

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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Anna! I don’t think I remember Little Critter books – I’m going to have to check out the covers, maybe I’ll have a visual memory of them, considering the angry face LOL

      Thanks for following!! Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I think that’s one of the things I love most about books – they are how I mark periods of time and great memories.

      Thanks for stopping by – have a great weekend Nicole!

  7. kimbacaffeinate

    Congrats on being featured..you are all kinds of awesomeness and I hope lots of peeps discover your blog 🙂 Too funny about your boyfriend. My kids loved these books, and the Magic School Bus series, Barney books and later R.L. Stine and Harry Potter. I miss reading to them 🙂 but thankfully they are all readers like me.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Aww thanks Kimba! Right back at ya 😉 Yeah my BF really doesn’t get the blogging thing, he quietly supports and shakes his head in confusion. But I admit I busted up laughing when he asked if it would cost money! Oh R.L. Stine was great and of course, Harry Potter (which I actually read until I was an adult LOL)

      Thanks for stopping by!!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL yeah, my BF seriously couldn’t understand what I was talking about either. Thanks again for hosting this hop every week 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Brandee – I was super excited 🙂 I plan on reading them with my kids, once I have them. They’re pretty timeless – we just might need to add a Trouble with Tweeting or something LOL

      Have a great weekend!

  8. Michelle
    Twitter:

    Look at you being feature!!! Congrats lady thats awesome!!
    Loved those books as a kid, My mom still has a bunch of them I use to have. I even have my kids read them 🙂
    Great pic and congrats again

    My FF isn’t up yet I will be posting it tomorrow!!

    Old Follower (of course)

    Michelle

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Michelle. You should have seen me when I found out. I immediately wanted to text you and tell you, but I wasn’t sure if I was allowed LOL! I’ll definitely have my kids reading the Bears when I have some too. TTYL (I owe you an email, promise to send it this weekend)

      • Michelle
        Twitter:

        OMG you can text me anytime. You are always allowed LOL. At night I turn it off so it doesn’t wake the kids but it is usually by me. When I go to sleep I leave it in the kitchen and get the messages in the AM. Don’t ever hesitate you can text me anytime!!!! 🙂

        Don’t worry about the email when ever you have it is fine because I just realized I owe you an updated logo LOL 🙂
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        • Berls
          Twitter:

          LOL ok cool, good to know. It was pretty late so I was afraid to wake you 🙂 LOL that’s right you do – ok I don’t feel so bad. Things have just been insane with school!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks! I think you’re right about the Berenstain Bears, they were pretty big when I was a kid. I’ve already seen a few that I can’t believe a forgot about too! Thanks for stopping by!

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