My name is Ardis and I am an avid reader and budding writer. I want to share my love of books with others. I work with kids and am interested in finding and creating books that will ignite the reader in everyone. Contact me at: ardis.atkins@gmail.com

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday

Happy Friday, everyone!  I am one of two featured bloggers for this Friday!  My blog is in the spotlight on Parajunkee's blog, while Alison Can Read is highlighting the blog called Whatever You Can Still Betray.  I enjoy #FFF because it is a way for me to find new blogs and check out how other blogs do their thing.  I am also developing fun friendships with fellow bloggers.  I will try to go to and follow as many of the blogs on the blog hop as I can and I hope you guys will follow me, too.  

Feature #1:  Me
Here are my answers to the Featured Blogger questions:

When did you start blogging:
Technically, I started this blog in February of this year.  But I really didn't start blogging with any commitment until July.  Since then, I have worked hard to post reviews and other original content up at least 4 times per week.  

What is your favorite part of book blogging?
My favorite part of blogging is interacting with people who write comments to my posts.  I really like getting into conversations about books and exchanging thoughts about bookish subjects.

What type of books do you mainly blog about?
I mainly blog about YA Contemporary and Fantasy books.  But I also love to read and review Historical Fiction and Classic novels.

What are your favorite novels?
My all time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.  More recently, I have loved The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ajdieh, The Martian by Andy Weir,  and The Book of the Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez (that one really killed me!).

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
The best thing that has happened to me because of blogging is finding other people who share my passion about reading!  Both online, and in person, I have connected to more people by talking about books.  When I am talking to friends, I usually ask them, "What are you reading right now?".  It's a great conversation starter and I learn a lot about someone by what they read and what they think about books.

When did you start blogging:
I started blogging in 2009 but back then, it was just some random posts about life in general and ranting.  It wasn't until June 2010 that I formally established my book blog, Whatever You Can Sill Betray.  I really wanted to be part of the Iron Daughter (by Julie Kagawa) blog tour.

 What is your favorite part of book blogging?
 My favorite part of book blogging is discovering books that I would have never known if I just relied on the books being displayed in bookstores here in my country.  The book blogging community offers a wide (and wild) variety of books, it's unbelievable.  I'm in a virtual candyland.

What type of books do you mainly blog about?
Fiction, mostly from the YA category.  The genres I prefer are fantasy, paranormal, historical and the romances in between.  I do occasionally blog about adult romance though some of them are not contemporary ones since I prefer the romance books read by my mom in her age.  Then, I talk about Manga; though, I wasn't as rabid as when I was in high school.

What are your favorite books?
Aiya!  We all know we don't ask this of bookworms.  I'd ask right back from which age category, genre and subgenre you want me to pull out a substantial roll of parchment.

Naming a few... the Harry Potter series is a given as well as The Lord of the Rings trilogy ( and all  the books related to Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien).  I immediately say Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson, Immortal Descendants series by April White and Eon Duology by Alison Goodman, whenever someone asks for recommendations.  Then, Legend by Jude Deveraux if they want old-school romance books.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
Having friends from all over the world!  Meeting new people ( bonus: fellow book lovers) and having conversations with the authors and bibliophiles alike.

Question of the week:  What are the funniest books you've ever read?  Suggested by Alison Can Read

Modern Romance is an actual study done by sociologists commissioned by Aziz Ansari to find out how people date in the age of smart phones and the Internet.  It is funny, and informative.  If you read it, try listening to the audiobook.  It is well-produced and fun.

The Martian is a science-fiction book written by Andy Weir about an astronaut left behind on Mars and his attempt to survive long enough to be rescued.  This is a serious book, but filled with humor.  Having this levity made it easy to connect to the characters and contributed to make this and enjoyable read.

Yes, Please is written by Amy Poehler and is a memoir of her life, so far.  She is smart, wise, and funny as hell!  I love her personal story as one who took it upon herself to create her opportunities, rather than mope about the sorry state of Hollywood.

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  1. Congrats on being featured! I've been meaning to read Amy Poehler's book but haven't had the chance.
    New GFC follower btw :)

    Joana @ The Boundless Booklist

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog. I followed you back via GFC. I think Amy Poehler is great because she made her own opportunities. Plus she is very funny!

  2. Congrats on being featured! I have to read the Martian too!
    Old follower. :)

  3. Congrats on being a FF feature. New follower. I've been seeing Yes, Please around but haven't decided if I'm going to read it yet.

    Bunnita @ Worth Reading It? my FF

    1. Definitely listen to it as an audiobook. I think Amy Poehler is really entertaining and fun to listen to to. I followed you back on Bloglovin.

  4. OMG, I love Aziz Ansari, and I have his book on my kindle waiting to be read. I've heard such great things about it. Also, I loved the Amy Poehler book. I did not know the Martian was funny, just another reason to check it out.

    Thanks for the follow. Following back!

    Kat @ Readiculous Blog

  5. Thank you Kat! I just loved how Aziz Ansari's book was not just funny, but was a very insightful study about how dating works in this day and age. I've been married for a long time, so I had no clue about most of this stuff. I think this is something people in their twenties should definitely read.

  6. Yes, Please is definitely something I might want to read. I love books like that. I'm already following on GFC, added you on Bloglovin.

    1. Thank you Jazmen! Read Yes, Please in the audiobook version. There are guest voices like Kathleen Turner and Carol Burnett. It is SO FUNNY! I visited your blog and it is awesome!!! Have a great week.

  7. Yeah, those books look and sound really funny! Great picks :) Old Bloglovin' follower! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


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