The Whimsical Mama

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Feature & Follow Friday: Featured Blogger! July 10, 2014


I am so honoured to be a featured blogger for Feature & Follow! I was featured almost a year ago, just after I started blogging. I always forget to participate, so hopefully being featured again will help me kick it back in gear! If you decide to follow me, let me know and I will follow you back! (: While you’re here, I hope you’ll check out the giveaways I have going on! I have an ebook of The Prince or The Guard both by Kiera Cass up for grabs here. (For every 100 entries another winner will be added!) An ARC of Infinite by Jodi Meadows up for grabs here. And as of now, a young adult book of your choice from Book Depository here. After 300 entries on the last giveaway, I’ll reveal another prize! Thanks for stopping by!

When did you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2011, but didn’t start book blogging until July 2013. Crazy that it’s been a year now! (I have a blogoversary celebration giveaway going on if you’d like to check it out!)

What is your favorite part of book blogging?
My favourite thing about book blogging has been building some great relationships with authors and readers from all over! I’ve made some great friends this year and look forward to making more!

What type of books do you mainly blog about?

I focus mainly on young adult books. I have featured the occasional adult or middle grade novel. I also have a feature called Tot Time Thursday where my kiddos help feature some of their current favourites.

What is your favorite book(s)?

Ack! This is still such a hard question. Harry Potter still holds a special place in my heart. Especially now that my son has asked to listen to the audiobooks/have me read them to him. Since I started blogging, I would have to say a few favourites have been Infinite by Jodi Meadows, Waterfell by Amalie Howard, and The Falconer by Elizabeth May. There are plenty of others, these are just off the top of my head. (: My kiddos’ current favourites are the Pete the Cat and Ladybug Girl books!

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

I would have to say having lunch with Jodi Meadows for my birthday! Okay, it wasn’t exactly FOR my birthday, it just happened to work out that way. Haha. My in-laws live in Northern VA and I happened to have the chance to meet up with Jodi and have lunch. It was such a great experience! If it hadn’t been for book blogging, I would’ve never connected with her or had the chance to meet her!


***This week’s question is: If you had a time machine (i.e. a TARDIS) where would you go? ***


Hmmm. There are so many things that I would love to see! I am a GIANT history nerd. No, really. A GIANT history nerd. One of my smaller bookcases is nothing but history books. Mostly Elizabeth I. No shame. (: I wouldn’t dare interfere with anything in history though. I don’t think I’m going to be able to pick just one thing so here are some of the things I would love to see off the top of my head.

1. Ancient Rome when the Coliseum was in its prime.

2. The Last Supper.

3. Elizabeth I facing down the Spanish Armada.

4. Robert Kennedy give a speech.

5. Watch the Berlin Wall fall.

6. The Miracle on Ice game.

7. Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane.

8. Ancient Athens (I was SO disappointed with modern Athens)

9. Ancient Alexandria during Cleoptara’s reign. (Library, DUH)

10. Battle of Bosworth Field 1485.

Yup. Those are the top ten off the top of my head. Ask me tomorrow and my answers will probably be different! haha



Again, thanks for dropping by! (: Thanks for the opportunity to be a featured blogger again! (: However you choose to follow is great.


52 Responses to “Feature & Follow Friday: Featured Blogger!”

  1. Congrats on your feature! Do you like time travel novels or do you stick with only non-fiction history novel or historical fiction?

    Terri M.
    Second Run Reviews

    • Maura Says:

      I haven’t read many strictly time travel novels. I read mostly historical fiction. I occasionally go on non-fiction binges. Thanks for stopping by! (:

  2. Congrats on being featured and I too would love go back to see the Coliseum when it was first built.

    New follower via bloglovin’.My FF~Karina @  Watcha Reading

  3. Congrats on the Feature and Follow. I’m following you via Bloglovin’ P.S. I’m not an Army Wife, but I was a Navy brat. Go military… and books!! lol.

  4. Congratulations on becoming a featured blogger this week!

  5. Congrats on being a featured blog! Ancient Rome was one of my answers too! New follower on Bloglovin 🙂

    Here’s my F&F!

  6. Ali Says:

    Congrats on being a featured blog. Great answer! New Follower.

  7. Nikita Soni Says:

    Congrats on getting featured and a Happy anniversary! 🙂 🙂
    Great choices..I would go to the time of the Mughals and Sherlock Holmes and a number of other places..:)

    -Nikita @Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff

  8. Pauline Ang Says:

    Congratulations on becoming a featured blog! I’d also like to see the Coliseum 😀

    My FF

  9. Hi I’m a new follower! I like that you are on WordPress as am I; congratulations on being featured! Look forward to seeing your posts 🙂

  10. Hopping through. Ancient Rome would be really cool. I’d love to see it and then go straight back to modern Rome to see the comparison.
    My FF

    • Maura Says:

      Thanks for letting me be a part of the feature! (: I’ve seen Modern Rome, so it’d be nice to go to Ancient Rome to compare.

  11. I’d like to go to Rome too. 🙂

    here’s mine:

    New follower via bloglovin.

  12. Congrats about being featured! New follower on Blog Luvin. Here’s my post 🙂

  13. Your list is so much more detailed than mine but I would love to go to all of those places!! Congratulations on being featured 🙂

    New Bloglovin’ Follower
    My FF .
    Zareena @ Books and Books

    • Maura Says:

      Thanks! I tried to organise it as much as possible. I could’ve made a much longer list too! haha. Thanks for stopping by! (:

  14. Bayan Says:

    Love that one of your answers is to see Annie Oakley. Congrats on being featured!

    Old follower:) Bayan @ The Booklicker

    • Maura Says:

      Thanks! (: I dressed up as Annie Oakley for Hallowe’en as a kid one year. Have been fascinated with her for as long as I can remember! (:

  15. Keeley Reads Says:

    Congratulations on being featured! New Bloglovin’ follower 🙂

  16. Congrats on being featured!

    Dang it, I should’ve made a list like that. Actually a lot on your list I would love to go to. =)

    New Bloglovin follower!

    my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  17. Zi Says:

    Congrats on being featured this week! When you do visit ancient Athens, please do tell if their architecture was really loud and gay in colors. The ancient Romans were wrong upon the impression that the Athenians built their structures in monochrome.

    New bloglovin follower. Here’s my FF.

  18. Laura Says:

    Awesome choices! I definitely have more than one choice also. It was impossible to pick only one. 🙂

  19. Juli Rahel Says:

    Congrats on being featured! I think it’s really sweet you get your kids involved with the blogging! It must be fun to share time together with books! And how amazing you got to have bday-lunch with an author! I’m following on Bloglovin’! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    • Maura Says:

      It is so amazing to have them love books already. (: They have their own giant book case full of books and they think they are such big stuff when they “read” books. Hope you have a great weekend too! Thanks for stopping by! (:

  20. AHH I’m a giant history nerd, too! I would have loved to see Ancient Athens and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Great choices. Congrats on being featured! Check out my (way too long) answer, here!

    Oh yea, following via BlogLovin’.

  21. Tina Says:

    Those are great choices! I hadn’t thought of those! (:

    Tina @ Pages of Comfort – new follower via bloglovin
    My FF

  22. Kristine Says:

    Congrats on being featured!
    New follower via bloglovin 🙂
    Here is our FF!

  23. Congrats on being a featured blog! I followed you via bloglovin’ 🙂

    I’m quite a history nerd myself as I study it so I understand your answer, and oh boy I’d like to see Berlin Wall to fall or the battle when Elizabeth I faced the Spanish Armada – and so many other thing in the past!

  24. Ericka Says:

    Congrats on being featured! I am a big history geek also. Those are some really neat places to visit. I’m following you via email. Here is my FF

    Happy FF

    • Maura Says:

      Thanks for dropping by! I’ve had a lot of people say they were history geeks too. (: Always nice to know I’m not alone in that lol.

  25. moonglint Says:

    Congrats on being featured this week. I would love to see Robert Kennedy give a speech too. A lot of “what ifs” come to mind.

    My FF
    New follower via bloglovin.

  26. Congrats on being featured. Oh wow, you REALLY do love history stuff. That’s cool, and at least you know you’d have plenty of places lined up if that could ever happen in the future!

    New follower on BlogLovin’.

    MY FF

  27. Congrats on your feature! Those are some great periods in history to visit! Alexandria under Cleopatra is an amazing choice. You’re totally right… Library!

    Great choices! Happy FF! New Bloglovin follower!

  28. BookCupid Says:

    Congrats on being featured!! Old Follower
    “a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>My FF

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