Hello my lovelies!!
I am sure most of you know that the lovely Alexa over at Alexa Loves Books is hosting her annual Love-A-Thon, if you have no idea what I am talking about, head over to her intro post and them come on back! Awesome, right? It is just another way that some of us are trying to focus on the cheer and positive aspects of our book blogging community. I will have a few posts on the blog throughout today and tomorrow, and will be participating as much as I can on Twitter using the hashtag #LoveAThon so make sure to stay tuned! If you read on, you will learn a bit about me and the impact that the blogging community has made on my life! Happy reading, friends!
- What’s your name? Alyssa! I tend to go by a myriad of nicknames, the most popular being, “A.”
- Where in the world are you blogging from? Snowy New England!
- How did you get into blogging in the first place? I was actually in graduate school for my MLIS a few years back and we had to observe different resources for reader’s advisory, one of which being blogs. I had been following a few (The Book Smugglers, and Broke & the Bookish being two!) and I thought about how fun it would be so I started one, and convinced my friend Heidi from Bunbury in the Stacks that it was a good idea that she start one as well!
- How did you come up with your blog name? I wanted something that was meaningful to me, that spoke of my feelings regarding books and how important they are. I have always felt that books took me away from the drama of the real world and you can become immersed in the fictional world for a little while and forget whatever it is that needs forgetting. Thus Books Take You Places was born.
- What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? I read a lot of fantasy, it was always my fall back growing up and I try to really focus on reading what makes me happy. I do try and read books that are different than my go to genre but if I find that I am not loving what I am reading, I put it aside. Life is too short to read books I don’t love!
- What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? Hmm I have been known to write some Disney posts ranking the swooniest male leads and villains. I also write some “non-traditional” reviews for my On the Same Page feature that I do with Amy (Tripping Over Books) and Brittany (The Book Addict’s Guide) an example of one would be the personal post I just wrote on the idea of traveling souls.
- Best blogging experience so far? Hmm my best blogging experience has to be meeting so many wonderful people. I was surprised to see how vast the book blogger community was, and when I first started blogging it seemed so scary because everyone was already friends. It wasn’t long before other bloggers were reaching out to me and forging friendships. Through these interactions (mostly through Twitter) I found Brittany and Amy. Meeting these two has been my best blogging experience, and one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t put into words how important these gals are to me, and how lucky I feel to have met my soul friends! We have had a few adventures like road tripping to Britt’s wedding, and our trips to NYC…but I am the most excited for FRIENDSGIVING this year for sure!
- Favorite thing about the blogging community? It never used to be, but it has become the kindness in the community. I think there is a large of us working quite hard to keep the community alive. We have things like this loveathon, random acts of kindness, and the secret sister project that have been started by bloggers in order to showcase and preserve the special relationships that we have. I think many of us work hard to keep the positivity alive and it definitely shows.
- Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015! AHHH ummm only 5? Okay I will choose ones that I do not have ARCs of:
- – Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter
- – Winter by Marissa Meyer
- – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- – The Thorn of Emberlain (Lies of Locke Lamora #4) by Scott Lynch (this is rumored for 2015, but I don’t have high hopes)
- – In the Time of Dragon Moon (Wilde Island Chronicles #3) by Janet Lee Carey
- What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? It is from my childhood but I am pretty obsessed with The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I think they are funny and fun, and full of heart.
- Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? DEFINITELY Sybella from Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, she is my spirit animal and would understand me as no one else does.
- Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? I like to “game.” As in, you can catch me in front of my 3DS, Xbox, or any Nintendo console for hours at a time playing Zelda or Fable. I also like to bake, hike, go letterboxing and geocaching. I drink tea, and listen to old time radio shows, sometimes while putting together a puzzle. I am a pretty stereotypical librarian, right down to the two cats named after Shakespeare’s uppity females.
- Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? Usually presents for other people. I honestly have to hold myself back from buying my loves things anytime I go out. I also love trinkets, so antiquing is my favorite.
- Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. Hands down would have to choose The Lies of Locke Lamora, or Name of the Wind but they would have to be amazing. Like, HBO perfect adaptation amazing, as amazing as Game of Thrones amazing. I NEED THEM TO BE AMAZING. Also I hear that The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy is going to be a movie and I have such high hopes!
I like letterboxing too but I haven’t gone in the few years. It is a great way to explore new places and hope you don’t get arrested for looking super suspicious!
I just want to thank you for all the work you out into OTSP book tours and Secret Santa/Sister events. I know is has to be daunting task but you create so much joy out if it I think it’s beyond incredible. You always super sweet and open while talking on twotter which I love since I alwsys chat up just about anyone. I apprciate all you do!
Ps I hope to meet you at BEA if you are attending this year!
❤️Britt @ Please Feed The Bookworm
I loved reading fantasy too, I love how basically anything can happen! I love the kindness of everyone in the community, I love seeing everyone band together and support one another. I can’t wait for Winter and Six of Crows!! Fall 2015 come quick! I really like Sybella too, she’d be a great friend. Lovely getting to know you!
YOU ARE THE PRETTIESTTTT
shhhhhhh if The Thorn of Emberlain doesn’t come out this year I make actually die from wiating.
OMG I WOULD NOT SURVIVE A LOCKE LAMORA ADAPTION BUT NOW I NEED IT.
<333333 YOU GIRL
LOVE IT, LOVE YOU. No, but for real, I’m so grateful that we met because of this wonderful book blogging community! It’s amazing people like you that I enjoy talking to about books + other things, so all the love for you ❤ And also, love that you highlighted the fact that many of us want to focus on the positive in the community – on kindness, gratitude and grace!
Thanks for being a part of the Love-a-Thon!
Yay for tea, baking and presents! Thank you for hosting OTSPSecretSister. 🙂
I’ve heard of geocaching, but I’m not familiar with letterboxing. What is it?
Also, your cats are precious! And I love that they are named after Shakespeare characters because I do enjoy Shakespeare very much. I have plans to read more of his English histories. I read Richard III and then watched the performance when the Shakespeare Festival came to my town, and I kind of fell in love with the War of the Roses. I think you named them after characters in King Lear and As You Like It, right? Unfortunately, I haven’t read either of those 😦
Fantasy sure is one of the best genres if you ask me. And those stories definitely take me places 😀 Winter and Six of Crows are two books I can’t wait for. I must have them!