Hey there lovelies!! I am sure most of you know that the lovely Alexa over at Alexa Loves Books is hosting her annual Love-A-Thon, 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 the weekend, and will be participating as much as I can on Twitter using the hashtag #LoveAThon so make sure to stay tuned! Happy reading, friends!!
What’s your name?
Alyssa, but honestly so few people call me that as I have so many nicknames from my loved ones. I go by “A” in the blogging world mostly.
Where in the world are you blogging from?
New England – I WAS PROMISED SNOW, WHERE IS IT?!
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 makes me the happiest!
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)!
Best blogging experience so far?
Hands down, the best blogging experience has been meeting my best friends. I like to call Amy and Brittany my “better thirds” because they make me a better person overall. I often think about how lucky I am to have found soul friends through the power of THE INTERNET 😀 Honestly, I couldn’t make it through a day without these two. With these two, I have created The Secret Sister Project which does its own to foster positivity in the community, that is probably the blogging experience of which I am most proud.
Favorite thing about the blogging community?
THE community is my favorite thing about the community!! Though we have those negative moments, for the most part everyone works hard to promote positivity and importantly, LITERACY. As a librarian I am a huge advocate for ALL THE READING!! It honestly brings me glee that I can hop on an app on my phone, send out a message or inquiry or even sad thought and have so many people reply back with an array of assistance.
Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!
-THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER by Renee Ahdieh (GIVE. IT. TO. ME. NOW.)
– The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch (please please be this year)
– Yesternight by Cat Winters
– Heartless by Marissa Meyer
– The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (because now I can start and binge the whole series YAY)
Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!
Hmm this is harder…
I am going to binge read the entire Raven Boys series
….and The Mara Dyer series
I have to finish Winter…oops.
Six of Crows is still waiting for me
…and I still never started Shadow Scale
What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
The Caged Graves by Dianne Salerni. I loved it so much. It encompasses so many wonderful elements. If you’re looking for an immensely atmospheric, mysterious, and romantic read, I highly recommend that you pick this one up immediately.
Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
Sybella from Dark Triumph, I think. Though we are so very alike so I may need to choose Ismae instead so she can even me out a bit…
Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
AHHHHH….Bran from Son of the Shadows, I think…though I think Red is probably better for me as he is more patient than Bran and I am in need of a life partner with patience 😉
Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)
Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor for ALL THE REASONS
Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik because duh, magic
Door from Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman because duh, she can make doors and we might need them on the other side
Snow White from Fables by Bill Willingham because she is a fighter and basically never loses
Liadan from Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier because she is a skilled healer
Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
Hmm I binge watch a lot of shows (currently the last two seasons of Downton Abbey), I spend hours and days playing video games, and then don’t play again for ages (currently The Witcher), I do puzzles and just started loom knitting like a proper old lady. When it’s warm, I hike and Letterbox and sometimes Geocache…but for the most part, I read.
Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
Hmm…makeup, I suppose. I don’t really shop for myself, though I spend a lot of time buying fun presents for other people!
At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
Oh lawd…I don’t know! This depends on who I am with, you know? Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is a song that I will sing no matter where I am when it comes on, can we count that?
Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
I think….The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Of course, this is only if it can be made PHENOMENAL. Like, Harry Potter adaptation phenomenal.
What would your dream library look like?
Actually it would look like my personal library…I work very hard to make it the coziest place ever!
Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?
Definitely Neil Gaiman! This is the obvious choice, right? It isn’t just because of my obvious obsession with his works, I think that he is incredibly brilliant. I would love to talk to him about all things in life, and I think we would have enlightening conversations! After I got over my definite nervousness, of course!
I would be VERY interested in an excellent “Night Circus” movie!
I would love to see a Night Circus film!! Also, I love Neil Gaiman so much. I managed to embarrass myself so much the first time I met him because I was just so starstruck. He literally interrupted me midsentence and asked if he could give me a hug. Then I was speechless which I’m sure he appreciated!!!!
Alyssa! I love seeing people’s excitement for the Secret Sister project you created with Amy and Brittany! It’s bringing so much joy to the community.
I don’t have to tell you that Six of Crows is an absolute must-read. All that thieving crew goodness = the best! I’ve heard so many excellent things about The Night Circus! I guess I should read it? ;D
I am SO shocked by your love for Neil Gaiman and for Bran. I mean, I had no clue whatsoever! 😉 Thanks for joining in on the Love-a-thon craziness! ❤