Alyce from At Home with Books was one of the lucky winners of the 26+ Followers Competition that ended a few days ago. As a result of this win, she was received a Winners Page!
Why I love At Home With Books
At Home with Books is a really wonderful blog. Firstly, I have to say that I love the design of the blog, it has such a homey feel about it. Alyce's reviews are well written and informative and there are some lovely giveaways. I admire how many challenges she is participating in and it is great to see what progress is being made. I also love the really long Blog Roll she offers, it's such a good way to find other wonderful blogs that Alyce recommends.
I hope that you check out At Home With Books, it is well worth it!
Question and answers
This is what Alyce has to say about herself and At Home With Books.
1. Tell us something about yourself
I'm 32 years old and stay at home with my two boys. My husband is a librarian, yet he doesn't get to work hands-on with books because his job has more to do with the computer technology side of the library. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Linguistics I went on to work at a magazine publishing company, and then a Christian book publishing company (both jobs were in sales). I loved working around books, and hope that whatever job I have in the future (when my kids are older) has something to do with books or writing.
2. What was your favourite book as a child and young adult, and why?
I had a lot of favorite books growing up, but the one that had the most staying power was the third volume of the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Some of my other favorites were The Song of Albion Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead, Starman's Quest by Robert Silverberg, and the Anne of Green Gables series.
3. Why do you love to read?
I love to read because it educates me and takes me to another world all at the same time. When I was growing up we lived in the country, and the nearest neighbor who was my age lived three miles away. My sisters were also much older than me, so I had to find ways of entertaining myself. I spent many hours daydreaming on my tree swing, a lot of time hiking in the hills around my house, and spent the majority of the rest of the time reading. It helped that we only got one channel on our television too, so that wasn't really much of a distraction.
4. How do you choose your books?
I usually read the inside flap to get an idea of what the book is about and can generally tell from the description if I'm going to be interested in the story. I am guilty of judging books by their covers. A lot of that is natural in that I don't usually read certain kinds of books, so if the cover has a Fabio/Harlequin cover or a vampire dripping blood I will just pass it by without a second glance.
5. If you had to narrow it down, who would be our 3 favourite authors and your 3 favourite books?
The answers to both of these are ones that could change depending on my mood, but right now I'd have to say Diana Gabaldon for her Outlander books, Anne McCaffrey for her Pern and sci-fi books, and Sheri S. Tepper. As for my favorite books: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (one of my favorites from my early teen years), and Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey (although I love all of her dragon books).
6. When and why did you start your blog?
I started my blog in the summer of 2008. Originally I had another blog that was more of a "mom blog," but I soon realized that book posts were taking over the blog, so I created "At Home With Books" and within a few months stopped posting altogether at the other blog. One of the original reasons that I started blogging in general was to write about how my mom found her birth family. After she was reunited with her birth family in 2008 we found out that she has another sibling that was adopted that no one knows anything about. I thought that posting the information online might help in case the sibling ever decides to search for their birth family. (Here's a link to the post I did if you're interested http://athomewithbooks.
7. Why do you love book blogging?
I love the sense of community. I love being able to interact with other book lovers. I live in a small town, and my friends here are wonderful people, but they are not bibliophiles. It's been fun to chat with people who have a common interest, and find out about great books in the process. As a result of my book blog I met a blogger from a nearby town (http://www.dreadlockgirl.com/
8. What tips do you have for other book bloggers?
I think if you love what you are doing that shows up in your blogging. Whether that is reading books from only one genre or constantly stretching your reading to try new things, if it's what you are passionate about, that's what you should do. Then, find other blogs that you enjoy reading and comment on their posts. When people comment on your site, visit their site and check out their posts too. Getting to know the people behind the blog posts is half the fun of blogging.
Thanks Alyce, I think that it is really inspiring that part of your reason for commencing blogging was as a part of a search for your mother's birth family, that is really special!
I hope that everyone checks out Alyce's blog At Home With Books.