Rebecca- when did you begin blogging?
I started blogging on July 8, 2012 after a few of my friends and family members kept bugging me to start a book blog (probably because they were tired of me shoving books down their throats).
How did you come up with the name Love At First Book?
My mom and I brainstormed a ton of names, and googled a lot to see what names were taken. One of the duds was Re-book-a (like Rebecca but with a book), which is horrible and kind of a joke. Finally we (maybe my mom thought of it first . . .) stumbled upon Love at First Book and were very happy to see that no one else had thought of that yet!
Plus, my blog is about book love, so it works perfectly!
What are your thoughts on blogging today in an ever-changing book-ish world? Are blogs helping other readers connect with good books?
I think that blogs are a personal thing, and that we need to remember that our blog is OURS, and we can do what we want with it, no matter what our eventual goals are. I think being unique is important and I try to blog about bookish things that other people aren’t blogging about. I stay away from the weekly memes and all, because I think that if I want people to come to my blog, I need to do something that’s unique and different. But I do enjoy reading other people’s weekly memes, so don’t get me wrong, there’s NOTHING wrong with them!
I do think blogs help connect readers with good books and hopefully with books that are outside our normal genres. I know that my horizons have been opened up by reading other people’s blogs and that I’ve loved books that other bloggers have recommended, that I may not have picked up originally.
When you are not blogging (or reading!)- what do you like to do?
I like exploring and spending time with my husband and dog, Tilly. I love taking long walks and getting ice cream (a weakness). Recently have been doing a lot of cooking. I have a weakness for Bravo TV, especially anything with the words “Real Housewives” in it! I’m also focusing on going green(er) and I love DIY crafts.
Do you have any #literaryconfessions?
Confession 1 – I am scared that I will die without having read all the books on my TBR list
Confession 2 – It pains me when I see someone bend back the cover of a book or fold a page inside it
Confession 3 – I love getting library books and I read those (as well as my own and e-books) but sometimes the library books gross me out and I have to wash my hands after reading. I mean, it’s like when there’s a mark on the page and you have to decide: is that a bug smear or a booger?
Do you have a #literarycrush?
Nah, I’m not even close to being a romantic!
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013?
Tampa!!! I am dying to read it because of the controversial topic (a teacher sleeping with her students). It just sounds like such an intriguing book.
Eleanor and Park – EVERYONE is raving about this book. Where’s my copy?
In your opinion, what book has been the best book you have read (so far!) in 2013?
You have a beach vacation planned. What are the 3 books that you must bring?
The way I solve this problem is to bring my Kindle – then I can have hundreds of choices with me! Plus, I probably will bring whatever physical book “speaks to me” so I have something to read while sitting in the water.
Are you an e-book or tree book lover? Or does it not matter?
I’m a both lover. I love physical books and nothing will change that love. But I also love my Kindle. I have the simple, $70 version, just reading and wi-fi, nothing special. I can fit thousands of books on it at once, I can borrow all the new books from the digital library, and I can read classics so easily (especially the 800 page ones that are sooooo heavy!).
To me, an e-reader is an amazing supplement to physical books, not a replacement.
**If you thought Rebecca- Love At First Book is as AWESOME as I think she is- be sure and check out her blog, Love At First Book. She has amazing giveaways and an online book club!