Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saturday Spotlight - JacobsBeloved

Today I have with me an blogger who is a woman who seriously enjoys reading! Her blog reviews a wide range of books, but has a love for YA fiction as well.

Name: Rachel
Nickname and/or blog name: JacobsBeloved
Blog URL:


Tell me a bit about yourself.
I grew up a bookworm and excelled in school simply because I was an avid reader. Books were my closest friends, my safe haven from the world, my reward for hard work, and my secret indulgence. My first full-time job was in a bookstore - it felt like coming home. The sight of rows and rows of books, the new book smell every shipment, moving books around all day every day, talking about books, was like balm for my soul. I was there 3 years before I moved away. Only recently have I discovered the world of book blogging, and I can't get enough of it. Oh yea, and I love cooking, being a mom to my two beautiful girls, and wife to my wonderful / infuriating husband!

When and why did you start your blog?
I started this blog in November of 2009. I love to write, but I could not find the time to do any "serious" writing, what with a toddler and a newborn to care for. I ran across a book blog while internet surfing, and thought blogging would be a great "non-serious" outlet for me, giving me a chance to write when I felt the need, without any specific goals in mind. I originally aimed to make this a personal blog, but it quickly became a "Book Blog", since, as my husband says, "I am books."

What is your blog all about? Any cool features you want to share?
I will occasionally throw up a recipe or something about my personal life as I feel the need, but the main focus of this blog is to write about books in any and all ways I can possibly think of. That means book reviews, book lists, author interviews(hopefully), book challenges, book blogger interviews (eventually), book-related internet finds, etc. Suggestions are welcome!

What are some of your favorite genres and/or books currently?
My biggest interest regarding genre is Fantasy. Since having children, parenting books have become very useful to me, and I appreciate cookbooks, though I wouldn't call them "reading" material. I also enjoy biblical fiction, christian non-fiction, self-help, general fiction, young adult, some classics, and a small amount of science fiction.

How do you find out about the books you read?
Many of the titles I read come from a collection of favorite authors. Sometimes I pick random books from library discards or bargain stores, and I also peruse the suggestions that Amazon makes to find new titles and authors. Since becoming a book blogger I add to my Wish List from the reviews I read on other book blogs.

Any tips or advice for those starting or thinking about starting a blog?
Decide early if you want to have a self-hosted blog or not, and if you want to make money with it or not. Surf other blogs like what you want to do to get ideas. Making lists helps me immensely.

Rachel is currently holding a contest for some cool sounding swag! Check it out over on her blog.

Thank you Rachel for sharing more about your blog and yourself! I wish I could work at a bookstore as a part time job.. I can't get enough of books! :)

Stay tuned for a guest review by Rachel!

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