For What It's Worth

Friday, August 12, 2011

Better Know A Blogger: Mel - He Followed Me Home

Today we have Mel stopping by! Mel has the best name for a blog! Read on and see if you don't agree.......

Introduce yourself!
*waves Hi* I'm Mel and by day I crunch numbers, by night I juggle being a wife, mom & book addict :D

What is the name of your blog?  How did you pick your blog’s name? He Follwed Me Home...Can I Keep Him? When I was a kid, I had a tshirt that had a picture of a girl walking a monster on a leash and said "It followed me home, can I keep him?". I had no idea what to name my blog but that popped into my head...only now it's not random pets but books that end up coming home with me!

How long have you been blogging?
This August will be my 2 year blogoversary! I can't believe how fast time flies!

How do you measure blogging success? Is it strictly number of followers or something more?
Success to me is having people read your posts, seeing regulars who come back for more and still being excited to post on the blog. Followers is a catch 22 - I try not to focus on it but know that it's important to have your voice heard too.

What genres/subgenres do you review, and what do you like best about those genres?
I am an eclectic reader but I have a soft spot for YA. I love the character growth and coming of age stories as I suffer from Peter Pan syndrome and doubt I'll ever grow up :D I generally avoid the darker reads, I like books that make me feel good!

What are you reading right now?
I'm finally reading Anna and the French Kiss!! I knew I'd love this one so kept it for a time I needed to get myself out of a book slump.

Karen: *creeps in* and gushes insanely about the Stephanie Perkins companion novel to Anna: Lola and the Boy Next Door! *creeps out*

Do you use social media to promote your blog or discuss reading/blogging?
Yes I do! I keep track of all my books on Goodreads and add my blog reviews there. I'd have to say that Twitter is my favorite place to find new books and bookish people. I recently added a Facebook page for my blog.

Karen: I'm with you there! Twiiter is the place to find out and talk about books almost instantly 24/7!

Where is your favorite place to read?
I love sitting outside to read during the summer. As much as I love reading in bed, I always end up reading 10 pages and then fall asleep!

What are your ideal reading conditions?
A comfy place to sit with few distractions.

What are the top 5 books in your TBR (To Be read) pile?
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
5. A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Obligatory controversial question: Love triangles! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, and why?
I'm all for them if there is a reason for it! I tend to like to nice boys but always fall for the bad ones ;) A good love triangle has the ability to show so much character growth & be fun!

What has been the best thing about blogging and reviewing books?
The people I've met, it's such a great community. There are so many people from around the world that I would not have met had it not been for blogging. I would probably drive my bestie, Jackie from Ever Expanding Library , crazy talking books without having another outlet... especially since our tastes often differ ;)

Thanks Mel! Be sure to stop by He Followed Me Home....Can I keep him for Mel's 2 year blogging celebration and Giveaway!

Blogger's don't forget to link all those August reviews HERE!

More Better Know A Blogger participants coming up!!


  1. HI MEL!!! Your TBR pile looks like my TBR pile, lol. And I love Anna and the French Kiss! :D

    Thanks for the fantabulous interview! :D

  2. what a great pile...can I borrow them LOL. Anna is awesome

  3. Hi Lena! We've got great taste :D

    Julie ~ I totally would, wish you lived closer!!

  4. Mel, we sound like reading twins! I'm ultra-eclectic in my readign choices, but I still enjoy YA more than anything and avoid the darkness. It scares me...

  5. Mel could never drive me crazy with book talk! Though, without those other outlets, we'd never stop talking about books...wait! we never do. Ah well, it's a great subject ;)

    There's a very good chance Mel might find her copy of The Night Circus mysteriously disappearing at some point soon. But, I'll have nothing to do with it... *hides*

  6. Great interview! I love reading these to learn more about other bloggers :)

    And I was excited to see this since I just met Mel on Wednesday evening!

  7. Tiger ~ I like living in a bubble where nothing bad happens, bad books are no fun!

    Jackie ~ you know where I live LOL

    Brenna ~ It was great to meet you IRL earlier this week! We should do that again, fun times!