Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Scene of the Blog Featuring Kristin of Always With a Book!

I think what first piqued my interest in this week's blog was its name-- Always With a Book. That certainly describes a lot of my favorite people, and it certainly describes the blogger behind this blog.

Kristin has a nice mix of content on Always With a Book: reviews of the eclectic sorts of books she reads, a fun meme or two, giveaways and author interviews. Her blog design is simple and easy to read, and I like how she charts her reading challenge progress on her sidebar. If you have never visited Always With a Book, please take the time to do so. I think you'll be glad you did. And... don't forget to say hi to Kristin while you're there!

Now let's take a look at where all that Always With a Book creative magic happens. If you'd like to see any of the following photos in their larger sizes, just click on them.

Blogging with Maddie

This is my living room where I do all my blogging. My laptop is usually on the snack tray so that I can catch up on my shows while working on my blog! I also have a sidekick by my side most times while I'm on the computer - my chocolate lab, Maddie. She can most often be found sitting on the chair (as she is in the photo) when I'm blogging and then she usually sits next to me on the couch while I'm reading.

Built-in Bookshelves...

The built-in bookshelves in this and the following photo were one of the selling points of this house (we moved in last April). 

...always a winning selling feature!

The collections shown in these two photos are a combination of my books and my husband's, who is also an avid reader.

Blogging Necessities

When I'm blogging, I tend to have the following things within arms reach: my calendar where I keep track of reviews; my reading log, where I keep track of the books I've read; my tbr notebook, where I list all the great books I find while visiting my bloggy friends; my blog notebook, where I keep track of the books that come in the house each week and also where I keep track of contests entered (so I don't enter twice!); the stack of books that still need reviews written; scrap paper for jotting down notes; my to-do-list for my blog (there's always some thing that needs to be done!) and of course my cup of tea and glass of water!

I think book bloggers are the same everywhere: we have certain things that just have to be in their proper spots before we can blog coherently!

It goes without saying that I love Maddie, I love those built-in bookshelves, and I love those baskets on the very tops of the shelves. I also love Kristin's blogging spot by the window for its natural light and proximity to a view. What I may not like in the last photo is the glare... which I'm almost positive is from sun shining on... whimper... snow.  All in all, a very cozy place to be creative.

Thanks so much for allowing us this glimpse into your blogging space, Kristin. We really do appreciate it!

Who will be on Scene of the Blog next week? Stop by next Wednesday to see for yourself!


  1. Those bookcases are fantastic! I'm so impressed with how organized Kristin is!

  2. I love the built-in bookcases. Nice to picture where Kristin works her blog magic :-)

  3. That looks like such a cozy and wonderfully bright spot by the window! Thanks for allowing us a look into your space Kristen.

  4. What a great space -- I love the bookcases and the big window.

  5. Thanks Everyone!!! I do love my bookcases and thought when we first moved in that I wouldn't be able to fill them - silly me! I am going to have to get more bookshelves soon to fit all my books.

  6. What a pretty, cozy place to read and blog and live. Your bookshelves look a bit like mine. When my husband built mine, he said I'd never fill them. lol I had them overflowing almost before those words were out of his mouth.

  7. What a comfy and inviting place to blog from.

  8. What a beautiful place to blog and read! I love it that everything is so cozy and within reach. I strive to have my space like that also. Great post!

  9. I just love those built-in bookshelves!!!

  10. Maddie really struck a pose for the photo :)

  11. How lovely to have built-in book shelves! I like it how organised you are, lots of blog-administration.

  12. Maddie loves being right next to me, either on the chair where she is in the photo or sitting almost on top of me on the couch when I am reading. Occasionally her nose ends up in the book - especially library books which are filled with all types of smells depending on where they came from!

  13. Great post and I agree with you completely about having to have things in their proper spot in order to blog coherently!

  14. What wonderful shelves! How lucky you found a house that already had some built in.

    I find it funny your cute dog has what looks like the comfy chair. lol!


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