Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 – 8, 2012). So we don’t have to miss all the fun – this virtual convention is the place to be!
It’s a dream of mine to get to attend BEA in person, but since I can’t do that this year, the Armchair BEA is a great opportunity to stay connected and feel like a part of Book Expo America.
- Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? I am a proud mom and wife, a book lover, I love the look and feel and smell of books, I love reading, and I love talking about books, which explains the main reason I got into blogging! I wanted to find other book lovers, and encourage other people to become readers. I have a personal blog that is just a little blog about my life, and what is going on at the moment. I don’t write on it every week, just when something happens that really strikes me. I started this bookish blog in October, 2011. I didn’t do a lot with it the first three months because I didn’t really know what to do to drive readers to my blog, and I had a bit of “Why would anyone want to read what I have to say?”. I started exploring other bookish blogs, found some ideas, joined some memes, and have worked to be consistent in my posts.
- What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012? I am one of those multiple book readers. Unless I get dragged into a book, mind and soul, I typically have three to four books going on at one time. Right now I’m reading Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich, The Remaining by D. J. Molles, and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. I read several different types of books, and every once in a while I’ll get into a theme where I read one kind of book or one series of books until I run out of steam. One of my favorite books/series this year is what I call “brain candy” – books that don’t make you think really hard, just fun, easy book. The Shifters series by Rachel Vincent was that for me. Another book I really really enjoyed was A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. A friend recommended it, and once I started, I could barely put it down.
- If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? I know a lot of people are reading the Shades of Grey trilogy and are enamored with Christian Grey – while I’ve read the first two books, and after the second book I did like Mr. Grey, he’s not who I would want to hang out with. This changes from time to time, but currently, I think the character that I would most like to have dinner with would be Stephanie Plum, the main character in Janet Evanovich’s longest running series. She totally cracks me up, and she loves pizza and sweets as much as I do – although she seems to handle it better metabolically! :)
- What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? My first choice would have to be Narnia – I read the entire series multiple times growing up, and again as an adult, and with the recent movie adaptations capturing what I had imagined Narnia to be, I would love to go there. The talking animals are an added benefit. My second choice would be the Shire from the Lord of the Rings series. Although I am a bit tall for their homes, I do have a Hobbit Name – Firiel Whitfoot (find your hobbit name here). The Shire is such a beautiful, green, peaceful place.
- What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years? My favorite part of the book blogging community is getting to “meet” other bloggers who also love books. Finding out other tips and tricks from more established bloggers, and developing friendships is a wonderful thing.
It’s not too late to register to participate in this year’s Armchair BEA – go here to register.
To meet other bloggers participating in Armchair BEA, visit the BEA Armchair Introductions blog post.
Happy BEA week!!!