Very sad that I'm not able to attend Book Expo America (BEA) this year. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. I'm still recovering from a knee replacement and all the walking involved would probably kill me. Literally.
My husband dared me to walk around the block to prove I could go (I'm stubborn and kept insisting I could make it). I was practically crawling to make it back to the house, so I doubt I'd even make it from the ferry to the front door of the Javits Center. I really hate it when he's right, but Armchair BEA is the next best thing!
Armchair BEA is an online conference that runs in conjunction with Book Expo America in New York City. There are a large number of people around the world that are not able to join in the literary celebrations in the Big Apple, so Armchair BEA brings the celebration to you by allowing networking among other book bloggers, authors, and publishers as well as special coverage of the event, all from the comfort of your very own armchair. For more information, be sure to check out the FAQ page! (website)
There's a list of ten questions on the Armchair BEA site and everyone was asked to answer five in order to introduce ourselves. They're all good questions, so picking only five wasn't easy! Here are the ones I chose:
Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?
I'm a Jersey girl who was raised in Ohio, met my husband in Salt Lake City, moved back to New Jersey after we got married, then somehow wound up in the South. What a long, strange trip it's been!
I've been blogging for six years now. Wow! Hard to believe it's been that long as I usually get bored and pick up/abandon new hobbies every few months. I've taken a few blogging breaks over the years, but always seem to come back to the blogosphere.
Got into blogging via Twitter. I started following some of my favorite authors and saw them interacting with people who had book blogs. Intrigued, I investigated and soon discovered a whole new world out there, full of people just like me, who all loved books! I had finally found my tribe!
Why do you love reading and blogging?
My father was a reader for all of my life, so I'm pretty sure that I picked up the habit from him. I remember constantly going to my school library and checking out books, starting in grade school.
Reading has always been and will probably always be a part of my life. To tell you the truth, I'm pretty sure that I'm addicted!
Blogging is an extension of my love of reading. Being able to connect with others who love books as much as I do has been amazing! I've found so many new authors and tried different, new genres that I never would have discovered on my own, all thanks to blogging! How could I not love it?
What is one book everyone should read?
The book that I always recommend to people is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It's got it all: romance, time travel, history, adventure! Something for everyone!
What is your favorite genre and why?
Urban fantasy is my favorite genre. I'm not a big fan of science fiction or high fantasy, but love the contemporary setting of urban fantasy. Give me modern-day life with a touch of magic and I'm happy!
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what author would you want to bring with you? Why?
I feel like I should pick whoever wrote 101 Ways To Get Off A Deserted Island, but going to go with Neil Gaiman instead. Why? Because he's my author crush! C'mon, look at him! *sigh*
Are you taking part in Armchair BEA this year? Leave me a link in the comments, as I'd love to see which introduction questions you chose! And if you're able to go to BEA, please post updates so I can live vicariously through you!