Caribousmom: Reading a Good Book with a Furchild by my Side

Today kicks off the Armchair BEA – a terrific event that allows bloggers to participate virtually in the BEA. We have been tasked to introduce ourselves and our blogs, and so, here I go…

I started book blogging way back in 2007 (although my blog actually came into being in 2005), and people are always asking me what my blog name means. See that photo on the left? That’s me with my search and rescue dog, Caribou…my friend, my inspiration, my loyal companion – and the one who introduced me to my husband (I’m not kidding!). Sadly, Caribou passed on to the Rainbow Bridge in 2009, but she is still here in spirit. You can read more about her here.

I now share my life with another German Shepherd named Raven. I call her my wild child for good reason. She keeps Kip and I on our toes, and although she would have made a great search and rescue dog, her only job (for now) is to make us laugh.

In order to tell you a little about me and my reading preferences, I thought I’d use the format that the Armchair BEA group used to introduce the members of their team.

Tell About Yourself in 140 Characters Or Less:

Quilter, dreamer, reader, physical therapist, lover of animals, married to the greatest guy in the world, loves to travel, tries to make the world a better place…

If You Could Put One Book in the Hands of Everyone you Come in Contact With, What Would it Be and Why?

Oh, tough question – I’ve read so many great books. But the one that I always come back to is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. This is a book about war, trust, love, and the power of words…but what makes it so incredible is the writing. Zusak is a genius with words, and the words in this book are wrenching, joyous, and memorable. I cried for the entire last 250 pages of this chunkster…and then I wanted to read it again.

What Book are You Looking Forward to Reading the Most in 2011?

Hands down, River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh which is the second book in the Ibis Trilogy (read my review Sea of Poppies, the first book in the series). Macmillan is publishing this one in September and I will be jumping up and down when it comes out.

Do you Host any Special Events or Memes on your Blog that you Would like to Share with Us? Please Explain.

Last year I hosted Reading for A Cure and I had wanted to do another charity on my blog in 2011, but due to a lot of family health issues that have had me back on the East coast frequently, I have not had the time (or energy) to put something together. I own A Novel Challenge which is a blog devoted to putting all the reading challenges and events in one place as a service to readers. I also host a few challenges on dedicated blogs (links are provided above).

If you Could have Lunch with Any Author, Living or Not, Who Would it Be and Where/What Would you Eat?

I’d love to have lunch with Daphne Du Maurier. I love her Gothic fiction, and so I think it would be appropriate to lunch at a Gothic style restaurant like (Fitz) Henry’s in Edinburgh, Scotland or maybe Jadka in Poland. I’d order some hearty soup with a salad, and have pudding for dessert.

You can learn more about my blog (and my review policy) by visiting the  ABOUT THIS BLOG page. Other pages on my blog are All Things Creative (where I have a subpage for my quilting projects), Fur Children (I need to add the cats and Raven to this), Reviews (where you can find links to all the books I have reviewed on Caribousmom), Reading Journals (a breakdown of my yearly reads with links AND Literary Prize lists), and Challenges (where I track my reading projects and challenges). I also have a page dedicated to the year my husband and I did a whole house remodel.

Finally, I am supposed to share with you one random fact about myself. How’s this: I am the youngest sister of three.

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Wendy,

    It’s nice to learn so much about you. Thanks for reminding me about The Book Thief. I’ve had it on my list but it started to fall to the bottom thanks to all the others I’ve added. It sounds like an amazing book!

  2. Hi!! Nice to meet you. I agree with you about the Book Thief. I read it when it first came out and loved it.

    • Wendy on May 23, 2011 at 11:26

    Paula: Oh, don’t wait any longer to read The Book Thief – an amazing, wonderful book.

    • Wendy on May 23, 2011 at 11:27

    Hi Hillary – thanks for stopping by – glad to see you also loved The Book Thief 🙂

    • Aths on May 23, 2011 at 11:36

    I’m so glad that you demystified what Caribou’s mom stands for. I’ve often wondered about that! Happy armchairing!!

  3. LOVE the picture of you and your dog Caribou. What a great story and what a great dog!

  4. Always a pleasure to learn a little bit more about you, Wendy! You’re an awesome member of this community. 🙂

  5. Oh, I love this!! Thanks so much for sharing. I have only lived four years without a dog by my side (and that was only a temporary state as I was away at college). My boys are both healthy middle ages (for dogs…5 and 7) and they inspire nearly everything I do. Thanks, again, for sharing!

    • Suey on May 23, 2011 at 16:04

    We are twins on The Book Thief thing! 🙂

  6. We all love you, Wendy! What would we do without your A Novel Challenge blog? I really rely on it pretty heavily for finding challenges, getting the word out about events, and referencing back on current challenges. It is irreplaceable in my opinion. I have always loved the name of your blog too. It is such a wonderful tribute to Caribou! Yes, please share your cat pics. I ADORE cats!

    Regarding The Book Thief, we are reading it next month for my TuesBookTalk Read Alongs on Twitter and Goodreads. I have heard such great things about it. I know I will love it!

    • Wendy on May 23, 2011 at 16:50

    Aths: *laughs* Every time I mention the name of my blog, I always find someone who didn’t know what it meant! Glad to demystify for you!!

    Jennifer: THANK YOU! She had a big, big heart…and a bigger personality so I am happy to share her story with all of you!

    Kristen: Aw, thank you so much – that is such a nice thing to say!!

    Pam: You are so welcome – glad to hear that your dogs are such a huge part of your life. I have always believed our dogs are here just for the spoiling we give them 🙂

    Suey: Yay!

    Michelle: You are too kind!!! I am so gratified to know how much people enjoy A Novel Challenge (at times it overwhelms me!! LOL!). I need to do something special for the cats, I guess…they tend to do a lot of laying around sleeping, so they are not as interesting to photograph or write about *laughs*. I hope you love The Book Thief!

    • Nise' on May 23, 2011 at 17:08

    Raven is a gorgeous dog. My husband has always wanted a German Shepherd. I love A Novel Challenge and appreciate all the hard work you put into it.

    • Wendy on May 23, 2011 at 17:35

    Nise: Raven is my fifth German Shepherd…they are wonderful dogs and when socialized early, they are amazingly loving and friendly. Thanks for the compliment on A Novel Challenge…glad you enjoy it!

  7. Aw, last year we were in NY together this year we’re celebrating on our computers together. 🙂 So glad we’re still connected and I still think you’re wonderful.

    • Wendy on May 23, 2011 at 20:11

    Amy: Awwww, you are so nice! I was just looking at the photos from last year – it was so great to meet you. I hope to be able to go to NYC again sometime for the BEA…but this is great too. *hugs*

  8. I also love The Book Thief 🙂

  9. I figured out what your blog name was the very first time I visited your blog by looking at the header! It was obvious to me but then I consider my pets my kids too. Great intro post. See you around

    • Wendy on May 24, 2011 at 05:36

    Abigail: It was great, wasn’t it 🙂

    Callista: You get an A+ *laughing*

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