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.
- Name: Wendy
- Twitter: Caribousmom
- Other blogs I Manage: A Novel Challenge, The Orange Prize Project, Notable Books, AND Chunkster Reading Challenge
- Library Thing: Writestuff
- Published Work on line at The Piker Press
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).
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.
Thanks for stopping by!