Today kicks off the start of the Armchair BEA – a terrific event geared towards those bloggers unable to make it to New York City for the BEA. If you’re interested in joining in, please visit the dedicated blog for the event. It is going to be a wonderful week for bloggers and books!
Today is all about getting to know each other:
Instead of interviewing one blogger and being interviewed by another, we decided that the best way to encourage meeting as many bloggers as possible would be to run individual interviews and then have a little game. In other words, you will be interviewing yourself and then visiting and leaving comments with as many other bloggers as possible. Who knows? There might even be a fun prize for the “winner”.
So, we were asked to pick five questions from the Armchair BEA site to answer. Here are the ones I chose:
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My real name is Wendy and I live in the mountains of Northern California. I’m married to the sweetest and most generous man in the world (9 years last month) who I met doing Search and Rescue with my dog, Caribou. We don’t have kids, but we have fur children: Raven (3+ year old German Shepherd), Maia (12 year old Siamese mix), and Gizmo (7 year old Siamese mix who is Maia’s “baby”). I work as a Physical Therapist and spend my off time quilting, reading, hiking, gardening, and cooking up scrumptious meals.
I started blogging way back in February of 2005. At that time, my blog was a personal blog…but in December 0f 2006 I discovered reading challenges and book blogs and never looked back. I was drawn to blogging initially as a way to share my love of animals and as a place to write. But once I found the book community, I fell in love with all things bookish.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I have found myself in a reading slump for much of 2012, but despite that I have read some really stand out books. I am not prepared to pick just one “favorite”…but I will share my top five so far.
Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman (read my review)
Come In and Cover Me by Gin Phillips (read my review)
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron (read my review)
Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (read my review)
Small Damages by Beth Kephart (read my review)
Where do you see your blog in five years?
Well, I hope I am still blogging since that will be 12 years total that I will have been at this! Although I’ve found myself struggling a little this year to keep things fresh, I think that is less about book blogging and more about my own personal evolution and widening interests. I hope to still be reading lots and talking about books here and continuing to share my personal interests as well (quilting, travel, animals, etc…). I’ve never made money on my blog and I don’t see that changing one iota.
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
What has always been the best part about this community is its warmth and acceptance. I have yet to find an online community that can compete with the book bloggers in terms of reaching out to newcomers, enthusiasm about literature, and personal support to its members. When my wonderful Search and Rescue dog, Caribou, died…I was overwhelmed with the warm comments, emails and personal cards that found their way to me. It truly touched me. I hope that the one thing that never changes here is this camaraderie with each other.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Oh goodness, yes! Before I started blogging, I read mostly best selling genre fiction. I could not have told you who had been short listed or won any literary prizes. I couldn’t share with you one collection of short stories. I had never read YA fiction or translated works. I stuck to the authors I had always read.
Since I started blogging, my reading has expanded hugely. I read some of the best literature out there from all over the world. I have discovered countless new authors and read so many debut novels that I’ve lost count. I have fallen in love with the art of the short story. Book blogging has truly provided me with a rich and rewarding literary experience.
BOOK GIVEAWAY BONANZA
Tomorrow there will be a giveaway day sponsored by the Armchair BEA…but I’ve decided to give away books all week long here on my blog. I’ll be selecting the winners on Saturday, June 9th after 5:00 pm PST. Check back daily to enter all the giveaways (some are international, some just US/Canada).
Check out my Sunday Salon post yesterday to enter the first book giveaway: The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans (a US/Canada giveaway; book bloggers only).
From the publisher:
The New York Times bestselling novel that “enchants on first reading and only improves on the second” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike.
- This is a brand new book and the giveaway is open to everyone WORLDWIDE.
- You do not need to be a book blogger to enter.
- To enter, leave a comment on this post. If you want to leave a comment, but do NOT want to be entered into the giveaway, please make sure you tell me not to enter you!
That’s it…easy, right?