Two posts in one day! That’s a first for me. But I wanted to participate in Armchair BEA so I’m making a little extra effort here. Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who didn’t make it to Book Expo America and the Book Bloggers Convention in New York this week. It’s sort of a virtual convention, with interviews, blogging tips, and daily post ideas. Check out the website today for an interview with Lindsey Rudnickas from NetGalley on how you can access galleys for review (I just picked up three books from NetGalley but I’m still new to the whole thing).
Today’s prompt is to introduce yourself, so here’s a little bit about me.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a curly-headed 40 year old (soon to be 41, ack!) writing from the Washington, DC area. I’ve been blissfully married for 11 years with two sometimes-adorable cats and no kids. I started this blog two years ago because 1) I really needed to write and work was killing any creative blood I had in me; and 2) books are what I love and what I know.
What are you currently reading? Favorite books in 2012?
I’m currently reading Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Some favorites so far this year have been The Count of Monte Cristo, Room, and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
Where do you see your blog in five years?
I have no idea what I’ll be doing five years from now… but I feel like I don’t want to keep doing the same thing, so I hope either my blog will become more creative and personal over the next five years, or I’ll find myself doing other kinds of writing.
What is your favorite post?
I like the occasional post about something personal, like this one. I also enjoy writing reviews for authors that have contacted me personally, like this one – it’s a bigger responsibility to write a good, fair review and a bigger chance to have an impact.
What literary location would you most like to visit?
This one’s a freebie; I’ve answered this before.
What is your favorite part about the blogging community? What would you like to see change?
I love feeling like I’m part of a community! I’ve found so many great book recommendations, and new ways of thinking and writing about books, since I’ve been blogging. And a lot of times I feel like I get to know people better through their blogs than in real life.
One thing I don’t understand is why some bloggers are so critical of other bloggers – with all the different ways to blog (and read and write), why should we talk about whose style is the right one? Or I guess what I really mean is, what do we gain by discussing the “right” way to review books except to make others feel insecure? When I started blogging I had to learn not to take discussions like this personally. I’m all for saying “here’s how I like to review a book” but that’s just me.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
My tastes haven’t changed, but I’m a more thoughtful reader, and other blogs push me to read things that are more challenging or outside my comfort level. For example, last year there was a blog hop where the question was, “what books do you want to read before you die?” and I was stunned by how many people, including myself, said War and Peace. It really inspired me to stop using W&P as a symbolic reference and actually read the damn book.