Monday 4 June 2012

Introductions for Armchair BEA

Once again I could not get to America to attend BEA. Maybe one day I will be able to afford it, but right now it's out of my reach, so instead once again I am taking part in Armchair BEA.

So to kick off the event we have an introduction post, a sort of get to know you post. We have been asked to answer 5 questions from a provided list of 10. You can find the Agenda for events here and the list of full questions here.

So without further ado, here is my answers
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1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My name is Becky, I am currently 23 and I work in a Public Library and I love my job.  I started blogging just under 2 years ago. Sometimes it feels longer and sometimes I still feel quite new at all this. I got into blogging on a bit of a whim. I wanted a place to talk about books, share my passion and keep a record of what I was reading. When surfing the internet I came across a couple of book blogs and thought they looked like great fun and part of an awesome community, so I set one up too. I honestly had no idea what I was doing, no experience with html or proper review formats. But I was determined, and it's one of the best things I've ever done. :D

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012? 
I literally just finished my book before I logged on. I was reading 'The Gathering Dark' by Leigh Bardugo. It was an ARC I had been sent and I absolutely loved it. Really gets back into sort of old world fantasy, epic journeys etc. I didn't expect to liek it but it was fab. I want more. My full review should be up later tonight. :D
My next read is 'Night Sky' by Jolene Perry. Not sure what to expect but I love the cover. 
My favourite book read so far this year is 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern. Not my usual read but it was amazing, I really want my own copy. It was just so whimsical and entrancing. Breath-taking.

3. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
There are so many answers to this question, so many people I would love to meet and have dinner with. But if I could just choose one, it would have to be J.K Rowling. I bet she's a popular answer but her Harry Potter books have inspired and captured so many hearts. It would be amazing. She really is an incredible lady but in her writing and her generosity and courage.

4. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

Again so many answers to this. I would absolutely love to go to visit Roald Dahl's workshop/shed, that would be totally inspiring, a real experience. His stories have been loved by so many and they are so wacky and unique. I would of course love to attend BEA, and next year I am hoping to attend the Hay Festival in Wales.

5. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

Definitely, I was a bit more picky about what I would read. Growing up I was addicted to animal books - Animals of Farthing Wood, Animal Ark etc. Then my interests spread to Harry Potter and other fantasy books, particularly if they had dragons in, but since being in the blogging community I have started reading more paranormal, contemporary and the occasional mystery and historical. I have found some fantastic books that I never would have read otherwise, and for that I truly thank the blogging community.

Thanks for visiting and reading. I hope we all have a fantastic week celebrating Armchair BEA. Check back throughout the week for more posts. :D


Anonymous said...

I love JK Rowling! I mean who doesn't?! I am totally new to this and started on whim... I welcome all advice!

Janae's Book Obsession said...

I love everything that J.K. Rowling has written! She has an amazing talent and just to sit and talk with her would be a lot of fun. These little mini interviews are pretty fun! Here's mine as well:
I also follow your blog as well :)

Annette Mills said...

Just reviewed The Gathering Dark, aka Shadow and Bone (that's so confusing, isn't it?) and loved it. Can't wait for more of this series. Happy BEA. Thanks for visiting.

Kristin said...

J.K. Rowling would be an awesome person to have dinner with! I love how much my reading horizons have expanded because of blogging and I have read so many awesome books because of it. Have a great day!

Kailana said...

My reading has changed a lot since I started blogging, too. Great 'meeting' you.

Novels On The Run said...

Hi there,

Nice to meet you:D

I have read Night Sky and really enjoyed it. I hope you do too:D

Have a great day!


Becky B. @ Bibliognome said...

Hi, glad to hear that I'm not the only one that started book blogging without knowing html or formatting. :) My blog's been a learning experience as I go along too.

Have a great Armchair BEA. :)

Poof...books! said...

Welcome to Armchair BEA12 it is great to be the first to commen on your blog. I know that I was meant to stop by when I saw THE NIGHT CIRCUS is your favorite read this year. Didn't you just love everything about it? The paperback comes out in July so if you want your own copy as you should this could be an option.

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you! Visiting Roald Dahl's workshop sounds awesome, and I love the idea of having dinner with JK Rowling. I keep hearing great things about Night Circus, it's on my list.

Marg said...

I have been longing for a bit longer than you but there are some days when it still feels new!

Hope you enjoy your Armchair BEA experience this week!

barmybex said...

Dani Beth - thanks for stopping by. If you ever get stuck just ask, I don't claim to be an expert but I will try to help. I can also recommend 'Parajunkee' blog, she does weekly 101 tips. :D
Welcome Janae & thanks!
Annette - thanks, and it is a bit comfusing yes!
Kristin, I know she is incredible! Blogging really is a wonderful community and glad there are so many awesome people involved
Kailana - fab to 'meet' you too!
Thanks Michelle, I'm hoping i love it too. :D
Becky B - glad to hear someone felt the same as me. Challenges everyday but great fun.
Poof...books - thanks! I really did love everything about it, it was just so incredible. The paperback is actually just been released here in the UK. I saw it in the shops today. May have to splash out and buy it! :D
bookstop - I know, it would be amazing, saw it on TV the other week and i just thought - i want to see that for real. Hope you enjoy Night Circus, it's well worth the read.
Marg - Hope you enjoy it too. Great event!!!