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Armchair BEA: Introductions!

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Although I am off at Book Expo America this week, I still wanted to participate in a very cool event — Armchair BEA — which was organized by a group of bloggers in 2010 to connect book bloggers aren’t able to make the trip to New York City. Throughout this week I’ll be posting on some of the daily topics to, hopefully, supplement post I’m actually writing from BEA. I won’t have much time to respond to comments, but I’m hoping to get caught up when I get back.

Today is all about introductions.

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 Kim, and I’ve been blogging for just over four years. I started blogging in May 2008 right as I was getting ready to graduate from college. I thought having a blog would give me a space to talk about books with other readers  after I wouldn’t get to talk about them in school anymore.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

My favorite nonfiction read so far this year is Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and my favorite fiction read is a tie between The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff and The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

People who are regular blog readers know that I have a cat, Hannah. But new readers from Armchair BEA might not know that, and I am always looking for excuses to post pictures of her on my blog! This is my favorite picture of her, throwing herself at my boyfriend, Nate.

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

I wish there was a way to go to Hogwarts. I’ve been to the castle in England where some of the movie is filmed, which was totally awesome. But I’d like to go to the real Hogwarts.

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

This one is hard for me because I don’t remember what it’s like to be a reader without having a blog (or, without being a student that had a lot of required reading). I do know that my reading has started to skew much more towards new releases than it ever did when I was a kid or a student.

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  • Helen Murdoch June 4, 2012, 6:44 am

    Funny you should mention Hogwarts as we started re-watching the Harry Potter movies this weekend and are part way through number 2!

    • Kim June 10, 2012, 7:50 am

      So fun! I really want to do that at some point, but haven’t really found the time (or convinced the boyfriend it’s a good idea!)

  • Jeanne June 4, 2012, 7:46 am

    I always love your photos of Hannah. And yes, I want to go to the real Hogwarts! We’re going to the imitation in Orlando this July.

    • Kim June 10, 2012, 7:51 am

      I’m so jealous of that! The Orlando Hogwarts will probably be almost as good… but definitely not the real Hogwarts.

  • Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm June 4, 2012, 9:14 am

    My google reader was full of these Armchair BEA posts this morning – and I think at least 3 people mentioned Hogwarts! Gotta admit, it sounds awfully enticing. 🙂

    • Kim June 10, 2012, 7:53 am

      Clearly, the book blogging world is full to the brim with Harry Potter nerds. I love it.

  • Andi June 4, 2012, 3:48 pm

    Your cat is adorable! And your boyfriend has a name! Great intro Kim. <3 your blog.

    • Kim June 10, 2012, 7:54 am

      Lol, he does have a name. I don’t think he was super happy I posted this picture, even though I love it.

  • Aarti June 4, 2012, 4:26 pm

    Ooh, that Hannah is such a saucy minx!

    • Kim June 10, 2012, 7:54 am

      Right? She’s rather pushy when she wants attention.

  • Diane@BibliophilebytheSea June 4, 2012, 8:04 pm

    Hello…stopping by to say Hi. I’m not participating in the Armchair BEA, but reading all of the posts has been fun. It’s always great learning a bit more about fellow book bloggers like you Kim.

    • Kim June 10, 2012, 7:54 am

      Thanks Diane!

  • Lisa June 5, 2012, 6:48 am

    Hannah is such a pretty cat too!

    I just read a review of Wild, literally the last post I read! I’m going to have to add it to my list.

    My Armchair BEA intro post is here!

    • Kim June 10, 2012, 7:55 am

      Wild was SO GOOD! Just, super awesome. I hope you’ll read it.

  • Vasilly June 5, 2012, 8:18 pm

    I’m not a cat person but I love the picture of Hannah. It’s so cute. 🙂

    • Kim June 10, 2012, 7:55 am

      She is pretty adorable, if I do say so myself 🙂

  • Danielle June 6, 2012, 8:29 am

    Hannah looks just like my cat, Lovey, who passed away recently. Absolutely adorable. It was fun hanging out with you at the Harper blogger party. Talk soon!

    • Kim June 10, 2012, 7:55 am

      It was so nice to meet you and chat for awhile at the party! I’m sorry to hear about your cat — I always think tuxedo cats are so adorable.

  • Lisa June 9, 2012, 8:16 am

    Any guy that your cat wants to cuddle up with must be a keeper – they are so finicky about who they will warm up to!

    I’m hearing lots of raves about WILD. Think I’ll need to pick it up soon!

    • Kim June 10, 2012, 7:56 am

      I think she loves him because he doesn’t love it when she tries to cuddle with him. She’s a sucker for people who won’t pay attention to her.