Happy Tuesday! Because of the holiday, today is the first official day of Armchair BEA, a virtual convention for book bloggers who aren’t in New York City of publishing’s big book conference, Book Expo America (BEA). I’ve been at BEA for the last few years (three, I think), but decided to take this year off for some personal and financial reasons. While I already miss everyone I am not going to get to see, I’m excited to jump more fully into Armchair BEA instead.
Today’s blog discussion topic is introductions in the form of a five-question survey:
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 since May 2008 (five years!). I got into blogging soon before I graduated from college with a B.A. in English because I was looking for a way to talk about books now that I wouldn’t be in class anymore. Book blogging has turned into a lot more than that, but that’s why I started.
Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?
This is the first year that I’ll be really participating in Armchair BEA because this is the first year since bloggers going to Book Expo America was a “thing” that I won’t be going myself. I’ve posted on some of the daily topics in the past, but this year I’m really hoping to get involved and meet new bloggers virtually, mimicking my favorite part of BEA — meeting other book people.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
My favorite nonfiction book from the year so far is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (out June 4 from Viking Books), and my favorite fiction book this year is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
I would really love to sit down and talk with Tracy Kidder. He is one of my favorite nonfiction writers, and I think it’d just be cool to pick his brain about what it takes to write the way he does.
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?
Without a doubt, my favorite thing is the wonderful relationships being part of this community has helped me build. Some of my dearest friends are people I met through book blogging, and I continue to make friends in my “real life” through books and this blog. It’s amazing.