Armchair BEA 2013: Introduction

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And we’re off. As I mentioned yesterday Armchair BEA is totally one of my favorite events of the year. Partly I think it is because it is full of so many book nerds like myself (and go watch Wil Wheaton talk about the defining nugget of nerdiness if you think we are not nerds). Or maybe it is because it always happens at the beginning of summer. So it now it is a happy start to long days of library summer programs and pool reading days. Whatever the reason today it begins. And it starts with introductions.

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

When I first started blogging I was a SAHM and was honestly looking for a way to help keep track of what I read and what I thought of it. This was before I discovered LibraryThing and long before GoodReads or Shelfari. Since then my reading has slowed down as I try to keep up with my two incredibly active daughters (The Girl, age 13 and The Wee One, age 9) and my return to work. I still try to blog every weekday and I am planning on using my summer to get caught up with reviews and site updates.

2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.

I live in Huntington, WV. Huntington is a major U.S. River Port and the largest city in WV. Please note West Virginia is not Western Virginia. Don’t worry the news media makes that mistake too. (Sigh)  Most people only know us now from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution which seriously ignored major sections of our population to focus on the under-educated and under-served who indeed eat poorly and exercise little.

We also are known for the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 football players on the Marshall UniversityThundering Herd football team as well as eight team coaches and staff and 25 boosters. The movie We Are Marshall is based on the aftermath of that event.

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?

I have. This is my third year. It is also my second on the commenting committee. I love the community. I love the prompts. And I love going out and discovering new people who love books like I love books.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

I read a lot of books at once. Right now I am reading Libba Bray’s ‘The Diviners‘ which I am loving. My favorite so far this year is either Days of Blood & Starlight or Warm Bodies.

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

While my Thoughts on a Thursday has really suffered since going back to work it is by far my favorite thing to do. I would recommend reading any of these but I think Why I Read Young Adult Books is my personal favorite.

line01Armchair BEA Design Credit: Sarah of Puss Reboots
Photo Credit: from the Wikimedia Commons.

21 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2013: Introduction

  1. It’s so difficult to keep up with having a blog, work, and being active with your family. I actually dread the idea of someday going back to work. I know my reading and blogging would suffer tremendously, especially with 4 of my own kiddo’s.
    I’m also a cheerleader! This year I decided to become one, so I can have the chance to visit blogs, and chat away! Have fun this week!

  2. all of your pictures are gorgeous! and seriously? even broadcasters get West Virginia wrong?!? What is wrong with out schools these days!

    Lovely to virtually “meet” you! Enjoy those fun ages and stages with your babies! I was telling my 19 year old today that I wanted to put a brick on her head and send her back to age 9! She didn’t think it would work. 😀

    1. It is sad when news folks talk about us over in Western VA. 19? Eek! That is why I am not back full-time to work, soon enough the summers of them hanging with Mom at the pool will be gone.

  3. Oh my god!!! 3rd year in ArmchairBEA?!!! Wow!!1 Wow!!! This is my second year but you’re so very right!! I looove meeting new bookish people, nerd, whatever. I just love that they love to read as much as I do and even more so when they read YA…

    Laini Taylor’s book!! T_________T I NEEd that book in my life right this very second!! You’re so lucky!! I don’t even own it.

    -blushes- I kind of thought western was the same as west Virginia T_T Sorry?
    In my defense I’m not from the US heheh so I know little of the states, if at all.

    Hope you enjoy your 3rd year!

    Here’s my Introduction post for Day 1 if you’d like to stop by.
    Alba @ BookPics

    I’m also on the commenting committee though this is my first year in it. How did you DO it? I didn’t think I’d have to stop by so many blogs daily!! X_X
    Specially since I don’t like leaving generic comments, I love reading the posts and letting people know I read them and tell them my thoughts on them, specially when I enjoyed them. Just like with yours 😀

    Anyway.
    Have fun!

    I’ve got to follow you now 🙂 Loved your voice 🙂

    1. Totally cool when non-US folk make the mistake. 😉

      And I am addicted to YA. Laini Taylor is sooooo good.

      Commenting is hard but I think this year is tougher. I wonder if they had fewer volunteers. Also Day one is usually the toughest. I am completely with you on generic comments, I try really hard to personalize. You can do it!

  4. Hi!

    I have yet to read Laini Taylor’s books! That is one of those series I feel so behind the times with. I must make time to read those soon! That footbridge pic is gorgeous! What a beautiful place to live. Thanks so much for sharing all this about yourself! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    1. Yes you do Laini Talyor is amazing! And Ritter Park is one of my favorite place in the city.

    1. It is busy indeed and with high for the older one next year I am thinking busier still.

  5. Ahhh, West Virginia…another place I long to visit. All of these posts are making me want to travel non-stop!

    You’re a ABEA veteran, this is my very first time 🙂

    I hope you’re having a great week!

    1. I know what you mean. Ever post today had pictures of place that made me want to see the city.

  6. This Armchair BEA thing is fun! My dd’s and I are planning a road trip this summer and will probably be in West Virginia AND western Virginia (Roanoke) – I can’t wait to see those mountains again for the first time in about 20 years! I’m a very new blogger, also trying to squeeze it in between work and child-rearing, so it’s a bit of a crunch… :-)Your blog is lovely, and I hope you are having a good BEA week.

    1. 20 years away from the mountains? I know people who couldn’t make it 3 weeks. 😉
      Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Wow, three years! Nice. This is my first. Figured it was the next best thing to going there myself. I’m enjoying meeting all the new bloggers!

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