Today I’m taking a little break from Top Ten Tuesday to participate in a little something known as Armchair BEA. Here’s the deal. Book Expo America is this ginormous conference that brings together publishers and librarians and authors and most recently, book bloggers. Unfortunately this conference takes place in NYC, and I try to limit the amount of money I spend on a hobby that currently nets me zero dollars. The way I see it, I can only justify one conference a year, and this year I’m heading to BlogHer in July (it’s in Chicago!) Sooooo, I’m pleased that some fabulous book bloggers organized a way for those of us celebrating from afar to participate in BEA.
To kick off this little celebration, the Armchair BEA committee issued some questions to participating bloggers. Ready?
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? How sweet of you to ask, Armchair BEA! I’m Katie! I started Words for Worms last August, so about 9 months? (OMG, my blog could be a full term baby!) I had blogged privately in the past, but I thought it might be fun to start talking to the whole wide web. (I may or may not have been spurred into action by Quirky Chrissy and Lauren Filing Jointly, but I don’t want to go inflating their egos or anything…) Even on my (now deleted so don’t go looking) once upon a time blogs, I would occasionally write an update on what I had been reading. The concept of talking about books the way I like to talk about books was endlessly appealing. I’m so happy that I’ve found a little tribe of weirdos to join me!
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 am blogging from ILLINOIS! Specifically, Peoria, Illinois. Literary fun fact! Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique is from Peoria. Also! Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois, founded in 1691, which is cool, because I dig history. Now, Peoria proper is fairly developed, but you needn’t go far beyond city limits to hit some serious farmland. Corn and soybeans, people. I am where it’s at!
3. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? I just started reading Stephen King’s Under The Dome for the summer DomeAlong! I have an incredibly difficult time choosing favorites. I hate it when I’m asked what my favorite book is- I feel there needs to be a qualifier, and perhaps a top ten list. (LOVE me some Top Ten Tuesday!) I have read 41 books so far this year, and a bunch of them have been pretty amazing. However. I think I’m going to have to give the title of my favorite so far to Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park. If you missed my review, you can find it HERE. If you haven’t read it yet, you should do so. RIGHT NOW. GO!
4. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. This will not come as news to anybody who has been reading my blog for longer than a minute or two, but I feel it bears mentioning. I LOVE penguins. If you question my devotion, please allow me to direct you HERE (where you can read an overview) or HERE (where you can meet my penguin butler) or HERE (where you can read about the time I MET A PENGUIN IN REAL LIFE!)
5. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? This might sound a little cliche, but I don’t care at all. I have a list of literary locales I’d like to visit, but tippy top on my list is visiting Oxford. I want to see the hall that Hogwarts’ Great Hall was based on. I can’t help myself. I adore Harry Potter. Evidence:
What do you think, Bookworms? What literary locations would you like to visit? Where are you joining us from? What’s the best book you’ve read this year? Tell us all about it! Armchair BEA for EVERYONE! WooHoo!