Armchair BEA Day #1: Introduction

Grace 28 May, 2013 Reading Challenges and Events 32 comments

Today marks the kickoff of Armchair BEA.  Last year, I had the opportunity to attend Book Expo America in New York City, and it was a fantastic experience.  However, I took a major break from blogging at the end of 2012 (between grad school and a new job, life got really busy) and only recently returned.  I didn’t think it would be fair to go to BEA since I hadn’t been around much during the past few months, but Armchair BEA seems like a fantastic way to share in the networking and conversations.

And now, for my introduction:

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 Grace, and I’m a librarian.  I started blogging back in May 2011, and when I started, I didn’t even know that book blogging was a thing.  I just wanted an outlet to talk about books, because most of my friends don’t read nearly as much as I do and/or don’t read the same things.  I tend to read a little bit of everything, but most of the books that I review are either sci-fi, fantasy, or historical fiction.

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

My favorite book that I’ve read this year was “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson.  Of course, I haven’t reviewed it yet, because I read it while I was on hiatus.  Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors of all time–he is truly a master of world-building, and his characters are compelling.  Generally he writes chunksters, but “The Emperor’s Soul” was much shorter and is a standalone story.  If you like fantasy, I’d definitely recommend it.

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

My somewhat scathing review of Fifty Shades of Grey.  I don’t write a lot of negative reviews, because I generally decide to read books that already look interesting.  However, every now and then I’ll read something that everybody’s talking about just to see what all the fuss is for.

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

Hmm, this is a tough one.  It also sounds a bit like a college application essay.  I’m gonna go with John Scalzi, because he’s got a great sense of humor and seems like a fun person to hang out with.  Several years ago, he taped bacon to his cat, which immediately became an internet meme.  I met John Scalzi briefly last year at a book signing at BEA with Memory from Stella Matutina, and we told him that we were going to bring him bacon, but we couldn’t find any at the store that morning.  He thanked us for not bringing any (bacon and airports don’t mix well) and wrote “Thanks for the bacony thoughts” in my book.

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

I’m going to cheat a bit on this answer, because I already visited it.  When I was studying in Russia, I snuck into the apartment building where Raskolnikov axed the little old lady in “Crime and Punishment.”  There’s nothing like standing in the place where one fictional character killed another.


32 Responses to “Armchair BEA Day #1: Introduction”

    • Grace

      Thanks! It feels good to be blogging again. I’ve missed seeing what everyone’s been reading and talking with you all. :)

    • Grace

      Thanks! I absolutely love Kristin Cashore. I discovered “Bitterblue” at BEA last year and was extremely impressed, and I’ve got “Fire” sitting on my nightstand just begging to be read. Thanks for stopping by! :)

    • Grace

      Thanks! John Scalzi is a fantastic author. I’ve only read one of his books, but I follow his blog regularly, and every time he posts something, I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly. :)

  1. Brooke

    Welcome back to blogging grace, and thank you for visiting my blog! Librarians are awesome, and I love that you read sci-fi/fantasy. I’m always looking for some excellent recs from those genres. Also, enjoy Armchair BEA!! I’ve promised myself a trip to NYC next year.

    • Grace

      Thank you! I actually discovered my love of sci-fi/fantasy through recommendations from bloggers. I’d be quite happy to carry on the tradition. ;)

      I’m definitely going to try to make it to NYC next year. Going last year was one of the best experiences of my life, and I’d love to do it again.

  2. Ariel Wilson

    Yay for librarians! I love meeting other bloggers who are librarians! While I can see why you chose to stay home from BEA, I would have just gone for the fun :P Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you enjoy the week!

    • Grace

      I almost changed my mind when I heard that Brandon Sanderson was going to be there, since he’s one of my favorite authors of all time. Oh well. :)

  3. D.G.

    Your answer to the literary location must be the best ever!

    I have several books by Sanderson in my TBR…I’ll have to move them up!

  4. AH

    What an interesting answer to the last question. I would have never thought of Russia, but as a literary place, it really makes sense.
    Thanks for commenting on our blog.
    AH@Badass Book Reviews.

    • Grace

      One of the neat things when I studied there was seeing statues commemorating great writers on almost every block. :)

    • Grace

      Thanks! Meeting John Scalzi was the highlight of BEA last year. :)

      “50 Shades” was the 2nd worst book that I’ve ever read. The very worst was a book called “Wild Animus” that the author self-published and then handed out on college campuses across America, including mine. The plot (if you could call it that) had something to do with drugs, sex, and a ram. I think the sex might have been with the ram, but maybe he only thought it was with a ram, or perhaps he thought he was the ram. I’ve thought about reviewing it, but then I’d have to spend time writing about it that could be spent reading books that actually make sense.

      • Redhead

        wow, that book sounds awful. don’t waste your time and energy on reviewing it, or thinking about! although the reviews on Amazon for it are hysterical, especially the 5 star review giving other uses for the book (leveling out an uneven table, kindling, cat chew toy, etc).

        • Grace

          If I’m having a bad day I get friends to dramatically read a paragraph of it. There’s no way of keeping a straight face.

  5. Chachic

    I’ve never had a chance to attend BEA so it’s great that you were able to go last year! The only Brandon Sanderson novel that I’ve read is Elantris (also a standalone) and I loved it so I need to read the rest of his books.

    • Grace

      I adored Elantris. I thought it was such an interesting take on zombies. Sanderson’s worlds are so unique. :)

  6. lynnsbooksl

    Hi Grace
    Thanks for the bacony share.
    I’ve read Fire and loved it – did you read Graceling? I have Bitter Blue but haven’t cracked it yet – it’s on my TBR topple!!
    Lynn :D

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