This week in New York is Book Expo America, better known as BEA. Unfortunately, I live nowhere near New York, so I won't be attending BEA. But, I am very excited to take part in the Armchair BEA. Yes, I get to talk about books all week with everyone else who isn't able to attend, from the comfort of my home.
I'll be participating in daily posts this week, including a listing of my favorite reads of 2011 (so far) and my favorite book blogs. But today is all about introducing ourselves, so without further adieu ...
I'm Julie and this is My Book Retreat. Welcome! Some of you may have been here before, but hopefully you'll learn a bit more about me and my blog.
I'm married and mom to two kids: a 7 year old son and a 4 year old daughter. I work full time as a marketing writer/editor for a big corporation. I've always enjoyed reading. I can remember sitting in class in high school reading romance novels, which is funny because I don't read that genre anymore. I guess I got my fill when I was a teenager!
I have lived in North Carolina for 10 years now. The rest of my life was spent in Massachusetts, aside from the four years in upstate New York when I attending college in the early '90s. Yes, I'm old. I'll be 40 on my next birthday. Ack!! How did that happen?
About My Book Retreat
I created My Book Retreat as a "retreat" for me. I had found some interesting book blogs and thought it would be fun to write about the books I read as well. That was almost two years ago. Now, I read so much more than I did then. This is mostly because I discovered the world of book reviewing, and now have several sources from which I get new books to read. It's great, but I do find I have to turn down a lot of requests because I get so many now!
If you look over on the right side of the page, under all the different ways you can connect to me, you'll see a list of categories that I write about. You'll see Adult Fiction, Children's Books and Memoirs/Biographies are the big ones for me. Although it seems most book blogs review a lot of Young Adult books, I do not. I loved the Hunger Games trilogy, but that's the only YA book/series I've really liked. Perhaps I haven't tried the genre enough.
In any event, I tend to read a lot of memoirs and thrillers lately. Those are the main genres I've been reading 2011. I also review children's books I read with my kids ~ or that they read themselves. If you want to see a list of all the reviews you'll find on My Book Retreat, click on the My Reviews tab up at the top of the page.
Every Saturday, I participate in a meme called What My Children Are Reading, which is hosted by Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns. And every Monday, I participate in the meme It's Monday! What are You Reading?, which is hosted by Book Journey. And guess what! It is Monday and so I'm going to share what I'm reading now.
Last week, I finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. What a great book! I will put up my review this week.
I wrote a review for The Raising by Laura Kasischke. Unfortunately, I didn't really like the book. It's my book club's May selection so we'll be discussing it soon. I'm curious to see what everyone else thought of it.
I also reviewed four children's books in my What My Children Are Reading post on Saturday.
I'm in the middle of two books now, which is unusual for me. I'm about halfway through A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl. I'm also about halfway through Blood Trust by Eric Van Lustbader. I'll be offering a giveaway for his previous book in this series, Last Snow, when I finish reading this one.
Next I'm going to read A Game of Character by Craig Robinson, which I have for an upcoming blog tour on June 1st.
What are you reading this week? This meme is being hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, so hop over there if you'd like to see what others are reading too.
And thank you to all who stopped by from the Armchair BEA. I'm looking forward to learning more about you and your blogs this week!