Today, many of the book bloggers I follow are in New York City at Book Expo America (BEA). I seriously considered going this year. I've never been. But then we filled our summer with several trips and I decided I really didn't need to be traveling even more! So here I am participating once again in the Armchair BEA. What is Armchair BEA? Here's an explanation from their website:
Armchair BEA is the experience for book bloggers to participate in Book Expo America (BEA) from the comfort of their homes. This experience is created lovingly by book bloggers specifically for our peers who for whatever reason are not able to participate in the main conference in New York each year. We bring publishers, authors, and bloggers together in celebrating our love for all things literary by hosting celebrations such as sneak peeks, daily discussion topics, and sponsored giveaways.Today's topic is an introduction, so here are a few Q&A's about me.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?
I've been blogging since 2009. I started out with a "mommy" blog where I shared all the projects and activities my kids and I did. I can't remember why I started blogging but I found that I was sharing a lot about what my kids and I were reading. So a few months after starting the first blog, I started a second one to focus on books, and here we are. I live in North Carolina, not too far from the capital city of Raleigh. I grew up in Massachusetts, though, and went to college in New York. I've been living in North Carolina for almost 15 years now.
2. What is your favorite genre and why?
This is always a hard question for me because I like a variety. I get bored with reading just one genre all the time. I'd say my favorites are thrillers and literary fiction, but I like to throw in some historical fiction, sci-fi, middle grade and other genres as well, just to keep things interesting. I also enjoy memoirs and nonfiction at times. The biggest thing I look for in a novel is that it's character-driven. While I love thrillers, I don't like stories that focus just on the action and not enough on the characters.
3. What book are you reading right now?I'm currently reading Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm. It's a psychological suspense novel and it's pretty good. I'm about halfway through so hope to finish it sometime this week.
4. What is at the top book in your TBR pile?
My book club is reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr this month so I'm anxious to get started on it. I've heard great things about it from other members of my book club and from other bloggers, so I can't wait to read it!