Armchair BEA~ Introductions First ~ Day 1

It’s Day One of the Getting to the other Bloggers participating in Armchair BEA.. and I welcome newcomers to my home on the web!

Instead of interviews this year, we answer a few questions about us with a networking blog hop.

Pasted from the main site:
“All we ask is that you answer five of them and spend the rest of the time meeting others. After all, getting to know one another is the most important part of this process! Here are the possible questions:

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
  2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
  3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
  4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
  5. Where do you see your blog in five years?
  6. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
  7. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
  8. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
  9. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
  10. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?”

Hello! I’m married with two kiddos and I work full-time. In my precious spare time I love to read, of course! I read historical fiction and it’s sub-genres such as Christian Historical Fiction. I review for the Historical Novel Society but my main goal is to get caught up with review books so that I can read some of the books I’ve collected over the past almost four years of blogging/reviewing.

2. FAVE BOOK OF 2012
I have read some fabulous books so far! Sneak peeks of my Best of 2012 list would include The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen (upstairs/downstairs/Austen-feel) and Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick (an unexpected fabulous story of a woman, family, faith, and flowers). A surprise favorite would be Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

At the currrent pace, I would guess that my blog in five years would be linked to about 500 of my historical book reviews!! I have about 198 right now, a master list of them linked to the reviews can be found here. I would still see myself still reading primarily historical fiction, but perhaps with a bit more Christian Historical than what I started with. I have wanted to branch out of England a bit and read more French Revolution and American Revolution reads, we’ll see if I can make that happen.

I read a lot of historical fiction set in England. The Wars of the Roses with the Plantagenets who came before Henry VIII (The Tudors) are one of my favorite topics, as well as the Medieval Era. I would love to go on a literary tour that followed along some of the important families of British history, such as the Nevilles, the Beauforts and Montforts; and of course Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine. A summer abroad researching all these families sounds like heaven.

I love how bloggers are not afraid of speaking their opinions, and they do it in the nicest of ways! (Most of them, anyway, I’ll ignore the trolls for now). The community of bloggers is vast among the different genres, and I love taking a peek inside some of the young adult reviewers’ communities because they have so much enthusiasm. There are so many bloggers out there, and I cannot keep up as much as I would like to since I have limited free time. It is so different than what it was four years ago, though, with the ease of creating blogs there are quite a few book bloggers now.
And now with Twitter and Facebook, it is so much easier to connect with author and publishers, in ways that I never thought possible.

Another fave part of blogging are the guest posts or interviews that I get to do with favorite authors. Those are a lot of fun to do when it is about a historical topic that I am passionate about.

As far as changes go, I would love to see more book conferences being held closer to Dallas, TX. I’m sure there are other bloggers who live in places where bookish events do not normally reach them, and they would agree that more bookish events held locally would be awesome.

I would like to see publishers making the effort to reach their readers with conferences other than New York or California. How about somewhere in the middle?! As far as BEA, why is it always New York? I understand the publishers’ corporate offices are located there, but it seems every now and then they can spread the love.

And I’ll be spreading the love tomorrow, with book giveaways! Be sure to stop back in to enter, the giveaways are located here! I will be following along my fellow Armchair BEA bloggers, so I will see you on the web!

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21 responses to “Armchair BEA~ Introductions First ~ Day 1

  1. Interesting! Marie you would probably love French historicals..can't wait for you to get into that:)

  2. Yes, book events are hard to come by here. Happy 1st day of Armchair BEA!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog :o) I'm not into Christian fiction, but I agree with your answer to #9. There are so many ways to connect, endless possibilities in this community :o)Mickey @ imabookshark

  4. Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of my favourite historical heroines! Well chosen.Happy BEA Week!

  5. Conferences in Dallas would be perfect for me.I can't wait to read Code Name Verity.

  6. Marie — even though I'm on the East Coast, I feel ya on the NYC-centric nature of book events! In my day job, we do a yearly conference and intentionally pick smaller cities all over the US in hopes that the maximum number of folks can attend. I'm always looking for an excuse to travel so a book conference in TX would not make me cry! (Esp since I love the food there! ;))

  7. I don't read Historical Fiction, but have thought about giving it a try. I agree – It is fun to look at some other blogs and peak at what they are reading, especially ones out of our normal genres.

  8. I would love to go to England and tour the places that the Tudors lived and visited. I love reading about that time period and would love to see some of those castles and gardens that are constantly mentioned.Here's my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

  9. I really am anxious to read Code Name Verity – I keep hearing such great things.And I also love the enthusiasm of the YA bloggers! It's infectious!Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my Armchair BEA intro!

  10. Marie your blog has so many beautiful book covers that I completely got side tracked and forgot where and why I was here. Love them all!

  11. I do love that the majority of bloggers are nice about the negative reviews. Honesty is the best policy, after all. Sadly though it is always the bad ones that seem to stick out the most.

  12. England seems to be the place everyone wants to go. Me, too. (Well.. I said Hogwarts but that's IN England..) :DWent to England when I was 17 and it was so gorgeous and beautiful and people were so generously kind. You don't see that in America. I definitely would like to move there if ever I should win the lottery. :)AllisonWell-Read Reviews

  13. Ignoring trolls is IMO the best way to handle them. Giving them attention is not a good idea.Have a great week!

  14. I think BEA used to be held in Chicago, but there were difficulties with McCormick Place unions, so it moved to New York. Sigh.I am really embarrassed to say this, but I didn't know you had moved your blog! I apologize for complete silence from me for, like, a year. Eek 😦

  15. There are so many YA bloggers now. Must be because they are publishing such good stuff these days πŸ™‚

  16. I so wish I had more time to keep up with all the wonderful bloggers out there! It's tough. A reader helps, but even so, there are times when you slack off. *sigh* So nice to meet you! πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by earlier! I'm all late since real life got in the way, but catching up!

  17. 500 reviews….I bow down to your awesomeness πŸ™‚

  18. @Jenny… get up. I'm not there yet.. =)LOL!

  19. I finally stopped by! I think I already know quite a bit about you, right? But if you do go on that literary tour, take me with you. ;O) I entered your fabulous giveaway too!I obliterated my personal contact info on everything so let's see if it works. *fingers crossed* Don't know why I never thought of it before. Sometimes it takes a friend to point out the obvious. =O)

  20. More book events is a great idea.I totally agree with that one.

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