Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 1 & the excuse I didn't have to give

Posted by Simcha 6:43 PM, under | 14 comments

I was going to write a short post explaining  that I don't have any reviews for you today because I've gotten caught up in watching Community, a fantastic TV show that I just discovered, and which has prevented me from getting anything productive done. But thanks to Ryan I just found out that Armchair BEA has just begun and to participate today all I have to do is talk about myself, which I can easily do without any preparation, so I decided to jump on that bandwagon. Hopefully BEA will provide me with enough topics to write about so the rest of my attention can go towards finishing the remaining season of Community so I can get on with my life.

So much fun!

So it's Day 1 of Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York and those of us who are too far away to attend have the option of participating from home via Armchair BEA. While I am unbearably envious of everyone that gets to go to these conventions in person, Armchair BEA is a fun alternative and I hope it will give me the chance to meet some new bloggers and discover new books. And finish watching Community.

Today's activity is to answer the questions below:

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 

So I've been blogging for about three years now (I think, but I'm too lazy to go and check) and I got started as a way to drive traffic to my website where I sell second-hand SFF books. But then I got so caught up in blogging that I completely neglected my website because blogging is just a lot more fun. 

As for who I am, I'm a 32 year old mother of four, living in Israel since 2003. While this website is meant to be about science fiction and fantasy books I actually end up reviewing a lot of non-fiction as well because I enjoy that genre just as much. I have also learned so much about social media through my involvement in the blogging community that I have recently started working as a freelance Social Media manager, so blogging really did change my life.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I am currently reading The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, in paperback format, Black and White by Jackie Kessler on my iPhone, and Starters by Lisa Price, on my Nook. While I can read more than one book at a time I seem to have trouble doing so in one format.

 Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

Oh wow, I'm having a hard time with this one- trying to come up with something that's not controversial (like my dislike of cats) or too snarky. The truth is that if there is any interesting information about myself  that I haven't shared by now there is probably a reason for it.

What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)? 

I really enjoy introducing discussion topics, though I haven't done this in a while

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

Some of my favorite posts include my Readers in the Wild discussion as well as my week of posts from Chanukah of last year on topics related to Judaism and Jews in SFF. 

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

Since I just finished reading Wild I would love to have dinner with its author, Cheryl Strayed, so I could ask her about everything that happened from the moment the book ended until today. It would have to be a very long dinner.

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? 

I really enjoy connecting and developing relationships with people who enjoy reading and talking about books as much as I do. I currently have very few friends that read and if it wasn't for the book blogging community I wouldn't have anyone to talk to about books, which would be very sad.

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

Since I've begun blogging I've definitely been more experimental in my reading choices. Through recommendations of bloggers that I trust I have tried all kinds of books that I never would have considered reading before.

Thank you for stopping by SFF Chat. And now I'm off to read some of the other Armchair BEA posts.


I looooove me some Abed and Troy! :) Welcome to the world of Community.

It was wonderful "meeting" you :) Armchair BEA @ the Brunette Librarian

I love Community, too!!!

Welcome to Armchair BEA! I hope that you have a lot of fun with it lthis week!


Brunette Librarian & Kailana: Community is a great show, but so addictive!

Lisa: Thank you! I'm having fun already.

You are awesome, but I didn't need to tell you that :-)

Thanks Ryan, though I think you beat me in the awesome department since you got to travel with a circus. That tops everything. ;)

ABEA will definitely keep you busy. AS for snarky, that is my favorite type of response. ;->

So glad you joined up! SFF and non fiction seem so very different, but that probably just makes your reading extra diverse! Hope you have fun this week.

I've only watched The Community once or twice, but it definitely seems funny and quirky. :P

Nothing wrong with snarky things about yourself. :P

Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself with us. It's nice to meet you. :)
My Armchair BEA Introductions Post

I'm with you in your dislike of cats - at least I try to avoid being near them at all costs because I have major allergies. No controversy here :)

My brother LOVES Community, but I've not watched more than a handful of episodes. I should give it a go, though.

Kitty! ;)

Like you... I think I've been blogging that long... close enough. LOL

I love Community too :D We got into it just this winter and of course they pulled the plug then

There's a chance you are qualified to get a Apple iPhone 7.

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