Armchair BEA is a virtual conference for book bloggers who cannot attend Book Expo America in New York City. Today we are introducing ourselves by answering five short interview questions.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?
I’m an American blogger about to start her journey through grad school in the fall. I began blogging with Krysta a little over three years ago. We had previously spent several years writing book reviews that we shared privately with our friends, but began blogging when we realized there was such a great community of readers with whom we could share our thoughts and discuss books.
What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?
I read a lot of fantastic books last year and revisited many favorites, including A Separate Peace by John Knowles, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, and Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery. Two of my favorite new books were Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis.
I reread The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien this year, which is my favorite book of all time. If I have to pick a favorite “new to me” book for 2014, it’s Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.
What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like? (Pinterest encouraged!)
My ideal reading place is a cozy home library. It would have a classic look, with lots of wood bookcases and plush chairs. There would be windows, with large window seats for reading, and plenty of natural light to read by.
Share your favorite book or reading related quote.
“People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.” -G. K. Chesterton
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why?
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: It’s my favorite book and always bears rereading. It might also give me courage in dark places.
- An encyclopedia: It will take a very long time to finish reading it, and I’ll probably come out of my solitude a highly knowledgeable person.
- The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Is this cheating on the question? Maybe. But I’ll have tons of reading material if I bring this along.
- Pen and paper: Maybe I’ll finally find time to pen the great American novel while on this island. (Is it American if I’m not on an American island?)
- Sunscreen: This island will not be much fun without it.
- A first aid kit: No need to get a nasty infection from a cut!