Monday 4 June 2012

Armchair BEA 2012: Day one – introductions

If you're a book blogger who can't attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 - 8, 2012), you don't have to miss all the fun - this virtual convention is the place to be!

Forgive me for being late to the game! I only found out about this event today and it seems like too good an opportunity to pass up. I'd love to attend conference in New York and really hope I can next year (if finances allow... fingers crossed!) But, for now, I'll just go ahead and take part in this awesome online version.

Today is the first day of the conference, and with that comes the blogger introduction interview. Check out my answers below.

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
    Well. Er, hello! *waves awkwardly*
    I'm Sophie, my legal age is 26 years old, my mental age 18, and I'm from the UK. I've been blogging almost a year now, and I began doing so for a number of reasons.
    Firstly, being a literature student, I didn't think I was reading nearly as frequently as I ought to be. Writing my own reviews and posting them in a personal space, not just on Amazon, seemed like a very good motivator.
    Secondly, I was hoping that blogging would encourage a positive improvement in my writing. Like with reading, I hadn't written much outside of academia or my personal journals. A year on I definitely see more consistency in my style, though I know I have a long way to go.
    Lastly, and I won't beat around the bush when I say this, I want a career in publishing someday and I'm hoping that my blog may, somehow, contribute to this future.
  2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
    Right now I'm reading Taste by my sister-in-arms Kate Evangelista. My favourite book(s) of the year so far have to be the Fifty Shades books! Yup, I know, I was only supposed to give one but there's no way I could choose between them!
  3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
    Last year, I cried really hard during the Royal Wedding. Oh, and I'm really random. But that's two things. Also, I tend to natter. That's three.
  4. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
    It's no masterpiece, but my short post about the demise of the bookstore has its moments. Also, I didn't really write anything (unless you count the questions I asked her), but I was pretty psyched when I got to take part in this Google Hangout with E L James back in April.
  5. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
    I think I've become much more open minded about what I read. Before I started blogging, I used to mostly stick to chick lit, classics, literary fiction, maybe the odd young adult novel and fantasy novel. Now I include crime, thrillers, romance, biography and I've begun reading non-fiction as well. Though, I must say, I can't ever see myself reading horror!