Today marks the kickoff of Armchair BEA. Last year, I had the opportunity to attend Book Expo America in New York City, and it was a fantastic experience. However, I took a major break from blogging at the end of 2012 (between grad school and a new job, life got really busy) and only recently returned. I didn’t think it would be fair to go to BEA since I hadn’t been around much during the past few months, but Armchair BEA seems like a fantastic way to share in the networking and conversations.
And now, for my introduction:
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My name is Grace, and I’m a librarian. I started blogging back in May 2011, and when I started, I didn’t even know that book blogging was a thing. I just wanted an outlet to talk about books, because most of my friends don’t read nearly as much as I do and/or don’t read the same things. I tend to read a little bit of everything, but most of the books that I review are either sci-fi, fantasy, or historical fiction.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
My favorite book that I’ve read this year was “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson. Of course, I haven’t reviewed it yet, because I read it while I was on hiatus. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors of all time–he is truly a master of world-building, and his characters are compelling. Generally he writes chunksters, but “The Emperor’s Soul” was much shorter and is a standalone story. If you like fantasy, I’d definitely recommend it.
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
My somewhat scathing review of Fifty Shades of Grey. I don’t write a lot of negative reviews, because I generally decide to read books that already look interesting. However, every now and then I’ll read something that everybody’s talking about just to see what all the fuss is for.
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Hmm, this is a tough one. It also sounds a bit like a college application essay. I’m gonna go with John Scalzi, because he’s got a great sense of humor and seems like a fun person to hang out with. Several years ago, he taped bacon to his cat, which immediately became an internet meme. I met John Scalzi briefly last year at a book signing at BEA with Memory from Stella Matutina, and we told him that we were going to bring him bacon, but we couldn’t find any at the store that morning. He thanked us for not bringing any (bacon and airports don’t mix well) and wrote “Thanks for the bacony thoughts” in my book.
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
I’m going to cheat a bit on this answer, because I already visited it. When I was studying in Russia, I snuck into the apartment building where Raskolnikov axed the little old lady in “Crime and Punishment.” There’s nothing like standing in the place where one fictional character killed another.