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Armchair BEA Day #6 – Wrap-Up & Other Updates

I’d like to thank all of you for making Armchair BEA such a fantastic experience!  When I signed up, I didn’t expect such a fast-paced and wonderful event, or that I’d meet so many new blogging friends.

Here’s a quick recap of my posts:

Here are some of the highlights of the week that you won’t find in my blog posts, as they happened on Twitter or other friends’ blogs:

  • Discovering that Oh, Chrys! and Nancy share my addiction to The Sims.
  • Bitches With Books made a manga-style avatar after seeing mine, which prompted me to update my own.  I’ve worn glasses since January, but hadn’t gotten around to adding them.  🙂
  • After reading discussions on “Keeping it Real,” I decided to update the look/feel of my blog to make it look a bit less dated.  I also added social media buttons in my sidebar to reduce clutter and make it easier for people to find me.  I’m commissioning my little sister (who creates fantastic digital artwork) to create a header for me sometime in the near future.
  • I signed up with two other book tour companies – Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and France Book Tours after discussing books with Words And Peace.  I used to read a lot of historical fiction, but then tapered off.  I’d like to start reading/reviewing more of it on my blog, as it’s one of my favorite genres (aside from SF/F).

Overall, I’m glad that I decided to participate in Armchair BEA.  I’m hoping that next year I’ll be able to attend Book Expo in NYC again, but this was a nice way of being able to network with other bloggers without physically being there.  I really liked that there were both genre-themed and blogging-related discussions, as I got to meet and interact with a lot of bloggers that I normally wouldn’t visit.  It was nice interacting with bloggers who prefer different genres, but who had valuable advice and insight about book blogging as a whole.

Now that Armchair BEA is over, I’m looking forward to more reading and blogging.  I feel a bit silly, but I just realized yesterday that Carl’s Once Upon a Time Challenge is underway.  I’m hoping to read at least a couple fantasy-themed books before it’s over.

I’m also participating in a blog tour later this summer of “The Chalice,” by Nancy Bilyeau.  Since it’s the second book in a series, I’ll be reading and reviewing the first book sometime before the tour begins.

What are your reading plans for the upcoming month?

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…and they lived happily ever after

Yesterday concludes the sixth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.

This challenge is special to me because last year’s Once Upon a Time was the first reading challenge that I ever participated in.

Even though I didn’t read as much this year as I had initially planned, the Once Upon a Time Challenge introduced me to many new bloggers and books, making it a complete success!

I had initially planned on reading some short stories, but I ran out of time.  Here are the books that I did manage to read:

1.  “The Wood Wife” by Terri Windling

2.  “Winter Rose” by Patricia McKillip

4.  “Chalice” by Robin McKinley

5.  “The Lies of Locke Lamora” by Scott Lynch

6.  “Elantris” by Brandon Sanderson

7.  “Wings of Wrath” by C. S. Friedman

8.  “Mistborn: The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson

9.  “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman

10.  “The Court of the Air” by Stephen Hunt

11.  “Red Seas Under Red Skies” by Scott Lynch

12.  “Bitterblue” by Kristin Cashore

13.  “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman

A big thanks to everyone who made Once Upon a Time such a memorable experience!

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Once Upon a Time VI

“There was one small boy who saw them pass, his nose pressed to the window glass as four, ten, twenty coyotes drifted through suburban yards, headed for some wilder place where the child longed to follow.  Later his mother would tell him it was only a dream, and he would believe her.”  ~Terri Windling, “The Wood Wife”

Today begins the sixth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  It lasts until June 19.

Once Upon a Time is dedicated to exploring the genres of fairy tale, fantasy, folklore, and mythology.

Everyone is welcome to join!  This was the first challenge that I participated in when I started my blog last year, and it was an extremely rewarding and memorable experience.

The different levels of this challenge are divided into quests (in keeping with the fantasy feel).  I’m going to go for Quest the First, which involves reading five books.  I’m also going embark on the Short Story Quest.

Now, for reading plans!  There are two groupreads scheduled for Once Upon a Time.  In April we’ll be reading the first book of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.  In May we’ll be reading “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman.

In addition to the groupreads, I’ll be working my way through some of the books that I’ve been collecting for the past year.  I made a shelf on Goodreads with my potential choices.  (Let me know if it doesn’t work; I don’t use Goodreads as often as I should.)

What is everyone else planning on reading?

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