It is that time of year again, where other bloggers scuttle off to NYC. I like my big chair just fine. I appreciate what the bloggers that host the ArmchairBEA have created. We get to have more blogger interaction here.
1. Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Well I’m Amy. Teaching pays the bills, fills my heart up and adds to my graying hair. I’ve been book blogging for a 1 1/2 years. I started because I wanted to talk books with others that wanted the same thing.
2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012? I am currently reading Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles #2) by Kevin Hearne and it is cracking me up. The odds have been in my favor this year and I’ve read a lot of fabulous books already. But my absolute favorite and it may keep the top spot for some time is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)? I really like my Book & A Movie feature on Saturdays. It is a fun outlet for me. When I’m reading books, there is always something that makes me think of a movie line or a certain situation. It makes me laugh or smile when I think of it, but there isn’t always a place for it in the review. A lot of writers of YA are my age-ish, but the target audience is quite a bit younger. I thought they may miss out on some of the awesome references, because the movies were made before they were born. So hopefully the posts also bridge the gap between reader and writer.
7. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? Now that is a hard question. John Green and Christopher Moore. Both wildly entertaining and intelligent.
9. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years? In general, I feel that this community is very supportive and sharing. I love the multitude of ways you can communicate that love: blogs, twitter, and goodreads. This is in reference to a minority and not the majority. But I feel that there is an under-current of cattiness bubbling. It is more about what I am able to get from publishers and writers. I realize that this may be fostered by the publishers limited promotional funds. They have to make decisions on who and therefore if you are a chosen one–you feel special. Capitalism breeds ugliness sometimes. I don’t know if I have a suggestion to fix. I actually feel it may get worse. All I can do is surround myself with people that are positive, genuine, and keep it all about the enjoyment of reading books.
10. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How? I was a baby in the world of reading before I started blogging. Mostly I looked for historical fiction. I don’t know that my tastes changed, but evolved and widened. I am all over the place. YA to Adult. Contemporary to every kind of Paranormal under the sun. Probably my biggest change is going from mostly series to incorporating standalones. I rarely read a bad book, because the other bloggers I follow constantly recommend so many great ones. Actually too many recommendations for my budget.