ArmchairBEA: Interview

Image: Nina @ Nina Reads

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.

27 responses to “ArmchairBEA: Interview

  1. I love that blogging has broadened my reading scope too!

  2. ‘too many recommendations for my budget’ I hear ya there! Very nice to ‘meet’ you.

  3. First: 4 days chica! We have 4 days till Kevin Hearne! WOOT WOOT! But the best part will be meeting in Real Life! So very excited :)

    Second: I totally agree about the “snobby” part but I am pretty much immune to it now :) I focus on the positive because there are way to many good things out there (aka books) that I can get my grubby little hands on. Wait? Is that my bookshelf tumbling over—oops!

  4. You are definitely not alone in your concerns about some of the negative behaviour that is going on!

    I hope you still find some great historical fiction to read because that is one of my favourite genres, but I totally understand about your reading horizons being expanded by blogging.

    Enjoy Armchair BEA!

  5. Hi Amy! Now that you mention it, I bet Christopher Moore would be awesome to hang out with! I’ll bet he is funny and a great conversationalist. Hmm…I wonder what he looks like – LOL!

    Nice interview!!

  6. Iron Druid Chronicles has been in my wishlist for quite sometime now. I want to read it soon. The Fault in Our Stars is also my favorite read for 2012. Hazel Grace <3 Agustus Waters!!!

    My Introduction post here

    We Fancy Books

  7. I need to read/listen to Hexed. I adored the audio version of Hounded, Luke Daniels really did a fantastic narrative of the book and brought Kevin’s characters to life. You should listen to the audio version someday. Enjoy BEA.
    My Intro

  8. Ok, I love your blog name & I think Christopher Moore would be super fun to hang out with. We’ve been to a couple of his signings and he’s hilarious!

  9. Nice to meet you Amy! I liked your response to being a teacher; I wanted to do that when I was younger but I quickly changed my mind! I agree, the blogging community can get ugly with drama but it’s always good to stay positive!


  10. The Fault in Our Stars is a popular choice for a favorite, and yet, I still haven’t read anything by Greene yet. *kicks self*

    But I do love me some Christopher Moore! Super funny guy. :)

  11. John Green is a genius isn’t he? I loved it too, even if I did criticize his philosophical viewpoints. :) I still laugh at the whole heart of Jesus thing though.

  12. Oh, your Book and a Movie feature sounds awesome; I’ll definitely have to check it out. & bloggers always have the best book recs for me. :)

    my intro post.

  13. IMO surrounding yourself with positive people is always a great idea. Btw, I love that you read various genres.

    Have a great week!

  14. I am not a YA fan for the most part, but I do want to read The Iron Druid series. Hope you are enjoying your week.

  15. Happy Armchair BEA to you. :)

    Totally agree with your dinner companion picks, now that would be one hilarious/interesting dinner.

  16. your feature book and a movie sounds pretty awesome. I’m gonna have to check it out!
    It’s so great to meet you!!
    Hope you have a great Armchair BEA week!
    Here’s my post:

    xo Stephanie

  17. Amy!! :) :) The Fault in Our Stars is one of my favourites of this year too!! :) :) And for me, too, blogging introduced me into all the kinds of new genres! :) I didn’t even know Historical Fiction or Historical Romance exsisted before blogging lol :P :) Great Introduction post!

  18. Your Book and a Movie feature sounds very cool. It was fun to get to know more about you :)

  19. Welcome to Armchair BEA12 a pleasure to have you on board. I quite enjoyed your post.

    Nevver heard of your favorite read or author but I am intrigued by your comments. Love your favorite feature on your blog. I am always thinking books and movies so big smile for this one.

  20. Hi Amy. It’s great to meet you. I love your Book & a Movie feature. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  21. Nice to meet you and I’m off to check out more of your blog. :)

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