Armchair BEA, Day 1: Introductions

Monday, June 4, 2012

Book Expo America week is here! For those who are unable to attend BEA in New York City, there is Armchair BEA... so, assuming I keep up, every day this week I'll be posting according to Armchair BEA's agenda.

Today's topic is introductions. I've answered five of the questions they provided below.

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 Jenny. There's nothing really exciting to tell! I work as a therapist which takes up a lot of time, and in my free time I pretty much enjoy reading and blogging. I got into blogging initially because of where I saw other readers talking about their blogs. My main purpose was just to have a fun hobby writing about what I read since I usually forgot everything about the books I read. But it turned out to be a pretty huge part of my life. I've also met so many people, been able to attend so many fun events (more to come on this Wednesday), and have overall really enjoyed my time in the blogging community. This summer will make four years of blogging!

What is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I've read some pretty good books, but my favorites so far have been Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I actually found some similarities in the two books so I guess this isn't a surprise. =)

Where do you see your blog in five years?

I hope my blog is still around in five years and that it's something I'm still interested in. I'm really not one of those that has huge aspirations for my blog because it needs to remain a hobby and escape for me. I don't think I have the energy to make this about more than that. That being said, I would like to start actually writing more and maybe writing "essays". I may post here if they are book related, but that's not something I've put too much thought into yet.

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?  

You know, as much as I enjoy reading and all that, I don't think I've ever had a specific author (or character) that I felt like I HAD to talk to in person. But part of that might just be the fact that I know I'm often uncomfortable in those situations. I can say, though, that I really admire Jean Kwok (author of Girl in Translation) and based on Facebook interactions I feel like she's someone I'd really like in real life. And actually, if I had to pick a character, it would be Kimberly from the same book, and this that book is semi-autobiographical, I guess that sort of makes sense, ha! I think Tayari Jones (Silver Sparrow, Leaving Atlanta) is another author I'd love to have dinner with. I actually met her last year at a book event/signing and she was sooo nice. I feel like their books alone would give us enough to talk about. Yes, these two are who I would choose.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 

This one is sort of a cheat question for me. I can't really think of any book I've read where I thought I need to go visit that location. BUT, I am big on location in books. My two favorite cities in this country are New York City and Washington D.C., so I love reading books that take place there. And I've been fortunate enough to have visited these cities multiple times each so I will stick to those. I even have a shelf (virtual and literal) devoted to books about or that take place in New York City -- the New York Shelf

That's it for today, I will be back tomorrow with giveaways! 


heather said...

I like keeping my blog as a low key hobby too. I don't want to try to make it super stressful for myself. It is supposed to be fun. My intro is at

Debbie said...

Hi! I loved Cutting For Stone! I live outside DC but would love to visit Savannah! I've heard it's beautiful! New follower!

My BEA Intro

Julie@My5monkeys said...

very cool to be visit NYC. Great getting to know you.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love DC and NY also. Wish I could go there more often!

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I loved State of Wonder, Ann Patchett has become one of my favourite authors to follow lately. It's so nice to "meet" you!

Perogyo said...

Can I join in your dinner with Jean Kwok? Or at least be a fly on the wall?

Liviania said...

NYC is definitely a cool place to visit.

Jenners said...

I listened to Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok not too long ago so I was curious to see you mention it. I havne't heard too many people talking about that book!

Kristin said...

I've had Cutting for Stone on my trb list for a while and have seen quite a few people mention it today as a great read - definitely going to have to get to it soon!

I love NYC and DC - I'm actually hoping to go to DC this summer to visit some of the museums. I haven't been there in a while.

Here's my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

Well-Read Reviews said...

I love NYC, too. Oddly, though, I have never been. I just like the idea of a city that has everything to offer!

Well-Read Reviews

Lisa said...

I am often so pleased with an essay style post of my own that turns out well. I wish I had more dedication to write more of them.

My Armchair BEA intro post is here!

nomadreader said...

Ooh...I still need to read Cutting for Stone, and I'm extra curious to see what similarities you found with it and State of Wonder, which I adored. Happy Armchair BEA!

Juju at Tales of said...

Great answers. I'm like you. I like to keep the goals easy going for my blog too.

Amy said...

Hi Jenny! Whenever I visit your blog, I smile when it opens because the design is so cheerful!

Four years blogging is a great accomplishment, Congratulations!

You read and review terrific books. I need to remember (a big problem for me it seems, remembering anything!) to visit your blog much more often because you always have terrific posts!

I thought Cutting for Stone was a phenomenal book. I didn't expect it to beas good and interesting as it was. I experienced so many different emotions while reading that book.
I haven't read State of Wonder but I want to!
Terrific book choices :o)

Tayari Jones is an author whose books I definitely want to read by the end of the year, even moreso now because you said how nice she was.

I feel similarly about my blog...I want to enjoy it and have it as a hobby so I don't have any long-term plans for it. It's more a 'see as I go' kind of thing.

Love your intro post, Jenny!
I hope you have a good Armchair BEA week!

Chrystal said...

I hope to visit NYC sometime. I've always been fascinated by it.

Alyce said...

I thought State of Wonder was very good too. I've always wanted to meet Anne McCaffrey, but she died in the past year so that's out of the question now.

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