In a last minute decision, I'm participating in Armchair BEA this week! Click here to find out what it's all about, but it's basically a way for book bloggers to "participate" in BEA even if they can't be in NYC. Day one is all about introductions!
Hi everyone! I'm Ashley, and I've been blogging for 6 months (June 1 was the official mark!). I got into blogging for a very popular reason: I love books, and wanted to talk about them. Not many people around me shared my appetite for reading, or if they did it wasn't in the category/genre I enjoyed - so I went online to find those who did!
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
Fun question! Hmmm...I've mentioned it in passing, but I grew up outside of the States. My father was in the Navy when I was born, so I spent most of my life traveling around. I was born in England (London); and since then have lived in Florida, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, and California (San Diego and Orange County). I've been in California for 12 years, and while I love it, I'm definitely getting the itch to move again.
What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
This is something that I'm really lucky to have, but I love all the author event/signing recaps I've done. (Read them here!) I'm incredibly fortunate to have a city that gets a lot of fun events and people coming to town, and I love sharing the experience with readers. Plus, it's fun to look back and relive those amazing days/nights.
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
Is Hogwarts just a given? Because yeah. I also would LOVE to visit the Realms in Under the Never Sky. They're fascinating!
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?
My favourite part of the book blogging community is probably how open-minded and accepting everyone is. No matter how crummy your day has been, or weirdly excited you are about a particular line in a book, or unpopular your opinion is, someone is always there to be completely supportive and wonderful for you. I can't tell you how many book bloggers have completely turned my day around with just a comment or a tweet.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
They've definitely expanded! I was fairly vanilla in my reading before blogging: always popular books, always contemporary. But since blogging and connecting with other blogs, people's reviews and suggestions have really pushed me into ones I wouldn't normally read. And it's wonderful, because some of my favourites are ones I never would have gone for!