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Armchair BEA Introduction

June 3rd, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Armchair BEA

I’m really excited to be participating in Armchair BEA this year! It’s a great alternative for people who can’t go to the actual BEA and filled with fun events.  I’ve attempted twice to attend BEA and both times it just so happens my pregnancies coincided with the dates and complications prevented me from flying across the country.  I’ve finally accepted that until the kiddos get a little older making it out to NY is not in the cards for me.  BUT I can’t wait to “meet” everyone else participating in Armchair BEA.

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 Debbie and I am a mother of two, I worked testing the Dreamweaver web development software for about 10 years and am also an Usborne Books & More consultant. Oh and did I mention that I am back in school getting my post-MLIS certificate in hopes of one day actually being hired as a YA or children’s librarian? So yes, life does get rather crazy sometimes.

I’ve been blogging for about 3.5 years.  I initially started this blog as a way to track what I read and what I thought after buying one too many books and upon reading it realizing not only have I read it before but I didn’t enjoy it the first time around.  Since I had my daughter in 2007 and my son in 2010 I haven’t had as much time to focus on the blog but am hoping to really get back into it.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I am currently reading the last Fifty Shades of … book, Insignia by S.J. Kincaid and listening to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I normally don’t read more than one book at a time but I’ve been dying to read Insignia because the synopsis sounded like Ender’s Game which I loved.  I also borrowed the Fifty Shades trilogy from a friend after hearing all the hype about it and feeling like I couldn’t write it off without at least giving it a try.  Another friend also leant me The Night Circus on audio book and since I’ve been doing a lot of cooking an cleaning lately it helps keep me from being bored to death with chores.

As for favorite read this year I’ve read so many good books but if I had to pick one it would be Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. If you haven’t read it please do! HarperTeen still hasn’t committed to book 2 in the series and they really need to!

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I am a total introvert and have this intense fear of public speaking or even talking to people I am not really familiar with.  It’s one reason I haven’t networked as much with other bloggers and publishers as I would like.  I’m always debating what should I say or if I sound like a total dork to the other person. I’m always impressed and envious of those who have a natural flair when talking to friends and strangers alike.  I swear one day I will reach that point. :)

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

My reading tastes have not really changed since I started blogging but I have focused in on YA books a lot more since finding the book blogging world.  Prior to blogging I relied on a set of favorite authors, reading all their latest books and then the random books whose cover caught my eye on the shelf enough to pick it up and read the synopsis.  So my reads were really eclectic and ranged from romance to action/suspense to YA, fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction.  Once I discovered book blogs and realized just how many great YA books there are out there they quickly took up most of my reading time. So while I still love finding great books in other genres my focus for the past couple years has been YA.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you will come visit often.

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25 Responses

  1. Laura

    I’m definitely an introvert too, but for some reason I find it really easy to talk to people online (like in this comment! Hi!) but just not so much in person…

    Very nice to ‘meet’ you!

  2. Theresa

    I agree! I have discovered a whole new world with YA books and I absolutely love them.

    I’m also in introvert, but the blogging community has definitely helped me come out of my shell online. I still don’t go out of my way to talk to people in RL, but at least I can be free to speak my mind from behind the comfort of my computer screen. :)

  3. Karin

    I’m glad you are participating in Armchair BEA. How much longer do you have until you are finished with your post-MLIS certificate? You’ll love working with the kids. Good luck.

  4. Debbie

    Hi! Nice to meet another Debbie! I think it is awesome that you’re going back for a post-MLIS. That would be a lot of fun! Blogging is definitely a way to get around shyness! Enjoy Armchair BEA

  5. [email protected]

    I loved sweet evil too and totally an introvert too. I haven’t read that 50 shades book yet.

  6. [email protected] Housework Can Wait

    I am also a total introvert in real life, but strangely not online. I’m hoping that if I get to know people well enough out in cyberspace, maybe I won’t totally clam up if I meet them in person :-)

    I’m also a huge Ender’s Game fan!

    Pleased to meet you, and thanks for stopping by my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

  7. Ryan

    I am at heart an introvert and a homebody to boot, but I’m a retail manager and it’s forced me to fake it when I’m out in public.

    Hope you have a great week.

  8. elena

    ooh I think working at Dreamweaver and as a consultant are (were in the Dreamweaver case) really cool jobs. I can’t wait to read Insignia, it sounds really good. I’m a total introvert too so I feel you there about talking to people.

  9. Jae

    My mom was an Usbourne books consultant when I was younger. I used to love going through the books she’d get! And I just started the Fifty Shades book too, just to see what it was like after hearing it raved about so often. Hope you’re having a great start to Armchair BEA! :)

  10. Laura @ ImBookingIt

    I couldn’t even answer the suggested question about what author/character you’d like to meet, since all I could think about is what I dork I’d be, trying to talk to them :-). You are a lot of fun to talk to in person.

    Enjoy Armchair BEA.

  11. Stephanie

    Oooh, Fifty Shades of.. How are those books!? I am very intrigued to read those! haha.
    It’s so great to meet you!!
    Hope you have a great Armchair BEA week!
    Here’s my post:

    xo Stephanie

  12. Somer

    Oh I have been wanting to read Sweet Evil so bad!! I cannot wait to get my hands on it! Great to get to know you! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great week!

  13. Suey

    I’m seeing a lot of people saying the very same thing about how they are reading more YA… interesting trend.

    I’m very much an introvert too, but have managed to make myself get out and meet bloggers and authors and it’s a blast. Hopefully you can get to the point soon!

    Have a fun ABEA!

  14. Kailana

    Great post, Debbie! I enjoyed learning more about you. :) I hope you do find more time to get back into blogging. I enjoy your posts!

  15. melissa @ 1lbr

    I love that you’re getting certificates to hopefully be a youth librarian. I’m still sitting here wishing my MSLIS was enough of a recommendation. Also, yeah for introverts!

  16. Jennifer A

    I’m a mommy of two also! Mine were born in 2008 and this year.

    I totally want to read the Fifty Shades series. I feel like I have to judge it for myself. I read a sample of the first book, and it seemed pretty good to me!

    I get all stressed talking to people too sometimes, which is why I like blogging! It’s hard to reach out. I always feel like a dork too. When I do actually chat with them though, everyone is really friendly!

  17. Helga

    Another librarian here! I’m also glad I’m not the only one who uses audiobooks to make the time pass faster, whether in the car or when doing chores.

  18. beckie @ becca's book bug

    Hi Debbie *waves*
    Firstly can i say i LOVE your blog :) I also had my daughter in 2007 x i take my hat off to you for doing that schooling with 2 young kids. I trained as a midwife with 1 kiddie and it was hardwork, no way would i have being able to blog too. We started our blogging for similar reasons too :) How are you finding fifty shades?? i have started reading it but only 2 chapters in and i’m like ummm shall i continue?!? x

  19. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    I think a lot of us are quieter, but for some reason it’s pretty easy to talk to other bloggers when we get together. Speaking in public, though? Definitely won’t ever be my thing, even though I can do it if I have to.

    Hope you’re enjoying Armchair BEA! Here’s my post.

  20. Kristin @ Beneath Shining Stars

    There definitely needs to be a sequel to Sweet Evil! And the fact that you’re reading Insignia is definitely making me think about reading it next–I have no idea why I haven’t gotten around to it just yet. Like you, I’m also definitely an introvert, although for some reason I have no problem with chatting online (not sure how that works). Wonderful to meet you! :D

  21. Stephanie Scott

    I’m reading The Night Circus right now! I bet it’s a great audiobook. I added you on twitter!

  22. Debbie's World of Books

    Thanks for stopping by everyone and the kind comments! The great support from the blogging community is so awesome.

    Theresa-I agree it is much easier from behind the computer screen :)

    Karin-I have 5 classes left so depends on how many I can take each semester. It’s tough getting back into doing papers and other homework. lol.

    Stephanie & Beckie-Fifty Shades has been pretty “meh” for me. They’re not horrible but not totally engrossing. I did read someone’s review that book 3 is the best so I will get to it soon.

  23. Heather

    I am an extrovert and get nervous with public speaking. I also struggle with what to say and if I sound dumb when talking to new people(even online).

  24. Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books

    Very nice to meet you. Good luck with your studies – I’d love to take the plunge and go back to school to become a librarian of any sort, but I don’t think that’s in the cards for me right now. :)

  25. stacybuckeye

    There sure are a lot of YA bloggers! My son was born in 2010 and blogging is my ‘grown-up’ time when he goes to bed. Someday I hope to devote more time to it too.

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