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Well hello, there! Yet again, it is that time of year where those of us who weren't able to go to BEA unite and have a little fun of our own. Armchair BEA allows us to do that! I'm looking forward to finding out about all sorts of new bloggers (new to the scene and new to me!)
The best part about Armchair BEA? I get to blog each day in my pajamas instead of going out there and braving the scary crowds and maybe getting trampled. Here's the part where I answer some questions and attempt to charm you into wanting to be my friend. (I'm not a weirdo and I'm pretty funny sometimes, I promise.)
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 Jen. I'm twenty-something, married, full-time registered nurse, and I play mom to two cats. I've been blogging since September 2010. I've wanted to start my own little book blog since discovering such a thing existed. My inspiration was Kristi at The Story Siren. I used to stalk her blog back in early 2010 (post-Twilight obsession, when I was trying to figure out what to read next!) and was so shocked that there were twenty-somethings like me who dabbled in the YA genre. There's just something about those coming of age/first love novels that really speak to me. Not only that, but she was so enthusiastic. Her excitement about books was so very visible. I wanted to make people want to read, too.
What are you currently reading?
Currently reading Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, which I'm already aware is going to destroy me.
Where do you see your blog in five years?
Hopefully still up and running. I don't plan on curbing my enthusiasm over reading anytime soon, honestly. I will still read when paper books become obsolete. I will still read when "reading" means seeing print scroll across your field of vision digitally via the chip implanted in your brain allowing you to do all of life's mundane tasks without leaving the house. And you know I'll still have all my paper books on display, because they're just so friggin' pretty.
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
If you could eat dinner with any character, who would it be and why?
Jessica Darling and Ruby Oliver. They are my types of people. I think we'd get along fabulously. And if I were a single teenager? Well, let's not go there.
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?
The enthusiasm. It's unmatched. Whether it be over cover reveals, title reveals, release date announcements, signings, meeting up with other bloggers... there is a certain magic about it all that only bookish people can understand. I'm glad I've found a community of people that geek out over these things like I do.
Not to mention, I've found some of my greatest friends through this little blogging thing. So much so that they've become the people I call/text first about non-book-related life events. (And also to geek out over all of the above. Duh.)
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Well, my reading repertoire no longer only includes books about teenage vampires. Shazam. Big step in the right direction there, in itself! HA!