The first topic is simply an introduction, so here we go:
Who Am I?
I am 47 years old, married to another book lover, and mother of two sons, ages 18 and 15 (one who is another rabid book fan and the other who is not). I have always been a book lover, from my earliest days flipping pages of Go, Dog, Go! while sitting on my potty seat (seriously, we have photos) to the present where I write two book blogs and belong to four book groups. I began this book blog over seven years ago in 2006 and within a couple of weeks added a second one, Great Books for Kids and Teens. Outside of blogging, I am also a freelance writer; my reviews of books and other media for kids have been published for the past 8 years in Family Fun magazine. I also write about food, health, travel, and family topics.
Where Am I?
We currently live in Delaware, the second-smallest state in the U.S. We moved here about 20 years ago when my husband and I were transferred (we both used to work for DuPont; now only he does). I am originally from Rochester, NY, and my husband is from Oklahoma. We met when we were both living and working in New Orleans, and that city holds a special place in our hearts.
One Non-Book Related Thing About Me
I have a chronic illness, an immune system disorder known in the U.S. by the silly term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), though it is a very debilitating illness. I write another blog about living with chronic illness, Learning to Live with CFS, that has a very positive focus (writing this post, I am beginning to see why I never have enough time for everything I want to do...). Check it out if you or someone you care about has a chronic illness...or just stop by on Mondays for my movie reviews!
Previous Armchair BEA?
This is my first time participating in Armchair BEA, though I have wanted to do it in past years and just didn't have time - we'll see if I can make the time this week! I would love to visit BEA in person and only live 2 hours from NYC, but right now, that would be a bit too much for my limited stamina. Armchair BEA is perfect for me - I like things I can do from the comfort of my couch.
Oooh,,,,that's a tough one because there are 520 of them (plus another 400 on Great Books for Kids and Teens). Let's see, here are some favorites:
- Welcome to My Reading World, my first blog post, from 2006, that tells you about my relationship with books and how it's changed over the years.
- Top Ten Favorite Novels, my first Top Ten post, before I even knew what a meme was! I like looking back at old Top Ten posts because sometimes we forget our older favorite books and only remember the more recent ones.
- Meeting with Author Rachel Simon, for 3 reasons: I love my book group, I love The Story of Beautiful Girl, and I loved meeting one of my favorite authors.
- 2013 Big Book Summer Challenge - I started my first-ever challenge last summer and had so much fun I am doing it again this summer. Although you only need to read 1 book over 400 pages this summer to participate, I have several big books I've been saving up for the challenge. Join the fun!