Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Getting to know you, for Armchair BEA

For long time readers and newbies alike, I thought it would be fun to do the Armchair BEA introduction interview.  I promise to try and not talk about my cats too much.

1.Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

- I started this little blog back in January of 2010, on the advice of my hubby who was checking out book review blogs to find books to surprise me with at Christmas, birthdays, valentines etc.  Until he'd mentioned it I had no idea this community was out there, but once I dived in I couldn't stop and it soon became a big part of my life (and, ironically, his!). 

Unlike a lot of the bloggers out there, I never perused publishers, if they found me great, if not then I was happy to buy the books myself.  I found the influx of review books so overwhelming, so quickly that it felt like a disservice to purposely ask for more. 

For the past three years it has been me, the hubby, and our many cats (currently four), who have participated in The Diary of a Bookworm.  The hubby did some mini reviews for me for awhile (manly Mondays) and went with me to my first BEA, and he still comes to signing events and instigates many of our bookstore forays.  The kitties make many appearances on the blog, and have had a regular (but slightly neglected of late) post called Feline Fridays.  In just a few short weeks we'll be adding to our gang, as we're expecting our first child (that sounds so ominous, like there will be many, many more or something), a baby girl.  I have already requested book 4 of The Game of Thrones from the library for my ereader in anticipation of our upcoming time together.

2.Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.

-I blog most regularly from my couch, and in the summer, from my backyard, both of which are located in Toronto, Canada.  I'm originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan but I moved out here for school many moons ago and just didn't go back (lets face it, not enough authors do signing in Saskatoon to ever seriously consider going back). 

3.What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

-2012 was such a spectacular reading year, 2013 is having a hard time living up to it so far, but we still have time!  I just started Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, yesterday and am enjoying it, I've heard a lot of great things about it so I'm expecting it to blow my socks off.
4.Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

-After three years I feel like there is little about me that will surprise anyone anymore!  I lived in low-rental housing growing up and couldn't have cats, even though they were the thing I most wanted in the whole wide world, so I didn't get my first cat until I turned 14.  Also I was completely incapable of reading by grade two, even though I loved books and wanted to read super badly.  My mom had to get me a tutor, but once I nailed it I quickly outstripped all the other kids in my class and was reading several grade levels above them.  Sometimes I think my obsessive reading comes from my having to fight to earn it, so many of the kids in my class, who didn't have issues learning to read, hardly ever read and still don't.

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

-First off, you have to understand that food is like my third greatest love, after reading and cats, so this is a big one.  I would MOST like to go eat with Barry Goldblatt (which is technically cheating a teeny weeny bit because he's and agent, HOWEVER, he's married to Libba Bray).  He, like me, is a big food  lover as his twitter account can attest too, but he's also an intriguing agent who has been in the business for a long time and between him and his wife know pretty much every author I've ever been a fan of.  Plus they're super, duper fun. And besides, Libba would have to come, and she's a bit of a hero of mine so obviously it would be the best meal ever.


  1. I love sitting outside in the summer with my laptop! It is a great change of scenery without going very far!

  2. I loved Falling Kingdoms! I hope it lives up to expectations

  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing so many cool things about yourself. And congratulations on becoming a mom soon <3 My first child is a girl too (and yes, there were several more after her :P)

    I love Toronto, one of my best friends lives there, and I love visiting :)

    Here's my BEA Intro post

  4. Love your post. Cats and Books and Food, rah! And yay for baby girls, I have two!

  5. I love cats (: I used to have a little tan kitty,his name was Twitch. My mom gave him to her brother, though. Because my dad hates cats. It broke my heart. But I liked your post!

  6. I like how you managed that meal situation. I didn't answer that question in my intro, but Libba came to mind right away.

  7. Cats and books, hooray! I have 3 cats and I love them to bits: Tangie, Hubert and George O'MalleyCat ;)

    I hope you're having a great ABEA!

  8. Love your post. Cats and Books and Food, rah! And yay for baby girls, I have two!
    happy wheels
    super mario bros