Monday, June 04, 2012
Armchair BEA - Introductions
I don't think I have joined in for Armchair BEA before, but I thought I would do something different this year. I like that this year it is all about community. When I first started blogging there were a lot less bloggers. The term book blogger was not even necessarily used. Nowadays it is huge and a bit overwhelming keeping track of everything. I find that people are more likely to come together as a community when they get up in arms about a scandal than any other time.
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Well, I go by Kailana around the blogging world, but my real name is Kelly. I live with the guy (aka the charming comedian) in Nova Scotia, Canada. We also have a cat named Casey that we adopted late last year. I am recently obsessed with using my camera more and have launched a project attempting to get a postcard from every province in Canada (and territory) and every state in the US. In December I will be blogging for 7 years. The first few posts were horrendous, though, so I would like to mostly forget they exist. And, technically I do because I often forget to even blog on my blogiversary. I got into blogging because I was friends with Marg from Adventures of an Intrepid Reader on other sites and she started blogging in November. She suggested I start one, too, so I did a few weeks later.
2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I am currently catching up in the Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd. My favourite reads of the year so far are A Fault in the Stars by John Green, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, and Shadows Walking by Douglas Skopp (which I had planned to review today and then did this post instead. oops!).
3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I originally went to university to be an astronomer, but got talked out of it. This hobby is another in a long list of things I never make time for any more.
9. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
My favourite part is easily the friendship. There are times where I consider throwing in the towel, but then I start thinking about all the people that don't blog any more and how I never hear from them. This makes me worry that I will lose track of all my blogging friends if I stop blogging.
10. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Yes, definitely. I used to primarily buy fantasy novels or books by Canadian authors. Nowadays I am horrendous at reading both of those things because there is so much else going on. I never read young adult, but I will now. And, I have gotten back into non-fiction. Some years I do better than others, but if you looked at my shelves you would think I love non-fiction. And, well, I do, but I never seem to actually read them.