Monday, June 4, 2012

Introductions First! (BEA Armchair Day 1)

Hi! I recently signed up to be a participant in the 3rd Annual Armchair BEA. So to all of those that have come to visit my blog...welcome and thanks for stopping by!

For those of you who have NO idea what I'm talking about. Check it out here - ARMCHAIR BEA 2012. I think it's a GREAT way for us book bloggers to get to know one another.

It's a week long event - and today the topic is, "Introductions First!"

So here it goes....

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

Let's see - I'm a 32 years old, married with no children. In fact just before I started posting, my husband was over analyzing am episode of "The Big Bang Theory" (which we both love) and I had to remind him I was about to go into "me time" lol. I tend to ramble...hint hint lol. I've been blogging for a few years...just not BOOK blogging. I got into it - because I needed something of my own...and living out in the boonies there isn't much to do. Heck, we are lucky we even get internet! I started just blogging as an outlet and now I can't stop. :o)

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

I'm currently reading something someone sent me for review - "Tell a Thousand Lies." So far so good! Favorite I have read so far in 2012...I'm very hooked on anything by Sarah Addison Allen.

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

Hmmm....I have no children, unless you count my 3 dogs and 1 cat - and I kind of do. Lol. I have a BAD habit of biting my nails...ugh. I cannot seem to stop. I absolutely LOVE Gobstoppers!! I also LOVE old fashion mail...snail mail if you please! I love getting letters, postcards, books, etc! I try to return them all.

What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?

My book blog has not taken on a life of it's own. I hope to have more followers soon so that I can start offering more. Right now - I simply love book reviews.

Where do you see your blog in five years?

Hopefully with more followers, and that we just enjoy each others company. :0)

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

Ooook tough one...probably the blog about the first book I won on Goodreads. I was so excited! Or the blog about my birthday most beloved Nook Tablet! (THank you husband that understands when I need my me time lol.)

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

Hmmmm right now I think I would LOVE to have dinner with Sarah Addison Allen. I'm telling you people I am hooked! I LOVE the magic her novels provide. I bet she's got all kinds of great things to talk about.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

And sticking to my theme...I'd like to visit the garden in Garden Spells.
I read that book and just envisioned the most beautiful calm safe feeling...and it it was real...I'd love to feel safe there.

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

I love how many there are of us! I love how friendly everyone is and nice and just willing to befriend you. It's as if our love of books is the string that ties us all together. Like, instantly you find someone who loves the books you do and your just about instant BFFs lol. As far as change - yes I'd like to see the community grow and grow and grow. Books have saved me multiple times...and I hope the outreach grows so that someone who needs them the most finds them too!

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

Yes actually, I'm noticing that books I would have otherwised said no to - I'm actually reading AND enjoying!

Well there you have it ladies and lovers of all kind. My name is Maria and it's been a pleasure meeting you!


  1. I love snail mail too! I still obsess over running to the mailbox when I get home to see if there's anything handwritten amongst the bills and catalogs; and the joy I feel when there is something there, well it's awesome.

    1. I know!!! And even weirder...I am actually a little sad on days when there is nothing there!

  2. I love mail too! I have a long driveway, so the entire time I'm walking to it I'm wondering what'll be in there. It's a little bit of torture each day filled with anticipation! LOL!

  3. I am so glad that there are still people who love snail mail! Taking the time to actually hand write a note is always appreciated. I also love pretty stationery! I'm glad you joined ABEA! Tattooed Books

  4. When I try to even write a card, I cringe at how awful my handwriting has become. It's sad, really. I look forward to getting a Kindle one day so I can read all the fabulous EBook specials I've been downloading.. (I say this cuz I envy your nook).

    I see you need some followers, so I'll follow you now!

    Here's my Intro.

    1. Hey thanks!! I do need followers. Badly lol. I just have no idea how to through out my blog to get some! Thanks so much! Last yr for my bday my husband bought me a Kindle and it busted - nothing I did. Have to say that I am glad he got a no questions asked Best Buy warranty on it. I then traded it in and got a Pandigital Novel which was very much like a Nook Color just cheaper price wise. Then slowly he started using it lol. It's not his as this year for my bday he got me the Nook. I LOVE it so much! Going to check out your blog now.

  5. Maria, thanks for stopping by my blog! I remember my first Goodreads win. :) I was bouncing off the walls! I also love snail mail. :) I go crazy when I get anything in the mail (unless it's spam). Have a lovely week!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  6. I loved Garden Spells. It is a sweet, charming, and romantic book. I have a few of Allen's other books waiting in my TBR pile.

    It's lovely to meet you and I hope you have fun during Armchair BEA.

  7. Nice to meet 'cha :-) Your hubbie sounds great - nice birthday gift!