BookExpo America (BEA) is the big book convention held in New York where authors, bloggers, and publishers get together and cause every book lover to cry – either in joy (because they were able to attend and get to meet authors and get ARCs) or in sadness (because those who are unable to attend have prior engagements). It starts today and it kills me that I’m not going. Because of that, I decided to take part in Armchair BEA, which is basically a virtual conference for people who cannot attend the actual convention. Let us hold hands and cry together.
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 Cee (actually, it’s a nickname that has stuck to me since I initially began blogging). I’m 22 and I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English (and a minor in History). You can say that they are great loves of mine. I started blogging years ago. Probably in high school (which makes it seven or eight years ago)? Blogging was a way to interact with people who shared the same interests as me, which at the time (and still is) was TV shows and just general pop culture things. None of my friends in high school watched anything I did and that made me feel a bit lonely. I needed somebody to scream my excitement and thoughts to. I started blogging about books this year, specially January 2013. Since I had recently graduated from college, I need something to fill my time and I thought ‘why not create a blog about one of my loves – books?’ And voila!
Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
Bay Area, baby! For those who do not know what location I’m referring to, I’m talking about the San Francisco Bay Area. Something special about this location? Hmmm, we have a literary festival (that occurs in San Francisco) called Litquake in October where local authors come out to play? It’s not on the huge scale like BEA, but it’s still awesome. AND I live near NaNoWriMo’s (National Novel Writing Month) headquarters. Yeaaah.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
These are four favorite books I’ve read so far in 2013.
Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s).
I have a lot of blogs that are my favorites. How am I suppose to narrow it down?
- Bewitched Bookworms
- Rather Be Reading
- Pub(lishing) Crawl
- The Perpetual Page-Turner
- The Broke and the Bookish
These blogs are my favorite because each blogger structures their reviews extremely well. They always have interesting posts that gets me thinking. And their blog designs are just gorgeous. They inspire and motivate me to do some blogging of my own. (I am terrible at explaining the reasons why anything is my favorite.)
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Oh wow, that is such a hard question. If I had to pick an author, Daniel Handler? He’s always been a writing hero of mine. I love his wit, which makes me kind of apprehensive to pick him because I don’t think I can keep up with him. He is, no doubt, fabulous. If I had to pick a character, Adrian Ivashkov (from Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series). No doubt about that. He’s my favorite character in the whole Vampire Academy series. He’s very charming and he always makes me smile from the things he says.