Armchair BEA: Introductions First!!

Posted June 4, 2012 in Event / 27 Comments

Oh my gosh!  I almost forgot today was the start of Armchair BEA! 
Where is my head??  

Armchair BEA is a virtual convention for those of us not able to attend the BEA conference this week in New York.  From the comfort of our homes (and possibly in our pajamas) we get to meet a ton of new bloggers and participate in giveaways. 

Today’s topic is about introducing ourselves.  Here’s just a little about me….

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 Kristin and I’m a stay at home mom of a six year old boy.  My son is high functioning autistic so I spend a lot of time volunteering in the school and I’ve been suckered into working as a “lunch lady” at his school.  I started blogging in earnest at the end of 2011.  I’d been totally geeked out over Goodreads for a year and wanted a place to say more about my love of books and the authors who write them.  I honestly never read a blog before that (what?!?!).  I JUST started requesting books for review on NetGalley and I’ve asked ONE publicist for an ARC because I just didn’t get into blogging for a ton of advance free reads (although I’m awful grateful!!!)  I just want to read all the great stuff already out there.  But I feel like I need to read the new advance stuff or I just won’t be interesting enough. 

My favorite thing in the world is to promote authors!!  And since I’m buying most of my books, you won’t find many bad reviews on my blog because I’m picky.  Eh, what are you going to do?

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

Right now, this second, I’m totally sucked into a new author’s books called, “Gifted: A Donovan Circus Novel”.   The author, Liz Long, contacted me about reading and reviewing it and I completely regret it’s taken this long to get to it ~ it’s a great UF read after all the YA I’ve been reading lately!  Next up I hope to hit Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Finally!!!)

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

I used to be 30-ish, single and living in San Diego with a cool job as a Securities and Currency Trader at an international investment advisor.  I used to work from 5am to 2pm-ish then with my surfboard stuck between the car seats, head out to Torrey Pines to surf while I waited for evening traffic to die down.  I golfed the best golf courses for free with brokers, including Torrey Pines, I climbed in Joshua Tree with my best friends (for those in the know, I used to sport climb in WV and KY but I cleaned trad in JT ~ FUN!!) and got drunk and stumbled around PB and OB too many times to count.  I had the life.  Then I had to go and meet my husband.  Now I’m living an hour North of Detroit in a subdivision.  I wouldn’t trade my life for anything!!  I love my family and everything life has to offer!!

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

That I can be “friends” with people all over the world!  It truly amazes me still.

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

Um, yup… I’ve gotten sidetracked completely by YA!!  I never thought I’d love them as much as I do.  I still avoid any contemps like the plague, though…

Thanks for visiting ~ I’m excited to be getting around to blogs I normally wouldn’t see and meeting everyone!

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



Subscribe via Email

Finally, FINALLY fixed! After days lost trying to fix... ;)

27 responses to “Armchair BEA: Introductions First!!

    • I think Jake likes it, too. It’s hard with his autism b/c he needs to let me go and it doesn’t help he can run to Mommy when he gets upset. On the flip side ~ I want to be there for him 🙂 Stand back, mama bear here!!!

      Thanks for saying hi!!!!

  1. Hiya *waves*
    Least you got here today for the intro lol. It’s now the next day in the uk (00.15) so i got in with my intro not too long ago lol. Aww lunch lady is cool, you’ll be the kids fav 🙂 I hope you enjoy this week 🙂 It’s funny how so many ppl have said blogging has introduced them to YA but i completely agree xx

  2. I went through a phase of craving all the newest reads too – because I thought I’d need them too to seem interesting as well. But you know what? I started a blog for the Classics, and I read a lot of “older” stuff too, and there is room for conversation about it all! I just found that as long as I was true to what I wanted to read – new or older – I was happy. That said – Deadlocked has been on my shelf now for almost 2 WEEKS and if I don’t read it soon, I will go a little crazy. 🙂

    • Deadlocked keeps calling me, “read me, read me!!” I still can’t believe I’ve let it sit so long!!! And you’re so right about the older stuff! I’m all over the place these days 🙂

      thanks for saying HI!!

  3. It is amazing how many people have started reading YA because of blogging. I read a bit after reading none at all. Fun ‘meeting’ you!

  4. I’m so happy you joined up in time! And I love that so many of us pick up books we never would have, thanks to blogging. That is a great accomplishment for reading, I think. We might get you into contemps yet 🙂

    • Only down in the New River area, actually I like Summersville Lake which is just north of the river. The rock was much nicer to my hands 🙂 Since I was living in Columbus, OH when I was climbing down there, I actually preferred to drive the other way to Red River Gorge in KY but if the weather turned there, we’d run East to New River 😉 I love WV – it’s absolutely stunning down there!!!

  5. I’m picky with what I read too. Plus, I can usually tell what I’ll like, so I tend to avoid those books that I don’t think I’ll like. 😛 It’s good to see I’m not the only picky one. haha

    haha oh YA…it’s so addictive, and I thin it surprises people who don’t typically read it with how addictive it really is! 😀 haha

    Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself. 🙂 It’s great to meet you!
    My Armchair BEA Introductions Post

  6. YA is so addicting! I am always pushing it on readers. I’m one of those..”Tell me what you like and I will recommend some books for you” I have successfully gotten many people addicted. Haha

    Thanks for stopping by LIO!

  7. People will still read your blog if it only showcases older titles. People come back to blogs for either their perks (which I detest) or the blogger’s personality. Blog about what YOU want to blog about. 🙂

  8. wow, amazing that you can blog and read with all you are doing in your life. I taught many autistic students and loved them. I learned so much from them and learned to appreciate many things that are often taken for granted.

  9. It’s great that you want to read a lot of books that are already released. Only reading new releases can get pretty boring.

    Have a great week.


    LOL on your fancy life vs your very grateful life now 🙂 Funny how a man can do it to you every time (I mean that in the best way–still waiting on my “flip your life upside down” guy to come along)

    I know a lot of people that have gotten sidetracked by YA but hey if that is where the stories you want to read are—go for it 🙂

  11. Oh, I so agree with you about the friend part! It’s wonderful to meet so many awesome people (with the same love for reading!!) all over the world! It’s cool. I still hope to have the pleasure to meet some of them one day. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by earlier! I’m all late since real life got in the way, but catching up! Awesome to get to know more about you. 😀