I am so excited to be participating in the Armchair BEA. Since I am unable/not allowed to head off to the actual BEA in New York City this week, I will have a blast learning and meeting new people through this fabulous online event.
Now for the introduction.
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?
You can read about the why of BookMusings here.
To add to that, I have been blogging here for the last two months, and it has been the craziest whirlwind of learning, growing, sharing, thinking and writing. Way more than I could have imagined. It is what I hoped for when the idea came to me.
I wanted to develop my writing skills, I wanted to be more aware of new books being published, I wanted to get to know the industry. I also wanted to become a sort of community for readers, which is slowly developing. Of course, there are much bigger things to come in the future, but I am very happy with the direction this blog has allowed me to go in terms of the books I read, the people I meet and the writing I produce.
2. Describe your blog in just one sentence. And Social Media details so we can connect more online.
Book Musings is a repository for book reviews, reflections and other random-ish ramblings of a fledgling writer (and some friends) who is attempting to consistently improve on quality, consistency, and originality.
3. What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?
Looking back at last year’s reading I find it difficult to make a resounding choice. I read a bunch of memoirs about the FLDS cult such as Escape by Carolyn Jessop which left me so shocked that I felt compelled to keep reading book after book on the subject.
However, let me go with The Forgotten Garden as my favourite book from 2013. This was the first book that I read by Kate Morton, and it hooked me. I continued on to The House at Riverton and The Distant Hours. The Secret Keeper is currently waiting on my bookshelf to be cracked open when my reading schedule will permit it.
2014 Favourite so far:
I have actually read many very good books this year, but there is one that I have to add to my all time favourite list. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay is absolutely breathtaking. Staggering. Terrifying. Hauntingly beautiful. I could go on for a long while. In fact I did here. READ THIS BOOK!
4. Favourite blogs, bloggers and the like.
LOVE Books on the Nightstand! If you haven’t checked out their podcast and blog, you must! They are great for book recommendations.
If you frequent BookTube at all, which I recently discovered has the power to advance the time into the wee hours of the morning before I notice and resolve to get to bed, you should check out The Book Junkie.
Being pretty new to the book blog world, I don’t have a huge list of frequented blogs, but a few I do enjoy are: Love at First Book, The Avid Reader, The Book Wheel, MisplacedTalent2, Daily (w)rite, and of course The Daily Post. I hope to get to know a lot more!!
5. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why?
So hard to choose!!
- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton- finally will have the time to read it!
- How to Not Calm a Child on a Plane by Johanna Stein- because it is freaking hilarious and will keep me in stitches.
- The Bible- This one can keep me busy for the rest of my life.
- Unlimited supply of cute bathing suits
- Sun Screen
- Tool to break into the unending supply of coconuts and pineapples conveniently found on the island
Lying on the white sand beach, light breeze coming in from the water, waves crashing at the shoreline. Slathered in sunblock, sipping some coconut/pineapple drink, reading a great book.
Every day. Heaven!
And if anybody every comes looking: a fresh bikini, tanned skin and a hospitable fruit offering.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the Armchair BEA!