Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA: Introduction

Oh, how I wish I could attend BEA in person. But, the lovely organizers of Armchair BEA have done a great job putting together some online festivities for those of us who can't make it to NYC.

Here goes my intro:

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 Becky and I'm a book junkie. I worked as a bookseller for just over six years before attending the Denver Publishing Institute. I now work in publishing, but I still love to share my thoughts and recs, so I blog and I review for Bookbitch.com. I've been blogging since 2008 and use it as a place to pimp books I enjoy. 

But that's pretty much what my sidebar says. Here's a bit more about me: I'm thirty (closer to thirty-one than I'd like) and have been married just over a year. My husband is a film editor who's worked on an Oscar winning documentary (he's much more interesting than I am). We spend a LOT of time reading and watching movies in our house. I have a degree in Criminal Justice (that I loved getting but am not using) and a double minor in English and Anthropology. 

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

I am currently reading Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. I've only just started it, but I'm a big fan of Flynn's two previous novels so I'm really looking forward to getting into this one. (I actually finished this one the same day I wrote the post -- it was fantastically crazy!)

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

If I could eat dinner with any author or character... that's a tough one. I think I'd like to have dinner with Stephen King, but I don't know what I'd say to him. I'd probably be all fan girly and awkward and weird.

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

I would love to visit the Great Library from Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series because it has a copy of everything that has ever and will ever be written! (Yes, I am that big of a book nerd that if I had the chance, I'd visit a place that has every book ever!)

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

I don't think my tastes have changed much since I started blogging mainly because I've been reading such a wide variety for so long. I'd say my tastes started changing and evolving while I was a bookseller. It's easy to be more open to new authors and genres when you're so completely surrounded by a continually changing selection of them. In fact, it was only in my early reading years that I was really picky and less prone to try new things. By the time I was in high school and spending my own money on books, I started delving into all kinds of new things. 


Anita said...

Hi Becky, I'm doing armchair bea too! I am going to listen to Gillian's first book on audio soon. Hope to share. I work as a,pt bookseller in a big bookstore but it's a job I love.

Kristin said...

I think one of my favorite aspects of book blogging is being made aware of all the new authors/books out there. That has definitely helped me to branch out of my favorite genres/authors into new ones.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.
Kristin @ Always With a Book

Amy @ bookgoonie said...

Blogging hasn't necessarily widened my genres, but definitely my authors. I'm way more open to new authors now. Sounds like a busy, talented house you have there.

Anonymous said...

I would totally be like Chris Farley if I had dinner with Stephen King.

Wmm... remeber that time in the Stand when Nick first met Tom Cullen, then Tom figured out he was deaf and dumb. That... was... awesome...

He'd probably want to dismember me by the end of it.

Anonymous said...

I love your background! I'm sure you could write a really nice book if you felt like it. Criminal Justice, Anthrpology, Publishing - I feel a thriller coming up just thinking about it!

Have fun with ArmchairBEA!

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I love anthropology, even though I never studied much of it in an academic setting (I did have a two year stint as a Global Studies major which had a few anthropological components, but not much). I just love the history and culture that it pulls together!

Angelya @ The Oaken Bookcase said...

Oh wow, being a book seller sounds like such a dream job, but I'm sure it's not that glamorous in the flesh :D I hope you have a great week with ArmchairBEA!

Becky LeJeune said...

Hi, Anita! Thanks for the visit. Being a bookseller is so bad for the budget!

Becky LeJeune said...

Kristin, my TBR is overflowing already and then I check out other blogs and find out about stuff I NEED to read. Tsk. Tsk. The perils of being a book junkie.

Becky LeJeune said...

Rob, if I met SK I might forget how to speak english altogether. I am truly the most awkward person at book signings ever.

Becky LeJeune said...

Judith, if only I had the talent to write it all!

Becky LeJeune said...

Natalie, it was a great thing to minor in. Our school didn't have a college devoted to it, it was part of the geography dept or something strange, but by the time I added all the neat classes as electives, I had enough credits for a minor!

Becky LeJeune said...

Angelya, it had its moments. It definitely had its moments. I think working at an indie might be closer to a dream job, though.

Jenny Girl said...

Nice getting to know you Becky. a Minor in Anthropology...love it! I've always been interested in the subject and took a class some years back. I enjoy learning about different cultures.
Blogging has broaden my reading tastes, but I always go back to my old standbys.
I'll be sure to check out your reviews. I think I've been there before.