Kicking Off Armchair BEA: Who Are You?

So sad that I can never attend the BEA (Book Expo America) or the BBC (Book Bloggers Convention). Not only is it held in New York (far, far away from Chicago), it’s when I’m wrapping up the school year for my third graders (May 23-27). Happily, there’s the Armchair BEA…where all of us can attend vicariously. The question for today’s kickoff asks, “Who are you and how do you blog?”

I never meant to be a book blogger. I didn’t even know there were such a thing as book bloggers when I began my blog in 2006. It was pure, joyful, exhilarating chance that I came across Les, Bookfool, and Booklogged. Finally, I knew I had a topic about which I could write with unceasing passion.

I feel a bit self conscious writing so blatantly about myself, as if I resemble the Brian Andreas’ StoryPeople character who says, “We haven’t much time so let’s just talk about me.”

But, here’s a short list before I end the post:

  • I can never remember a time when I didn’t believe in God.
  • I can never remember a time when I didn’t know how to read.
  • I can never remember a time when I didn’t disdain sports (except for cycling and canoeing).
  • I can never remember a time when I didn’t want to be a teacher.
  • I can never remember a time when I didn’t long to wear cherry red lipstick.

A bizarre collection of facts, to be sure, but there you have it: me in a nutshell. Except I totally forgot to write about what I like to read best (although I’ll read anything but romance):

  • Classic literature
  • Japanese literature
  • Children’s literature
  • The Bible

Sorry, I just can’t seem to get inspired about writing a whole autobiography tonight. This short post will have to suffice, which is good because it gives you plenty of time to read more introductions here. And, thanks for visiting.

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21 thoughts on “Kicking Off Armchair BEA: Who Are You?

  1. So I found our first big difference my friend….I love sports!!! Well, most sports. Specifically baseball, softball, and tennis!!! However, our mutual love of red lipstick (and mine of red toenail polish) makes up for all that….right?!!! 🙂

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  2. Never say never, Col. You just might find that perfect shade of red someday. 🙂 I love red toes, too, but my feet are none too beautiful after all these years of standing on them.

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  3. Welcome to Armchair BEA! I should read more Japanese literature. I like manga. I read a book by Banana Yoshimoto and want to read more.

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  4. Your introduction reminds me of your earliest blog posts, back before you starting focusing on book reviews. I love the posts in which you share details about your life and passions just as much as I enjoy reading your reviews.We may never get to BBA or BBC, but we WILL meet one of these day, my dear friend! Here's to summer reading!

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  5. Loved this post and learning those tidbits about you. Red lipstick and no sports are my cup of tea, too! Love your blog and glad you'll be armchairing BEA. And thanks to your JLC(s) I've gotten more interested in Japanese literature over the years – cheers!

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  6. Cycling's not a sport It's a lifestyle statement, and whilst on said subject am getting a new bike this weekend – a Specialized Langster singlspeed racebike.PS, love what you do, so just keep on keeping on

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  7. I love this post! I influenced you to start blogging? That is so cool! You are a wonderful writer. You shouldn't worry about it at all, although I do understand that exposed feeling.I'm one of those people who can't get away with cherry-red lipstick. I love that about you. It's so very Bellezza. I learned something new! Can you believe it? I had no idea you dislike sports! Biking and canoeing are great fun – good choices. We have a canoe we never use and a bike that's gathering dust because of the loose dogs. I keep hoping we'll move somewhere alligator-free with leash laws, one day. I really need to read more Japanese literature. Strangers by Taichi Yamada (I think) was such a nice departure.

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  8. I think this is all you need to say, Bellezza. Sometimes the "About Me" sections don't really adquately describe a person anyway–why I've struggled to write my own.On another note–I received The Lake! Thank you thank you!!

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  9. Let's save our money and go next spring. If you plan ahead we can do it. I'll save every month and you do too and we will have a fantastic few days together. Love M2

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