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May 28, 2015

armchair bea 2015: introductions
posted by soe 3:06 am
Armchair BEA

Today marks the beginning of Book Expo America and its online counterpart, Armchair BEA. As always, Day One begins with a request to answer five of the posed ten questions:

Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?

Hi! I’m sprite, blogging from Washington, D.C., for the past ten years. The blog was a birthday gift from my partner, Rudi, who wanted to give me someplace to write. I’m not sure that this is what he had in mind, but tough luck! In addition to Rudi, we share The Burrow, our subterranean home, with three cats and lots and lots of books. I’ve gotten away from book reviews in the last few years, but hope to pick them back up again soon.

What is your theme song?

Ellis Paul’s “The World Ain’t Slowing Down.”

I totally sing along and dance to it (I’ve choreographed different bits to the lyrics) when it comes on my iPod, whether it’s at home, at work, on the street, or on the subway.

What book are you reading right now?

I usually have several books going at once, unless I’m utterly absorbed by one. That’s not currently the case, so I have Terry Pratchett’s The Color of Magic in my purse, because it’s the first book in his DiscWorld series and I thought I should start there after he died earlier this spring. After finishing Kate Hannigan’s middle grade historical fiction novel, The Detective’s Assistant last night, I’ve returned to Fablehaven by Brandon Mull at home. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix remains my audiobook on my phone, after having to wait to take it out a second time when I didn’t finish it before it was due back in April. I don’t usually have only fantasy novels going, but I’m in the middle of the Once upon a Time Reading Challenge, which finishes up on the Solstice. That said, though, any of these could fall off the radar tomorrow in favor of a new book that catches my fancy.

What is the top book in your TBR pile?

In a literal answer, sitting atop the pile closest to where I’m sitting, it’s Gayl Jones’ The Healing, which I picked up at the library on Saturday and which I saw recommended in this article on (mostly) underappreciated writers of color.

What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer?

I haven’t yet read G. Willow Wilson’s second volume of Ms. Marvel comics, Generation Why, yet, so that’s high on my list. And I’d be lying if I ignored Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. Yes, its publication is problematic given the author’s current health, and, yes, I’d feel better about it if it had come out after she’d died, and, yes, I’m terrified it will be mediocre. But, come on! We’re talking about finding out what happens after Scout grows up. Aren’t you the least bit curious?

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