May 27, 2015

Armchair BEA 2015: Introductions

It is the first day of Armchair BEA!  That means it is time to get to know everyone.  This is my third year, so I am an old hand at this.

What is your theme song?

My theme song is "Devil's Spoke" by Laura Marling.

Many trains and many miles,
Brought you to me on this sunny isle
And what of which you wish to speak,
Have you come here to rescue me?


What does diversity mean to you? 

This is a trickier question than it seems!  But to me diversity is plurality of voices, an environment not only consisting of different people but actively encouraging those people to speak.

What is one book everyone should read?

Watership Down by Richard Adams

What is your favorite genre and why? 

Lately, I've been loving political fantasy.  I like seeing intricate worlds built with a focus on how people interact and what makes (or breaks) power.  Go Goblin Emperor for the Hugo!

What book are you reading right now?

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Jon Klassen (a real dream team!)

Take a picture of your bookshelf and share it with us! :) (#ABEAShelfie)

I actually just bought new shelves to replace those destroyed in a flood.*  Check out the tops of the shelves (and some odds n' ends) on my Instagram.

*Knock on wood, because the other parts of the shelves are being stored near a part of Houston that is currently flooding.

20 comments:

  1. Oh no! Sorry to hear about your flooded books :( Picking out new bookshelves is always fun, though!

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    1. It is indeed! I got these from a neighbor who moved.

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    1. It's been a favorite of mine for *ages*.

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  3. My daughter adored Watership Down, but it very nearly caused me to stop my march through every fiction book in my school library right at the beginning! It's so hard to pick a book that EVERYONE should read! Hope that the rest of your shelves are safe from flooding. Horrible weather.

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    1. Clearly you were in the wrong mood or something, because Watership Down is a delight.

      But yeah, no book can be perfect for everyone.

      I am getting so tired of the rain.

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  4. Hi. So sorry to hear about the flooding. This year has just been horrible in certain parts of the country. I have family in Texas.

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  5. I loved Watership Down. Great recommendation!!!

    Happy ABEA!

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    1. Thank you! And a happy BEA to you too!

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  6. I've never read Watership Down. I had no idea how big it was. Almost 500 pages! Wow. I'm so sorry to hear about the books you lost in the flood. I hope you can get your new shelves assembled safely.

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    1. It is a big book, but one that is very readable. The pages always fly by for me.

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  7. So sorry about the flooding. I live in Houston so I know just how devastating it is. But at least you can buy new books. Book buying is a wonderful thing to do.

    Happy ABEA!

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    1. Hopefully the rain will let up on us a little soon!

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  8. My sister-in-law is in the wet part of Houston as well. Hopefully your books are alright.
    Happy ABEA!

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  9. I LOVE your answer to "Diversity". I couldn't have said it better myself. I am so sorry that you are having to deal with the flooding!

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    1. Thank you! I've really tried to make a commitment to be more aware and listen to what other people have to say.

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  10. It's so nice to meet you! I am sorry about the bookshelves and *crosses fingers* on the new bookshelves.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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