Monday, May 23, 2011

ARMCHAIR BEA...WELCOME!

This is my second year participating in this event.  I had hoped to go to BEA this year in New York, but the funds were just not available.  Stupid money tree died! *L*  Anyway, I'm so excited to join in the fun again this year.  I have a busy week ahead of me.  I'm participating in a week long read-a-thon through Goodreads and I have a blog tour review and guest post this week.  Plus, several end of school year activities at my sons' school.  Whew! So I'm going to try to do as much as I can with A. BEA.  I have an interview with a fellow blogger on Wednesday that I'm pretty excited about.  I will see what else I can do as the week progresses.

Okay...a little bit about my blogging and reading.  I have been book blogging for almost two years (in August).  I have loved reading my whole life.  I was lucky enough to have parents who had their noses stuck in a book constantly and it really rubbed off! I own a huge amount of books...3000+...that's 1900+ fiction and the rest non-fiction and Christmas books.  I guess it's pretty obvious from those numbers that I'm a book lover...or maybe a hoarder?  What I like to read is pretty much summed up in the tagline in my blog header.  "An eclectic reader with an affinity for history and historical fiction"  I adore historical fiction and that is largely due to my love of history.  Up until last year, I was a history major and I'm hoping to get back to it as soon as I get some issues ironed out.  If I had to choose a couple of other favorite genres, they would be fantasy (epic or high, not urban) and horror.  I love fantastical worlds and I LOVE getting the stuff scared out of me! I am also a writer.  I have a writing blog and I'm currently participating in a writing challenge to get me motivated.  I'm actually in the process of researching my novel, but my ideas keep changing and that makes it difficult.  I really want to write historical fiction, but I worry about authenticity.  Can I do it?  Can I write an historical that doesn't rip history to shreds?  It's a worry and it's paralyzing! Back to this blog, I am a read-a-thon addict! So much so that I host seasonal read-a-thons.  I just had my Spring one in April and my Summer read-a-thon is coming up in July.  I also host two perpetual reading challenges, The Michener Challenge and the 101 Fantasy Reading Challenge.

Some personal things about me:  I am a Yankee by birth.  I grew up in Michigan, but have lived in Nashville, Tennessee for 20 years.  I have two sons that I love so much and am grateful for every day.  Being a mom is really the best thing in the world! I am a major cat lover.  If you've been here before, you've probably seen my Cat Thursday meme.  I used to have five cats, but now we are down to one very spoiled Alice.  Let's see, what else?  Oh! I have a fanatical love for Christmas.  Yes, I'm one of them! I have a year round Christmas blog on which I post every 25th of the month, throughout July, and from Thanksgiving through Twelfth Night.
My boys and Alice...her 4th birthday!
Well, that's it! I'm looking forward to this week.  I will try to visit as many of your blogs as I can.  I hope you all have a wonderful Armchair BEA experience!

Find me on Facebook: Personal page  Blog page
Twitter: @truebookaddict
Goodreads
Writing blog:  The Story Inside Me
Historical fiction blog (w/ Marie @ The Burton Book Review):  Historical Fiction Connection
Christmas blog:  The Christmas Spirit

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  1. WoW! All the best with all the activities you have planned this week, Michelle!! Will be checking in on the interview on Wednesday.:)

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  2. Gollee, your post should excite any visitors who stop by. You made me excited, and I visit your blog every week.

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  3. Hi neighbor! I am a native of Michigan and I live in Alabama. Nice to find your blog and have a new blog to follow. Hope we can stay connected. Have fun with the Armchair BEA, it's been fun so far on Day 1.

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  4. Wow, Michelle, you own a HUGE amount of books! Cool!

    Sounds like you have a busy week...I didn't realize Goodreads hosted readathons....an entire week is a long readathon! I'll have to pay more attention to that site!

    Your boys are adorable! So is spoiled Alice!

    It's awesome that your researching ideas for a historical novel. You can do it, I believe that!

    Good luck with your week & your writing. I'll be back to read your other Armchair BEA posts!

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  5. I love that your cat wore a birthday hat! May your dreams of writing historical fiction come true. It is one of my favorite genres.

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  6. I want to attend BEA as well and I'm not ashamed to admit that I just want to grab every galley I can!

    I love that photo of your cute boys...and Alice too!

    I wish you success with your novel.

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  7. Thanks for sharing, Michelle! I cannot imagine owning that many books - I think I must have between 500 and 1000 and I don't have enough bookshelves for those!!!

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  8. The next time my boyfriend complains about the amount of books I have (I would say less than 200), I will say, at least it isn't over 1000! I think he would kill me! Although I endeavor to have an actual library in my house when I have one some day! Great post!

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  9. Wonderful comments! Thank you for all the lovely comments.

    I can't wait until I can show you all my books when I get everything orgnaized!

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