Armchair BEA Introduction Post

Count me in as one of the gazillion book bloggers who couldn’t make it to New York this week for Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention. Some day, some year, I’ll be there! Meanwhile, Armchair BEA is the virtual event for the rest of us. All week, there will be different topics and link-up opportunities for bloggers, and today, I’m jumping in with my Armchair BEA Introduction:

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 Lisa, and I’m a life-long bookworm. Sadly, I never did quite figure out to how read for a living. Almost one year ago, I decided to finally jump into the ocean of book bloggers and created my own little corner of the Interwebs: Bookshelf Fantasies. It’s been an amazing ride so far! I’m really enjoying the challenge of putting my bookish thoughts into words, sharing with other folks who love books as much as I do, and meeting so many fantastic book bloggers!

Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.

I’m blogging from San Francisco, California — which, despite its reputation, is not foggy 365 days a year! It just feels that way sometimes. I love San Francisco for many reasons, but a great one is that no matter what kind of setting you’re in the mood for, you can get there in less than a day’s drive. I live a few blocks from the ocean, but can easily get to the mountains, to the desert, or to a grove of redwood trees. Simply beautiful! Like most San Franciscans, I’m not actually native, but after 20 years, it’s starting to feel like I am.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

I just finished reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and it blew me away! Other favorites this year are The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

Purely for sentimental reasons, I’d pick a post I wrote last September called “A Bookish Sort of Romance“, which is the story of how my husband and I first connected. And yes, there were books involved!

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?

As someone relatively new to the blogging world, I’d say that my favorite thing about being a part of the book blogging community is realizing how many amazing connections I’ve made in such a short amount of time. All of a sudden, I feel that there are so many people I know who share my interests, who “get” how exciting it can be when a new book arrives, who loves to trade ideas, tips, recommendations, and squeals of delight about our bookish habits. I absolutely love the idea that I now have book friends around the world! I get the warm and fuzzies just thinking about it.

So, hello and welcome, my Armchair BEA buddies! I’m happy to meet you… and maybe next year, who knows? In person in NY, perhaps?

10 thoughts on “Armchair BEA Introduction Post

  1. Welcome to Armchair BEA. Like you, I want to go to the real event. Getting to New York is not as easy as one would think. But until then, armchair BEA is a lot of fun. Nive to meet you!

  2. I just got The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey in the mail today! I’m so excited to read it. I also loved Eleanor & Park. San Francisco is such a lovely city, I’m a bit jealous of you right now 🙂

    • Thanks, Melinda! I was ready to change things up a big — and then I accidentally messed up my lay-out, so I had to really jump in and try something different. I like it so far! I thought armchair BEA would be a great way to reach out a bit and try something new… especially since New York just wasn’t an option. 🙂

  3. Reading for a living! Wouldn’t that be amazing?

    I’m a fairly new blogger as well, I started almost a year ago. This community has been so welcome and wonderful.

    I hope you’re having a great ABEA 🙂 Happy reading!

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