Heyyoo fellow armchair BEAers! Unfortunately this is the 2nd year in a row I’ve been unable to attend the actual BEA convention in NYC and have decided instead to participate in Armchair BEA! With this being the first day, it’s introduction day! We’ve been asked to answer at least five questions from the list below as our way of introducing ourselves. Without further ado:
- Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
- Kimberly Denny-Ryder, book addict at your service. I got into blogging in the fall of 2010 as a way to meet other readers and discuss books. When I graduated college I felt like my brain was melting and not being used. I decided I’d challenge myself to read 100 books a year as a way to keep sharp. Soon after, my friends and family were all telling me I was crazy to be doing it on top of planning my wedding, volunteering with local charities, etc. As I inched along towards my goal people kept asking me where I was finding the time to do everything. My response became my blog! Almost two years and 200+ books later, here we are!
- What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
- I’m currently reading/listening to several books. My audio book of the moment is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. As far as paper is concerned, I’m reading The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris, and Everblossom by Larissa Hinton
- Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
- If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
- Eat dinner with any author? Hands down Jane Austen. She is my favorite writer and one who is unmatched in talent and passion. I would love to meet her in person and be able to discuss with her her thoughts on society and how the world has changed since the 1800’s. I’d also love to discuss what she thinks of the book world, including her thoughts on the world of Jane Austen fan fiction. Would she be excited about the popularity of her novels and all the spin off’s that have been created? I think being able to discuss society and her novels would be pretty fascinating.
- Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
- I would definitely say that my tastes have changed. When I started blogging I read primarily historical fiction novels and Jane Austen fan-fiction. Being a blogger I feel it’s important that I expand my tastes and share great books of all genres with fellow readers. I’ve expanded my reading to the erotica, romance, memoir, science-fiction, and fantasy genres. My blog has turned me into a well-rounded reader and has helped me find some great new authors/genres/books to share. I’m forever grateful for my followers for sharing with me books and authors that they think I’d like. They give great recommendations and continue to help shape me as a reader.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my answers and have gotten to know me a smidge more! Check back in tomorrow, for more Armchair BEA activities!