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Armchair BEA is an online event for those of us who can’t make it to BEA. I participated last year, and I’m excited to do so again! I really do plan to spend some time surfing other book blogs this time, unlike when I ran out of time during Bout of Books 7.0.
Day 2: Blogger Development
I actually have a longer post in mind for blogging, as I’ve been thinking about how I like to start blogs as a way to learn about something or keep myself interested in a topic. So far, only my book blog has gotten love and development, and as I spend the majority of my time working on it, I don’t have time to branch out into other areas I’d like to blog on, such as fitness and finance. Book blogging is a lot of work — and I’m prone to slacking every so often because I let myself get overwhelmed by scheduling too much stuff. Or I get a week of posts ready and scheduled, and then don’t cruise around the blogosphere to see what everyone else is up to.
That said, I do think my blog is a good reflection of me, and I would like to expand on that eventually. I don’t want to advertise or such on this particular blog, but maybe on others in the future. I still have lots to learn. I made learning more about SEO one of my goals for this year, but other than installing a WordPress addon, I haven’t gotten any further. I’d also like to get better about networking with other bloggers, but I always let this fall by the wayside because I’m behind in writing reviews or haven’t looked at Twitter in a week.
I would like to develop more relationships with publishers and authors, but I’m a wee bit nervous about doing so. I don’t really have a big following for my blog, so I feel like they wouldn’t be interested in me. That said, those I have worked with, such as Angry Robot, Joseph D’Lacey, and Deanna Chase, have been awesome. (Just picking a few off the top of my head — I don’t mean to leave anyone out!) I just need to get some more courage, because there are tons of authors I’d like to interview or have guest post on the blog.
Day 2: Genre Fiction
Genre fiction is about all I read. I just can’t get in to literary fiction, though I have read some of the more popular titles and enjoyed them. Most of the time, I’m reading to escape, or just to have a few good hours of enjoyment, and for me, I don’t want to read about middle-aged wives whose husbands leave them, or whose kids get kidnapped, etc. I know I’m really generalizing, and I don’t mean to knock people who do like literary fiction. It just isn’t for me.
Fantasy was my first love. I think I devoured every Xanth book (series by Piers Anthony) that I could get my hands on, quickly followed by Mercedes Lackey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and so on. A lot of my early years blur together, and though I kept lists of books read, they’ve been lost over the years.
♥ THE FIRE ROSE by Mercedes Lackey
♥ the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey
♥ the Kingslayer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
♥ the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
♥ THE MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley
♥ LIBRIOMANCER by Jim C. Hines
♥ the Star Wars Expanded Universe by various authors
♥ the Forgotten Realms series by various authors
Paranormal and urban fantasy came next. Some of my more recent favorites are:
♥ the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
♥ the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs
♥ the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
Young adult, doh. YA is primarily what I read these days. It’s so much fun, and I like seeing vampires in boarding schools, faeries hiding in modern day, etc. I like the mixing of genres that occurs in YA, as well as the sheer creativity of what I read.
Recent and random favorites:
♥ ASH by Malinda Lo
♥ HUNTRESS by Malinda Lo
♥ the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
♥ the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
♥ CINDER by Marissa Meyer
♥ SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo
♥ THE DARK WIFE by Sarah Diemer
♥ INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows
♥ ASUNDER by Jodi Meadows
♥ BUNHEADS by Sophie Flack
So, a random sprinkling of favorites there. I also read historical fiction (primarily Tudor era, Egyptian, and French Revolution), some biographies/autobiographies, and anything else that catches my eye.