I’m trying to get more involved in blogger events because 1) they sound like fun 2) you get to meet new people with the same interests without leaving home. A plus, right? Anyway, today is the first day of the Armchair BEA and here’s my interview!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Hi! I’m Maureen. I’m in my early 20s and live in Indianapolis. I work as a children’s assistant in a small public library outside the city, and as a library assistant in the Indianapolis public library system. I started blogging in May 2006, which means I’ve been blogging for…6 years? Impossible! I started blogging because I love books and talking about them, but most of my friends (who are otherwise great people) don’t share my literary tastes and I hate to yak away at them when they’re not excited. For a long time I resisted the book blogger label, because I’m interested in a lot of different things (I sew, cook, grow herbs, etc.) and I wanted my blog to reflect that. But gradually it’s really turned into a book blog and I’m starting to embrace that. 🙂
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
Any regular readers will probably know the answer to this already: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein! But I’ve also really enjoyed Beverley Nichols, who wrote arch books about gardening in the 1950s. Also, Saundra Mitchell’s The Springsweet and Martha Wells’ The Wheel of the Infinite Basically, it is impossible for me to choose one favorite book EVER. (I recently talked about what I was reading here and here.)
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
I’m really proud of my Code Name Verity review, because I think I actually managed to capture some of why I love that book so much. Sometimes I write about a book and I look back over my review and realize that I’ve made it sound BORING. I’m also really happy about the posts that I wrote for Chachic’s Queen’s Thief Week, because they’re something I’ve wanted to work on for a long time (I was an English major in college and actually liked writing papers).
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
I love the sense of community, of friends passing books around amongst themselves. It’s fun sometimes to watch the trail of a recommendation as it goes from one blog to another. I do sometimes wish that there was a little less drama, but hopefully we’ll all learn from the different controversies and problems. For smaller bloggers, like myself, it’s sometimes hard to get involved without feeling overwhelmed (or maybe that’s just me? hopefully not?). But I’m going to keep talking about books and hopefully finding other people who want to do the same.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How? I was going to say that they absolutely had, and now I’ve stopped to think about it and I’m not as sure. As far as big categories go, no. I’m still a classic lit (British, please!)/sff person, with a heavy dose of YA and a splash of historical fiction to round things out. But I used to actively read the classic lit side much more, and now it’s probably been over a year since I read anything by Jane Austen. A few years ago, that would not have been true. It’s tempting to blame the internet, or shortening attentions spans or something, but I think the truth is that at the moment I don’t have the energy to read something long. Hopefully someday soon that will change again!
That’s it–thanks for stopping by and feel free to have a look around! My Index is not up to date, sadly, but my tags and categories are.