Armchair BEA Introduction

Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

My name is Heather and I’m 29 years old. I live in a big city but am from a small town. I will be starting law school this fall — I’ve been documenting some of my journey in previous posts. I love to read and write and spend time with my family. I’m also passionate about politics and cooking.

I’ve been blogging off-and-on since 2008 — about five years. I initially started blogging as a way to hone my writings skills and share my thoughts. While the focus has changed (from politics to books), the undercurrent has remained the same.

What is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

Surprisingly, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. I read it in preparation for a comic book review where the graphic novel is centered around Capote’s time in Kansas researching the story of the Clutter murders. I honestly don’t know how I’ve gone nearly thirty years without reading In Cold Blood. It instantly became one of my favorite novels. Capote’s writing transports you to that exact time and place while his storytelling engages you emotionally with the characters. It’s gripping and suspenseful and a true American classic. If you haven’t read it already, I suggest you pick up a copy and start turning pages!

Tell us one non-book related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you?

I’m a big fan of pro-wrestling. I was re-introduced to it when my husband took me to see Monday Night Raw live. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting — it was jump-out-of-your-seat-and-scream fun! My first pay-per-view (PPV) was Wrestlemania 29. I still can’t get over the Punk–Undertaker match. It was on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspenseful with old-school moves thrown it. I almost didn’t want it to end!

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

The last post I published before this one — my essay on Memorial Day. It’s both the first creative writing piece I’ve shared and something that is very personal.

Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they’re your favorite.

I have three favorites: Classics Without All the Class, Book Riot, and Literary Disco. I discovered CWAtC via Goodreads and had the pleasure of meeting two of the ladies behind the site earlier this year. They’re all about making reading — especially classics — accessible to everyone. It’s a good group of people who love books and all things bookish sharing their love in blog and podcast form. I started contributing to their blog a few months ago — the first time I’ve written for someone else. Check it out!

Then there’s Book Riot. A fun blog dedicated to all things book-related. Whether they’re writing book reviews, sharing must-have bookish items, or giving you a contract to pass along to potential borrowers, you will be interested and entertained.

Literary Disco is more podcast than blog but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. It’s composed of actor and filmmaker Rider Strong; author and professor Tod Goldberg; and essayist Julia Pistell. Their chemistry is fantastic as they agree, disagree, rant, and rave about books.


8 thoughts on “Armchair BEA Introduction

  1. I haven’t heard of Literary Disco, I’m definitely going to check that out!

    In Cold Blood is amazing isn’t it? Great pick.

    I hope you’re enjoying ABEA! Happy reading 🙂

    • Yes — it’s a great podcast. Loads of fun. I usually catch myself laughing and simultaneously adding books to my TBR list while I’m listening.

      It was! I really don’t know how I got this far in life without reading it. Shame on me!

      Thanks — I’m loving it. It’s been so much fun to participate in and follow. Happy reading to you as well!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! ABEA has been a wonderful way to connect to other bibliophiles and bloggers. Reading is reading and it’s fun no matter what you’re interested in!

  2. Oh wow, finally another wrestling fan! … although it has been for me to keep up since having kids. I work in the legal field, so I have an idea of the path you’ve embarked on for your career. I wish you all the best and hope you have an amazing time at law school. As for The Walking Dead, are you missing the show as much as I am?

    I haven’t heard of Literary Disco or CWAC, so I will definitely check out those sites. Armchair BEA has been so great for discovering new blogging resources. Enjoy the rest of the week!

    • Yay! Nice to meet another female wrestling fan. My favorite wrestler is CM Punk — I hear he’s slated to come back soon. It’s definitely hard to keep up with everything between Raw/Smackdown/NXT/PPVs/etc.!

      Thank you so much, I’m really looking forward to law school. I left undergrad about seven years ago and I’m really excited to not only be going back to school, but headed down a new and exciting career path.

      Yes! Definitely missing The Walking Dead. It’s just so darn good!

      It has been — unfortunately I wasn’t able to keep up with the other posts in a timely manner but they’ll be good prompts for the future, regardless. My favorite part has been connecting with other book lovers and bloggers. So much fun!

      Thank you for stopping by!


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