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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Armchair Book Expo 2017: Day 1 Intro

Armchair Book Expo 2017
It's time once again for the Armchair Book Expo! Armchair BEA is a fun event for those of us who aren't able to make the big Book Expo in New York. Be sure to check out the website for more details!

This year, the organizers came up with writing prompts instead of the usual intro questions. Instead of doing all ten prompts, I'll pick out a few and we'll go from there. It's always good to try new things, so let's jump right in and get started!

I am...

...a reader. My dad was a reader and I've been a reader as long as I can remember. Started out reading comic books, Archie comics in particular. Archie, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Josie and the Pussycats were some of my favorites!

I love...

...Neil Gaiman. He's my author crush and has been for years. Tall, dark, and British. Wonderfully witty. And boy can that man write! I don't care if he's married and has a new baby, it's my crush and I'll crush if I want to!

Yes please!

My favorite...

...genres are urban fantasy, young adult, and general fiction. Over the years I've found that I need a well-paced plot or I get bored. No matter how interesting the characters or how beautiful the writing, I need something to actually happen in order for me to keep reading. I've actually yelled at characters before to get off their butts and do something!  

My least favorite...

...thing is a poorly written book. Boring characters. No plot. Bad writing. Typos. Continuity errors. The obvious lack of an editor. Bad grammar. So many ways to ruin a good story idea!

My blog...

...has been sadly neglected lately. After 8 years, I seem to be running out of steam. Still reading, but reviewing has been a struggle. No one believes me, but I'm pretty sure that there's a traveling timeslip in my house. How else to explain that I'll walk out of the kitchen on a Tuesday and by the time I walk over to my laptop, it's Friday? Or that I'll sit down in my office at 10am to check my email and then it's suddenly time for bed? An erratic timeslip is the only answer that makes sense!

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  1. Yes! The timeslip thing makes so much sense! It would explain so much.

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    1. Exactly! See, I knew I wasn't crazy. ;)

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  2. The blogging burnout is normal. I went through that in 2009 and again, though to a lesser amount in 2015. The trick for me was to remove the things I was no longer enjoying. For me that meant no more ARCs, no more egalleys, no more memes and blog hops. I've only just now started to dip my toe back into memes and hops — with It's Monday What Are You Reading and now with Armchair Book Expo. Two posts: Introductions and Best Practices

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    1. Excellent points! I keep trying to catch up with my review titles so I can read what I want, when I want, but then I'll receive an email offering a fascinating book that I can't resist. Yeah, I'm weak. lol

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  3. Wow 8 years is a while, I completely understand the struggle. Do what you can/ want to, don't let it feel like a job, and it will all feel fun again soon.

    http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/armchair-book-expo-day-1-introductions.html

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    1. Thank you1 I'm trying to slowly get back into the swing of things and think that Armchair BEA will help. :)

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  4. Neil Gaiman is a worthy literary crush! Be sure to read Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones, if you haven't already. They were friends and I understand she based one of the characters on him.

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    1. Haven't heard of Diana Whynne Jones, so thanks for the heads up! Can't wait to see what Neil's character is like!

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  5. I've been blogging for only 4 years and already feeling the burnout. Luckily, participating in new things like ArmchairBEA helps change things up a bit!

    http://poemsbyayoungartist.blogspot.com/2017/05/armchairbookexpo-welcome.html

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    1. I think we put too much pressure on ourselves, resulting in burnout. Trying to take some of the pressure off myself, and hoping that Armchair BEA will help me get my groove back! Thanks for stopping by, Dani!

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  6. Typos in a book are the worst. You should send them into the mysterious timeslip.

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    1. I would, but the darn thing keeps moving around!

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  7. I was feeling such blogging burnout last year that this past Fall, I started over. I took the best of my posts from 2011-2016 and moved them with me to a new domain, and started posting just a couple of times a week instead of every day. It helped a lot. And I agree with you about poorly written books!

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    1. Never thought of starting over somewhere new. Thanks for the idea! And I think that once Armchair Book Expo is over, I'm going to shoot for posting once a week so that I don't put so much pressure on myself. Sometimes I swear that I'm my own worst enemy! ha!

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  8. I'm with you on the well paced plot or yawn!
    And my Dad reads a lot too, yay for good role models in our life.

    Julie @ Chapter Break

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  9. I can't imagine blogging for eight years. I admire your stamina. I can't blame you for crushing on Gaiman. That man writes some of the most unusual, whimsical, and engrossing books. Hope you enjoy all of Armchair Book Expo!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Alicia! Love the name of your blog!

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  10. I've been blogging since 2009 and can attest that sometimes timeslips get in the way! Glad you are taking part in BEA!

    Armchair BEA Cafinated Reads Intro

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    1. Those pesky timeslips! I just wish they would send me back instead of forwards sometimes so I could actually get something done! ha!

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  11. Hello! This is my first time taking part in the Armchair Book Expo, and I am so happy that it led me to your blog! It is nice to *meet* you! I LOVE your cover image!

    Here's my intro post.

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    1. Thank you Erica! Nice to "meet" you too! :)

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  12. Nice blog....I love finding new blogs.

    Funny, but only my sisters were readers when we grew up. Mom and dad were not.

    ENJOY your day, and nice learning about you.

    http://www.armchairbea.com/2017/05/daily-reminders-link-up-introductions.html?showComment=1496325116734#c2053947356411312669

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    1. That IS curious that you and your sisters turned out to be readers while your parents weren't! Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth!

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  13. Eight years of blogging is no small feat! I haven't been blogging for that long, but I've learned the hard way that sometimes a little break does wonders to renew my energy and passion for reviewing and blogging in general. Do you watch Riverdale (it's based off the Archie comics)?

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    1. I just found out about Riverdale and am excited to catch up! Can't believe they made a live action show based on Archie. So cool!

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  14. I hear ya about the blogger burnout. I actually talked about that in my #bestpractices Instagram post. It's tough for me to find a good work/blog/kids/read balance. I find blogging takes time away that could actually be spent reading, but starting a blog to hold me accountable to reading was why I started it in the first place! Hope you find what works for you! And you are not alone, because lots of other bloggers struggle with this.

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    1. Thanks Darlene! For some reason, it makes it easier to hear that others have the same struggle. I'm going to try posting once a week and see how that goes. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. I inherited my love of reading from my family, too. Both my mom and my grandpa are avid readers. Nice to see you back, Alicia!

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    1. Thank you Tasha! And it's nice to share a love of reading with your family, isn't it? :)

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  16. Alexia, sorry! Dammit autocorrect!

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    1. No worries! I used to work with a guy named Alexis and was always sending him emails addressed to Alexia because of autocorrect!

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  17. Many thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland... and it's great to meet you! :)

    The only good thing about blog burnout is that we all understand this. I've been blogging for six years now (or so) and yeah. Sometimes you just don't have the imagination to write a post or to keep presenting something "new." But for me, it's the readers and community that makes this journey so much better because we all encourage and support.

    Hope you find your voice again. :)

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    1. I think it's the community that keeps me coming back, as book bloggers are the best! :)

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