Monday, June 4, 2012

Getting to Know Library Girl #ArmchairBEA Interview

Design credit: Emily of Emily's Reading Room
Hi, I'm Angela also known as Library Girl. This is my first year participating in Armchair BEA. I'm excited to check in with the main events and to visit as many of the other participating blogs as the kids will let me. Today is interview day and I'm answering a few of the questions from the Armchair BEA site to let you know a little more about me...

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

I'm a former librarian now stay at home mom to my two girls. Elizabeth is 3 1/2 and Victoria is 3 1/2 months so they keep me pretty busy! I've always been a reader but I started blogging about one month before Elizabeth was born. I stopped working shortly after I became pregnant so I had lots of time to read and be online. I discovered the book blogging community and decided that I wanted to share my thoughts on the books I was reading with others. Although, I have less time to read these days I still love connecting with other book bloggers and authors.

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book that you have read so far in 2012?

I'm currently reading The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. I got an advance copy from LibraryThing and I'm really enjoying it so far. It officially comes out on June 16.

I think my favorite book that I've read so far this year is Overseas by Beatriz Williams (link to my review). It is a wonderful romance with great characters and a bit of time travel.

3. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

I think I'd like to meet Rachel Morgan and Ivy Tamwood from The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. This is one of my favorite series of books in part because of the evolution of the relationship between Rachel and Ivy. It would also just be interesting to have dinner with a witch/demon and a vampire. Of course I'm not sure that dinner with Rachel and Ivy would be possible without including Jenks the pixie to add some comic relief.

4. What is your favorite part of the book blogging community? Is there anything you would like to see change in the coming years?

My favorite part of the book blogging community is the support for authors. We all love to read and share our opinions about books and by doing that we show support for our favorite authors and spread the word about new authors. I recently joined a group called the Book Bloggers' Collaborative which strongly supports indie authors with sponsored giveaways, guest posts, author interviews, and other materials. To me, this is the essence of what the book blogging community should be - bloggers supporting authors and authors supporting bloggers in return.

5. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

My reading tastes have definitely changed since I began blogging! I was reading a pretty limited selection of authors and genres before I started working in a public library and then book blogging. I have been exposed to a much wider selection of fiction both by reading reviews on other blogs and by finding new sources of books including early reviewer programs and offers from publicists. Although I'm thrilled to have more variety in my reading, my list of books that I want to read is now completely out of control! With my limited reading time these days I am pretty picky about what I'm going to spend my time on so I rely heavily on other bloggers' reviews.

Thanks so much for stopping by and getting to know me a little more! I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your answers to the interview questions.

Note: All opinions provided on this blog are my own. If a product was given to me for review, the source of that product is noted in the post. Bookstore links are generally affiliate links and I do earn a small amount for each purchase. Other affiliate links will be noted in the post.
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