Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA: An Interview of Myself!

Welcome to the first day of Armchair BEA! For those of you that don't know, BEA is this big event every year in New York for the whole publishing industry and bloggers are invited to attend. As much as I would love to attend, this year it is not in our budget since we are planning a wedding.

However, Armchair BEA has been going on for a couple of years now and I have always enjoyed participating! It's a great way to still get a feel of the community of book bloggers and publishing industry ... while ... wait for it ... sitting in your armchair. Love it!

So the first day of both BEA and Armchair BEA is today and to kick off the festivites all those participating in Armchair BEA get to interview themselves :) Well, who knows us better then ourselves, right?!

So, without further ado, here is Amused on Amused:

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

Amuses, aka Leah, your resident blogger!
In real life my name is Leah but around the blogosphere I like to go by Amused because I love being Amused By Books! I try not to take myself or my blog to seriously. If a book doesn't amuse me, I don't want to waste much time on it. My work and life keep me very busy, so when I have time to read, I want to keep it fun. 
I have been blogging for about 2.5 years and have loved every minute of it! I started this blog on my 28th birthday as a way to invite more creativity in my life, never expected it to grow into anything major. I just thought it would be a way for me to hone my writing skills on books. Since then, I have met so many wonderful book bloggers, got to go on so many fun blogging experiences, and share so many fun things with my readers along the way. I love blogging and hope to keep it up for years to come! 
2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
Honestly, I think the best book I've read this year is one I just read: Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon. In the past two weeks since I finished it, I have done nothing but think about this book which is always a sign of a good book. I want to talk about it with everyone. Have you read it? I think it's a great summer or book club read!

3. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
I would love to be able to eat dinner with Bridget Jones. Actually, I would love to grab a drink with Bridget Jones. For as long as I live, Bridget Jones's Diary will be one of my favorite books of all time and the main character is someone I can eternally relate too!
4. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
For me, it's the sense of community you get. I have always found that everyone is really friendly and welcoming. I know there are some clicks and people get a little up in arms over things that sometimes occur but I do my best to avoid/ignore them as much as I can and just keep reading and reviewing. I find that if you reach out to others, comment on everyone's blog and are welcoming to others, they will be in return and I think that's just so great!

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

I do know if they have changed so much as become more refined. I have gotten much better at picking out the books that I like to read. Therefore as I result, I am reading more and more books that  will rate highly as a result. I turn down more books for review as a result too but I have no desire to give a bad review. The older I get, the more refined my tastes get in all things, so it would make sense it would carry over into books too.

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  1. I love the community too. I somehow still find the size of the community surprising! I love finding new bloggers, and Armchair BEA is perfect for that!

  2. Good Morning and welcome to Armchair BEA! It is a pleasure to meet you! It is amazing to be how much more picky I get as I get older.

  3. I think a meal with Bridget Jones would be fun!

  4. Yeah! So glad you decided to join up for Armchair BEA - I'd choose a wedding over BEA anyday :) I love how the book blogging community, with all its flaws, is still so friendly and kind. Have fun!

  5. I saw the movie but never read Bridget Jones (not often I can say that).

  6. I remember discovering BRIDGET JONES too! Excellent choice for a drink! Can I join you? And I love your blog philosophy. Mine is random but could be described similarly as amused!


  7. Wife 22 is one of my top to read "outside my normal" reading things! Toothy said it was really good too :)

    I think grabbing cocktails with Bridge would be fab! Could you imagine all the hijinks! :)

  8. I'll definitely check out Wife 22. Thanks for the recommendation! I think Bridget Jones is a great answer to that question, too :o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

    PS - Come check out my introduction? Thanks!

  9. Hi, Leah! It's nice to meet you. :)

    I haven't read Bridget Jones's Diary...but I definitely want to. Even more so now that I've heard how much you love it. :D

    I'm a lot more picky about which books requests I accept now, too. I think I've just gotten a lot more in tune with what I like now. I tend to be able to tell if I'm going to like it or have a feeling that I'll like it before I read it now. :)

    Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself with us, Leah! :)
    My Armchair BEA Introductions Post

  10. I love the sense of community, too. Everyone is so helpful and it's great to have an outlet to share my thoughts of the books I read. I come from a family of readers, but no one tends to read as much as I do.

    I'm going to have to check out Wife 22.

    Here's my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

  11. I have gotten picker about the books I choose and also try to follow the 50 page rule. If by page 50 I am not in love (or at least serious like) I will stop reading.

  12. I still have a fondness for Bridget Jones as well! A lot of books tried to do what that book had going for it, but there's just something about wacky Bridget that can't be emulated. I also enjoyed the movies.

    Thanks for the intro! Stopping by for Armchair BEA.

  13. I have never read BJD I've seen the movie, I think I need to look for the book, after all, I think books are always better than the movies based on the books. I have enjoyed learning more about you. That was fun.

  14. It would be a blast to hit Happy Hour with Miss Jones! LOL.

  15. Great intro post! I'm not participating, but having fun reading the posts of many others.

  16. Bridget Jones would be fantastic to eat lunch with - I love her. <3 <3 <3 her! I heard rumblings of a new book, but I just googled it and can't remember where I saw it.
    It was wonderful "meeting" you :) Armchair BEA @ the Brunette Librarian

  17. I have gotten better at chosing my books also.

    Happy planning times for the wedding.

  18. Great choice for picking Bridget Jones. :)

  19. Can I come to dinner with you and Bridget?!


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