Armchair BEA–Introductions




While I would love to go to BEA, unfortunately, the timing never seems to work out for me.  I actually had everything but the plane ticket booked last year, but had to cancel to due to a family illness.  Once again, the book lovers Mecca is out of reach this year, so I decided to participate in Armchair BEA again.  You can learn more about this event by clicking this link.

To get things rolling this year, participants are asked to answer five questions, and then hop around and visit other participating blogs, so here goes:

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 am Julie, aka Manga Maniac.  I have been blogging for about 7 years, and when I started the blog, I mostly reviewed manga and graphic novels.  I started blogging as a way to keep track of the storylines for all of the all of the series I was reading, and I enjoyed doing it so much that I haven’t stopped!

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

I am currently reading Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill.  It’s a zombie western with some steampunk elements tossed in for good measure.  I am enjoying it so far, but the pacing is faltering near the end.

Some of my favorites so far this year include: The Song of Achilles, Lies Beneath, Storybound, The Marriage Bargain, The Stubborn Dead, and Born Wicked. 

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

I am terrified to speak in public!  This is kind of funny because I don’t mind sharing my writing, and I live to show my horses.  I just have a really, really hard time speaking in front of even a small group of people.

4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?

I love to interview authors!  I enjoy learning about how they came up with their stories and characters, and what they like to read when they aren’t working. 

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

When I first started blogging, I was only reading manga and graphic novels.  Now I find myself reading everything but graphic novels.  I became burned out on them, especially when my favorite series were canceled or my favorite publishers shut their doors (CMX, I still miss you desperately).  I hate not knowing how things end, so it was discouraging to have so many series left dangling.  There are several that I still love, but I’m letting a few volumes pile up before I start getting invested in them again.

What about you? If you are participating in Armchair BEA, please link your posts so I can drop in and say “hi.”

16 thoughts on “Armchair BEA–Introductions

  • June 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I’m going to read Lies Beneath this week I’m looking forward to it. I must admit the I’ve not been able to get into graphic novels. I’ve read a few, but they just aren’t my thing…but they are probably the most checked out category of books at my library!

    Nice to meet you. Happy Reading!

    My BEA Post

  • June 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Yesterday I was thinking about my approach to series. Is it better to read them each as they come out or let them pile up? My favorite series is full of chunksters and I actually spent much of a year reading them, but then the latest seems to take FOREVER to come out and I’ve forgotten the cliff hanger. What a dilemma? I suppose I’ll probably end up doing both.

    Nice to meet you!

  • June 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Yes, the series thing kills me! I love author interviews, as well. It’s always so interesting to hear more about what’s behind the book’s ideas. Nice to meet you!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  • June 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I’m the same way about speaking in public, yet can play my flute without getting too nervous (unless it’s a solo then there is some freaking out involved).

    I like graphic novels, but gravitate toward those that are not traditional manga style. I liked Guy Delisle’s travel memoirs and American Born Chinese, but I also have a weakness for anything by Kaoru Mori.

  • June 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    My hand started shaking when I read ‘speaking in public’. Ugh, I hate it!

    I’ve never read a graphic novel – maybe that’s the next thing for me to try!

  • June 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I have never read a manga or graphic novel before. I love manga art, though. I’ve learned to draw faces and expressions a little bit. But, I’m just never plunged into the manga reading world.

    I love that you love to show off your horses because I love seeing pictures of them! They’re so beautiful!

  • June 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I feel you on public speaking. I’ve gotten a lot better in recent times but it still terrifies me!!!

    Happy Armchair BEA!

  • June 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Wow, you just become one of my new favorite people! I recently got into graphic novels and LOVE them!! Also, I am a huge fan of Mercedes Lackey. I haven’t read Dead Reckoning yet, but I may need to add it to my TBR list.

  • June 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Oh I love graphic novels! Never used to read them but recently started and really enjoy them. I’ll have to look through your archives to get some recommendations! 🙂

  • June 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    You are now the second person to mention Dead Reckoning. I love Mercedes Lackey so I’m going to have to get a hold of that one.

    Hopeyou enjoy the week.

  • June 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I used to read more graphic novels, but I’m a little burned out too. But I’ve recently started picking them up again.

    And wow, seven years is a long time. Congrats on making it so long!

  • June 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I hate speaking in public. Hate it. I have not improved at all since school and I doubt I will ever feel comfortable speaking in front of a group of people. It’s all those judging eyes.

    Have a lovely Armchair BEA!

  • June 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Public speaking fear, huh? You know more peeps are afraid of that then dying??? #Fact I, of course, cannot relate – teachers have to speak in public 😉

    Thanks for participating!

    Here’s my intro


  • June 5, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I really want to read THE SONG OF ACHILLES and haven’t had a chance. Huh, maybe I should give LIES BENEATH a second chance. It started slow and I couldn’t get into it! I hate speaking in public, too, and everyone I work with is always surprised b/c that’s what I always have to do, lol! I used to read a lot of graphic novels, too, and now I rarely do. I’m only purchasing (re-purchasing) SAILOR MOON and the new series by Tanemura Arina atm. I’m tempted to try the new Clamp series, but I know it will go on forever, so….

  • June 5, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Ugh, speaking in public is the worst. I really like Mercedes Lackey. She’s a great writer.

  • June 7, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I am looking forward to picking up a copy of Dead Reckoning. 🙂
    And honestly – I’ve only read a few graphic novels in the past for review on my blog, but I think I might have to pick up a few more from the library soon. I enjoyed reading them as a break from regular novels. 🙂

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