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.”