Jun 4, 2012

Armchair BEA Introduction

This week I am participating in the Armchair BEA. Book Expo America is the biggest English-language book conference, held this week in New York. For those of us who live on other continents and others who cannot attend, there is the Armchair BEA, in its 4th year. This is my first year participating!

Design credit: Nina of Nina Reads


Here are my answers to 5 of the 10 interview questions posted on the Armchair BEA site.

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 a Canadian in Asia who loves books and I wants to share books with my kids. I feel a bit disconnected with Canada and the English-speaking world sometimes, so this blog is mainly for me to connect myself and my kids with that world through books.
I had a personal blog for a number of years but it was mostly a rundown of what I did during the day, and that was replaced by Facebook in my life. I enjoyed writing a blog, but my subject matter (me!) was boring me to death. So many people do the "foreign mom in Japan" blog bit better than me, and I don't think what I have to write on the subject is that interesting. I chose to blog about books and bilingualism because that's what I want to talk about in real life, even if no one wants to listen! I am passionate about it so I never lack for material - but it also means I write a little too much!
I have been blogging for a year! My bloggiversary is this Wednesday!

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
 So far I have two favourite books so far this year, Sora and the Cloud and Virginia Wolf.

What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
On Wednesdays I host a feature called What are you reading? Wednesday. I love the comments and the discussions that take place. It's nice for me to share books I have on deck without analyzing reviewing them, just chatting.  I love to see what books other people are reading, not just book bloggers but other bloggy friends as well. It is an expensive feature though, I am very susceptible to book recommendations. Please come visit on Wednesdays and share what you are reading!
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
I didn't actually write it, but I love my interview with Kyo Maclear, author of Virginia Wolf and Stray Love. She is the most amazing writer and a truly kind individual. I don't understand why there are no comments!
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
This is a Canadian cliche, but Avonlea! I want to sit on Marilla's porch shelling peas with her and Mrs. Lynde, waiting for Anne girl to come skipping home, hand-in-hand with Diana.

I would love to know your answers to these questions, and if you have any others you'd like to ask me please comment!

40 comments:

  1. I think the "foreign mom in Japan" aspect sounds interesting. Happy blogiversary!

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    1. I think it's just kind of normal to me after a decade so I don't see what is especially interesting anymore. I love when people come to visit so I can see Japan through their eyes.

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  2. Ha! Another Anne fan! People are loving Anne today. I agree with Heather. I think that is interesting.

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    1. Anne should be loved every day. :)

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  3. I love the bilingualism angle! Happy Blogiversary!

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  4. I am going to have to pass on your recommendations to our children's librarian at the library where I work. We're always looking for good children's books.

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  5. Happy Early Blogoversary!

    I love the idea behind your feature! I'll have to check it out.

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    1. Thanks Amanda, hope to see you on Wednesday!

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  6. Visiting Avonlea sounds wonderful. Just to sit and listen to Anne's ramblings would make me smile. Have a great BEA week.

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    1. Indeed, you are guaranteed a smile with that girl! Happy BEA week to you too!

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  7. So what lead you guys away from Canada? :)

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    1. I was bitten with the travel bug, and had plans to go to Japan then make my way across Asia (yurts in Mongolia, art in St. Petersburg, crepes in France!) before going to library school in England. Then I met my husband and got stuck here! Actually I do love life here but would like to make my grand tour someday!

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  8. Anne of Green Gables... Who doesn't want to visit Avonlea? And of course dress like Anne and ride in a horse drawn carriage with an old carpet bag. And helloooo Gilbert Blythe! He's included, right? ;-)

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    1. Of course, it's not Avonlea without Dr. Blythe!

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  9. I wonder how I can consider myself Canadian sometimes as I think I'm the only one who was not thrilled with Anne of Green Gables.
    Congratulations on your blogiversary!
    (ps Are you able to get perogies in Japan?)

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    1. The one thing that is great about Canadians is we are accepting of diversity. Even of people who don't love Anne. (or hopefully it's just you!)

      No perogies here, unfortunately, but I go on a big making and freezing binge at least once a year. Not as good as Cheemo though!

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  10. Avonlea is a location I haven't heard mentioned in a long while. Good choice! I'm glad you joined ABEA! Tattooed Books

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  11. I know lots of USians who would want to visit Avonlea too.

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  12. I've always though Japan would be an interesting place to live - I'd love to visit Canada though!

    Thanks for stopping by Book'd Out earlier Have a great Armchair BEA
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  13. Happy blogoversary!

    Mickey @ imabookshark

    PS - Come check out my introduction? Thanks!

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  14. I will definitely have to check out your weekly feature! Nothing is better than good discussion. Thanks for stopping by and happy BEA!!

    Otherwhere.co Armchair BEA: Introductions

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I would love to visit Asia someday!

    Nice meeting you!

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  16. Hi! believe it or not I've never read the Anne series. It's one of my shameful book secrets. Shhh... Happy Blogoversary! I think your blog sounds fascinating and you are right about it being nice to discuss books without have to review them. So much pressure! I'm also trying to include my kids reading in my blog. I am now a new follower and I look forward to reading your blog. Enjoy Armchair BEA!

    My Armchair BEA Intro

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    1. No time like the present to read Anne of Green Gables!

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  17. I love seeing what other people are reading too! I have seriously gone way overboard with the books I want to read because of this!

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  18. Hello!
    How long have you been living in Japan? I visited a friend there a few years ago and it was amazing experience!!!

    Nice to meet you!
    Sandy

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    1. Nice to meet you too Sandy! I've lived here for 13 years. Glad you had a good time- please come again!

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  19. Oh, I would so love to visit Avonlea! I recently reread the first Anne book via audiobook, and it was such a reminder why I read it over and over again - dozens of times - as a girl. :)

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  20. I'd love to go to Japan! Is it difficult to find English books there, or do you mostly order them online?

    It's lovely to meet you and I hope you have fun during Armchair BEA.

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  21. Prince Edward Island would be a fantastic place to visit, especially with Anne and Diana.

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  22. Congrats on your 1 year blogoversary! I love the title of your blog as well; we could definitely dine together!

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  23. I can`t believe it is a year since you started this blog- Happy blogiversary!

    I love your new blog {and I loved your old one too!} because books and bilingualism are two things I love but better yet you love them and live in Japan like me which is doubly awesome.

    Have never heard of this blog conference before- sounds interesting though!!!

    I still haven`t read Virginia Wolf or Sora and the cloud but they are on our to buy list on your recommendation!

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    1. Yay, thanks for your support Lulu, all this year. It is truly appreciated.

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  24. Hi Perogyo! Nice to meet you! I'm very happy to meet another Artemis Fowl fan! I can't believe the last book is almost out.
    Japan? Nice! One of my sister's friends lived there during hight school. It was a very interesting experience for her. Do you like living in Japan? I hope you do.
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Rachel

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  25. Happy bloggiversary :D
    Avonlea would be great to visit, however, being a reader of fantasy predominantly most of the locations I want to visit only exist in my head.
    I finally have spare money this week and can buy 'Sora and the Cloud', I think you originally recommended it to me a month ago, it must be a good book if you're so passionate about it.

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  26. Wow that must have been culture shock - but sounds like you adjusted just fine. I love that you are trying to keep your Canadian roots alive for your children.

    PS Happy Blogoversary. :)

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