So excited to be a full participant this year!
Today is the day for INTRODUCTIONS
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
* My name is Emma. I’m married, and my teen years are way way back…
* After a few false starts, I seriously began posting book reviews here in September 2010
* I started book blogging because reading is a passion; and I always want to share about what I read and am interested in what others are reading.
I also discovered that if I don’t write about a book I read, sometimes I may forget a few weeks later what this was about, what I thought about it. So this is also a great way for me of keeping track of what I read and liked.
2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
* I’m French but book blogging in English from Chicagoland! Well, everything is special in Chicago, isn’t it?
3. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?
* I participated briefly in 2011. May-June is usually a difficult time for me, with lots of other things going on. So glad I can fully participate this year!
* I came back because I enjoyed the contacts with other bloggers, and learned a lot about book blogging.
4. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
* I’m currently reading
a great book on the life of this retired American couple in Provence. I’m also listening to
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, the best audio ever!
* My favorite book read so far in 2013 is probably
5. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you
* I am also an artist, painting almost exclusively on rocks. See my works: Rocks By Emmanuelle
6. Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s)
* According to my RSS Feed Reader, I follow over 300 book blogs, and I really like many of them. I will just mention Devourer of Books, because she was one of the first I followed, and I enjoy the quality of her reviews, the diversity of her reading, the presence of audiobooks; and her author seems to have a very courageous inspiring life. Plus she’s almost a neighbor, though I still have to meet her in person!
7. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
* I would like first to stay I’m really not proud of my first reviews posted here: they were not personal enough, with just a few notes added to the synopsis and reactions of other bloggers. My format has evolved with the months and years. I have now a rating system (based on nothing less than the Eiffel Tower!, French oblige), and then I present my own thoughts before the synopsis and links to other bloggers. I have noticed that the more I enjoy a book the better my reviews tends to be.
One of the most recent I like most is on
8. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
* Maybe Le Grand Meaulnes or his author Alain-Fournier, because they are so romantically inventive, creative, and so deeply in love with their countryside
9. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
* I’m going to answer with a real literary place: The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, because I have discovered several new great writers who had been through these workshops. It would be fascinating to go and talk with the teachers and young writers as they share ideas and discover their potential.
10. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?
* The blessing and the curse for me: to hear about great books I did not know about. The curse part of it is that my TBR threatens to be as high as the Babel tower, and I would need 2 or 3 lives to read them all.
11. Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
* Even more connections with writers
* All bloggers to answer when I send them an email
* All bloggers to have a clear way of contacting them on their blog, and a clear page where they say what genres of books they like, and if they accept books for review.
Why? Ask in a comment and I will tell you!