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Armchair BEA: Networking … In Real Life?!

So, I’m pretty horrible at networking. I think it comes from being an introvert, as I usually tend to cringe at walking into large events full of people by myself (and I usually can’t get anyone to go with me). When I attend author events and book signings I’m usually near the back by myself, fumbling around with my phone in an attempt to look like I’m busy instead of it being obvious how incredibly awkward I feel.

As a result it made my first year of blogging rather lonely as I’ve hung out on the fringes. HOWEVER! I have promised to get better about this and I’m really truly working on it. I’ve been reaching out to fellow bloggers and getting more active on memes and Twitter. If anyone has any tips for me on this I’m definitely open to them!

So, my most recent step towards becoming more active in the book community, this past week I joined a local book club :-). The Not-So YA book club is hosted by The Little Shop of Stories and it’s for those of us over the age of 21 who still enjoy reading YA books. I’ll admit I was super nervous to walk into the bookstore and walk up to the counter to ask “Is there, where, um, the book club meets?”, I found myself wandering around looking at books for about five minutes before getting up the courage to do just that. But both women hanging out at the front were super nice and excited to meet a new member and welcomed me immediately!

My first meeting was fantastic and I was able to meet six awesome people who enjoyed Graceling (and Po, of course!) as much as I did! We sat around a local restaurant for about four hours discussing the book, then wandering pretty far off topic for a while, and then trying to rein in back in to finish up the discussion questions. Apparently book club is not just talking about books, it’s for all kinds of interesting discussions!

I’m certainly looking forward to the next meeting (we’re reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo!!) and there was even talk about getting a writing group together. (Oh! If you’re a local Atlanta blogger/bookish person check out and join the group on Facebook, we’d love to have you!)

I’m definitely looking for more ways to get involved in the blogging community both locally and online, so if anyone has any ideas or things they need help with,  let me know! I’m hoping that reading some other posts from today will give me some good ideas on things I can do to improve my “voice” in the community.

I can’t begin to say how grateful I am to be a part of a community full of amazing and awesome people. 🙂 Ya’ll rock!

 
 

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Armchair BEA June 5th: Best of 2012 and Giveaway!

I cannot believe that we are already into June! It does not even seem possible that we are now halfway through 2012, but I supposed this is what happens as we get older. Without further adieu here are my top 3 books I’ve read in 2012 and the top 3 books I’m waiting on to be released!

3 Favorites in 2012

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I CANNOT stress enough how much I loved this book. I’ve read it twice since January and it only got better on my second read through. But there are no words really, just feelings and I think this image i found in The Book Smugglers review sums it up quite nicely:

2. Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin. I reviewed this book back in April and I could barely form the words for the review. This book broke my heart into a million little pieces and then ever so gently put it back together again. It’s a true story and a touching memoir of one man’s journey through life and love and single fatherhood. You will not regret picking this one up at all.

3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I came a bit late to this party, as I only read Divergent about two weeks before Insurgent was set to release. It was basically a blessing in disguise as I don’t have to wait as long to find out what was happening to Tris and Four. I’ve very much enjoyed this series and am itching to see how it all ends in the third book.

Team Dauntless all the way baby!

3 Books I’m (impatiently) waiting for in 2012

1. Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn. So, it’s no secret that Timothy Zahn is the hero of the Star Wars EU book world and my favorite sic-fi writer. So it’s certainly no surprise that my top most anticipated book is his newest. This one focuses on Han and Chewie (and Lando!) so it’s a bit of a divergence from his normal focus of Mara Jade and Luke. But I’m still hoping the awesome red head makes at least a tiny appearance.

Also, just look at that cover. How will it not be made of awesome?

2. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead. Adrian Ivashkov. Need i say more? He’s one of my favorite things about the Vampire Academy world and I can’t wait to see more of him. Oh, and Sydney and Jill and the intrigues of the Moroi court, of course. But mostly Adrian. Cause that’s how I roll.

3. The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima. The Seven Realms series is one of the best YA epic fantasies I’ve read and I can’t wait to see how it all ends. I made the mistake of reading the first three thinking that’s all there was and I was both ecstatic and brokenhearted hearted to realize there was still one more book. Mostly only broken hearted cause fit doesn’t release until October and that’s just too darn far away.

What books did you guys pick as your top of 2012? I know it’s only Juen but there have already been so many great books that it was difficult to narrow it down! I can’t wait to see what made everyone’s else’s lists.

If you get a moment be sure to check out the official Armchair BEA site for a guest post from Joe Foster from Edelweiss. He’ll be talking all about digital review copies and the many exciting changes at Edelweiss that effect us as book bloggers.

OH! Also, don’t forget the first Armchair BEA twitter party! Find our more here: For detailed information, visit the Twitter Party Announcement Post. Hope to see everyone participating!

Okay, so now for the fun stuff (c/mon we all know why you’re here!)! If you’re interested in winning a $25 dollar Amazon giftcard simply signup for my email list here: http://eepurl.com/b8GB1 and leave a comment on this post. There will be a random winner selected from all of the new subscribers/commenters!

(If you’re an existing subscriber and would like to be eligible to win simply shoot me an email and I’ll adjust the signup date manually to allow you to enter the contest).

Winner will be announced on Friday by 4 pm!

 
 

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Kicking off Armchair BEA with “Meet the Blogger – All About Me”!

This is my first year participating in Armchair BEA and I’m totally excited! First up we’ve been asked to do a mini-interview with ourselves, to help us all get acquainted with each other better.I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half, but I’ve stayed at the fringes of the community up until now. Hopefully this will help me to meet new blogging buddies and get more involved with things.

So, without further ado here’s my super exclusive interview with myself!

Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 
*stands up* Hello my name is Sarah and I’m a book addict. *waits patiently for the return chorus of “hello Sarah”* I started blogging in January 2011 as a way to document all the books that I was reading for my Masters degree (I have a M.E. in Library Media and Technology from Georgia State University), at that point I was flying through two – three books a week just to keep up with the curriculum. Blogging about what I was reading made it more fun and less work for me (although I still had to write the papers and do the projects). I had a few months where I neglected my blog, but I’m picking it up with a renewed energy and can’t wait to make it even better going forward (all suggestions welcome!).

And yes, that is me with a monkey on my head. His name is Dr. Irving and he came to visit our office a few weeks back.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
Ooohhh right now I’m currently reading Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series. I’ve had The Demon King for a long time, but I tried to  hold off reading it until all three books were available. However, I caved and purchased the The Exiled Queen and The Gray Wolf Throne recently and started reading. So now I’m blowing through all of them and really enjoying the story so far. Although, come to think of it by the time this posts I’ll probably be finished.. oh well! Then it’s simply time to wait until October for the conclusion!

As far as my favorite book I’ve read so far in 2012? I think it has to be A Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I just, I alternated between sobbing and laughing through the entire book and I had ALL THE FEELINGS while reading it. I adore John Green and this book cemented him as one of my all time favorite YA authors. Seriously, if you haven’t read it yet what are you waiting for? GO!

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I am super nerdy. For serious. I taught myself HTML, am working on CSS and I know the Mac OS backwards and forwards. I go to Dragon Con every year (that’s me to the right with my cousins, I was dressed as Mara Jade) and this year I plan on cosplaying as Batgirl. I can school pretty much anyone in Star Wars trivia (you doubt me? Let’s go right now!). I read comic books more now than I did as a kid. I drop quotes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly into regular, everyday speech (also The West Wing). I have seriously tried to map out what the layout of the Battlestar Galactica universe looks like. And my best friend and I waste entirely too much time debating the ages of the eldest Weasley brothers, how many students attend Hogwarts and how bad was Professor Snape really (he let kids be tortured! Case closed).

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
I wanted to branch out and give a new, original answer, but I just can’t. So even though this is entirely predictable I want to go to Hogwarts damnit! I want t explore the entire castel from top to bottom, locate all the secret passages, visit the room of requirement and maybe take a nap in the Gryffindor common room (all that exploring is exhausting people, a nap is gonna have to happen). I bet I could spend an entire year there and still not feel like I’d seen everything that I wanted to.

(Okay so I’ve kinda sorta been to “Hogwarts” before. When I lived in England we toured Alnwick Castle which was used for filming the first and second movies).

Other places that would be worth a visit: The Swiss Family Robinson treehouse (c’mon, you know it’s amazing), The Dauntless compound from Divergent, Kashyyyk from The Heir to the Empire trilogy, and the log cabin where the Ingall’s lived in Kansas.

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
I’m gonna cheat here. I want to have dinner with the entire Hogwarts faculty because I can’t choose between McGonagall or Dumbledore and you can’t make me. Plus with the entire faculty I’d get to meet Hagrid, Flitwick and even Trelawney! It would be the best dinner in the entire history of dinners. No content

I mean, don’t you think it would be absolutely fascinating to sit down to dinner with all of the professors?  We can discuss their students (and what crazy pranks were pulled recently), classes, wizarding politics, their opinions on Muggles and what their favorite candies are. I’m sure it would be both entertaining and highly educational. Now the real question, how can I make this happen?

I can’t wait to read all the other interviews and get to know some of my fellow book bloggers better! Thanks for taking the time to get to know me 🙂 If you want to know more you can follow me on Twitter!

 
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