Monday, May 23, 2011

Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions

Last year I got to go to Book Expo and had a wonderful time, but this year I can't make it to NYC so I'm participating in the week-long book-blogging community event called Armchair BEA,  from my home in Massachusetts. Every day this week I'll have a post with a theme designated at Armchair BEA Central. Today's post is meant to be an introduction for folks visiting my blog for the first time, so here goes.
I've been blogging here for 3 1/2 years or so (actually closer to 4- my blogiversary is in August). When I started blogging, the book blogging community was pretty small; it's since grown a lot! As far as what I read and review, mostly I read and write about literary fiction and some nonfiction; lately the balance has been tilting more and more towards fiction though.

My interests include Jewish fiction and fiction from the Balkans, India, Ireland, France, Italy and the Middle East. I read graphic novels now and then but not as often as I used to. For a while I did a Graphic Novel Monday post almost every week, and way back at the beginning my blog was the original home for the Tuesday Thingers meme, where people answered a question about their use of the website LibraryThing.com.

I'm participating in two challenges this year- the 2011 Complete Man Booker Prize Challenge (and reading a Booker winner every month) and the 2011 Ireland Reading Challenge.  Lately I've been doing theme months to help work through neglected areas of my TBR pile; this month I'm reading 2011 releases. Next month is "anything goes" but my intention is to read some older books. I review almost everything I read.

I also have a movie blog called Marie's Movies which I post to occasionally.

Blogging has been great for me so far; I've made so many wonderful friends, discovered great books and authors and even had a professional opportunity or two cross my path. And it just keeps getting better! I'm so excited to be participating in Armchair BEA this week and I can't wait to meet you and visit your blog, so leave a comment and let me know you were here!