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Hello fellow bloggers and Armchair BEA-ers! I really wish I were in NYC right now at BEA, but since that’s not possible, I’m really excited to be participating in Armchair BEA. I remember seeing quite a few bloggers participating last year, but since I was still a relatively new blogger, I didn’t really know a whole lot about it. Today kicks off the festivities, and we're supposed to introduce ourselves by answering 5 interview questions. Here goes!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
The short version: My name’s Marie, I’m 28, and live in Ontario, Canada. I’m an author and freelance writer - my first novel, Blue Sky Days, came out this past January. I started Ramblings of a Daydreamer in October 2010 as a place to talk about anything I wanted, and in April/May last year I turned it into a book blog after discovering the amazing world that is the book blogging community. I’ve always been an avid reader, but I don’t have many friends who enjoy reading, so book blogging has given me an outlet to talk about the books I love, showcase amazing authors, and also make bookish friends who are as passionate about the written word as I am. Book blogging has brought me a lot of pleasure over the past year, and I’ve made some terrific friends through it.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
Right now I’m reading three books: Darklight by Lesley Livingston (2nd book in the Wondrous Strange trilogy, about faeries), Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown (mermaids), and CelebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Family and Friends by Tori Spelling (about party planning (obviously)…’cause I host so many parties…not! I just like Tori Spelling and wanted to get ideas for ‘someday’...kinda like why I love Pinterest lol). If you want to know my favorite books of 2012 so far, you’ll have to come back tomorrow, because I’ll be dedicating a whole post to that topic!
Where do you see your blog in five years?
In five years, I’d love for Ramblings of a Daydreamer to be a well-known blog where people come to read reviews, enter tons of giveaways (giveaways are something I wish I could do more of - hopefully soon!), read author interviews and guest posts, participate in discussion posts, challenges, and fun events. I'd love to be known as one of those go-to places when you're trying to decide what to read next.
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
My favorite part of the book blogging community is that it is a community. I love getting to talk books with people, discover new reads, and make new friends. It’s amazing to have people who really get the obsessions and agree on things like relatable characters, swoonworthy boys, books that changed your life, or even books that didn’t live up to their hype.
The only thing I’d like to see change, but that I have a feeling will get worse rather than better, is the cliques that are developing - the popular bloggers who have tons of followers, and those who possibly sell out for popularity. It’s a bit of an unsettling trend, but I don’t really think there’s anything that can be done about it. I just keep my head down, keep plugging away, try to be honest and fair, and maintain the integrity of my blog. One thing I always want to do is stay true to myself and my vision for this blog and not sell out just to gain popularity in the blogging world.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
They’ve changed immensely. When I discovered the world of book blogging, it was YA book blogging that really caught my attention and interest. I hadn’t read many YA books - basically Harry Potter, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Twilight - because I thought I was ‘too old’ to read books ‘for teens’. I quickly discovered that there were just as many, if not more, adults out there reading YA books as teens reading them. I met people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond who read nothing but YA. I gave it a shot, and I haven’t looked back since. I still read adult books, but the majority are definitely YA. Also, even though I’ve always had eclectic reading tastes, I was mainly a romance girl - now there’s pretty much nothing I won’t read.
If you're participating in Armchair BEA (or even if you're not) be sure to leave a comment, introduce yourself, and/or post a link to your own 'interview'. I always love making new friends and connections, and getting to learn more about the people in this amazing community!