Someone at http://bookblogs.ning.com/ mentioned the Armchair BEA. I saw the post a few hours ago and thought it would be fun to participate. Info about the Armchair BEA: http://www.armchairbea.com/
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 Shay, I have three kids- two boys and one girl. I work and homeschool two of my kids. I just started blogging on May 23, 2012. (Not a typo, I've been blogging for only 11 or so days.) I've been meaning to start blogging for two years, but never quite managed it. So, one of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to start my blog by this summer.
2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I read about 10 to 20 books at any given time. Here's a partial listing: My Life by Bill Clinton, I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, Girlchild: A Novel by Tupelo Hassman, and Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti. I think the best books I've read this year are 1Q84 and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.
3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. I'm a germaphobe. Well, so other people say. I think it's normal to carry a Costco sized amount of antibacterial wipes (like Adrian Monk) and Clorox® Anywhere® Hard Surface™ Daily Sanitizing Spray in your purse. Germs are not your friends.
4. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? Owen Meany from John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. I need to know what his voice sounds like. And Nobody Owens from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I want to know what happens to him.
5. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? My favorite thing is how welcoming everyone has been. And helpful. That people look upon this in a spirit of cooperation, not competition.
anything that you would like to see change in the coming years? I'd like to see some kind of coordinated response or website that would help bloggers deal with authors who go nuts. You know who and what I mean. I haven't been doing this long, but I know people who are reluctant to even post reviews anymore on Goodreads or Amazon because of the more extreme examples of "Authors Behaving Badly."