Armchair BEA

Armchair BEA Introduction

Hi!  I’m Heather and I’ve been blogging here since 2005.  This year I’m part of the Armchair BEA team as an on-site correspondent.

That’s right.  I’m at BEA!  I’m a first timer this year.  I’m going to be a table discussion leader on Negative Reviews today at Blogger Con.  I’ll be posting about that and the Adult Authors Breakfast and some posts about international visitors to BEA on the Armchair BEA website throughout the week.

What is your favorite genre and why?

In fiction, I like fantasy best.  I want to live in a world with magic.  I want to be able to flick my fingers and have objects fly across the room and into my hands.  But, let’s face facts, I would probably use my powers to flick annoying slow walkers out of my way in stores and that wouldn’t be very nice.

Which day of ABEA are you looking forward to the most?

Today actually.  Diversity in books is a major interest of mine.  You can see from the sidebars on the right that I track the diversity of my reading.  I’ll talk more about why in my diversity post.

How do you arrange your bookshelves? Is there a rhyme or reason? Or not at all?

I normally never answer questions like this because I’m the weird book blogger who doesn’t like having books around.  I use the library and when I buy books I usually get ebooks.  We have two bookcases here that were overwhelming full.  I have a weakness for book swaps that was overloading me.  I knew that I would be getting even more books at BEA so I’ve been working on it.  I took 40 books to Goodwill.  I cleared a shelf of sewing books and magazines in my sewing room and moved part of the permanent collection down there.  These are the books that aren’t going anywhere.

This is the Terry Pratchett shelf guarded by Worf, Ten, and Adipose.

What is the most interesting thing that you have learned through your reading this year so far?

The books that I’ve learned the most from this year are:

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and RedemptionJust Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

This book talks about the criminal justice system and severe punishments that are given out to poor people, including some wrongly convicted.



Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, RevolutionarySophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand

I had never heard of Sophia Duleep Singh but her life was fascinating. My review.