Armchair BEA 2012: Introductions

 Well it’s been a rough and massively hectic last couple of weeks in my world. I have been down quite a bit with migraines and hospitalized for low potassium so my reading and blogging have suffered of late. Throw in my precious little man starting his new pre-school and I feel so behind it seems I might never catch up but I sure am going to try so please bear with me. I apologize for my absence and will be playing catch up over the next week so look out for lots of reviews, book tour stops, special events and some great giveaways as always!

First off: It’s that time of year again and some of you lucky literary ducks out there are attending Book Expo America right now in New York City.  However many of you (like myself) may have had to skip the actual event this year and have decided to keep in touch by participating in Armchair BEA. This is my second year of participating in Armchair BEA and I am excited to meet and greet and get the week started. I have also been fortunate enough to  attended both Book Expo America and Book Blogger Con in person as well. I was lucky enough to attend the very first Book Blogger Convention ever in fact…a lot has changed since then and I hope to able to go back in the flesh to both events next year but until then it’s always great to have Armchair BEA to keep everyone up to date and connected. While the real deal is preferable- there is something to be said for skipping the crowds and staying home in your pajamas.

So without further ado here is my very first Armchair BEA post for 2012. For introductions we were asked to answer five questions from a given list. Here is the list for those who might be interested and you can find out all the information on the event here if you are not already signed up and ready to go!

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 Courtney and I am the proud mother of a blog called Stiletto Storytime. I have been blogging for almost six years now (my how the time has flown by). A book lover from birth I began my adventures in blogging at the same time as I embarked on my first year in my career as a librarian. Stiletto Storytime began as just another channel through which I could share my love of reading with readers of all ages but it has become so much more as my world has changed in the last few years. Now that I am a SAHM, my blog has become one of my strongest connections to the outside literary world and an important outlet to keeping my personal identity outside of Mommyhood. While at times it can be a challenge to juggle everything at once, I am very proud of Stiletto Storytime and so thankful for the strong relationships with both my readers and fellow bloggers that it has created and nurtured through the years.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I am currently finishing up Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon. Make sure to check out Stiletto Storytime tomorrow for my review and a chance to win your very own copy. So far it’s been a really good read especially if you are a fan of contemporary women’s fiction. My favorite book so far this year has probably been The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey. As a die-hard Jane Eyre fan I have really enjoyed the recent influx of Bronte inspired works especially Livesey’s creative modern literary take on the classic. I truly picked up the book and did not put it down until the last page had been devoured.

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

My reading tastes have really not changed much at all as the years have gone by. As a librarian they have always been pretty diverse with my soft spots existing for classical literature and Brit Lit particularly. That is one way I have really tried to stay true to myself as a reader and a blogger. While I could probably have built a “larger” reader base by specializing  or narrowing my genres, it’s always been important to me to reflect who I truly am and that is a person who loves to read all kinds of books and likes to connect with all types of people. At Stiletto Storytime you might see a children’s book review one day and an ancient Greek classic the next….that’s just who I am and I think it’s important that my blog reflects that. Eclectic is how I like to think of it. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

I am a true Anglophile when it comes to my literary tastes. My favorite authors are all British and my favorite books are all set in England as well. I have traveled the world quite a bit but I have yet to visit England and do my literary tour. I hope that will be able to happen in the next few years. As a complete Janeite (lover of all things Jane Austen) I can’t wait to tour London and walk the streets of Bath and I can’t wait to be able to share that experience with my readers as well.

What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?

One of my favorite features at Stiletto Storytime is “Book Birthday” posts. This feature is posted on the publication day of the particular book and includes a review of the book along with a giveaway for my readers. I love being able to share a new release with my readers while also being able to give them a chance to win the book for their own library. It’s like the next step in sharing books by blog…not only do I get to share my views on the book but I also get to truly share the physical book with one lucky reader as well. It’s always a pleasure to put a book in another person’s hand. That is one of the reasons that I don’t require “following” or anything in particular for giveaways. I don’t care about numbers really (although it’s so nice to have dedicated readers and I cherish each and every one) …I just want to connect readers with books. Period. That’s truly my passion.

Thanks so much for visiting Stiletto Storytime. Please leave a comment below if you are participating in Armchair BEA so I can make sure and visit you in turn. I am going to try and participate as much as possible but it helps to keep track if you can leave me a little note in the comments.This year I do hope to make lots of new connections and keep up with old blogging friends as well. Happy Reading to all and remember:

“”Just like stilettos, reading never goes out of style.”

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22 responses to “Armchair BEA 2012: Introductions

  1. Nice to meet you! I just started a book blog for a creative outlet as I am a mama of two and a SAHM. I also wanted to find a way to connect to other people through reading and find some hidden treasures that I may have never found without it!

    • stilettostorytime

      Thanks for visiting Dani Beth…I just got done visiting you at Rouge, Reading and Red Lipstick! Love the blog name…we both seem to have a penchant for both books and the daringly girly things in life!

  2. Migraines = yucky. I’ll have to check out The Flight of Gemma Hardy – thanks for the recommendation!

    • stilettostorytime

      Migraines have unfortunately been a large part of my life for a large part of my life but I have just have to learned to do the best I can around them. Welcome to you as a new blogger! I just visited your blog and love your enthusiasm!

  3. Oh! I love the Book Birthday feature! I do that alot, having one tomorrow!, but usually only for books I find amazing! I agree, it’s the next step in showing your love of reading.

    Here’s my Armchair BEA post for today!

    • stilettostorytime

      Thanks for visiting Cozy Reader! I enjoyed hopping over to your blog as well and now I know where to go for more paranormal recommendations. It’s a genre I dip my toe into…mostly in YA but it’s nice to know a new place to go for more reviews.

  4. Love the idea for the Book Birthday feature! That sounds so fun!

    Nice to meet you! Here’s my Armchair BEA Intro!

    • stilettostorytime

      Thanks for visiting Lauren…love your new site and the name especially (so true for some of us) . Welcome to book blogging! I look forward to getting to know you better…we seem to have a lot in common. So glad you decided to participate in Armchair BEA!

  5. I’m so with you on the eclectic reading and blogging. I read all over the place – classics, contemporary, fantasy, ya and more and I want my blog to reflect the diversity of my reading.
    It seems like you have a lot of great things going on over here – I think I’m going to snoop around a bit :-)

    • stilettostorytime

      Thanks so much for visiting…I love meeting new bloggers especially international readers. It’s always such an interesting thing to meet someone so far away and yet still be able to talk about books and have so much in common. I look forward to getting to know you and your blog better!

  6. Eclectic reader here, not always so much on the blog. It more depends on my mood than the book. The Austen tour seems to be big this year. I want to visit also but not for the same reason

    • stilettostorytime

      Hi Kristina- It’s so nice to meet a new blogger and get introduced to a new blog as well. You are not the first to be lured into the world of YA since book blogging…I see that happen with a lot of people especially in the last few years as the genre has exploded with not only the volume of work being published but also the quality in my opinion. Nice to “meet” you and I hope to see you around in the book blogging world!

  7. I really need to get around to reading the Livesey book. I have it, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

    • stilettostorytime

      Hi Kailana- It’s great to meet another long time blogger…especially one that even has me beat by a few years! I enjoyed popping over to your blog and hope to see you around. Have a great first time Armchair BEA experience and thanks for visiting Stiletto Storytime!

  8. Love your title and header, I want to know did you wear heels all the time while working at the library :-) Do the kids play dress up in mommy’s stilettos, lol

    • stilettostorytime

      I did…I wore heels almost every day in fact. That’s where the blog name came from. It seems I was an oddity. However I must say now in my “Mommy” job the heels sadly barely ever come out but such is life! They will see the light of day again when I am not chasing an extremely fast and daring toddler around!

  9. OH, migraines, how I loathe thee. Hope you are feeling better now!
    I look forward to see your pictures of your Europe trip when you finally get to take it. I will get to live vicariously through you since I don’t see this happening for me for several years :D

    Thanks for stopping by introduction post!

  10. I agree on the comment you left me! So many of us are more willing to try more genres as bloggers. Plus, I DO think the quantity/quality of YA is playing a huge part! Another INCARNATE fan, yay! I think it’s funny that my blog is now pegged as YA b/c it didn’t start out that way! People are surprised when I tell them that! Oh, I’d loove to go to England! *Swoon*

  11. I have a former life as a classroom teacher, then went back to get my MLIS so that I could work in a school library…and then finished the degree and became a SAHM instead. I have 2 kiddos, ages 3 and 6 mos, and, like you, blogging about books is my way of staying sane. Thank goodness for adult interaction, even if just through my computer screen!

  12. Sorry I’m so late stopping by. I saw your comment about the read-a-thon today and I remembered that you had stopped by earlier in the week. As you probably noticed, I love historical fiction, but like you, I really have a diverse reading taste. I even have another book blog that specializes in horror/speculative fiction! Anyway, I wanted to thank you for stopping by both times and also let you know that I have a dedicated blog now which I will be hosting my read-a-thons from. It’s called Seasons of Reading (http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com/). I will be posting the details and sign up for the High Summer Read-a-Thon on there next week. So glad you’re going to join us!

  13. My little guy is a year and a half and this blog and after he goes to bed I pour a glass of wine and blog. It’s my grown-up time :)

  14. Six years! Congrats on sticking with it so long. :) I love the header for your blog.

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