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.”