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Today begins the big event! In the spirit of new events and getting to know each other, today is all about introductions. As the interviews are always my main organizational event, this year I asked everyone to answer five of ten possible questions. I probably should answer my own questions, right? So, here you go!

1. What is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012? The Stand was pretty excellent but I have to say that my favorite book so far this year was John Green’s latest, The Fault in Our Stars. Seriously, you must read it now.

2. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. Hmmm…I am fairly open around here, so finding one thing that you may not know may prove to be impossible. Yet, I’m willing to give it the old college try! Speaking of college, did you know I graduated only three years after I started – with a functional degree and everything. Granted, I chose not to go into that original profession, but that’s another story.

3. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? Again, another TOUGH question. Part of me says London because there are so many sites to see there that would cover too many literary locations to count. You could spend days just looking up locations from any one novel by Charles Dickens or even Philippa Gregory. Then again, given my obsession interest in vampires, to ignore Transylvania would be somewhat sacrilegious. I would have to do a little eeny-meeny-meiny-mo on this choice.

4. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years? Β  Ah, I never get tired of this topic. My favorite part about the community, which prevents me from ever getting tired of things, is its diversity. We come from so many different countries, ethnicities, religions, political views, and socioeconomic classes Β that we are an amazing microcosm of the world. Even better, we all get along, for the most part. We have our dramas, but we are always united in our love of books. No where else are you going to find such a large group of people so committed to one cause and to each other. As for what I would like to see change, my biggest beef with blogging is the drama. It appears, at times, as if the community manufactures topics about which to get upset. I blame bloggers hearing only snippets of situations, jumping to conclusions, and then ranting about a topic about which they are only slightly informed. This, in turn, incites others, and the cycle begins. It is a cycle I would LOVE to see stop. There are enough things in this world that we have to battle and overcome. Knee-jerk reactions and irate bloggers should not be one of them.

5. How have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How? How could one’s reading tastes not have changed with blogging? The exposure to the world of books is absolutely mind-blowing. I have read books I would never have considered prior to blogging. In fact, most of the books I have read in the past three years are ones I would have ignored in my pre-blogging life. See, I was more than a small literary snob. Except for Nora Roberts, the only other books I read were classics. Everything else just did not seem that interesting to me. (Yes, I was one of those types of readers.) I owe blogging so many thanks for opening my eyes to other forms of amazing literature, even if my wallet will never be the same.

That’s it, folks! Now, head on over to the Armchair BEA website, check out all the goodies, and try to “meet” as many people as possible!

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