Sunday Salon 5/18: More About *Armchair BEA*

Considering that it was born just over a week ago on Twitter, Armchair BEA is growing up fast! Over 80 people have already signed up to participate in one way or another, and since this is a virtual gathering, it won’t run out of room – if you won’t be in New York City next week for the “real” Book Expo America and Book Blogger Convention, you can still join us!

Here’s a quick capsule of the highlights in case you’ve missed them:

During Armchair BEA, participants will have the chance to do guest posts and/or interviews on one another’s blogs, create topical posts, and host or join giveaways (possibly via the Book Depository so international bloggers can join in more easily). We’ll have graphics/buttons for you to grab for your blog, and we already have the Twitter hashtag #armchairBEA.

The tentative schedule of Armchair BEA events is:

  • Tuesday, May 25: BEA-related topic post
  • Wednesday, May 26: Blogger interviews/optional BEA topic post
  • Thursday, May 27: Giveaway Day/optional BEA topic post
  • Friday, May 28: BBCon-related topic post

Armchair BEA will be launching a dedicated blog very soon, and more details about the daily themes and other exciting info will be posted there. We’re having a lot of fun planning this, and we hope you’ll have a lot of fun participating – maybe not as much fun as really going to BEA, but at least you’ll get to sleep in your own bed!


Reading Progress and Plans

Reviews posted this week:
The Danish Girl, by David Ebershoff

Next reviews/reading in progress:
Letter to My Daughter, by George Bishop (Tuesday 5/18)
The Heart is Not a Size, by Beth Kephart
The Irresistible Henry House, by Lisa Grunwald

New to the TBR:
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, by Rhoda Janzen (for me)
Beautiful Maria of My Soul, by Oscar Hijuelos (for review, via LibraryThing Early Reviewers)

New to the Wishlist:
Girl in Translation, by Jean Kwok


BOOKMARKS: Reading-related Reading

Is a short review a more effective review? Is a long review a better review? A discussion on “ideal” review length

Not long ago, I asked if you sent your review links to publishers – the question has come up again, elsewhere

If you’re choosing the right books for yourself, you probably won’t have much reason to write negative reviews

A “7th sense” of place and time tied to a certain book – do you experience “reading memory?”

Portraits of a TBR Collection – do you live with any of its cousins? Related: one librarian’s tactics for getting her personal book collection under control

Do you need to be able to “see” the story – that is, a have a mental picture of the characters and settings – to enjoy the story?

The writer and the WIP – a lovers’ quarrel; the shifting online boundaries of a writer’s world; just how do writers manage to make money at it? (Not so easily, it seems…)


I hope you have a great reading week!

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