Beautiful Blogger award

BBAW 2016: An Introduction!

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2016 is hosted by Ana, AndiHeather, and Jenny at The Estella Society. It’s a week dedicated to celebrating the hard work, dedication, and love we put into book blogging, and to nurturing the connections and sense of community we’ve been so lucky to find through it. Each day of the week has a dedicated theme/blogging topic.

 Day 1: Introduce yourself

by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.
I’m going to tweak my BBAW introduction just a bit by combining it with my response to the “Beautiful Blogger Award” I recently received from Helen at Helen’s Book Blog. It’s been ages since I had one of these, and it seems fitting that it coincides with BBAW’s triumphant return! Here’s how it works:
Beautiful Blogger award
  • Say who nominated you for the award and link back to their blog (done)
    Give 7 random facts about yourself (see below)
    Nominate 7 bloggers
As for the last item: If you’d like to play along and share 7 random facts, please consider yourself nominated!
  1. I have lived in California for almost 14 years, which is the longest I’ve lived anywhere. I’ve also lived in New York (twice, City and Upstate), Connecticut, Florida, and Tennessee.
  2. I was living in Connecticut when I became a reader. My reading obsession during my elementary-school years was anything by, or about, or related to Louisa May Alcott.
  3. Young-adult fiction emerged as a distinct category during my middle- and high-school years in Florida, and I gobbled up topical, contemporary novels by authors like Norma Klein, Judy Blume, and M.E. Kerr.
  4. My son was born while I was a full-time college student. My reading during those years alternated between business textbooks, Dr. Seuss, and borderline-trashy novels that could be stuffed into my backpack.
  5. During the 1990s, I was living in Tennessee and an unofficial member of Oprah’s Book Club.
  6. My reading preferences have shifted more and more toward nonfiction since the turn of the 21st century.
  7. That said, The Book I Think Everyone Should Read is a novel: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Let me tell you why I think so.
 Happy Book Blogger Appreciation Week, everyone!

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  1. Ooooh The Sparrow is SUCH a good book. I need to go check out that post. If you’ll excuse me…

  2. Oh The Sparrow! I have had that on my shelf for years and years and have not picked it up…..I’m not even sure why. I will definitely move it up!

  3. Ah, The Sparrow! I’m so glad I participated in the RAL with you all! I was just mentioning that book the other day on my blog and remembering all the feels. Seriously. One of the most emotional books I’ve ever read.

    1. I’m glad you were part of that readalong too! When I link back to it, it’s kind of bittersweet to realize mine is the only one of the hosting blogs that’s still chugging along (Heather’s retired, and Rebecca has moved on to much bigger things!), but it was a great project.

  4. The Sparrow was one of the most intense reading experiences I’ve ever had. I have been meaning to do a reread ever since, but I keep thinking, no, no, I don’t want something quite that intense right now. :p Did you read the sequel? Was it any good?

  5. The Sparrow has been on my to-read list for a while, but I know it can be an intense read so I think I’m subconsciously waiting for a “good time” to read it or something, which is silly.

  6. Okay, The Sparrow goes on my list! I’m pretty sure I missed the whole YA thing generationally, but I read YA now. I did used to read teen romances by the dozen. I have fond memories of these rather formulaic novels that are probably out of print now. Overall moral of the stories: go with the boring guy! He’s the nice one…..