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Armchair BEA: Starting Post

Welcome to Armchair BEA (Book Expo America)!

This week many fortunate book bloggers are in New York City at the real BEA and Blogger Convention! But, for me, this is one of the busiest weeks of the year as seniors return all their library books and textbooks and get checked out for graduation. So, I am here at home and looking forward to participating in Armchair BEA and checking out other people's blogs.

All week book bloggers will post about various aspects of blogging:
  • Monday, May 23--Who Am I and how do I Armchair (see answer below)
  • Tuesday, May 24--Giveaways Galore and the Best of 2011
  • Wednesday, May 25--Work the Network (blogger interviews)
  • Thursday, May 26--Nurturing Relationships
  • Friday, May 27--Blogging about Blogging
So, a little about me and my blog:
  • I am a single mom with a ten-year-old daughter. We are fortunate enough to live in the same house as my parents (with our own living space) and are doing well with the multi-generational living.
  • I was a history and government teacher, but am now a high school teacher librarian. I love my job since it combines books/reading with technology and teaching.
  • I've been blogging since November 2009 and really enjoy the online community!
  • As a teacher librarian and member of two book groups, I read a mixture of genres including fiction and non-fiction, both YA and adult (modern historical fiction, dystopian, romance, graphic novels, and more). My blog is mostly about books, but the personal does sometimes creep in.
  • I am currently running the Middle East Reading Challenge, which lasts until the end of July. Minimum read is only one book so feel free to join in!
How I am doing Armchair BEA:
Since I cannot be in New York I wanted to participate in Armchair BEA (I didn't last year). I will try to post for each BEA topic this week but the two I am definite about are Tuesday's Giveaways (I've donated 6 books for giveaway on the BEA site) and on Wednesday I will be posting an interview of Olivia from Magical Books!


Athira said...

Glad you're doing armchair bea! I'm still not entirely decided on which days I'll post this week. I have a giveaway for tomorrow and I might just do a tribute to some blogs and bloggers, but other than that, probably not much. I overdosed last year, and I want to take it light this time - find more bloggers rather than spend too much time posting. Have fun!!

Melissa said...

Hi! I'm glad to see you are participating in Armchair BEA! I can't wait to see your posts. Have a great time!

Sidne said...

from one armchair BEA to another: happy reading and lets have some fun!!

bethany (dreadlock girl) said...

The Middle east reading challenge sounds great! I used to do challenges....but then I started homeschooling :) Something had to give! I love history-government not so much. ;)

Happy armchair bea!!!

Col (Col Reads) said...

I still have one book left in the Middle East Reading Challenge. I'm glad you reminded me that it's over in July. I'd better move it to the top of my TBR!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking part in this meme ! It's fun to learn a little bit more about the person behind the blog. Thanks also for hosting the Middle East Reading Challenge !

Alyce said...

Multi-generational living can definitely be a challenge. My parents, sisters and I lived with my grandparents for three years when we were young. I thought it was a neat adventure (but I was only six when we moved in). It wasn't until I got older that I heard more about some of the difficulties the adults had. :) I'm glad it's working out for you though!

pussreboots said...

It's going to be a busy week! Unless I'm ill or traveling (and don't have access to the internet), I post a review each and every day. Come learn more about me and my blog.

Carina (Reading Through Life) said...

I'm so sad that the Middle East Reading Challenge is ending soon! Are you planning on doing it again?

Helen's Book Blog said...

Aths--I haven't decided if I can get my act together to post every day, but I'll see what I can do.

Melissa--Thank you for stopping by!

Sidne--Have a great reading and BEA week!

Bethany--I purposely made the Middle East Reading Challenge have only a one book minimum.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Col--funny you should ask about doing the challenge again. I thought about making it a perpetual challenge

Maphead--I definitely like learning more about the bloggers I visit. I am glad you've done the Middle East Challenge

Alyce--Our living situation is mostly good. Various parts of us travel enough that we get breaks :-)

Pussreboots--You're so good to get in a review every day!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Carina--I may make it a perpetual challenge...

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I like the idea of a perpetual challenge for the Middle East.

I dropped by to tell you I "worked the network" in today's post by telling the world about three of my favorite bloggers and their blogs. You, dear heart, are one of them.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I should have left this link to the post where I wrote about you and your blog today: http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2011/05/armchair-bea-working-network.html

Helen's Book Blog said...

Bonnie--Thank you so much. I haven't written that post, but when I do you are definitely on mine!