Armchair BEA: Introduction

Welcome back, Armchair BEA! This one of the first events I participated in after deciding to become a full-fledged book blogger last spring. I found many of my favourite blogs through this event, and I hope to discover many more again this year. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to participate, though, as on Friday I’m off to Tokyo for the World Kendo Championships (as an observer, not participant!). But anyway, here’s my introduction.

  • What does diversity mean to you?
    • I’m personally most interested in reading about characters of varying sexualities, genders or religions. I think the best kind of ‘diverse reading’ features main characters carrying their own stories, regardless of how those stories are affected by their diversities.
  • What is one book everyone should read? 
    • Ooh, good question! I’d like to recommend Paper Towns, because it can really demonstrate the strengths of young adult literature, which too many people underestimate, and it also has an excellent, timely message (when it’s not being misinterpreted =.=). 
  • Share your favorite blog post on your blog (aka written by you!)
  • What book are you reading right now? 
  • What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer? 
    • The majority of summer are going to be very hectic for me, as I’ll be spending my last weeks in Japan and moving back to Canada. By the end of August, though, I’ll be back in my hometown, finally with access to a library full of English books for the first time in a year!! So, this isn’t a very specific answer, but I’m most looking forward to reading whatever interesting books I find on the library’s shelves 🙂 On a related note, I see today’s topic is also Library Love. It makes me sad to think about how much I miss my library, so I will have to read posts about other people’s libraries instead!

Are you participating in Armchair BEA?

  • Yay! ABEA was one of the first events I participated in too, and how I found your blog.

  • Paperback Princess

    I'm so envious that you are going to Japan, I think it will be an amazing country to explore. The country and surroundings is so different, it will be a very interesting experience 🙂 Enjoy!

  • I've been in Japan since last August 😉 You are right about the experience! I'll be going home in August. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Yes, good idea! It's also my personal favourite of his books. It'll be interesting to see how the movie differs from the book.

  • Happy ABEA!

  • Japan?! How exciting!

  • Hi Reno! So glad you're doing this too! I still have yet to read Paper Towns, but I have heard wonderful things about it. I also really want to pick up that Shirley Jackson book at some point. I love your definition of diversity, and agree with you about the best kind of diverse readings. Those kind of stories are so powerful and we need more of them. I should have included that question in my post…That's fantastic that you'll be back in your hometown by the end of August!

  • Thank-you! 🙂

  • Yes, it has been an exciting year! I'm looking forward to hot dogs and poutine when I go home, though 😉

  • Thanks for stopping by, Katie! I'm glad you understand what I was talking about in my comments re: diversity. I wasn't sure I was being very clear. I liked that question because I often think "Yeah, diversity is great and we should have it!" but I don't often think about what that really means.