Today is Day 1 of Armchair BEA, a week-long event for book bloggers who aren’t attending BEA in New York. The organizers asked everyone to answer a few questions about themselves.
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? My name is Vasilly. I’m a mother of three and a college student who’s majoring in anthropology. I’m also a Southern California native. I’ve been blogging for the past five years since April 2007, after looking online for others who read as much as I do. I ended up finding a whole community.
2. What are you currently reading? I have a huge stack of books on my nightstand. I’m currently reading Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by the late Laurie Colwin; An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor; The World’s Religions by Huston Smith, and A Clash of Swords by George R.R. Martin. I feel like I don’t have enough books going right now, so I’ll probably start two more.
6. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read? I can’t just give you one post; I need to give you two. I really enjoyed reviewing The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. It was a co-review with Aarti (Booklust). I also love my review of Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. It was a book that I loved so hard. I wanted to buy a copy and put it in the hands of every reader I knew.
7. If I could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? This question is so easy. I would eat dinner with author Michael Lee West. I read her book, Consuming Passions last year and enjoyed it so much. West is someone who can tell you the best stories and many of them includes food. If not West, I would love to have dinner with Dorothy Allison and Melanie Rae Thon. Both are two of my favorite authors.
9. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? The community itself! I love making new blogging friends and finding new blogs to follow.