Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA 2013: Day Two

Design Credit: Nina @ Nina Reads

Blogger Development

About six months after I've started blogging, I began socializing less with other bloggers and readers. I was caught up with several jobs and always being busy. Time was precious, and I didn't have much time to make new connections. I took a new full-time position within the library that eliminates the need to work several jobs, but I'm yet to reap the benefit of having more social time. And yes, I know this has hurt the blog in some capacity because I don't have much of a support network, and not many bloggers know me well.

I think making these connections with other bloggers is vital to blogger development because working with others is a great source of new ideas and support. When I first started blogging, I did some side reviews for Krazy Book Lady. Working with her taught me about blog tours, giveaway hops, and how great it can be to have a more seasoned blogger buddy in my corner.

I intend to get more active in the blogging community now that life is - hopefully - settling down a bit. I look forward to visiting other bloggers, commenting, and all that fun stuff. I still have a few blogging acquaintances that I made back when I had more time to do such things, but I know they are probably quite put out with my silence.

Genre Fiction

I know there are loads of people who look down their noses at genre fiction, but seriously, any sort of reading is awesome. I always tell my daughter that I don't care what she reads, even if it's a cereal box, as long as she's reading. Anywho, I'm a super huge fan of genre fiction. You name it, I probably read it - urban fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction (and romance), horror, epic fantasy, and the list goes on. The only ones I don't generally read are chick lit and christian fiction, but I have been known to enjoy a chick lit novel once in a blue moon. Just for fun and because I love lists, I'll name a novel that I enjoyed (not necessarily a favorite because I have the dumb today) for each genre that I listed above.

Urban Fantasy: Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Science Fiction: The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein
Historical Fiction: Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh
Historical Romance: The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory
Horror: Watchers by Dean Koontz
Epic Fantasy: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Chick Lit: 150 Pounds by Kate Rockland

What are some of your favorites?


  1. One of my favorites is The Stand by Stephen King. I'm a big fan of Horror and especially those containing plagues of some sort.

  2. I'm new to blogging and I'm trying to learn how to interact with other bloggers and make connections!

    I like most genre fiction, too. I haven't read any of the books you listed but I'll have to look into them!

    I talk about some of my favorites in my post.

  3. Book blogging can definitely be a lot of work, and sometimes, unfortunately, it has to take the back burner. I hope you can soon find a bit more time to socialize with other bloggers and blog! ArmchairBEA is a great time to get back into the swing of things and interact with the community :)

    I love historical fiction, but I haven't heard of Jepp, Who Defied the Stars so I am off to check that out.

    I also blogged about my development as a book blogger and genre fiction.

    Have a great week! :)

  4. One of the things I love about Armchair BEA is the chance to go see so many new blogs! getting to know other bloggers is always fun!

  5. Life is so pesky getting in the way of our love of books and blogging. Seriously, congrats on a full-time gig.
    And I live for genre. Love your choices.

  6. "any sort of reading is awesome" - YES TO THIS!!! That's what I tell my third graders.

  7. Making connections is certainly vital, but I think that jobs, and for me, school, still takes a higher priority. Blogging is just something that is on the side, and really something to do for fun! :)

    Leanne @ Escaping With Books


You are going to put words in my box?! *squeezes you* Now I shall stalk YOUR blog!