Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Armchair BEA 2015 - Introduction Questions - Arianna

Armchair BEA 2015

Introduction Questions


Hi, gang!

Well, the BEA is upon us, and that means things are getting going with Armchair BEA, as well! Amber & I are on-site correspondents again this year, so we'll be sharing any fun content we come across to bring the experience back to those at home.

For now, though, it's time for the annual Introduction Questions:

(Some of these we answered last year, so I will try not to repeat myself.)

  1. Why do you love reading and blogging?
    Well, because I love reading, and blogging gives me a venue through which to connect with a huge audience and emote about the books I love (and hate, I suppose). I love the ability to bond with someone halfway around the world who also loves the same author or the same incredible moment from a book. Books are such a common ground, and have been for centuries. The fact that we can pick up pages written by a long-dead poet and have shared experiences about the words through both time and space? Incredible.
  2. What does diversity mean to you?
    Diversity is open-mindedness, the willingness (and choice) to learn about others - be it their background, their culture, their ideals - wherever they are coming from. To not stick to the same old thing, even if that thing is the limit of your comfort zone. Sometimes you end up loving that book you never thought you'd connect with.
  3. What book are you reading right now?
    Book? As in, singular? Yeah, no. That almost never happens. But the one I am currently most focused on is Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, my favorite author. (I am hoping to see him at BEA this year, in fact!) While I always love his books, this latest one is really much stronger than a few of his past endeavors, so I can't put it down.
  4. What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer?
    Probably Felicia Day's, because hearts. There are quite a few that I cannot think of off the top of my head, actually (too early, not enough coffee), but I've pre-ordered that one, so it is clear I am ready to read it!
  5. If you were stranded on  deserted island, what author would you want to bring with you? Why?
    Oh, so many, but I might have to return to Neal Stephenson with this answer. The man knows so much about so much. He could probably figure out how to keep us alive, and more importantly, also build a spaceship that could get us off the island. (I say spaceship and not boat because, well, spaceships are awesome, but this is an example of the above & beyond the man comprehends and can share with us plebians.)
I wish I could take a shelfie! I am not at home, but I definitely will upon our return.

For now, I will leave you with this shot of us from the Staten Island Ferry yesterday afternoon:

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