Welcome to Armchair Book Expo America!
Armchair BEA is for those who can’t make it to New York for BEA, but still want to participate in all the book blogger fun. Please go check out their page if you are interested!
Bloggers get to choose 5 questions to answer for our introductory post:
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?
I’m Catherine, but I go by Katie—and I am a thirty something recent PhD who isn’t ashamed of harboring too many books, and loves to write, dance, and bake (sometimes at the same time). I travel often, both through stories and outside of them. I studied as an undergraduate and graduate student in London, and I can’t help but still think of myself as a Londoner…in multiple ways. I’ve been blogging since summer 2012, and I slipped into the blogging world after recognizing (with a friend) that blogging about literature and spirituality was just something I needed to stop talking about, and actually do. I am blogging from Northern California at the moment, but before that, I was blogging from North Carolina.
2. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online.
At Spirit of Children’s Literature, I invite you to explore the spiritual landscapes of children’s and young adult literature, and reflect on how the spiritual lives of readers (including you!) are engaged through stories.
Pinterest: What Katie Reads
3. What genre do you read the most?
This is a toss up between historical fiction and fantasy.
I love to read historical fiction (in children’s, young adult, and adult genres) because as a reader, it’s as if you are vicariously experiencing life in another historical period. It’s the closest thing to time travel I’ve discovered (so far).
4. What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?
Last year, one of my favorite books was Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I love reworkings or revisionings of children’s classics, so this story focusing on Tiger Lily and her relationship with Peter Pan was fantastic. Really. In fact, I’m getting ready to re-read that book—so if you haven’t read it and want to join me for a read-along, that could be absolutely lovely!
My favorite book so far this year is A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. This is one of my new favorites, and is joining the ranks of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Hope is a Ferris Wheel, and When You Reach Me. There are so many quotes from this book that resonate with me, so I’ve been a bit liberal with posting them recently. And I’m glad about that.
5. Share your favorite book or reading related quote.
A favorite children’s middle grade fantasy is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. This was actually one of two books I used in my Ph.D. research so I have read its pages and basked in the beauty of its illustrations for many hours. This story is close to my heart.
“You must be filled with expectancy. You must be awash in hope. You must wonder who will love you, whom you will love next.”
― Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
My discussion of the BEA Literature Question will follow later in the day!
Are you taking part in BEA this year? What are you most excited about?!?