Introductions are "an Armchair BEA standard" so we can make friends and meet new people. Choose five questions to tell us a bit about yourself:
1. How long have you been blogging, where are you from, and how did you get into blogging?
I've been blogging since January 2007 so I could talk about books with interesting people. I'm "from" Chattanooga, Tennessee; but I now live in St. Louis, Missouri. As a matter of fact, I missed Armchair BEA in 2014 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 because I was in the process of moving to St. Louis. But this year, I'm baaaack!2. What is one book everyone should read? in
the book's first lines, here. I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoyed the beloved children's book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. The author imagines a bookstore owner who was "Brownie's" friend and the inspiration for her moon book.3 What book are you reading right now? What is the top book in your TBR pile?
Next book from TBR pile:
4. What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer?
1877), which is 923 pages long. On the blue bookbag are the words: "I like BIG BOOKS and I cannot lie." Well, to tell the truth, I rarely tackle books this long. I did borrow a copy from the library, but I've decided to put the free version on my Kindle to read because it won't be as heavy to hold. Do you like long books?5. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what author would you want to bring with you? Why?
Jodi Picoult? Barbara Kingsolver? Madeleine L'Engle? (Yes, I know L'Engle died, but we're imagining aren't we?) Someone who has written about how to survive in the wilds? Or maybe I would rather have my best buddy there and we'd write our own novel in all that time with nothing else to do but survive. (Donna, are you up to being stranded with me on a deserted island?)
Librarians are awesome. Not only are they helpful, they're very fun to talk to and give great recommendations. Show your library some love, and the wonderful men and women that run it. Why is your library fantastic? Got any funny stories? Feature your library on your blog? Do an interview with a librarian?
Let me tell you about Donna, who is one of the Crown Center librarians. After renovations, the library was ready to be restocked so it could be opened. Donna, a book lover and former English teacher who had also worked for several years as "the bookmobile lady" for schools, volunteered to help. You can see in the photo what she and Larry, another resident of the Crown Center for Senior Living, produced. Books are all donated, the work of sorting and re-shelving is done by volunteers, and books are checked out on the honor system. We sign out a book and bring it back whenever we're finished with it. No problem. Thanks to volunteers like Donna, we enjoy a variety of novels, biographies, thrillers, mysteries, and large print books.