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Today is day two of Armchair BEA! If you missed yesterday post, I gave you guys a little introduction and more about me. This time around I will talk to you guys a bit about how I have developed my blog in the past year as well as talk about some genres I like!
I like to think my blog has evolved quite a bit in the past year. I am an incredibly shy person but I think I’ve been opening up more and more, the longer I blog. I’ve ‘met’ some great bloggers who I know I can always talk to or bounce ideas off of, and I think that is what I love the most about how far I’ve come in the past year.
Since I stay at home with my boys and watch other kids, I’m always happy to find a way to incorporate them in what I do. I’ve developed A Kid’s Perspective: Judging a Book By Its Cover where I have my son do some cover art from the YA books lying around as well as tell me what he things they are about. It’s been a lot of fun so far! I’ve also started developing another fun thing to do with my kids this summer as well so you’ll have to stayed tuned for that one!
As far as networking outside of the blog, well, I kind of have a funny story. Well, not really FUNNY funny I guess but… anyways. Last year there was a post from Pam @ Booklicio.us about networking in real life. It inspired me to contact a local indie bookstore and asked if they had a YA book club and I gave them some information about me and my blog. I eventually heard back and they told me to come in and sign my name up for interest. Well, it took a couple months but I did. I was the only name on the list so I feared the worst. Well, that was last year. The funny part is I heard back from them 2 days ago! There is finally some interest and they are looking for someone to help moderate and such. EEP! I’m so excited yet terribly, terribly nervous. Like I said before, I’m shy. But I really think this will be a good thing for me so we’ll see where it goes! I’ve never even been a part of a book club so if anyone has any advice, I’d love to hear it!
I totally missed the classics discussion yesterday so I’ll first touch upon that. I am so lacking in knowledge here because besides the books I read in High School, I never got into the Classics. I’ve never read a Jane Austen novel. I’m so out-of-the-loop in this area to an embarrassing degree. One I would love to read though is Persuasion. I love the premise behind it. If anyone has any suggestions of Classics that maybe a non-classic reader like me would enjoy, I’m open to hear them!
Moving on… I’ve been a pretty big fan of Dystopians for the past couple years or so, though I feel like it is tapering somewhat. Maybe the Dystopian boom is passing? Same for angel/demons based novels. I’ve always had a love for them as well. I haven’t read many lately, but my love for Extinguish by J.M. Darhower is making me want to get back into this genre and explore some more of them this year.
What I’ve been really into reading this year is contemporary fiction. I love a good romance and something that can be emotional. Nothing pulls me in quite like that. Parallel worlds is another huge one for me this year. Books like Parallel by Lauren Miller and Pivot Point by Kasie West have been my favorites for the year so far.
Are there any genres or topics I avoid in a read? Well, I usually steer clear of zombies, faeries and mermaids. I have attempted them but I think I’ve picked the wrong books to start with. Perhaps someday I will try again.
I think the biggest pull is anything with a romance. I adore a good love story, no matter what the genre is. Forbidden love is a bonus.
So what do you guys think about genres? Any recs for me? Anything you love or hate to read? Any suggestions for furthering my blogging development? If you are also participating in Armchair BEA, leave me a link to your post and I’ll come visit too!