Armchair BEA 2013 – Blogger Development & Genre Fiction

May 29, 2013 Armchair BEA 2013, Blogger Development, Genre Fiction 51

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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!

Blogger Development

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 @ 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!

Genre Fiction

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? Β If you are also participating in Armchair BEA, leave me a link to your post and I’ll come visit too! πŸ™‚

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

51 Responses to “Armchair BEA 2013 – Blogger Development & Genre Fiction”

  1. Candace

    Ha, it’s like we’re the same person! Well, not really, but very alike!
    I went to a local bookstore ages ago to ask about starting a YA book club and they said I was welcome to have it at their store but other than that they weren’t interested. Some of the people there are great, while others… not so much. But I have lots of bloggy friend in Portland (just over the bridge) so while we don’t have an official ‘book club’ we meet before events for dinner and sometimes meet up other times. We did a book club for The Program but it was just three of us. It was great though, so maybe we’ll do it again.
    I’m super shy too but blogging has brought me out more. I have also come out of my shell from attending events. I have learned that if I speak up and talk to them more I have more fun cause we actually have a conversation! And a lot of times they say they know my blog, which is another bonus, of course. So blogging is good for lots of reasons!

  2. @HarleyBearBooks

    That’s so exciting about the book club! Good luck! I think dystopians are starting to dwindle out, but I still love them too. I have been more in the mood for contemporary lately too. Pivot Point was awesome and I just got Parallel so you’ve got me excited about that one now. Have you tried Of Poseidon for a mermaid book? I thought it was hilarious and a quick read. I agree that romance is the best aspect of any book lol.

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I think they are dwindling too but there are still a lot of really good ones! I have heard of Of Poseidon as a good choice for mermaids. I think when I do make the jump, it might be the guinea pig. πŸ™‚

  3. Kathryn T

    Sounds like a nice challenge and opportunity opening up for you, all because you took a step. Great.

    My favourite genre is romance and women’s fiction! Was not into the classical round yesterday!! So nice to hear you claim that, because I was just ignoring my ignorance!

    Happy BEA Armchair.
    My Blogger Development

  4. Ashley_Books_

    Okay so I might have reread your post twice and the first question I have is what Fairy book did you start out with?
    I would suggest checking out Julie Kagawa`s Iron Fey series. It helped cure my fairy desire for a whole month.

    I`ve never read Persuasion but I have read Pride & Prejudice. I sort of felt like the story was easy to solve less than half the way through.

    I`m too young to have kids but I think it is so cute that you let your son help you with the bog. Reading in my family is kind of lonesome but my parents help support my book addiction.

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      Oh god, I can’t even remember. It was a totally different faerie book than the norm, I know that. Oh, Ironskin. That’s what it was called. I have heard great things about The Iron fey series so I will start there when I’m ready to give them a chance. πŸ™‚

  5. 52booksorbust

    I love your idea of involving your son in your blog. I’ve tried to do the same with my daughter, but she has no interest.She’s only 6 and an avid reader so there is still time. Good luck!


    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      Some weeks he doesn’t have as much interest but usually he’ll get involved. I think it makes it a lot of fun to include him and can’t wait for even more things to come up that we can do together.

  6. Natalie Aguirre

    Awesome about the book club. I wish I wasn’t too busy to be in one. I love contemporary when I read it but don’t read it much. My favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal and dystopian still.

  7. Kriss Morton

    You guys all inspired me (you and a few others today) I am calling my local store and giving my info! This would be a great thing to have especially since our local bookstore is up against Barnes and Noble and our community goes above and beyond to support the small store!
    I love contemporary genre and I love classics.. heck I lvoe it all! I have five kids and have to read a lot of what is out there so I can approve it for them. All of them have such high reading skills they get bored silly at their age level. Thankfully they can find good fantasy and my teenage girls were able to find some good YA before it was flooded with pre-NA books labeled as YA when it wasn’t. Your blog is gorgeous! Thanks for posting! Oh I am an Austin fan, but I love Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hehehe

    My DAY 2 Post

  8. a barmy bookworm

    Well done with the bookshop thing! Maybe there are lots more shy book lovers out there just waiting for you to bring them together! Oh and please read Jane Austen. She will have everything you need to fulfil your love for romance :0)

  9. Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake.

    The book club development is super exciting! I’ve been wanting to do something similarly for awhile but have been too shy. I’m trying to work up the courage though!
    I definitely agree about parallel worlds–LOVED Parallel and haven’t read Pivot Point yet, but plan on it. I have a feeling I’ll really like it!

  10. Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

    Hi Sara! I love your kid perspective posts! Good luck with the book club. I’m also pretty shy and like how easy it is to meet other bloggers.
    I dont like zombies either, too freaky. Fairies are awesome, you should try the tithe series by holly black. This series started my decent into fairyland.

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      Thank youuu! They are a lot of fun so I’m glad to hear when people enjoy them. πŸ™‚

      I don’t know what it is about zombies for me. Maybe because I like a little romance and I can’t see one involved in a zombie book? lol

  11. Roof Beam Reader

    I’m with you on Dystopian fiction – I really enjoy the genre (provided the specific book is a GOOD BOOK of course). I’m also with you on your avoidances. I’m not really down with the whole zombie and/or vampire craze, although, being a classics/literature reader, I have read some of the seminal vampire novels (Dracula, Interview with a Vampire, etc).

  12. Kathleen Garber

    That’s very cool that you reached out to the bookstore and are interested in starting a book club, good for you!

    I have no recommendations for you as I don’t read fiction very often, maybe twice a year IF that.

  13. Christine P

    Hey! I’m glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I LOVE your layout and background. White tigers are gorgeous. My mom has a lot of pictures/paintings/stuffed animals lying around her house. And her name is Sarah, too! Her’s is “with an H” as she always says haha. I see you’re reading THE TESTING. Me too! What do you think of it so far?! I’m hoping to have my review posted tomorrow. I’ll definitely be on the look out for yours. I’m super shy, as well. I know exactly how you feel if it were me starting up a book club. I’ve never been in one. I would love to join one though! I’ll have to go find your posts where your kids tell you what they think a book is about based on the cover. That sounds like such a cute idea! Little kids are hilarious in their picture interpretations πŸ™‚ I really want to read PARALLEL! I keep meaning to go buy it but keep forgetting. New follower and don’t be surprised when you see random comments on previous posts from me!

    My genre fiction post

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I used to have a TON of tiger stuff all over my house. I still have a lot, but have scaled back a bit. lol I’m hoping to finish The Testing tonight and I really love it so far! Thank you for following! πŸ™‚

  14. Adrianne Russell

    Congrats on starting the book club! You took a risk and it definitely paid off. I’m sure you’ll do great! I like Dystopian as well but I’m really waiting on one to push through all of the standard tropes and knock my socks off. I have high hopes for “The 5th Wave.”

  15. Sandy Farmer

    It’s funny because I think a lot if not most of us book bloggers would consider ourselves to be shy/introverted people. I love the idea that you developed with your soon about judging a book by it’s cover. That’s a great original idea. Good luck with your book club! That sounds like a great development opportunity.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  16. Rachelia

    I think blogging is a great way to work through shyness (from my own personal experience) because YOU control how much of yourself you put out there and interact with people! As you become more and more comfortable you can adapt and increase socialization, etc. It’s harder to do that IRL!

    I just checked out A Kid’s Perspective and I love it! He was very close with Cinder! I LOL’d at his comment on The Program “the program is Ellen”!

    That is so cool that you can help set up a YA book club at your local indie. My fingers are crossed for you that it goes well πŸ™‚

    I’ve only read P&P and Emma by Jane Austen. Emma is actually very fun and I liked it a little more than P&P. I too usually steer clear of zombies/faieries/mermaids, and, sorry, angels. Just not my thing!

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

    Have a great week! πŸ™‚

  17. Lisa @Just Another Rabid Reader

    Oh my gosh, you mean I am not the only one who has never read an Austen novel? I feel soo much better now! I have recently found that I love dystopian novels as well. And parallel worlds are awesome. One of my favorite series from an indie author is all about parallel worlds.

  18. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

    Hi Sara, I’m your friendly Armchair BEA cheerleader for today! I think it’s so great that you went outside your comfort zone and signed up to get involved with your indie bookstore. Good luck and I look forward to hearing about your summer projects with your kids. I have 3 boys and will be a stay at home after next week and can’t wait. my kids love to read and i’d like to incorporate their views into my blog as well. Here’s my Blogger development and favorite books by genre post if you’d like to stop by.

  19. tonyalee @ lilybloombooks

    You’re shy?! Pfft. haha

    I think a lot of us are in the contemporary boat this year. I was never a huge fan but I see myself reading more and more of it as of late!

    I love your “from a kids perspective” post. I tried to do it with my 6 year old (he always stole my books because of the covers) but he wasn’t haven’t it! It’s so awesome you involve them!

    Good luck with bookstore shindig! πŸ˜€

  20. Ashley G.

    I have never been a huge fan of classics but there are a couple that I really enjoyed. I loved Pride and Prejudice and also The Once and Future King. The Great Gatsby was pretty good also.

    I actually am a pretty big fan of faery books. I loved the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr, The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa and the Wondrous Strange series by Lesley Livingston. If you haven’t tried those I think that’s a good start. As far as mermaids go Of Poseidon was really good and Florence by Ciye Cho was amazing. I haven’t really read any zombie books so I can’t offer much advice there!

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I want to check out The Iron Fey series. I think that one will be my first real go at faeries. And judging from what everyone has been saying, I think Of Poseidon will be my first mermaid. I hope I’ll like them someday!

  21. ablightedone

    I love the idea of A Kid’s Perspective! If you like books about angels and haven’t read Angelfall and Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I love them both!

    I like books of any genre, I read books based on interesting premises. As long as the story is good, I am pretty open!

    my Armchair BEA day 2 post

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I have read and loved Angelfall! I’m dying for the sequel. it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for it. Still need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone though. πŸ™‚

  22. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    That’s so awesome about the book club!! I think I am putting one together too… not sure how it will grow, but at least I have a few local bloggers interested.

    Faeries and mermaids generally don’t work for me, either. Julie Kagawa’s books are the only ones I can think of about faeries that I actually liked.

    Contemp recs:
    My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
    Come See About Me by C.K. Kelly Martin (NA)
    Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
    Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
    The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
    North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
    The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

    and I could probably go on & on, but hopefully some of those might appeal to you =)

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      That’s great that you have local bloggers to talk books with!

      I have read most of those you listed and loved them! I’ll have to check out the rest, thanks! πŸ™‚

  23. Wendy

    I don’t read that many classics but there are some I really liked! I loved pride & prejudice and tale of two cities. Also Dracula!

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