Armchair BEA: Introduction 2013

Since I – ever so sadly – cannot attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York City this week, I’ve decided to join in on Armchair BEA again! Those of us who are participating in Armchair BEA are essentially putting together our own book blogger convention from the comfort of our own homes (or workplaces or wherever else we’ll be). You can read more about Armchair BEA here.

Today’s the beginning of Armchair BEA! I’ve selected five of the “interview” questions and talked about them below. Feel free to poke me in the comments and I’ll be sure to check out your blog this week!

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 

Hi, I’m Carina! I’m a Canadian high school teacher, currently working abroad. I’ve been blogging since December 2009. I started blogging because I wanted to start reading more again, and I wanted somewhere to keep track of what I’d read. I read quite a lot for the first few years, though my reading’s slowed down quite a bit since I moved overseas. I do, however, listen to tons of audiobooks these days, so I guess it’s more a factor of reading while driving instead of always reading on paper.

shaikhzayedmosque2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 

I’m currently blogging from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates! One of the biggest tourist attractions here, which happens to be just down the road from my apartment, is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (that picture on the right is one I took just after moving here, standing in the open courtyard).

3. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? 

Last year, I didn’t get to participate much in Armchair BEA, as I was travelling. But the year before I was a lot more involved! I’m hoping that this year’s event will help me re-connect with the blogging community, as I’ve been kind of hit-or-miss blogging over the past year or two.

4. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 

It would definitely be with Margaret Atwood. Do I even need to explain why?

5. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?

The connections and friendships that you can form with people. One of the first people I met through blogging is now a friend of mine, who has come to visit me in the UAE and who spent New Year’s Eve with me even though I was very sick! It’s such a welcoming group of people.

4 thoughts on “Armchair BEA: Introduction 2013”

  1. Well it seems you were at least out experiencing the world if you couldn’t be blogging. Instead of just reading about foreign places you visited.
    Nice to meet you.

  2. Beautiful photo! I’m struck by how many of us live in vastly different places. All of these posts are making me want to travel the world.

    Margaret Atwood is a great choice 🙂 I gave away copies of The Handmaid’s Tale for World Book Night this year!

    I hope you’re enjoying the ABEA, happy reading!

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