The topics for day 2 of Armchair BEA are:
- How do we develop ourselves as bloggers
- Genre Fiction – what draws us to a specific genre
This whole blogging thing is totally new to me on so many different levels. Level one, I never followed others’ blogs before. Level two, I never blogged before. Level three, I just got my first new computer in over ten years. ALOT has changed since 2002!!! Windows 8 anyone??? Level four, yeah, like I said, windows 8, anyone? Level five, I am completely, totally, and in all other ways, LOST when it comes to knowing how to do ANYTHING on the computer. I rely heavily on Julie to guide me through what different things are… memes, book blasts, rafflecopter, linky, twitter… these are all brand new concepts to me (which is pretty exciting to me because seriously, this stuff is awesome!!!) This whole blogging experience has been like a trip to a foreign land and I have been super lucky to have such a patient tour guide in Julie. Sometimes I venture off on my own and discover awesome things like how to add pictures to my blog posts and oooohhh! my newest discovery, how to underline words in html format. Go me! My extent of developing as a blogger is mostly learning from Julie <grin> and reading other book blogs. I take note of what I like about these blogs and try to create a similar feel to my blog posts.
Literature is my life! (I even got me one of those totally worthless, but esteemed never the less B.A.’s in English Lit. and yeah, I know the ‘s is incorrect after B.A., but I tried it without the apostrophe and it just looked weird. Don’t believe me? Try it. Seeeeeeeeeeee!!!! Weird, right?) My favorite genre is YA and NA. It is so much more interesting to me than traditional adult lit. I read somewhere once that a person is never more alive or feels more than when he/she is aged 15 years. (wish I could remember who wrote that) I believe this. I can well remember the conviction with which I knew truth and how very strongly I felt about things when I was as young. Perhaps this is what I identify with when reading YA lit. Or perhaps it is how amazeballs YA lit is.. I mean, Holden Caufield, Katniss Everdeen and Hazel Grace Lancaster are some pretty unforgetable characters that you just don’t find in traditional adult novels. I really enjoy character driven novels. I love a good love story, a tragic hero, and a strong heroine. I practically demand a HEA (which for all you newbies like myself, that is a Happily Ever After ending.) One of my favorite book quotes of all time is from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green:
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”