Sunday, June 3, 2012

Armchair BEA: Introduction

I decided to give Armchair BEA a try this year, even though I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing. So we all will be finding out together. Well, I do know it does not involve an insanely expensive trip to NYC for the actual convention.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My name is Sarah, but I will answer to sawcat as well. I live in Southern California. I've been blogging about books for a little over a year now, although I've had a blog over on Livejournal for several years now. I started this book blog after talking about it with some fellow Shelfari members who also have blogs.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I just finished Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn and am listening to The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon. But my favorite read so far this year has been Finnikin Of The Rock by Melina Marchetta.

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I work as an archaeologist. I am also very introverted and quiet. If I met you on the street, I would not be trying to chat you up. My movie and music collection rival my book collection, although my music collection is far more eclectic. I'm also more than slightly obsessive over Doctor Who since New Who arrived from across the pond. I have two twitter accounts. The one on the side is more bookish, while @sawcatsims is my primary one, with more fandom and sports related content, and GetGlue.

Where do you see your blog in five years?
Really, I have no idea. Hopefully I will not have completely ignored it by then. My involvement in hobbies goes in waves. Sometimes I'm all about one hobby and neglect the others for a while.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? Prince Edward Island. I loved the LM Montgomery novels that I read, and PEI always sounded so idyllic. I grew up in a major metropolitan area, so the grand open spaces aren't quite as easy to find, and many of our rivers have been concrete lined, so any natural body of water always get me.

32 comments:

Faerie_kitten said...

I know what you mean about Dr Who! Love the show so much! And the two twitter accounts! I've got one for my writing, and a private one for fandom stuffs and friends, and the occasional rant!
Chelle

Sharon @ Obsession with Books said...

Your job would be amazing!

I am extremely introverted and quiet as well.

http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/armchair-bea-introduction.html

thegeekyblogger said...

I am super jelly of your job! That was my dream job growing up but I showed a penchant for computers and alas that is where I am now.

Prince Edward Island would be an amazing place to visit. I grew up in the country but have lived in the city forever. Even though, I was in the country it was dirt, flat country and that isn't the same as lush openness! I would love that :)

Laura Rowsell said...

I'm totally introverted irl too, but I'm a lot more talkative online, oddly! Also, I have kind of the same problem with hobbies going in waves, but oddly it's never been like that with blogging- I think I've properly assimilated it into my life or something! Anyway, it's nice to 'meet' you!

Chrisbookarama said...

I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was a kid! I've been to PEI a few times (I live near it) and it is a beautiful and peaceful place (though Cavendish is touristy). Hope you get to go there sometime.

Alessandra Peron said...

You're an archaeologist, wow! That's brilliant :)

Ryan said...

You are the second person with an archaeology degree I've come across today. Before that the only person I knew was an aunt.

Bellezza Mjs said...

I'm introverted and quiet, too. Perhaps many of us book bloggers are? It is often misconstrued as being snobby, but in fact, I'm just the opposite. I don't want to say I'm insecure, but I don't like putting myself out there in conversation. Just on our book blogs! Happy BEA Week!

Amanda said...

Awesome blog!! I would like to go to PEI too!

http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-about-me.html

Book Nympho said...

Oh I really hope you don't stop writing your blog now that I've only just discovered it! You've got such a great mix of different books and now I want to go back and re-read all your reviews! :)

Book Nympho said...

P.S. Where did you get the nickname sawcat? :)

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life said...

The thing I love about Armchair BEA is that it doesn't involve a huge and expensive trip to BEA! You can do so much from home! It's absolutely wonderful. =) I've heard some fantastic things about Finnickin of the Rock! I'm glad that you ended up liking it. I definitely need to read it soon!

Anyways, it was lovely getting to know you! Have fun during Armchair BEA. =)

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

SueCCCP said...

Hi There!

I've been to PEI and was rather underwhelmed, but that is probably because it is so similar to some of the areas of the UK that I have visited! :D

LittleRed Reads said...

It's so great to meet you!!
Hope you have a great Armchair BEA week!
Here's my post: http://little-red-reads.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-introductions.html

xo Stephanie

Kristin T. said...

I put down PEI as the literary place I would love to visit. I absolutely loved the Anne of Green Gables series.

Here's my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

Sam_TinyLibrary said...

This is my first year doing this too, so you are not the only one not completely sure what they are doing!

And I didn't know that you're an archaeologist - that must be a fascinating job.
My introduction post

Cayce said...

Prince Edward Island! Yes!! I love LM Montgomery, too! One day I'll go there :)

Bookfool, aka Nancy said...

Oh, yes, I want to go to Prince Edward Island, too! Hope you get to go there, someday!

Very cool that you're an archeologist. That's what I used to say I wanted to be when I grew up. Not sure where exactly I took a wrong turn. LOL

Sarah Williams said...

I hope one day to go to Canada for genealogy research, so wouldn't be too much farther from Ontario.

Sarah Williams said...

It is different. When I started, my dad would say I got a Masters in order to do manual labor, LOL. Definitely not terribly glamorous.

Sarah Williams said...

I would probably be one of those book nerds with a map of the filming locations, and if there are any kitchy LMM museums, go there.

Sarah Williams said...

It looked so lush and green in the movies. Very unlike SoCal

Sarah Williams said...

Thanks =) My introverted self would probably be unhappy with the crowds at BEA anyways. Do try Finnickin. I listened to the audiobook and it was fantastic!

Sarah Williams said...

Its my initials and that I love cats. Two highly common names made it hard to pick a nickname for online.

Sarah Williams said...

I'm the same way. Although I had a much easier time talking to strangers at the Festival of Books, so maybe that's because the common interest.

I get the impression many of us are introvert or shy, but with the comfort of the internet, maybe we sound a bit more extroverted than we are

Sarah Williams said...

Thank you!

Sarah Williams said...

Me too. I tend to open my big mouth more online- maybe its because no one can see me, and likely never to meet most people I talk to online.

I'm trying to get out of a little slow wave (quick reviews didn't end up being so quick), so this is coming at a good time for me.

Sarah Williams said...

I owe many thanks for the British friend who introduced me to Doctor Who with a gif of Nine dancing.

Having two twitters can be handy, so long as I remember to post the right thing to the right one.

Sarah Williams said...

If I had to decide now, I would probably have tried going into computers. Seems like more job security, then being at the whim of the construction industry, like cultural resource management is.

Sarah Williams said...

Thanks!

Sarah Williams said...

Thanks! I think what I need to do is learn to schedule hobby time, so I can maintain all of them and not go in phases.

Chrystal M said...

PEI is beautiful! I was there two years ago for a very quick visit.

And I too have an LJ account that i started out blogging on about my personal life - though I haven't written on there in probably over a year now. LOL

Nice to meet you.