Blogging About Blogging-Armchair BEA 2011-Day 5

While the official Armchair BEA 2011 site offered me numerous prompts to create this post, I still have little to say.  Why?  Excellent question.  Let me provide some of the prompts and give my answers, or what I hope pass for answers.

1) How do you utilize social networking in relation to your blog? What may be the pros and cons of doing so?

For the most part I do not.  I am detest Facebook (I know, I should probably embrace it, but I do not).  I visit Twitter, Tweet new posts and follow along if a topic interests me, but for the most part, I truly have no time to be on Twitter, let alone reading the copious Tweets per day.  The second part I cannot answer.  I choose not to use most social media sites because I like my life to remain mainly private, I lack time, and there are a lot of social media sites.  For those who use them, I have no idea where they find the time.

2) Share some of your favorite blogging technical tips.

I have none.  Seriously.  I am hoping to learn some from fellow Armchair BEA bloggers.

3) Create a “rule list” of things you should and shouldn’t be doing on a book blog.

I blog what I know and what I enjoy.  I do not have any rules besides one: if it becomes stressful, it is time to move on.  I do not take myself too seriously.  I adore books and sharing books with others, but this is in reality a hobby (non-paid).  I have a husband and three children which take priority over everything else.

4) What are your tips for balance life and blogging?

My family comes first, it always has and always will.  I am grateful blogs were not in existance when my boys were young, I would not be here blogging today if I had small children.  Even though my boys are closer to adult than teen, I do not blog when they are home.  My boys and husband are a priority, my computer is not.

5) How do you keep your blog fresh and interesting to your readers & yourself?

I have no idea.  I just post my reviews and engage in three memes.  Whether I keep my blog fresh or not is up to my readers.

6) There are quite a few book blogging events out there. Which are your favorites and why? How do they affect your blog directly?

I participate in; The Sunday Salon, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, and Teaser Tuesday.  The first allows me to recap the week and read recaps from other book bloggers.  The second is great fun and I not only get to share what I have read and will be reading, but I get to see so many books I might not have ever known about.  The last meme is always fun.  I like sharing a book teaser every week, but more importantly I enjoy reading others. Every Tuesday my TBR pile grows at an alarming rate.


Nurturing Relationships-Armchair BEA 2011-Day 4

The topic for today is community and nurturing relationships.  The official Armchair BEA 2011 site asks one to write about a specific relationship that has grown through book blogging, however I feel that is too limiting and I would rather not single out any one blogger, publisher, publicist or author.  Rather, through book blogging and the community that surrounds book blogging I have come to “know” many in all the aforementioned areas via blogging, Twitter, and reviewing.  The book blogging community is huge and I have merely scratched the surface.  I participate in three bookish memes, and these allow me to visit book blogs I may not have found on my own, have opened up new dialogues, and avenues I could never have expected when I first began to blog about books.

To learn more about community and nurturing relationships, The official Armchair BEA 2011 site has these two events coming up today!

Connect and build your relationships on Twitter during the Armchair BEA Twitter Parties! Yes, two parties! One from 10-12 am EST and the other from 8-10 pm EST to hopefully accommodate everyone that wants to participate.


Armchair BEA 2011-Day 3 Interview with Lisa the Nerd

It has been my pleasure to be able to learn more about Lisa and to look around her blog Lisa the Nerd.  I was late in asking her questions and to my surprise not only was she not bothered, but she returned her answers straightaway.  Without further ado, my interview with Lisa.

Lisa, I am always asked about my blog title, so it is my turn to ask; How did you choose your Blog name? honestly, i’m a huge nerd. that is the truth. i love doing nerdy things, and i love the idea of using nerd as a verb. my blog is mostly ya lit book reviews and book news, with sprinkles of my own nerdish tangents in there for good measure.

I noticed you focus on YA Books, why did you choose the genre of YA? I love young adult books because more often than not, they involve self discovery. They allow you to see a character grow within the story, which is something I find to be fascinating. plus, i adore teenagers and all of their quirky angst.

What YA books would you recommend to someone new to the genre? oh geez! so much pressure. okay, for fans of a hilarious mystery, i recommend Looking for Alaska by John Green. for fans of dystopian, i recommend The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. for fans of romance, i recommend This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. there are so many more swirling in my head that are begging to be recommended…so if you want some more ideas or suggestions, please let me know!

Why did you decide to become a book blogger? i started blogging as part of a college class on young adult literature. crazy cool, i know. the professor had us start blogs to keep track of what books we read and i just feel in love with the whole blogging scene. reviewing books helps me think about what i liked, didn’t like, and what parts might appeal to others. it sharpens my critical eye to review books, and definitely enhances the enjoyment i get from them!

How long have you been blogging about books? about 4 years or so.

What advise would you give to new book bloggers? do what you want. seriously. don’t do memes you’re not into or try to be something you’re not. feel free to ask for advice and to network, but be respectful and honest and true to your voice. it will be so much more enjoyable that way!

Is there something I did not ask that you would like readers to know? i’m always willing to chat books with you, so feel free to stop by the blog or hit me up on twitter – @heylisarenee. thanks for the interview! :)

My gratitude to Lisa for sharing her blogging experience with me and the readers of Rundpinne.  Do check out Lisa’s blog Lisa the Nerd.

Was I interviewed?  Yes!  Margo of The Fourth Musketeers interviews me here.


Armchair BEA 2011 Day 2- Giveaway Day/Favourite Books of 2011

Today is the big giveaway day for Armchair BEA 2011 and I am quite excited to have a look around and try my luck.  Sadly, here at Rundpinne I was not at all prepared or organised so I will not be holding a giveaway this year.    For those of us not hosting giveaways (even for those who are) we were asked to name a few of our favourite books of 2011.  It sounds easy enough, yet as I just finished my 170th review this year, my memory is a little foggy, so here is a list with links to my reviews of the books that stand out most in my mind.

Jennifer’s favourite books of 2011:

A Lonely Death by Charles Todd
Little Princes by Conor Grennan
Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström
The Green Age of Asher Witherow by M. Allen Cunningham
The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld
The Queen of Last Hopes by Susan Higginbotham
You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Someone Else’s Garden by Dipika Rai
A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
13, rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro
The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø
To Defy a King by Elizabeth Chadwick
When the Thrill Is Gone by Walter Mosley
Lucifer’s Tears by James Thompson
Love You More by Lisa Gardner
The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
Reading Lips by Claudia Sternbach
Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb by George Rabasa
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert
The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain
The Descent of Man by Kevin Desinger
You Believers by Jane Bradley
Buried Prey by John Sandford
A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block
Elizabeth I by Margaret George

Please feel free to share any bookish BEA giveaways you are having or book recommendations.


Welcome to Armchair BEA 2011 Day 1

Welcome to Rundpinne, my name is Jennifer and I am a book reviewer, book blogger, and an unapologetic bibliophile.  Normally my reading is laid back and at a nice even clip, however this week I have a school event, award ceremony or banquet scheduled every night of the week.  But enough about the stressed out me, normally I am fairly laid back, easy going and I do not write too much about myself.  I am a mum to 3 older teenagers, about to celebrate my 20th Wedding Anniversary (this week!) and I am owned by an extremely pampers cat.   As for books I am fairly eclectic in my reading.  My all time favourite genre is Russian Literature, sadly I do not get to review too much from the Russian Literature field.  I am quite fond of Scandinavian mysteries/police procedural, usually I am too impatient to wait for them to be translated.  When not reading Russian Literature or Scandinavian Mysteries I gravitate toward memoirs and historical fiction.

The second part of the welcome post was to be about how I plan to participate in Armchair BEA 2011 and what I hope to get out of the week.

When I first learned of Armchair BEA I felt I would be far less structured and go with the flow, that was until I looked at my calendar and received a dose of reality.  My only reading goals are to actually reads the books I promised to review this week, any extras are an added bonus.  Where will I be reading?  Anywhere I can.

What do I hope to get out of the week?  I am looking forward to meeting book bloggers and reviewers, to be exposed to new books, ideas, genres, and have an all around jolly good time.

To all of you stopping by for the first time, welcome to my little book review blog in the wide arena that is the blogosphere, for those of you who have been here before, I am so very glad you chose to stop by.  Welcome everyone, do have a look around and if there is time, please leave me a comment so I can come visit you.