This morning kicks off Armchair BEA 2011! (Not sure what that means? Check out the Armchair BEA site for details.) It’s my first year participating. Today’s topic is: Who are you, and how do you Armchair?
I’m a twenty-something student in Pennsylvania (where I’ll be Armchair BEA-ing from), studying Information Science and squeezing in reading in any spare time I can find. Last autumn my husband and I moved to Pennsylvania from New York, where I had been working in an independent bookstore. It was while working there that Erin Reads was born.
I read mostly fiction of many stripes: contemporary, historical, young adult. I enjoy memoirs as well, and I’ll listen to almost any book on audio, as long as the narrator is good. A goal of mine for 2011 is to read more classics, for which I started my Classics Reclamation Project. It’s only been going for six months or so, but already it’s help me overcome my assumption that classics are “hard” and “boring!” I’ve had a Sony Reader for about five months now, and while I still read plenty of paper books, being able to load up some classics and digital galleys on my Reader and go has been great. I think of it as a reading accessory, not as a replacement for my beloved books.
I love blogging because it turns the solitary act of reading into something communal. I can share my thoughts on a book and hear about different perspectives. I can ask questions and muse about bookish topics. I can read other blogs and meet fellow readers. It doesn’t matter if we’re on opposite sides of the globe–the common language of books brings us together. I also belong to an IRL book group where I live, which meets monthly.
Aside from being a reader and a student, I’m also a knitter. I love to cook and try new recipes; thankfully, my husband isn’t a fussy eater! We share a love of books, which is wonderful. We frequent library sales together, and even though we read completely opposite genres, many an evening is spent side-by-side on the couch, reading away. We also love to travel and go camping (always with plenty of books along for the ride, of course!).
About Erin Reads
Erin Reads has been around since 2008, when I started experimenting with the whole book blogging idea. It’s moved from Blogger to WordPress to its current incarnation as a self-hosted site. When I started out, I posted intermittently and mostly for myself. In September 2010, just as I was leaving my bookstore job to move to a new state, I stumbled onto the book blogger community, which was poised to launch into Book Blogger Appreciation Week. My timing couldn’t have been better! Since then I’ve been more active in the blogging community and have met so many wonderful fellow readers and bloggers. Blogging has stepped in to fill the book-shaped hole leaving my bookstore job would have left.
Erin Reads is primarily a reflection of my own reading tastes. Most of the content is related to specific books (as opposed to general book-related topics). I do accept some books for review, but only if they fit with my interests. I try to share my honest thoughts about whatever I’m reading.
I’ve learned that formal reading challenges stress me out, but I do have two projects going at present on Erin Reads:
- The Classics Reclamation Project, which I mentioned above, is my personal and ongoing effort to read more classics. For an explanation of the project and a list of what I’ve read so far, check out the CRP page.
- Reading Buddies is a newer project, which I started because of how much I love reading with other people. Each month, I pick two books that readers interested in participating have suggested. I read each book over the course of the month, very informally, along with anyone who wants to join. There are no weekly posts or discussion questions, but spoilers are fair game, and I love being able to talk about any aspect of the book I want. It’s like having a public online book club! For details, check out the Reading Buddies page.
I’d love to “meet” you! If you’re new to Erin Reads, please introduce yourself in the comments. If you’ve been here before, tell me something about you or your blog that I might not already know!