Armchair BEA Day 1 — Hello, I’m bibliosue

I’m very excited to be a first-time participant in Armchair BEA, the virtual conference for those of us not willing and/or able to make it to the “real” thing in New York City.  Allow me to introduce myself to any new visitors (welcome!) and to regular visitors (welcome back!) as well by answering a few of the interview questions provided by the committee:

 1. 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 Suzanne, I’m a 40-something married woman originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada but I have been living in the suburbs of Chicago for almost 13 years.  I work for a small catalog company doing a little bit of everything (data and system maintenance, payroll, human resources, accounting, etc.) which is not my life’s work but it pays the bills and subsidizes my reading habit.  I love to read books and talk about books, and I was thrilled to discover the wealth of blogs written by people who are just as passionate as I am.  I started my own blog 2 ½ years ago to add my voice to this vibrant community.

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

Next weekend I will be attending Booktopia in Oxford, Mississippi, and I am attempting to read works by a few of the authors who will be attending – right now it’s The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier; Gone with the Wind (the author of a book about the book will be there); and I’m really trying to get through As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner but without much success.

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

I’d love to have dinner with Margaret Atwood, because she is an amazing writer and seems to be able to talk about anything. Alas I would be too much in awe to eat, much less speak.  Alternatively, then, I would probably choose A.J. Jacobs, again because he can talk about anything (he did read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, after all) and he seems be to be an all-around nice guy (oh, and he’d have to bring his wife, whom I think is a saint for enduring all of his “experiments”).

8. What literary location would most like to visit? Why?

I am a sucker for all things Paris.  I’ve only been there once, almost five years ago, and since then I have read so many books set in Paris (both in the past and present) that I hope to return in the not too distant future.

On a lighter note, I think it would be wonderful to visit The Hundred Acre Wood where Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends had so many wonderful adventures.

10. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

I don’t think my reading tastes have changed, but I am more open-minded to reading books I would not have chosen before.  When a blogger whom I respect and generally share the same reading tastes recommends a book out of my comfort zone, I am more likely to take a chance with it.

What definitely has changed is the number of books to be read on and near my bookshelf (yes, I have piles sitting on the floor because the bookshelf is filled to capacity!) as well as the list of books I’d like to read.  Reading others’ blogs have made me aware of so many more books and that is probably one of my favorite things about blogging.

 

Well, that’s me in a nutshell.  I’m part of the commenting committee for Armchair BEA so I will be around to many blogs this week to say hello — I look forward to “meeting” all of you this week.

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56 Responses to Armchair BEA Day 1 — Hello, I’m bibliosue

  1. I would love to go to Paris! 100 acre wood would be nice too. And nice choice with Margaret Atwood. She seems likely to be very entertaining.

  2. KateB says:

    I can just imagine all the fun and adventures that you’d be able to have in Hundred Acre wood. 😀

    And I know what you mean about blogging introducing you to new books. I’ve only been blogging for a few months but before I only had a hundred of books on my to-read list and now it’s growing by around 5 books per day. And whilst I know that I’ll never be able to read that many I think it’s fantastic that there are so many authors and books out there that I’m now eager to read when before I never would have heard of them.

    • bibliosue says:

      Yes sadly I don’t think I will live so long to finish everything on my to-read list even if I didn’t add to it, but I will do my best 🙂

  3. Judith says:

    I still have to go to Paris and I live very close (relatively!). Maybe you can go on your next trip to Europe, Suzanne (is it still happening?).

    I’m also on the commenting committee but this comment is because you’re my blogging friend – I don’t even know if you’re on my shift. 🙂

  4. emmysondie says:

    Paris is the best place in the world! I aim to live there one day again (lived there for a time in 1999). There are dozens, if not hundreds, of places that would be perfect for an aspiring author to sit and write. And also read. Yes, it’s perfect!

    Happy Monday!

  5. Several of my friends have met Margaret Atwood and they say she’s delightful! Even on Twitter she’s pleasant and down to earth 🙂

  6. Ellen says:

    I would love to go to Paris to!

  7. Booktopia sounds like so much fun!!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  8. I don’t think my book piles will ever end! I’m always like, “Well…I should’ve thought this out more.” when I realize I’ve purchased or requested another book, hehe. Great to meet you!

    • bibliosue says:

      Great to meet you as well. Yes I have books I purchased a long time ago that still sit as yet unread but at the time I just had to have them…..

  9. Violette says:

    Hey! We are neighbors. I live in the city. Don’t forget to attend the Printer’s Row Lit Fest this weekend in the south loop area of downtown Chicago.

    • bibliosue says:

      I’m out in McHenry County, about an hour and a half by train from the city. I don’t think I’ll make it to Lit Fest this year unfortunately.

  10. Lisa says:

    So many people are listing great places to visit! Paris, Hogwarts, Narnia! I skipped that one because it was too hard. Also, I just told my husband that I wanted to visit Oxford, MS (but it’s quite a trip from South dakota.)

  11. Lorna says:

    Ha! Yes, I can understand the piles of books everywhere. I had to frantically carry out boxes of books from the guest room so that my parents could have a place to sleep when they were here last weekend. Thanks for stopping by . . . I’m a first-time Armchair BEA-er, too! Have fun at your Lit Fest!

  12. Have a great time at Booktopia! From what I’ve read about the VT event, you are in for a treat!

  13. Jessica says:

    I love Margaret Atwood! Also, As I Lay Dying is one of my favorite pieces by Faulkner. It’s very stream of conscious and narrated by 15 different characters. It does take some getting used to, but once you get in the swing of how things work, it gets better. I hope you finish it!

    Thanks for commenting on my Armchair BEA Introduction. I’m a new follower. You have a great blog!

  14. Margaret Atwood is a great choice! I would so love to talk to her about The Handmaid’s Tale. Have fun at Booktopia. Book conferences are so much fun.

    • bibliosue says:

      Yes, The Handmaid’s Tale is my favorite of her books, which is strange because I normally don’t read science fiction/dystopic stuff.

  15. It would be awesome if you could meet Margaret Atwood at a little cafe in Paris, right? Two dreams all rolled into one! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by and great to meet you!

  16. Somer says:

    Oh the 100 acre woods would be so much fun!! It is so nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great week!

  17. Love, love, love Faulkner – As I Lay Dying is one of my favorites!

    My mother is a fish.

    Keep working through it, it’s so worth it, trust me!

    • bibliosue says:

      I’ll take your word for it … and keep on. Maybe once I visit Rowan Oak I’ll be able to understand Faulkner better, who knows?

  18. Heather says:

    Margaret Atwood! Yes, yes, yes! She is my all-time favorite author, and I actually involved in a project right now to read (re-read, for me) all of her fiction over the next 2 1/2 years. I would love to have dinner with her.

    • bibliosue says:

      I keep meaning to re-read The Handmaid’s Tale but I’m always sidetracked with new books (*sigh*). Good luck with your project!

  19. Ariel Wilson says:

    I’m a sucker for Paris too! I will go someday. Even if it’s a loooong way off.

  20. aartichapati says:

    Yes, my TBR pile has gotten huge from blogging, too! But so many good books to read, I don’t mind 🙂

    Did I know you were from Chicago?! I feel like maybe I didn’t…

  21. I’m so in awe that you’re tackling William Faulkner!!! And Margaret Atwood’s a long time favorite too! Great blog, I need to read more of your thoughts and book insights!

    • bibliosue says:

      Thank you! Yes, William Faulkner is my current nemesis but I’ve tackled bigger foes (James Joyce’s Ulysses and Proust’s In Search of Lost Time) so I will hopefully persevere.

  22. Alley says:

    Your choice for the dinner with the author question is so smart! I love The Know It All and A.J. Jacobs would probably have a lot to talk about, even if it’s just random facts about abalone.

  23. Hi Sue, …stopping by to say Hi. I’m not participating in the Armchair BEA, but reading all of the posts has been fun. It’s always great learning a bit more about fellow book bloggers.

  24. melaniesbookshelf says:

    The hundred acre woods? Amazing idea. Wouldn’t we all love to visit that place of our childhood?
    And yay for a fellow Canadian 🙂

  25. poofbooks says:

    Hi had to stop by your post and learn more Sue and I am glad I did. So are you headed to addMI this weekend? Not familiar with Booktopia really enjoy poking around looks fab enjoy. Don’t forget LitFest is this coming weekend and much closer to home.

    We are both in Chicago and share a love for all things Paris. Also really admire and enjoy reading Margaret Atwood and thanks to the Armchair BEA of which I am on the same committee we got the chance to virtual introduce ourselves.

  26. curlygeek04 says:

    Margaret Atwood is a great choice to meet for dinner — I love her books and I love the way her books are all so different. I love Paris too. I’ve always meant to read Faulkner but he’s on my “someday” list. Good luck with that and enjoy BEA!

  27. Markella says:

    I love Margaret Atwood—but you doesn’t? I love meeting reader of all varieties! Great blog, by the way, I’m following it now and I can’t wait to read more posts from your posts!

  28. Leslie says:

    Nice to meet another Chicago area blogger. Booktopia sounds like a great event, I ‘ll have to learn more about it.

    My reading tastes haven’t changed much either since I started the blog… however, I have many more books on my to-read list.

    • Judith says:

      Hold on. Wait! Leslie/Suzanne, please tell me you already knew each other? You are two of my favorite bloggers and I have always thought you’d know each other.

      Leslie, do you (only) mean you just found out that Suzanne is also from the Chicago area? And you have known her blog for a while? Now I’m very curious.

      Of course, you must know that Adam Roof Beam Reader is also from the area.

      • bibliosue says:

        NO! I have not met Leslie …. we must rectify that.
        And yes, I do know Adam is in the area too…. but again I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting him IRL.
        Well, Judith, you’re just going to have to come to Chicago now and bring us all together 🙂

      • Judith says:

        That would be fun indeed. But what I mean, you knew about Leslie’s blog at least, even if you hadn’t met? 🙂

      • bibliosue says:

        Nope — I only came across her blog thanks to Armchair BEA! I’ve actually found a few other bloggers from the area so I might just attempt to put together a meetup in the not too distant future.

      • Judith says:

        Isn’t that odd? I’ve been following you both for ages and would never have thought you didn’t know (of) each other. Hmm, who else do you need to be introduced to? 🙂

  29. Another Canadian! 🙂 Nice to meet you. You know, I have not read a Margaret Atwood novel. this is something I need to remedy soon. 🙂 Oh and Paris! I loved Paris too. I would love to go again, but I think reading about it is a great way to revisit.

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