Can you believe that it’s already that time of year again? Book Expo of America is happening in New York City this week, which means that hundreds of authors, publishers, editors, bloggers, librarians, and other book-minded folks are converging on the city. For those of us who weren’t able to make the trip, we’ll be participating in the home version of the event, Armchair BEA! What’s Armchair BEA you ask? Well, it’s a week of events where we discuss books, genres, ourselves, and what we love about book blogging! If you’d like a bit more information on BEA or Armchair BEA, take a look here.
I’m even more excited about participating in Armchair BEA as it marks my return to blogging. I’ve been sort of MIA for the past six months, due to work eating all of my time an energy, but I’m using this week as a way to cannonball back into the blogging world! Today’s topic is introductions Q&A style with a side of Classic Literature. So, here we goooo!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Well, I’m Sarah, I’m 28 (soon to be 29), and I’m a technical writer in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve been blogging off and on for about 2 and a half years now. It’s something I love and I regret that I haven’t been doing it as much as I should have been lately. I first got into blogging as a way to avoid overwhelming my friends and family with all of my gushing over books, and it’s snowballed into a way to meet friends, share interests, find new books, and develop my writing skills.
Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?
Last year was my first year participating! I had so much fun over the course of the week that I absolutely had to make sure I fit it into my schedule this year. I had a blast reading everyone’s posts, finding new blogs to follow, and making new friends. I’m hoping to make even more this year, so please introduce yourself in the comments, link to your posts, and join in on the fun!
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
Well, I’m pretty nerdy. Which is actually not news to anyone who has been following my blog/twitter for any length of time, but it’s best to put that right out there for all the new folks. I attend DragonCon here in Atlanta every year, usually in costume. This year I am already hard at work on my Black Widow cosplay, so expect pictures of that sometime in September! I’m a die-hard Star Wars fan, so odds are you’ll see a few of the EU books pop up in my review list.
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
This is a tough one, but I honestly think it would be JK Rowling. I’m impressed by her as a person and an author and I’ve love the chance to sit down and pick her brain over some delicious food and good wine. She always impresses me in interviews and I think she’d be friendly, witty, and extremely insightful. Plus, I’d get to ask all my burning character questions like “What would have happened if Neville was the chosen one?”, “why do you think Ron and Hermione would have a table marriage?”, and “What happened to McGonogall after the Battle of Hogwarts?”.
Fred and George Weasley
Leia Organa Solo
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
This one is really difficult, as it’s a toss up between a few places! Hogwarts if of course right at the top of the list and I’m sure most bloggers would agree. But, not too far behind it, is Mirkwood and The Shire from The Lord of the Rings, Avonlea from Anne of Green Gables, Stark Tower/Mansion from The Avenges comicbook series and ALL OF THE PLANETS from Star Wars. Err, okay maybe not ALL of them. But most of them.
These are all places I remember reading about when I was younger and wishing desperately that I was able to visit. It’d be a dream come true for my bookish, nerdy heart to step foot in any of the places even if only for a moment. Bonus points if I got to meet any of the inhabitants.
Here’s today’s post prompt: Today, tell us all the reasons why you love classic literature. What are your favorite classics? If you could give a list of classics to someone who claims to hate them to make them change their mind, what would be on it? How would you convince them to give classics a try? And why do you keep coming back to those old favorites?
I have long been a fan of classic literature, some of the first books I remember reading on my own fall under this heading: The Little House Series, A Little Princess, Little Women, Black Beauty, The Swiss Family Robinson, Tom Sawyer, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret Garden, The Hobbit. They are books I have returned to over and over again. I’d challenge anyone who says they dislike the classics to pick up one of the aforementioned books and at least give it a try. Try to read it as if you are a child making your first foray into the great wide world of literature. It puts everything into perspective for you.
These books are directly associated with my childhood and young adult life, but it’s always fascinating to me to revisit them with a more adult eye. In fact, I was talking to my best friend the other day about Little Women and she was adamant in her hatred of the Laurie/Amy pairing, a hatred I used to understand all too well. Until a re-read about a year ago, when looking at the book from an adult point of view it was all too obvious that this pairing made far more sense than Jo and Laurie ever would have. It was an interesting moment, throwing my childhood rage and indignation over his choosing Amy over Jo right out the window.
I think that right there is why I will always love and return time and time to the classics of my childhood. The stories grow and change along with you, giving you a new reading experience each time you crack one open. There’s a reason they are labeled classics, it’s because they will always be relevant in some way and there is always something to be gained from reading them.
I’m really looking forward to this week of Armchair BEA posts, so be sure to stop by and tell me in the comments if you’re participating!