Monday, May 23, 2011

Armchair BEA 2011: For the Love of Reading

Who am I, and how do I Armchair? Two interesting questions and a great way to start Armchair BEA.

Who am I?  I am a SAHM with two beautiful little girls who loves reading.  Lately, I've been thinking that I'm a repressed librarian and that I should have gotten my Master's in Library Science instead of Information Science.  Growing up, I volunteered for several years in my school library.  While I was in college, I worked in the university library and my first job upon graduating was in a library.

I made my decision about my Master's at a time when the Information Science around was booming and that was where the jobs were.  I also thought that it would be a good choice because technology is so much a part of our lives, that even libraries and books are affected by them.  Maybe I will go back to school and get my Master's in Library Science when my girls are older.

In the meantime, I will simply enjoy my love of books and reading.  At Thanksgiving, my husband gave me a NookColor as a combination anniversary/Christmas present.  I love it and am slowly building up my library with books that I love and free ones that I am able to get.  The free books are exposing me to authors and genres that I had never looked at before.  One of the things that I love about my Nook is that it is a nice size to fit into my purse and take with me anywhere.  That can't always be said of a book.  While I love my Nook, I still enjoy reading books and love the feel of a book in my hands.  There are several books that I have purchased a hard copy of instead of an electronic copy.

I armchair throughout the year by reading and blogging about what I am reading.  My blog is now almost 18 months old.  I started it as a way to keep track of what I am reading and to be more honest so that I didn't get stuck on one kind of book, but read more and explored new areas.  I started following several bloggers on both their sites and on Twitter because I liked seeing what they had to say and they frequently give me ideas for my TBR pile.

Well, that's a lot for now.  I'm hoping to have a couple of posts up later today about some of the books that I am currently reading and tomorrow there will be at least one review up.

Have a great day!


  1. Hi Melissa!

    My husband got me a tablet for Christmas, and I love it because I can take it anywhere. I still buy books though just because there's nothing better than actually having a physical book in my hands.

    New Follower :)


  2. I know. My Nook goes with me just about everywhere these days and since it was updated to include apps, my 3yo loves it as well. :)

  3. Hello :)

    I think it would be super neat for my man to support my reading habit. He did put my new bookshelf together but that's about it hehe!

    New follower!
    ★ Leila

  4. @Leila - It would be more correct to say that he tolerates my reading habit. Just this morning he was asking how I manage to read something. hmmm...I try to make the time. I need the outlet with everything else that is going on in my life. :)

  5. I enjoyed learning about your blog! I got a kindle recently from my husband and I have been using it to read review copies via Netgalley - so much fun!

  6. I think being a librarian would be an amazing job... especially if you could get your hands on the new books first ;P

  7. Arrived here from the ArmchairBEA site. I guess it's not the same as being there, but I'm having a good time so far.

    If you feel like your missing out on all the free books you'd get at BEA, I'd be happy to send you mine. Just drop me a line if you're interested.