As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be participating in Armchair BEA all this week. The first topic, fittingly, is introductions.
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 Charleen, and I’m just a couple weeks away from my first anniversary of turning 29… yikes! (And that’s not a “yikes” because 30 is old, because it’s not, more a “yikes” because I can’t hide anymore from the fact that I’m an adult.) I’ve been blogging in one way or another for years, but I only recently started up this latest project. My personal blog was becoming increasingly overrun with posts about books and reading, and I decided I wanted a blog just for this topic. So, Cheap Thrills was born.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
I’m currently re-reading The Doomsday Key by James Rollins. His Sigma Force series is one of my favorites, and the latest book is coming out next month. And I know the question says or, but since they’re so short I’ll answer both. My favorite book I’ve read so far this year is Stephen King’s The Green Mile. So good. So, so good.
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
Something you may not know is that I love classical music. 19th-century Romantic composers are my favorite. Despite the fact that I was a music major in college, I feel woefully inadequate when it comes to my musical knowledge. I could easily spend the rest of my life studying it, and if there were any other topic I was going to blog specifically about, that would be it.
Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s).
A few of my favorite book blogs are Insatiable Booksluts, Words for Worms, and ScienceThrillers.com. The first two are all about the ladies who run them. Insatiable Booksluts has some great discussion posts, general enough for all readers to relate to (I always thought it amusing how much I loved this blog from the moment I stumbled across it, despite the fact that I don’t read the types of books they review). Katie at Words for Worms is just hilarious no matter what she’s talking about. ScienceThrillers.com is one of the few blogs I read expressly for the reviews rather than the discussion and community, and I love how books are rated on both how good the science is and how good the story is.
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
It isn’t the setting of a book (well, I’m sure it is, but I don’t have a particular one in mind), and it isn’t the birthplace of a famous author (that I know of), but I would love to visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the modern incarnation of the ancient Library of Alexandria. I love libraries, and to visit one of the greatest centers of learning in history would be amazing. Of course, if I could somehow travel through time and visit the original library, that would be incredible… although, if we’re adding time travel to the mix, that opens up a million other possibilities…
I tried to pick the five questions I had the most interesting answers for… well, if not interesting, at least somewhat distinctive. But if you’re curious on my answers to the rest (or anything else, for that matter) feel free to ask.
Are you participating in Armchair BEA? (Or are you going to BEA?)