Armchair BEA Intro!

ArmchairBEAI’m participating in Armchair BEA for the first time this year, and really looking forward to it. I’m so glad that this year the conference falls during a week where I’m not very busy – yay!

So here we go with the Intro questions. I’ve only picked three four because I have a tendency to be long-winded (plus, I’m a little late getting to this post  …).

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 Belle Wong, and I’ve been blogging for quite a long while now – several years on other blogs before starting MsBookish. I just checked, and my first post here was a review of The Broken Window by Jeffrey Deaver, which I posted on November 2, 2008!

I decided to start blogging about books here at MsBookish because of something Stephen King wrote in On Writing:

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

At the time, I was neither reading a lot nor writing a lot – my life was always crazy with deadlines, my two older kids were in their early teens, with all the angst and turmoil that can bring, and my youngest was preschool (and homeschooled). I decided I needed motivation and accountability when it came to my reading, and it seemed a blog would be the best way to get that motivation and accountability.

(My life has changed just a little since then. I’m still usually crazy with deadlines, but the two teens are now both in university, and the youngest is now 11 (and still homeschooled)).

And I’m blogging from Toronto, Ontario. I used to live in the suburbs, so this blog has seen me through “the big move” from suburbia to city life.

Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online. 

Okay, I don’t think I can describe my blog in just one sentence! I’ve broadened the topics I blog about to “everything and anything in which I’m interested” and my tag line is: “Everything I know, I’ve learned from a book. Well, maybe not everything …”

You can find me on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr and Instagram. (I’m also on Goodreads, but the friend requests are just crazy there, so basically I ignore them but when someone I’m following on Twitter signs up to Goodreads, I’m pretty certain Goodreads automatically adds them to my friends list on Goodreads.)

What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ . 

I’m very much a genre reader, and at the top of my list are urban fantasies and mysteries/thrillers. But I also like traditional fantasy and SF as well. And middle-grade books in these genres too.

Why do I love to read? It’s the excitement of the story, and the way a good book can take me deep into another world. I’m always so thrilled when I’ve discovered “yet another good book”s, and ever since I started blogging about books, I’ve found many “another good book” as a result of book blogger recommendations.

Share your favorite book or reading related quote.

My favourite reading-related quote is another one by Stephen King (please excuse the lettering – that’s something I’ve been working on in my doodle quotes!).

Stephen King quote

“Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King

I’m really looking forward to this year’s Armchair BEA and especially meeting more book bloggers and readers!

20 thoughts on “Armchair BEA Intro!

  1. Donna

    I’m glad you are joining in with Armchair BEA this year. It is my 4th year and I always have a lot of fun, though it can be exhausting.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Thanks, Donna! I’m so glad to be participating this year. It looks like it will be a fun week.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      What a great way of putting it, Kathy! As readers we bring to a book our own experiences and understandings. I never thought of it like that before!

  2. Skeeter Lee

    Yep! Books are magic.

    I have a copy of Stephen King’s ON WRITING sitting on my shelf. It took me forever to get a copy. I keep patting the cover, but haven’t actually open it yet. LOL!.

    Are you planning on writing a book?

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Oh, you really must read it! I give it a reread every year or so. And it’s great in audio – Stephen King reads it himself, and he’s good with the material. (Not all authors are!).

      I’m writing a few different books – the challenge for me has been finishing them!

  3. Angie @Angela's Anxious Life

    Another Stephen King fan!! Yeah.. I love that quote of his. You have been blogging a long long time! Wow. I love to see someone who has blogged that long and hasn’t had burnout. I know a lot of people who get burn out and then their blogs just disappear. Have fun this week.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I love Stephen King’s stuff, although I haven’t read as many of his books as I’d like. And I’ve been through blogger burnout before, lots of times! I just keep coming back once I get through feeling burned out :) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Chris Wolak

    Hi, Belle, its great to meet you! I love Stephen King’s On Writing and have read it several times. Hope you have a fabulous Armchair BEA. I participated last year for the first time and met so many wonderful book bloggers.

  5. Stephanie H.

    Hi, Belle!
    It is nice to meet you.
    I love exciting stories too! Books that make you feel like you are apart of that world that has been created. Such a wonderful feeling!
    It is awesome that this fell on a week that you aren’t that busy. I unfortunately have a busy week ahead of me, but hope to participate as much as I can.
    I LOVE the quote that you picked. It is perfect.
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
    And I hope you enjoy Armchair BEA! 😀

  6. Andi (@estellasrevenge)

    Great intro, Belle! I’m loving that everyone is listing their social sites because I always have to check to make sure I haven’t missed anyone on any platforms. I had all of yours covered! 😀 And this is a great tagline: “Everything I know, I’ve learned from a book. Well, maybe not everything …”

    LOVE! Happy Armchair BEA!

  7. C.J.

    Ha ha, I’m you in the reverse. Moved from Toronto and now living in the suburbs. I enjoyed your review about Flash Boys since I’m thinking about buying it for my husband’s birthday. Hope you enjoy your first ArmchairBEA!


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