I’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!).
“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!