Armchair BEA 2014: An Introduction Post

ArmchairBEA LogoPlease tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 

I’m Nicole. I’m from New York City and I have written the blog Linus’s Blanket for 6 years now. I can’t even believe that it has been that long. I fell into book blogging by accident. This blog started out rather generally, and if you look way back in the time machine of my posting, you’ll find the odd restaurant/activity post and a few pictures. You can also see where I blogged about books during a vacation in Italy. The blog never recovered from there and since then it has been mainly about books, though over the next year or so I will be going in more of a general direction. Or so I say.

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

I was and have remained a pretty eclectic reader. A well-written book capturing my attention and curiosity can be about anything. Once I was firmly out of board books, basic chapter books, general tween/teen fare, I read a lot of mysteries. I loved Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, and some of the Nancy Drew books. And I read quite a bit of fantasy and some of the classics. Freshman year in college changed the game for me when I was introduced to more contemporary “literature”. Toni Morrison’s Beloved made me think about what book could do and the reading experience in a much different way. Up until then, I thought of reading, when not a textbook, as entertainment. With Morrison I discovered layers and deeper meanings.

Best Books Read in 2013

What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?  

I read so many incredible books that it is hard to narrow it down to just one, so I went with a few. Pictured above are The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell; The Wife, Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon; and Schroder by Amity Gage. My favorite book this year has been The City of Stairs by Robert Bennett Jackson, whose other books I need to track down immediately.

1DA652C2516038AE4D02F55645591F39 BOOK CLUB Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung

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  1. Hallo, Hallo! 🙂

    I am a CheerREADER on Team 4 with #ArmChairBEA! Pardon my tardiness, as between a misunderstanding on my part & a bit of a migraine ontop of it, I simply did not have the right blogs I was supposed to be visiting! Newbie mistakes! 🙁

    I love how you took to blogging in such an alternative way as to be rather a spontaneous experiment which led to the joy of sharing your adventures in bookish delights! Isn’t that the way it can be though!? That an interest of yours turns into a proper hobby which takes on a life of its own!? Love that!

    I think you have to follow your heart – if focusing on its original vibe appeals to you moreso than books right now, you need to go back in that direction. Of course, you could always have a hybrid of both passions as well!?

    Oooh, how delightful indeed! We grew as readers on the same wicked classics, like Aunt Agatha, Nancy Drew, & who doesn’t like Sherlock Holmes?! I am a reader who appreciates a good teleportation into the story myself! If I can feel as though I lived and breathed with the characters, I am most delighted by far!

    All the books you’ve mentioned are new titles to me, so I am implored to seek out your reviews as soon as I can swing by again! Unless you hadn’t reviewed them, in which case I will look up the book’s premise on the author’s websites! I always like finding books which have hidden layers of meanings, and take you into the breadth of the author’s vision. I do gravitate towards literary fiction as much as everything else, as to me half the joy of reading is the journey in which the books lead us down a path to travel!

    Jorie’s #ArmChairBEA Intro

  2. Being an eclectic reader is going to give you plenty of amazing books to read and ponder.

    1. You must have great taste. Haha. It’s nice to find blogs that you connect with and trust. I have been reading a number of them for many years, but it’s nice to mix new ones in as well.