Armchair BEA is kicking off today with introductory posts from those of us taking part! Here's mine.
I am, in fact, named Charlotte. I live in southern New England (cunningly disguising my true location to protect my children in case there are crazed stalkers out there (you never know) but it is kind of a moot point because I can be located anyway with a bit of clever googling. This is because I am an archaeologist (if you google Charlotte, archaeology, New England, voila). Today for work I am going to go see a runestone.
My first blog post was on February 1, 2007, and I can't imagine giving it up, especially since I am now just as focused as all get out on the Middle Grade and YA fantasy/sci fi side of things. This is my second Armchair BEA--the past two years, I made it to New York for the real thing, but I'm taking a break this year. So my first Armchair BEA was nice because it helped me get over the disappointment of not being in NY; this year it will be nice because it will be much more relaxing, yet still fun!
My favorite new to me book this year was Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett (my review). I am currently reading my way through the whole Discworld series--it was a gap in my reading that needed filling.
I'm not going to list my favorite blogs, because I will no doubt be leaving out blogs I love by accident. My side-bar list is pretty accurate...(does anyone click on blogs listed in sidebars anymore?). But I will say that in general the children's book blogging community is awesome. If you blog primarily about kids books, do check out the Kidlitosphere! It comes with a very helpful and supportive list serve, good for both the minutiae (I was just helped in creating a sitemap) and for the bigger discussions. And the Kidlitosphere has a meeting every year that is my favorite conference ever (this year I'm pretty sure it's going to be in Austin in the fall).
But gee--looking at the long long long Armchair BEA participants list, where I know very few of the bloggers, its clear to me that I have perhaps become to comfy in my niche, and need to branch out more in my blog reading!