Armchair BEA is an event (put together by a team of bloggers) intended for people who won't be attending the physical BEA in New York. There's a different topic to write about every day this week, and today, to start things off, we're doing introductions. There are 10 questions to choose from, and we're encouraged to answer at least 5 of them.
So here goes:
1.) Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
To everyone who's new to my blog: welcome! I'm Danya, I hail from Vancouver, Canada and I've been blogging for about 2 years now. I got into book blogging because I'd seen some other book blogs while I was surfing the web looking for books to read. I love reading, and at that point I had lots of time on my hands so I figured, why not try it out? I'm kind of amazed that it's 2 years later now and my blog is still going strong!
2.) Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I spent a year teaching English in Japan. It was a dream of mine for many years, so I'm really happy I was able to fulfill it!
3.) What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
Psychtember last year (a blog event focused on YA books dealing with mental health issues) so I'm proud of that. And it will be back this September, so keep an eye out for it!
You tell me: what blog feature of mine do you guys like the most?
4.) What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
I would love to visit the Beast's castle in Robin McKinley's Beauty, complete with invisible, gossiping servants and books from the future. (Also, I probably wouldn't say no to Hogsmeade, Hogwarts, Lothlorien, Rivendell, or Pemberley.)
5.) Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
I'd like to think they've expanded a little. I challenged myself last year to read books outside my comfort zone, and while I didn't get to as many as I'd aimed for, I did read a few that I might not have picked up otherwise. Sometimes I'll try a book due to rave reviews/recommendations from other bloggers — like Anna and the French Kiss and the Vampire Academy series, both of which pleasantly surprised me.
If you're participating in Armchair BEA, you can link up your introduction posts here!