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 April, I’m the founder of My Shelf Confessions (although a little over a year ago I took on a co-blogger Tabitha the Pabkins who’s going to be at BEA this week!) I got into blogging because due to some unfortunate circumstances I ended up with a ton of free time (that I didn’t want) and for my own sanity had to do something that would keep me occupied – and happy, and since I love to read and I also love to blog, it seemed the perfect match! I just had no idea how far it would go and how much interaction and fun there would be. Best. Decision. Ever.
Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location.
Feel free to share pictures. I’m blogging from the great state of Michigan in the USA. Our state is shaped like a mitten/hand so we often point our location/city on our hand to people who don’t know where we live to give them some idea. We also have crazy weird weather – we’re talking snow and shorts on the same day sometimes! We have saying here “Don’t like the weather? Wait 5 minutes.”
Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year?
I’ve participated in ABEA in the past, this will be my 3rd year if I’m thinking right.. I love it! It’s so much fun to interact with different bloggers and to share a small part of the BEA spirit, even if it’s from our computers!
What is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
My favorite book that I’ve read in 2013 is hands down, Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. It rocked my world in so many ways, such an intense, powerful book. The main character makes you feel for her in ways you won’t imagine at the beginning, it is such a twisty story, it’ll have you biting your nails, getting teary-eyed.. I’ve never felt so much for a main character in any story as much as I did her. An amazingtastic suspense novel with an rock hard emotional grip!
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
I think I would want to eat dinner with J.K. Rowling because I’d want her to tell me all about the wizarding world that didn’t make it into the books or movies.
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I have to be honest here. When I saw the topic and “Why, reader, do you love classics?” I groaned. I haaa.. uhm dislike most classics. *gulp* Don’t throw stones please! So maybe I should explain why I just can’t get into most of them..
1) The lingo. I have a hard time getting into some of the stories because of the sentence structure and phrasing used in a lot of classics.
2) Subject matter? I can’t honestly explain it but some classics just bore me to death! I wonder how in the world they were ever popular and WHY did they stand the test of time?!
However, dear classic lovers, I promise I do like a few. Although some may be more .. modern classics?
Roald Dahl books. The Witches being my ultimate favorite. Matilda probably being my second fav (I mean that name is just awesome! Plus who can’t love a book about a book lover!) I love Roald Dahl’s style and also Quentin Blake is probably my favorite illustrator.. they’re just a perfect pairing.
Trixie Belden books. I have no idea if these count as actual classics or not, but they are in my heart. My mom passed several of her copies down to me to read and I loved them. I love Trixie more than Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys.
John Bellairs books. I LOVED his books! I don’t know if these count as classics either, but I hope they do at some point. I loved the mystery and story lines and the characters were perfect. Creepy and wonderful. If you haven’t read them – seriously check them out even if you’re older! I actually bought a ton of them several years ago because I had borrowed all of my copies as a kid from the library and I wanted to own them.
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. I loved this entire series. I remember when I was younger I gobbled up all the books of hers I could get my hands on, one after the other. I recently started re-reading them and they are just as addicting now. They are guilty pleasure reads because they’re kind of soap operaish! Flowers in the Attic will always be my favorite of all!
Lord of the Flies. You’re right, I wouldn’t have picked this up to read myself if I hadn’t been forced to read it in 9th grade. But I ended up enjoying it, it’s a dog-eat-dog world and it’s dark and twisty. This book does have way more symbolism than necessary – at least I got sick of analyzing it for class!
I’m trying to think of other classics I’ve liked.. I’m sure there are a few, I just can’t think of them at the moment. I DO have several classics that I want to read.. I’ll get to them eventually.