Welcome to My Shelf Confessions! I’m excited to be participating in ArmchairBEA for the second year in a row! Hopefully one year I’ll make it to BEA in NYC, but until then, ArmchairBEA rocks!
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’ve been blogging since February 2011. I can’t believe it’s been over a year already and yet most days it feels longer. You learn A LOT about the book blogging world in that time-span and I’ve made a move from BlogSpot over to WordPress.org in that time as well. This year I’ve also gotten a new contributor to the blog, Pabkins who is fitting in quite nicely!
I got into blogging because I needed something to do quite frankly. I was no longer able to attend school and I missed it terribly. I’ve always loved school and it’s structure, my favorite being the english and lit classes (having been a reader since forever!) I had started a book blog several years ago (2005 or 06?) during a college break, but of course once school started back up it was back to the grind and it never got off the ground. I never even learned how many other awesome book blogs there were. This time around my friend Jenn @ The Bawdy Book Blog decided she wanted to join me in the adventure (she actually got her blog off the ground first LOL) and then I realized I better put up or shut up, and I started blogging. We discovered together – and were quite amazed at how big and vast this community is. It’s just astounding and we have been blogging ever since.
Since that time I’ve met several other blogging buds that I hang out with regularly, [basically every day on Skype LOL] Bex @ Kindle Fever and Amanda @ Letters Inside Out. So I blog to share my love of books with the world [whoever cares to listen!] and for the friendships – book people rawk.
What are you currently reading?
I JUST finished a book called Heft by Liz Moore. It’s probably one of my most favorite books I’ve read this year. It’s not a flashy book, there’s not a lot of action or suspense. It’s got a very calm presence, and the emotional impact sneaks up on you. I haven’t written a review yet, but I know it’s going to be hard. It’s a book I’m going to be thinking about for a very long time. Heartbreaking, beautiful and yet.. so soul affirming.
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
Since this is My Shelf Confessions.. I figured I should make a confession here. Those who follow my personal account probably already know this – but I recently dyed my hair – blue, purple, teal, and a little pink. I love these colors and I really like how it turned out. It was fun to go to the Red Hot Chili Pepper concert with the new hair too haha I got some nice compliments
What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
My favorite feature on My Shelf Confessions is called Your Fate in Fiction which is a feature that Bex @ Kindle Fever and I do together [we're major partners in crime around the blogosphere!] It’s a fun feature because we decide on a questions for the feature based on a book we’ve read and then make it personal. What would we do in X situation, how would we deal with THIS or THAT, one of my favorite posts was based off of the novel Pure by Julianne Baggott: If you HAD to choose an object [animate or inanimate] to be fused to, what would you pick?
Where do you see your blog in five years?
I see myself with even more blogger friends having even more fun! Hopefully still hosting the WWReadathon more than once a year. Having a blast and rocking it out!