[updated… TODAY IS ALSO Day 1 of Citizen Reader’s Book Menage. We will be discussing The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna and Sherwin B Nuland’s The Doctor’s Plague.]
Having just returned from a girls trip to Charleston SC to meet a book blogging friend, I will not be traveling to NYC to attend this year’s Book Expo America and Book Blogger Convention. I was thrilled to attend last year, the BBC’s inaugural year and I truly am thrilled that BBC continues, bigger and better.
But in the meantime, I will be staying home and thus am eligible to participate in Armchair BEA! Today’s post prompt is to introduce myself.
I am Care, short for BkClubCare which was my attempt to shorten Book Club Care without losing its meaning. I began this blog in 2007 solely as a way to keep my mother, aunts and cousins in touch and discussing books. We are scattered all over the country and I thought it would be fun to try and all read the same books and have a place to share what we thought. I didn’t think I needed a cutesy clever blog name, so ‘Care’s Online Book Club’ was born.
HOWEVER. However, the family involvement component failed to get off the ground and this became my place to ramble on about the books I have read. I have attempted to actually host a few online read-alongs but these, too, have not caught on and I have abandoned all hopes of being an inspired book club leader. Sigh…
I read most anything and everything. I love to explore genres and new authors – debuting or dead. I tend to more cerebral contemporary literature, but love historical fiction, light womens’ fiction, and nonfiction. Before book blogging, I rarely read new releases and I’m already amazed how many books published in 2011 I’ve read so far this year. Before book blogging, I couldn’t tell you my favorite authors because I rarely read more than one book by anyone! Now I can list off Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Virginia Woolf, Ian McEwen, Sarah Allen Addison, David McCullough, Sarah Waters, Tracy Kidder, Daphne Du Maurier, Anna Quindlan, John Green, Jennie Nash, etc.
I rarely accept ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) so please don’t ask.
I try to avoid series books.
I buy cookbooks for my husband.
I am buying a boat to sail the ocean blue.
I love to read and chat about books and thus, I am a book blogger. (Read this for more.)