Archair BEA: Introductions

This week is BEA in New York, which I would love to be at, but just returned from a long two weeks of travel, so I might be even more excited to be participating in ARMCHAIR BEA, right from home. 
I thought I signed up for Armchair BEA before I left for Europe, but I'm probably wrong, so I just signed up and probably won't be on the list for a bit.

But, I'm still going to do my introductions post now:

  1. 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 Laura, and I teach English at a community college in Arizona.  I've been married almost two years, and I have a couple of pugs that I love.   I got into blogging because I wanted to talk about books more, I guess.  And I wanted to write regularly, stay in practice. 
  1. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I am currently reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, which is really fun so far.  2012 has been a kind of hectic reading year (or just year in general) for me so far, but I have been reading some good stuff.  I loved The Marriage Plot and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. 
  1. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Hemingway and Fitzgerald, together.  I'm not even really sure why.  I just finished reading A Moveable Feast, write before going to Paris, and I just think it would be quite fun.  I'm really fascinated by the Paris ex-pat community of that time, but also just by big writing communities in general.  What fun. 
  1. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
I just went to London, but I always want to go to London.  It is the best (literary) city in the world.  I'm also pretty interested in visiting Savannah, Georgia, but not in the summer.
  1. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
I don't know that my tastes have necessarily changed, but I definitely read a lot more new fiction.  I enjoy the opportunity to do so, but sometimes I want to get back to my classic roots. 


  1. Hey Laura! Interesting dinner companions, I'm not sure how cheerful your evening would be, but definitely memorable ;)

  2. Hi Laura! Eeeee pugs! I want one, I love their squishy little faces, but sadly my honeyman really doesn't feel the same way.

    Anyways, Happy ABEA!

  3. Yay for The Marriage Plot and kind of yay for Extremely Lous and Incredibly Close (I have a few issues, but overall I was on board with it!) Also, yesss to getting back to your classics roots- I'm totally doing that atm :)

  4. I'm not a big fan of classics (of any type) but it would be an interesting dinner.

  5. Hemingway and Fitzgerald....great choices! lucky you to travel overseas!

  6. Hi Laura - thanks for stopping by my blog today! It was fun to learn more about you...I also really loved The Marriage Plot - fantastic book!

  7. Interesting dinner companions and I agree re. Fitzgerald. I would pick him.

    Saying hello from ArmchairBEA.

  8. Your dinner companions would make for an interesting conversation. I would love to have a conversation with Fitzgerald - he had such an interesting life.

  9. Savannah, GA is lovely in the summer. Don't be afraid of the heat!

  10. If you don't mind, I'll sit at the table next to you and eavesdrop on the conversation.

  11. London??? Really want to go there. It's such a rich city!

    Thanks for participating!

    Here's my intro


  12. Have you seen Midnight in Paris? I think everyone is enamored with that pair after that movie. (Though I've loved Fitzgerald since I read The Great Gatsby in high school.) Great picks!

  13. Aww pugs! I would like to second Leonicka and say if you haven't already seen Midnight in Paris you should go watch it because it is all about that Paris ex-pat community and the scenes with Fitzgerald & Hemingway are fantastic.

  14. Another Arizona blogger! Beautiful Ruins is in sitting in my huge stack...perhaps I'll pick it up this weekend :)

    I can't wait to see everyone's responses for Armchair BEA, I'm not participating this year, but I'm seriously thinking about next year.

  15. The Marriage Plot and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close are two of my all-time favorite books! You've got good taste :)

  16. London and Paris - both great places. ;)


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