Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA!



BookExpo America (BEA) is going on right now. For those of us who could not attend, there is Armchair BEA! For today's exercise, we are to answer questions about ourselves to facilitate a meet and greet! Please see below:

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? I am Elizabeth (Libby) Myers Rodriguez. I am an Urban Planner with a Masters from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I do freelance planning studies as my 'day job!' I have been blogging for about 6 or 7 months...Why?...hmmm...because its there(?)

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012? Currently, I am reading both a Wodehouse compendium and Les Mis - bopping back and forth, which I like to do...



If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? Salman Rushdie. He and Amy Tan are my two favorite (living) authors.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? The Marvelous Land of Oz - LOL! As a kid, I read all the Oz books and was just completely obsessed. So, if someone arranges a trip, yea, I'm in!

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years? I love the way that everyone comes up with challenges, memes, read-alongs, etc! I don't really want it to change, but I bet we will all keep coming up with new things and there will be exciting changes that I have not even thought of!

Emily's Reading Room designed the badge at the top!

52 comments:

  1. Good Morning! Welcome to Armchair BEA. It is a pleasure to meet you!

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  2. I'll definitely come with you to Oz! Let's goooo!

    Also, I love Salman Rushdie too! He's not an author I really ever see being discussed on blogs (I understand that's because, you know, he's difficult! But still, RUSHDIE!) so yeah, I like to see him get some love sometimes :).

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    1. I will have to do some Rushdie reviews. I can take my laptop to OZ...I wonder whether the Emerald City has WiFi?

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  3. I agree, the land of Oz would be an AMAZING trip, especially if you got to keep the cute ruby slippers! :)

    Hope you have a great time participating in Armchair BEA!

    Amanda

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    1. The ruby slippers would be in the Oz Swag Bag - LOL!

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  4. OZ is a fantastic answer!! Love it :o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

    Come visit my introduction? Thanks!

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  5. I would love to visit the Oz too. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. "Weeee're off to see the Wizard.."

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  6. Hey Libby, so great to read more about you!

    Enjoy Armchair BEA!

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  7. Love Amy Tan. I really must read more of her.

    Love Read-a-longs. I've been trying to have a book club for years, but bookish blog peoples have filled that big whole in my happiness.

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  8. Thank you. The pink one was a big hit with my little cousin Olivia. Oz would be a really fun place to visit. My favorite character has always been the lion.

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  9. I wonder what an Urban Planner is sounds really fun! I'd love to visit Oz too take me if you're planning to go there? XD I just realize I'd also want to go to Narnia haha

    My Introduction post here

    -Jay
    We Fancy Books

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    1. Urban planning is like a dream job...we figure out where the roads and houses and stores go...building cities and towns!

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  10. Oz! Great choice! Rushdie is one of those authors I've always meant to read but just haven't gotten to yet dang it!!

    Nice to meet you and see you around ArmchairBEA!

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    1. My fave is The Enchantress of Florence...like a grown up fairy tale...

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  11. Oh yes, wouldn't it be fun to visit Oz!

    I also love all the memes and other features people come up with. It's a great way to connect with every one.

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    1. I agree! Thanks for stopping by, Judith :D

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  12. I agree that it is neat how bloggers plan events that include so many others. It truly is a gracious community.

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    1. I think so too! 99.99 percent cool people, and I get a kick out of the .01 percent sourpusses!

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  13. I think Salman Rushdie would be interesting dinner companion. Great choice!

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    1. Thanks, Livinia! Hope you are enjoying Armchair BEA!

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  14. May I join you on the trip to OZ? My father passed on his collection of 21 Oz titles. We both colored the pictures rendering them worthless (monetarily). Isn't this great fun?

    BEA INTRODUCTION

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    1. Yes! I definitely need companions with whom to walk the yellow brick road :) That's funny about the pictures!

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  15. Love it! you want to go to Oz and I wrote that I would like to have dinner with Dorothy. My daughter and I read the books together. I loved all the sequels!

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    1. Me too!! I have to visit your blog - a kindred spirit :)

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  16. I love reading about Oz, but I think it might be a little scary to visit-- I'm a travel wimp :-).

    Enjoy Armchair BEA!

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  17. hello, Libby! Oz sounds like such a fun place to visit! I hope you're enjoying Armchair BEA. It as nice to meet you.

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  18. I read Les Miz in 1989 when the musical was in town and we were too poor to be able to see it. (That and I had just had a baby...probably why we were so poor!) I loved that book and just learned the movie is being released this fall. Oz is quite a wonderful place. It's nice to meet all of these new blogger friends via Armchair BEA.

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  19. Planning on reading Les Miz myself this year - have you seen the trailer for the movie coming out at Christmas? It looks fatnastic!

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  20. Land of Oz would be amazing!!! Hope you have a fun week! :D
    -Heather @ BookStacksOnDeck

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  21. Is it totally creepy if I volunteer to be a stowaway on your trip to the Land of Oz? I loved those books. Thanks so much for the comment on my blog! I'm beyond glad that I decided to participate in Armchair BEA this year. Cheers--

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  22. Oooo... I bet dinner with Salman Rushdie would be amazing. I also think it would be super cool to visit Oz, but without the flying monkeys. Those things gave me the creeps as a kid, and I think they still would (especially in "real life")! Haha!

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  23. I also like to "bop back and forth" between books. I'm constantly distracted by whatever's "new and shiny". :) It just makes life more interesting.

    Enjoy Armchair BEA.

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  24. I read one book by Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses, and loved it. I really need to read more by her!

    Love your idea of going to Oz - what a fun trip that would be!!!

    Here's my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

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  25. You are the first person I have seen to choose OZ! What a great choice! We should work on putting a trip in motion! Ha!

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  26. Great intro! Very nice to meet you!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today for the intro. :)

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  27. Les Mis! I've wanted to read that, but I'm scared by the length. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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  28. There is something so very tantalizing about traveling the yellow brick road into the unknown. :)

    Les Mis is one of those books I'm always meaning to read, but I second Heidi in being scared by the length. Guess I'll have to stick with the musical for now! LOL

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  29. Wooo, nice to get to know you better Libby! Yay for your job - it sounds pretty awesome! And, that is a great thing about the blogging community, isn't it? xD Yaay!

    Thanks for stopping by my intro post! Looking forward to this week, hope you enjoy!! :D

    Faye

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  30. Hi thanks for the visit. It was neat to meet you. When I was a teen we took a couple day trips to Indiana but never made it to Muncie!

    http://bloomingwithbooks.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-2012-interview-questions.html

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  31. Hi Libby! Thanks for stopping by Bookish Temptations. It's great to meet a fellow blogger AND altered book artist!

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  32. I tell myself that someday I will read Les Mis because I love the musical so much, and then I look at the sheer size of the thing and think, "Maybe next year..." Hats off to you for tackling it!

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  33. Hi Libby! Thanks for stopping by my intro! I'm glad you enjoy my favorite songs! I love Les Mis, especially the character of Epodine. (too bad she is not in the book :(
    Nice to meet you!
    Rachel

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  34. Nice to meet you! I have to agree, Oz would be pretty awesome to visit.

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  35. Howdy, neighbor-state! I've always thought urban planning sounded like a cool job.

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  36. I need to suck up some courage and read Les Mis. I've seen the musical three times and I do have a copy of the book! It's just so freaking huge and intimidating! But, I love, love, love the story. Wonder if I'll hear the songs in my head while I read? Do you? :)

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  37. I never thought of Oz to visit. :) Great choice!

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