Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Late to the game - Joining Armchair BEA! Here's my introduction post.


Port MacDonnell Pier, Southern Ocean
Courtesy Port MacDonnell website


Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 

I'm A.B. Shepherd - Abie will do. I've been blogging for somewhere between a year and half - two years. I got into blogging because of some friends I met on Goodreads. I was joking about wanting to be a professional book reviewer - which I am not. But my friends were bloggers and I decided, why not? 



Blue Lake, Mount Gambier
Courtesy Mount Gambier website

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 in rural South Australia, near the Southern Ocean. Our little town is noted for it's crater lake which turns an amazing color blue in summer for no known reason.  

Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? 

I have never before participated in Armchair BEA but am participating this year due to peer pressure! Hahaha. Not really. Some good blogger friends are participating and they have inspired me to join in. Hence my late entry.
 
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 

I cannot pick favorites very well when it comes to books - there are far too many. I will say a few highlights from this year have been Hugh Howey's Wool series and my good friend Rhiannon Douglas's Running.  


Coast, Southern Ocean
Courtesy Port MacDonnell website


Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. 

I'll tell you one thing that most people don't know about me, including some of my real life friends. I am completely deaf in my right ear due to excessive bouts of ear infection as an infant/toddler. 


What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? 

That is is a community, as much as any real life community is. The bloggers I have met are the absolute best. They are so supportive and helpful and just truly fabulous people.  


Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

This is such a general question, and I'm not sure if you are referring to the blogging community or to the world in general. There is so much I'd like to see change. I'd like to see wars end, the hungry fed, illnesses cured and eradicated, violence abolished, and everyone trying harder to be kind in every interaction every day. 


Please stop by to visit and leave a comment. I'd love to hear what you think. Have YOU done Armchair BEA before?

14 comments:

  1. It's never too late to join the fun of Armchair BEA. I hoe you have fun this week.

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    1. Thanks Donna. I've dived in. I'm not sure if you are a good influence or a bad influence. ;)

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  2. I blame Donna and Kriss too but you got your post up well before I did. Mine just went up this afternoon!

    Little one is waking from her nap so I'll be trying to visit blogs tonight along with writing up tomorrow's post :-)

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    1. Yes Angela, but you have illness as an excuse. I only have laziness. :P

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  3. I had ear infections a lot as a child too, but it sucks that they caused one of your ears to stop cooperating :( So a funny thing about your online name - A.B. - Abie, made me think Abby Normal (Abnormal) from Young Frankenstein the musical. Hehe the brain has silly associations.

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    1. That is funny Julie - I love silly association.

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  4. Wow, Australia! That's somewhere you don't see many bloggers located. I'm sorry about your hearing, but at least reading doesn't require it. :) You've got some good peer pressurers if they convinced you to join ABEA. Tattooed Books

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    1. Well I'm American so maybe blogging isn't so strange in spite of my location. I do have some great peers and I've been deaf since I can remember. It is normal for me. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Lovely photos! I've always wanted to go to Australia. There's just so much to see. Welcome to Armchair BEA!

    AH@Badass Book Reviews.

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    1. You are right AH, there is so much to see here, but I have no interest in seeing most of it. I'm quite happy in my little corner of Australia.

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  6. oooh Australia! What a great picture! The only thing I can't quite wrap my mind is the opposite weather patterns for you all when compared to the West. I hear friends talk about the cold, etc and I'm like "wait...it's going to be June!" LOL

    Have a great week participating in Armchair BEA. :)

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    1. Hahaha - yes it is a bit hard to get used to having Christmas in the middle of summer. I'm enjoying BEA - hope you are too.

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  7. Beautiful pictures! I would love to be a professional reviewer...until then, I will just blog. Have a fun week at ABEA!

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    1. Yup Cici - me too! Thanks - you have fun too.

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