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Armchair BEA: Beyond Your Blog

Day 4 of Armchair BEA! And today’s question is yet another one for which I offer lame answers, so if you’re looking for enlightenment or inspiration, well, you’ve come to the wrong place. At least for today.
Question du jour:
Has blogging opened up opportunities for you beyond getting free, advance copies of new books? Has it helped you get offers to write or review elsewhere (maybe even for pay)? Have you gotten invites to special events or places you might not have been to otherwise? 
I’m going to blame the facts that (a) I’m fairly new to the book blogging world and (b) I am a HORRIBLE networker for my not having any opportunities beyond free, advance copies of new books. But you know what? I LOVE free, advance copies of new books. I love books … full stop. So for me, the benefit already exceeds my expectations, because thanks to NetGalley, I have read books I never would have known about. The Replacement Wife (yes, that book again – I will berate you about it until you read it), Gone Girl, Breaking Beautiful, and Afterwards. Oh, and Twisted Thread and Girl Unmoored
Maybe someday my little empire will expand beyond double digit followers (bless you all, you intrepid souls who follow this blog!), but until then, I am pretty darn happy getting to read books and give you fine people my brilliant thoughts about them. 
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Armchair BEA: Day Three

Today’s Armchair BEA question:  
Share your positive experiences of using your blog
to get involved in your community.
Uh … <crickets>
Okay. I’ve got this. I’VE GOT THIS.
No one in my local community knows that I have this blog, because (a) I’m a teacher and (b) I review things like Fifty Shades of Grey and its butt plugs and all that stuff. So … I haven’t made a positive impact on my community, nor have I gotten involved in it, in relation to this blog.
However, I did start a parent-child book club at the school where I work, and thanks to the blog, I’ve gotten ideas about books for future discussion. That’s good, right? 
Yeah, well. It’s better than nothing, I guess.

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Armchair BEA: Best of 2012

Today’s Armchair BEA question:

Share some of your favorite books so far this year, and/or the the books being promoted at BEA that you hope will end up among your favorites for the year!

Well …

I’ll start with The Replacement Wife, whose praises I have sung until I am hoarse. Faithful readers, this book is that good. I promise you. Please, please read it.

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I just finished Code Name Verity, and loved that one, too. It’s great for teens on up, and it isn’t often you can find a book that both you and your hormonal teenagers can read together.

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And oh, my goodness, Afterwards. Holy cannoli. READ IT. NOW. I am not kidding you. I will flog you with fly paper if you do not read it.

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Lastly, we’re going to go erotica. Yes, I read the Fifty Shades, all three of them. And, yes, they’re hot. But they are so poorly written. Like I said, literary crack: you know they’re bad, but you can’t stop. An erotica book that I liked more was Bared to You. It’s H-O-T, and while it won’t win a Pulitzer, I daresay that it’s hotter than any of the fifty shades.

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What about you? What books have you liked so far this year?

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Accidental BEA Tourist

I’ve still got students to test, cumulative folders to process, grades to finish, and graduation to survive, so BEA will have to progress without my sparkling wit and dazzling personality. But I’ll be there in spirit, I guess.

And I’ll still participate, thanks to the Armchair BEA:

Today’s questions:

  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 nom de blog is cupcake, and I’ve been blogging for about six years, primarily through a blog about teaching. Earlier this year, I started cupcake’s book cupboard, where I review books. I got into blogging to vent about teaching, and I’m staying because I love to read.
  2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?  I’m currently reading Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein. My favorite book this year – wow. That’s a Sophie’s Choice kind of thing, isn’t it? Right now, it’s The Replacement Wife, by Eileen Goudge, which I loved beyond words.
  3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. I once met Wayne Newton in his dressing room at the Las Vegas Hilton. He was wearing a velour robe, and his hair was very tall.
  4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)? My blog is woefully generic, I am sad to say. My favorite things are probably the reviews of the Fifty Shades trifecta, because I can get really snarky with those. I love snark. 
  5. Where do you see your blog in five years? Hopefully I will continue to write honest reviews. I tend to be very sarcastic and snarky (see Answer #4), and I’d like to incorporate more of that. But I respect writers, so I try to be kinder than I really am.
  6. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read? The books I want everyone to read are Gone Girl, Girl Unmoored, Breaking Beautiful and The Replacement Wife. But the funniest posts are Fifty Shades Darker and Freed.
  7. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? Mr. Darcy, without a doubt, because he’s MR. DARCY. 
  8. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? I yearn to go to Italy, so let’s start with that. But Pemberley is a close second, because – come on! – MR. DARCY lives there.
  9. 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 how supportive the book blogging community is, whether fellow bloggers, authors or publishing houses. We all have the same goal: get people to read. 
  10. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How? I was too snobby before this gig. Now I’m deep into romance, erotica and YA. I still love Pride and Prejudice and Les Miserables, but I own all of Kristan Higgins’ books.

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