I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to do Armchair BEA this year. I like meeting new bloggers, following what’s going on and getting the skinny on the latest book buzz in the industry. Yet, what I don’t like doing is talking about myself. I like talking about books, about what I was thinking about when reading books, how books have influenced my life and things like that, but blatantly promoting myself isn’t something I enjoy doing.
I was sort of sad when the BEA team changed the interview format. Last year, I had the opportunity to meet a great fellow blogger during the interview period, and despite having different taste in books, we hit it off pretty well. It helped that we both are audiobook enthusiasts. The cool thing was that since we both had very different audiences, so we had the added benefit of exposure to a new market. Plus, I love answering questions posed by others specifically tailored to me and trying to think of new, twisted questions to ask someone. Yet, I won’t be a spoiled sport, and will try to do this interview thing.
What really made me decide to do Armchair BEA is that June is Audiobook Month, and BEA is a great platform to promote audiobooks. If this is your first time here, this blog is dedicated to audiobooks. I review 3-5 audiobooks a week, mostly in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller genres. If you are someone who instantly writes of audiobooks, I hope you will stick with me this week and give me a chance to open your mind to this medium. If you are already an audiobook fan, Welcome! We should have some fun this week.
My Answers to the Interview Questions:
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 Bob, I’m a bit of an oddity in the Book Blogger world, being a 30 something male audiobook blogger. I have been blogging for over a decade, but I have only been actively blogging about audiobooks on this blog for about a year and a half. My first blog was commentary on TV, particularly the Shows Survivor and The Amazing Race, and mostly contained columns I wrote for other online sources. I began blogging about books 5 years ago, but after a career change, which also resulted in my move to audiobooks as my primary source of fiction, I put blogging on hold.
The reason I started this blog was that there really wasn’t a wealth of available Audiobook reviews in the genres that I loved. Plus, I love books, and love writing about books.
What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
I have a weekly feature called Welcome to the Apocalypse that appears each Friday on my blog (unless there is another event happening.) This feature highlights my love of Apocalyptic Fiction, with reviews, interviews and monthly lists featuring my favorite Post Apocalyptic books in particular categories, like Post Nuclear and Alien Invasion.
Also, this year, along with other bloggers and organized by The Literate Housewife, I participated in The Armchair Audies, were bloggers listened to all the nominees in a category for The Audio Publishers Audie Awards, and then made their predictions. My contributions were in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal Categories, and this event was one of my most rewarding blogging experiences.
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
I have to admit, my favorite post I have written is my review of Adam Mansbach’s Go The F*ck to Sleep. It really was a joke review, and some people I guess didn’t get that. My other post I would highlight is My Top 10 Adult Dystopian Novels. Dystopian Fiction has taken the Young Adult world by storm, and I felt, as part of my Welcome to the Apocalypse Feature, it would be interesting to highlight some of the classic examples of the genre.
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Most of my favorite literary characters would not make good dinner guests. I would love to invite Jack Reacher to dinner, but I am sure the conversation would be full of long, awkward silences. I’d love to sit down with Joe Ledger from Jonathan Maberry’s Department of Military Sciences Series and have a beer, but more likely than not we would be attacked by terrorists, zombies or genetically engineered monsters.
Authors are a bit easier. I’d love to have dinner with Eloise J. Knapp because she is gorgeous, brilliant and loves zombies. I think beers with Chuck Wendig would be a blast, in a twisted sort of way. There are a lot of brilliant new authors like Myke Cole, Saladin Ahmed and TC McCarthy who have this approachable vibe on Twitter that I think it would be fun interacting with them in real life.
Yet, in the end, I think I would most enjoy playing Scrabble with Einstein, the intelligent Golden Retriever for Dean Koontz’ Watchers.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
The one thing about the blogging community is they are constantly pushing me to expand my reading horizons. I have experienced a lot of books I probably never would have if it wasn’t for reviews and recommendations of fellow bloggers. This is the beauty of book blogging, the community. If you are simply writing reviews and posting them on your blog without interaction with other bloggers, you are doing it wrong. If you are only interacting with blogger who review books in your specific favorite formats or genres you are doing it wrong.
Don’t do it wrong.
If you only discover one new book through your interactions with other bloggers, you have discovered a new book. That is doing it right.
What To Expect From Me This Week.
1. Audiobook Reviews: I will have a review each day this week. Some titles you should expect, a release day review of Zombie by debut author J, R. Angella, the latest entry in Christopher Farnsworth’s Nathaniel Cade series titled Red, White and Blood and the newest from John Scalzi.
2. Daily posts. I don’t consider myself an expert blogger, so don’t expect much sage advice from me. You will find a lot of talk on audiobooks, with recommendations.
3. Special Guest Post. I will have a very special guest post and audiobook giveaway. If you are a fan of Zombie Fiction, you’ll want to check it out.
I will be attempting to visit as many blogs as I can. look forward to meeting you all.
If you are interested, and want to interact, you can follow me on twitter @guildedearlobe, or like my Facebook page.
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