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Armchair BEA 2013 Intro Kick-off

This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014
Ready for the 2013 Armchair BEA Tea Party?

Alice’s Tea Party

Armchair BEA, that virtual Book Expo odyssey, is on again this week and I almost missed it. I quote the Mad Hatter, “It’s tea time!” Here’s my Q&A answers to get this party started.

The blogger and the blog

I’m Vikk Simmons and I’ve been a book lover since I was a wee child who then evolved into a writer as an adult. I’ve been blogging since late 2002, so it’s been ten years now. I loved the concept of blogging because it allowed me access to to an instant publishing platform where I could write about all things books including writing and reading. I love it still for the same reason.

Armchair BEA and me

I discovered Armchair BEA last year through my blogger friends in The Classics Club. I had so much fun it was only natural to want to participate this year.

If you don’t know about the group and you love the classics, do pop over and see what it’s all about. Here’s my classics reading list.

May favorite book so far this year

I have to say my favorite book so far this year that I’ve read has to be Moby Dick:, or The Whale and that’s been my biggest surprise, too. For some reason I had stayed away from it but with the advent of the Moby Dick Big Read, I jumped on board. I loved it. It had way more humor than I had imagined and it was really good.

The Creation of Adam | Sistine Chapel – Michelangelo

A much anticipated dinner companion

Since I fell in love with Irving Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy – A Biographical Novel of Michaelangelo and read it annually from the time I was about eleven years old, I’d have to say that I’d love to dinner with the main character, Michaelangelo, and it would be great if Irving could join us. Wow, what a discussion we’d have.

Send me down the river

Delta Queen at Mud Island great for armchair travel.

Delta Queen | Mud Island

Without a doubt I want to take the cruise down the Mississippi River and retrace the steps of good old Mark Twain. It would be the perfect setting to read Life on the Mississippi.

That’s it. Those are my five questions for this year and here’s a link to last year’s introductory post.

I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s posts and getting to know the fellow bloggers over at 2013 Armchair BEA. Much thanks to Adam at Roof Beam Reader for his head’s up about this year’s event.

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  • Amanda Furman

    A nice riverboat cruise would be pretty great!

    Enjoy Armchair BEA!


  • Adam

    Moby-Dick! Your favorite?! That’s wonderful and terrifying, all at the same time! 😉 I’m glad you’ve enjoyed being a part of The Classics Club! I’m excited to see it getting so much love today.

  • Vikk Simmons

    You bet, Amanda, riverboat here I come. Thanks! Armchair BEA is going to be great fun.

  • Vikk Simmons

    Yes, I’m about as surprised as you. I put off reading it for, uh, decades…. I love The Classics Club. I’m behind on posting my reviews but it is keeping me on my mission to reread many and read those, like good Old Moby, that I neglected.

  • Ashley

    10 years! Wow, that is epic!

    Nice to “meet” you. =)

  • Kim @ YA Asylum

    Going down the Mississippi River on a boat cuise would be interesting. Michaelangelo would be a fabulous person to go to dinner with, I’m sure!

  • Vikk Simmons

    Hey Ashley, yes it does seem rather epic these days to have made it this far. Great to “meet’ you, too. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Vikk Simmons

    Hey Kim, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’ve always wanted to go on a riverboat but more and more I’m thinking of turning it into a major personal literary event with the cruise, the Twain books, and all the Twain places along the way.

  • Jennifer Hartling

    You’ve been blogging for a long time, that’s fantastic. I’m a newbie. My 1st anniversary is coming up :)

    I would love to take the river cruise, what a great idea!