Armchair BEA 2014 – The participants
Armchair BEA 2014 may have satisfied book lust, but I confess, after daily Twitter parties and blog writing and hopping, I do think I’m ready for a day at the beach. So, you may ask: Who on earth would give up an entire week to sit behind a computer and write daily posts about chosen topics and then visit what could amount to hundreds of blogs and read their work? Book bloggers, that’s who. They are the folks who love books and are so passionate about their reading, their books, and the authors, that they are simply not satisfied to read a book. They must talk about it. They live, eat, and breathe books. They read voraciously; they constantly post, and they talk books, books, and more books. Did I mention the Twitter parties? The giveaways? The nonstop interaction? Okay, then.
Why attend the annual Armchair BEA?
If you can’t attend Book Expo America (BEA), the Armchair BEA is the next best thing. It’s a week of virtual book heaven with hundreds of book bloggers posting their thoughts on daily topics and sharing their thoughts with others as they blog hop their way to book nirvana. In addition, the folks at Armchair BEA 2014 shared interviews and other live events from BEA. There’s plenty going on including the handing out of a lot of prizes based on Instagram challenges, Twitter parties, and blog commenting activity. This year I won the audio version of Lisa Scottoline’s Keep Quiet. There’s also nonstop Twitter chat going on during the days via the event hashtag #ArmchairBEA. Armchair BEA 2014 may be at an end, but there’s always next year.
Highlights of Armchair BEA 2014
One of the big highlights for me this year at Armchair BEA 2014 was the first Twitter party. I’d never participated in one quite like it. Talk about a frenzied experience. There was so much excitement, and everyone had something to say. When we hit the topic of nonfiction, I enjoyed discovering so many other book bloggers who appreciate and read the genre. More fun was linking up with participants from previous years and discovering so many new ones. The event is truly social. Twitter parties happen every day. Comments flow on the blogs and discussions rage. The beauty of a virtual event like Armchair BEA is that it remains available long after the event has passed with blog posts easily found and read.
The emergence of the short story readers
Given how much I love and appreciate the short form, whether the work is a short story, essay, or a novella, I was happy to discover others who share the same interest. It’s my hope that others will take up my Short Works Challenge and make a concerted effort to include short stories and other works into their future reading plans. The challenge has a low threshold to participate. You can read here about the Short Works Reading Challenge. Mr. Linky is there waiting for your announcement whether it’s through a blog post, Goodreads, or some other way. Go here to see my reading plan.
Topics for this week’s Armchair BEA 2104 event
This year’s topics ranged from YA/Middle Grade to Novellas, Short Stories to expanding your borders and author interaction. It’s interesting to see the different interpretations of these topics when you blog hop and read their commentary. Here’s a quick list of my posts:
- Reading, writing, and books – What’s not to love?
- Author, Author! How to meet your favorite author (including my stories of meeting Ray Bradbury and Irving Stone)
- Are you reading short stories?
- Beyond borders – Travel the world one page at a time
- Goosebumps – Lessons from RL Stine books
Armchair BEA 2014 – Some hot topics
It’s not fair to select a few blogs and bloggers when there are so many that drew my attention. To discover the same folks, check out the list of this year’s participants and links to their blogs. That said, here are several links of interesting topics to get you going:
- Are Book Bloggers Relevant (Estella’s Revenge)
- Leave a little to the Imagination (Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student)
- About the Concept of “Honest Reviews” (Literary Explorations)
- The Problem with “Clean Reading” (The Steadfast Reader)
Armchair BEA for 2014 is ending today. If you’d like to share in the fun next year, be sure and leave your calendar open. The dates fall toward the end of May. The 2015 dates will be posted at Armchair BEA around the beginning of the new year. Hope you’ll stop by next year, but I really hope you’ll continue to visit and use the comment section below to share your thoughts. Thanks!