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Monday, May 23, 2011

Armchair BEA: Because I'm Lazy Like That

I wasn't going to do Armchair BEA, mostly because I'm just too lazy to post every day, but I feel like I'm missing out on all the meeting/greeting fun. I should be able to handle the first post at least. So, here goes:

My name is Susan and I blog from the excessively sunny state of Arizona. Since I grew up in the excessively rainy state of Washington, I still feel a little blinded by all this sunshine. Maybe that's why I spend so much time sitting inside (where there's AC and ceiling fans) reading books. Or maybe it's because I just love to read - always have, always will.

I'll read just about anything (unless it involves math, politics, or idiotic celebrities), but my favorite books are mysteries; nice, thick family sagas; and anything dystopian. For me, reviewing books is almost - almost - as fun as reading them.

In my real life, I'm also a wife (of 14 years) and a stay-at-home mom (of 4 kids). When I've got a spare minute (and my nose isn't buried in a book), I also like to cross-stitch, listen to music, play word games (Scrabble, anyone?) and attempt to write fiction.

Welcome to Bloggin' 'bout Books, which I've been writing for about 5 years (Really? Whew.). I review all kinds of books in an honest, tell-it-like-it-is fashion that some people find refreshing and others find, well, mean. Which is weird, since I'm totally not. Mean, that is. I love finding new book blogs, so please leave a comment with a link to yours and I promise to come visit.

Happy Armchair BEA!


  1. Susan,

    I'm glad you opted to join Armchair BEA! I also love a good family saga - there's nothing like getting immersed in one :)

  2. Hi! I wanted to pop over since you so kindly visited my blog earlier. I do hope you will decide to do a few of the other Armchair BEA posts later on in the week. :)

  3. I love big, thick books too! It's so much fun to get all the detail, and really get to know the characters.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope to see you around Armchair BEA this week.

  4. Thanks for the hello! I am not usually a daily blogger either, but I am glad to make the effort when it leads me to new blogs like yours.

  5. Haha. Well it's awesome that you did Armchair BEA! Share the fun! :)

    I love mysteries and dystopia. Love. And cross-stitching, listening to music, playing word games, and attempting (key word) to write fiction? Seems like you're my long lost relative!

  6. That's what I get accused of! Being mean...I'm not mean but if I don't like a book I certainly won't pretend I did, or sugar coat a review. I'm glad I'm not alone in this. :) And Washington to Arizona???? Wow, there should be some sort of training for the transition.

  7. Thanks for stopping by nice to meet you :)

  8. Very nice to meet you. I love big thick books too, though right now I'm reading a lot of little tiny thin ones :)

  9. I love Scrabble, too! I'm glad you joined in. Nice to meet you. =)

    -Miss GOP (your newest follower)

  10. LOL! I love that you almost didn't even blog this because you wanted to be lazy. Most of the time I'm pretty lazy too.

    I grew up in western Texas, and the moved to Oregon! We switched places. It is pretty freaking bright down there. I like the weather up here. :)

    It's awesome that you've been blogging for 5 years! I just strated book blogging this year. I love it!

    Nice to meet you! :)

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog today for Armchair BEA! I always love meeting new people and this is a great way to do it.

  12. Great post Susan. Your blog is great. Welcome to Armchair BEA.

  13. Welcome to Armchair BEA! Yay for Arizona!

  14. I don't think you're mean. Though, I'm a little nervous for when you review me. You know, after I get published. (That's positive thinking for you!)

  15. You forgot to mention how much time you spend IMing ME! Haha, everyone! I know Susan IRL! :P We go to writer's conferences together!


    You're so cool.

  16. Wow, busy girl, Susan. Two book blogs.

  17. So jealous of the sunshine! We had a bit of sun here this weekend (finally!) but then today it started raining again. :-(

  18. I'm glad you decided to join in the fun of Armchair BEA! I am enjoying your book reviews- love the honesty. That picture of you and your little one on the right-hand side of your blog is so sweet, by the way! I am amazed you find time to read and blog while mothering four kids. You deserve a medal! :)

  19. Grrr - I'm trying to visit and comment on all your blogs, but Blogger's having issues today. Won't let me comment. As soon as the problem's fixed, I'll be commenting away!

  20. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for stopping by my place. I love your header, really cute. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  21. oooops put the wrong link in, here is the right one.

    Just Books

  22. I give you a "wow" in return for having four kids, I can't imagine! :) I like your reading tastes and review style and will def be back. Thanks!

  23. Hi Susan! It's scary how much we have in common! Definitely following you back so I can see what you're up to! :)

    Can't wait to see your favorites of the year! I wonder if we still match up? lol

  24. Nice to meet you too

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi

    Do you ever visit WA?

  25. Haha, I love your comment about being too lazy to post every day, because I'm exactly the same! Either that or I just don't get the time... but I'm determined to keep up with the posts this week!

  26. it's ALWAYS nice to meet another Patrick Ness fan. i have no doubt we will be book blog friends! <3

  27. Hi! Lazy is not a bad thing. Lol. Glad to meet you through Armchair BEA! Your blog is cute. I like it! I'm new to this book blogging thing. I don't really know what I'm doing. I just like to read:) This is fun.

  28. Now see, that's why you participate in Armchair BEA - through it you have introduced your great blog to me and expanded my feed reader further for future review posts from you! I like your post titles - clever clever! And I like to ramble too - no skimming for me. We'll get along just fine ;0)

  29. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You sound like me. I probably won't have much time to do the daily posts either. To much to do. Look forward to reading your posts.

  30. I'm glad you decided to take part in ArmchairBEA! As you said, better late than never! :-) Thanks again for popping over to say Hi on my blog!

  31. Hey Susan,
    I loved your intro and your blog...your little one is really cute :) Im almost two weeks old at Armchair BEA now and already connecting to so many wonderful bloggers...I am choosing you as one of my fav bloggers :)
    Do visit my site and follow if you like.
    Wishes from India...Debolina

  32. Okay, I was cracking up at the too much sunshine comment. Come on, Arizona's not so bad. Maybe I say that because I was born and raised in Arizona and less sun than this depresses me. I lived in Idaho (Rexburg to be exact) and that 7 months of winter almost drove me insane...I mean, sun where did you go?!

    I'm glad you stopped by my blog because It's nice to know I'm not the only AZ blogger out there.

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile


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