Welcome to Not For Lunch . . .
This week, I’m participating in the Armchair BEA, which is an online forum being held in conjunction with the actual Book Expo America in New York. I’ll be participating in several of the posting challenges and hopefully a Twitter event or two. A huge shout out of thanks to all of the organizers and sponsors of this BEA Armchair event. It should be a great week of sharing and learning! A special thanks to Nina, at Nina Reads, for creating and sharing the Armchair BEA logo above and button found in my sidebar!
Today, I kick-off the Armchair BEA week with my answers to some of the interview questions . . . thanks for visiting!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
I’m a wife and mother to two girls (almost!) 8 and 10. And I write about that sometimes crazy world. For the time being, I’m staying at home, though in reality, I’m really not home very much between volunteering at their school and keeping up with all their comings and goings. In my previous life, I had a second career as an elementary teacher, and prior to that I worked as a business consultant, a peddler of sheets and towels, and even an ice cream scooper.
I always loved to read as a kid, and teaching confirmed my love of children’s literature. Now, raising our girls, I have a whole new appreciation for the amazing world of “kid lit” and am enjoying so many new books and things I missed along the way.
I’m an avid home cook, and always experimenting and sharing some of those family-friendly food finds here.
Blogging is a newer venture to me, but this blog is a place for me to reflect on what I’m reading and eating, as well as the occasional musing on parenting.
I LOVE READING and I’m one of those people who doesn’t always restrain myself from recommending books to complete strangers at the bookstore, the library, or a PTA meeting. While I’m not teaching anymore, I still have a deep love of reading, and especially children’s literature. Books have a powerful ability to entertain, transport, console, and teach. I’ve read too many great books to not share them, and hence this blog has become a depository for my reflections and recommendations. Most of my reviews are for children’s literature, with a focus on picture books and books for middle grade kids (grade 3 – 7). In addition to sharing great book finds, I also love to share what’s working (or not working!) as I vie to guide my family to a life of good health and memories through food. Some of the recipes I share here are my creation, and others are recipes that are just working at our house. I’ve blogged here, for about a year, and at another retired site, for a couple of years. Honestly, this blog has been a great outlet for me, but I’m excited to share it with more people.
What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
I love the meme that I’ve posted to over the last few months: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA, hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. It’s a great one-stop look at what I’ve read and what I’m looking forward to in the to-be-read pile. I also love checking in with other teacher/parent/book bloggers to see what they’ve enjoyed, or to get different perspectives on books that I’ve already read.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
Click here to see what’s on my bedside table right now, but the book I’ve read in 2012 that I’m most excited to tell you about is The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine. Check back here tomorrow for my review and to be a part of my giveaway for this terrific 2012 historical fiction book for readers in upper grade school and middle school.
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
The fall of 2011 was a stressful time for our family. In January of this year, I wrote about it and share my goal to get back on track. Several months past this posting, I’m happy to report, we are Bringing it Into Focus, with the help of time and of course books.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
- I’m reading more. I find I’m purposefully setting aside time in my week to devote to reading and reflecting on what I’ve read. Participating in last summer’s Book-A-Day Challenge (#bookaday on Twitter), I really saw the amount of reading I did take off as I made reading a priority.
- My eyes are bigger than my reading stomach. I’ve received so many great recommendations from the community of teacher/educator/librarian/parents that I follow on Twitter and Goodreads. My t0-be-read (TBR) list is over 800 books long. Ridiculous, I know, but nice to know I have so many great books from which to choose.
- I’m striving to read more widely through the genres. My favorites tend to be realistic fiction and historical fiction, but I’m challenging myself to try recommended titles in genre areas like fantasy. With two grade school aged children, my focus tends to be on picture books and middle grade fiction, as that’s what they’re reading, but I’m also branching out to read young adult works, as I know that’s coming ’round the bend at our house!
- I’m trying to get to the highly touted new releases, but I’m also steadily going back to read titles I may have missed over the last few decades. With reading challenges like The Newbery Challenge (#nerdbery on Twitter) and The Caldecott Challenge (#nerdcott on Twitter), I am even stepping further back in time to the 1920s and 1930s. I’m trying to rotate new titles with back-listed and truly old titles.
Thanks again for visiting and I look forward to jumping in to Armchair BEA throughout the week!