Armchair BEA: May 27, 2015/ Introduction Q&A

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Oh, no. I missed the deadline/cut off for this. Didn't realize it began again this year until I noticed tweets on Twitter with my phone app today. Oh well, better late than never, I'd kick myself for missing the entire event. Will play catchup today off and on, posting by dates missed.

What does diversity mean to you?

Diversity can clearly mean a lot of different things - if you take that word and putting 'reading' in the same sentence, I think of diversity of genre and character. It doesn't have to mean certain gender, race, or relationship preference - I think of being a diverse reader by digging into multiple genres, not sticking to formulas and safe reading zones, removing the net and trying new things with books every year.

What book are you reading right now?

I'm in a cozy mystery spree. Wrapped up three books in the Ophelia and Abby Paranormal mystery series yesterday, with one book left to go before the series ended. I also have found and enjoy so far Lawrence Blocks' Burglar series- what an unusual, but refreshing change (to me, there series has been out awhile), for a cozy mystery type idea. I'm also reading for review two non-fiction superhero tombs, filled with trivias and articles and behind the scenes stuff.

What is the top book in your TBR pile?

I took a different approach this year with the TBR pile. To not get irritated with myself over reading too much of one genre or being tempted to keep switching in the middle of books because I'm in the mood for a different genre, I made a 10 shelf display on Goodreads for currently reading, and broke up the order of the books by genre. When I read a book in a genre, I then select the next book in the order. I'm liking it better than my system last year where I broke the TBR pile into months.

What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer?

Definitely the new Kate Daniels book, late August or early Sept. A late summer book but it's the one that comes to mind.

What is one book everyone should read?

Flowers for Algernon