|Design by Amber of Shelf Notes|
Now, on to today's discussion topics -- Introductions and Literature. I will begin by introducing myself using a handful of the pre-set questions that the team provided us.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?
I'm Tif and I've been blogging here at Tif Talks Books for officially 7 years as of last week! I originally got into blogging to keep track of my reading, but it has expanded and evolved so much since then. Since my blogging began, I have lived in four different locations all in the Midwest US. BUT, I am preparing for yet another move, hopefully a more permanent one, that will take me back to my beautiful home state of Montana.
Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details -- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. -- so we can connect more online.
Tif Talks Books is a site for literacy and bookish chatter for all ages!
I have listed my social details for your perusal below:
What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?
I wrote a whole post highlighting my favorite reads of 2013, but I will narrow it down for the purposes of this post by sharing my two top favorite. I have also added a link to take you to my original reviews, if you so desire.
|Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones|
|I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak|
As for my favorite reads for 2014 . . . so far anyways . . . I cannot leave you with just one book. Instead I leave you with three of my current faves (links to reviews included).
|Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare|
|Ready Player One by Ernest Cline|
|Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan|
What is your favorite blogging resource?
I actually have three different resources that I use on a regular basis. The first one is Bloggiesta because it keeps me on top of the logistical and technical aspects of my blog on a regular basis, as well as up-to-date on the latest trends. The second resource is the Book Bloggers Do It Better Google+ Community. It's a great place to ask questions and commiserate with fellow book bloggers. The third and final resource is Book Bloggers International (BBI), though I may be a bit biased on this one because I am also one of the co-creators of this site. BBI features book bloggers from around the blogosphere as well as special tips, features, etc. every week. It's a great place to discover other bloggers that have similar interests to myself.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why?
I just love this question too much to leave it unanswered! The three books that I would bring with me are:
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: I know this is cheating because I'm really including the whole series, but it is one that I can return to again and again (and actually do!) and it never bores me. I love it even more every single time I read it.
- Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: I am a late-comer to this book, but it can serve as a great reminder that there are many doors that are opened to us in our lives. Maybe if the deserted island was a bit like the deserted island from Lost, I can find a few mysterious doors myself to explore.
- The Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm: This little memoir is about a man that willingly bears a winter alone in the mountains. It faced many challenges and obstacles, and not only survived to tell his story, but also thrived because of it. Maybe this one will give me hope for surviving and thriving as well.
As for three non-book items:
- A water filter because I want to ensure that I'm drinking clean water.
- A good knife because it can help with eating, building, and so much more.
- Companions to keep me company, preferably my husband and children. (Though I'm not sure I would really want to subject my children to be stranded on a deserted island!)
I leave you with just a handful of my all-time favorite books (that I have not previously mentioned above) that I believe are considered literature, though they are in very different categories! I have also linked back to some reviews if you are interested in reading my thoughts.
|Blindness by Jose Saramago|
|The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien|
|The Stand by Stephen King|
|Wicked by Gregory Maguire|
Are you participating in Armchair BEA and/or enjoying it? What have been some of your favorite introductions or literature conversations so far?