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May 26, 2014 / Leslie

Armchair BEA – Introduction

ArmchairBEA LogoWelcome to Day 1 of Armchair BEA

For those of us who are unable to attend Book Expo America in New York this week, there is Armchair BEA, an online networking event for bloggers worldwide.

It’s ironic that when I was working full-time I was unable to get time off to attend BEA. Now that I’m not working, I don’t have the extra funds. But BEA is coming to Chicago in 2016, less than an hour drive for me, and I am looking forward to finally attending and meeting many of you.

An Introduction

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 live in the USA in a suburb near Chicago and have been blogging for about eight years. I started Under My Apple Tree as a place to discuss current events and, due to a lack of focus, I was mostly talking to myself.

In 2009 I deleted all the old posts and started over as a book blog where I soon discovered an entire community of book lovers. After a while I began writing about some of my other interests – cooking, gardening, nature, photography and my now weekend feature, Weekend Birding.

Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online.

Mostly books and a bit of nature, birds, flowers, food and photography.
Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook

What genre do you read the most?

I’m an eclectic reader and enjoy a wide variety of books. I wasn’t sure what genre I read the most so I looked at my goodreads shelves and found that science, science-fiction and speculative fiction have the most books. But if a subject interests me, I’ll give any book a chance. Also, I love audiobooks and half of my reading is actually listening.

What is your favorite blogging resource?
My Google calendar. I would be totally lost without it.


Thanks for Stopping By

Today is Memorial Day in the US and I will be hosting a BBQ in my backyard. I will be visiting blogs later this evening. Please feel free to leave me comment and I will stop by later.

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  1. laurelrainsnow / May 26 2014 11:30 am

    I also love my Google calendar…and I realize I haven’t used it in a while. Probably because I stopped blog tour reading for a spell….and have tried to simplify my life.

    My first blog and its first year were mostly me talking to myself, too…LOL; It took a year to discover the community….and then I went nuts adding a lot of blogs.



    • Leslie / May 27 2014 12:58 am

      With millions of blogs out there unless you find the right community no one will hear you. Plus my first blog really had no direction – I don’t think I would have read it either! My gardening blog did well, but I’ve let that one slip the past year or so.


  2. Rachel / May 26 2014 11:36 am

    I am from suburban Chicago! I try to visit my dad in Oak Brook at least twice a year. Enjoy your Memorial Day! I am getting ready to head out to a barbecue too.


  3. thenovellife1 / May 26 2014 11:55 am

    this is such a great time of year for bird watching! my honey and I were discussing this morning how there were so many birds in the yard that it looked like the old movie Birds!

    hope you have a wonderful cookout and Memorial Day! Happy Armchair BEA week!


    • Leslie / May 27 2014 1:22 am

      Birds everywhere in my yard too. Of course it helps that I have several feeders and 4 bird baths to entice them!


  4. Nish / May 26 2014 12:04 pm

    Happy Memorial Day barbecuing.


  5. Annette / May 26 2014 12:25 pm

    We cooked chicken fajitas on the grill yesterday. Was delish! So glad to know Book Expo America will be in Chicago in 2016, maybe I’ll go then. I’m already a follower!


  6. WordsAndPeace / May 26 2014 1:52 pm

    enjoy the BBQ! I hope to still live around for BEA in 2016!!


  7. Chrizette / May 26 2014 2:08 pm

    I am also not able to attend BEA but having loads of fun visiting my fellow Armchair participants. Hope you are having an awesome BBQ! Just Reading for Fun . . . and stuff


  8. Cindy's Love of Books / May 26 2014 3:02 pm

    Day one of Armchair BEA and I haven’t done anything LOL visiting so many blogs today… I need to work out a plan or else I will end up sleeping near the computer all week


  9. Becky B / May 26 2014 3:08 pm

    Hi and Happy Armchair BEA to you. I’m an eclectic reader too. Here’s hoping more people get to go to BEA when it’s in Chicago, I might actually be able to make the drive if I start saving money now. 🙂


    • Leslie / May 27 2014 4:08 pm

      I’m already counting down to 2016! I’m less than an hour away from the city so no excuses for me not to attend.


  10. Roof Beam Reader / May 26 2014 5:29 pm

    Hiya, Leslie! Good to see some familiar faces this year. I’m meeting a lot of new folks, too, of course, but you know – it’s fun to revisit “old friends.” I’ll be at BEA next year, too, since I’m from the Chicago area. CANNOT WAIT! I couldn’t think of any blogging resources, but -duh- a calendar is a good one. I think I answered this week’s prompt wrong by addressing ALL of the questions. Looks like I was supposed to pick 5? Ah well. haha …have fun this week!


    • Leslie / May 27 2014 4:17 pm

      I’d be lost without my calendar. It even sends me email reminders! I think having BEA in a more central location is going to bring in lots more bloggers.


  11. BermudaOnion / May 26 2014 6:38 pm

    My calendar keeps me on track too.


    • Leslie / May 27 2014 4:18 pm

      I can’t remember how I was able function before Google came along to organize my life. And I’m only half joking about that!


  12. fredamans / May 26 2014 6:54 pm

    Happy Memorial day weekend to you.
    I have been a long-time follower, and always loved the variety of books here.


    • Leslie / May 27 2014 4:17 pm

      Hope you had a great weekend too.


  13. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / May 26 2014 9:16 pm

    I am excited to learn that BEA is coming to Chicago!


    • Leslie / May 27 2014 4:15 pm

      I’m counting down to 2016. Having it in a more central location should make it easier for a lot more people to attend.


  14. stacybuckeye / May 30 2014 10:43 pm

    I don’t have time for my own calendar. Gage’s calendar keeps me busy. 34 hours a week of therapies and school! He has a much better social life than I do 🙂



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