May 25, 2014

The Books and Things I'm Looking Forward to This Summer (An Armchair BEA Introduction)

Happy Memorial Day! It's officially summer now, right? (Even for those of you who don't live in such hot places as Tucson!) 

Here are a few of the things I'm looking forward to this summer...

First: Armchair BEA! 

Which starts today! Armchair BEA hosts shared a list of 10 questions, and asked all participants to answer five of them. So here we go:

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 Jessica, I've been blogging off and on for about 5 years, although Quirky Bookworm has been in existence for almost 3 years. As I mentioned above, I'm in Tucson, Arizona. I started blogging so that my husband Noel wouldn't have to listen to me talk quite so much (although you'll have to ask him if he's noticed a difference, ha!). We have two girls: Eleanor just turned 4, and Juliet is 7 months. 
When I'm not reading, I can usually be found in the kitchen. My best recent creations were Frenchees (which are breaded, fried grilled cheese sandwiches!); and Lemon Icebox Pie.

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

The literary adventures (and bookwormy ramblings) of a sorta blonde mom. I'm @quirkybookworm on Twitter, @jessquirkybookworm on Instagram, Quirky Bookworm on Facebook, and (wait for it) quirkybookworm on Pinterest. (Yes, I am annoyed with the person who beat me to quirkybookworm on Instagram.)

What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ . 

Mystery is my favorite genre. 

I'm not sure about the second half of this question. Is it asking why I love mysteries? Or why I love reading??! Because that's impossible to narrow down. I guess I'd just say I can't imagine how sad/dull/uninteresting my life would be without books. 

As for mysteries - I don't love the potboiler/ thriller type ones. I like thoughtful, noir-ish, character-driven ones: the kind that let you delve into people's motivations.

What is your favorite blogging resource? 

I use Fantastic Fiction all the time. It's great for looking up series, or seeing how many books an author has written.

What book would you love to see as a movie?

The Raven Boys! Or maybe Cinder? I might love The Raven Boys too much to be able to handle it being mangled into a movie.

Second: lots of swimming. 


If it's over 100 degrees I only venture outside for more than a couple of minutes unless a swimming pool is promised. Last summer we had a run of almost 40 days in a row with temps of 100+... if this year is similar, there'd better be a lot of pool time.

Third: a couple of books I'm dying to get from the library.


Delancey by Molly Wizenberg. I'm #13 out of 21 on 4 copies of this one. I loved A Homemade Life, and I really enjoyed eating at Delancey in 2009. I can't wait to read the book that shares how Molly & Brandon opened the restaurant.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. Gah, I'm so excited to read the end of this trilogy. I devoured books 1 and 2 last fall, and have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this. I'm #5 out of 7 on 0 copies. But hopefully the library orders tons of copies!

Dead Water by Ann Cleeves. I'm #18 of 25 on 5 copies. After reading book 4 in the Shetland books, I swore I was done with Ann Cleeves. She is a heartless, heartless author, who clearly doesn't mind killing beloved characters. (Sob) But, she's also a good author who creates very real people. And the Shetland setting* completely captured my imagination. So, I'm back for book 5. I hope I don't regret it.

What are YOU looking forward to this summer?

*They routinely have storms with 70mph winds! The islands have zero trees, except for a few groves planted in recent years. Even though they're part of Scotland now, they were part of Norway for centuries, so they have an amazing Scots-Norse culture and dialect. And it never gets completely dark from May - August. Even at midnight there's light!

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