Armchair BEA 2014: Introductions

Since I’m not in NYC, all my BEA excitement will come from the internet rather than the Javits Centre. That’s fine. It’s less crowded here anyway. For my new Armchair BEA friends, here’s my intro:

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

Léonicka’s random thoughts on the things she cares about, including diversity in publishing. Follow me on Twitter: @leonicka

What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?

That’s hard to say! 2013 was a great year in reading for me. I marked 13 out of the 70 books I read as favorites on Goodreads. Maybe it’d be easier if this were narrowed by genre?

My favorite book so far this year is Long Hidden. It’s a short story anthology so I’ll talk about it some more on Wednesday. I love it so much I’m doing a giveaway for Canadians! Share it widely!

Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers).

Rincey is a great book vlogger I follow on YouTube

Feminista Jones is so smart and has no time for bullshit. She writes about feminism, race and sex.

I like The House Hippo for practical and accessible personal finance tips.

Travel Noire is a great website for travel tips and advice, but honestly I just love looking at their pictures for inspiration.

WOCinSolidarity is an awesome tumblr. All women of color, all the time!

And lastly, another tumblr I love is People in Color in European Art History. This blog expertly debunks the “there weren’t any in Europe back then” nonsense that people use to defend lack of diversity in historical/fantasy fiction about Europe.

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 would bring three encyclopedias for kindling. I would also bring a knife, some rope, and a waterproof tarp of some sort. The goal is to survive, y’all. I can read when I’m safe again, lol.

What book would you love to see as a movie?

There are so many book-to-movie adaptations that I don’t even feel like answering this question. I’m usually disappointed by the movie anyway. However! I recently watched the movie Belle, and at the end I thought “This would make such a great book!”  Can movie-to-book adaptations become a thing? ‘Cause I have some ideas…

Armchair BEA is a week-long event so be sure to check out for posts from other bloggers!

18 comments for “Armchair BEA 2014: Introductions

  1. June 1, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Kindling! Lol. And I like your idea of turning great movies into books. (btw, not a film and I have yet to read it but it actually happened with the Veronica Mars series)

  2. May 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Burning the encyclopedia… love you already! (I would bring an airplane, to get off the island.) Cheers!

  3. May 27, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Kindling! So practical and awesome. :)

  4. May 27, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I read a book titled Belle, but probably not the same thing…. funny thought, but I think they have made books from films.

  5. May 26, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Kindling? Haha! Priceless.

  6. May 26, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Haha, a few people have suggest bringing dictionaries to read, but I love your more practical answer :) Very fun!

  7. May 26, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I am really interested in the movie Belle and now you have made me want to see that movie even more. I can’t wait to check out the links you posted to other blogs!

    Intro and Literature

  8. May 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I’m cracking up right now because our answers to the “stranded” question are so similar. The key word is STRANDED, people! :D

  9. May 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing “People of Color in European History.” I’ve got to admit I’ve been making assumptions about the that very topic myself. Whenever I dress in period costume, as a black woman I’ve always assumed it to be anachronistic and exceptional. So I’m loving the tagline for the blog: “Because You Wouldn’t Want to Be Historically Inaccurate”–ha! Nice. ^_^

  10. May 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Love your answer about the encyclopedias. I have a few I could loan you…. Have a great week.

  11. May 26, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I totally understand what you’re saying on the favorite book question. It’s like picking your favorite child…just impossible!

  12. May 26, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I’ll have to check out Long Hidden. So practical with the encyclopedias. I’d just be worried I’d be bored out of my mind! I’ve had the same thoughts about movie to book adaptations. There are a few that I think would be awesome.

  13. May 26, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I love your stranded on an island answer. I could never do it, myself. It’s still a book and I don’t think I could make myself do it. Of course, ask me that later when I am freezing to death.

    Lisa @Just Another Rabid Reader

  14. May 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I hadn’t heard of Belle but I’ve just watched the trailer and it looks amazing! I shall have to make the effort to watch it, for sure! Really good to meet you, Leonicka :)
    Suzy Turner, Fiction Dreams

  15. May 26, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I’ve totally had the same thought about a movie turning into a book instead of the usual other way around. I feel like that has to possible, right?

  16. May 26, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I adore short stories so I will totally look into Long Hidden!
    Totally logical choices for the island too!! Nice ;)

    Great to meet you!! Hope to see you around!

  17. May 26, 2014 at 6:37 am

    I love your stranded on the island answer. We can all go swoony eyed about what books we would bring, and it’s fun to think about, but as much as I love reading, I could soooo do without in the name of survival.

  18. May 26, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Hope you are have a great week! Thanks for those great links I spotligh a lot diverse books on my blog, its nice to connect with others that do as well :)
    Fiction State of Mind

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