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 ArmchairBEA.com for posts from other bloggers!

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