Greetings, fellow Armchair BEA participants (and regular friends of the blog)! Pull up a chair and let’s get acquainted!
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Well, according to this quiz over on Oprah’s website, I am “the rock in a storm, the one others lean on” and “loyal and committed in [my] relationships.”
But if you just meant the regular stuff, then I’m Akilah, and I teach writing and lit to college students. I’ve had this blog since August 2009, which is a lot longer than I thought. (That’s almost four years. Holy crap.) Before, I posted my book reviews to a personal blog, but I wanted to separate my book blogging from the more personal blogging I did over there.
2. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?
First timer here! I want to go to BEA. Like, a lot. But since I can’t, I figured I’d do the next best thing. I’m usually too insanely busy to participate (and I’m not less insanely busy this time), but I figured I’d go for it anyway. Some of the other blogs I read have participated in Armchair BEA, and it seems like a fun time.
3. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
If I only have to pick one, I’d go with my review of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
4. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Tina Hakim Baba from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. First, she would catch me up on all the gossip. Second, and more importantly, we would talk for hours and hours about everything that’s important and by that I mean television and other pop culture stuff. I mean, I just know she has lots and lots of opinions on Scandal.
5. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
I was going to say The Florida Keys because I am hankering for a beach vacation, but then I remembered Powell’s exists. So. Powell’s, final answer.