Armchair BEA: Curtain Down

BEALast day of Armchair BEA for 2013 and a chance to recap on the experience. Last year I dipped into the week since it had already started before I discovered it was on and then I didn’t really understand how it worked.

This year I got far more involved by posting on at least one of the featured topics each day and looking at some of the other contributors.

Day 1: Introduction

Day 2 Genres

Day 3:Literary Fiction 

Day 4: Non Fiction

Day 5 Children’s Literature 

I enjoyed having the topics as prompts to get the brain working . At first it was hard to think of some non fiction books since I don’t read that many. Now the post is done of course I can think of loads more I should have listed as recommended reads including:

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell; very readable book on why trends begin. Read it to find out whether you are a maven or maybe an early adopter

Wild Swans – how could I possibly have forgotten about that one having recommended it to so many people in the past

Mao’s Last Dancer – the true life story of a boy’s rise from small village in China to become a world class ballet dancer


I’ve also ‘met’ many new bloggers who have introduced me to some new authors for my world literature challenge and discovered a new way to use Google to create a virtual map of all the places I visit on my reading trip – take a look at this from The Relentless Reader My own efforts are pretty feeble at the moment but will get around to sharing  my version at some point.



What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

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