Best of 2012 (Thus Far) and BEA Hopefuls ArmchairBEA

Hello! Today for ArmchairBEA I’m going to tell you about my favorite book of 2012 thus far and talk about which BEA books that I’m hopeful will become 2012 favorites.

First I have to say that I’m embarrassed to realize after I went down my read list that I’ve only read two books published in 2012 this year. I know, I’m slacking right?!

So my favorite book of 2012 is: The Deep Zone by James M. Tabor. I really loved this book. This is the first book by this author that I’ve read, but he’s also known for his book The Blind Descent which is true based account of two men’s exploration into the deepest cave in the world (which was also used for the move Sanctum I believe). The Deep Zone was an action packed, fast paced thriller that satisfied so many of my oh my gosh I love when this is in a book itches. Tabor also expertly balances telling different subjects experiences during the same time period in a way that makes you not rush to get back to the one side of the story that you are actually interested. I know that I can get that way if I’m following two characters through different concurrent journeys. It may work so well in this case since he is telling how different characters are effected by the same event. The Deep Zone definitely deserves a chance to be moved up your TBR pile.

So, as for the BEA books that I’m most looking forward too?

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

I read an excerpt of this in the BEA Buzz Books on netgalley. I was going to scroll through to see which books I thought may be interesting and ended up stopping at this one (which is first in the collection) and immediately got hooked and started reading. I’ve been interested in the post apocalyptic and dystopian books lately and I think this will be an interesting take on the matter.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver 

This one is basically because I love Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve only read two of her books but loved them so much that I’m convinced that everything she writes will be gold and am willing to automatically give her the benefit of the doubt.

Those are the two that I know I’m interested in at the moment. I’m sure there will be buzz books that will come up during the week that I will want to pick up. What books are you guys looking forward to?


ArmchairBEA Introduction

Hi everyone! Here’s my answers to five of the ArmchairBEA interview questions so that you can get to know me better, hope that first time readers find it interesting and that returning readers can find out a little more about the person behind the blog. Now, on to the interview!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

My name is Stacy, I’m 26 and work in the public health field. I live in West Virginia and started blogging in October 2011. One of the main reasons I got into the blogging is because I wanted to get more involved in the book and reading community. Living in the area I do and not having many bookish friends leaves me little to no one to talk about all my book geekiness. I figured that blogging would be a great way to get all my thoughts and idea out and get to meet other people who loved books as much as I do.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I’m currently reading Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison and In The Woods by Tana French. It’s definitely been a slow reading week for me. I think I may be in a reading slump.

My favorite book I’ve read so far in 2012 has to be State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I’m a knitter and a new spinner. I started knitting two years ago and I recently bought a spinning wheel and have started spinning. Knitting has definitely been competing with my reading time. Luckily I’ve discovered that audiobooks are a great way to do both!

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

I think it would have to be the book review of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It was such a moving story and so well written that I was thrilled to get to share it with others. So I definitely want more people to read the post so that they can discover the book as well.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

This may be the most boring answer area but I want to visit Boston/New England area. I love any book set in the area and there’s so much literary history and history in general that I think I would love it there.


Well I hope that gives you at least a glimpse of my personality. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to getting to know you (or getting to know some of you better) through ArmchairBEA!

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