So yes, Armchair BEA begins today – and … I’ve just signed up. Yes, I’ve read about it for a while and thought it sounded interesting and inspiring. So yes, I’ve signed up and I hope to participate a lot. Today, I don’t have time for much more than answering these 5 questions and checking out various blogs. Tomorrow is a holiday in Denmark so the kids are home – and my 3-year old daughter’s best friend/boyfriend and his family are coming to dinner so I don’t know how much time I will have. But I will try to participate tomorrow too – and then Wednesday and Thursday, I’m there! Anyways – these questions. 10 to choose from – 5 to answer.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
First the facts. My name is Christina, I live in Denmark with my boyfriend, our two daughters, Kayleigh the cairn terrier and Esmaralda the hamster. One wall in our living room is covered by a huge book case, symbolizing my love of books. I’ve always been a reader. I joined Goodreads back in 2007 because I missed having people to talk to about books. I mean, there are book clubs at my local library and so, but I mostly read fiction in English and that means I read a lot of books that are not available in the Danish language.
Anyways, that’s me. I’ve been blogging since January 2011, so almost 1,5 years now. I love having this personal place on the internet where I can share my love of books, hopefully discuss books, keep track of what I read and what I plan to read and much more. I blog because I love books, it’s as simple as that.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
Currently, I’m reading Mark Helprin’s huge novel Winter’s Tale. It’s an amazing book about a man, a girl and a horse. It’s magical, lyrical and beautiful. I’ve read a lot of great novels this year – both classics and contemporary novels – but the two that has made the biggest impact on me have been We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I have a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. I loved studying philosophy – it opened my eyes and mind for completely new ways of thinking. That said, if I could choose all over, I would study literature instead. I wrote my thesis ‘I collect, therefore I am’. The collection as an example of the human relation to the material reality on our relationships with things and objects – and I plan on writing a blog post soon, arguing that a library is not a collection. The summary of my thesis can be read here.
Where do you see your blog in five years?
Oh, I don’t know. I want to continue what I have going and elaborate on it, make it better and keep on evolving as both a blogger and a reader. Blogging forces me to think more about what I read – in a good way. I hope to continue this and evolve as the same time as I keep my love of reading.
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
If I could, I would go to The Inn of the Last Home in Solace. It’s an inn in a huge vallenwood tree and I would just love to make my way up that staircase, plop down in a chair and get a taste of Otik’s famous spiced potatoes. I would look around me and cross my fingers that Tanis, Goldmoon, Riverwind, Cameron or any of the other companions would be there – and I would keep my possessions close by to avoid Tas or any other kender from borrowing them.
In every DragonLance novel I’ve read where the author mentioned Otik’s potatoes, I’ve been drooling! They sound so delicious! There is a recipe available – but I’ve never dared making them, afraid they will never live up to my imagination.
Ingredients: 1 pound potatoes, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped, 1-2 dashes of cayenne
How to Make: Scrub potatoes, and remove any eyes. Chop into 1/2-inch cubes with skins. Melt butter in frying pan (traditionally an iron skillet), and heat until sizzling. Add cayenne to butter, stir. Place potatoes in butter and fry until crisp; stir occasionally. Add onion and fry 1 more minute. Serve hot, salted to taste. Serves 2-4.
That’s it for me for today. I’m signing off, heading to bed, checking out a few blogs before it’s time to sleep. Looking forward to meeting all you other participants!