How could I resist the Armchair BEA event? It’ll help me deal with the frustration of having to visit NY for work exactly one week after the BEA *sigh*.

Will anyone stay for an extra week? I’d love to meet up!

Today’s topics is Who Are You and How Do You Armchair? So here we go:

Who am I?
Hello! 🙂 I’m Alexandra, I’m 31 and I’m a Portuguese (from Lisbon) living in Brussels, Belgium. I do communications for a NGO working in international development. I’ve only been blogging since April 2010 and it’s been quite a ride. When I lived in other countries I went to lots of Bookcrossing meetings and had the chance to talk to other book-lovers, but the movement doesn’t seem to be so active over here. This blog was my way of getting back into The Conversation.

Apart from books I love pub quizzes, Miyazaki movies, anything related to Jane Austen (see my collection of P&P in several languages) and scarves.

How I Armchair
I read a bit of everything but tend to prefer classics, fantasy and literary fiction. A bit of  non-fiction, graphic novels, YA and sci-fi once in a while. I do a lot of travelling, but don’t post much about it – I’m always afraid to bug people with non-book stuff. Maybe I’ll be braver about it with time.

Together with Joanna over at It’s all about me (time) I host the One, Two, Theme Challenge. We ask participants to read at least one fiction and one non-fiction book about topics they’ve always wanted to know more about. On the Challenge’s site you can see what topics each person chose. Mine are Istanbul/Constantinople, Art Restoration/Business, Honey/Bees, Olive/Olive Oil, The Medici and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

You can see photos of some of my blogging spaces here: Scene of the Blog.

Reading outside my ger in Mongolia  – Trans-Siberian, summer 2010