ArmchairBEA Day 2: Social Media

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 Armchair BEA is for those people who cannot visit Book Expo America but still want to join in the fun. This week, May 27th to 31st, there are celebrations for those who stay at home rather than make it to New York. Check here for other participating blogs discussing social media. 

Today, Thursday, is about using social media to expand your blogging horizons.


Twitter is my main form of communication with book bloggers. You can find me here: @Leeswammes Before my blog, I had a Twitter account but hardly used it. Now, I use it for:

  • Keeping up with my blog friends
  • Promoting my new blog posts
  • Show off new books that have arrived
  • Twitter parties

But I also keep in touch and get information from publishers, hear about new books, events, etc.

I love Twitter! I’ve got followers from all over the world. Although I only follow a couple of hundred people myself,  I have close to 1,300 followers.


I do have a Facebook account, but not a special page for my blog. I do keep in touch with some special blog friends on Facebook, but otherwise, I’m not doing too much with it, blog-wise. Do you? Do you find it useful?


A fun way to find out what my friends are up to, and I share my new arrivals and love seeing what books others are reading. I’m here: @leeswammes

What about you?

How active are you on social media?

I’m curious! 🙂

ArmchairBEA Day 1: Introductions

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 Armchair BEA is for those people who cannot visit Book Expo America but still want to join in the fun. This week, May 27th to 31st, there are celebrations for those who stay at home rather than make it to New York. 

Today, Wednesday, is about getting to know each other. Armchair BEA has made some interview questions that I’ll answer below.

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

Although I call myself Leeswammes, I’m not Lee, as some people think: I’m Judith. Leeswammes is a word I made up from two Dutch words and means something like “lazy person reading”.

I’m an independent editor (books!). I’m also in the Prize team for Armchair BEA, for the second year running. So if you win a prize, I may be the one who assigns you your first choice, or second, or third. Be sure to fill out the prize claim form a.s.a.p. because prizes go: first come, first served.

I’m from the Netherlands and I read books in English and Dutch. I have been blogging for five years. I was already reviewing books on Shelfari (it’s a reading community like Goodreads) but I wanted a place of my own to keep track of the books I read and share with others.

What is the top book in your TBR pile?

Ah, it’s one that is related to my work as an editor – Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

What does diversity mean to you?

I chose this question because I found that I have no idea how to answer this!

What comes up in my mind is equality and companionship (i.e., we’re all one group, not many). But also: can’t we all just accept each other so we don’t have to worry about terms such as diversity?

What book are you reading right now?

Aquarium by David Vann. A beautiful novel that reads like a fairy tale, but with a nasty fairy godmother!

Share your favorite blog post on your blog

A few years ago I was getting annoyed by all the author emails asking me to review their books. So, I wrote this post: Authors: How to Pitch Your Book to Bloggers which has become quite popular, as you can imagine!

What about you?

Let me know your answer to one of these questions! 

I’m curious! 🙂

Literary Blog Hop

blog-hop My Book Self is organising a Literary Blog Hop! A number of blogs are offering literary prizes. Visit them all and try your luck. But first enter here at Leeswammes’ Blog! I have a book so new, it was published just a week ago and it’s fan.tas.tic! I finished it today and decided, this is the book to offer for the blog hop (no review yet). Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum The publisher says: “Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno—a banker—and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters with an ease that surprises even her. But Anna can’t easily extract herself from these affairs. When she wants to end them, she finds it’s difficult. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there is no going back.”

To enter

To enter, please read the rules and then fill out the form below.

The rules:

  1. Anyone can enter. You do not need to have a blog.
  2. You do not have to be a follower of my blog or become a follower, although if you like my blog I hope you will! You can follow by email or by RSS (see buttons in the side bar on the right at the top).
  3. There will be one winner.
  4. You need an address where bookdepository will deliver.
  5. Leave a comment to say you’d like to win the book. You can enter the giveaway until Sunday April 12th. I will close the giveaway when I turn on my computer on April 13th (Netherlands time).
  6. Tweet about the giveaway for ONE extra entry. Use this text: Win Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum in the Literary Blog Hop
  7. Note that double or invalid entries will be removed.
  8. I will notify the winner by email. The winner need to answer my email within 3 days, or I’ll announce a new winner.
  9. That’s it! Good luck and thanks for playing.

Now go to the other blogs and try your luck!

Click here to view the list with participating blogs.

April: East-Asia Month!


In April, I will continue working on my goal to reduce my pile of to-read books. In March, I read all the books I owned (but hadn’t read) by Spanish authors (3). In April, I will read all the East-Asian books I own but haven’t read yet.

It’s a doable pile:

The Strange Library by Haruki MurakamiThe Reason I Jump by Naoki HigashidaThe Three-Body Problem by Cixin LiuWolf Totem by Jiang RongLight and Dark by Natsume Soseki

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami. A short story in a beautifully designed book. Ideal for the 24 hour readathonUPDATE – read it! My review is HERE.

Slightly bigger, but not by much, is The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida, the story of an autistic boy, told by himself. Also ideal for the readathon. UPDATE – read it! My review (in Dutch) is HERE.

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu is a science fiction novel that I happened to come across in a book store. I’ve never heard of the author or the book, but it sounded so intriguing, I had to buy it. Read about it hereUPDATE – read it! My review is HERE.

Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong is one of the books that has spent the most time on my to-read pile. Not sure why. I heard good things about it. This is the ideal month to read it! Read more about it hereUPDATE – read it!  My review is HERE.

Finally, I have a beautiful edition of Light and Dark by Natsume Soseki. A Japanese classic, but unfinished novel. I have the feeling this will be a tough read. I’ll read a bit every day, three short chapters. That will bring me half-way the book. If I enjoy it, I’ll continue in May. Read more about it here. UPDATE – read it!  My review is HERE.

Want to join in?

My East-Asian authors are all from Japan or China. But let’s define East-Asia as any country to the right of (but not including) India. I’m not sure if there is an official definition, but this will do, right?

So, let me know in the comments if you’d like to join in and read all (or some) of your East-Asian books in April.

What will you be reading?


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