Armchair BEA 2011 – Greetings from SMS Book Reviews

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Hi there!

For those visitors who don’t know what Armchair BEA is, let me explain:

BEA stands for Book Expo America and is a conference for publishers, authors, book PR agencies and book reviewers and anyone else in the book industry. Many book bloggers go but sadly many of us don’t have the money to attend or can’t attend for other reasons. So we do our own BEA from our homes, hence the name Armchair BEA.

All this week we are having Armchair BEA. If you are a book blogger, sign up to attend, it’s not to late.

So welcome all Armchair BEA participants! My name is Callista and I blog here about nonfiction books and children’s books and about reading/literacy in general. I’ve been writing up reviews of books since 2001 but not always on a blog. For the first few years they were very short and basic. Since I’ve had this blog and gotten older, I’ve learned to make them a bit more extensive, especially the nonfiction reviews.

I also have another (non-book) blog at and when I’m not reading or blogging, I’m taking care of my three children. I have 5 and 4 year old girls and a new baby boy born March 2011.

You can read 5 strange facts about me in this post but I’ll share a new one here:

I’m trust my husband a lot, way more than most women. He is best friends with one of his exes and they’ve gone to the movies together just the two of them or he’ll go to her house. It doesn’t bother me at all. She’s even my children’s Godmother. I’ve met quite a few of his exes.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.