Monday, June 4, 2012

2012 Armchair BEA Kick-Off!


image credit to nina of ninareads!

Well hello, there! Yet again, it is that time of year where those of us who weren't able to go to BEA unite and have a little fun of our own. Armchair BEA allows us to do that! I'm looking forward to finding out about all sorts of new bloggers (new to the scene and new to me!)

The best part about Armchair BEA? I get to blog each day in my pajamas instead of going out there and braving the scary crowds and maybe getting trampled. Here's the part where I answer some questions and attempt to charm you into wanting to be my friend. (I'm not a weirdo and I'm pretty funny sometimes, I promise.)

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 Jen. I'm twenty-something, married, full-time registered nurse, and I play mom to two cats. I've been blogging since September 2010. I've wanted to start my own little book blog since discovering such a thing existed. My inspiration was Kristi at The Story Siren. I used to stalk her blog back in early 2010 (post-Twilight obsession, when I was trying to figure out what to read next!) and was so shocked that there were twenty-somethings like me who dabbled in the YA genre. There's just something about those coming of age/first love novels that really speak to me. Not only that, but she was so enthusiastic. Her excitement about books was so very visible. I wanted to make people want to read, too.

What are you currently reading?
Currently reading Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, which I'm already aware is going to destroy me.

Where do you see your blog in five years?
Hopefully still up and running. I don't plan on curbing my enthusiasm over reading anytime soon, honestly. I will still read when paper books become obsolete. I will still read when "reading" means seeing print scroll across your field of vision digitally via the chip implanted in your brain allowing you to do all of life's mundane tasks without leaving the house. And you know I'll still have all my paper books on display, because they're just so friggin' pretty.

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

If you could eat dinner with any character, who would it be and why?
Jessica Darling and Ruby Oliver. They are my types of people. I think we'd get along fabulously. And if I were a single teenager? Well, let's not go there.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
HOGWARTS. OBVS.

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?
The enthusiasm. It's unmatched. Whether it be over cover reveals, title reveals, release date announcements, signings, meeting up with other bloggers... there is a certain magic about it all that only bookish people can understand. I'm glad I've found a community of people that geek out over these things like I do.
Not to mention, I've found some of my greatest friends through this little blogging thing. So much so that they've become the people I call/text first about non-book-related life events. (And also to geek out over all of the above. Duh.)

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Well, my reading repertoire no longer only includes books about teenage vampires. Shazam. Big step in the right direction there, in itself! HA!

26 comments:

  1. LOVE Ruby Oliver. Definitely one of my favourite series, it's so much fun. =)

    I totally agree about the enthusiasm in the blogging world, and I also love how I've found people who freak out over bookish things in the same way.

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  2. Hey, Jen. Even though I 'met' you a long time ago, it's nice to read your "stats" once again. And, I'm ready for the third Jessica Darling novel -- you are one of the reasons I started those...someday I'll get to it.

    Have a great BEA! My BEA Post

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  3. Kristi has been an inspiration to many bloggers, I know. So great. I'm just stopping by to say thank you for sharing your love of books here on your blog. I think sometimes it probably feels like a thankless job, so I wanted to spend time this week simply saying - THANK YOU!! Have fun this week!

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  4. "Let's not even go there"! I died. But that's a very good point and my answers would also be very different depending on my relationship status ;)

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  5. I totally just found out about this from you, and I am officially excited!

    Also, your ABCs of Vampire Acadamy just made me laugh. My cousin may have named my car after Dimitri Motherf**king Belikov. That's how much we love him.

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  6. Glad to see that you recognize ABCs of Vampire Academy as an awesome post; I started following you as soon as I came across that post on Twitter without even checking out the rest of your blog first!:P

    I'm amazed at how many of us got into YA thanks to Twilight. As much as I dislike those books, I am happy it got this many new people into reading YA:)

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  7. Nice to see you!!!! I'm participating as well, as much as I can find time for. Great to learn a little more about you!

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  8. I loved the first Ruby Oliver book I read but I can't remember why I didn't finish it! Hogwarts all the way!!! I've heard Second Chance Summer is so, so good but yes, a lot of people thought it was super sad! I liked you ABCs of VA post too!

    ~Kailia

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  9. Hi! I love the name of your blog! One of my current bookmarks is a clothing tag. I haven't read Jessica darling yet but have heard good things! Enjoy Armchair BEA!

    My Armchair BEA Intro

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  10. Hi! YES TO SECOND CHANCE SUMMER! My first five star review and definitely left me sort of an emotional wreck, ahh. I love your post about why I would make a terrible YA heroine! Such a creative topic!

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  11. I loved your ABCs of Vampire Academy so much. I actually had no interest in reading that series until I read your post, then I immediately went and bought the first book. I still haven't gotten to it yet but I'm looking forward to it. :D

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  12. Hogwarts would be fun to visit! And hanging out with other book people is definitely one of the best things about book blogging.

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  13. Great post! I LOVED your post on why you wouldn't make a good YA heroine. It was hilarious. Great post!

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  14. Lol, I used to read mostly vampire YA too, but since blogging, I rarely pick those ones up. There are just too many good ones out there!

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  15. Second Chance Summer is coming up pretty quick on my TBR and I'm scared it's going to break me apart too. But I loved Morgan Matson's first book so I MUST read it.
    Anyway, I'm so glad to come across your blog. I was also delighted to find that there were other 20 somethings who freely geeked out about YA lit. It was this discovery that led me to blogging too =)

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  16. Your post on why you'd make a terrible YA heroine had me laughing out loud in the middle of the library. Dirty looks abounded...

    Happy BEA week!

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  17. I'm convince that if anymore book bloggers show up at the gates of Hogwarts today, the headmaster will barr the gates.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of the week!

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  18. Excitement in the book blogging world is pretty addictive :)
    It was wonderful "meeting" you :) Armchair BEA @ the Brunette Librarian

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  19. I'm with you, I don't see my desire to read constantly being curbed anytime soon. I've been this way for awhile. Enjoy the Armchair BEA!

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  20. I still need the fourth Jessica Darling book, but I can never find it with the original cover! I was at a used bookstore today and they had an endcap with EVERY book EXCEPT four. Noooo!!! I still need to read Ruby's story, but she's on my list!

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  21. Jessica Darling and Ruby Oliver are great choices! They would be hilarious together I think. OBVIOUSLY to Hogwarts (who wouldn't want to go there?! no friend of mine!), and Oh dear God I want to read Second Chance Summer but am so afraid of how badly it's going to wreck me. You are a brave soul after all the tweeting/reviews from other bloggers!

    Happy Armchair BEA, and even though I've been a longtime follower of your blog and on twitter, lovely to meet you!
    My Armchair BEA Intro

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  22. Jessica Darling and Hogwarts in the same post is great. I hope you have a wonderful time doing Armchair BEA

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  23. I'm with you on visiting Hogwarts! LET'S GO!

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  24. I've loved your blog for a long time, and it's fun to get to know you a little better! I'm terrified of Second Chance Summer. I know everyone is loving it, but I hate being destroyed. It's just this weird phobia I deal with. :P I'm also a cat mommy, and that's just fine by me. She is my little baby, and cuddles with me when I read. :) Hope to see you around aBEA!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

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  25. Hope you're enjoying Armchair BEA! Second Chance Summer is on my shelf but I haven't gotten around to reading it. Sounds like I'm going to need to keep a box of tissues near me while I read it though.

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  26. The posts you chose as your favourites are the two I think of when I think of your blog. :) The ABCs and the terrible heroine. LOL They are amazing posts BTW!

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