Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Armchair BEA 2013: Introductions


It's time for this year's Armchair BEA! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this event, you can find out all of the important information by visiting the Armchair BEA website. If you want a quick and dirty overview, I'd recommend checking out the FAQ page

Anyways, today is the day for introductions! If you decide to participate, don't forget to link up on Armchair BEA's website! Below, I've answered a few questions to help you get to know me better. If you're participating in this event as well, make sure to mention it so I can visit yours in return! 

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Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?



Yep! I've participated in Armchair BEA for the last couple of years. In fact, if you want to read even more about me, you can take a peek at my introduction post from last year by clicking here. I love this event because 1) it takes place in the summer so I usually have time to participate and 2) it's a fabulous way to interact with a bunch of other bloggers, new and old. The people behind Armchair BEA put a TON of work into this event, and it shows! I always have a lot of fun. 


What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

I'm one of those people who can't read just one book at a time. Along with reading the yet-to-be-published textbook that I'll be teaching my Writing II students in the fall, I'm reading the steampunk romance Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster and the final book in the post-apocalyptic zombie Newsflesh Trilogy, Blackout. (Images below are clickable and go to Goodreads). 

Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2)

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

Okay, this is still book-related, but it's not blog-related, so I'm going to go with it. My regular readers already know this, but for those of you who are new here, I'm a graduate student pursuing an MA in literature, specializing in the fields of children's literature and Post-1798 British literature. Some of my other academic interests include gender theory, popular culture, postcolonial theory, and visual rhetoric. As part of my graduate assistantship, I teach first-year composition and, starting next semester, I'll also be teaching Writing II. I've got a year left until graduation, after which, I hope to get my Ph.D!

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

Okay, this is a hard one. I'm not sure I personally have a favorite post, but I do have a couple that had really good discussions going on in the comments. The one I can think of off the top of my head is a post I did on blogging and image use about a year ago. There was also a discussion post I did on three star ratings awhile back that got a lot of good responses. As far as posts that I'd like everyone to read, well, since I'm just coming back off of a hiatus due to grad school, I'd love to have you all check out my "comeback" post I published last week and the guest post that steampunk romance author Bec McMaster did on my blog yesterday (where you can also win a copy of her book Kiss of Steel). 

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?

I always feel like I can't answer this question without sounding cliche, but I still chose it anyways, because I think it's important. I love the book blogging community because it's supportive, it's innovative, it's caring and compassionate. Yes, we have our drama now and again, but the majority of the community is filled with a lot of positive people who are always willing to lend a hand when you need one (and talk books, of course)! I feel that, even though this is an Internet-based community as opposed to one established in "real life," a lot of book bloggers are very concerned with what happens to their friends and colleagues in real life. It's always been a great place for me to spend my free time, or to look for a pick-me-up after a rough day. And no matter how long I've been gone, the people of the book blogosphere always manage to welcome me back with open arms. 



11 comments:

  1. I was a Spanish Minor too. I wished I had majored in English though. Good luck with your MA! That's a lot of work. I'm gonna check out your three star review post now.
    -Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog

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  2. Totally agree with your answer to the last question. I have met so many fabulous people through book blogging, and it's really the community connection that keeps me posting.

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  3. I LOVE your blog Natalie! The design is so pretty! I agree that the BBC is a good one. It sucks when drama goes down but it happens anywhere.
    I am mad at myself for not keeping up on the Mira Grant series. I must get caught up!

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  4. Mira Grant! I adore zombie fiction and yet I haven't read her trilogy yet. I really need.

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  5. I do love the blogging community. It's great to find people with so many similar interests. Plus, I learn and find new things out all the time. Always a plus!!

    -Lauren

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  6. GOLLY! Your blog is so pretty! It's like angels are singing to me! HAHAHA! Anyways I am intrigued wit your 3 star review post so after typing my comment I shall go read it! I hope you have a blast again this year with ABEA! And I am participating also! WEEE! Here's my intro! (please excuse my blog, its in need of a makeover!)http://prettyniftyyareader.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/armchair-bea-intro/

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  7. I agree that this community is amazing and that they are so supportive . Good luck with your goals in school. Cheers you on!!

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  8. I'm reading two books at a time right now, for the first time EVER. I don't know how successful I'll be at it. I feel like I'm cheating on the first book, lol.

    I hope you're having a fun ABEA! Happy reading :)

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  9. I always say I'm going to do this and every year I fail. Still happy to see your posts and have fun! :D

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  10. Natalieeeeeee!!! So excited you are participating too :)
    Woohooo for gender theory, popular culture and postcolonial theory, haha!!

    YES YES YES to your answer about your favorite part of the book blogging community. If I hadn't started a book blog I never would have "met" awesome people like you. One day hopefully we can meet face-to-face! :)

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    Thanks♥

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