Armchair BEA 2014 – Introductions

photo credit: Broad Bean Media via photopin cc
photo credit: Broad Bean Media via photopin cc

Questions from ArmchairBEA Headquarters 

Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online.

Memes, reviews and reflections written for me but with hopes that some other people might enjoy them.

Facebook Twitter – Google+ – GoodReads – Shelfari LibraryThing – Tumblr – Email

What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ .

I generally read fantasy more than any other genre. Honestly reading is escape for me and fantasy does it more than any other genre. You can see that in my favorite books; American Gods, The Magicians, Dresden Files,
What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?

There were a lot of great books last year; The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland, #2), This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike., The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel, and Warm Bodies to name a few.

This year there have been no stand out reads so far.  There have been some good ones but nothing wonderful. I think I would pick The Necromancer’s House as my favorite so far, but I would certainly say it is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.
What is your favorite blogging resource?

I use a site called Photo Pin. And actually it came out of a discussion from last year’s BEA about ethics and accountability. It was a discussion about how you use resources like book summaries and photos and such and I realized that I was ethically not the blogger I wanted to be. So I started, from that point on, to credit all summaries and to only use Creative Commons pictures and credit those as well. Photo Pin is a web site that allows you to search flickr for creative commons photos.  It also provide a lovely html create source for you to use. (See above photo and credit line) Fabulous work!

Share your favorite book or reading related quote.

The one that is one my email signature is:

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” – Austin Phelps

but there are so many others.

“We read to know we’re not alone.”
― William NicholsonShadowlands


“It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.” 

― Catherynne M. ValenteThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making


“My parents would frisk me before family events. Before weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, and what have you. Because if they didn’t, then the book would be hidden inside some pocket or other and as soon as whatever it was got under way I’d be found in a corner. That was who I was…that was what I did. I was the kid with the book.”
― Neil Gaiman


“5 1/2 centuries after its 1.0 release, the book is a surprisingly robust piece of information technology. Sure, its memory is relatively tiny–one novel adds up to less than a megabyte. But it doesn’t need charging, and it never crashes. Its interface is rapidly and intuitively navigable. The scroll never stood a chance.” 

― Lev Grossman


“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” 

― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars


“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” 

 Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft



36 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2014 – Introductions

  1. Loved your intro post! I’ve been in a very fantasy reading mood lately and have almost polished off The Name of the Wind in the past week. Hoping to finish it today. I also loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane last year, and I have Warm Bodies waiting on my TBR!

    Happy Armchair BEA!

    1. I love it. And as for book covers I think it depends on how you get them, who is hosting them and if you credit the source.

      1. I just talked to two of my author friends and once a book cover is released it is fair game to anyone. They (publishers and authors) want the images circulated as much as possible (free advertising). No permission, or credits, needed as long as it is the book cover and not just the untitled artwork the cover was printed from. No worries!!

        1. Also just had a discussion about book jacket blurbs, synopsis, and summary. If it is from the published book they are also fair game. They want their books to be blogged about much as possible, again, free PR!! I always quote the Goodreads synopsis and just title it “Goodreads”, easy as pie! The publishers and authors don’t want you to be afraid to blog about their books.

    1. I actually listen to them. One of the very few audios I do. But James Marsters makes it worth it.

  2. I love your book quotes!

    I have had a copy of Ocean at the End of the Lane for ages, but like so many books I actually buy for myself, I haven’t read it! Bought books come with no pressure….and so they linger.

    1. Totally! Once the book is in the house and yours there are no deadlines, but all those Netgalley ARCs and the library books they have to be read. 😀

  3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was one of my favorites from last year, too. Seems like I read unusually many great books this year, but I’m with you in thinking that nothing I’ve read this year has really been great. Some have been very good, but nothing earth-shattering so far this year. :-/

  4. I had no idea about Photo Pin! I bookmarked it and must remember to utilize it!

    I love fantasy books for the same reason. I want to be transported in a book, not read about something that could happen to me easily.

  5. Those Fairyland books have so many amazing quotes – those are some of my favorite reads of last year as well! I’m also a major fantasy reader. I’m making my way through Dresden right now – just finished Changes and am still in recovery!!

    1. He keeps ending books in ways that I am stunned. I now sadly I have caught up to him and have to wait for new ones.

  6. Hi Carrie, thanks for stopping by! I especially like the Fault in Our Stars quote, very unforgettable. Hope you enjoy armchair BEA!

  7. I listened to Warm Bodies on audio and really enjoyed it. I haven’t seen the movie yet and I’m not sure that I will. I’ve also been meaning to read American Gods for years! I haven’t heard of PhotoPin but need to check it out.

    Happy Armchair BEA!

    1. I did. I love all things Mr. G. Come back tomorrow and you can read about my one time most embarrassing author meeting. 😉

  8. Love your quote collection, especially that Neil Gaiman one… soooo funny, and one a lot of us can likely relate to! My parents always made me leave my book in the car for big events, but luckily were cool about it most every other occasion.

    1. It is awful but I am still sneaking books into places I probably shouldn’t. 🙂

  9. I read Fairyland #1 and loved it but haven’t gotten to the next books in the series…. a novella, yes, but not the books. On my to-do list!
    Great quotes, I really love the Stephen King one. Saved the best for last… lol.
    Great meeting you!

    1. I loved Fairyland #2 more than #1. #3 was just OK, but I am anxiously awaiting #4.

  10. I love how you describe your blog as written for you. In the blogging world we are our own target audience. Everyone loves someone who isn’t afraid to be themselves.

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