Armchair BEA: Introductions

May 28, 2013 Uncategorized 52

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I’m so excited to be participating in Armchair BEA this week! Since, as you all know, I can’t go to BEA in NYC, I heard about this and couldn’t resist. What better way to get all the action of the real deal by sitting in the comfort of my own chair?!

Since today is officially the first day, let’s begin the introductions, shall we?!

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

Hey guys! I’m Christine and I’m pretty new on the scene. I started blogging in January. That was what? 5 months ago? WEIRD! I hadn’t even actually thought about that. It’s almost been half a year. Crazy! I’d like to think I’ve come a long way in that short time period. But I’m a bit biased 🙂 Anyway, I love books, as does everyone else participating in this fantastic event. After I read DIVERGENT AND INSURGENT, I realized I had no one to talk to about books. I was so overwhelmed and shocked and excited and every emotion possible after reading those two books in two days. But nobody knew about the series, so I had to keep all of it to myself. My friends and the people I know still don’t know about that series. They’ll hop on that bandwagon once the Divergent movie starts getting all over the tv and interwebz. Then they’ll read it. But see my point? That could be another 5 months from now! I decided it was time to start up a blog so I could find more people who were just as obsessed about YA as I was. I realized that I hated waiting months and months for my friends to read a book I was super excited about. I wanted to talk about it NOW! So thus, I made my way to, made a blog title, a URL, and wrote my first post. I can honestly say, my world has gotten 10x more exciting since that day. I have found so many new books to add to my never-ending TBR pile that I would have never even heard of if it hadn’t been for the world of book blogging. I’ve met some fantastic people who I wish I knew in real life. Book blogging is such a blast! I have lots of more fun facts about myself on my About Me page and when I was nominated for the Liebster Award 🙂

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

I’m currently reading an ARC of THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau. I would be finished with it by now but some personal things came up this weekend. So far, I’m really liking it! Cia has just completed the first round of the Testing and a huge event just happened. I was not expecting it, at all. I’m still shocked, honestly. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Cia and her fellow classmates. Based off the 100 pages I’ve read, you guys definitely need to pick this one up when it comes out!

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

Aside from books, I’m a HUGE movie lover. I could literally watch movies all day every day. I have a giant collection and never get tired of watching them. Seriously, I’ve seen Transformers over 30 times and always watch it when it comes on tv. I even have an Autobot sticker on my car 🙂 I’m also quite the movie quoter extraordinaire. My sister and I will talk entirely through movie quotes. We especially like to do it when we are with friends who have no inkling, whatsoever.  

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

Hogwarts!! C’mon, who would not want to spend a day in that magnificent castle? I’ve been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the middle of October when apparently there aren’t many tourists. We had no wait time to ride “The Forbidden Journey” and literally zoomed through the whole castle. I would stop to observe the talking paintings and a group of people would grunt and scowl for me to keep walking. As much of a pain as waiting in a 3 hour line for a 40 second ride is, I would really like to be able to see the inside of the castle and actually have the time to look at everything. You guys, it was SO COOL! But yes, I would like to go to the real Hogwarts and see real magic being done. And the changing staircases, I would love to be on one as it changes direction!

5. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

I would pick George Orwell. Kind of random, I know. But if you haven’t read 1984 and you love dystopians, you have got to read this one. It’s the classic of all classics. Aside from THE GIVER, I think I fell in love with dystopians when I read 1984. The whole premise captivated me. Big Brother is scary and Orwell is not too far spot on from what is going on in our world today. The government can tap into any sort of electronic device we own. They know everything. Think about. It’s scary! I would love to know how he came up with everything he did in this novel. How he could have predicated the future, so well. I would also love to find out  what he thinks of the world today, if he were still alive. You know he would have some new ideas about where our future will be 20 years from now. I think it would be one of the most interesting dinner conversations you could ever have!

That’s it for introductions, guys! If you’re already a follower and aren’t participating in Armchair BEA, what would your answers be to these questions?! I’d love to hear them in the comments 🙂

If you’re new to the blog and found me through Armchair BEA, let me know! Leave a link to your post! I can’t wait to hop around and find new book bloggers 🙂


52 Responses to “Armchair BEA: Introductions”

  1. @HarleyBearBooks

    I know what you mean about having so many feels for a book and no one to talk about them with. That’s why I started my blog too. I never realized how many other YA lovers there were out there! Hogwarts is the best. I just watched Order of Pheonix today actually. And I’ve been doing a reread-along for the series. Also, I still haven’t read 1984 or the Giver…major fail lol.
    -Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog

    • Christine P

      Ahh, you definitely need to go read them! They are so great. I probably watch the movies every time they do the Harry Potter Weekend on ABC Family. Just can’t help myself 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Shannon @ River City Reading

    Hogwarts is totally my location, too. I couldn’t even answer that question, I would have gotten way too fangirl! Good pick with Orwell, he really did help open up that genre. Glad to have found my way to your blog!

  3. Kathryn T

    Hi Christine
    Great post. Yours and my blog are about the same age! One thing in common! While I am not a huge YA reader I have read Divergent and Insurgent and am waiting for the third. The students in my class were very excited when they heard Divergent was being made into a movie and rushed to tell me. I want to read Delirium some time too. But as you say so many people online with such great book recommendations. I have a huge TBR pile but hey I am not complaining! Do you know have never read the Harry Potter books, my sister is a huge fan and looks down her nose at me because haven’t read them. One day!

    Kathryn @theBookDate

    • Christine P

      Hey Kathryn! I still need to read Delirium. I’ve heard it’s a great series. It was also supposed to be made into a tv show, I think? It’s on my list somewhere haha. One of these days I’m going to have to stop requesting books and just read the ones I already have waiting haha. I’ve only actually the first three HP books, you’re not alone! Once the movies started coming out, I just watched them instead. Shame on me, I know! When Borders went out of business I bought the whole series for a total of $27. It was a STEAL! I’ll read them one day, too 🙂

  4. Swept Away By Books

    Hogwart’s was my location too, as i’m sure it will be the majority! I started blogging around the exact same time as you for basically the same reasons. Nice to meet you 🙂

    Glad I found my way over here!

    My Intro Post

    • Christine P

      I tried to think of something different, but who was I kidding. Hogwarts would literally be the coolest place to visit. Plus, my disappointed 11 year old self would be extremely pleased 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Cait

    Armchair BEA? Waaaaah! That is COOL. Even though I blog with my little sister, we hardly ever read the same books. I mean, we cover more books that way…but it doesn’t help with discussions. She only JUST read Divergent and Insurgent and is now with me for the torturous wait for Allegiant. Good. I shouldn’t have to suffer alone!!! XD

    • Christine P

      Such a neat idea, right? You can probably still join if you want to! I’ve noticed that the two of you have a bit of different tastes. That’s how my sister and I are too. You’re just like me, dystopian fan! Haha! October is light years away, it’s ridiculous. Glad she’s joined the rest of us 😉

  6. Kayleigh Murphy


    Congrats on coming so far with your blog in such a short time! 5 months into starting my blog I wasn’t even sure what I was trying to do, but you’ve got everything so slick and awesome!

    Looking forward to catching more of your posts. 🙂
    my intro post

    • Christine P

      Oh, why thank you! I’m about to start revamping the look of my blog here shortly. It’ll probably have to wait until after Armchair. This is just too exciting! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 I’m hopping over to your blog next!

  7. Lindsey

    I talk in movie quotes too! I used to be a movie theater projectionist so I used to see everything as it came out. Sometimes I wished it would’ve paid more so I could still be doing it.

    My Intro @ Lindsey Gray

    • Christine P

      Oh, how neat! That would seem like an awesome job. I love movies just as much as I love books. Thanks for dropping by and following! I’m headed to your blog next!

  8. a barmy bookworm

    Blogging certainly does take away that frustration of having so much to say and so much to share when no-one around you wants to listen. Love the blogging community!

    • Christine P

      It really is the best! I feel like it’s completely normal to fangirl over a book here. I’d probably get weird looks if I did it on my personal facebook page haha. Thanks for dropping by!

  9. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    I think most people comment about how they started their blog so they’d have people to talk to about books. Makes me wonder if more people I know IRL actually like books! So glad you’ve joined up with Armchair BEA; hope you have a blast this week!

    • Christine P

      That is such a good point! I probably know a ton but just don’t talk about it out loud. I wish they would, though! I’m so glad I decided to. It’s been so much fun and it’s only Day 1! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  10. Kelly

    I love talking in movie quotes! I’m definitely not fluent enough to hold an entire conversation in quotes though, haha

    My nephew has to read Divergent for school, which I thought was pretty interesting. Must be nice for him to have a teacher who’s so up with the times! Haha

    • Christine P

      Yay! So happy to hear I’m not the only one! It’s quite fun. Watch a movie a couple of times and you get pretty good 🙂 What a lucky kid! I never had a teacher that wanted us to read modern YA. It was always the classics or foreign novels. I hope he likes it!

  11. Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake.

    My blog’s just a month older than yours, so we started a bit around the same time. It was weird to realize I’d been blogging for six months in the middle of May! It sure didn’t feel like six months.
    I’m jealous you got to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I agree–I want to go to the real Hogwarts!

    • Christine P

      I guess they are right when they say time flies when you’re having fun! It was so much fun, I definitely recommend going! Make sure you get the frozen butterbeer. It’s 10x better than the regular nonfrozen one. Oh, and go during an obscure month. You’ll get to ride the rides as many times as you want with literally no wait!

  12. Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

    I love you name tag!!!!!! Fantastic graphic idea!!!!!!

    I agree. Its so fun and a relief to have being to gush about my favorite books with.
    Movies are the best! Transformers is amazing! That and the Dark Knight and the Prestige, I can watch, and re-watch so many times!

    Harry Potter is the series that started my love for reading, so its my favorite series ever. I always wanted to live in Hogwarts. So glad you had fun at the amusement park. Good idea to come in October, I came in December and it was crowded.

    1984! I still freak out whenever I think about that world, so frightening.
    New follower!

    • Christine P

      Thank you!! I came up with the idea literally about 3 minutes before the post went live haha. I thought it was fun 🙂

      I still haven’t seen The Dark Knight yet. Every time I plan on watching it, something comes and then I completely forget to watch it again. But now you have reminded me, so maybe I will this weekend!

      The weather was great in October and there was hardly any lines. The longest lines I saw were for the butterbeer carts haha! I definitely waited in those…a couple of times 😉 Other than that, though, 5 minute wait time, max. I would highly recommend going then!

      Thanks for stopping by and following! It’s getting late here and I have class early in the morning but I’ll be over to visit your blog after that!

    • Christine P

      Like Disney/Pixar animation?! Because I LOVE them! Monsters Inc is my all time favorite. I’ll be like a little kid in a candy shop when Monsters U comes out 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by!

  13. Rachelia

    Wow, you are doing a fabulous job – 87 posts – for only blogging 5 months! I know a lot of book bloggers who are movie lovers. I think it is a complimentry passion: the love of stories! Ahh, Wizarding World sounds amazing – talking paintings sound fun!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! I left a reply to your comment here.

    Have a great week!

    • Christine P

      Oh, thank you! I wish I could post and read more. I was taking the busiest semester of classes in my life and reading for fun had to take a back burner. I hope to be able to read a lot more this summer! That is very true. That’s probably exactly why I love reading and movies so much. The talking paintings were some of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!

  14. Books in the Burbs

    I can completely relate about wanting to discuss the book with others. I love interacting with other bloggers and everyone is so friendly and so giving (book giveaways!).

    • Christine P

      Book bloggers are some of the nicest people I’ve ever come across. Most are nicer than my own friends haha! I love how it’s a no judgement zone. You don’t like a book that I loved? Yay differences! Haha. And yes, the giveaways! One of the greatest things 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Danielle

    Hi Christine! fellow newbie here! I know what you mean about not having people to squee with over books. My IRL friends just don’t get it so it’s amazing to be able to talk to people who understand! I’m starting The Testing this weekend! Cannot wait 🙂

    • Christine P

      Yay! New newbie friend! I love meeting fellow newcomers. It’s like we instantaneously have a connection already, regardless of what types of books we like to read. My IRL friends, poor things, just don’t know what they are missing out on. But I’d talk about books on the internet with fellow book fanatics any day! Danielle, it is so good! I’ve heard some people say it’s too much like The Hunger Games and such but I try not to mash a book up with an extremely famous one. I go in with an open mind and read it as it is, its own entity. And so far, it’s fantastic! I can’t wait for you to start it. I hope you like it! We’ll have to talk about it once you finish it 🙂

  16. Sandy Farmer

    Welcome to Armchair BEA! I love hearing stories about people who started blogging because they had no one to talk to about the wonderful books they read. I mean I hate that you don’t have anyone to talk to about them, but I love that you didn’t stay there but started blogging in order to fix that. You’re definitely right, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to spend time at Hogwarts. Good luck with the rest of Armchair BEA. “Autobots, transform and roll out.”

    New follower by the way! Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    • Christine P

      I was nervous to start doing the whole book blogging thing. I had thought about it for a couple of days and thought, eh just go for it! I didn’t think I’d still be doing this 5 months later. I figured I would be all excited about it for a couple of weeks and then the fad would fizzle out and I’d go back to reading by myself and that be it. Thankfully, it’s become such a fun hobby! I’ve loved every minute of it!

      Thanks so much for following! I’ll be hopping over to your ABEA posts in the morning 🙂

      oh, and…

      YOU JUST MADE MY NIGHT with that quote! *squee*

  17. Alba

    Hi!! I’m new to your blog 🙂

    I was searching for a blog with a different name for me to click on and check out their introductory post and am so very happy I landed here!

    I love your blog 🙂

    :O I actually have a love/hate relationship with Divergent… it’s weird so that’s why I haven’t read Insurgent just yet though I’m really excited for the movie… But I think I can put off my reading of the sequel for a little longer still.

    Yay for movies!! I loooove them as well 🙂

    And Hogwarts? Ummm I loved the movies but I haven’t read the books and I don’t think I ever will… I’m not such a huge fan of fantasy books that start off as MG 🙂

    But true… It’d be awesome to be there, specially in the stairs when they’re moving.

    So happy to meet you 🙂
    Hope you enjoy ArmchairBEA 😀

    Here’s my Introduction post for Day 1 if you’d like to stop by.
    Alba @ BookPics

    • Christine P

      Well, hi there! I’m glad you stumbled across it! And thank you so much 🙂

      You should go read it! It’s so much different than the first one. The plot definitely thickens up and some crazy things take place, especially near the end. I’m so excited for the movie! I don’t think I can wait another year. I get so impatient with things like that haha

      Truth be told, I only read the first three HP books. I own all of them but just never made it past Prisoner of Azkaban. Now, I absolutely adore the movies. I own and have seen all of them lots and lots of times.

      It was nice to meet you, Alba! It’s getting late here but I’m definitely stopping by tomorrow morning! I hope to see you around here again!

  18. Julie S

    I just finished The Testing. Really pretty cool 🙂 I find it so cool that many bloggers start because they have no one to discuss their love of books with. Yay for the blogosphere 🙂

    • Christine P

      Did you review it? I’ll have to stop by once I finish 🙂 I was hoping I would today but life kind of got in the way. My goal is finishing it tomorrow (today?). The blogosphere is fantastic and I’m so glad I decided to join!

      Thanks for dropping by!

    • Christine P

      Hi, Amanda! Thanks for welcoming me! I’m so glad I decided to join along! Is this your first time participating? I’m only about halfway through but if it weren’t for having to walk my dog, eat, go to class, do homework, and sleep, I probably wouldn’t be able to set the book down. It’s been quite the page-turner!

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be heading over to your post in the morning, once I’ve had a couple hours of sleep and some coffee! 🙂

    • Christine P

      Hi Deborah! Thank you for tweeting my link a little while ago! 🙂 I was very intimidated when I first joined. There were so many already very successful and popular bloggers out there. I wasn’t sure whether there was room for one more. It’s people like you that have made me feel very welcome and glad that I decided to join the book blogging world 🙂

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