Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA: Introductions First!

Welcome, visitors, to my blog!

This is the first post to kick-start Armchair BEA. I'm excited!!!

The topic for this post is an introduction. On Armchair BEA's website, they have listed 10 questions for book bloggers like myself to look at as an interview. Fortunately, we are only asked to choose 5 of those questions to answer, then hop around to other sites participating in Armchair BEA.

Here are the questions (with answers) I chose:

  • Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
    • I'm Leah (I think that's obvious from my blog's title). I work at a college in North Dakota and LOVE my job. I began blogging in October 2010. My job requires me to travel frequently, so I found myself feeling the need for an outlet of some kind. I lived alone at the time, so I would travel, work, and be at home alone. Blogging allowed me an outlet to not only share my passion with others, but also to give me a sense of responsibility and personal satisfaction.
  • What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
    • Something I have started on my blog and am LOVING is my "highlights" feature. At the end of every month, I recap what I did during the past month--which books I read, if I did any crafts, travel, etc. I also look at what the future has for me on the horizon.
  • If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
    • Hands-down, it would be John Steinbeck. How was he able to capture the inspiration and so eloquently put it into words? He has been my literary hero for ages.
  • What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
    • That's a tie between Stephen King's house and Shakespeare's house. Either way, I would hope for their talent to rub off on me. 
  • What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
    • I love that it's so connected. I just recently joined Twitter, too, and am now seeing this literary world I never knew existed.
      As far as the future, I would love to see more non-YA bloggers like myself. Sometimes I feel a little alone, as though I'm the only adult who doesn't have 60% or more of their blog dedicated to YA novels. It would be nice for me to be able to follow more blogs without the YA focus.

Well, readers, that's what I've got for today's theme. Tune in tomorrow for the opening of my giveaway for Fifty Shades of Grey. The giveaway will close on Friday, June 8th.

Happy reading! :)


  1. I love the idea of doing a monthly recap blog post! I'm terribly at doing meme's but it's a great thought!

    Here's my Armchair BEA post for today!

  2. Great talent you picked there. I'm not big on Shakespeare but like King.

  3. Greetings from South Dakota! I'm going to have to explore your blog more and see where you travel. There's a lot of open space between destinations in this part of the country!

    My intro post is here, please stop by-

    1. I do go through SD! Mostly the Rapid City area, but I won't be traveling there for work this year. I'll be at Augustana for a brief stint in August, but those are all the SD trips I have mapped out there this year... Nice to meet a fellow "local" blogger!

  4. Ooh, Stephen King's house and Shakespeare's house would both be amazing, but extremely different!

    I have to admit I'm guilty of being an adult who blogs mostly about YA. It's just so fast and fun, and I like that I don't have to devote giant chunks of time to it. But I enjoy a good adult read too!

    Pleased to meet you! Here's my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

  5. I've been all around the historical sites at Stratford-Upon-Avon. It is an interesting place to visit.

    My sister lives in North Dakota, so I visit there frequently. Didn't know there were any bloggers up there!

    Hopefully Armchair BEA will help you find adult book bloggers. There are a lot of them out there.

  6. Hi Leah
    I'm a blogger who rarely reads YA too so I am happy to have found your blog

    Have a great Armchair BEA
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  7. Have you ever been to Monterey, CA? It's a beautiful place, but it's also like stepping into the pages of a John Steinbeck novel. It's almost surreal. If you enjoy his writings, you would love that place. (The aquarium is pretty awesome too.)

    The Flashlight Reader

  8. John Steinbeck...excellent choice!
    and Stephen King's home...awesome! I agree with you....I have felt like an elderly senior citizen looking at the blogs today (at age 50) but I do applaud all the young people who are reading and blogging!

  9. You're so lucky to get to travel as part of your job! That's a dream of mine. If you make it to Shakespeare's house, let me know. I'm about an hour from Stratford. Great place all around! :D

    ~ Sophie

  10. It was so nice to meet you :) I've never read John Steinbeck, can you believe that? :/ I've gotta get on the ball and at least read one! Armchair BEA @ the Brunette Librarian

  11. Just stumbled upon your blog via Armchair BEA. I'm still trying to visit every single blog that did an intro post. I've been checking out a few of your other posts, so expect some comments from me on random posts. :) Nice to meet you!


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