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Monday, 4 June 2012

Armchair BEA; introduction.

Welcome to armchair BEA!!

Hiya, i'm Beckie **big waves**, welcome everyone!!

This is the long awaited BEA (Book Expo America) but this is the armchair version for those of us who couldn't make it.  I am one of them sadly, i live in England so the chances of me going is minus a 100 never mind zero,lol.  I am sad that i am missing it because i would have loved to have gone but never mind, the armchair one has many benefits!! Stay in pjs, sit on sofa/bed, no sore feet, drink hot choc/tea, watch tv, listen to music, go on twitter, do blogging, meet others so get to know the community better and i'm sure there is more- list some in the comments :)  Check out about the armchairbea!

So intro time from the questions and then time to check out some blogs :) I do not get much time sometimes to blog etc (hence me doing my intro at 22.30 uk time lol )

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 Rebecca, but i rarely get called that, it's usually Bec, Becs, Becca or Beckie lol.  I am 27, i live in the uk and i am a mum of two lil 'cherubs' (read terrors lol) who are 8 and 4.  I started a personal blog when my youngest was born but it was private to me.  I started my book one recently but have been reading book blogs for a long time, over a year.  I have taken the plunge! hehe.  I have done this because i have long-term health problems and i thought this would help me with a purpose to take my mind off things, meet people and also it was a personal record for me to look back etc with books.  I love blogging, reading (obviously lol) and watching youtube videos in relation to books.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I am currently reading Hourglass by Myra McEntire (loving it!!), can't wait to read Timepiece after! So far my favourite book of 2012 has been 'The Good Father' by Diane Chamberlain. She is fast becoming my favourite author and i absolutely LOVED this book! Oh and another favourite by the same author was 'The Midwife's Confession' -amazing! 

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I am a qualified MIDWIFE! 

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
The togetherness, the interactions and making online friends.  The whole sharing information, finding other books you like but didn't know about or trying a new genre.  Also hearing other's opinions about books you have read.  Twitter is great!  Yep, i would LOVE all the drama, bitterness etc to go.  No one in my eyes is better than anyone else either and just because a blog is all singing and dancing doesn't mean the content is on the same level.  Content is important. 

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
OMG yes completely! Before i was mainly for the romance and chick lits.  I still like those BUT i have  been introduced to dystopian novels, i'm loving books about time travel!! and i'm even into vampire books and contemplating reading zombie books, which i did not think where for me.  You have to just open your mind and go with it. My TBR pile is ever growing and is probably nearly at 100books  or more,oops.

So that is my five questions, I look forward to reading other people's, so let's have some fun!!


30 comments:

  1. That's so cool that you are a midwife! Welcome to Armchair BEA! Have fun!

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    1. hiya and thank you :) I hope you enjoy it and have fun xx

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  2. Hi Becca! Nice to "meet" you :) Hourglass is AMAZING & I can't wait for Timepiece (7 days!). I think it's so cool that you are a qualified midwife!! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I'll see you around :)

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    1. Hiya, thank you :) Yep i agree it is AMAZING! I am over half way and I have Timepiece as a review copy but not yet read it due to having to wait to read Hourglass. This ArmchairBEA has delayed me in reading lol x All worth it though. When you read Timepiece will you be reviewing it? II love your blog so i will keep stopping by x

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  3. Beckie!! Yeeey for a blogger from Europe!! :) :) And OMG you're from England!! <3 <3 I miss it <3 Hopefully my International English Exam will go well, so I will be heading to Scotland in September for the master!! :)

    Hourglass is good!! And Timepiece will blow you away!! :) I liked it a lot :) Kaleb is also a very intersting character ;) ;) I hope you'll like it when it comes out ;)

    My design? You can check this awesome website - they have TONS of backgrounds ;) And it's free ;)
    http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/

    Hope to see you around!! :)

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    1. Hi again hun, I am just getting around to replying so i apologise for this late posting x Yep another europe gal :) where in europe are you from? goodluck with the scottish 'accent', hope you get along with it ok :) Good luck with your exam, when is it? I am sure you will be fine :)
      Ohh i am loving Hourglass as you know, i have Timepiece as a review copy but obviously had to read Hourglass 1st. In Hourglass i am upto where Kaleb is with them after a wild night and is flirting with Em. Kaleb is interesting already so cant wait to read more, eekkk lol. I will review them :)
      Cheers for the background, i will need to check them out xx see you on twitter and on your blog, keeping popping by here lol x

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  4. I don't think your blog is "basic" at all. I think it's very aesthetically pleasing. And I love the font you're using. I just may have to be a copycat.

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    1. Hi :) Aww thank you :) I have a few tweeks i need to do but i have not being blogging long. Feel free to copy away lol xx Thank for popping by, hope you enjoy the armchairBEA x have fun x

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  5. Dystopian novels are so much fun to read, aren't they? (Although I guess that seems sort of wrong considering they are all about horrible situations.) :) Very cool that you are a midwife!

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    1. Yeah, i know what you mean but they are still amazing. Sometimes you need something other than based on a 'reality' lol. Thank you, it has it's ups and downs :) Thank you for popping by, hope you have a great week, enjoy and have fun x

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  6. Oh, a qualified Midwife is cool!!

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    1. thank you :) and hi *waves* :)

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  7. I just started Timepiece -- loved Hourglass. Hope you have a great week. Nice to meet you!
    My BEA Post

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    1. hi *waves* It seems that everyone loves Hourglass and are raving about Timepiece. I have it for review and cannot wait to read it after Hourglass. How are you finding Timepiece? I hope you have a great week too,lovely to meet you x I will check out your blog :) x

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  8. Oooh so cool that you're a midwife. Come to the States and be my bookish blogging midwife when I have babies? (oh goodness, now my baby fever is ONCE AGAIN in high gear!) Haha!

    I love dystopian novels too- I've been on a major apocalypse kick.

    So nice to "meet" you Becca (and btw, the popcorn/harry potter break was yummy!!) :)

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    1. Thank you, hehe, oh the states, would LOVE to come there lol so yeah you are on haha. The whole birthing experience in the states seems very different, very medicalised with obstetric nurses and obsetricians delivering babies.....i know there are midwives but i wonder if they are like us in the way they practice :) I have baby fever bad but cannot have anymore
      Nice to meet you too, hope you have a good week and glad you enjoyed that, popcorn!!! my new obsessio

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  9. My tastes have changed since I started blogging too! I am now much more willing to try other genres, and I started reading YA because of book blogs - otherwise I would never have given it the time of day.

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    1. Hi, i agree, it really does open up your eyes but that it the beauty of it all :) Imagine what we would miss out on if we weren't part of this. x

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  10. *waves while jumping up and down in a very excited fashion* Hello there! That is so cool that you're a midwife and your blog is fantastic! Day 1 and I'm loving my first Armchair BEA experience already because it's always such fun to meet other people in this wacky community known as book blogging. I totally hear you on the tastes thing, too. Contemporary/romance is still my favorite, but dystopians are so much fun too. So nice to "meet" you and hope you have a fun week!

    -Monica @ The Fuma Files

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    1. hiya *waves* your excitement is jumping out of my laptop and making me want to bounce in my seat haha. Are you still feeling the excitement still? hehe. It died down for m as i had a stressful day 2 in 'life' and my day 2 post drove me to the edge with putting images in lol. I hope you have a fun week too :) sounds like you have got off to a great start hehe x

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  11. I need to be more open about books ~ that's GREAT you've gone from romance and (cough) chick-lit to dystopian and zombies!!! What a flip!! I want to get into zombies b/c there's so many great authors writing them right now!!!

    Stay healthy!! And btw, how cool to be a midwife!!! Scary and totally rewarding at the same time!!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying HI!!

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    1. Being open to books has taken a while and even when i'm giving something a go for the first few pages i'm like umm is this for me and then by the next chapter i am hooked lol. The flip to zombies is slow, i have not yet read a book with this theme but my interest has increased and i'm reading 'blurbs' and reviews on them-next step is to read one xhehex
      You are welcome...i love your blog, thanks for popping by here and i will keep checking out your blog :)
      Yeah midwifery has it's ups and downs but that sentence sums it up perfectly!! :) xx

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  12. Hi Beckie - so pleased you stopped by our blog and left your link because now we've discovered your lovely blog! We really hope you have a fantastic Armchair BEA! :)

    Donna & Dave

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    1. aww thank you, i'm glad i found your blog and some fellow yorkshire folk, sooo close hehe x Thank you for popping by here :) Keep in touch plz x and enjoy this week :) have fun x

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  13. I've heard so many good things about Hourglass but I have not had time to read it yet!

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    1. Oh you have to read it, it is AMAZING and i'm only just past half way, then Timepiece to read. Definitely read it :) xx

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  14. Wow, a midwife. That is pretty amazing. I also enjoyed The Midwife and The good Father. Chamberlain does such a great job of making you care for the characters.

    I hope you are enjoying Armchair BEA!

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    1. Thank you and thanks for popping by :) Yes she is a fantastic author and i LOVE her books, she is becoming one of my fav author easily. She is writing a book at the moment and i cannot wait to read it :) x Hope you have a lovely week xx

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  15. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog! I just downloaded Timepiece and can't want to get a chance to read it (among my 100+ others!)! Hope you are enjoying ABEA!

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    1. Thank you for returning the favour :) Have you started reading Timepiece or is it on your TBR list? I have and only 2 chapters in and i'm hooked. I didn't realise it is different to hourglass as it's from a different character's perspective. Did you enjoy the ABEA overall? xx

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