Armchair BEA: Introduction

Posted May 28, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 31 Comments

I may not be able to be in New York for actual BEA(though I hope everyone who’s there is having a blast and being overwhelmed by awesome books and bookish things), but I’m excited to participate in Armchair BEA this year! Considering I’m in between two moves, it’s probably a GOOD thing I’m not in NY right now– my life is crazy as is! That being said, this is my introduction post for Armchair BEA, so I suppose I should go ahead an actually introduce myself instead of just rambling. I picked 5 questions from the introductory questions to answer, so here they are:

Who are You? How Long Have You Been Blogging? Why Did You Get Into Blogging?


I’m Stormy, 22 year old Texan and recent college graduate(eek!). I’ve been blogging for about six months now, which still seems crazy to me, since I remember the plunge of deciding, “OK, I’m actually going to do this and stick with it”. My degree is in writing, so I tend to spend the majority of my days writing something, whether it’s for an internship or a class or creatively, so it seemed a bit overwhelming to add another type of writing onto that, but I’m glad I did! Blogging’s definitely help me improve as a writer, which is one reason I started blogging. I got into blogging because I loved to read and back in December of 2012, I knew come May I wouldn’t have the same reading community around me that I found in college, so I went online for it instead.

Tell Us One Non-Bookish Thing Everyone Reading Your Blog May Not Know About You.

Aaah, I’m so bad at questions like these, but yet I find them SO fun. A non-bookish thing about me? Hmmm. . .OK, here a few SHORT non-bookish random facts:

1)My first job was at a drive-in movie theater.

2) I was a complete overachiever in high school. I played clarinet in band, keyboard in the jazz band, did U.I.L. literary criticism(which is an academic competition between schools in the state of Texas), played tennis, was in student council(my senior year), as well as our Interact club, and took 29 college hours between my Junior and Senior year. I definitely calmed down a bit in college!

3) I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was about 8 years old, after a particularly painful trip to the orthodontists. I was always making up stories in my head, and my mom encouraged me to write the stories down to keep my mind off the pain. I did, and that weekend I decided to be a writer.

Name Your favorite blogs & explain why they’re you’re favorites.

I love this question because I love spreading the blogging love around, but I also hate it because it’s so hard to not name every single blog in my reader(which, at about 150, is way too many to lists here).

The Perpetual Page-Turner

Jamie’s blog was one of the first book blogs I visited, and it was a great introduction to the community. She has some of the most creative ideas and I admire her for not being afraid to talk about hard things!

Book, Interrupted

Janita & I started our blogs around the same time, and I just remember feeling such comfort that one of the first blogs I found was just starting out too. It made me think that there was still room for us in this book blogging community! Plus, I feel a lot of the blogs I follow are big contemporary fans and while I do enjoy contemporary, I feel like Janita’s on the same page with me for love of all things ADVENTURE-Y!


Renae’s reviews are always so insightful and she does a really good job at explaining issues I sometimes have with books in a much more coherent and logical fashion. Her reviews do an EXCELLENT job at pointing out unfortunate implications when needed.

Radiant Shadows

Kelly’s discussion post and her “Around the Blogosphere” feature always knock it out of the park. I’m amazed at how she’s able to sound fun and casual while still putting a lot of research into her posts. I feel like I’m constantly linking to her posts in my Sunday wrap-up, but they’re just so good!

A Bookish Heart

I love the sort of fun feel in Asti’s design, and her bookish theme! Everything on her blog is integrated together really well, and she always has unique discussion posts.

There are SO many other blogs I love and while I’d like to mention all of them, I don’t think anyone wants me to write a 5,000 word post, so I’ll just say this: book bloggers in general are awesome, and I’m so happy to be a part of this community, as cheesy as it may sounds!

What Literary Location Would You Like Most to Visit?

SO MANY. Can I just do a literary tour of the UK? I’d hit all the London places, Oxford, C.S. Lewis’ house, etc. I want to do Harry Potter tour-type things as well(I know there’s so many!). Let’s just say the UK and I’ll travel around the country from there, a camera in one hand as I jump up and down with joy more befitting a ten-year-old than myself, because literary locations are basically my Disneyland.

Favorite Book Read so Far in 2013?

Ah, I can’t keep it to just one, so I’ll list my favorite of my favorites in 2013– 4 out of my 7 five star reads.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

The writing in this book is beautiful, and I love the love of the misfits of Eleanor & Park. They’re so vastly different than most YA characters that it’s refreshing, and their story is told simply but beautifully.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave

This book was really hyped, and I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to all the 5 star reviews I saw from bloggers, but it totally did. Outside my normal realm of reading(alien invasions? Really?) but so totally worth it.

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer 

Smart Girls Get What They Want

Probably my favorite light, fun, contemporary YA ever. Gigi is such a fun and relatable main character, and she reminds me a lot of myself in high school, only a little more confident.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


I love everything about this book & about the series. I need the rest of the series NOW, please!

And that wraps up my introduction! I’m excited to meet a lot of new bloggers over the course of this week as well, so if you’re participating in Armchair BEA, don’t be shy to link your introduction post in the comments!



31 responses to “Armchair BEA: Introduction

  1. I’d take that literary tour, how fun would that be?? I also really, REALLY liked Eleanor & Park. Swoon!

    I hope you’re enjoying the ABEA, happy reading!

  2. Your link for Respiring-thoughts isn’t working! FYI. I follow all those blogs you listed. I just love them all. They are great for inspiring other bloggers!

  3. Kelly

    Eee thanks for the shout out lady! 😀 *grabs a tissue*

    I sometimes wish I had gotten my degree in English/Writing, but alas, I did not. Maybe I’ll go back some day.

    Scarlet’s my next reader’s choice review; here’s hoping I like it as much as you did!

  4. Jessica

    Hi fellow Texan! Actually I’m New Mexico based but grew up in Texas and I use to participate in UIL whenever I could. I get excited with others mention it. You know Harry Potter type things in the UK requires a trip to Glasgow because Hogwarts is the University of Glasgow (as the locals refer to it).

    Thanks for stopping by Literary, etc and have a great week participating in Armchair BEA. 🙂

  5. XD I feel the same way with you and your blog. It’s always an amazing reminder when I get too caught up in big bloggers that I know that a beginner blog like your’s can be amazingly written and just as good as these big book blogs, even if you’re just starting out like me. It definitely grounds me and reminds me why I’m blogging: not for popularity, but for great content! Haha so true about adventure-y books (I’m going to use that word all the time now). All my books require fast-paced stories and lots of action!

  6. Reanna

    It’s nice to meet you, Stormy! Congrats on the recent graduation *tosses confetti*

    You were a serious over-achiever – I got tired just reading about all you used to do! Best of luck with whatever your future holds 🙂

  7. I love how your mother started you off on the path to being a writer. And I have no clue how you managed to fit all those activities into high school but well done! I have Scarlet on my Kindle to read, really looking forward to it 🙂

    • Haha, my mental sanity didn’t really know how I did all that in HS either, which is why college was a MUCH better experience for me! Hope you enjoy Scarlet–it’s probably my favorite read of 2013 if I had to absolutely pick JUST one.

  8. Harley Bear (@HarleyBearBooks)

    I’m reading The 5th Wave next month and you’ve got me excited now! Congrats on graduating! I wish I had gone to school for English, but too late to change that now lol. Do you think you’ll try to publish something soon? I love your blog design btw.

    • Thank you! As far as publishing, not soon, but hopefully eventually :). I definitely get stuck in that I like to have so many different writings going on at one time that they all get completed very slowly!

  9. I like it that you compare literary locations to Disneyland. Aren’t they just?

    Have a good time at ArmchairBEA. It’s much more relaxing than the real thing, I’m sure.

    • I’m pretty sure my introvertedness will be thanking me at the end of the week that I haven’t forced myself to stand in long lines and be around so many PEOPLE all the time! Definitely more relaxing.

  10. Caribousmom

    Hi Stormy, Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! And CONGRATULATIONS on your college graduation! Thanks for sharing your favorite blogs – there are so many out there and it is hard to keep them all straight – I’ll have to drop by and see these “new to me” blogs! Have a great week!

  11. Your list your favorite blogs is nice! I haven’t heard of a few of them and will definitely have to check them out. Great intro & welcome to the fold! The first year of blogging is the hardest, but it gets easier. 🙂 Tattooed Books

    • Glad to hear that! I definitely feel like each “stage” of a blog probably has different challenges, and the first one is integrating into the community. It’s been fun though!

  12. I did the same thing in high school and by the time I got into college I was so burnt out, lol. I really want to read The 5th Wave and Scarlet (which I own)! They both look so amazing!
    I look forward to more posts from you in the future and I hope you enjoy Armchair BEA!!

    • Ah, they’re both such great books! If I had to pick JUST one favorite book of the year, it would probably be Scarlet. It’s one of my favorite sequels ever.

  13. Great intro! I totally understand about the overachieving. I did that in high school AND college. I finally relaxed when I got out of school. And then I realized there was so much other stuff I could do with my free time. haha.

    • Definitely learned that in college! I was still quite an “achiever” in college, but not an “overachiever”. I just did the things I was REALLY interested in.

  14. Jade

    Being a UK blogger, I feel some what out of the loop when it comes to be BEA but I’m keen to learn more over its time with all the posts that’ll be featured on blogs such as yours Stormy. I enjoyed your introduction post. Not only did I learn a little bit more about you, including the fact that we both starting blogging at around the same time, I also discovered some new blogs and reads.

    I look forward to move Armchair BEA posts from you – and the many other bloggers too!

    My Book Bubble

    • Thanks for stopping by! And I’m in the US, but I sometimes feel out of the loop when it comes to BEA too, so don’t worry! Definitely not just an international thing.

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