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).
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!
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.
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
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
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
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!