Armchair BEA 2014 Introductions

Posted May 26, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 26 Comments

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Hello friends! This week I’ll be participating in Armchair BEA, so the blog might look a little different. So for those of you finding Book.Blog.Bake. via Armchair BEA or just new readers. . .

Hello!

I’m Stormy. 23-year-old Texan who loves daisies, tea, and the color blue.

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I don’t normally wear white dresses or hats that big. I do usually wear that red lipstick though. I’m glad you’re here, but let’s get down to the questions, 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? Where in the world are you blogging from?

I started blogging in December 2012, though I had tried other blogs before making Book.Blog.Bake. None of them lasted very long. They weren’t things I was really passionate about. Besides the things already mentioned above, I work at a non-profit doing youth programming and I watch tons of Gilmore Girls. I’m also a writer besides a reader and spend most of my days wrapped up in a story of some form. I have the ability to turn a conversation from small talk to real talk in about a minute without people even realizing it(this can be both my best and wost trait), and I’m insanely curious. I love coffee and tea in equal measure, and I would decorate my entire house in the beautiful ampersand & sign if I could. I’d buy wallpaper.

I got into blogging because I thought I might someday want to work in the book industry and thought talking about books was a good first step. I don’t think that’s in my future anymore(though hey, never ruling it out!) but I do want to work with books and I have blogging to make me realize that reading is so much more than just a hobby for me. I’m blogging from central Texas.

2. Share your favorite book or reading related quote.

I have so many, but I have to share one from Madeleine L’Engle, whose books influenced me SO much and are at least 30% of why I’ve always wanted to be a writer:

Story makes us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving. Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matter cosmically.”

3. What book would you love to see as a movie?

For some reason when I read this question, the first movie that sprang to mind was Cruel Beauty. I liked Cruel Beauty a lot(4 stars), but it wasn’t an absolute favorite. There are books I loved way more, but something about Cruel Beauty just seems so cinematic. Seeing Ignifex on the screen? THE CASTLE? Yes and yes.

Cruel Beauty

4. What was your favorite book you read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?

Favorite book I read last year was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. If you’ve visited my blog before, you’re probably tired of me talking about it!

Aristotle and Dante

Favorite book this year is SO HARD. I normally have a ton of trouble picking stand-out books. Last year was an anomaly because I just loved Aristotle & Dante so much. Hmm. Well, I’ve loved A Separate Peace:

A Separate Peace

Winger:

Winger

Dark Places:

Dark Places

Tell the Wolves I’m Home

tell the wolves im home

Ah, and those are just a few of my favorites so far! I’ve also loved Cress, Something Real, Even in Paradise, Open Road Summer, and Dangerous Girls.

5. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online.

Book.Blog.Bake. is home to book reviews, fun features like If TV Characters Read YA, and sometimes serious discussion posts like gendered reading or valuing creative content.

Social media links:

Facebook
Twitter(my most-used social network)
Instagram
Pinterest
Tumblr(the least used social network)
Goodreads

And there you have it, an introduction to me and Book.Blog.Bake.!

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26 responses to “Armchair BEA 2014 Introductions

  1. Ahhh I bought Cruel Beauty a few weeks ago and it’s on my short list for the next few months! So excited!

    Also: BIG HAT PARTY. THAT IS ALL.

  2. I just a free audiocopy of Cruel Beauty from Sync, even though I’m not a fan of audio reading. I had to have a copy though and even if that meant reading audio. πŸ™‚
    Great to meet you. Is Stormy your real name? I just gotta ask.

  3. *Waves from North Texas* Hopefully you got a bit of rain in your parts today? I’m hoping for some more tonight but of course everytime I look at my weather app the percentage of chance is lower and lower. Sigh.

    I’m glad you mentioned Cruel Beauty. It’s the download this week from SyncYA and I almost passed it up because I hadn’t heard of it before. I’ll be sure to download it now!

    Hope you have a great Armchair BEA week!

  4. I also love daisies, tea, and the color blue which could be why I think you’re blog design is awesome πŸ™‚ I only got to Ari and Dante this year, but it was one of my favorites too.

  5. Cee

    Was it really at Armchair BEA we met? Geeeeez.

    I see Aristotle and Dante in your favorites every time, and I am always reminded that I neeeed to read this book. I’m embarrassed that I still haven’t. ONE DAY. (When I’m out of my reading slump. :P)

  6. I started my own blog in December 2012 as well :). I love tea, but I hate coffee. I always find picking a favourite book of the year difficult, but I think I managed for my own BEA introduction post.

    • Stormy

      Picking a favorite book is so hard! Hard enough to pick a favorite of the year, and I HATE when people ask me what my favorite book is. So difficult to pick just one!

    • Stormy

      After thinking about it, sometimes I worry working in the book industry would ruin all my illusions about books. Plus, I don’t really want to move to New York, so. . . Winger was really great. Not sure it would be my kind of book but I ended up loving it.

    • Stormy

      I really loved Dark Places. I liked, but didn’t love, Gone Girl. Dark Places, however, was basically everything I had hoped Gone Girl to be.

  7. Great intro! πŸ™‚ Been hearing great things about Cruel Beauty, will have to keep my eye out for it. Is it weird/bad that I never read any of Madeleine L’Engle’s books? I remember picking up A Wrinkle in Time in grade school but never got around to reading it and then had to return it to the library…

    Day 1 @ on my blog

    • Stormy

      Ooh, I love Madeleine L’Engle’s books! I highly recommend them–they still stand up to further reading, in my opinion. Cruel Beauty was really interesting! I didn’t love it but I liked it a lot.

  8. I just read A Wrinkle In Time for the first time this year! I loved her writing!
    Tell the Wolves I’m Home is in TBR pile too but you make such a compelling case for Aristotle and Dante that I think I’ll have to put that above it!

    Nice to meet you and hope to see you around this week!

    • Stormy

      Madeleine L’ Engle is wonderful πŸ™‚
      Tell the Wolves I’m Home AND Aristotle & Dante are both amazing. If I had to rate them I’d put Ari & Dante higher but it’s a tough choice. You can’t go wrong either way!

  9. Cait

    This was pretty cool! I’m not doing armchair BEA (I will one year though…haha!) but it was super cool learning more about you anyhow. πŸ˜‰ I LOVE Madeleine L’Engle. So inspiring. I particularly love a lot of her quotes on Goodreads…they’re just aaaall sorts of awesome. x)

    • Stormy

      I had a blast doing Armchair BEA last year, but I won’t be as involved this year–blah, working getting in the way & such! I love Madeleine L’Engle. I have some of her memoirs to read, but I haven’t yet. She’s one of the writers who influenced me the most as a child.

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