Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Armchair Bea Day 1: Introduction, Classics, and Instragram

Yes, I am alive! I know it has been sooo long since I've posted anything on here, and I am so sorry. I will be doing a vlog soon updating you all on the craziness of my life, and I will start having more reviews up soon now that summer is approaching!

This week, starting today, is Armchair BEA week! I am a little behind in posting this, but today's post will combine my introduction post and the day one post, as well as touch on what activities I will be participating in this week. Here we go!

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 
  3. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? 
  4. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 
  5. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. 
  6. Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s). 
  7. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read? 
  8. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 
  9. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 
  10. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? 
  11. Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

  1. My name is Ariel, and I'm currently 22 years old. I am going to Chemeketa Community College studying Computer Information Systems, with my goal to get a Master's in Library Science. I have been blogging for quite a few years now, but I've only had this blog for about three years. I love writing, so I started my personal blog as a means to get my feelings out in a healthy way. As I started reading other blogs I discovered book blogs, and started that in my personal blog. However, as I did more and more reviews, it just made sense to split the two blogs, and so this blog was born!
  2. I live in a small town in Oregon, called Dallas. No, I do NOT mean The Dalles. There is a difference! For a random fact, we just got a Taco Bell in our town about a year ago now, which was a huge deal! We only have about 14,000 people, which is a little less than the Taco Bell franchise likes to have in a city, but so many people have wanted a Taco Bell for years that it was a success! I won't share a photo today, but I will for the Instragram photo challenge, which I'll mention below!
  3. Yes! I believe this is my third year. I love Armchair BEA because while it kind of stinks I can't go the to actual BEA and BBC event, I can save money and still enjoy some of the fun!
  4. I'm reading a couple of books right now, but the one I'm trying to finish up is called Pastor's Wives. I'll have the review up sometime soon!
  5. Let's see... well, I'm left-handed! It's actually kind of frustrating because both my brother and I are left-handed, but no one else in our family is so we have to plan who sits where at the dinner table so we aren't bumping elbows!
  6. A couple of my favorites are well-known blogs. I love Pure Imagination, and Lori is such a sweetheart! I also love The Story Siren, and Kristi was one of the bloggers that inspired we to start book blogging. Finally, I love Emily's Reading Room! She often posts books I tend to enjoy myself.
  7. Definitely my review of The Annihilation of Foreverland. I know my review sounds pathetic, but I only give a book five stars if it blew me away, and this book did!
  8. Maugin from The Edge Chronicles series. I was would ask her why she never told twig she loved him!!! Yes, I am a little angry about that. :)
  9. Does Paris count? I know it's in so many books... but I just want to visit so badly!
  10. I love that people will help others even if they barely know who they are! And I love that my followers won't abandon me even if I don't post for two months ;)
  11. I'm going to focus this more on myself... I plan to get better about posting on here. I know I say that so often... but I really do miss it!
So there's that! I hope you learned a little about me! If you stopped by for the first time, please link your post(s) below so I can check them out as well!

For today's book category, we're focusing on classics. I shamefully admit I haven't read many classic novels! However, one of my favorite novels is one I consider a classic, Through the Looking Glass! Honestly, I've only read Alice's Adventure in Wonderland one, and it was okay. Although with the new spin-off show coming out, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, I'll have to re-read it soon! However, Through the Looking Glass has always been a book I love every single time I read it. I don't even really know why I love it so much. I think I just enjoy the complete randomness of it, and I love the small poems scattered through-out it! If you love classics and have not read it, I definitely recommend considering it!

What other classic are out there? Are there any you would recommend to me? Let me know below!

One final thing for today's post! This year Armchair BEA is participating in an Instragram challenge! I am obsessed with Instagram, so naturally I will be participating. My handle is angelvelvet, so follow me if you like! Although let me know that you're participating through Armchair BEA, and link your blog as well so I can find you!

Enjoy the week! :)


  1. My list of classics is also short, but I am reading more and more. There are a few I wouldn't mind reading though!
    Hope you enjoy Armchair BEA!

    1. I know! I have many classic I want to read, I just feel like I never have time! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I haven't read too many classics either. I don't even know if i really enjoy them. But it is never to late to start and I figure if they've been popular for 100 years, then they must be good.

    Happy ArmchairBEA! You're a vet!

    1. Definitely! There are so many I want to try, I'm just afraid I won't like them. But like you said, it's never too late to start! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Don't worry about reading the classics, you can always do that later, when you're a classic yourself.

    That's quite a small town you're living in, I'm sure that's nice. My town is 3 times the size (still not enormous) and I often run into people I know, which I like.

    Happy ArmchairBEA!

    1. Haha true! Although I don't know if I will ever consider myself a classic... ha. But yes, I love how small Dallas is! It can be annoying when everyone in town knows me through my family or church, but it's nice to have so many people to count on. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books as well--in fact, I even named my blog after a Lewis Carroll quote. :)

    1. I love Lewis Carroll! I'm so glad other people appreciate his works :) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Where I live there is not one franchise, nor major store, but about 10/15 miles is where all the hustle and bustle is. Enjoy Taco Bell! The Story Siren was a major inspiration to me and blogging, but I haven't visited her site in awhile now. Hope you have a great week!

    1. We have a Walmart, and that's it haha. We go to the capitol which is about 2 miles away for most shopping. Kristi just had a baby, so she doesn't blog as much but she's still around! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Ooo, Through the Looking Glass is fantastic! Great pick!

  7. I like your classics of children's literature idea! I was amazed at how well Charlotte's Web stood up to a reread as an adult.

    1. I've actually never read Charlotte's Web! But it's true, classic will never go out of style :) Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I LOVE the Taco Bell comment!! My little hometown of Harrisburg, Illinois, had a Taco Bell years ago. Then it got shut down by the health department (it was nasty). Then while they were getting their act together the building was flooded out in a really nasty flood and was ruined. Fast forward about 3 years and a new Taco Bell was built ... and I kid you not, people waited in line for HOURS that first day. It was a riot. They were absolutely packed for like the first month of being open. They still do a good business in town, but we are a small town (only 9,000)and there's not a lot of restaurant choices, lol.

    Great to "meet" you!

    1. That's how it was here too! If I wanted Taco Bell at all for the first month, there would be at least a good three or four people in front of me, whether I went inside or did the drive-through. Some people just can't get enough! :) Thanks for stopping by!


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