June 3, 2012

Armchair BEA Introductions

Image created by Emily of Emily's Reading Room

This is my first year participating in Armchair BEA. Heck, it's the first year I even know what BEA is :P I'm excited to be joining in this year, though and hope to be able to participate to the fullest. To start out my participation this year, we have my introduction post :]

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
I think my About Me and sidebar description sum me up pretty well so I won't delve any further into the Who I Am bit. I've been blogging for a year on the 21st of this month. I started A Room with Books for two main reasons 1) I was starting to feel like I wasn't getting much out of my reading anymore and 2) I was lacking hobbies in my life and the blog helped clear up both problems nicely :]

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I'm currently reading Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (finally!). As for my favorite of 2012 so far? Well, I can't possibly choose :P

3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
Hmm..good question. I love to freak myself out with thrillers and horror movies but I tend to jump at every little shadow. I don't even like doing laundry in my apartment building after dark :P

4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
I love the My Current Obsession feature I do sporadically, because though I've only featured tv shows on it so far, it could be anything I want it to be. I like the freedom to share parts of my life that aren't necessarily bookish. 

5. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
I like to think that my Broke? Here's some tips for free books. could help some people out :]

6. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
To be quite honest, I'm not the best people person (I'm working on it). I always clam up and get all stuttery and never know what to say. That being said, I'd love to attend a dinner that had John & Hank Green, their wives, Stephanie Perkins, Tahereh Mafi, and Kiersten White in attendance. I'm pretty sure it'd be a riot.

7. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
That would be Artime from Lisa McMann's The Unwanteds which I happened to review on the blog today :]

8. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
I love the simple fact that it is a community. Even though we each have our own little corner of the internet, it's like we're a part of something bigger.
If I were to see anything, it would just be less drama. I know I can't expect it to ever completely disappear, but I've seen quite a bit of drama since I joined the community nearly a year ago.

9. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
My tastes haven't really changed all that much, but I do read more contemporary now :]


  1. I got to work as the summer librarian the year I graduated high school in my little hometown of Appomattox VA and it was a dream job! I hope you find a job in a bookstore!

  2. I was lucky enough to get that bookstore job and I can tell you that there truly is nothing better. :)

    Pandemonium is in my TBR, but I have a few review books to get through before I can read it! ARG! Of course, I've got an entire bookshelf full of books that I've been dying to get to. LOL

  3. It's hard to get away from the drama anywhere. I love this community too. A whole lot. But you're right.. the drama! I'm usually just glad I'm not in the middle of it :o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

    Come visit my introduction? Thanks!

  4. I loved Pandemonium! I hope you enjoy it!

    And totally agree with you on the blogger community. Although "a land with no drama" probably only exists in fairy tales. Boring fairy tales ;-) It's nice to wish though!

    Nice to meet you!

    My Armchair BEA Intro Post.

  5. Oh, I was going to pick John & Hank Green too! Love them! :) DFTBA!

    Here's my Armchair BEA post for today!

  6. Nice to meet you! You know, doing laundry always creeped me out when I lived in apartments, so I don't blame you!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  7. Early congrats on your anniversary. Hope you enjoy your week.

  8. Glad to have found your blog. The posts you mentioned sound pretty cool. I'm off to go exploring on your blog now! :)

  9. Congrats on the anniversary!! I love Lauren Olivers books! Have fun with BEA week!

  10. I would have dinner with all those authors too! I saw Stephanie Perkins at a multi-author event and she sold me on her books just hearing her talk about them. Fingers crossed, I should be seeing John Green this Saturday at the Chicago Printer's Row Lit Fest. Planning to get there early with my free ticket voucher, but the whole system seems odd to me. We'll see!

  11. It's so great to meet you!!
    Hope you have a great Armchair BEA week!
    Here's my post: http://little-red-reads.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-introductions.html

    xo Stephanie

  12. Hey Jasmine! It's great to hear that you are participating too! I totally agree with your author dinner, invite me? Lol. That would be amazing.

  13. Welcome to BEA Jasmine! I agree my dream job would be somehow surrounded in books...for now, just writng them and when I break, READING is my favorite part...please feel free to stop by my site... Im a new follower on Twitter :) Tina


  14. Can I come to your dinner party?

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. I stay away from horror and thrillers. I have never been good with them, and most especially not after The Shining totally scared me when I was teenager. It was such a frightening experience that I forced myself to sleep while staying overnight at my friend's home...ugh...the nightmares.

  16. I would absolutely DIE if I could attend that dinner. I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be much eating going on, but there would be copious amounts of laughter.

    Nice to meet you!

  17. Hi Jasmine! Nice to meet you :) I like how you started book blogging partly because you felt you weren't getting much out of book blogging. I think it really changes the reading experience! Also, I love how we have a mutual obsession and love for pugs, haha. I LOVE the picture of your dog "reading". SO CUTE!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  18. I've gotten to hang out with Stephanie Perkins and Keirsten White together and they were HILARIOUS and awesome - with all those others, I think that'd be too much amazing to handle! And I'm WAY too chicken to watch scary movies and thrillers; usually I can't even handle scary books haha.

    Happy Armchair BEA and lovely to meet you!
    My Armchair BEA Intro

  19. Love your post about Tips for Free Books. :) Nice to meet you!

  20. If you would like to experience a little of the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest. Check out http://www.authorsbroadcast.com to watch our monthly "Authors Showcase" program. The July and August episodes are dedicated to the Chicago Lit Fest 2012. Find new books and authors. See what you missed or review the fun you had.


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