Monday, May 23, 2011

Armchair BEA Introduction


Welcome to Armchair BEA!

I'm so excited to be participating in this event, even though I'm disappointed that I can't go to the real BEA this year.

Who Am I?

My name is Alison (as you might guess from the name of my blog). I've been blogging for almost a year now. My blog is mostly Young Adult, with a few Middle Grade novels and a weekly Manga feature. I read all kinds of books. Growing up, I read mostly contemporary and historical fiction. In recent years, my obsession with Twilight and Harry Potter have given rise to a love for fantasy and paranormal. I read tons of paranormal romance young adult novels. I'm starting to read adult paranormal romance novels as well, but I mostly limit my reviews on the blog to YA.

I love doing discussion posts on my blog. I usually have one every other week. Here are a few of my favorites:

I LOVE Twilight and I Am NOT ASHAMED!!!

Blogger Advice: Gaining Followers

How Do I Armchair

First off, why am I not going to BEA this year? Because I am moving from Minneapolis to Sacramento in 2 or 3 months. Moves are expensive and time consuming, so no trip to New York City. What's worse is that we need to get rid of our house, which is its own nightmare :-(

If by chance, you want to buy or rent a house in a Minneapolis suburb, I have the place for you!

While everyone is having fun at BEA this week, I will be working, going to yoga, fielding calls from prospective renters, and fitting in BEA blogging in between.

What Am I Looking Forward To

From the Armchair side, I'm looking forward to finding new bloggers and getting to know old ones better.

From the BEA side, I'm looking forward to living vicariously through the participants. I'm excited for the author discussions. I'm really excited to see what books people pick up, even though I'm afraid I'll turn permanently green from a high level of jealousy (which just might deter prospective renters or buyers, unless they're big Wicked fans)

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  1. "I LOVE Twilight and I Am NOT ASHAMED!!!"

    You go, girl. You're not alone.

    Nice to meet you! I hope you enjoy ArmchairBEA.

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  2. Hi Alison, nice to meet you. Good luck with the move!

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  3. Yes, a move would put a damper on spending. Hope you enjoy Armchair BEA with us instead!

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  4. Nice to meet you. Good luck with the move. As someone who's done a lot (and one coming up at the end of the year), I can sympathise with how much time, money and commitment it takes to get everything from one destination to the other.

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  5. Great to meet you! I am thrilled to find your weekly manga review (my daughter devours them).

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  6. Great post! Good luck trying to sell/rent your house. I know how stressful that can be. I look forward to reading your posts. Happy Reading!
    http://bookworm-meags222.blogspot.com

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  7. Hi, Alison ~ Good luck with the move! I hate to move (mostly because I end up having to get rid of books). Looking forward to your Armchair BEA posts.

    Tiffany James

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  8. I love discussion posts as well! I always try to participate and I've had a couple myself. Good luck with moving! :)
    Armchair BEA: About Us!

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  9. Haha, oh Alison! Love your kick off post :)

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  10. Wow that is some move you are planning. Any move is stressful, but cannot even imagine one across the country. I am also looking forward to meeting new bloggers and this is my first time participating in the Armchair BEA and am looking forward to it.

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  11. wild, i just did a state to state move about six months ago. WHEW!!! i also did a cold climate to sunshine 95% of the season turn around too. Wishing you and family well with that move, it is exhausting! i just got over it all and happy reading in the mist of it all.

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  12. Hi Allison! I just love your blog, it's so pretty! I'm a new follower ;)

    You're not alone in your love for Twilight..lol. Say it loud and say it proud. My friend Lori (Pure Imagination) screams it from the rooftops as well.

    If you get a chance stop by and Meet Me Here

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  13. Alison:

    Your blog is gorgeous!

    Nice to meet you,
    Heidi

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  14. Nice to find your blog. I'm excited to meet new bloggers too. This is a great way to connect and follow new people. Nice blog too. Hope to stay connected.

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  15. You are not kidding when you say moves are expensive :( NEXT YEAR!! <3 Glad you're doing Armchair BEA :)

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  16. Wow, that is quite the move. ArmChair is going to be a lot of fun.

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  17. Twilight is a good, fun read. I really enjoyed it. Nice to "meet" you!

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  18. I am a huge Twilight fan too, but I think you already know that. :)

    Yay! I'm glad you are participating. Me too! It should be fun.

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

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  19. I love your blog! I'm following you now, I can't wait to read your reviews etc. Your blog is beautiful :)

    -Kate the Book Buff
    The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People

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  20. Those are two of my favorite posts by you too!

    Good luck selling your house. I think that is why I won't even consider moving. I don't want to deal with selling my house.

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  21. Good luck with your move!!

    http://yalitwit.blogspot.com/2011/05/introducing-me-armchair-bea-kick-off.html

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  22. Hi, I'm here via Armchair BEA and like your blog. And I'm also not ashamed to say that I love Twilight.

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  23. I'm an old follower but it's great to learn more about the people behind the blogs I love.

    Harry Potter got me reading again and into all things Fantasy etc, but I have to confess I don't like Twilight! But i don't begrudge the people that do. Each to their own.

    Here's to an Awesome Armchair BEA, if you want to check out my post, it's on my blog here:
    http://beckysbarmybookblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/armchair-bea-kickoff-who-am-i.html

    Have a great week.

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  24. Hope your move goes smoothly! Double yay for HP & Twilight. No one should ever be embarassed for loving good books and being literate. I'm a proud book worm! Happy Armchair BEA and reading :)

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  25. I know what you mean about moving, it's so crazy expensive! Just stopping in to say hello for Armchair BEA. Have a lovely Monday!

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  26. I'd say nice to meet you but I've been stalking you for months! XD

    ComaCalm's Corner

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  27. Great highlighted posts! I too love Twilight (and need some advice on gaining followers!). Nice to meet you! I hope you stop by eclectic / eccentric and say hi!

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  28. Excellent on a weekly Manga feature! Happy blogging this week.

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  29. Nice, love the Wicked reference. You should definitely act out some Elphaba scenes for those renters/buyers... who knows what could happen! (err, probably nothing good?)

    Anyway, I am an older follower, but I just thought I'd stop by and say hello! =)

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  30. Good luck with the move. Unless I'm ill or traveling (and don't have access to the internet), I post a review each and every day. Come learn more about me and my blog.

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  31. This is my first time participating in armchair BEA. Yay!

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  32. Wow! From AZ then moved to MN and now you're moving again to CA? Yikes!! Yeah, I'm from Chicago so I did the big move once. I hope never again. I love AZ so much :o) Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  33. Nice to meet you-I must ask why are you moving to Sacramento. I hope the move goes smooth.

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  34. Moves are CRAZY! and I haven't been on here in a while but I love what you've done with the blog! it looks awesome :) I'll be looking forward to your other posts throughout the week :D

    TheBookBluff

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  35. Thanks for dropping by, Alison — awesome that your blogoversary's coming up in just a week! Good luck with the moving, hope it is as stress-free as possible :)

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  36. I too would have liked to go to BEA but couldn't afford it this year. Like you my passion for paranormal books grew out of my love for Twilight and Harry Potter!

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  37. good luck with your move! Welcome to california(soon) Im in southern California :)

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