Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Armchair BEA: Intro Questions

Today kicks off Armchair BEA, an event for those of us who can't get to actual BEA for whatever reason. I've taken part a few times before and it's usually a really fun, relaxed event. Here are my intro questions, if you've taken part link your post in the comments so I can come and say hi!

Armchair BEA

So we have to answer five of the questions that they've provided over at the Armchair BEA website. These are the ones I've picked:

Tell us a bit about yourself. How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?

Probably lots of you will know all this already but for those who don't, hi, I'm Bex. I'm from the South East coast of England (although originally a Londoner) and I've been blogging four and a half years. I started blogging when we moved to Kent from London, away from my family and friends and I was only working part time and needed something to do basically. Also I'd got to the stage with my reading where I'd totally forgotten what I'd read and couldn't recommend stuff when people asked for recommendations because of that. I thought it would be helpful to keep track of my reading somewhere and so it has proved to be!

What does diversity mean to you? 

This is such a difficult question because diversity can mean so many things, but basically for me diversity, and I'm talking specifically in literature here, is anything written by an author or featuring main character/s who are different than me - i.e not white, straight, and British or American (obviously I am not American but I feel like British and American culture has a lot in common so I'm looking to read outside of that). I am making an effort to read more diversely this year and the things I track are ethnic heritage (i.e if a person is from or has parents who were from a country other than Britain/US), sexual orientation, whether a book is translated or not and the authors' gender, although I'm actually not focusing so much on gender as I tend to read a pretty even split. If anything, more women than men.

What is one book everyone should read?

Difficult question, there are so many! I'm going to go for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern though. It's amazing.

Share your favourite post on your blog

I can't narrow it down to one, but I think this post about bedtime stories or the post I wrote the first year I took part in the Banned Books Week event are my favourites.  Oh oh, or this post about libraries to tie in with today's other topic - library love!

What book are you reading right now?

I'm terrible for reading two or three things at a time, so right now I'm reading Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki aaaaand Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Because I'm reading three things at once I'm not moving awfully fast with any of them!

So that's me! If you want more info about Armchair BEA you can find it here.


  1. I still haven't read The Night Circus! I actually have it on audio, read by Jim Dale. I started it ages ago...and the writing was just so tantalising! I really should get back to it.

  2. Hi. *waves* Throne of Glass series is one of my absolute favourites, I hope you're enjoying it. A Tale for the Time Being is a good book too. I've never read The Night Circus - I really need to rectify that! Great getting to know you. :D

  3. I love to read lots of books at the same time, too! Welcome. Nice to meet you!

  4. Yaay a fellow Brit! Although I'm not originally British, I have lived here for 5 years now, in both London and Nottingham! I also try to read as diversely as possible because I want books to show me worlds and lives which are outside of my own direct experience! I'm loving all the ABEA fun :D Thanks for sharing!
    My Intro and Library post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  5. Happy ABEA week! I loved The Night Circus. Throne of Glass is on my summer reading list. I hope that it lives up to all the hype.

  6. I started blogging about books to keep track of them too! I had no idea that I would make such good friends along the way :)

    The Night Circus was beautifully written and I had wished really hard that the circus really existed so I could see magic for myself and visit the cool tent garden and eat all the amazing foods! I hadn't felt that way about a book's setting/world since Harry Potter!

  7. Ooh, you're reading Throne of Glass! Yay!

    Haha, I still think of you every time I think of The Night Circus, you know, and not just because you bought it for me. I think it's just THE book I associate with you :)

  8. I'm always reading at least two books at the one time too! I just can't stick to one only but they tend to be different genres so I don't get confused. And The Night Circus! I need to read that, I feel so guilty that I haven't already as so many people love it. Nice to meet you :)
    My post if you want to check it is here!

  9. I want to read The Night Circus and I LOVED Throne of Glass!
    Happy ABEA!

  10. I loved The Night Circus! Great Choice!

  11. The Night Circus is an AMAZING read!!! One of my favorites!

    Happy ABEA!