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Armchair BEA: Blogging about blogging


Today Armchair BEA is talking about blogging, or if you want the blog bit of book blogs.

Well what can I say. I try to make my blog what I would wants for a blog. My reviews are probably shorter than a lot of bloggers out there but that’s mainly because I wouldn’t want to read long reviews myself, I like reviews that get to the point, and that’s what I try to do.

I’m also not the biggest one for memes, I won’t keeping looking at a blog if I see no reviews, or at least original content, on the first page because I find there’s something a little artificial about memes. I only take part in two myself. The Book Blogger Hop (hosted at crazy-for-books) which is a great way to connect with the blogging world, I’ve found some fantastic blogs through it and I take part most weeks. I’ve also set up my own blog hop, the Out the Comfort Zone Hop, which is designed to take bloggers outside their comfort zone when it comes to which blogs they visit. I find that I often only visit blogs I believe will be similar to my own, and I think I could be missing out, I thought other bloggers might do the same so I aimed to create a blog hop which would broaden horizans. Both are taking place right now so feel free to ‘hop’ over.

As well as book reviews (and the occasional meme) I post reviews of films which are based on books- looking at them as compared to books, and musings about book related topics.

Feel free to ask any questions about my blog, or about me 🙂

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Armchair BEA: Best reads of 2011


Today Armchair BEA is all about the best books of 2011. When I first saw the post about this topic I couldn’t think of any book that really jumped out at me as being a great read. But when I looked back at the list of books I’ve read this year I found that actually there were lots that I had loved!

The Help: Had some very compelling and engaging characters and was a beautiful way of looking at black rights in America

Everything is Illuminated: is beautifully written and is both funny and moving.

Shades of Grey: is my new favourite Fforde novel, well it has all the brains and the comedy that I love in his Thursday Next series well being more thoughful and making you think

Living Dolls: is a must read book for women about modern day feminism and sexism

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Armchair BEA 2011


I’m a little late for the party but I just found out about the armchair BEA and am very excited to be participating. Seeing as I live in the UK getting to the ‘real’ Book Expo America isn’t the easiest thing for me! It’s good that I can join in without actually being there.

So about me…My name’s Lucy, I live in Birmingham in the UK. I’m 24, I’m a nursery nurse and absolutely love my job. I do lots of my reading on the bus because it takes me about an hour to get to work each day and an hour to get back. My taste in books is pretty varied but I mainly read contemporary fiction. I read a fair bit of historical fiction, usually focussed around the two world wars, a little Young Adult and very occasionally some Chick Lit. I read some none fiction too, mainly psychology stuff (I have a psychology degreee and I like o keep my feet in the psychology world). My wishlist is pretty much out of control but I almost never buy books from it because I get caught up in the 3 for 2s at Waterstones.

Some of my favourite books are the Harry Potter books and I pretty much credit them with my internet life, it all started off when I joined the forums over at the Bloomsbury website (which sadly no longer exist). I also love Phillip Pulman’s His Dark Materials, books by Sebastian Fawkes, The Time Traveller’s Wife, books by Jodi Picoult, Captain Correli’s Mandolin, The Historian, and books by Haruki Marukami.

When I’m not reading (or working) I like shopping, listening to music, watching TV (at the moment I’m mainly watching Glee, How I met Your Mother and The Apprentice) and anime, watching films and hanging around online.

My blog is mainly focussed around the book reviews. I don’t really take part in memes, just The Book Blogger Hop. I sometimes post musings as well to do with the bookworld and I post reviews of films which are based on books. I’ve just launched a new blog hop which is designed to get people looking at blogs which they wouldn’t normally look at, pop by sometime between Thursday and Sunday if you’d like to join in.

Thanks for dropping by, feel free to have a look around and comment on whatever you like 🙂

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