Sunday, June 3, 2012

Armchair BEA: Introductions!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

I’m Debz, a teenager who’s slightly obsessed with fairy tales! I’ve been book blogging since Spring of 2011, but ran about a dozen blogs long before I wrote reviews. I started up Debz Bookshelf as a way to keep my bookish thoughts from getting tangled up on my personal blog!

 

Where do you see your blog in five years?

By then I almost definitely will be at college, and as I’ve heard that blogging through college life is tough, hopefully I’ll still be alive and strong! (I make no promises! It’s a miracle my blog has survived a year already!)

 

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

I don’t have a favorite post, but I’d love it if people would check out my reviews (preferably from this year, because most of my old reviews are kind of pathetic) and let me know what they think!

 

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

Any world that Shannon Hale has created. Whether it’s Mount Eskel of Princess Academy, The Eight Realms of Book of a Thousand Days, or my personal favorite, Bayern!

 

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

I used to read only middle grade fantasy and contemporary fiction. That was it. If you look back on my earlier reviews, you’ll see that I have very little YA fiction in there, and the YA I did have was very safe (for lack of a better word). As I’ve continued blogging, my tastes have definitely matured. And my genre preferences have shifted a lot; I hardly ever read contemporary, and I have discovered dystopia, which has literally changed my life.

 

I’d love to get to know you, too! Please comment away!

42 comments:

  1. Shannon Hale's worlds are so mesmerizing. Great choice!

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  2. What a cute blog you have! I have to say that I haven't read any Fairy Tales in decades. I think I will add a few to my TBR list. The ever growing list! :)

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  3. Hey Debz! As a college student, I can tell you that blogging during that time can be difficult, but it's doable (though I have taken one or two brief hiatuses).

    I'm ashamed to say I've never read Shannon Hale, though I've always wanted to!

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  4. My tastes have definitely changed since blogging too - I'm finding out more about what types of books I like and don't like since I'll try to read just about anything.

    Tanya
    Girlxoxo.com

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  5. I love the background you are using. And you can never go wrong with a Panda Bear profile pic. Hope you enjoy the week.

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  6. Shannon Hale's books have a lovely, classically fantasy feel to it that's almost humble in a way. To visit her fictional landscape would be a gift! I really should read more fairy tales: I miss them so much! For that reason, I am now following. I hope to read some recommendations!

    Happy reading
    -Kirthi
    http://the1bookblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-interview.html

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  7. This is the first I am hearing of Shannon Hale but her books look amazing. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

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  8. I really love contemporary books!! Nice to meet you!


    http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-about-me.html

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  9. Hi Debz! I love the background of your blog! It's gorgeous! I hope you can continue blogging through college. I'm in college now and it's not too hard for me to keep up, but I think I've got it pretty easy in my degree! If you do something really intensive like law or medicine it might be a lot more difficult!

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  10. Hi There!

    I wish I had started blogging a long time ago, so I am envious that you have started so young! :)

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  11. No worries. As someone who has gone through and survived college, there will definitely be time to read and blog. :)

    Could you please lift your comment restrictions for the Armchair BEA. It's soooo much easier to comment without them on. :)

    Allison
    Well-Read Reviews

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    1. I wasn't aware I had any comment restrictions. I don't use word verification and I allow all but anonymous users to comment (which I think is perfectly reasonable. I want to know who's commenting!) I'm sorry if you were having any troubles commenting. Hopefully that won't happen again!

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  12. Have you read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland yet. It's a beautiful Fairy tale, and the audiobook is narrated wonderfully by the author, Catherynne Valiente.

    When I was a teenager, post apocalyptic and dystopian novels really were my staples. Still love them today years later.

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    1. I've been wanting to read that one for so long, and I've heard the audiobook is amazing! I'll definitely try to check it out!

      Thanks for hopping by!

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  13. Blogging (especially book blogging) is extremely tough during college times but it is do-able. I'm still in school and I'm still blogging! :]
    Here's my post: http://little-red-reads.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-introductions.html

    xo Stephanie

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  14. Just Letting you know I awarded you The Booker award.

    Carissa

    here's the link to "rules"
    http://belovedgraceful-carissasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/06/booker-award.html

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  15. I'm in college and still find the time to blog, so no worries. :) It's a challenge, but if you love it enough, you can make it happen.

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  16. I have a minor obsession with fiary tales too.

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  17. Fairy tales are perfectly acceptable obsessions ;o) I'm almost 27 (gulp!), and my love for fairy tales just keeps growing! :oD

    I started my blog in college - freshman year, actually. While I've had two separate personal blogs, my now-book blog hasn't changed, it's just evolved from it's beginnings as a "stashing place" into a book blog. I think the secret to keeping things going through college is not letting your blog take over/keeping it something fun - if it means posting less, then post less. But enjoy college when you get there ;o)

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  18. I started blogging in the second year of my Master's program. I was taking courses and also teaching. It was hard, but do-able! I'm always trying to find a way to squeeze what I want to read in with my obligations, and sometimes I blog to procrastinate =) You'll figure out what works best for you!
    So great to meet you!

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  19. Hi Debz! It's great to see you're a teen! Before I say anything else: I need so spam you really quickly. Me and my friend are going to be doing TeenBEA, a mini-BEA for teens over the internet since teens aren't old enough to go to BEA! Just go to this link! Now that the spamming is done, the same thing was for me with reviews! Last year my first reviews were really bad! ;)

    My BEA Intro

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    1. Oooh. TeenBEA sounds super awesome! I'll definitely be participating!

      What really sucks about my first reviews sucking is that the first book reviewed just happened to be my all-time favorite!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. I've really enjoyed some of Hale's books. And some other fairy tale retellings -- like Pearce....Have a great BEA and thanks for visiting!

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  21. I loved fairy tales as a kid, too, and think your avatar is adorable.

    Hope you keep blogging for many more years.

    Happy ABEA!

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  22. Hi,

    Have you read Cinder & Ella by Melissa Lemon? It is a really good twist on Cinderella. I totally love Fairy Tales.

    It was nice to meet you!

    http://bloomingwithbooks.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-2012-interview-questions.html

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    1. Cinder & Ella has been on my wishlist for a long time! I'm hoping to get to it soon, though! Thanks for the recommendation and for stopping by!

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  23. I love the background art for your blog! I hope you continue to blog, and even through college. I'm very passionate about dystopian as well.

    It was a pleasure "meeting" you & I hope you have a wonderful BEA-filled week!

    ~Christina (and the other Book Hookup Litbrarians)
    The Book Hookup's BEA Intro

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  24. I want to visit Shannon Hale's Austenland! I discovered Dystopian novels through bloggers and love it as well.

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  25. YAY for fairy tale obsessions! :)

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  26. WOW! I am the opposite to you! I never used to read much contemporary fiction, but have a new-found love for them! I love how the blogging community can do that to you!

    Thanks for sharing! :) Have a fab ABEA week!

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  27. Hey Debz! I love fairy tales too though I haven't read anything by Shannon Hale just yet. Enjoy your week!

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  28. Hi Debz! Love your intro and love your blog! Thanks for stopping by!

    Nat

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  29. I have not read any if Shannon Hale's books yet but I will have to pick then up now! You sound a lot like me, you blogging a lot before you started blogging about books. ;)

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  30. I cannot WAIT to return to Princess Academy this year! Always love new Shannon Hale! Ahh, yes, the discovery of dystopia!! So happy to have found it!

    ...Where did you see the list of "required" comments? I've just been randomly opening links of bloggers I know or ones with fun names to comment on. I don't remember seeing a list of people I need to comment on? *alarmed*

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    1. I'm on the commenting committee, so I'm supposed to comment on certain numbers each day. That's all.

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  31. In 5 years when you head off to college you will be much better at managing time and writing blogs to the extent that university life won't slow you down from blogging UNLESS YOU want it to. It all comes down to a choice.

    Meanwhile, I am following your blog now and hope to see your reviews and your writing progress. Take care and cheers.

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  32. Thanks for stopping by Library Girl Reads yesterday. I love it when I see teens blogging about books! There is a misconception that teens don't read anymore and are just always on the computer or playing video games.

    I love the colors in your background. Beautiful blog!

    Have you ever read anything by Terri Clark (not the country music singer)? She writes fun, paranormal YA books. I haven't read Hollyweird yet (just came out) but Sleepless is really good.

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    1. Sadly I know a lot of those teens who don't read and play on the computer all day *cough cough* my sister *cough cough* but I think there is hope, especially with all these books being turned into movies. I got at least 5 non-readers to pick up the Hunger Games before the movie release.

      I haven't read anything by Terri Clark (not a big fan of paranormal), but her books sound interesting. I might check her out! Thanks for the recommendation (=

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  33. Good luck with your blogging, I wish I had the foresight to start it in high school.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  34. I hope you will find time to continue blogging in college! You blog is great! :)

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  35. Hi Debz! I just wanted to pop in and tell you hello! It's great to meet you. :D

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  36. I spent many years lost in fairy tales. Enjoy your time there.

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