04 June 2012

Armchair BEA Day #1 - Introductions

I'm probably never going to attend BEA in person, so I'm doing Armchair BEA this year! Which means I can do BEA in my pyjamas, never have to queue and still be involved in all the fun.

And what better way to start Armchair BEA than with introductions!

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

My name is Kat, and I am a zombie-book-aholoic. Born in Australia, at the age of 25 I came to Netherlands after meeting my boyfriend over the internet (yes, this sh*t does happen, people!), and although I only intended to stay a year, I'm still here more than four years later. I've been lucky to find a great job here that I love, and I've been able to travel to different places around Europe - something I never thought I would be able to do!

I've been blogging since November 2011, after a conversation in a Goodreads group inspired me to get my thoughts out into the big wide world about the books I love, and to meet other people with an undying passion for reading. I have no 'reader-friends' in real life, so becoming part of the blogging community has meant that I can finally talk to people about something I love - it's been a rollercoaster but it's one of the best, and most enjoyable things that I've ever done.

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I'm scheduling this post in advance, so saying what I'm currently reading is tricky - but at the moment I'm trying to achieve a balance between fun reading and review reading - it's something I find quite difficult as I can be an over-enthusiastic kinda person (read, I take on far too much!)

My favourite book so far in 2012 is hands-down Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I've never been moved to sobbing tears by a book before I read this, and even though it's some of the most difficult subject-matter ever, it's written so well, and so emotionally, that I was able to put aside my negative thoughts and be completely enraptured by the story.

3. Where do you see your blog in five years?

When I first started my blog, I doubted that I would still be going after six months - yep I'm one of those people who starts things and never follows through!

I've never really thought about where I see my blog in five years - I just want to keep talking about books I love, reading about books other people love and meeting awesome people.

4. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

The community itself is amazing - I felt welcomed from day one, and the support offered by other bloggers is the best that I've ever encountered in an online community. There's laughter, tears, fan-girling, gushing and there's always something happening!

One thing I would like to see more of is different genres coming closer together - it's great we all have our particular passions, but I've always been a fan of reading a wide variety of books. It's OK to take a chance on something new - for example, even if you think horror isn't your cup of tea, there are so many variations of horror, from the gory to the psychological that can appeal to any reader. What's the worst that could happen?!

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

If someone had said to me before I started blogging that I would end up reading about 30% YA books, I would have given them the eyebrow raise (or maybe even both eyebrows). I always thought YA books were full of silly girls and insta-love. I never realised just how many fantastic stories were out there that had young characters encountering some pretty intense issues.

I've also started reading more novellas and short story collections - I was previously a 'brick' lover, and used to actively search out books that were at least 400 pages long. I can now appreciate the intensity of novellas, and the variety of short story collections.

If you're doing Armchair BEA this year, link me up! I want to get to know you better :-D. And if you're not, tell me something unique about yourself!

31 comments:

  1. Wow, I can't believe you met ur boyfriend online then moved to Europe with him, now that's determination & love. I also read Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma & I felt the same way! It was nice getting to know you a little better.

    My interview!

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    1. Crazy huh? Sometimes I'm still not sure how I worked up the guts to do it!

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  2. Hey! I'm also participating in the armchair bea as well and loved reading your answer! I also met my now husband online! So yes it def happens! :) Can't wait to read more from you! Here's the link to my post as well http://janaeslifeasamama.blogspot.com :)

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    1. I think it happens WAY more than people realise :) Maybe just not to my extreme measures!

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  3. I had that reaction to Forbidden when I read it too. If someone had told me I could be so moved by a book on that topic, I'd have thought they were utterly insane.

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    1. Even now I struggle to describe to people why I loved it - they always look at me kinda weird!

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  4. I'm also in Australia and unable to attend BEA. But I will certainly be lurking and checking out the Armchair BEA posts. Have fun everyone!

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  5. I love reading a mix of genres too. You never know what book you are going to love.

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    1. I love having a massive range of choices. There's always something to read, no matter what my mood!

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  6. I'm also one of those people who tends to give up on things after a few months, but blogging feels different. I'm going on almost two years now and it doesn't ever seem to get old. :)

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    1. Strange huh? I think it's because it's SO addictive - and there's always someone to talk to !

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  7. Welcome to Armchair BEA! I love zombie books, too. Have you read ROT & RUIN by Jonathan Maberry? It is such a good series. The 3rd and final book is set to come out soon. I really liked FORBIDDEN too. WOW! It was heart-wrenching. Have fun this week.

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    1. It's the ONLY Jonathan Maberry series/book I haven't read! I even have it on audio AND ebook, but just haven't got there yet!

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  8. I totally understanding meeting someone over the internet. I agree Forbidden was an amazing book too. Are you still together with that guy you followed ??

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    1. I am indeed - he's still putting up with me (and all my books!) after all this time!

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  9. It's amazing the leap of faith you took in your personal life, I'm in awe. Hope you have a great week.

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    1. It was the scariest thing I've done, but also a great experience!

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  10. Hi Kat,
    I don't have any reader friends in real life either so Goodreads and the blogging community has been an awesome find! I sort of wish I had traveled a bit when I was younger but I was already married and a mother at 25! Never mind I love Australia and I am happy to call it home.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. I love that I've finally found people with the same interests and passions as I have.

      Australia is awesome, I miss it every day!

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  11. Nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy Armchair BEA (I'll probably never go to the real one either...)

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  12. I think I've been reading more YA books since I started my book blog too. There's so many good ones out there. I didn't think my blog would last very long either, but it's still goin' on... It's so fun to just gush about books with other book-loving bloggers <3.
    -Heather@BookStacksOnDeck

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  13. 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

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  14. Your European adventures sound awesome and I am jealous! :) Welcome to the blogging world (I would still consider you a newbie, though it sounds like you have pretty much figure it all out!) and I'm glad you are having fun here. Here's hoping you DO last another five years... at least! Enjoy ABEA!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have Forbidden on my shelf and keep meaning to read it. I have heard amazing things about it. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  16. Hi There!

    Forbidden looks very interesting: yet another title on my TBR list! :)

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  17. Great to get to know you better! I'm participating in Armchair BEA this year - it's my first time! I hope we have a good time.

    A Dream Within A Dream

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  18. Awww, you are the second one I've seen today who has mentioned meeting someone over the internet. The internet opens up so many possibilities we never had before. It's so amazing.

    I'm a huge fan of Forbidden! Prior to reading it I was skeptical, especially seeing people say it made them think twice about their own thoughts on the subject. It was so eye-opening.

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  19. I had no idea that you've been blogging for such a short period of time! Also, it is completely awesome that you met your boyfriend on the internet. That's how I met my ex-fiance. :-)

    I look forward to reading your posts this week (as always)! *hugs*

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  20. That's cool you got stuck there and found a job you love! Plus, the travelling sounds awesome. And now you'll get to go to Sweden next year. ;) *wink, wink*

    And aw, Forbidden!! I cannot wait to pick it up. It sounds so fantastic and I know many love it. It does seem very intense though. I'm also the same as you with the genres, and wish more did that too! Of course, I've been a bit bad at my mixing lately, but it still happens. I know many thought I should have set it specific for the blog when I started, but I want to be able to read and review what I please! :)

    A bit late, but thanks for stopping by my post yesterday! It's been awesome to get to know you a bit better. :D

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  21. I've been a follower for a while... just wanted to stop by and say Hi!
    Oh and I believe in finding love via the internet. :) I met my fiancee that way through a dating site... we are getting married this fall. I'm glad you found happiness and friends via the internet. :)

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