28 May 2013

Armchair BEA Day One - Introductions

Can't go to BEA?  Don't be sad, there is an alternative, and you can participate in your pajamas!  I participated in Armchair BEA in 2012 and had such an awesome time, and met so many wonderful bloggers, I'm super-excited to be participating again.

Day One is all about getting to know our fellow bloggers.  So here is some random stuff about yours truly.

Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

I'm Kat, a native Australian and I've been blogging since November 2011.  I'm a little bit addicted to buying shoes, can spend a whole day organising and reoganising my bookshelves and spending far too many hours in my bed.

The main reason I started was to have somewhere that I could record the books I'd read and because I'd been admiring the book blogging community for some months - I wanted to be part of that too!

Where in the world are you blogging from? 

I was born and raised in Australia, specifically in Tasmania, and moved to The Netherlands in 2008 - I've lived here now for more than five years, even though I'd only intended to come for a year initially.  I live in the city of Haarlem, just outside of Amsterdam and I think it's one of the most beautiful places in the country.  This is what is over my back fence:


What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

I'm currently reading five different books - which I normally try NOT to do, but I've been having a bit of a tough time sticking with one book lately, and probably the most memorable of the ones I'm currently reading will be The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

My favourite book so far in 2013 is definitely Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  I'm not a person that cries over books but I sobbed my heart out over this one!

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 

Just one?  Oh man.  But I'm going to choose an author because the characters live in their head, so I can kill two birds with one stone.  It would definitely be Jonathan Maberry, because he has such an awesome imagination when it comes to horror and particularly zombies.

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

Without a doubt it would have to be the Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht.  It's a bookstore in a converted cathedral in the south of the Netherlands - I just need to find a bookish person to come with me (unfortunately my boyfriend's reading is limited to the news on his phone), I don't care if there aren't even any English books, just look at this place:


So, that's me :).  If you are participating in Armchair BEA, leave me a link to your introduction post!  If you aren't participating, tell me one random thing about yourself!

25 comments:

  1. Wow, you do live in a beautiful place! I visited Haarlem with my husband a few years ago and loved it. I am one of the people that want to visit the Maastricht bookstore!!! Maybe we can meet up in Maastricht sometime (I live near Utrecht) - I'd love to go there.

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    1. I love living here, definitely the place for me!

      We should plan a Maastricht invasion!

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  2. So jealous of your location! And loved The Night Circus - and Maberry - I would love to get in his head - love him too!!!

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. He is one of my favourite authors ever. And he is super-nice too!

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  3. I have never heard of Maastricht but it looks beautiful. I live in the US so I doubt I will ever get to go.
    Armchair BEA Intro

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    1. Hey, I never thought I would come to Europe either ;)

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  4. I have heard such amazing things about Me Before You! I definitely need to check it out. And I love the location you mentioned, the bookstore in a cathedral. So pretty! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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  5. It was cool learning more about you and your hometown. Maastricht looks beautiful, I am off to goggle the heck out of it!

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    1. I could just stand there for hours, staring!

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  6. Wow Maastricht is so amazing! I'm definitely going to find more info on it, I definitely think I want to visit now! Haarlem looks really beautiful as well, all I have over my back fence is a bunch of pine trees lol.

    My BEA Introduction

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    1. I have NO excuse not to go there, I'm not that far away.

      I used to live behind a jail in Australia, so even pine trees are an improvement on that LOL!

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  7. Wow! I wish I had a view like that. And I will definitely partake in a trip to Selexyz Dominicanen with you!

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  8. I loved The Night Circus. I hope you enjoy it as well.!

    Kendal
    Kinhttp://www.kinxsbooknook.com/armchair-bea-day-1-introductions-classics/x's Book Nook

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    1. It's so beautifully written, am really enjoying it.

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  9. I was in Haarlem years ago. I don't remember many details, but it was sort of my introduction to Europe so it will always have a special place in my heart.

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    1. I love hearing that people have been here!

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  10. Hi, Kat! It's so nice to meet you. :) My family is actually from The Netherlands! I was just in Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Delft visiting last summer. :) It's definitely a beautiful place! If I get to go back, I will go to Selexyz Dominicanen with you! I'm obsessed with cathedrals and libraries, so this place is definitely going on my bucket list. Plus, we can go shoe shopping after because I am addicted to shoes as well. And organizing things. I hope you have tons of fun this week! :)

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

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    1. How awesome that your family is from The Netherlands! Cathedral/bookstore, how could you go wrong?!

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  11. Everyone participating in Armchair BEA seems to live in such gorgeous places! I'm jealous! :)

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    1. It's so much fun seeing where everyone lives!

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  12. Oh my goodness. That bookstore is beyond beautiful!! I wouldn't mind a trip there myself ;)

    I hope you're having a fun ABEA!

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    1. I think I'm going to have to go and sneak in some pics for everyone!

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  13. Hi Kat,
    I had to stop by your blog once I read "Aussie". Because us Australian book bloggers are a rare bunch, so we've got to stick together haha. Lovely blog you have, thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to seeing more :)

    - Sunny @ A Sunny Spot Blog

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