Armchair BEA: Introductions

May 26, 2014 Special Feature 20

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Hello Armchair BEA visitors! Welcome to Tea in the Treetops!

The Book Expo of America is on this week in New York City. The Tea in the Treetops blogging team is made up of reviewers from around the world, but since none of us live anywhere near New York, we’re joining in with Armchair BEA instead! This is our introduction post, so we’ve each tried to answer a few of the questions.

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

Angelya: I blog from Brisbane, Australia where I’m currently on maternity leave with my second little one. I first got into travel blogging many years ago, then wrote a gaming blog for a few years before getting into book blogging in 2012, originally on The Oaken Bookcase. I started blogging because I love to write about random stuff and throw it out to the internet!

Natasha: I live in Brisbane, Australia but was born and raised in South Africa. After the birth of my son I joined a Mum’s group where I met Philippa (and later Angelya). These lovely ladies introduced me to the wonderful world of book blogging. I have always been an avid reader, so it was so great to finally have a forum to discuss one of my greatest passions.

Leila: I’m from the US in weird little part of Central Kentucky. I have had the esteemed pleasure of being part of a blogging community with Angelya, Philippa, and Hannah for nearly 5 years when I started my World of Warcraft Blog. After many many blogging journeys, I now blog here and have a separate blog for an entirely different crowd. I love putting my thoughts out for people to talk about and I love having found my voice.

Philippa: I’m also from Brisbane, Australia where I’m currently a full-time mum to 2 adorable girls. I’m a pretty eclectic person and am passionate about everything from books, gaming, beauty products to ice cream. I’ve previously blogged and reviewed books at Tea, Daydreams & Fairytales which is still live just not being updated, and before that blogged gaming at Hots & Dots.

HannahI am from England, but I currently live in South Wales with my fiancé. I started my blogging adventures on my World of Warcraft Hunter blog The Lazy Sniper, which was eventually renamed to Jaedia’s Menagerie when I stopped playing my Hunter. This blog still exists as a more general gaming blog though it’s less active these days with my trying to take things a little more easy. My book blog is Once Upon A Time and is still ongoing in some capacity.

2. What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ .

Angelya: I read Fantasy and Science fiction, for any and all ages. I also read a bit of historical fic but rarely pure romances and almost never chick-lit. I love to read because it takes me to marvellous places away from this mundane world – places where I can believe in magic and strange creatures. Brb, reading.

Natasha: Very difficult question. My tastes are somewhat eclectic. My true love is literary fiction, but am known to delve into science fiction, crime and historical novels. I am not a huge fan of pure fantasy, although love a bit of magic or ‘what if’ in a more realistic setting. I love to read because I can live a thousand lives in a thousand different places, and not leave the comfort of my armchair.

Leila: I can tell you the genre I don’t read at all: Contemporary Fiction. I have read a few Sparks or Picoult but I find that I prefer fantasy, dystopian, or paranormal. I dabble in Steampunk from time to time and have been reading a lot of non-fiction as of late…and that is just weird! I love to read it is a story. Epic battles and magic and creatures that would make mundane life far more interesting than it is. I believe in the worlds we cannot see.

3. What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?

Angelya: Ooh that’s a hard one. I loved a range of books last year (see my best of 2013 post) but I think the highlight was Kate Forsyth’s The Wild Girl. Really brilliant historical fic with fairytales woven in. This year so far I’ve loved Cress, Marissa Meyer. Bring on book four in this series!

Natasha: Mmm, last year my favourite was probably a book club pick – The Help by Kathryn Stockett. So far this year it is hands down Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. The structure was innovative and his varied prose was just breathtaking.

Leila: The first answer is kind of a two-parter. I say that because I really enjoyed the experience of reading Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde and playing through parts of that story in World of Warcraft the game but I was just blown away by how much I enjoyed reading Through the Ever Night. Suffice it to say, I haven’t read Into the Still Blue yet but as for this year, I honestly haven’t finished as much as I have started reading but I did finish and love War Crimes by Christie Golden.

readingspot4. What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like? (Pinterest encouraged!)

Angelya: I just like a comfy chair and a cup of tea, plus a blanket if it’s cold. Not fussy!

Natasha: Somewhere quiet and comfortable with great natural light (for day reading) and a side table for my cup of tea.

Leila: I would love one of those under the stairs book nooks!

5. What book would you love to see as a movie?

Angelya: I think the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress) would make a fantastic movie or TV series!

Natasha: The Wool trilogy by Hugh Howey. I know it is jumping on the dystopian band-wagon, but it would make a fabulous movie.

Leila: I don’t really have a good answer for this. I feel like I want to separate books and movies again. I think I am just trying to tell Hollywood they are doing a bad job and need to leave the amazing stories alone.

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Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

20 Responses to “Armchair BEA: Introductions”

    • Angelya

      Well obvs the three of us in Brisbane get together pretty often, but sadly we haven’t had a chance to meet our lovely kindred spirits across the globe. One day!!

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    Happy to meet all of you here at your blog! Welcome to Armchair BEA. It is certainly the easiest way to travel.

    I read the occasional fantasy novel these days, but once I read only scifi/fantasy. (I go through phases, apparently).

    Enjoy Armchair BEA!
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    • Angelya

      Thanks Deb, glad you could stop by. There’s certainly a big international community around this event 🙂

    • Angelya

      It’s funny how the internet has helped us to connect with some of our favourite people, isn’t it 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  2. Karen Heenan-Davies

    At last, i’ve come across another blogger from south wales. I was beginning to feel very lonely :). I live near Cardiff airport Hannah – is that anywhere near you??

    I do like the name of your blogsite by the way – how did you come up with it?

    Karen (Booker Talk)
    Armchair BEA cheerleader 2014

    • Angelya

      Thanks for visiting Karen! The name of the blog is a bit of a mixture.. when Philippa and I were first talking about starting our podcast, we were blogging at Tea, Daydreams and Fairytales and The Oaken Bookcase, so Tea in the Treetops is a sort of mash-up of those 🙂 As an added bonus we both play druid healers in World of Warcraft who are affectionately known as “trees” so that sort of helped too xD

  3. Juli @ Universe in Words

    It really is amazing you guys all found each other and it must be so much fun to have a blogging community like that! I also tend to stick with literary fiction and really want to read ‘Cloud Atlas’. I should actually get onto that now! Just after I build an under the stairs book corner to read it in! I’m sure I’ll stop by again during BEA!
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  4. Danielle

    Wow! You have so many bloggers on your site! It’s rare to find other multi-blogs and they’re always refreshing. I love your blog name, and nice to meet you!

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