Armchair BEA – Intro Post

Hi all! Yesterday was the first day of Armchair BEA, an event for bloggers who aren’t meeting at BEA in New York City to meet online instead. I was out of town and didn’t managedto do an intro post in advance, so I’m posting one today instead. If you would also like to link up an intro post, the questions are listed here and the linky is available here. Here are the questions I chose to answer…

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 a graduate student in the Cornell Computational Biology program and I’m working on a thesis project in the Plant Pathology department. I do a lot of non-fiction reading, for work and for fun, but also have a soft spot for fantasy, sci fi, and YA. I’ve been blogging for a little over a year and I started blogging because Gretchen Rubin’s happiness project idea of learning about new things inspired me to read more non-fiction.

Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 

I’m blogging from near Ithaca, New York and my favorite thing about the area is the amazing variety of local crafts and food available here.

Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? 

I haven’t participated in Armchair BEA before, but I’m excited for the opportunity to meet more bloggers 🙂

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I just got home from my third Fall Out Boy concert! I’m not in love with their new album, but previously I’ve loved every one of their songs.

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

I’m so bad at objectively judging my posts! I can tell they get better over time though, which is heartening. Today I’d most like to share my review of Hyperion, because it’s one of my most viewed reviews and if I had to pick a favorite book ever, I would pick Hyperion.


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18 responses to “Armchair BEA – Intro Post

  1. So jealous of your studies. I think I would love to get back to that sort of thing. Too much fiction might just have rotted my mind. Nice to meet you.

  2. Hi! I found your blog through Armchair BEA. What a fun blog. I love the premise and commend you for taking on such a challenge (Dewey Decimal Challenge). I look forward to reading more!

  3. Welcome to Armchair BEA! I hope you love the event as much as I do. 🙂

    Andrea @ Reading Lark

  4. Your degree sounds really interesting! My was in .. well business. Though I did go to college in Alaska and that was a lot of fun! I am about to look up Gretchen Rubin’s happiness project and see what it’s all about!!

    • Living in Alaska sounds like a very cool experience! I’ve pretty much only lived in midwest states, but hope to live elsewhere when I finish my degree.

  5. Hey Doing Dewey, great to see you at Armchair BEA!!

  6. I enjoy nonfiction so much…I’m a gal who loves to learn. This is my first ABEA as well. I’m meeting some great people. I hope you’re enjoying it!

    • Me too! I’m looking forward to seeing your review of Frozen In Time and am glad you commented. It’s always nice to find another non-fiction lover 🙂

  7. Welcome to ABEA! (P.S. I love your blog name!) I have not read Hyperion yet, but it may just end up on my TBR pile by the end of the day. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the week!

  8. Nice to meet you! I started from the end of the list today so that those that posted later in the week could get some attention 🙂 I’m originally from Upstate NY, love the Ithaca area, and as a birder I love Cornell 🙂

    Here’s my intro posts (I have 2 blogs):

    • I appreciate your approach to the list 🙂 It’s amazing how many great birding opportunities there are here and it’s definitely something I hope to get into more.

  9. ebookclassics

    Wow, what a unique reading project. It sounds challenging, but fun too. I also liked your post about blogger development. Have you picked up any new tips from Armchair BEA? Happy reading!

    • Actually, although I’m sure I’ve picked up some good tips, I’ve also noticed that everyone mostly says the same thing – we all learn from each other. Which is great! I think it’s nice that the book blogging community is so welcoming and helpful to newcomers 🙂

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