Armchair BEA day 1: Introduction

Welcome to The Reading Fever! If you didn't know, this week will be full of book blogging goodness, as I participate in Armchair BEA; an online BEA organized for those of us who aren't lucky enough to be able to go to the real thing. *Tear*

Today is mainly an introductory day, so I'll take a little time to introduce myself and my blog, for those of you who don't know me. 

For starters, my name is Penelope. I used to hate it, but now I like it. A lot. Especially when people mistake me for the gorgeous Penelope Cruz...which, to me honest, doesn't happen half as much as I would like. :D 

I run this blog, The Reading Fever; named so, because of the symptoms that reading certain books can induce: Increased heart rate, loss of sleep, daydreaming, heartbreak, crying, etc.. Chances are, if you have a favorite book, you know what I'm talking about. When the fever catches, you're not likely to forget it.

I tend to read a lot of young adult books, although I read middle grade and adult books, too. I'll read anything that interests me, but my favorite genres are fantasy (which usually includes the paranormal and urban stuff), and historical (even better when combined with fantasy). I am also falling really hard for contemporaries and dystopia right now.

My all-time favorite book is Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Hands down. Anything after that is hard to slap a number on. I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, though, and you'll probably hear me talk about Hunger Games filming news way more than I should. Oh, and I also love Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Oh, and also...well, I told you it was hard. If you are really interested, you can see a list of my top picks on my fever inducers page. Those are all considered favorite books, and it's not even the full list! ♥  

This week, I'll be armchairing it (like my term there?) from the lovely state of Utah, at my cluttered computer desk, in a not-so-comfortable rolling chair. I'm looking forward to friend-making, new book discoveries, Twitter parties (I've heard they're super cool), and a week full of fun!

That's about it for my introduction. Anything else you want to know about me? Just ask!

Thanks for reading! I look forward to meeting everyone.
...oh, and if you catch the fever this week, please do us all a favor and PASS IT ON!

Are you participating in Armchair BEA, too? Leave a link to your blog, and I'll stop by and say hello!


  1. I've definitely got the fever! I'm looking forward to reading your reviews and getting to know you through ArmChair BEA.

  2. Hello Penelope, I adore your blog name and especially how you defined it. love it. definite when the fever catches you it a wrap. glad you decided to participate in the BEA. happy reading.

  3. Hi! I like Penelope. I use to not like my name either (Nerissa)but I do now. So I have to admit I've never read Gone With The Wind although I know it's a classic :)


  4. I'm an old(ish) follower and am really excited that you're doing Armchair too! Awesome!

    Can't wait to read your reviews/discussion posts this week.

  5. Awesome intro! It's fun to learn more about you. Have fun armchairing it! :)

  6. I'm reading Anna and the French Kiss right now and I love it. It's all sorts of fab. Happy ABEA and Reading!

  7. Love the blog name and banner design! :) I can totally relate to reading fever. I also love Sarah Addison Allen, Shannon Hale and really enjoyed reading Stephanie Perkins' debut. See you around ArmchairBEA this week and I hope you enjoy the events planned.

  8. dude this sounds awesome!! is it to late to sign up!? its always nice to get to know the blogger behind the blog a little more :)

  9. Hello Penelope-that is my kitties name and she is Adorable. Here is a photo of her when she was about 9 months http://chocolateandcroissants.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-kitty.html. I am sure you are adorable also (not to compare you to a cat)-she is rather cute and affectionate.

    I loved Gone with the Wind.

  10. I love your definition of Reading Fever! Of course, I don't want to be cured of it. I wonder if we could call in sick though...

    On behalf of the Armchair BEA organizers, I hope you have a blast this week!

  11. I'm an old-ish follower and although I think I've said it before, I'll say it again, I love your blog--and your rating scale, which is seriously awesome. And yay for Stephanie Perkins love! I'm also on a bit of a dystopian kick lately with a side of contemporary although like you, fantasy and historical fiction are really my bread and butter. Glad to see that you're participating in Armchair BEA too and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your posts!

    P.S. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

  12. Wait... you're not Penelope Cruz? *peers closer at your photo* OH! Wow. Thanks for clarifying that! Could have fooled me ;)

    AHH! A fellow THG fan!! <3 I freaking love that series. I'm SO excited about the upcoming movie, I religiously follow the updates from fansites on twitter. I also LOVE Anna and the French Kiss! Words cannot describe how giddy I am for Lola and the Boy Next Door.

    So awesome learning more about you!!

  13. Hi Penelope, nice to meet you! :)

  14. It's great to find another YA blogger with interests similar to mine. I look forward to reading your future entries! :)

  15. I'm so happy to find your blog through Armchair BEA. It looks like we have quite similar reading tastes! =)

  16. Teresa: You've got the fever! Yay! Thanks for stopping by!

    Sidne: Thank you! I'm so glad you stopped by!

    Nerissa: GORGEOUS name! I like it too, although I'm sure I'm pronouncing it wrong in my head. LOL. Oh, and don't worry about not reading GWTW; there are so many classics that I haven't read!

    Laura: Yay! You're doing Armchair BEA too! I'm excited to see your posts this week!

    Suey: Thank you! And thanks for commenting! :)

    Juju: Thank you! It took me a while, but I've come to love it too.

    Devan: That just makes me smile! I love it when people read Anna and the French Kiss, it makes me so excited because it's such a great book.

    Chachic: You named moreof my favorites! Looks like we have a lot in common!

    Diana: Left a comment on your blog about this, but it's not too late to join!

  17. Esme: Oh, she is just adorable! I'm allergic to cats, but it's pictures like that that make me want to get one anyway. :)

    Michelle: Hahaha, that would be SO GREAT if we could call in sick due to reading fever. :)

    Kristin: Aw, thank you! I'm so glad you like my rating system! I must admit that I have no idea what thoughts led me to it, but it was a very rare stroke of genius for me. :) It looks like we like the same types of books, though!

    Brodie: Aw, you're sweet! :) And I'm so glad to meet another THG fanatic like me! I live for those Twitter updates. Lol.

    Tahleen: Hi! Nice to meet you too, and thanks for stopping by!

    Bonnie: Yes! This is why I'm loving Armchair BEA; finding other bloggers who read similar books. Thanks for stopping by!

    Ashley: I'm so happy you stopped by! I love meeting new bloggers, especially if we have similar tastes! :)


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