Armchair BEA Kick-Off | Self Introduction

It's that time of year again! You know, when the lucky ones get to go to BEA and the rest of us get to sit at home in our armchairs and do Armchair BEA. ;) And boy am I excited to do this again! Last year was fun, and I can't wait to see what comes of this year!

Today's theme: Introductions!
Here are five questions I have answered about myself.

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 Penelope! I've been blogging for somewhere around 4 years, but started this blog 1 1/2 years ago. I got into blogging to have a place where I could express myself. I created this blog because I needed something to do to get my mind off of some hard things that were going on in my personal life. It totally worked (and everything is fine now). Now I'm just in love with the whole book blogging community, and plan to stick around. :)

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I'm in the middle of three books right now, which is unusual for me. I usually only read one book at a time because I go through them so quickly. But I'm finding myself picking up a different book out of the three each time I sit down to read; I'm in love with all of them, and they're all fighting for reading time. They are: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Changeling by Philippa Gregory, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.

My favorite books so far this year have been Soulless by Gail Carriger (I had such a great time reading it), and Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (I have never laughed so hard).

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
Easy: Middle Earth!

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Absolutely. I've become more picky. I'm liking more and more contemporary fiction than I originally did, but I'm also liking less and less historical and paranormal fiction; I'm not as impressed with them as I originally was, because I am beginning to see the same themes and characters in multiple books.

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
I love the camaraderie, and I love the intelligence. There is no other community of people I have come across who can so eloquently face an internet bully or troll. I also like that everyone is generally very respectful to everyone else (recent drama not included). I have no idea what I'd like to see change in the coming years, but I'm excited that I'll get to witness whatever it may be.

Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments so I can learn about you too!


  1. I love that you say you've become more picky since blogging. So many people say their reading has expanded and while mine did for a while, I'm realizing there are way toooo many books out there in the genres I do like to not be a little picky about what I read, LOL.

  2. I think my horizons have expanded when it comes to genre now that I've been blogging, but I also feel that since I've tried so many new genres, I can be pickier in what I choose to read because I know the genre better now.. if any of that made sense ;o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

    Come visit my introduction? Thanks!

  3. I think I need to start either watching or reading Game of Thrones... the fact that I've done neither is becoming embarrassing :P

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  4. I just cracked open the third in George R.R. Martin's series myself! I find while my taste in reading has always been very broad, that I tend to binge on certain genres at times.

  5. My son bought me Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer and I have not read it yet - but, I need to!

    I agree that you meet the smartest, coolest people in the book blogs...somehow I missed the drama everyone is eluding to...LOL! Should I ask? Prob not(!)

  6. What do you think of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? I've purposely not picked up any of those paranormal-ized stories, cause I'm a little afraid of what they'll do to the original (I pretty much have refused to pick up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). But I'm curious, I guess. Is it really as cheesy as it sounds?

    Have fun at Armchair BEA!

    My Armchair BEA Intro

  7. Middle Earth is a great answer! Nice to meet you :)

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  8. I want to visit Middle Earth as well! Since I was little, I've always wanted to live in a hobbit hole. Some day I hope to have a round door.

  9. Hi Penelope! I didn't know you were reading Game of Thrones! Can't wait to see what you think :) I would totally want to visit middle earth too especially the shire or rivendale. Have a great day!

    My intro

  10. I want to read Game of Thrones, Chageling, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer. Someday I'll get to them.

    I also love the camaraderie in the community, especially in Utah. I love that there are so many of us and that we can get together and have fun IRL and not just online. It's so great!

  11. Hi Penelope! So nice to meet you! Middle Earth is such a great choice! Though I'd want to be there post-Sauron. I bet it would be nice to live in Gondor with Aragorn as king. But the Shire would be the best place to live. So peaceful. Hope you enjoy Armchair BEA!

  12. I would love to hear how you like Changeling. I read a few of Phillipa Gregory's books, and while her writing is great, so many of the characters are unlikeable! The royals are so nasty to each other. Was hoping a YA angle would develop a character to root for :)

    I read Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was brilliant, and a step above the other mash-ups I read. My husband read Vampire Hunter but I didn't get to it. Will probably just see the movie. I'm also a pickier reader since I started blogging. There's so much out there, it's impossible to read it all!

  13. Middle Earth would be awesome!

    I find myself reading more and more contemporary fiction lately too.

    Nice to meet you! :)

    My intro!

  14. If you do take that trip to Middle Earth, I'm hiding in your luggage. I will fit, promise.

  15. I want to read the Abe Lincoln book. I think I will get to that next month or so..
    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

  16. :) I totally just put the Jenny Lawson book on hold at my library.

    It was so nice to meet you! Armchair BEA @ the Brunette Librarian

  17. Hi Penelope, it's nice to meet you. I really like the layout of your blog- no distractions.

    I confess, I'm the opposite of you. I'm constantly in the middle of at least 3 books at any given moment.

    If you have the time, I’d love to hear from you at my armchair BEA post.

  18. Hi There!

    George R R Martin is great, isn't he? I hope to see you in Middle Earth soon! :)

  19. Totally agree! I'm a more critical reader, and I'm better at recognizing when a book isn't for me. I know there are SO many fantastic books out there that ARE for me, why waste time? There have been a few where I started it and 50 pages in thought, "I've read this book already."

    Have a good ABEA!

  20. Okay but if you did go to middle earth would you be an elven, dwarf or hobbit? Or a wizard?

    Nice to meet you and hope to read you soon!

  21. So Middle Earth before or after they kill Sauron? ;) After I hope.

    I'm a lot pickier reader now too. And I feel the same way about paranormal books too. They're all so alike with copy cat characters. I prefer contemporary.

  22. I've definitely wanted to read Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I've heard a lot of good things about it.

  23. Spread the fever baby! :) Ha, love your tagline! It was so nice to meet you :) Armchair BEA @ the Brunette Librarian

  24. Great answers! Middle Earth would be sooo stellar.

    Side note: How's your son doing? :)

  25. Your current reads are great! I loved Game of Thrones and sad I can't start the 4th book just yet. Phillipa Gregory is a great author! And I am wanting to read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!

  26. I think that my horizons expanded for genres, but I am being pickier about the books within those genres that choose to read. There are way too many books out there to just pick up random books, I like to learn about the book a bit before reading it to make sure it's something I'm really going to enjoy. :)

    Nice to meet you!


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