Armchair BEA 2013 – Introduction post

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Hi, everyone! This is my very first time participating in Armchair BEA, and I’m super excited! I’m totally new to this, though, and I was originally not going to join in… but all the excitement on Twitter and in my RSS feed changed my mind. Even though I probably won’t be able to do many other topic-centric posts this week (thanks a lot, busy work-week), I at least want to participate in the introductions. And I will definitely be visiting tons of other people’s posts, because I love meeting more book bloggers! <3 So here we go…

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

Hello! My name is Nikki, I’m 25, from the Pacific Northwest! I started my blog this year, in early March, because I don’t have many “IRL” friends who have the same taste in books as me (other than my wonderful sister who puts up with all of my book recommendations and usually enjoys what I shove her way, lol). But I just really wanted to have my own space where I could talk about all the books I read, and I’d been kind of lurking around the YA book-blogging community for a while and it looked like a community I wanted to be a part of… And I was so right! I’ve loved meeting fellow bloggers who share my love of books. :D

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

I live in Washington, about 20 minutes away from Seattle. I always tell people I’m from Seattle, though, because no one (at least, no one who’s not from around here) ever knows what I was talking about if I name the little town I actually live in, lol. But I am in Seattle a lot – I love this city! It can be a real pain to drive in, but that’s my only complaint (too many super steep hills and one-way streets and lots of traffic and pedestrians). But I just love Washington in general. Everyone says it rains a lot here, and I guess it kind of does? But it’s not as big a deal as people seem to think. And I actually love the rain – goes great with a good book and a cup of tea! ;) The whole area around here is just so green and beautiful all the time, thanks to our many (many, many) evergreen trees. And when it’s sunny and nice, it’s never too warm, so I never have to stay inside because of the heat. Which is good, because my favorite place to read when it’s nice outside is… outside, lol.

17774495What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

I’m currently reading two three books! As I was preparing my answer for this, I was approved for Adrienne Kress’s Outcast, on NetGalley! (And yes, I have read the first two sentences, so I am officially “currently reading” it, lol.) This was my first-ever NetGalley request and approval, so I’m really excited. I’m also reading The Testing, which I’ve been in the middle of for two entire weeks. I was auto-approved for that one on NetGalley (though I didn’t request it), and I thought I’d like it… Unfortunately, I’m having a really hard time getting into it. BUT I’m also reading Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone! I started that one last night because I want to read it before Siege & Storm comes out, and I’m loving it so far. I usually don’t read so many books at once, but events have obviously conspired against me.

As for my favorite book read this year… Probably The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey. I loved that book – fantastic plot, amazing characters, perfect pacing… just, everything about it was fantastic.

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

I think I would want to have dinner with Sherlock Holmes. No idea why, I’m just fascinated by the character – in all his incarnations (I’m a big fan the original books, but I also loooove Sherlock and Elementary). Although it would probably be annoying to have him deducing things about me left and right while just having dinner… Maybe I would prefer accompanying him on a case instead? Yeah, that would definitely be awesome.

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

Diagon Alley and/or Hogwarts! Probably mostly Diagon Alley… I never did receive my Hogwarts letter, ;) so I wouldn’t be able utilize any of the classes at Hogwarts itself… But how awesome would it be go to shopping in Diagon Alley?! So awesome.


Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read my intro post!! I’m really excited for the rest of this week – see you all at the other events! :D

16 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2013 – Introduction post

  1. Hey Sherlock would be an interesting dinner partner,I definitely would rather go on a case with him then have dinner but both would be an experience. It’s pretty awesome that you live near Seattle.
    Enjoy your #ArmChairBea week! Check out my blog if you’d like. :)

    • Blogging twins, I love that! Hello blogging twin! :D The Outcast cover is great, isn’t it? I’m liking it so far. And haha, yes, there would be no secrets at that dinner!

      Thanks for stopping by, Trish!

  2. Congrats on your first approval! I remember my first and it was actually before I was a blogger. I’ve heard great thing about The 5th Wave, and am looking forward to picking it up, soon. Enjoy this weeks events!

  3. Seattle is seriously my top city in the U.S. I want to visit!! I hope to go there in the next couple of years! If I ever make it there we will have to get together! Clearly, we have a lot in common! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • Yesss!! I should start a list like that. Mine would probably be very weird, and include a very weird blend of characters – Sherlock of course, as well as some random characters from Dystopian and Fantasy novels, hah!

      Thanks for visiting!

  4. Hi Nikki! Thanks so much for stopping by my intro post, and letting me know how much we have in common! That’s crazy! Why do you go by Nikki instead of Jana? Thanks so much for introducing yourself to me! I’m a new follower of yours now. :)

    Shadow and Bone is amazing!!! I’m so glad you’re liking it! I’m reading Siege and Storm right now, and it is fabulous! I love it! I think you will too.

    – Jana

    • I know, the similarities are too weird! As for the name thing, my parents just always called my sister and me by our middle names, and I guess it stuck. They don’t really have a good reason either, other than liking the nickname “Nikki”, lol.

      I want to get back to reading Shadow and Bone so bad, but I’m trying to get through Outcast first. I mean, it’s not exactly a chore, because I am enjoying it, but… Shadow and Bone was just soooooo promising, from what I’ve read so far. Can’t WAIT to get back to it. :D

      Thanks for stopping by, Jana! ;)

  5. Hi Nikki! I wanted to stop by and say hi. I live about 20-25 minutes south of Seattle but I do the same thing and just tell people Seattle :-) I love going into the city too, it is such a beautiful city. I just started blogging in February for the same reason as you and I do the same exact thing to my sister! Have an awesome day and it is so great to meet another Seattle blogger!

    • Hi Chelsea! Thanks for stopping by! I think I’ve noticed 2 or 3 additional bloggers who live around here, too…! I love it here. And hooray for shoving good books at our sisters!! haha ;D

  6. You become used to the weather that you live with :) I’m in Wisconsin and I’m asked a lot how I can stand the cold and the snow. I can because it’s all I’ve ever known. Just put on a sweater, it’s not a biggy, lol.

    I would LOVE to visit Seattle. It’s on my list of places to see :)

    I hope you’re enjoying ABEA! Happy reading

    • That’s so true. Although I would totally love it if Seattle got more snow! Snow is my faaaavorite, lol.

      I hope you get to visit sometime! I may be biased but it’s pretty great here. ;)

      Thanks for stopping! :)

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