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Wednesday 27 May 2015

Armchair BEA ~ Introductions + TBR Rainbow

Armchair BEA (Book Expo America) is an online book convention that coincides with the BEA at New York City. There are plenty of us book lovers around the world that are unfortunately unable to attend BEA, the Armchair BEA has been created to ensure we don't fully miss out. I think it's a fantastic concept and an event that will allow me to meet fellow book bloggers, and Authors and Publishers. 

Armchair BEA (ABEA) runs for five days, there are Instagram challenges, Twitter chats and more, here's the full schedule. If you want to join in on the fun and action click here to register. 

Day 1 ABEA - Introductions

Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?

My name's Angelica, I'm 32 years old and I live in Sydney, Australia. I'm a Mother to a 12 week old son, a part-time Step-Mum to 3 beautiful kids; 13 and 10 year old girls and 8 year old boy. I have four furbabies; a Maltese Terrier, American Staffordshire, English Staffordshire and a Pitbull.

I was born in the Philippines but have also lived in Hong Kong. I traveled a lot as a child but just back and forth between Hong Kong and the Philippines. I have visited Macau, China Singapore and USA. I absolutely loved the latter and wish I could stay there forever (especially when awesome events like the BEA takes place).

I have been blogging since 2008 when I started a private blog about my life in general, however, when it became apparent that 80% of my posts were doing book reviews, or speaking about bookish stuff, I decided to start a book blog. Serious book blogging did not commence till 2011.

Why do you love reading and blogging?

I have loved reading as long as I could remember. I was one of those children that was never seen without a novel. I was thought to be strange when I could read "chapter" books in one day, although said chapter books were only Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High books, amazing but not lengthy. I had a short break from power reading when I hit late teens and early 20s, I went from reading a book a day to a book every two weeks.

The Harry Potter series brought me out from my reading diet, and the Twilight series was also one turning point for me in my reading life.

I love blogging for several reasons, but mainly because I have an outlet to my reading obsession, apart from my blog and the book blogging community I do not actually have anyone to gush about books to. Another reason why I love book blogging is because I have met fantastic people and have been introduced to many fantastic books and Authors that I would not have known about had I not been blogging. It has also been a very therapeutic experience for me.

What is one book everyone should read? 

I absolutely love series' but I think that if an Author captivates a reader and impacts ones life in one book, then you know that book must be amazing. The one book that I think EVERYONE should read at least once in their life is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

What book are you reading right now?

Please keep an eye out for my upcoming review and I will also be kicking off the blog tour for this fantastic book with an Author Interview. 

What is the top book in your TBR pile right now? 

Instagram Challenge

I haven't really caught the whole Instagram craze as yet as I'm quite crappola at taking pics, but after seeing others' TBR Rainbows on Twitter I just had to do mine. I enjoyed putting it together that I decided to do a YA dedicated rainbow and a General Adult Fiction + Classic one.

I have now started an Instagram account just to be able to participate in this challenge. I really love how the YA one turned out, it looked more rainbow-like than the other. Which do you like better?


thetangledwebweweave said...

The Book Thief is amazing. I have a similar experience of blogging-so many new books and authors I'd never have found otherwise and the people are awesome :-) happy Armchair BEA!

Bookaddict Bieke said...

Oh hey I'm starting You and Me and Him right now! :D

Heather said...

Have a great armchair BEA week!

Keri Payton said...

I still haven't read The Book Thief, even though I have it both in paperback and on audio. I really need to get around to it soon.

rhoda_strupag said...

Hi Angelica! Nice to 'meet' you. Wow you sound like a busy lady between your baby, step-kids and furbabies (I love that term)! The Book Thief is a really good pick for a must-read! Hope you have a great few days with Armchair BEA :D

debnance said...

Nice to meet you, Angelica! Hope you have a great time at Armchair BEA!

Juli Rahel said...

Your house sounds full but fun! I am looking forward to the day when I adopt my first dog! I have been dying to visit the Philippines for a long time because I've heard a lot of amazing things about it! I always had a book on me as well as a child, now my Kindle is my trusty companion! 'The Book Thief' is beautiful although I'm slightly struggling with it myself! I'm loving all the ABEA fun :D Thanks for sharing!

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