Armchair BEA! Day 1: Introductions, and Classics

Woooooo! Armchair BEA time!


What? It’s a tiara-worthy occassion, right?


Hi ya’ll! I’m Sarah. I’m super excited to be joining in for Armchair BEA again! This week is a bit hectic for me with work and whatnot, but I’m going to try to do all the posts and hop around visiting blogs quite a bit.

This year there are two topics each day – it’s not required that we do both, but I think it’s nice to have that option! And the topics look AWESOME. So let’s get this party started!

Introduction Questions

2. 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 in Western NY, which is where I’ve lived my whole life. And while obviously I’m fond of my city, I really do want to leave NY eventually. It’s expensive and I hate the long, snowy winters.

3. 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? 

Yes indeedy! Last year was my first time participating, and it was a lot of fun! Honestly I have so much going on with work and other stuff this week that I was pretty sure I was going to skip it this year. But the topics for this week look so great, and I looked over my posts from last year and I remembered how much I enjoyed it, and I decided to go for it! I foresee a lot of caffeine in my future…

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

Hmmm, favorites so far this year. That should be easy! Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Retribution Falls (and the other two Ketty Jay books) by Chris Wooding, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, and a bunch of the non-fiction books I’ve been reading. I’ve definitely been on a non-fiction kick this year, and there are actually so many good ones I’ve read that I’m too lazy to type them out right now.

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

I want to take eskrima classes. The honeyman and I really want to visit and possibly move to Portland, Oregon. I love Cougar Town. I have mild dermographia (which means that if you touch/scratch me, I welt instantly. Also called “skin writing” disorder). I can crochet a bit. Okay so that’s more than one, but dude just picking one thing is hard!

(I wanted to do question 6 here: Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s) – but I could’ve easily typed out at least 15 bloggers who I just love and I wouldn’t want to leave anyone out, so I’m skipping 6 instead.)

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

Hmmmm… that’s hard! Patrick Rothfuss comes to mind. He seems like he’d be really easy-going and funny, and he’s probably my favorite fantasy author. As for a characters… I’d just wanna have dinner with the crew of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding. They’re such an awesome, bizarre bunch, I would be happy to just sit in on one of their dinners on the airship. I know that’s more than one character (it’s like eight or something), but whatever. It’s my pretend dinner, I’ll eat with whoever I want!

Genre Discussion: Classics

 I tend to go through phases in my reading. Right now I’m really into non-fiction (science reads, in particular). Last year I was more into just general fiction and sci-fi. I think the year before that I read a lot of classics.

I joined the Classics Club this year, and I’m really enjoying it so far – it’s motivated me to read at least 1 classic a month, which I’ve managed so far. Basically the Classics Club is a really long challenge – you draw up a list of at least 50 classics you want to read, and you aim to complete that list within a specific time – 5 years seems to be the choice most people go with. You can change your list as you go, and when you finish a book off of your list you can add it to the”Members Reviews”. There are also monthly memes and occassional mini-challenges to join in on.

Here’s my Classics Club List. Out of the 5 I’ve read off of my list so far, I think Vanity Fair is my favorite. Lord of the Flies is definitely the one I dislike the most. But no matter the book or how you feel about it, it’s so much fun to dissect and discuss classics.

How do you feel about classics? Are you a Classics Club member, or want to be? What are some of your favorite and least favorite classics?


Okay Armchair BEA-ers, that’s all I got for today! Can’t wait to spend some time visiting and commenting!






  1. I think this is absolutely a tiara worthy day! You should probably wear that all the time, it suits you. 😉

    I’ve never heard of dermographia, very interesting. I’m going to have to look that up.

    Nice to learn more about you 🙂 Happy BEA!


  2. Hey Sarah! I’ve done a crap job of commenting on blogs for quite some time, but it’s time to remedy that and BEA seems like a perfect time for getting back in the swing of commenting. I am so happy you decided to join The Classics Club! I think it’s a great club. I like how it’s very go with the flow and is mostly a support network. Good luck with all of your reading goals. Can’t wait to talk to you more in the future.


    1. Hi Lori! I know how you feel – I just get too busy (and sometimes too lazy, honestly) to be a good commenter/blogger. I hope that ABEA helps you get back into the swing of things! 🙂


  3. Awesome tiara photo. Setting the mood up for a fun party 🙂 I skipped the classics question. I don’t read many classics, is it bad that they remind me of high school texts?


    1. Hi Julie, thanks!

      That’s not bad. I think that classics remind a lot of people of high school reading horrors and that’s why they avoid them. Luckily I didn’t have much required reading in school (except Hamlet, UGH). There are some good ones though 🙂


  4. I’m thinking of joining the Classics Club, you are the 4th person I’ve seen that is a member of it and it sounds great! Portland is a great city! I love Oregon as a whole though, it’s such a beautiful place. If there is a nature wonder you want to see Oregon probably has it somewhere, lol.


    1. You should join the Classics Club! It’s a lot of fun, and very casual.

      I SO want to visit Portland! The honeyman and I are thinking of taking a train trip there sometime, hopefully next year after we save a bit of money.


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