Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA: Introductions


I'm so bummed I didn't make it to BEA, but I'm so excited for Armchair BEA. The next best thing. So here's a few things about me and my blog. Can't wait to meet you all!

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? My name is Hannah. My nicknames are Hannah Banana and Little Tomato. I hate bananas and tomatoes. I was born and rasied in Northern Minnesota. I travel any chance I get, but my heart will always be in the Midwest. I have a BA in English Literature from Minnesota State University and I'm currently working on my MA in Literature from Saint Louis University. Over the course of my studies I began reading YA lit to take breaks from reading the heavy stuff and I quickly became addicted. I started blogging so I could talk about the books I read and so I could remember what I was reading. Next week I will have been blogging for one year, and I have no plans to stop anytime soon.

2. What are you currently reading? I'm reading Velveteen by Daniel Marks. It's absolutely stunning. It's taking me forever to read because I keep needing to make notes and write down quotes.

3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. I grew up on a seasonal fishing resort. My parents bought the resort a year before I was born and sold it when I was 10. I spent my summers scooping minnows, cleaning cabins, raking beaches, playing pool, swimming, playing house on pontoons, and hanging out at bonfires and roasting marshmallows.


4. What is your favorite feature on your blog? Secondary Character Saturday! I started this meme a couple months ago and I'm loving it. There are so many great secondary characters out there and they don't always get the time and attention they deserve. So I set aside one day a week to talk about some of those characters and their importance. If you'd like to join me in this meme, I would be thrilled.

5.  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 don't even know where to start. I love this community so much - and it begins and ends with the fact that everyone loves books, stories, and words. I love that there's now a place readers can go to talk about what they're reading. It's no longer a solitary activity. I so appreciate the friendships and the support provided by this community. I've come to a point where I know when certain people gush about a book - that is one I need to read - because I trust in their opinions. The only thing I'd like to see change is the drama - can't we all just love each other? We're all here for the same thing. Peace, love and books.

23 comments:

  1. I'm originally from the St. Louis area, and I also have a BA in literature, so we already have things in common! Lol. It's nice to officially "meet" you, Hannah! I'm a new follower! :)

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  2. OOoh! I like how you grew up! Sounds really interesting! And yay for BA and MA in literature! xD I very nearly did the same thing but didn't get the grade to do so :( but yay that you're doing it! Also, YA literature is very addictive! xD

    Thanks for sharing Hannah - it's great to get to know you a bit more!!

    Faye :-)

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  3. Hello there Hannah Banana! Dropping by for the Armchair BEA! :)

    Velveteen is on my TBR list too! Looking forward to your thoughts about it.

    See you around!

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

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  4. Hi Hannah,
    That sounds like an AWESOME way to spend childhood summers! And you're right, the book blogging community makes reading more of a social activity than it's ever been before, and I love that!!

    Happy ABEA!

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  5. It's always nice to run across someone else from Northern MN. I'm from Two Harbors and I miss it all the time. I will be one of those oddballs that actually retires back north.

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  6. Secondary Character Saturday sounds like a great feature! I almost always like the sidekick more than the hero!

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  7. Hi Hannah! Nice to meet you!!
    http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-about-me.html

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  8. Hi Hannah! OOO Velveteen! I can't wait to see your review of it :) Your parent's fishing resort where you spent your summers sounds awesome. Makes me want to be outside, but today it's gloomy and rainy out :( Have a great day, and I'll see you around!

    My introduction post :)

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  9. I hadn't heard of Velveteen, so I will check it out.

    They sound like fun summers!

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  10. wow you grew up on a fishing resort? that sounds pretty awesome (to someone who grew up in a boring suburb lol). I'm interested to see how you liked Velveteen. I'm waiting a bit closer to the release date to read it but it sounds amazing!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  11. Hi Hannah :) I love your nickname - Hannah Banana! It reminds me of my dad's nickname (Jerry = Jer Bear!). Wow your childhood sounds awesome! Roasing marshmallows = awesome! And even better: S'mores!

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  12. Awww, I love the nickname Little Tomato! It is cute! hehe

    Your summers growing up sound like so much fun! I would have loved that as a kid. :)

    My intro!

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  13. How fun is that - growing up in a fishing resort! Wait! Do you like fishing??? Personally, I could do without the worms. HeeHee

    Thanks for participating!

    Here's my intro

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks

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  14. Hi There!

    I love your idea for secondary characters: they are often so much more interesting than the leads! :D

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  15. Oh I do love reading about secondary characters... I just always have a hard time thinking of my favourites to write about, which I guess is the whole problem which created that feature to begin with. =b

    Here's my post.

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  16. It must have been so much fun growing up on a fishing resort! I feel like that'd be pretty relaxing. :)

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  17. Hi Hannah! I love the sound of your Secondary Character Saturday! I'll be stopping by to check it out this weekend! :) Nice to meet you.

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  18. Hi Hannah,
    Nice to meet you - new follower. I love the idea of Secondary Character Saturday -- I will definitely have to check it out!! Love your blog!!

    http://bellesbookbag.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-introductions-first.html

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  19. Hi! Secondary Character Sunday sounds like a fantastic way to showcase the characters we tend to overlook. It was very nice meeting you!

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  20. Ooo, I've got Velveteen but haven't read it yet - maybe I'll move that higher on my list! I LOVE that meme, I feel like I usually love Secondary Characters more than I do the main ones, will probably join in on that soon! And that is so neat about growing up on a seasonal fishing resort; definitely different and interesting than the norm.

    Happy Armchair BEA, and lovely to "meet" you! (I've been a longtime follower, but not sure if I've ever commented before!)
    My Armchair BEA Intro

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  21. I so agree with the drama thing. Some people are born for it so it would appear. Actually, there isn't as much on the blogosphere as there is in the real world "out there" so it's all good.

    That must have been cool growing up at a resort when you were a kid. I was a Boy Scout but that was about the extent of my resort/camping type thingamajig.

    I dig the Hannah Banana nickname. lol

    See ya on the blogs! Now following yours.

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  22. Hi Hannah, it is nice to meet you. (We call my niece Hannah Banana to:). I love your Secondary Character Saturday meme. I've only been doing this 6 months, but I agree with you about the drama. Personally, I love supporting and promoting other bloggers. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  23. I think you're going to love the memories of growing up on a beach resort. Sounds like a Neil Simon play :)

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA: Introductions


I'm so bummed I didn't make it to BEA, but I'm so excited for Armchair BEA. The next best thing. So here's a few things about me and my blog. Can't wait to meet you all!

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? My name is Hannah. My nicknames are Hannah Banana and Little Tomato. I hate bananas and tomatoes. I was born and rasied in Northern Minnesota. I travel any chance I get, but my heart will always be in the Midwest. I have a BA in English Literature from Minnesota State University and I'm currently working on my MA in Literature from Saint Louis University. Over the course of my studies I began reading YA lit to take breaks from reading the heavy stuff and I quickly became addicted. I started blogging so I could talk about the books I read and so I could remember what I was reading. Next week I will have been blogging for one year, and I have no plans to stop anytime soon.

2. What are you currently reading? I'm reading Velveteen by Daniel Marks. It's absolutely stunning. It's taking me forever to read because I keep needing to make notes and write down quotes.

3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. I grew up on a seasonal fishing resort. My parents bought the resort a year before I was born and sold it when I was 10. I spent my summers scooping minnows, cleaning cabins, raking beaches, playing pool, swimming, playing house on pontoons, and hanging out at bonfires and roasting marshmallows.


4. What is your favorite feature on your blog? Secondary Character Saturday! I started this meme a couple months ago and I'm loving it. There are so many great secondary characters out there and they don't always get the time and attention they deserve. So I set aside one day a week to talk about some of those characters and their importance. If you'd like to join me in this meme, I would be thrilled.

5.  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 don't even know where to start. I love this community so much - and it begins and ends with the fact that everyone loves books, stories, and words. I love that there's now a place readers can go to talk about what they're reading. It's no longer a solitary activity. I so appreciate the friendships and the support provided by this community. I've come to a point where I know when certain people gush about a book - that is one I need to read - because I trust in their opinions. The only thing I'd like to see change is the drama - can't we all just love each other? We're all here for the same thing. Peace, love and books.

23 comments:

  1. I'm originally from the St. Louis area, and I also have a BA in literature, so we already have things in common! Lol. It's nice to officially "meet" you, Hannah! I'm a new follower! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. OOoh! I like how you grew up! Sounds really interesting! And yay for BA and MA in literature! xD I very nearly did the same thing but didn't get the grade to do so :( but yay that you're doing it! Also, YA literature is very addictive! xD

    Thanks for sharing Hannah - it's great to get to know you a bit more!!

    Faye :-)

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  3. Hello there Hannah Banana! Dropping by for the Armchair BEA! :)

    Velveteen is on my TBR list too! Looking forward to your thoughts about it.

    See you around!

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

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  4. Hi Hannah,
    That sounds like an AWESOME way to spend childhood summers! And you're right, the book blogging community makes reading more of a social activity than it's ever been before, and I love that!!

    Happy ABEA!

    ReplyDelete
  5. It's always nice to run across someone else from Northern MN. I'm from Two Harbors and I miss it all the time. I will be one of those oddballs that actually retires back north.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Secondary Character Saturday sounds like a great feature! I almost always like the sidekick more than the hero!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Hannah! Nice to meet you!!
    http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-about-me.html

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi Hannah! OOO Velveteen! I can't wait to see your review of it :) Your parent's fishing resort where you spent your summers sounds awesome. Makes me want to be outside, but today it's gloomy and rainy out :( Have a great day, and I'll see you around!

    My introduction post :)

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  9. I hadn't heard of Velveteen, so I will check it out.

    They sound like fun summers!

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  10. wow you grew up on a fishing resort? that sounds pretty awesome (to someone who grew up in a boring suburb lol). I'm interested to see how you liked Velveteen. I'm waiting a bit closer to the release date to read it but it sounds amazing!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Hannah :) I love your nickname - Hannah Banana! It reminds me of my dad's nickname (Jerry = Jer Bear!). Wow your childhood sounds awesome! Roasing marshmallows = awesome! And even better: S'mores!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Awww, I love the nickname Little Tomato! It is cute! hehe

    Your summers growing up sound like so much fun! I would have loved that as a kid. :)

    My intro!

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  13. How fun is that - growing up in a fishing resort! Wait! Do you like fishing??? Personally, I could do without the worms. HeeHee

    Thanks for participating!

    Here's my intro

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi There!

    I love your idea for secondary characters: they are often so much more interesting than the leads! :D

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh I do love reading about secondary characters... I just always have a hard time thinking of my favourites to write about, which I guess is the whole problem which created that feature to begin with. =b

    Here's my post.

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  16. It must have been so much fun growing up on a fishing resort! I feel like that'd be pretty relaxing. :)

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  17. Hi Hannah! I love the sound of your Secondary Character Saturday! I'll be stopping by to check it out this weekend! :) Nice to meet you.

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  18. Hi Hannah,
    Nice to meet you - new follower. I love the idea of Secondary Character Saturday -- I will definitely have to check it out!! Love your blog!!

    http://bellesbookbag.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-introductions-first.html

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi! Secondary Character Sunday sounds like a fantastic way to showcase the characters we tend to overlook. It was very nice meeting you!

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  20. Ooo, I've got Velveteen but haven't read it yet - maybe I'll move that higher on my list! I LOVE that meme, I feel like I usually love Secondary Characters more than I do the main ones, will probably join in on that soon! And that is so neat about growing up on a seasonal fishing resort; definitely different and interesting than the norm.

    Happy Armchair BEA, and lovely to "meet" you! (I've been a longtime follower, but not sure if I've ever commented before!)
    My Armchair BEA Intro

    ReplyDelete
  21. I so agree with the drama thing. Some people are born for it so it would appear. Actually, there isn't as much on the blogosphere as there is in the real world "out there" so it's all good.

    That must have been cool growing up at a resort when you were a kid. I was a Boy Scout but that was about the extent of my resort/camping type thingamajig.

    I dig the Hannah Banana nickname. lol

    See ya on the blogs! Now following yours.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi Hannah, it is nice to meet you. (We call my niece Hannah Banana to:). I love your Secondary Character Saturday meme. I've only been doing this 6 months, but I agree with you about the drama. Personally, I love supporting and promoting other bloggers. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I think you're going to love the memories of growing up on a beach resort. Sounds like a Neil Simon play :)

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

    ReplyDelete