Armchair BEA: Meet and Greet

Armchair BEA: Meet and Greet

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Armchair BEA has arrived for all those who can’t make it to the real BEA! As the first event to kick off the week’s festivities, participants in Armchair BEA will be answering some interview questions, then visiting and “meeting” other bloggers taking part. Sounds like great fun, right? Right!

Without further ado, my five answers:

1. 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 Angelya and this is The Oaken Bookcase, a review site for Fantasy and Sci-fi books for all ages. Welcome! Do make yourself at home! I’ve been book blogging for just over three months now and I’m loving it, although it’s super-busy. I wrote a gaming blog before this which was much more relaxed, but the fast-paced book blogging world has me hooked now. I blog because I love to read books and share what I thought of them with everyone!

While you’re here, why not hang around and enter a giveaway or two? There are links on the sidebar there!

Amped, Daniel Wilson

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I’m reading Amped by Daniel H. Wilson and I’m really enjoying it so far.

It’s set in a not-too-distant future when neural implants make people more intelligent and “sharpen them up”. Non-amped people (or the so-called “pure humans”) feel threatened and want to level the playing field, and new laws allow anti-amped behaviour to basically becomes sanctioned prejudice. It’s a very interesting look at society in general.

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

I have a little son who is 14 months old. At the moment he loves pulling board books apart, so I’m busily trying to teach him not to do that (*wince*). The actual Oaken Bookcase is in his bedroom! Also, he knows Meg and MogΒ and Where’s Spot?Β by heart (well he makes noises at appropriate moments anyway).

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

Hogwarts, for sure. Do I really need to give a reason?

5. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

Yes, actually! I was really surprised when this happened – I’d been reading mostly epic fantasies for a few years, mostly re-reading what was on my bookshelves. At the start of the year when I started reading book blogs and then blogging, I was introduced to the wide world of young adult and middle grade fantasy, and also read a lot more science fiction in general. Now, I’m not loving the sci-fi as much anymore, and I am really getting into the YA and MG on offer! I’m really pleased because blogging has exposed me to a range of books I wouldn’t normally choose to read, so now I have a better idea of what I really do like to read.

Now, make sure you go to the Armchair BEA site to check out all the other bloggers and their meet and greet posts! It was nice to meet you πŸ™‚

35 thoughts on “Armchair BEA: Meet and Greet

  1. Your son is so cute! And I love that he can recognize parts of books. Too adorable!

    Amped sounds like a great book! Looks like you’ve already given me a recommendation. πŸ˜› Have you read Feed by M. T. Anderson? Check it out if you haven’t!
    Lindsey @ The Book Matters recently posted..Armchair BEA 2012 – Day One: Introductions First!My Profile

    • Angelya says:

      I haven’t read Feed, but I have heard of it.. thanks, I’ll look it up again πŸ™‚ Amped is very tense!

  2. Bree says:

    Your son is a cutie! I have an almost-4 year old and boy did he go through the stage of ripping up books too! We had to clear out the shelves he could reach for months until he mostly grew out of it/began to understand that mumma did NOT like that sort of thing, lol.
    Bree recently posted..Armchair BEA Post #1 – Introductions!My Profile

    • Angelya says:

      I keep trying to sound upset when he starts breaking them and we do take them away once they’re broken, but he’s not quite getting it yet!

  3. I’m seeing a lot of people that have started reading YA since they started their blog (I one). We still have my sons favorite board book and it’s held together by a whole roll of tape.
    Kristina D @NewBorrowedUsed recently posted..Armchair BEA ~Day 1 Blogger InterviewsMy Profile

    • Angelya says:

      Yeees, I feel the tape will be coming out shortly xD It seems the YA market is a little misunderstood until people start reading blogs and realise how good it actually is!

  4. I’m glad to know of an aussie Sci-Fi and fantasy blog. Happy Armchair BEA
    Michael @ Literary Exploration recently posted..ArmchairBEA: IntroductionMy Profile

  5. Aww, your son is adorable! I have 13 month old who is SO close to walking! I bet you’ve got your hands full. We do and he’s only a super fast crawler. We’re in for some craziness once our boy takes those first steps!

    Here’s my Armchair BEA post for today!
    Jess (The Cozy Reader) recently posted..Armchair BEA | Day 1 | IntroductionMy Profile

    • Angelya says:

      Oh wow, yep you’re in for some fun once your little one is up and about! It sort of gradually happens as they get their balance.. it’s adorable πŸ˜€

  6. Love fantasy and sci-fi! And I agree about my eyes being opened to all the great YA and MG books out there since starting blogging. We started around the same time – I’ve been blogging about 2.5 months πŸ™‚

    Your son is adorable! Nice to meet you!

    My Armchair BEA Intro Post.

  7. Oh, I love your blog! And Hogwarts — a fantastic answer!

    I’ve also jumped on the YA bandwagon recently. So many fabulous things coming out across the board.
    Becky LeJeune recently posted..Armchair BEA: IntroductionMy Profile

    • Angelya says:

      There are way too many great YA books coming out all the time, there’s no way to keep up with it! *runs around like crazy*
      Thanks for visiting, Becky!

  8. Ryan says:

    Your boy is adorable. I’m a single father of a nine year old so I know how much of a joy they can be. Hope you have a great week.
    Ryan recently posted..Armchair BEA IntroductionsMy Profile

  9. Glad to hear that blogging helped you get into MG and YA books, there’s some great fantasy stuff out there in those age ranges!

    For a while huge epic fantasies were all I read as well. Have you read the Deverry Cycle novels? Those are some of my favorites and I keep meaning to do a re-read of them eventually.
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  10. Amanda says:

    your son is soo cute!! I love the blog!! Happy BEA week!
    Amanda recently posted..Armchair BEA: About MeMy Profile

  11. Hi
    Your son is a cutie. Not very many of my children’s book survived toddlerhood either!

    Have a great Armchair BEA
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out
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    • Angelya says:

      Thanks Shelleyrae, have a great week as well πŸ™‚

    • Philippa says:

      I think a chewed and beaten up board book is a sign it was well loved πŸ™‚ Though I nearly cried when I noticed my daughter had completely ripped the spine out of The Very Hungry Caterpillar πŸ™

  12. Jae says:

    Your son is so cute and lucky to have a reading Mom like you! Soon he’ll stop tearing books apart and start reading them! I’ve never heard of Amped but it sounds really good. I’m definitely going to be browsing through your past posts looking for similar recommendations!

    • Angelya says:

      I hope he’ll read lots of books one day… it’s part of the reason I’m trying to get into some MG books to recommend to him πŸ˜‰ Check out my reviews page if you’re after recommendations! Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  13. Stephanie says:

    So many have chosen Hogwarts, haha, it would be a great place to visit!
    It’s so great to meet you!!
    Hope you have a great Armchair BEA week!

    xo Stephanie
    Stephanie recently posted..Armchair BEA IntroductionsMy Profile

  14. ibeeeg says:

    Fantasy is one of my two favorite genres with historical fiction being the other. Unlike you, I am just getting into epic fantasy…about the last year or so. Otherwise, it was more YA, middle-grade and paranormal.

    Have a great week with Armchair BEA!

    • Angelya says:

      Hi, thanks for visiting πŸ™‚ I hope you’re enjoying the epic stuffs, most of them live up to their epicness!

  15. Your son is so adorable!!! Too cute that he makes the sounds of the books.

    Good luck in getting him to stop destructing them! With my nephew it was illustrating all of the ones without pictures.
    Amanda @ Letters Inside Out recently posted..Top Ten Books I Loved But Never ReviewedMy Profile

  16. Hogwarts!?!?! What a great answer to that question! And I think I am going to say the same thing. Something about when I was thinking about the question was Britian is just Britian haha. But Hogwarts…thats special!

    Just wanted to stop by and say hi on your first Armchair BEA πŸ™‚

    All the <3
    Leila | The Fiction Pixie

    *Sometimes I miss signing these things as Tar*
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    • Angelya says:

      Of course, Hogwarts is in Britain so I would be happy just to go there tbh πŸ™‚ besides, I have loads of people there to catch up with!
      You’re still Tarinae in my head, you know <3

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