Armchair BEA: Introduction

Welcome, Armchair BEA participants! I decided to register at the last minute. I’m looking forward to expanding my circle and connecting with more book bloggers πŸ™‚

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 
    •  My name is Reno. I’m a Canadian in my early 20s. I’m presently finishing up a BA in English with a specialization in young people’s texts and cultures. I’m blogging from Canada now, but in a few months I will be blogging from Japan! I have been blogging in one form or another since 2006. I initially used my blog as a daily journal. I began blogging about books, music and writing under the Falling Letters name in fall 2010. I rebooted Falling Letters in April as a book blog.
  2. What genre do you read the most? 
    • Although Tolkien wrote my favourite books, my favourite genre is not fantasy but something closer to magical realism.  I like stories that have a touch of the unusual about them and are hard to classify. Think authors like Helen Oyeyemi, Jose Saramago, and Neil Gaiman.
  3. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers).  These are just a handful of the book blogs I’m enjoying at the moment!
  4. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why? Assuming I’m not concerned about survival…if I could read, write and listen to music while lounging on my favourite pillow I would be a very happy person!
    • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami – one of my favourite books, a really lovely story, I think you can find something new in it on every reading
    • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – possibly my all-time favourite book, I can read it back to back to back and never get tired of it
    • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – see above!
    • Comfy pillow
    • Notebooks, pens and pencils (I’m counting ‘writing supplies ‘as one item)
    • Solar-powered music player
  5.  What book would you love to see as a movie? 
    •  Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke. I know they’ve already made an Inkheart movie and although I was happy Brendan Fraser was cast as Mo, the movie was absolutely terrible. I think Inkdeath would make a beautiful, thrilling movie if done well.

Please link your blog in the comments so I can check it out! I’m not sure how much I’ll participate in this event here on my own blog, but I’m excited to use this opportunity to explore book blogs I might not have found otherwise.

  • One of my best friends is in Japan right now! I hope you love it when you get there!

    I was surprised to see you wanted Inkdeath as a movie when Inheart wasn't good–but then I read on and you admitted it wasn't good. Too funny!

  • Hi Reno, nice to meet you! This is my first year participating in Armchair BEA. I actually haven't read Inkdeath, but I own both Inkheart and Inkspell. I haven't picked up those books in ages, but are they worth the reread to continue/finish the trilogy?

  • Hello Jordin, thanks for stopping by! This is my first year participating as well. I personally think they're totally worth it. I love Inkspell/Inkdeath because they're set in the inkworld. Inkdeath changes in tone but I still really enjoyed it. I think if you liked the first you'll like the rest!

  • That's really exciting! Is your friend teaching English? (That's what I'm going to do.)

    Yes, the Inkheart movie was a great disappointment >.> If only it had been good, then maybe we would have the sequels as well!

  • Wonderful intro! I also love books with a magical twist or literary works that cruise right on into genre.

  • Stephanie

    Apparently I like books that can be hard to classify. I often have a problem figuring out where to file my reviews. I am having that problem with the book I am about to finish now. It is YA, but what genre exactly, I will have to guess.
    It is a pleasure meeting you this week.
    -Flirting with Fiction

  • I just recently decided to add genre tags to my reviews and I'm having the same problem. I like to be precise but then I might end up describing every single book as having its own created 'genre'… Thanks for visiting my blog!

  • Hello from Canada as well! Lucky you getting to make a move to Japan! Godspeed!

  • Hello fellow Canadian! Thanks very much πŸ™‚

  • Wow, very jealous and excited for your move to Japan! I just read my first Neil Gaiman book recently and while I enjoyed it, I think I need to read more of his books to get the hand of his writing. Hope you enjoy the rest of ABEA!

  • Thank-you! Yes, I encourage you to read more Gaiman if you've only read one book.They can be very different. Which book did you read?

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