Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Girl Behind the Blog (an Armchair BEA introduction)

Hello there! Welcome to Beneath Shining Stars, I Read--yes, this is an official sort of "hello." To my followers, thank you so much for following my blog and to my visitors, well, welcome!

You might be wondering, "Is that a picture of you, Kristin?" The answer, of course, is "Yes!" Please forgive the open closet behind me. Yes, it looks like one that you could use to get into Narnia,--but alas, I've tried (as a kid) and it doesn't seem to work. But enough of my minor ramble! Now I shall question myself in a sort of mock interview--feel free to use my questions if, like me, you're sort of stuck when it comes to introduction posts.

Why did you name your blog Beneath Shining Stars, I Read?
Admittedly there are three reasons why my blog ended up being named "Beneath Shining Stars, I Read." I read at night, I have an (slight--wait, who am I kidding?) obsession with stars (the sort in the sky), and I live close to Los Angeles (and as such, do tend to have star sightings from time to time).

Why did you start blogging?
I found GoodReads in August of 2010 and I quickly began organizing a "TBR" list while reading reviews on there. At the same time, I found that some people linked to their blogs from their review posts and I began reading The Story Siren's reviews. From there, I began to play around with the idea of making a blog and reviewing on it and two months later, Beneath Shining Stars, I Read was created.

Who are you?
My name is Kristin, I live in a small, quiet city situated between Long Beach and Los Angeles, and I'm twenty-one years old. Also, I'm an English Literature major--who probably shouldn't have taken a break right after high school, but we all make silly decisions at times, right? Ah, and if you were wondering, I'm half Thai and half Caucasian--which as it stands, means that I don't burn when I go out into the sun but I don't exactly tan either. Naturally, I'm shy and I'm not exactly the partying type. Yes, I've been a bookworm all my life. Have I mentioned that I'm a Nerdfighter? Or that I seriously love Harry Potter (both the movies and the book series) as well as Pirates of the Caribbean (yes, I'm a Johnny Depp fan-girl)? Huh, I probably should've mentioned that earlier.

What are your other hobbies?
Reading is hobby number one. Other hobbies include writing, singing, swimming, shopping, hanging out with friends, watching movies, singing along with musicals, listening to music and being a dork. Well, being a dork isn't really a hobby, it's a fact of life.

What do you like to watch?
Musicals, Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother, Doctor Who (admittedly I find myself falling for the charms of Matt Smith), Gossip Girl, True Blood (Alexander Skarsgard, yum!), Doctor Horrible, Coraline, Pirates of the Caribbean, and well, there's many more but off the top of my head, that's what I love to watch.

Do you have a favorite book series?
Every time I see this question or when I get asked it, I freeze. There have been many series that I can claim are favorites. They're books that I can re-read without losing interest in and well, there's so many that I don't know what to tell you! My default answers are always Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and of course J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter.

What do you usually read?
I read mainly YA--like most of the bloggers that I follow--and sometimes it feels like the teens hanging around the YA section of my local bookstore know I'm not one of them. You know, that "Why is there an adult in the YA section?" look. But it's my guilty pleasure and I don't think I'll be giving it up anytime soon. As for genres, I read a bit of everything (yes, it's true).

But when it comes to genres that I really love then it has to be: dystopian, paranormal, historical fiction, and romance. Although I have been reading a bit more contemporary lately and it's been a nice change. Paranormal has always been my favorite genre though and I've loved it for as long as I can remember--which does indeed mean before Twilight was released. It was probably the fourth grade or so when I really began reading it--and a bit of R.L. Stine--and I've yet to grow tired of it. ;)

What are you looking forward to most for Armchair BEA?
Everything! Seriously, everything. But if you forced me to pick something then I'd tell you that I'm really looking forward to learning more about my fellow bloggers and reading lots and lots of posts!

Lastly, thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I'll be doing my best to keep up with everything going on for Armchair BEA this week, so I'll be hopping around from blog to blog visiting as many of my fellow Armchair BEA participants as I can manage. Happy reading!

P.S. I can also be found on Twitter (@EloquentLace) and GoodReads.


  1. WOW! This is a great post. I've been staring at my draft introduction post for a while... I may take you up on your offer to use your questions! I will give you credit of course :). Love your blog! I love Neil Patrick Harris! I'm a new follower :). I look forward to your ArmchairBEA posts this week! ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

  2. @Jen;
    Thanks! :D And if you get stuck, feel free to use it. <3 Also, hurrah for another Neil Patrick Harris fan! Can't wait to watch him host the Tony Awards!

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  4. Why didn't I come read your post before I wrote up mine? Oh, that's right. Because I'm an idiot. I totally would have borrowed your questions! Aw well.

    Can I just say... girl after my own heart!! I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan too! And I love your blog name, I honestly could just sit under then night sky for hours at time (but not in Winter. The whole shivering thing kind of takes away the beauty of it), I find it so beautiful and fascinating.

    Nice to meet you! By the way, you look gorgeous! :) My introductory post

  5. Nice to meet you! I found Goodreads before I began blogging about books too. It was a great way to begin and now I link my reviews back to my blog.

  6. Hi, nice to meet you. I loved this post, it was fun getting to know you. Mmm, Johnny Depp, now that's a good topic. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  7. Hi, Kristin ~ It's nice to meet you! I'm a fan of musicals, too, and a big reader of romance and YA. Looking forward to following your posts.

    Tiffany James

  8. Doctor Horrible, FTW! Instant blog follow. Also, I love your blog. Srsly, it feels nice. If that makes any sense.


  9. Great to meet you. New follower :)
    Yay Nerdfitaria!


  10. So nice to finally get to know you more!! What a great set of questions and answers!

  11. Don't worry, Kristin, you're not the only adult who likes YA!

    Nice to meet you,

  12. Hey Kristin, I am really glad to find out more about you. It seems we share some favorite reads (I just adore the Fever series) and of course YA books and I have been an adult for a very long time. Hope you enjoy the armchair BEA.

  13. Hi! :) I found Goodreads after I started blogging... :L And it completely confused me! I had no idea what I was doing :L Great post, I'm looking forward to your other Armchair BEA posts this week! :)

  14. HAi!!!

    I always wanted to visit SoCal paticually Huntington Beach, one day one day, bit far to walk from aust, better get swimming hahah, i am lame, meh,

    nice answers
    The Book Mystress,xx

  15. What a thorough, concise post. I feel like mine is crap, in comparison :) Nice to meet you, Kristin. This is definitely one of the most awesome aspects of Armchair BEA... I love meeting new bloggers! <3

  16. Fantastic post! I really feel like I got to know you...which makes me want to go back and edit mine. Lol.

    I love your blog title, and especially the explanation behind it. It's very creative and kind of poetic. Love that! :)

    Anyway, I'm a new follower! See you around this week!

  17. I'm always the only adult in the teen section!!! :) I love How I Met Your Mother and True Blood!
    Armchair BEA: About Us!

  18. nice to "meet" you....I love How I Met Your Mother and Pirates of the Caribbean.

    Have a great ArmChair BEA

  19. I love your blog name :) I also have an obsession with stars, so we are two of a kind. I love your blog, I'm so glad I ran across it

    -Kate the Book Buff
    The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People

  20. I ended up using your questions and linked back to you! Oh, I meant to say earlier that I love goodreads too, I'll have to look you up! Here’s my introduction post! ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

  21. Cute pic! Sometimes I wander through the YA section very slowly with one eye on the shelves just because I feel weird that I'm 37 and browsing with the youngsters! Welcome to Armchair BEA!

  22. Hi, I just discovered your blog via Armchair BEA and like your blog. I also enjoy reading YA books even though I'm a adult.

  23. Yay for True Blood and Eric! And HP and GoodReads and Nerdfighting and Johnny Depp and.... anyways... Nice to meet you! I hope you stop by eclectic / eccentric and say hi!

  24. Hi nice to meet you! I enjoyed reading your posts plus am a new follower!

  25. Darn, my closet doesn't go to Narnia, either. We obviously didn't luck out. :/ =b

    Yay for musicals! I haven't seen a lot of them (live, I mean), but I've been watching movie musicals since I was little.

    I am definitely a new follower. I'm always looking for new YA blogs to follow, since that's practically all I read.

  26. I have a large closet but it doesn't go to Narnia either. GoodReads is a fantastic tool. I'm on there every day.

    Unless I'm ill or traveling (and don't have access to the internet), I post a review each and every day. Come learn more about me and my blog.


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