Sunday, June 3, 2012

Armchair BEA: Introductions 2012

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It's day one of Armchair BEA and what does that mean? Introductions! (And, well, me trying to comment much, much more than I have been.) If you aren't familiar with Armchair BEA, think of it as BEA, but from home. :)

Blurry picture? Yes, yes it is. >->
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Why hello there! :D My name is Kristin, I'm twenty-two (but it's not uncommon to hear that people think I'm younger than I am) and I'm the blogger behind Beneath Shining Stars, I Read. I live in California and here's a fact for you: Chuck Norris attended my high school. If you're attending ALA Annual in Anaheim this year, you just might run into me! But moving on! I've been blogging for nineteen months now--and no, it doesn't feel like it's been nearly that long--and originally I got into blogging because it looked like it was a ton of fun! Another one of my reasons behind getting into book blogging was the fact that I really wanted to be able to talk to other people about books! (Because sadly, my real life friends aren't as into books as I am.)

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

Non-book related? I'm a bit of a Whovian and a Sherlockian--which is to say, I watch Doctor Who and Sherlock (which I love entirely too much). David Tennant will always be the Doctor to me, but I really feel like Matt Smith is my Doctor. (We will not let me get into Benedict Cumberbatch's amazing voice or Andrew Scott's mind blowing Moriarty.) We won't let me get into Tom Hiddleston and how much I adore the man. Seriously, it would be a bad idea. If you follow me on Twitter, you know what I mean. Oh, and I'm actually really, really shy. If you talk to me, I'll talk to you--but usually I'm not the one to initiate conversation.

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

Shakespeare and Company, hands down. It looks like such an amazing bookstore and it's in Paris! But no, I don't speak French... that could be awkward.

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
I'd say that they have. How? I'm no longer strictly a "I must love the cover to read the book" girl and I'm more likely to branch out from what I usually read--if the plot is interesting enough.

Where do you see your blog in five years?
Hopefully still up and running! But honestly, I'm not thinking that far ahead when it comes to my blog. I'm taking it day by day and if I happen to be blogging in another five years? Awesome! If I'm not? Well, to be honest, I can't imagine not blogging! D:


  1. oh, girl, I SO AGREE with real life friends not being so book-obsessed like mine! my best friend actually really loves Ellen Hopkins' books, but alas, she doesn't read a lot of YA outside of that and I sorta love YA (and MG!). I love this community. they understand me so, so well. :*) it makes me happy to be part of it!

    nice meeting you, Kristin! even though I read your blog almost every day, I didn't really "knew" you. happy to get to know you more!

    my introduction post.

    1. Yes! I have friends that like some YA, but they get this... look about about them when I start going on and on about all these books that they haven't heard of. XD Nice to meet you too, Ashelynn! :D

  2. You're a Doctor Who fan?!?!? WOO!!! I adore that show so much THERE ARE NOT WORDS. Lol. I have yet to watch Sherlock, but I've heard many great things about it. Hopefully I'll get around to it this summer!

    1. That I am! ;D And I hope that you get a chance to watch Sherlock! There's only three episodes a season but it's so worth it!

  3. I've also been mistaken for being younger than I am. I turn 25 this month, but someone seriously thought I was 17 a few weeks ago. We will be young and beautiful forever! :P

    Nice to meet you, by the way! I'm excited to meet all the Armchair BEA bloggers. :) My real life friends are not readers either... I don't know why not!? That's why I love book blogging as well!

    I went to Shakespeare & Company while I was in Europe last month, and I LOVED it. I'm going to be posting a blog post on it and the books I bought there probably next week. :) You should come see it!

    Anyway, yay!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

    1. That's so awesome that you went to Shakespeare & Company! (I'm jealous! :3) And yay for looking younger than we actually are! :D

  4. LOL. Same here. I really wish I had more IRL friends who love to read but alas it wasn't meant to be. I'm from the Bay Area, CA and will be driving down for ALA so who knows we might run into each other :). My BEA introduction.

    1. It would be awesome to meet you! :D And I'm so glad to have the blogging community to chat with! Honestly, I don't know what I'd do if I had no one to talk to about books! D:

  5. Don't you just hate it when people think you are younger than you are! In a few years I'm sure we will love it but for now it's like OMG no I'm not a teenager!

    I'm still on season 3 of Netflix for Dr. Who so it's still David Tennant and I'm so sad that he'll be replaced.

    Mission to Read

  6. Ah, David Tennant. I can highly recommend his 'Hamlet' if you haven't seen it yet!

    Enjoy Armchair BEA - I'll be here lurking and reading the posts.

  7. I love David Tennant as the Doctor too.

  8. Wooo! Nice to meet you Kristin! :-)
    I totally agree about non-book-liking friends! I mean, some of my friends read but they read a lot less in comparison to me! I often cannot leave the house unless there's a book in my bag! And talking about books with my friends is nigh impossible so blogging really helps with that!
    I'm also shy like that - I just can't randomly talk to someone I've just met. Probably because when I do it around people I have met, they usually act like I haven't said anything worth their time - HA.
    That's a good way to have your reading tastes change - wooohoo! Great!
    Here's my intro post if you wanted to visit!

    Faye :)

  9. I love your blog name! Also, I have to agree with David Tennant as THE Doctor, and I'd also love to go to Shakespeare and Company- books and Paris? *Sigh*

  10. Hi Kristin! :) Nice to meet you! I actually live in California as well for part of the well! I really wanted to attend the ALA Annual but I don't think I will be :( Darnit! I'm actually exactly the same as you with the shyness aspect. If people talk to me first I can respond just fine and not seem shy. But I just suck at being the conversation starter!

    It sucks not having real life friends who are into books. I don't really have anyone I can bond with over the books I read. My mom likes to read but she reads totally different genres. I do have one friend who loves to read most of the same books I do but we don't speak that much any more :( It's tough being in two different countries now!

  11. I respectfully disagree. THE doctor is Christopher Eccleston. :)

    Enjoy Armchair BEA!

  12. Maybe I'll see you at ALA! I'm in Phoenix so it's not much of a drive to get over there :o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

    Come visit my introduction? Thanks!

  13. I always mean to watch the new Sherlock show but for whatever reason I haven't yet. Thanks for the reminder and the knowledge that I'm missing out on something.

  14. Bookstores is France and England (and any European country, I presume) are absolutely the places to go. HAHA! I used to be a read-based-on-cover girl once, but that has definitely changed as well.

    Happy reading!

  15. I really need to start watching Doctor Who... It was great meeting you! Welcome to BEA!

  16. Everyone always thinks I'm younger than I am as well. It's annoying at times, although I know it will be good once I'm older. =b

    There are so many book bloggers who love Sherlock and Doctor Who... it just shows what good taste we have! ;)

    (( My Post ))

  17. I think it was after one of our book club meetings that I decided, "I just need more discussion than that" so I started my blog. My goodness, since you are only 22 your life could change quickly!

  18. You have AMAZING taste in men. And television. Just saying! :) I started rewatching the 2005 episodes of Doctor Who last night and I'm finding myself really sad that there haven't been new episodes for over a year now! Can't wait for the new series.

    Have you ever seen Wallander? Tom Hiddleston is kind of a side character in it, but he does a great job! Well, okay, he pretty much does a good job at everything, but I particularly liked that one.

  19. Chuck Norris? AWESOME.

    I am a HUGE Dr. Who fan, too! OMG. :D I cannot wait until the next season airs. I am feeling a bit impatient!

    Would you mind opening your comment restrictions for the BEA? It makes it easier to comment. :D

    Well-Read Reviews

  20. I have the same problem with my real life friends. None read books. I have tried to talk them into giving one a try, like my one friend really liked the Twilight movies, but sadly she refuses to read them. So I totally see where you are coming from!

    Nice to meet you! :)

    My intro!

  21. Hi There!

    Greetings from a fellow fan of Doctor Who and Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch is something special, isn't he? :)

  22. Hey Kristin! Nice to meet you! I'm 22 as well and all the time I am mistaken for a 16 year old (especially when I don't have my makeup on!)

    Here's my post:


  23. Blogging is a great outlet for those of us whose friends don't feel the same about books as we do.

  24. Chuck Norris counted up to infinity. Twice.

    Sorry, I couldn't resist one of those ridiculous Chuck Norris facts, lol.

    Up to a few years ago, most people thought I looked younger than I really was. I think it was a combination of flat chest and very pale skin. I still have the pale skin and not-so-big chest, but now everyone gives me my age. I must have aged all of a sudden.

  25. Lol, love the Chuck Norris fact!

    And I can't believe I didn't think to list Shakespeare & Company as one of my literary locations. Disappointed in myself now, haha.

  26. haha, Love your "Must love the cover to read the book"-bit! I've read quite a few books lately that the covers were a little "um...okaaaay" on, but the content was quite good. And then there's the "sa-woon!" covers who break your heart by being crap reads...Sigh. :O)

  27. I am a geek through and through yet I have some how missed out on the whole Dr. Who/ Sherlock train. I need to get on that.

    Happy BEA!

    Armchair BEA: Introducing Otherwhere.Co

  28. Hi Kristin! I also used to follow that "cover" rule, but now I know that an okay cover could still equal an AWESOME book! :)

    My BEA Intro

  29. I'm a new follower =) Love your blog! Most people also think I'm way younger than I am, which is starting to get a little obnoxious, I have to say. But oh well =) I'd also LOVE to go to Shakespeare and Co. I was actually in Paris once and I missed going - wasn't happy about that, but that just means I'll have to go back.

  30. Hi,

    DR Who! I'm also into Star Trek & Stargate SG-1 & Atlantis, which would explain why I like to read some of the books I do read.

    It was nice to meet you!

  31. Hiya! I completely get the need to converse with what I say are "my people" because the actual people that I speak with in real life just don't get my book obsession which is lame. I also understand the need to read a good book because of its pretty cover, it's always such a bummer when the inside doesn't match the outside. Then again, I'm branching out as well so I'm equally surprised when a simple cover contains such an amazing book.

    It was nice to "meet" you, and I hope you have a wonderful BEA week!

    ~Christina (and the other Book Hookup Litbrarians)
    The Book Hookup's BEA Intro

  32. The only person in my life that even remotely understands my love of books is my BFF - who also blogs. My family and fiancee have no idea what it means to me to read and blog about the books I read. I am so greatful to have founds boggy friends in this wonderful world.

    Your blog is so lovely - old follower BTW.

    I'm shy like you - until someone speaks to me then I don't shut up. LOL

    Glad to see you here at ABEA!

  33. I will be at ALA this month, so I hope to run into you! Are you doing any blogger events? I think I'll be at the one hosted by YA Highway, and of course I'll be around the exhibit hall! I would LOVE to go to Shakespeare and Company too, it's just so magical and dreamy haha (and I do speak French, so I could help out). I've definitely learned to overlook a cover too - it's still a little tough, but I'm a lot more easily swayed to read it.

    Happy Armchair BEA, and lovely to meet you!
    My Armchair BEA Intro

  34. Sadly, no one around here speaks about books either. Le Sigh, Thank goodness for our blogs!!
    Here's my Intro post. Nice to meet you!

  35. *Waves* Hello!

    I am 22 as well, and still get told I look like I'm in high-school. It's a cruel cruel world ;)

    I love Doctor Who! I used to think David Tenant was the best, but now I just love Matt Smith.

    Thanks for sharing, lovely to meet you :)

  36. Hi Kristin, nice to meet you. 220 Baker Street is one place I would love to visit.

    Enjoy Armchair BEA.


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