Armchair BEA 2012 - Day One - Introductions First!

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Day One - Introductions First!

Today, we are getting to know our fellow Armchair BEA participant's! We all have to answer 5 questions about ourselves, then visit fellow bloggers and learn more about them! So here are my questions/answers - now I'm off to visit other blogs! Ciao!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

For everyone who doesn't know me, I am Claire! :) I have only been blogging for about 4 months now, but I am loving every second of it! I got into it because I just really wanted something to do with my spare time! I figured, "why not start a book blog since I love reading so much" - from there it has just taken off! I didn't even realise how big the book blogging community was!

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

Currently, as I write this post, I am reading The Syndicate by Shelena Shorts. My favourite book of 2012 so far.... EEEK. Such a hard question! Either Storm by Brigid Kemmerer or Of Poseidon by Anna Banks!

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

Last week I started online University! I am hoping, once I finish the endless study, to become a High-School History teacher :)  I also have a daughter who is almost 2!

What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?

I love everything I do on my blog, but my favourite would have to be "Waiting On" Wednesday (Hosting by Breaking the Spine) - I love to show readers what fabulous books are yet to be released, and in reverse, I find so many new amazing books to look forward too!

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

My favourite part would be meeting new people, from all over the world. I have made some amazing friends and I am so grateful to everyone! As for changes, I'm not really sure. I haven't been blogging long enough to know what kind of changes could happen!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day Two - Giveaway's Everywhere!

Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student


  1. Of Poseidon was a good one! I also love meeting new people from around the world! Check out my post here!

    Debz @ Debz Bookshelf

  2. Nice interview Claire. I didn't know you had been blogging for 4 months, I thought you had been doing this a bit longer. But it's cool since I've been blogging the same amount of time too. And I know you will be a great high school history teacher. Nice meeting you. =)

  3. oh wow, had no idea you'd been blogging for only four months! and you seem to have had a lot of great success in those months, so congrats! and good luck with school! it's so time-consuming too, especially with a two-year-old! nice getting to know you more. :)

    my introduction post.

  4. I want to read Of Poseidon so much! I'm pretty jealous! :) Blogging for only 4 months? Wow! That's awesome! It's so much fun and I have just recently started getting back into it. I'm really enjoying reading all these little mini interviews. Check out my post here:

  5. Good luck with your online classes! Getting a degree can be difficult and time-consuming, but it's so worth it in the end (though I probably didn't have to tell you that, lol).

  6. Hi Claire!!! Nice to meet you! 4 months of blogging is such an accomplishment! I'm sure you love it :)

    I'm really jealous! I wanna read The Syndicate too! I need to read Storm soon since people are loving it <3

    Waiting on Wednesday is really a good meme and I love doing it too!

    Meeting new people is just amazing, people from the book blogging community is really kind I have to say :)

    We Fancy Books

  7. I have Storm, by Brigid Kemmerer here to read very soon, I'm looking forward to it!

    Congrats on starting Uni online, I've been studying that way as well for the last year and I find it so easy and convenient when you have kids. Best of luck with it!

  8. Wow! I'm not sure how you have any spare time left after school, baby, and blogging. Busy little bee!

    Glad to meet you!

  9. I LOVED Storm. It is one of my top favorites for this year, too!

    I also love meeting people from all over the world!

  10. Congrats on starting university online! How exciting. I did that for a year or two and it was a great experience. It's so nice to be able to learn in the comfort of your own home, isn't it?

  11. Good luck on your classes, one of these days I'm going to do it too. Have a great week.

  12. 4 months and nearly a thousand followers? You, Claire, are a magician. Haha, I love history: teaching it would be a wonderful job! Best of luck for you and your daughter!


  13. Good luck on getting your degree and becoming a teacher! I have so much respect for teachers! That was my degree too (music ed), but I learned quickly that I was not cut out for teaching - I don't have nearly enough patience!

    Also HOW did you get so many followers in 4 months! Holy cow! I'm impressed :-)

    Pleased to meet you, and thanks for stopping by my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

  14. Of Poseidon is waiting for me on my Kindle right now. I'll take a look at it tonight thanks to your recommendation!

    Happy BEA week.

  15. wow, you've already been blogging for 4 months? It seems like you're quite successful! Good luck with your online uni and your road to become a teacher. :)

  16. I have loved Of Poseidon!! Thats awesome for 4 months of blogging! !!

  17. Congrats on how quickly everything went for you in 4 months, I definitely did not expect my blog to take off like it did in such a short amount of time. The people you meet in the blogging community definitely make it worth while! I've made some of my greatest friends through this now. I wish you luck on the online university! Can't wait to see more from you :)

  18. Hi Claire! *waves* So happy to meet you!

    When I did this last year I was actually around "the same age" as you are now. :D Well, the blog. Hahah. Welcome to the blogosphere. ;) Ohh, online University! That's cool. And congratulations to that! A History teacher sounds like a lot of fun. I'm starting summer classes in a week myself! A literary class though.

    Hope you have a lovely week. :D Thanks for stopping by!

  19. I wish they had online U when I was younger. It was sooo hard managing babies and college!

    I like the bright, clean look of your blog!

  20. I read the Syndicate too and loved it! I love Waiting on Wednesday. I have a separate shelf on goodreads just for books I find on other people's WOW posts lol.
    -Melissa @Harley Bear Book Blog

  21. Hi Claire! Nice to meet you :) I'm a new book blogger too! Isn't the community awesome? I also love WOW posts! Iit's such a great way to keep track of new and upcoming books!

  22. Hi Claire!

    Welcome to the book blogging world. :) I am almost 3 years in and it's amazing! It's nice to meet you! Look forward to reading your reviews. :)

  23. Hi There!

    I have also done distance learning, so I know how hard it is: good luck! :)

  24. Meeting new bookish people is always great.
    Of Poseidon is a book everyone seems to love, I have to read it soon.

    Have a great week!

  25. Only 4 months of blogging and you seem to be doing quite well! congrats on that! :] It was very nice meeting you and loved your interview!
    Here's my post:

    xo Stephanie

  26. I hope your online schooling goes well! I've never taken online courses before, but I imagine it's awesome to get to take a class in your pajamas. ;P

  27. I earned my Masters degree online, and really enjoyed the flexibility it allowed :o) Good luck as you begin your journey! And yay for HS History! :oD

  28. Hi Claire! I want to read Storm super bad and I loved Of Poseidon as well! Wasn't that cliffhanger just impossible?!?! Ughh!! Great answers!

    My BEA Intro

  29. Welcome to the community! Glad to hear that you're having a great time so far. Good luck with your online classes!

  30. Hi,

    Online University! Good for you, it's the way to go. Where I work this has because the way to continue your education!
    Nice to meet you & good luck with your classes!

  31. Congrats on taking online classes, I hope those work out wonderfully for you! It's great to see how well you've done in the short period of time you've been blogging. I'm wishing you continued success with that!

    It was a pleasure "meeting" you and I hope you have a great BEA week!

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

  32. I loved Storm, too. And can't wait to read the next book, Spark.
    Good luck with your studies! :)

  33. Hi Claire {waves}

    I am so anxious to get hold of Of Poseidon, it sounds amazing!

  34. Huge congrats on the online classes! I keep saying I'm going to do it too and never do. Great blog!

  35. Hi Claire, nice to meet you and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging.

  36. Your blog is only 4 months old?! I thought you'd been around much longer! WoW is probably my favourite book blogging meme, I love all the books being spotlit and it opens up so many to me -- unfortunately it also just kills me because I'm anticipating so many books for so long, too haha. Congrats on University, good luck! I'm meeting Anna Banks on Wednesday for the Fierce Reads tour and wanted to have read Of Poseidon before it but didn't get the chance; I'm excited to read it though, and am glad to hear you liked it!

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

  37. Love your name Claire! :) It's been a long time fave name of mine.

    Good luck with your schooling! Sounds like a good way to complete courses. :)

    See you around ABEA!

  38. Hi Claire,
    I have only been blogging for about 3 months and I love it so far but it is a lot more work then I anticipated!!! Good luck with your classes!! Nice to meet you.

  39. Welcome to the blogospher Claire! I hope you are able to enjoy it as a great past time for you, and you realize your dream of teaching history! Busy lady!

    Here's my Intro post. Nice to meet you!

  40. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I haven't heard of Storm, but I will be checking it out now! Have a great week!

  41. I really liked Storm as well. Still need to read Of Poseidon-I'm dying for a fantastic mermaid story right now! Gotta convince my library to buy it.

    Thanks for coming over to play!

  42. Hi Claire, It's great to meet you. Your blog is really impressive for only doing this for 4 months, wow, and being a mother of a 2-year old and taking online college courses at the same time. That is amazing.

  43. I would have loved to be a history teacher. Wish you much luck.
    Great blog, keep up the good work.

  44. Good luck getting your degree! My son will be 2 in October and I find it hard to find time to read AND blog so I applaud your awesomeness :)


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