Armchair BEA 2013: Introductions

Armchair BEA

So excited to be a full participant this year!

Today is the day for INTRODUCTIONS

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

* My name is Emma. I’m married, and my teen years are way way back…
* After a few false starts, I seriously began posting book reviews here in September 2010
* I started book blogging because reading is a passion; and I always want to share about what I read and am interested in what others are reading.
I also discovered that if I don’t write about a book I read, sometimes I may forget a few weeks later what this was about, what I thought about it. So this is also a great way for me of keeping track of what I read and liked.

2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 

* I’m French but book blogging in English from Chicagoland! Well, everything is special in Chicago, isn’t it?

3. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? 

* I participated briefly in 2011. May-June is usually a difficult time for me, with lots of other things going on. So glad I can fully participate this year!
* I came back because I enjoyed the contacts with other bloggers, and  learned a lot about book blogging.

4. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 

* I’m currently reading

Taking Root in Provence

a great book on the life of this retired American couple in Provence. I’m also listening to

Ready Player One

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, the best audio ever!
* My favorite book read so far in 2013 is probably

Painted Girlsclilck on the cover to access my review

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

* I am also an artist, painting almost exclusively on rocks. See my works: Rocks By Emmanuelle

* May I add one more thing? I am also an English-French translator

6.  Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s)

* According to my RSS Feed Reader, I follow over 300 book blogs, and I really like many of them. I will just mention Devourer of Books, because she was one of the first I followed, and I enjoy the quality of her reviews, the diversity of her reading, the presence of audiobooks; and her author seems to have a very courageous inspiring life. Plus she’s almost  a neighbor, though I still have to meet her in person!

7. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

* I would like first to stay I’m really not proud of my first reviews posted here: they were not personal enough, with just a few notes added to the synopsis and reactions of other bloggers. My format has evolved with the months and years. I have now a rating system (based on nothing less than the Eiffel Tower!, French oblige), and then I present my own thoughts before the synopsis and links to other bloggers. I have noticed that the more I enjoy a book the better my reviews tends to be.

My rating system

One of the most recent I like most is on

The Secret Keeperbecause of its special structure. Go have a look!

8. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

* Maybe Le Grand Meaulnes or his author Alain-Fournier, because they are so romantically inventive, creative, and so deeply in love with their countryside

Le Grand Meaulnes

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

* I’m going to answer with a real literary place: The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, because I have discovered several new great writers who had been through these workshops. It would be fascinating to go and talk with the teachers and young writers as they share ideas and discover their potential.

10. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?

* The blessing and the curse for me: to hear about great books I did not know about. The curse part of it is that my TBR threatens to be as high as the Babel tower, and I would need 2 or 3 lives to read them all.

11. Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

* Even more connections with writers
* All bloggers to answer when I send them an email
* All bloggers to have a clear way of contacting them on their blog, and a clear page where they say what genres of books they like, and if they accept books for review.
Why? Ask in a comment and I will tell you!

53 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2013: Introductions

  1. This is my second year participating in ArmchairBEA and I love the contacts made and the tidbits I end up picking up about blogging.

    I’ve heard great things about The Painted Girls and am hoping to read it soon.

    Enjoy ArmchairBEA!
    My Intro Post


    • thanks for visiting, looks like you are one of my cheerleader of the day, lol. My group to cheer is not up yet, but I have visited and commented on others as well, yours for instance


    • cool, I love your post of the day, the nice pictures of your town. I prepared this post ahead of time, and stupid me, did not even think of including one book cover.
      Now, that was really smart to combine the Top 10 Tuesday and the Classic post for BEA. Of all your classics, my favorite is The Hobbit.
      thanks for your visit!


  2. Allow me to (completely in jest) call you an overachiever for answering ALL of the questions! But I am totally glad you did. I seriously thought about doing that too, honestly.

    I am right there with you on following like, 300 blogs. I could not possibly pick just one. Never going to happen. And you voiced my exact concern that the TBR pile shall become insurmountable!

    Lisa @ Just Another Rabid Reader


    • for the overachiever, you are almost right: I did NOT do a post for the Classics today, lol!! Actually I wrote the Introductions post last week, when I was not in a rush, that’s why I took time. And finally I just added a few pictures to it right now, because this post looked so dull.
      Ah the curse of the TBR…
      One of the bloggers I follow mentions how many books they added to the TBR during the past month, in their monthly wrap-up. So I got the idea to check also and mention it. It is basically 35-40 every month, insaaaaaaaane


  3. “Everything is special in Chicago, isn’t it?” Yes, indeed! It’s such a great city!

    Wonderful post – nice to learn more about you. I’ve also been following Jen’s (Devourer of Books) blog for a long time. I think it was one of the first I connected with, when I started my book blog.


  4. Nice to meet you! I love your Eiffel Tower rating system — now that’s unique! I’ve been wanting to read The Painted Girls for months now. Nice to hear that you enjoyed it so much!


  5. Hi Emma. It’s nice to meet you. What a wonderful introduction post. I’m really enjoying learning a little bit about other book bloggers.

    I love how you’ve incorporated the Eiffel Tower into your rating system.

    PS — My TBR pile is totally unmanageable thanks largely to book blogging, too 🙂


  6. I loved The Painted Girls, definitely one of my favourites of the year. It’s nice to meet a French book blogger. My daughter goes to a French school so she’s bilingual, I’m almost passable in French but brushing up on it now so I can speak it more with her. Right now, I know just enough to know when the people in Quebec are being rude to us Anglos 😉


  7. Hi Emma,
    It is so nice to meet you and I am glad I found your blog. I adore your rating system – I haven’t seen anything that clever in a long time. I also really enjoyed The Secret Keeper. I would love any suggestions for books about France.


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  9. How fun to be a cheerleader! I’ll try to sign up for that next year. So interesting to learn about your painting artistry, too! Ready Player One was the best audiobook, I agree!


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  12. I like your rating system (:
    Very unique. And your paintings are beautiful! I’ve always wanted to learn French but no one really uses it for what I’m studying to do the rest of my life.


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  14. I really liked The Painted Girls as well, great book. I love me some historical fiction 🙂

    I hope you’re enjoying the ABEA! Happy reading!


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