ABEA: Introduction

I'm kicking off my first year of participation in Armchair BEA with an introduction! | NewberyandBeyond.com

This is my first year participating in Armchair BEA, and I’m super excited about it! Since I’m unable to travel and go to BEA (Book Expo America) itself (at least this year–one day I’ll make it there), this is the next best thing. The next few days will be filled with book-related link ups, Twitter parties, and Instagram challenges. So let’s get started with an introduction!

1.  What is the name you prefer to use? My name is Monica, and this is my blog, Newbery and Beyond (or N&B for short).

2.  How long have you been a book blogger? Gosh, almost three years now? Hard to believe it’s been that long.

3.  Have you participated in Armchair BEA before? Nope, this is my first time! I’m excited to get started.

4.  What is your favorite genre and why? I am a huge mystery fan! As a kid, I was addicted to the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, and Encyclopedia Brown. As I got older, I started adding Agatha Christie to my list, and now I’m into cozy mysteries and even thrillers. I just love how a good mystery can hold your attention and keep you guessing all the way through, and then feel so satisfying when you finally figure out whodunit.

5.  If you could recommend one other book blogger, who would it be and why? Jenny at Reading the End. Her reviews have introduced me to books I loved (and a couple books I hated), but I enjoy her reviews regardless of whether or not I think I’ll read the book. She’s smart, thoughtful, and funny.

6.  What book are you most excited for on your TBR? What are you most intimidated by? I can’t wait to read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (aka the Bloggess). I love funny memoirs, even ones about sad topics, and this one promises to be hysterical. I’m most intimidated by Les Miserables, because even though I loved the movie and the musical, there’s no getting around how doorstopper-y this book is.

7.  What is the most interesting thing that you have learned through your reading this year so far? I work with kids, so I was fascinated by the information in Untangled. It shows the different areas teenage girls deal with and how parents and teachers can help them grow into strong, independent women. So good!

8.  If you could choose three characters to have lunch with, who would they be and why? Definitely Tommy and Tuppence because they are the sweetest, most fun couple I’ve ever read. Also Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles, because she’s funny and strong. And the Casson family (particularly Saffy and Indigo), because they are hilarious, flawed, and loving.


What are your answers to these questions? Are you participating in Armchair BEA?

About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

  • Meaghan Walsh Gerard

    Welcome, first-timer! ABEA is really fun.
    I also love mysteries. I suggest checking out Pushkin Press for some really great classic crime novels that are just now out in English translations. Have a great week!

  • I wonder if it would help to read doorstoppery books (e.g. Les Miserables) if one thought of them as a series? After all, we don’t blink an eye at reading 1000 or more pages split up between three books, whereas when it’s one book it seems terrifying. You could divide it up into parts and take breaks in between.

    I know I read some version of Les Mis long ago and really enjoyed it, but I think it may have been abridged. I hope you’ll find it’s not as intimidating as you think.

    • I’ve never thought of that before–that might really help! Thanks for stopping by.

      • Sometimes the books were actually published that way — e.g. I believe Middlemarch was published in eight parts. And people think series books are a modern fashion…

  • Great to meet you, Monica – and welcome to ABEA! It’s a fun theme. I heart Tommy and Tuppence as well (or TV show Tommy and Tuppence). Thanks so much for dropping by Finding Wonderland. 🙂

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