June 4, 2012

The Self-Interview, Or Getting To Know Me, Getting To Know All About Me.

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Hello! Welcome to my first Armchair BEA post of 2012. If you are new to Chrisbookarama, hi there! You can learn a little about me by reading the answers to these 5 questions posed by the Armchair BEA crew. And if you’re a regular visitor maybe you’ll learn something totally new about me.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Am I the only one who hears that song by The Who when reading that first question? “Whhhoooooo Are You? Who, who? Who, who?” Okay, okay. I’m Chris (Christina, actually) from Chrisbookarama. I’m a Mom and reader in Nova Scotia, Canada. I’ve been blogging for 5 and a half years now. Right here on this blog. Back in those early days, I started blogging because of my book buddy Stephanie. She doesn’t blog much anymore but she got me hooked on it. Talking about books with people who actually want to listen? Hell, yes!
What is your favorite feature on your blog?
I haven’t done one in a long time but I enjoy doing My Bookish Box Set. Basically, I match up books that have a theme or something in common, like books with lots of drama, or with gods getting into trouble. I haven’t done it often enough and I really need to do it again. I have a lot of fun with it.
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
This is a tough question to answer because all the authors and characters that I’d like to have over for dinner also scare me to death. They’re all so witty and would cut you with their words. Let’s assume that they’d all be on their best behaviour- towards me that is. I’d have Edith Wharton and Daphne du Maurier over. Imagine the stories that would write with each other as characters. Delicious, darlings!
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
I would love to go to England and do an Austen-Bronte tour. First, I’d go to Yorkshire and visit the Bronte stomping grounds, see the moors, etc. Some of my book blogging friends have gone and I’m so jealous! I know it’s super touristy but I don’t care. Then I’d go to Bath where all the exciting things in Austen’s books happen and onto Lyme Regis where Captain Wentworth re-fell in love with Anne.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
I’ve definitely expanded my reading horizons since I started blogging. I’ve discovered new authors and genres. For awhile I read mostly new books to keep up with the Joneses but then I went old school and started reading more books from years ago. I go through phases. I’m going through an Old-Timey phase right now. I’m not reading a lot of classics but I am reading lesser known books from ages ago.
And that’s it! I know I just met you and this is crazy but here’s my blog. Visit me (again), maybe?

61 comments :

  1. I like your Bookish Box Set feature.. what a good idea!

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  2. Good Morning! Welcome to Armchair BEA. It is a pleasure to meet you! I find that I find myself to be pretty boring so finding unique things is always a challenge!

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  3. My reading horizons have expanded too since I started blogging. That's partly why I love it. A lot of the stuff I've read wouldn't have even crossed my mind without this blogging community :o)

    And I must look into your Box Set feature. Bring it back! Sounds fun ;o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

    Come visit my introduction? Thanks!

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    1. I really enjoy doing The Bookish Box Set but I keep forgetting to do it.

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  4. The Bookish Box Set sounds like a great feature!

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  5. If I ever make it to Canada then I would so be dragging Kelly with me to come and meet you in person! For now, this intro post will have to serve!

    Hope you have a fabulous Armchair BEA and thanks for all your hard work on it so far!

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  6. Thank you for commenting on my
    My Intro post
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    I would love to accompany you on your Austen-Bronte tour, and I think many of us are ready to go old school and read some of the good oldies.

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    1. That would be fun. I think those places have to be seen with other bookish people to be really appreciated.

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  7. The Bookish Box set sounds like a great idea. I haven't read Austen (I know, I know) but the tour still sounds amazing

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    1. Maybe someday you'll get around to reading her!

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  8. Hehehe cute picture! I started blogging so I could discuss bookish stuff with people who WANT to- not just those who tolerate my bookish ramblings!

    Hope your start to the "no pants party" ArmchairBEA is going well!!

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    1. lol! Well, I did spend the morning commenting in pajama pants!

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  9. I did get to go to Bath and Haworth, and didn't find either of them too touristy. The Bronte parsonage is well set up for tourists, but you can wander around the graveyard and the moor at will. It's worth the trip.

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    1. That's good to know because I've heard people say that it was. I'm not great with crowds!

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  10. I much too shy to meet authors - I wouldn't know what to say either!

    I hope you'll manage to do the Austen/Bronte tour one day. I've been to a few places, incl. one of the Bronte's graves, but it was before it really interested me...

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    1. Oh lucky! You'll have to go again. :)

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  11. Stephanie was also my Book Buddy (reading and discussing Oprah's book club books), who encouraged me to blog, and she was the first one to post a comment on the very first post on my blog. You, dear Chris, were the second to comment, and I learned that telemarketers can't say your last name correctly. Stephanie and her family stopped in Chattanooga and had lunch with me and our mutual friend Donna, as you can tell by her comment on my first post (yours is below hers and mine):
    http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2007/01/namesake.html

    Marg and Kelly (see Marg's comment, above) were also among my buddies in Oprah's book club. Marg also commented on my first blog post.

    You can visit Lyme Regis through Tracy Chevalier's novel Remarkable Creatures, if you haven't already read it. I rated it 9 of 10. You can read my review, here:
    http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2010/03/remarkable-creatures-by-tracy-chevalier.html

    Here's my Armchair BEA introduction:
    http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-introductions-first.html

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    1. Yes, I've read Remarkable Creatures and really liked it.

      And wow, that was such a long time ago!

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    2. January 2007 was the month you and I both started blogging.

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  12. That cat picture made me literally laugh out loud!

    Happy ABEA!!!

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    1. Yeah, I thought he'd add something to my post!

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  13. Hello there, friend. I can't believe you didn't pick Jamie for dinner. You're not who I thought you were, Chris. :D

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    1. Sorry to disappoint you, Andi. But just think, he's alllll yours!

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  14. I was tempted to answer the Literary Location one, but all my favorite places would be alternate realities or other planets and I can't really afford the travel costs.

    Always love stoping by your blog. Have a fun week.

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    1. Ha! They can get expensive. Thanks for dropping by!

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  15. What a fun feature, The Bookish Boxed Set! I love that idea, and plan to go look for your posts! I would love to do the Bronte-Austen tour as well. England seems to be pretty amazing, and I want to visit!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's nice to meet you, and I hope to see you around more this week!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

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    1. That trip keeps attracting more and more people. ;) Thanks for coming by!

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  16. AAAH! I would LOVE to go to England and visit all the Austen and Bronte-related places. That would be an absolute blast!

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  17. Haha, love your ending quote! :)

    I would love to go to England some day, it seems like it would be a fantastic trip!

    Nice to meet you!

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    1. Definitely something I want to do someday.

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  18. Thanks for being one of the ABEA organizers! This has been really fun so far.

    Like many others, I'd like to accompany you to England. Think Colin Firth will show up in a wet shirt on the tour? I'll have my videocam ready!

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    1. He'd have to make an appearance. It wouldn't be the same without him.

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  19. Gotta love a girl who hears songs in every sentence! Love The Who reference and the King and I song. I do that all the time, and few people get my references. :)

    I also went through the "read only new things so I can keep up" phase, but I love going back to the oldies at times. There are too many good books to limit yourself.

    Hope you enjoy ArmchairBEA

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    1. Yeah, not everyone gets my references either. I blame my music loving family.

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  20. Your Bookish Box Set posts sound like fun - I'm going to have to check them out.

    While I put Prince Edward Island as the literary place I would like to visit, I would also like to go to England and do an Austen tour.

    Here's my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

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    1. Since I've been to PEI, England is next for me. Thanks for the visit!

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  21. WHAT? You're Canadian?! Why didn't I know that? I am not sure why, but that really threw me :-)

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    1. lol! You didn't know that? I wear my maple leaf on my sleeve most of the time. I practically sweat maple syrup.

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  22. Hi,

    It's nice to meet you. Interesting dinner party guests and an Austen/Bronte tour would be fun!

    http://bloomingwithbooks.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-2012-interview-questions.html

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  23. Aart's shocked that you're a Canadian and I'm shocked that you're a mother. How did I not know that?! You're the second blogger today that talked about old books vs. new ones. I'm still trying to balance the two though new books often win out over older ones unless it's summer. Nothing says vacation like a re-read! :-)

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    1. I guess I don't mention her all that much on here (a bit more on Twitter). It's hard to balance the old and the new. New ones keep coming out!

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  24. I love the picture of the cat on the computer monitor. I knew you were from Canada and I'm pretty sure I knew you were a mom.

    I think your box set sounds intriguing.

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  25. I'm a HUGE fan of Daphne du Maurier! I read My Cousin Rachel this year and was just blown away by it! Dare I say even more than Rebecca??? I'm definitely planning on rereading both which should tell you how much I loved them :) Hope you have lots of fun this week with Armchair BEA!

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  26. I feel that I've found a kindred spirit in you, Christina. I may have to borrow your Bookish Box Set feature or some facsimile thereof. I love theme reading! Oh, and I love moors! Edith and Daphne sound like a great duo for dinner.

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  27. Blimey, that would be one heck of a fun dinner. I would never have thought to pair the two.

    I've been to England a bunch and still haven't done a literary tour! Must amend. But, I've driven into "Jane Austen Country" by accident, late at night. That was something. :) And, I've been to Bath. Definitely a must-see place. England's a wonderful place to visit.

    I'm thinking about going semi old-school, too. I need a break from the ARCs and just want to read off my shelves, for a while. Love the kitty on the monitor.

    Happy Armchair BEA, Christina!

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  28. I like the idea of the Bookish Box set. Serves as an 'if you like this, then try that' kind of post.

    An Austen-Bronte tour would be neat. I would probably linger in Bath for a long time, between the Austen connection and see the Roman remains in the city.

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  29. Hi, Chris! I love your Bookish Box set idea!

    A friend of mine went on an Austen tour when she went across the pond and loved it. I think it would be one of the best trips ever!

    Although I haven't gotten very far in my blogging, it's comforting to see that it's okay to bounce between contemporary and classic books. Most blogs seem to focus on contemporary books alone, but I'm glad to see I can travel to the past with no problem. :)

    Have a happy ABEA!

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  30. love Miss Kitty hanging about the computer there! love your blog layout and cover photo! beautiful and very appropriate!

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  31. That picture made me literally laugh out loud. I love the Bookish box sets, it's a terrific idea.

    My Armchair BEA intro post is here!

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  32. I'm definitely hearing the song by The Who now!

    Oh please do revive your Bookish Box Set, it sounds wonderful! Matching themes up is often so much better for deciding on new reads than simply following a genre. And may I make a suggestion to add Chawton to your Austen list, it's beautiful there.

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  33. England is the best place in the world for literary hot spots!

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  34. Can I stow away in your suitcase when you go to England? Pleeeeeeeease?

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  35. A fellow Canadian? YAY! Nice to meet you.

    England would be lovely to visit, I hope to get there one day. :)

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  36. I hear you on being intimidated to have your favorite authors over for dinner. Oscar Wilde would probably hilarious to have over but I don't think I'd be able to keep up with him.

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  37. I'm late to this, Chris but wanted to add something anyway: go to see Haworth, it's worth it. All the dark settings, and gripping drama, and intense passions, make sense in that setting. It really does. I"m so glad I went - and you can go by yourself, by train, and bus, you don't have to go by tour!! I so want to see Bath now and Lyme Regis, because of Captain Wentworth too.

    I like your boxed theme set also! and I knew you were Canadian (hi fellow Canadian!), didn't know you were in Nova Scotia. One province I still have to visit.

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