Return of BBAW! Day 1: Hello...It Me!



Hello, Book Blogger Appreciation Week People! If this is your first time to my blog, welcome! I'm Chris, this is Chrisbookarama. I've been a book blogger for 9 years. Chrisbookarama is where I discuss the books I've been reading as well as other topics. You can find me other places on the web, check out the icons on the right.

Let's start this week of Book Blogger Appreciation by answering today's prompt.


Day 1 Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.


This was a tough question. In fact, Memory (@xicanti) and I were scratching our heads over it on Twitter. The wonderful Anastasia (@heretherebebks) piped in with a book suggestion and that got the ball rolling.


  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Anastasia said she thought I was a classic feminist book like this one. I really liked that thought! Plus The Yellow Wallpaper is weird and creepy and I love that kind of book. They feature regularly on the blog. Thanks, Anastasia!

  • The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell. I loved this book when I found it. A story about a young bride who is rescued from doom by a strong older woman. Also, there are disguises! I love a book where a woman is in disguise. That is my jam!

  • Bossypants by Tina Fey. No, I am not a successful writer/comedienne. I wish I was as funny as Tina Fey. I try to be funny though. Mostly, I relate to the title. I am a bossypants.

  • Home to Woefield by Susan Juby. The protagonist of Home to Woefield has aspirations of being a farmer. She doesn't give up, even when it appears to she might fail. Every spring I set up my little backyard garden with hopes of growing big, fat tomatoes and giant pumpkins. I haven't grown even one tiny pumpkin. I have grown a handful of tiny tomatoes. I know I'm going to try again this spring. It's what I do.


Well, those are the books I think represent me. I hope it makes sense! Happy BBAW!

25 comments:

  1. I'm fascinated by the books that show up on a number of these lists ... Some of which I haven't read (yet), like Bossypants.

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  2. Yup, yup, yup--this combination is spot on! <3

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  3. These are SO great! And so literal. I wish I knew myself and what I like better. I really don't know what it is about the books I love and if they have a common thread. I went in a different direction with my post. I enjoyed what you shared here! Happy BBAW

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  4. I love your choices, especially Bossypants. I'm a Bossypants too.

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  5. I read The Yellow Wallpaper in college, but I was way too young to really get much from it, and I've been itching to reread it for the last few years. Need to do that, especially right now when I'm very much in reread mode!

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  6. I've had Bossypants on audio for a quite a while and keep meaning to listen to it. I think that hearing Tina Fey read it will be quite the fun time. Although that cover kind of creeps me out a bit - LOL!

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  7. I read The Yellow Wallpaper in a Women's Studies class in college and boy that'll get under your skin! I literally just got goosebumps thinking about it.

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  8. These are great. I loved the audio of Bossypants. I had to do audio because I couldn't have the print book in my house - that cover totally creeps me out. I'm glad it made me get the audio though.

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  9. You relate to the title Bossypants, funny. I loved The Yellow Wallpaper also.

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  10. I loooove The Yellow Wallpaper. Such a thought-provoking story. And sooooo very creepy. Excellent choice. All of them are great choices! I have to go find The Grey Woman now.

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  11. Hi, I don't want to actually sign up but is there a list of bloggers participating in BBAW so I can go around and visit them?

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    1. You can find today's posts from participating bloggers here: http://www.blenza.com/linkies/links.php?owner=estellasrevenge&postid=13Feb2016

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  12. I've read a lot of Elizabeth Gaskell's works but not The Grey Woman. I'll have to check that out.

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  13. I've seen Run Like a Mother twice now and I'm definitely intrigued by it. I've always wanted to be a runner, just can't get motivated to start. Great list!

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  14. Love that we had 2 in common! I'm also a fan of you adding a weird and creepy novel...I should have done that...I enjoy my fare share of those! :)

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  15. Oh man, I definitely need to read Run Like a Mother. I could do with some running. Maybe this year I will stick to it!

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  16. This is the second time I've seen "Run Like a Mother" crop up on one of these lists. It's awesome that it's inspiring people. ALSO I of course love your choice of "The Yellow Wallpaper." Absolutely one of my favorite & creepiest & most feminist stories ever.

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  17. When we moved here I was all excited to plant a garden, but the soil here is HORRIBLE. So, no garden for me so far... Good luck with your pumpkins and tomatoes!

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  18. I always love your posts, Chris, and this one is no different. I haven't read The Yellow Wallpaper in I don't know how long. It's one I remember well though. The Grey Woman--disguises . . . I'm going to have to check that one out. Sounds intriguing! Bossypants was such a fun book. I can see you in all of these titles. :-)

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  19. I have read (and loved) Bossypants, and oh, I really need Run Like a Mother in my life! Adding it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing! Glad to come across your blog through BBAW. :)

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  20. Thanks for introducing me to CPJ, I didn't know her, I just added this short story to my TBR. My 5 titles are: http://wordsandpeace.com/2016/02/15/bbaw-2016-day-1/

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  21. Very nice choices! I'm finding that the bloggers who weren't sure about this activity at first seem to have come up with the most thoughtful answers by the end. And I haven't heard of The Grey Woman so I'll have to go find it. It sounds like something I would love too!

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  22. Great list. Bossypants, or a woman with leadership qualities? (TM the Lean-in Author)
    The Gaskell sounds great.

    I still remember that The Seven Daughters of Eve was one of your original book titles, and I still want to read it.

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  23. Nice list! I've never read The Grey Woman but women in disguises is the best.

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  24. NICE. The Yellow Wallpaper is such a good story. I haven't read the Gaskell (I've only read one of her novels) but this sounds interesting, and I have a couple of her others on my bookshelves. I'll have to add this to the list. And Tina Fey is hilarious - I've wanted to read Bossypants since it came out, as well as Amy Poehler's "Yes, Please." I hear that Bossypants is a great audiobook, so maybe I'll give that a try - listen to it in the car. :)

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