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Hi! Welcome to my blog, if you’ve never been here before. Today is the day Armchair BEA participants introduce themselves and answer some questions. I’m Chris of Chrisbookarama. I’ve been blogging for six years so I feel like I’ve introduced myself a lot over the years for various reasons. In fact, here’s my post from last year’s Armchair BEA. Have a gander. Anyway, I’m just going to go with one question.

What is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 

I loved The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin. It’s not a new book by any means and everyone knows about The Stepford Wives but the book really surprised me. I was totally sucked into it and it creeped me out! I’m going to recommend it to everyone, especially fans of horror. I hope you’ll give it a read.

As you can tell, I don’t always read and review new books. I like reading the classics. Classics are some of my favorite books. I probably have a favorite classic in every genre. If I could recommend some classics based on a non-classic reader’s preferences, I’d choose:

  • Sci-Fi. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Meet the monster.
  • Horror. I would have said Dracula by Bram Stoker, but after reading Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, I’d have to go with that one.
  • Gothic Mystery. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
  • Romance. Probably Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, although it’s so much more than a romance, it has a HEA ending so I think it counts. Or The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Dystopian. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Is there hope for humanity?
  • Chick Lit? Can chick lit have a classic yet? I think it can. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.
  • Short story. For those with short attention spans. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
  • Non-fiction. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Love him or hate him, he knew Paris.

So there it is. Welcome to my Armchair BEA post!


  1. Hi Chris! It's nice to meet you. I think it's awesome you've been blogging for so long! I didn't realize The Stepford Wives was a book! I'm intrigued now. Hope you have fun this week!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  2. Can you believe I actually haven't read The Stepford Wives? I propmtly added it to my TBR!

    I agree, classics are just older contemporaries, and the proof at least some of them are good is that they keep being re-printed for us to read!

    Here's my Armchair BEA Classics and me post.

  3. Thanks for the reminder about The Stepford Wives, I've added it to my list :) Happy BEA!

  4. I haven't read The Stepford Wives either, but now adding it to my reading list! And I love how you broke the classics down into different genres - too many times I think of classics as only "literary fiction" and I forget about classic horror, which actually used to be one of my fave genres.

    Tanya Patrice

  5. Have you read Rosemary's Baby? Since you liked The Stepford Wives, I bet you'd like it too.

  6. I need to read The Stepford Wives! I like both movie versions. (The original is far better, but the new one has some charms.)

  7. Great intro and discussion of ze classics, Chris! Heart your blog, always.

  8. What a great list! I think I have read The Stepford Wives but it must have been years ago. Will have to get a copy and refresh my memory.

  9. I am completely on board with all of your recommendations!(although I find Dracula and Frankenstein tend not to be what people expect). Still, fantastic suggestions!

  10. I agree with you on the classics. I rarely read new, trendy releases. Well, maybe occasionally. : )

    Happy Armchair BEA!
    Kinx's Book Nook

  11. I loved Frankenstein when we read it a few years ago. I was surprised I liked it as much and it totally surprised me as well.

  12. Hey Chris! I like your strategy of answering one question, although I didn't really know to answer it since I haven't read a book that wowed me yet this year.

  13. I hate to say it, but I haven't even read Jane Eyre, much less The Stepford Wives! I try to read a couple of classics a year, but don't always get to them past all the shiny new books on the shelves!

  14. My favorite books (it's a tie) so far this year are Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons.


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