Armchair BEA: This Is Me. This Is My Blog.

Oh hello!

I decided to join Armchair BEA. I was on the fence about it, I wasn't in the mood until today, but now I'm here. Yay!

So, I'll give you a brief intro:

I'm Chris from Chrisbookarama. I've been book blogging for over 9 years now. I live on the east coast of Canada. I'm a mom to one teenager. Currently unemployed. I like to run. I like to craft. I like to read. My favorite kind of books are creepy, gothicy books, with creaky old houses and family secrets. Maybe a ghost or two.

Day One accomplished!

Onto Day Two.

Let's talk about aesthetics.

The Books: How often do you judge a book by its cover? How often are you surprised by what you find? Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series has the same cover design (as far as you are able to) and type? How important is it for the visual art on the outside of the book to match or coordinate with the literature art on the inside?
The Blog: As a book blogger, in whatever form that takes, branding is important. Your colors, your fonts, your style of review, all of these things come together to make the "brand" of your blog - something that makes your reviews and posts and websites, all your various content, immediately recognizable to the people looking for you. What do you do to create a brand on your site? Do you think about these things?

The Books: Well, I'm not sure. Sometimes I will buy an ugly book because I want the content. I've bought some real doozies.

On the other hand, I've bought books because I like the covers. Sometimes the art is beautiful. Or the publisher hires an artist to do a series of covers for a special collection, like the Penguin cloth covers. Some publishers have a particular aesthetic I like, like Persephone Books. Once I put off buying a Simon Van Booy book until it came out in paperback because all my other books by him were paperbacks.

The Blog: Chrisbookarama has gone through a lot of changes over the years. In the beginning, it was Book-a-rama. I changed the name to set myself apart from some other websites with similar names. I don't know if Chrisbookarama is a good name or not, but it's what it's going to stay. I use that name on blog comments, I bought the domain, for my Twitter and other social media platforms I use that name. In a way, that brands me. Chrisbookarama is the book blog and the author of that blog.

The design of my blog has gone through changes too. Over the last couple of years, I've been using this very simple design that I bought from the Etsy Shop, Blogger Template. There are so many pretty Blogger templates available for sale there. I'd buy from there again if I wanted a change. I chose the colour scheme of gold and mint because I like them together and made avatars in the same colours. I'm pretty happy with my blog right now.

I've also gotten into photography and am really just finding my style. I've been using my own photos to punch up my posts- like the one for today's.

What about you? What style is your blog?


  1. I love the colors you used. I am almost ready for an upgrade but I still love my owl theme. Not sure I could find something that i truly want as I would love to try to add some of my east coast home to the blog as well.

  2. I love your blog design...clean and simple. And, I didn't realize you were also a runner! I am too. Well, currently I'm more of a triathlete, but that includes running, so it counts, right?

  3. I really like your blog name. It's what attracted me to your blog. I also buy my blog designs from Etsy, its my go to for a new blog design.

    Tina The Bookworm

  4. Your photography is fantastic! It really does add so much personality to your blog posts.


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