Tag: armchair BEA

May 29

Character Chatter? More Like Character BATTLE!

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Hello Again Bookworms!

We are still in the throes of Armchair BEA and one of today’s discussion topics is Character Chatter. I love, love, love fictional characters. I love them so much that I set them up on imaginary dates where they have imaginary conversations and are generally ridiculous. Today, though, I’m feeling combative. I’m going to pair up a few fictional characters to do battle. Because why not?

Battle of the Horrible Spoiled Children: Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory vs. Dudley Dursley of Harry Potter. I’m going to give this one to Veruca. It’s a tough call, but since the whole tail incident (reason number 857 Hagrid rules) I think Dudley would be extremely suspicious of anyone discussing golden eggs.

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Battle of the One Handed Men: Jaime Lannister from A Game of Thrones vs. Fergus Fraser from Outlander. What a match-up! This one is going to come down to the usefulness of the prosthetic, I’m afraid. What is it with the Lannisters and their gold?! A gold hand is SUPER impractical. A hook, on the other hand (pun intended), is extremely helpful. Plus, Fergus is scrappy as all heck. He’d totally take down the Kingslayer.

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There really is no contest.

Battle of the YA Action Heroines: Tris from Divergent vs. Katniss from The Hunger Games. Tris post Dauntless training was pretty badass, but let’s think what would happen for a minute of each character were in the other’s trilogy. If Katniss were in Divergent, she’d totally have become Dauntless and been badass the whole way through, and not just because her brain resisted fear serum. If Tris had been selected for The Hunger Games, she’d have been slaughtered in the initial melee. That, and Katniss is pretty psychologically effed up. Tris’s conscience would get in the way of her doing any real damage.

See that right there? Katniss takes aim, Tris looks pensive. KO, round 1.

See that right there? Katniss takes aim, Tris looks pensive. KO, round 1.

What are your thoughts, Bookworms? Who would win in these fights?!

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May 28

My Dysfunctional Relationship With Social Media

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Good Day, Bookworms!

It’s still Armchair BEA time and today we’re talking about social media. I have FEELINGS on the subject. Firstly, I am BEYOND grateful that I grew up before Facebook because having a record of every stupid thing I did or said while I was busy being a tween/teen would be highly upsetting. I’ve made enough faux pas in the social media world as a grown-ass woman. Sheesh. From a blogging perspective, I am pretty awful at social media. I thought I’d give you a glimpse of my social media profiles in case you have no desire to ever look at them. Behold!

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Twitter: It’s complicated. Like, if Twitter and I were dating, I’d be the mixed signal sending ex. Twitter and I will have a mind-blowing weekend of 140 character glory and then I won’t call. For weeks. Poor Twitter subsists on auto tweeted fluff until I get bored and decide to take it out for a spin again. I’m such a jerk, Twitter. I’m sorry. Not sorry enough to change my behavior, but sorry. Ish.

Instagram: Hey look! A selfie! Virtually all I ever post are selfies, and a shocking number of them are of my headless (fully clothed) torso. I don’t have easy access to a full length mirror in a room with good lighting, so any shots of cute outfits or accessories tend to be of, well, my boobs. Eh.

Facebook: I’m not talking about my personal page here, because lord knows I’m all up in that mug, but my blog page? Facebook made it nearly impossible for anybody who likes my blog page to actually see anything. I’ll put something up when I have a new blog post, but I’ve stopped bothering with anything else. Who even cares? Nobody sees it!

Pinterest: I don’t get it. I mean, I get it if you’re super crafty or like to cook or create amazing things, but I am not one of those people. On the rare occasion I do something crafty, I check out what Pinterest has to offer but I do virtually nothing blog-wise with it. Because I don’t get it, I’ve decided that Pinterest is responsible for all the world’s ills. Bento boxes and extravagently themed birthday parties were sent by aliens to destroy the planet. I’m cool with diaper cakes, though, because that is the only craft I can pull off with aplomb.

Goodreads: I literally only use this to track the books I’ve read. Seriously. I do absolutely nothing else on Goodreads. My star ratings are completely arbitrary and mean nothing. I’m the worst.

Talk to me Bookworms. What are your favorite social media platforms? Any bloggers out there using these things successfully? 

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May 27

Getting to Know You: Armchair BEA Intro

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Greetings Bookworms!

It’s time for my favorite virtual book nerd gathering that coincides with an actual convention since ever. Pull up your armchairs folks, it’s time for Armchair BEA. Book Expo America is going on in NYC and those of us stuck at home are going to party like it’s 1999. Crank up the Ricky Martin and live la vida loca with a bunch of book nerds on the internet! I’m going to kick things off by answering five questions off of the official Armchair BEA questionnaire. Shall we?

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?

Allow myself to introduce…myself. I’m Katie. I’ve been blogging here at Words for Worms for nearly 3 years now (my blog is a threenager! No wonder it’s been so tantrum-y lately…) I live in the part of Illinois that isn’t Chicago. The middle part. With all the corn. I got into blogging after watching some friends having a ball in the blogosphere and realizing that nobody in my real life cared much about what I was reading.

2. What is your theme song?

This is SUCH a good question! Over the years, I’ve had a number of songs I’ve referred to as my theme song. I’ve been known to insert my name “Katie” into any number of songs in place of “Baby,” so I can make pretty much any song about me. If I have to narrow it down to a single song, though, I’m going with “Kate” by Ben Folds Five. I’ve never gone by Kate, always KatIe, but I love the image of seeing daisies in my footsteps.

3. What book are you reading right now?

I’m triple dipping, y’all. I’ve got The Dog Stars by Peter Heller going as an analog book, Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith on my kindle, and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn in my earbuds.

4. Share your favorite blog post on your blog.

I’m a huge fan of my Literary Love Connection posts. Snaponine, Scarcliff, Minurtagh, Arigo, and Jeanster Valprynne are the greatest fictional celebrity couples that never happened.

5. Share a photo of your bookshelf. Don’t mind if I do:

Exhibit B

 

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May 29

It’s GIVEAWAY DAY for Armchair BEA!

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Howdy Bookworms!

Today is my FAVORITE day in the Armchair BEA schedule because it’s the day of FREE STUFF! Wahoo! To join in the celebration, I’m offering a $25 in books from Book Depository to one lucky entrant! Book Depository is pretty sweet because they ship internationally (really, any place that Book Depository serves. Which basically excludes Antarctica, but the penguins are cool with it, we’ve talked.) I wanted to leave it open for the winner to choose his or her own books, because choice is fun. Rafflecopter entry is below, go forth and be lucky!

UPDATE: Originally I had this set up as a gift card to Amazon, then when the whole Hachette hullabaloo happened, I switched it to a Book Depository giveaway because a lot of people were upset and I didn’t think anybody would WANT an Amazon card. Of course, I forgot to change my auto tweet. For shame! So, for the record, whoever wins can pick to have their $25 from Amazon OR The Book Depository. My conscience is ambivalent, so let yours be your guide. 

 

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May 27

Author Interactions: Top Five (Armchair BEA)

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How Goes It, Bookworms?

It’s Day 2 of Armchair BEA, and today we’re talking about author interactions! Before I started blogging, I felt extremely far removed from authors. I wasn’t nearly as into social media as I am now, so to me, authors were like movie stars- totally unaccessible. I’ve been extremely lucky in that all of my author interactions thus far have been positive. Given that I live too far from a major city to make a trip there and back on a weeknight, I haven’t been to an author signing. But! There have been a few occasions where authors have dropped by to check out my reviews and I’ve SQUEALED with delight. Some of my favorite moments:

1. Emma Donoghue commented on my review of Astray and recommended more books (about prostitutes), because that’s a thing that happens here. Check out the evidence:

emmadonoghue2. And then there was that time that I told Rainbow Rowell that I wanted to have her cloned, and she favorited my tweet! (Also, as far as I know, she has not reported me to the authorities, so that’s always good!)

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3. Then there was that time Jamie Ford stopped by to take a peek at my review of Songs of Willow Frost:

jamieford4. This one time, my very cool friend Quirky Chrissy went to see The Bloggess and had a book signed for me. It counts as the author interacting with me, because she totally saw my pathetic “wish I was there” selfie, wrote in my book that I was cute, AND posed for a picture with me… Sort of. You’d fangirl too, don’t lie!

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5. Recently, the lovely and talented Beth Hoffman stopped by to say hello and check out my review of Looking for Me:

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BONUS: TECHNICALLY, this isn’t author interaction, but since this post is reading like a brag-fest anyway, I may as well mention the time my review got BLURBED in the paperback version of Humboldt: Or, the Power of Positive Thinking!

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Seriously, book blogging is so much fun. The community is a blast and the fact that authors actually pay attention to me on occasion is completely insane. It’s nice, because if I met any of these people in person I’d probably just embarrass myself. Digital interactions, FTW!

Have any of you Bookworms been to an author meet and greet or book signing?

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May 26

Armchair BEA 2014 Introductions!!!

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Hello my lovely Bookworms,

It’s everybody’s favorite time of year! Well, everybody who’s a crazy bibliophile, at least. The fabulous Book Expo America is going on in NYC this week. For those of us who aren’t able to attend the big show, the amazing crew at Armchair BEA puts on a digital event so we can celebrate ANYWAY! Yaaaay!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?

Hey y’all! I’m Katie! I’ve been blogging about a year and a half now. I started it up because… Well. I read a lot and I was bored one day. I feel like I should have a better reason than that, but it’s the truth! I’m in Central Illnois, ye olde Land of Lincoln. You know, the part of Illinois that isn’t Chicago? Yes, there is a state south of I-80. Swearsies.

Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online.

In one sentence, eh? Words for Worms is an irreverent book blog for the masses. That was my tagline when I had a tagline, and it’s apt, I think. A little something for everyone and moderately inappropriate. It’s good times. But I’m not just here, I’m EVERYWHERE! I’m on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, G+, and I occasionally hang out with a partridge in a pear tree. So yeah, connect with me! It’s good fun.

Well. My "newphew" thinks I'm good fun. And he likes penguins. So yeah.

Well. My “newphew” thinks I’m good fun. And he likes penguins. So yeah.

Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers). 

Ooooh this is tough! There’s so darn many! Ready??? Non book bloggers I love include Filing Jointly…Finally, Pocketful of Joules, Quirky Chrissy, It’s a Dome Life, That Ash Girl, and Psychobabble… You know, the cool kids. Book nerds I dig include but are not limited to The Relentless Reader, Sarah Says Read, The Well-Read Redhead, Love at First Book, River City Reading, Fourth Street Review, Estella’s Revenge, Capricious Reader, Life Between Books, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall, The Steadfast Reader. A whole lot of amazing in the book blogosphere, believe you me!

Share your favorite book or reading related quote. 

Yay! I actually have one! I even made it PRETTY for you. I’m endlessly amused by Picmonkey.

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If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why? 

That is a horribly unfair question, but I think I’m going to have to go for length on this one. Let’s go with Les Misérables, The Stand, and War and Peace (because that’s probably the only way I’d ever read War and Peace .) Non book items on a desert island… I’d need something sharp, like a big bowie knife… Also, a bunch of fresh water, because hydration is important. Finally, I’d bring a genie. Because y’all know I don’t want to hang out on that damn island longer than I have to.

Anything else you want to know? Ask me ANYTHING. I might answer. I probably will. I have so little shame…

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May 31

I Choose "Business Ethics!"

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Howdy Bookworms!

Today will be my last entry for the DELIGHTFUL Armchair BEA, and I must say I’ve had so much fun participating! All the Armchair BEA-ers who have been hopping around and commenting have been so welcoming and fabulous. I want to give the whole darn internet a hug right now!

Today’s topic is a sticky one… ETHICS! I can’t help it. I hear the word “ethics” and my brain immediately recalls Adam Sandler in Billy Madison attacking his opponent with the “business ethics” category in the academic decathlon.

Seriously though. Blogging and the internet in general can be such an untamed jungle roars and posturing. Where are the lines drawn? I’ve heard a lot of stories from other book bloggers about plagiarism. Like, there are people trolling the internet just waiting to steal your awesomeness. What the what? Isn’t the point of blogging to put your OWN voice out there? Let your freak flag fly? Tell the world, “I like big books, and I cannot l lie!” See that right there? That’s a take off of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s CLASSIC tune, “Baby Got Back.” And see THIS? This is me, crediting Sir Mix-a-Lot. Alright. To be fair, “Baby Got Back” has reached ubiquitous pop culture status. It’s so obvious where the joke is coming from that it really doesn’t need crediting. Most book bloggers? Not so ubiquitous. If you borrow someone’s ideas, credit them. If they inspire you, let them know.

To my knowledge, nobody’s ever ripped off my writing to pass as their own. I’m happy about that, because DUDE. All the essence of Katie comes out up in this piece. Someone stealing my words would be like stealing my SOUL. Bad form y’all. There is a tiny piece of me that hopes some lazy high school student will try to plagiarize one of my blogs to use as a book report, only to have their teacher read my nonsense and chastise them. Serves you right, lazy school child! Read the book! Read it!

Listen to the angel penguin, Katie!

Listen to the angel penguin, Katie!

Image copyright laws confuse the heck out of me. I’m no saint when it comes to ye old google image search, but recently I’ve been making an effort to list sources of my images where possible. I like to find images on Wikimedia Commons because they’re posted specifically for the borrowing. A little courtesy goes a long way. If you see something cool on someone else’s blog, ask them if you can use it. Andi of Estella’s Revenge was incredibly gracious when I asked to borrow her image of a red alligator for my Swamplandia! review. Most people are only an email away, and EVERYONE appreciates being credited. Plus, you know. A little effort put toward good manners could save you from being sued down the line… And being sued? Ain’t nobody got time for that! (Sweet Brown said that. Her clip went viral, so probably no need to cite. I’m just making a point. POINT POINT POINT!)

Let’s see… More ethics. Oh! It’s super shady to say that you loved a book if you didn’t. I mean, you don’t have to be a complete jerk face about it, but tell the truth. Honesty- it’s a thing. Most book bloggers I know give the stink eye to the concept of being paid for reviews. Accepting a free copy of a book for review purposes? That’s standard practice. Being paid by a third party to provide an unbiased review? No problem. But being paid by an author or publisher to review their book? That crosses a line. Shoot, it’s not like any of us are going to become millionaires by book blogging. No sense in selling your integrity so cheaply.

Anybody else out there got any hot button ethical dilemmas? What’s your take on things? Where are the lines in the sand? And WHY haven’t you entered my contest to NAME THAT BOOK CLUB yet?! Go do that right now. Then come back here and talk about ethics.

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May 29

Let's See What Develops: Armchair BEA Day 2!

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Good Day My Bookworms,

I must admit, it feels like a Tuesday. The whole holiday weekend thing always throws me for a loop. At least it means that the weekend will come faster. That’s always a bonus, no? If you joined me yesterday, you’ll know that this week I’m participating in Armchair BEA (an online blogger convention, and all that jazz. Click HERE if you missed it.) First things first. I would like to show you my ARMCHAIR. I am very literal, and I actually have an armchair in a designated reading nook in my basement.

I'm Katie's chair, and I'm quite cozy.

I’m Katie’s chair, and I’m quite cozy.

Today’s ABEA topic is all about blogger development. I don’t know if I’ve managed to fool any of you in the past nine months, but I have NO IDEA what I’m doing. I’m flying on a wing and a prayer here, hoping to amuse people and talk about books. That’s not to say I don’t have goals. I totally have goals. The loftiest among them is to assemble an unholy army of penguins and Katies to take over the universe! Muahahahahahaha!

Unfortunately, most Katies are uninterested in joining forces, and most penguins are uninterested in anything but fish, so it’s a work in progress. Blog wise, I would like to eventually get brave and go self hosted (but I am a chicken and technologically stunted so I have ALL THE FEARS!) Really, what I would like is to generate a little bit of income from this venture. I’m not looking for lottery style riches, but I’d like to be able to, say, fund a trip to the real BEA at some point using the revenues from this here bloggity blog. A girl can dream, right? The thing is that WordPress.com, lovely platform though it is, does not allow the sale of advertising on their free blogs (I can’t blame them, I mean, HELLO they’re a free platform.) I’m stuck in a bit of a catch 22, seeing as how self hosting costs money, but I can’t really make money until I self host. Psha. Stupid WORLD.

Since I already sound like the greediest Gus, I may as well mention that I started up a Zazzle store recently. Zazzle is cool because you can plaster whatever the heck you want on t-shirts and onesies and tote bags without having to order 8 zillion. My store has all of 5 items for sale. (I’m SUCH an entrepreneur…)Every one of them is emblazoned with my mascot, Le Kattoo (the adorable penguin holding a book has a name, you guys.) If you buy stuff from my Zazzle store, I’ll get a teeny tiny royalty fee. Seriously tiny, like, I might be able to buy a gumball with the proceeds. BUT. The stuff is really fun. I mostly started the store because I wanted to get my nephew a “future bookworm” onesie and I couldn’t find one I liked that was available to order. Thus, I made my own. Swag. I’ve got it. Click HERE for a really weird shopping experience!

Yeah. Go ahead and pretend that's not the cutest thing you've ever seen.

Baby not included.

I wish I had cool things to tell you on how I’ve developed my writing as a blogger, but my style can be summed up thusly: Bad puns. Run-ons and fragments abound. I show little regard for rules relating to the proper usage of parenthesis or their punctuation. I like to discuss books on my blog the way I would in person. If that includes me referring to characters as “dudes” and “douchebags” so be it. I am authentic. Like a really good burrito.

That’s not to say I’ve LEARNED nothing. When I first started blogging, I was so excited to tell everyone about what I’d read that I did a lot of mini reviews and smashed oodles of books into single posts. Nowadays, I like to talk about one book at a time, unless I’m compiling a list of some sort. I glossed over a lot of really excellent and meaty discussions trying to jam everything into a few paragraphs, which sucks, because some of those reviews could have been a lot better. C’est la vie. I’m like a Polaroid picture, just now beginning to come into focus. (This analogy depresses me because it’s terrible, but also because Polaroids are no longer a thing. I am OLD.)

I suppose it’s time to open up the floor to my dearest Bookworms and fellow Armchair BEA warriors. Have you any advice for my blog development? Is there a direction you’d like to see Words for Worms take? More of a particular genre, fewer lists, less discussion of my FILTHY GREED? I’m open to suggestion (just, you know. Be nice. Ugly crier, you know how it is.)

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May 28

From My Armchair to Yours: Armchair BEA 2013

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Aloha, Bookworms!

Today I’m taking a little break from Top Ten Tuesday to participate in a little something known as Armchair BEA. Here’s the deal. Book Expo America is this ginormous conference that brings together publishers and librarians and authors and most recently, book bloggers. Unfortunately this conference takes place in NYC, and I try to limit the amount of money I spend on a hobby that currently nets me zero dollars. The way I see it, I can only justify one conference a year, and this year I’m heading to BlogHer in July (it’s in Chicago!) Sooooo, I’m pleased that some fabulous book bloggers organized a way for those of us celebrating from afar to participate in BEA.

Design Credit: Nina of Nina Reads

Design Credit: Nina of Nina Reads

To kick off this little celebration, the Armchair BEA committee issued some questions to participating bloggers. Ready?

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? How sweet of you to ask, Armchair BEA! I’m Katie! I started Words for Worms last August, so about 9 months? (OMG, my blog could be a full term baby!) I had blogged privately in the past, but I thought it might be fun to start talking to the whole wide web. (I may or may not have been spurred into action by Quirky Chrissy and Lauren Filing Jointly, but I don’t want to go inflating their egos or anything…) Even on my (now deleted so don’t go looking) once upon a time blogs, I would occasionally write an update on what I had been reading. The concept of talking about books the way I like to talk about books was endlessly appealing. I’m so happy that I’ve found a little tribe of weirdos to join me!

2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. I am blogging from ILLINOIS! Specifically, Peoria, Illinois. Literary fun fact! Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique is from Peoria. Also! Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois, founded in 1691, which is cool, because I dig history. Now, Peoria proper is fairly developed, but you needn’t go far beyond city limits to hit some serious farmland. Corn and soybeans, people. I am where it’s at!

3. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? I just started reading Stephen King’s Under The Dome for the summer DomeAlong! I have an incredibly difficult time choosing favorites. I hate it when I’m asked what my favorite book is- I feel there needs to be a qualifier, and perhaps a top ten list. (LOVE me some Top Ten Tuesday!) I have read 41 books so far this year, and a bunch of them have been pretty amazing. However. I think I’m going to have to give the title of my favorite so far to Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park. If you missed my review, you can find it HERE. If you haven’t read it yet, you should do so. RIGHT NOW. GO!

4. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. This will not come as news to anybody who has been reading my blog for longer than a minute or two, but I feel it bears mentioning. I LOVE penguins. If you question my devotion, please allow me to direct you HERE (where you can read an overview) or HERE (where you can meet my penguin butler) or HERE (where you can read about the time I MET A PENGUIN IN REAL LIFE!)

5. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? This might sound a little cliche, but I don’t care at all. I have a list of literary locales I’d like to visit, but tippy top on my list is visiting Oxford. I want to see the hall that Hogwarts’ Great Hall was based on. I can’t help myself. I adore Harry Potter. Evidence:

Katie. In London. Circa 2004.

Katie. In London. Circa 2004.

What do you think, Bookworms? What literary locations would you like to visit? Where are you joining us from? What’s the best book you’ve read this year? Tell us all about it! Armchair BEA for EVERYONE! WooHoo!

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