Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Armchair BEA: Introductions

Design credit: Sarah of Puss Reboots
Welcome to my intro post for Armchair BEA! I participated last year and had a lot of fun and since, once again, I wasn't able to make it to NYC for BEA (*sobs*) I'm taking part in this great event again. There will be many posts throughout the week (you can see the whole agenda here if you want to know what's coming up or if you want to take part in the event). For now, I hope you enjoy getting to know me!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 
This is my bunny Tonks!
First things first, my name's Kaley. As of today, I'm 26 (happy birthday to meeeee!). Technically, I started blogging over four years ago but the first two blogs I made were for my university seminar course. Books Etc. has been around for two and a half years. I started it because I was already familiar with how blogs worked and wanted a way to talk about books all the time. 

Where in the world are you blogging from? 
I'm blogging from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. For those of you who have no idea where that is, I'm about 20 minutes away from this:

And in case you can't tell what "this" is, that's Niagara Falls. I've only been down to the Falls a handful of times. It's always magnificent and I'd love to go a bit more but trying to find parking and then having to pay a ridiculous amount for it is a bit of a negative. 

What are you currently reading, or what is your favourite book you have read so far in 2013? 
As I write this (the weekend before the post goes up), I'm reading The Queen of Unforgetting, a novel that takes place in my small hometown. Very cool.
I've also decided to cheat a bit and list some favourites in different genres (hey, we all love book recommendations, right?). Literary Fiction: The Bone Cage. Fantasy: The Night Circus. YA (contemporary): Anna and the French Kiss. Chick Lit: Finding Lucas

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 
I would love to hang out with Sarah Dessen. She's my favourite author and when I saw her speak about a year and a half ago when she came to Toronto and between that and her excellent tweets, I think we could be good friends. 

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 
I really want to visit Great Britain and would love to see Jane Austen's England, particularly Bath. 


  1. Tonks! How cute. Wow, you're the third BEA blogger I see that mentioned Bath specifically! I visited Bath in 2010. The Jane Austen Center is small with a cute gift shop. We weren't able to take the tour because apparently if a school is visiting they don't allow tourists to also view it, and they aren't exactly customer service savvy over their, so a request of a time to come back was met with a blank stare and then ignoring. Huh! Anyway, it's beautiful to visit smaller towns in England for so many literary reasons!

  2. Yay for more international bloggers. I don't seem to see nearly as many as I hear about. Bath is gorgeous (I visited in 2006) & Sarah Dessen is quite nice! I met her at a book signing a few years ago. Cheers! Tattooed Books

  3. Nice to meet a fellow Canadian. We've been to Niagara Falls a few times and the difference between the US and Canadian side is incredible. Welcome to Armchair BEA!

    AH@Badass Book Reviews.

  4. Hi fellow et cetera in their blog name! :D Ah The Night Circus keeps calling my name to start it but haven't had a chance yet. A friend of mine met Sarah Dessen and said she was awesome.

    Have a great week participating in Armchair BEA. :)

  5. I am wanting to read The Night Circus, and really enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss! Welcome and have fun this week!

  6. Happy birthday! I'm late by now, but still. Hope you had a great day :)

    I've never been to Niagra but I'd love to visit!

    I hope you're enjoying ABEA! Happy reading :)


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