Monday, June 3, 2013
12:04 AM 3 comments
My first Armchair BEA had been a blast! Enough said, so here are my answers for today's questions:
Did you learn something new?
One thing I learned from this Book Blogger Convention is to connect better with fellow bloggers and readers. I am fairly new to this community and I haven’t had the opportunity to interact with them prior to BEA. Read question number 2 for more info.
Did you connect with a new-to-you blogger?
Absolutely! I’m really thankful to have stumbled upon BEA since it helped me a lot to adjust with the Blogging community. You could say I’m a bit of a “wallflower” before this, and I’m really glad to have met new friends from this event!
What was your favorite discussion topic?
Truth be told, I enjoyed reading and writing about every single topic but Children’s / Young Adult Literature is (arguably) my favorite among all since this blog is centered on Children’s / Young Adult Literature after all! I also enjoyed the Introduction Questions and it was so much fun learning about different bloggers.
Do you have ideas for future years?
Everything on BEA is perfect. I loved every single topic, giveaways (though I didn’t get the chance to join the Instagram contest) and all the Twitter parties and if there’s something I’d suggest, it’d be to have a lot more Twitter parties and giveaways! (And I’ve won two finished copies of my choice from Strange Chemistry! Oh yes!)
I’ve gotten around 1500 estimated page views and a hundred lovely comments from this event. I know it’s not that much, but I want to thank everyone who dropped by! I hoped you enjoyed reading my discussions! And yes, I also hosted an International giveaway and it had 271 entries. Winner will be announced shortly so make sure to stay tuned!
If I’m not too busy for college next year, I might be on Armchair BEA again or maybe on the real live Book Blogger Convention at New York. Who knows? But then again, I might get too busy but I’m really looking forward to BEA 2014 and even if I won’t have the opportunity to participate next year, I’ll make sure to read every single discussion so I won’t be feeling left out.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
2:44 AM 5 comments
I've been really looking forward to this topic since the center of my blog is on Children’s and/or Young Adult Literature. YA and Children’s books are just awesome! My mom has been reading them to me since I was in diapers and I’m still reading them until now! One of my all time favorite authors, C. S. Lewis, once said:
No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally - and often far more - worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.
I guess that’s pretty self-explanatory. So, let’s proceed with the questions:
What are the top 5 (or more) books that every child should have on his shelf?
My list of favorite’s changes from time to time and these are my current faves:
Top 5 Classic YA/Children’s Series:
- His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
- Redwall by Brian Jacques
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Time Quartet by Madeleine L’Engle
Top 6 Modern YA/Children’s Series:
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
- Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
- Maximum Ride by James Patterson
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Top 5 Stand Alone Classic YA/Children’s:
- Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Top 5 Stand Alone Modern YA/Children’s:
- Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
- Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (haven’t read this one though)
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Top 5 Classic YA/Children’s Authors:
- Charles Dickens
- Jean Craighead George
- Lois Lowry
- Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Roald Dahl
Top 5 Modern YA/Children’s Authors:
- Cassandra Clare
- Cornelia Funke
- Neil Gaiman
- Scott Westerfeld
- Veronica Roth
If you are an adult who reads YA, why do you keep going back for more?
I’m a young adult myself (I’m 16 years old) and I think it is natural for every teenager like me to keep going back for more. Well, I ADORE YA since they feature awesome characters that are of my age. I love the storytelling too since they’re very appropriate to my age group and very easy to understand. In simple words, I just find them very easy to bury myself into. I don't think I'll ever stop reading YA. PERIOD. But if I was an adult, I'd probably read YA to feel young again and to reminisce my teenage years.
Make sure to enter my International Armchair BEA giveaway here!