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Armchair BEA day 1: Q&A with MYSELF?!


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It's time for Armchair BEA, an annual event. I decided to participate in it because it was impossible for me to attend BEA. Mainly because I live on the other side of the world, and because I have to go to school :( 
"Any good event requires introducing yourself and getting to know your fellow attendees. Instead of NYC, we may be in our armchairs and pajamas this week, but that does not mean we cannot network right along side those heading to the Javits Center!"
I love the idea behind armchair BEA. It's all about networking and getting to know new people. And There's no better way to introduce yourself than doing it with a nice interview. So let's tell all about me and my disastrously crazy life! :)

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Okay, this will be a damn long story, be prepared! I am Margot, but online I go by the name Mar. I am a 14-year-old Dutch girl and I have a passion for books, chocolate, coffee, youtube and all things random. About 1 year ago I started blogging, and 6 months after my first sucking blogs I started up How I see it reviews. I did this partly because of the site goodreads, where I read reviews about books I didn't even know existed, and made lots of awesome friends. I wanted to be like all the reviewers there. My role models of book blogging are Wendy @ A Cupcake and a Latte, Kristie @ The Story Siren and Wendy @ the Midnight Garden. I read almost every review they post, and their originality keeps on surprising me. I haven't been blogging for a long time, as I wasn't able to read and write English before. In the beginning of 2011 I was first able to easily read English books, and I completely switched from Dutch to English in Augustus 2011, 3.5 months before the founding of my blog. That was also when I started following and reading tons of book blogs and reviews of books on Goodreads. So yeah, that's kind of the brief history of book blogging and me...

What is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
Okay, this is an easy question. The Fault in Our stars by John Green, hands down. It was my first John Green book, and right now I'm reading the final (and first) John Green book. I absolutely love all of this books, he is the god of YA books!

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I really overshare sometimes, so I have no clue what I have and haven't told my blog readers. Wait, I haven't told them one thing; I am writing a story :) Well, I'm writing more stories, but I have just started one I'm pretty fond of. If everything goes all right, I might update everyone about it soon. But I only have written a tiny piece of the whole thing.

Where do you see your blog in five years?
I can tell you all very honest that I have no idea. At the moment, I can't imagine a life without blogging and the whole blogging community, but the next 5 years of my life might as well change a lot. I mean, I am now in high school, so in 5 years I will -probably- have graduated and gone to college. Maybe I won't have enough time for blogging, maybe my favorite genres will have changed, it's all a big fat question mark!

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Why on earth do you ask me this question that is impossible to answer?! I mean, I love tons of authors and even more characters, and I have to choose? I guess I would love to eat dinnen with John Green, and have some philosophical conversations about his books, or about the importancy of unicorns in our imagination, or just about anything, since he is god, in my opinion. And who wouldn't want to have dinner with god

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
BEA would be awesome ^^ But I would also love to visit any other conference, no matter where. I haven't met lots of authors in my life -the counter stands on 2... both of them are Dutch- and I would love to meet as much as possible. Also I'd love to hang out with other YA book bloggers, which is kind of impossible in the Netherlands since there are hardly any people my age who like to read...

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
I love it that everyone is so awefully nice to each other! I never expected to get so much support from everyone. Also I love it to interact with some of my favourite authors. I can't think of changes in the coming years at the moment, I think it's perfect already! :)

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Hell yeah they have changed! Before blogging I read mostly Dutch YA contemp books. Now I read English YA paranormal/fantasy/horror/sci fi/... That's already a major change. But there is more! I started reading lots of Indie books and 'small titles'. I decided that I wanted to support the less-known authors as much as I possibly could. They deserve to be as well-known as any other author!

I hope you liked the interview with myself. If you want to sing up for Armchair BEA you can do that at their site, http://www.armchairbea.com/

Have a great week, no matter if you are at BEA or just at home.

Love, Mar


Karin Perry said...

Welcome to Armchair BEA!!! I haven't read The Fault in Our Stars yet because I haven't wanted to cry. I do think John Green would be a great dinner date though.

Enjoy the week.

Suey said...

I totally agree with you about John Green. Dinner with him would be a BLAST!! :) Happy ABEA!

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Hi Mar, nice to "meet" you. I think it's awesome how many people are blogging and reading in English when it's their second language.

My family is from Holland, so I always love talking to people from the Netherlands. =)

Here's my post.

Kailana said...

I agree about John Green, too. :)

Kristina said...

Hi! Lots of John Green, haven't read anything by him.

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you! I really like John Green too, although I haven't read Fault in Our Stars yet. Keep hearing great things about it!

Lua said...

Yeah you wright lots of stories, and delete them... and wright them again... and delete them... it's an endless cycle :S Didn't expect your favorite book of this year of this year to still be 'The fault in our stars':O Okay, I should wright my corner right? Instead of trolling you on the internet... I'm sorry I admit I'm guilting of procrastinating my work... all my work...

Anonymous said...

Nice article.
Their people in the Netherlands who like reading. For example me.


Anonymous said...

JEEEZ i just wrote their instead of there -.-'

Mar said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments :) And awesome that most of you know aboout John Green :D

You rock my life!

Mar said...

oh and BTW @Lua - Y U procrastinating?! How dare you :p - no just kidding, still love ya :)

Chrystal said...

Oh I love Wendy from A Cupcake and A Latte! :) She is a great inspiration!