Monday, June 4, 2012

#ArmchairBEA Introduction

Design credits to Nina Reads

I've been waiting for this event and now it's here! I guess your wondering what ArmchairBEA is? Well to put it into my perspective ArmchairBEA is an online event for those people who won't be able to attend BEA (Book Expo America). It is probably the most awaited event for book bloggers and bibliophiles alike. I really wish I could attend this event but unfortunately we all live in the Philippines so the best way to join the fun is via ArmchairBEA. You can visit the ArmchairBEA site here to know more about the event.

First agenda for today is the Introduction post in which I answer some of the questions to get to know about the blogger behind this blog.

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

I'm not really good in introductions, but I guess it has to be done. So who am I? My name is Jayjay, I co-own this blog together with Marz, Era and Geianne. I mostly do the posting since the three are busy with studies, but mostly because of reading lol. How long have I been blogging? The blog just celebrated it's blogoversary last May and so to be exact I've been blogging for 1 year and 1 month now. Why did I get into blogging? This is a long story but it all started when Dea at Teen Readers Diary made me read The Hunger Games, I really love it and decided to read more books and then I found myself making a Goodreads account. Started reviewing books and eventually I proposed to Marz and Era to create this blog. Then we found Geianne along the way... and the rest is history.

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I recently finished Frost by Kate Avery Ellison and it's really good, I'm part of a blog tour for this one so make sure to check it out. I'm not really sure what to read next but hopefully I'll sort it out. My favorite book this year would probably... The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The book got me laughing and crying. It was utterly beautiful, I love it inside out.



3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I love Game of Thrones lol still book related. I can't think of anything at the moment to share.

4. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

If I could eat dinner with an author it probably would be Amy Plum, I love her! She's is just a sweetheart. I have the strangest admiration over Paris and reading her book Die For Me made me live my dream. The description of Paris was vivid, the story is one of a kind plus it has Vincent Delacroix which probably the character i'd choose to have dinner with beside Jace Wayland of course!

5. Where do you see your blog in five years?

Looking into it, I really love what I'm doing. I love reading and reviewing books. Love doing author interviews and talking about them. In five  years I think the blog would probably be self hosted and would have a decent blog design.

I hope you had fun reading my answers, feel free to ask me anything. This is a wonderful event to know more about the bloggers behind the blog. Thanks to ArmchairBEA!

84 comments:

  1. I haven't gotten my hands on Amy's books yet, but everyone seems to love them. Maybe soon...

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    1. You HAVE to read her books, I really love Paris and she described it in her books as a magical place of love <3

      -Jay
      We Fancy Books

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  2. I haven't watched THE GAME OF THRONES. I think I'd like it if I did, but I don't have HBO. I have THE FAULT IN OUR STARS on my nightstand, but I haven't read it yet. I just haven't been in the mood lately for a cry. Also, I loved DIE FOR ME. Have fun this week at Armchair BEA.

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    1. You have to watch Game of Thrones but I suggest it for mature audience, it has nudity and killings everywhere. The Fault in Our Stars is definitely poignant but it'll make you laugh and then cry later. Die For Me is <3

      -Jay

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  3. Hello! - I am not familiar with Amy's book and have never heard of the Game of Thrones.

    I think it is important to be comfortable with your blog and the words and visions you share. After all, it is your space!

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    1. Game of Thrones is by George R.R. Martin and he's actually called the Tolkien of America. I have yet to read the books but the TV series is just amazing. You should read Amy's books soon.

      -Jay

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  4. I own Amy's first book but haven't started it yet. I've heard amazing things about The Fault. New follower! Enjoy bea!

    My Intro

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    1. You should read it soon, I really love Die For Me. The Fault in Our Stars is one of the best books around at present.

      -Jay

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  5. Oh, I want to read The Fault In Our Stars sooo bad!!! I have heard so many beautiful things about it, it is way up on my wishlist.

    Yes, Amy Plum!!! I loved Die For Me and cannot wait to read Until I Die. Even though I really liked Vincent, my favorite is definitely Jules! I LOVE his funny and flirtatious nature. :D
    And Jace... *sigh*

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!!! Have a great ArmchairBEA week!!! :)

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    1. Jules is definitely a catch <3 but Vincent is loooooove! You should read Until I Die soon!

      -Jay

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  6. I haven't read the fault in our stars yet. I also haven't read amy plum yet.

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    1. Read them soon, they are definitely worth the read.

      -Jay

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  7. Shadow and Bone=a must read for 2012. I taught myself through watching Youtube videos. I'd really like to take a class though to help me learn how to knit other things and learn how to fix mistakes. TFiOS is amazing and one of my favorite John Green novels.

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    1. I have heard nothing but good things about the book. I have to get a copy soon! I hope to read more of John Green's works soon.

      -Jay

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  8. I haven't had a chance to read The Fault in Our Stars yet, but it sounds great. I haven't seen the Game of Thrones show, but I have read the first book. I need to get cable so I don't miss it! :)

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    1. Yes you have to watch it, it's pretty EPIC. I have yet to read the books, I'm looking forward on reading it soon. TFiOS is just a great novel... John Green is a literary genius!

      -Jay

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  9. I love what I'm doing too. Hope you get to be a librarian some day! I'm a new follower and looking forward to seeing what you have to say! Happy BEA, thanks for visiting!

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    1. hey thank you for folliwng our blog! :D


      -geianne

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  10. Amy Plum would be a fabulous dinner companion. I met her a couple weeks ago and she is just so funny and personable. She's also one of my favorite Twitter people, since she actually interacts with her readers a lot!

    Pleased to meet you, and thanks for stopping by my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

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    1. Amy Plum is one of Jay's (blog owner) most fave author too! and i also follow her in twitter and yep i agree, she's really nice to all her followers :D

      -geianne

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  11. I hope to make the self-hosted plunge, but I'm lazy. Some Day.

    Nice to meet you.

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  12. I've been thinking about doing the self-hosting thing but I haven't made the jump yet. It's a big decision :)

    So wonderful to "meet" you! Armchair BEA @ the Brunette Librarian

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    1. We fancy Books just started last year with Jay as our head and though there's a lot to handle with all these blogging and initiating activities, im sure its gonna be all worth the try. reading all of your comments makes us really happy :)

      -geianne

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  13. This is such a great idea, and this way we get to know all you bloggers:)

    I'd love to be able to have dinner with my favorite authors alongside their characters. I think watching them interact would be so much fun, plus who would say no to dinner with Peeta or Matty from Flat-Out Love or Ethan from Beautiful Creatures.

    Thanks for telling us about how you began blogging:)

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    1. aww, thank you for sharing that. i'd love to dine with peeta, and i think everybody here would love to do that too. and im sure Matty from Flat-Out Love or Ethan from Beautiful Creatures would also be fun to hang out with ;)
      and hey, thank you for commenting in almost all our posts, we really notice and appreciate it! we love reading your comments! :D

      -geianne

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  14. I really really really need to read the Fault in Our Stars. Also Thanks For Stopping by my blog! Have a GREAT Armchair BEA

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    1. The book is just filled with awesomeness i tell you! and i say you really really need to read it too! one of my fave books ever :D

      -geianne

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  15. I'm going to read The Hunger Games someday, I know I will. I just keep getting ditracted by other things. Hope you have an amazing week.

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    1. i remember the week ive read the Hunger Games trilogy, it was January last year when co-blogger Era shared it to me, since then i cant get its amazingness off my head and i always feel like jumping with delight when i hear somebody say Hunger Games! :D

      -geianne

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  16. Wonderful answers! I choose The Fault in Our Stars as my favorite book of this year as well! It's a masterpiece that will surely be read for years after! Hope you have an exciting ArmchairBEA week, dearie!

    <3Britta
    http://novelday.blogspot.com

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    1. Same here! the book is just so epic! :D

      -geianne

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  17. We have a lot of books in common! I preordered A Fault in our Stars but haven't read it yet! I should do that soon! :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog today!

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    1. That's nice! you should definitely read it soon! :D

      -geianne

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  18. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a modern classic. Great choice for best of the year!

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  19. I've been meaning to read The Fault in Our Stars...thanks for sharing your thoughts today...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. and just like ive said to those who havent read it, i say you go and grab a copy of it now! its really awesome! :D

      -geianne

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  20. I love Game of Thrones too. And considering the series is based on a book then I think that it totally counts as being book related :P

    You've completely convinced me to read Die For Me. You make it sound as fantastic as you said Amy Plum made Paris sound.

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    1. ive been seeing bits of Game of Thrones in HBO but i havent had the time to watch 'em though. but i think its all epic! (verified with Jay's tweets and my friends posts in facebook). hehe and Jay really loves Die For Me and its author Amy Plum, im sure there's a great reason of awesomeness behind it :D

      -geianne

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  21. I'm halfway through season 1 of HBO's Game of Thrones -- intense. I'm not ususally one to read that type of fantasy, but I believe they're excellent books given how the series is.

    The Fault in Our Stars is still my favorite read from this year so far. Even though it made me cry.

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    1. it made me cry and its my favorite too! ;D

      -geianne

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  22. I haven't seen Game of Thrones but it looks so good! :) I have it on my list for Netflix, woot woot!

    Armchair BEA @ the Brunette Librarian

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    1. me either, but the bits ive seen in HBO looks really good! im sure Game of Thrones fanatics would surely urge us to watch it!

      -geianne

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  23. Hi, nice to meet you! I'm a few episodes behind on Game of Thrones. I gotta catch up! I love that The Hunger Games got you into blogging. :)

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    1. the book is just wonderful! every book lover would be tempted to say something about it ;)

      -geianne

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  24. Did you see Amy Plum got to meet Ian Somerhalder? So jelly, i just celebrated my blogoversy too, yay
    The Book Mystress, x

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    1. happy blogoversy to you too! and yep, we're all jealous of amy plum; imagine meeting paul wesley and ian somerhalder! i'd drool if im gonna see them! :'D

      -geianne

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  25. I feel like Goodreads it the gateway drug to book blogging lol. I want to read Frost soon. The author is in one of my goodreads groups. I hear lots of good things about The Fualt of Our Stars too. Is it sad though?

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Ya, my dad suggested blogging. He kept asking me "how's that book you're reading?" just to make conversation. But I had just moved home from college and had no one to talk about books with so when he asked I would always talk and talk about them. He probably just got bored since he isn't reading YA and had no idea who Tris and Four were lol.

    We should get together to do Random Thoughts Thursdays. Sometimes I just don't know what topic to talk about so it would be nice to have a partner in crime lol.
    -Melissa

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    1. Goodreads, its filled with people who writes awesome book reviews hehe. The Fault in Our Stars makes people really go emotional but the whole book is really epic you should read it :)

      -geianne

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  26. Afternoon! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Ha Game of Thrones is a bit of an addiction isn't it? My husband is super into it, but now I find we watch different shows, it's neat. Anyway, good to meet you, glad you're taking part in BEA! Oh and Frost looks good, hope you like The Fault in our Stars, I thought that one was awesome.

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    1. Ive seen bits of Game of Thrones and it looks awesome. Our head blogger Jay is really addicted to it! i havent read Frost too but i agree, it looks good. and the Fault in Our Stars is awesome! :)

      -geianne

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  27. Yay for Game of Thrones! :D I love that show, too! So amazing! :D I love it even more now that I've started reading the books. :)

    I still need to read The Fault in Our Stars! It's sitting on my shelf just begging to be read! haha

    I contemplated saying I'd want to have dinner with Jace, too. ;) He may be with Clary and totally taken, but he'd be an entertaining dinner guest at the very least. ;) And as you said on my post too...this makes my inner Shadowhunter very happy. :D haha

    Thanks for commenting on my introductions post, Jay. :)

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    1. yes yes, who wouldnt love to dine with sexy sexy jace? im inlove with him, and ive been itching to read City of Lost Souls! and oh, you should definitely read The Fault in Our Stars, every single page of that book is epic :D

      im sure Jay had the pleasure of commenting in your introduction post :)

      -geianne

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  28. I really need to catch up on Game of Thrones! I've only seen the first two or three episodes of season two, but I can't wait to get through the rest of them!

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    1. Jay loves Game of Thrones so much, and i really need to start watching it cause everybody around me is talking about it! :)

      -geianne

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  29. Hiya, thanks for stopping by my blog. It was very to 'meet' you :-)

    I haven't read Amy Plum's books yet but both die for me and until I die are in my reading schedule for this month so that should be remedied shortly.

    Have a great week :-)

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    1. Jay really loves the works of Amy Plum and im realy curious about the books too cause i heard they're great! the name vincent delacroix has been embedded inside my head and i even havent read a single thing about him yet! we need to read these books immediately! :)

      -geianne

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  30. Thanks for reminding me I need to read Amy Plum's books. I'm researching Paris right now, for a possible future book. Anyway, just stopping by to give your blog a little love and say thank you for all you do to help promote reading and books!!

    Have a fun week!!

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  31. My boyfriend lived in the Philippines for about 7 years or so. :]
    It's so great to meet you!!
    Hope you have a great Armchair BEA week!
    Here's my post: http://little-red-reads.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-introductions.html

    xo Stephanie

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  32. Thanks for visiting my blog! It's so nice to meet you. :) I'm part of the Frost blog tour as well, so I'll make sure to pop by and see if we feel the same way about it. I have not read it yet, but I'm going to get to it very soon!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

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  33. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love that you chose Jace as a character you'd have dinner with. I'd choose him or Peeta, lol.

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  34. Jace is who I would choose to eat dinner with. He is one hot piece of man meat! :) Here's my post as well: http://janaeslifeasamama.blogspot.com

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  35. The Fault in Our Stars is also my list of favorite books so far this year. (More on that on my post tomorrow!) Happy (late) Bloggiversary! I hope you've loved this first year and continue to stick with it for a long time to come! So many books to read! :) Happy ABEA!

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  36. Hi Jayjay! Also happy belated blogoversary!! The Fault in Our stars WAS utterly beautiful. Oh, I want to get into the Game of Thrones - I think I might read it first though. Nice to "meet" you and thank you for stopping by my intro post!

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  37. I'll have to check out The Fault in Our Stars... this is the third reference I've seen about it today. Great blog!

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  38. I LOVE Game of Thrones - the show. The first book of the series is taunting me from my shelf right now. I adored The Fault in our Stars.... such a good healthy cleansing cry with that one.

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  39. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I finished The Hunger Games audio book today. It was really good. I like audio books that are first person narratives.

    Girl Who Reads

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  40. Oh. I would have dinner with Jace, too, for sure!!! :) And I like Amy Plum, too :) :) And I completely agree about The Fault in Our Stars - this book is so so beautiful <3 <3 Great introduction post!! :)

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  41. I'd LOVE to have dinner with Amy Plumb - in Paris of course. Wouldn't that be fun.

    Thanks for participating!

    Here's my intro

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks

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  42. Everyone raves about John Green but I haven't found the time to read him yet. I need to find more time!

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  43. I have Frost coming up, it looks like it'll be a great book. Happy to hear you enjoyed it!

    I would love eating dinner with any of your choices, but I think Jace would be one I would probably end up staring at shamelessly..not eating. LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by mine!

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  44. My favorite book this year is also The Fault in Our Stars!! John Green is such a fabulous writer! I am so glad that I started blogging or I probably would have missed out on his books!

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  45. I haven't had a chance to read any of John Green's books, but I really need to rectify that as I'm such a Nerdfighter groupie! I cannot get enough of his and Hank's vlogs!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  46. I love that you mentioned blog design, that is definitely something I'm looking to improve for mine in the coming years. The Fault In Our Stars is a favourite of mine, too (of course), it's just...so much emotion thinking about that story! If you don't mind my asking, where in the Philippines do you live? My parents are both from there (dad from somewhere in Cebu, mom's side is from Manila...so broad I know, I just don't know specifics!).

    Happy Armchair BEA, and lovely to meet you!
    My Armchair BEA Intro

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  47. I'm in the blog tour for Frost as well and I can't wait to pick it up! It sounds truly fantastic. :D I hope you manage your 5 year plan too! I suck at planning ahead, but hopefully I'll be up and running by then too and still doing something I love! :)

    Thanks for stopping by! It's been a pleasure to meet you.

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  48. Hello,

    Nice to meet you:D

    Oh darn I forgot Amy PLum!!! Oh dear sorry Amy, * whispers* she isn't at my dinner party...I am glad you have saved her and would feed her:D:D Oh and Jace , bless him, wonderful dinner guest!

    Michelle

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  49. Hi! I'm LM Preston and have been blogging for about 3 years. I will also be at the BEA this year, leaving today, so loving the ArmchairBEA :-D currently I'm reading Daemons In The Midst by Alicia Dillman, I have to post a review and am going to be in her blog tour. Also, heading out to the Book Expo and can't wait to share all the books I got there.

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  50. T__________________T I did NOT know all you own a blog T_T let alone this one T_T
    I just met your page via facebook :'( it never occurred to me you had a blog! :( I feel like all #fail life and stuff :'(

    Here's my introduction post -> http://bookpics-reading2alba.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-introductions-first.html

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  51. What a fun, cute intro! And I totally agree that The Fault in Our Stars is one fantastic novel (my personal favorite of the year so far!). You can see my intro post in the link below, and happy Armchair BEA!

    -Monica

    http://fumafiles.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-day-1-interview-yourself.html

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  52. Nice to meet you. I think I will have to get my hands on Amy Plum's books soon. I loved visiting Paris, so perhaps this will be the perfect way to revisit. :)

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  53. Good to meet you Jay-Jay! and interested to find you're from the Philipines :) WoW!
    glad you found your voice in blogging & HaPpY 1st Anniversary :)

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