May 27, 2015 • Cee • Events


BookExpo America (BEA) is the big book convention held in New York where authors, bloggers, and publishers get together and makes every book lover cry – either in joy (because they were able to attend and get to meet authors and get ARCs) or in sadness (because those who are unable to attend have prior engagements).

Since I get go to BEA, I’ve decided to take part in Armchair BEA, which is basically a virtual conference for people who cannot attend the actual convention. Let’s get this started, shall we?

This is my third year doing Armchair BEA, and although I yearn to be where the excitement is in New York with friends, I’m equally excited to partake in this event and get to know people!

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

I am the fabulous Cee! I run this awesome blog, The Novel Hermit, where I’ve been book blogging for two and a half years! Things I love: books (YA, general, romance, alllllll of them!), typography awesomeness, cover design, heists/thieves, found families, comic books/graphic novels, lady superheroes, and the one and only Eyebrow King Lee Pace.

What is your theme song?

What does diversity mean to you?

Yay for representation! It means that people of different races, ethnicities, cultures, and sexualities are finally being represented, which is wonderfullllll and what we really need in fiction, especially Young Adult fiction. There are a lot of underrepresented minorities, and having more diversity in books means that readers are exposed to these different experiences, and underrepresented readers can relate better to those stories. It’s a win for everybody, especially for a reader like me who’s always looking for more diverse books!

Share your favorite blog post on your blog. 

Two posts that I love (and you need to check out this instance): Why You Need to Read The Wicked + The Divine comic and Four Things You’ll Probably Do When Reading The Boyfriend List.

What is one book everyone should read?

It is imperative that everybody read:

  • this Young Adult book: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This is a truly magical book filled with beautiful writing, art, LGBTQ, and a fractured sibling relationship that will give you the waterworks!
  • this general fiction book: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It’s about a bookstore (and us, bookworms, love bookstores!), and it involves puzzles, sleuthing, typography, and just geeky awesomeness! It’s a book you should not miss. It’s so delightful!


Tell me about yourself. What is your theme song? What are books you think everybody should read? 


12 Responses to “ARMCHAIR BEA 2015 | Introduction”

  1. Heather says:

    Mr Penumbra was very good.

  2. My top books everyone should read at the moment are either Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli or Because I’ll Never Meet You by Leah Thomas. Both are FANTASTIC.

  3. I’ve had Robin Sloan’s book in my ebook reader for ages, I don’t even know who recommended it to me or if I just became interested cos it had “bookstore” in the title LOL I’ll now be putting it high up on my TBR pile since you so highly recommend it :) Will let you know how I find it.

    Here’s my BEA Intro Post

  4. You might have to share Lee Pace with me because that man is tooo fine! Also, Beyonce all the way! I’m so happy Diversity is this year’s theme because representation is so important! I feel like I’ve heard of ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’ but I’m not quite sure so I’ll go check that out! I’m loving all the ABEA fun :D Thanks for sharing!
    My Intro and Library post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  5. Lindsey says:

    I will have to check out Robin Sloan. Thanks for the suggestion.

  6. I never took the time to find our about I’ll Give You the Sun. I will check it out when I am done here. Nice diversity def. It is a pleasure to meet you. I will be on the lookout for your posts this week.

  7. You are the second person in their ABEA intro post to declare that I’ll Give You The Sun is their recommended book. I need to get my hands on this one ASAP!
    Have a good Armchair BEA :)

  8. Freda says:

    Happy ABEA!

  9. Books everyone should read is always a tricky question… I’ll randomly pick the Pantomime/Shadowplay by Laura Lam, which are great if you want diversity & YA & fantasy.

    BTW, I love your blog design!

  10. Chrystal says:

    I love your response for diversity. That is a great way to look at the books available now and all of the topics they cover. :)

  11. YES for Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan! fabulous

  12. I love awesome typography and cover designs! And thieves<3 At least I imagine I would. :)

    I think diversity is really important! Not only does it show a fuller representation of everyone, but it also gives us a variety to read about. Ooh, both of your posts sound really fun! I'll have to check them out.

    Ah, I've tried I'll Give You The Sun, but I never got around to finishing it! Gah, horrible, I know! I promise I will though! I've been wanting to read Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore, haha, I would NEVER leave that place. Lol!

    I think my theme song is…maybe Until The End by Breaking Benjamin, just because that song really helps me. Ooh! Two books I think everyone should read are Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas and I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios.

    I love how they both have "You" in some form and "Meet". :)

    P.S. Your comment luv checkbox isn't showing up. I'm not sure if it's a problem on my end or the site's. I wanted to let you know though. :)

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