May 28, 2013

Who am I? - Armchair BEA Introduction

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

My name is Laura or - online - I like to go by the Booksmartie. I live in Germany, have just finished our equivalent to highschool and will probably go to university in the fall. I have been blogging for a bit longer than a year now (which, by the way) is still unbelievable to me. I am obsessed with the Internet and the possibillities it offers us all - especially sites like tumblr and Pinterest just amaze me. My way into blogging went from my obsession over Youtube Beauty Gurus over Youtube book tubers to the discovery of book blogs. I considered starting one on my own for about four months and then just went with it :)

Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.

I am blogging from Germany. And right now, Germany deserves a serious slap in the face. Because it just won't get warmer. We had no spring (just snow. masses of snow) and now that it's supposed to be hot and sunny out, we get rain (it hasn't stopped for ONCE) the whole entire day, every day. So, no pictures. It's just depressing.

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

I have mentioned it a few times, but one of my passions besides reading is running. I started doing it the summer I turned fourteen. I haven't stopped in four years. I run every day if I can. I ran when it was wayyy below freezing outside, in snow storms and in the pouring rain. The only thing I need to have on my runs is music and my Ipod. Another fact that goes along with that? I have the worst taste in music - and movies. I didn't watch or listen to anything but Highschool Musical and Hannah Montana for years and though I do listen to some artists besides that now, I have never really moved on from my tween years :D

Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s).

Such a difficult question, but I chose it anyway since I there are so many blogs I should mention way more often in my posts!

This is it, guys. I have no idea how they come up with all their post and feature ideas, but CB is probably the most diverse book blog I've ever stumbled upon. I don't always (almost never, actually) fully agree with their reviews, but then again they are so eloquent and fantastically written that I read them for the joy of it!

My Not So Real Life and Singing and Reading in the Rain
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Aneequah and Eileen are both super funny and I like reading their reviews and book recommendations. They are not too short, not too long and although I find it awesome that so many adults blog about YA books, sometimes I like hearing the opinion of someone my age :)

I just "met" her during Bout of Books 7.0 and she's a really fun blogger! We tried pulling an all-nighter to get even more reading done. I failed miserably, but she succeeded! And she's participating in Armchair BEA, too :)

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
Hogwarts....Is that literary or fictional? If that doesn't count as literary, I will go with BEA because visiting that would also mean travelling to the USA and that would be...all my dreams come true!


  1. *squeals* you talked about me in your post! I'm so flattered, Laura! Hehe, I'm so glad you're doing Armchair BEA too. I'm loving it so far...

    *slaps Germany in face really hard*

    Hahaha, oh so what are you reading this week missy? I'm reading two books for review (blah) and two for fun...gravity by Abigail Boyd and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. It's taken me like 3 years to finish the Percy Jackson series, I read that slow. Lol. No I just spaced them out so much!
    Anyway here is my link to my intro post... Also did a classics post but you can find it, right? :p lets talk on twitter...are you doing any of the twitter chats for BEA?

    1. Hey there!!!Woah, I'm impressed, that's like...what four books at once?? I used to do that, too, but now, I already find it challenging reading two at a time. Which I do, right now. It's The Rules by Stacey Kade for review and Blood Promise by Richelle Mead. I totally feel you with the Percy Jackson series! I tried the first book once (wasn't my thing at the time...), but it takes me forever to read the Vampire Academy Series, too. The books are amazing (really!!!), but they get longer and longer :)And yup, we really should talk on Twitter and I will try to make the Twitter parties (and not get the dates wrong again like at BoB7.0) , but I don't know for sure cause work could get in the way...

  2. Wouldn't it be awesome to go to BEA together next year???!!?

    1. It would!!!! Maybe I should just go ahead, work a LOT and save up for the trip to BEA...I mean, a girl can dream, right?

  3. oh! My best friend lives in Germany! Hopefully I'll be able to visit her one day!
    Hope you enjoy Armchair BEA!

    1. So great! How did you get to know her? I love when people connect throughout the whole world :) And it would be so cool if you could visit her!

  4. I wanted to visit Hogwarts, too!

    Don't feel bad, here in Virginia we had tons of snow, late in the year (which was weird).

    Enjoy Armchair BEA!

    1. Well, seriously, who doesn't want to see Hogwarts? I've been dreaming about it my whole entire childhood :) And about the weather...I'm trying to make the best of it. I mean, it's raiing all day, so if there's nothing to do outside, there's more time for reading, right?...blah...

  5. Sorry to hear the weather's so unpleasant in Germany! Running is a great way to exercise, but I'm a wuss. I can't run outside. I have a treadmill. Hogwarts works a literary location, I think. It's a great pick too.

    1. Oh, I'd love to have a treadmill! Runners are always so enthusiastic about nature and stuff, but running on a treadmill (in my opinion) is so much safer, and you could actually watch TV as you're doing it! Then again, I also love running outside. It feels so great to make yourself go out there in the pouring rain and reward yourself later with a hot cup of tea!


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