Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions


It’s Armchair BEA week! This is for bloggers who aren’t attending the actual Book Expo America in New York this week.


This post is the first post in a series and it starts with an introduction. Regular readers, hope you don’t get bored.

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

    I am Nishita from Bangalore, India and have been blogging off and on for about 8 years. I got into blogging for fun because all my friends were doing it, and it was something new and shiny.

    It took me time to get into a groove and decide that the main focus will be on books. However, because I am like a tortoise when it comes to reading speed (compared to regular book bloggers), I include some other fun stuff going on in my life and in the lives of the littles – Snubnose (age 8) and Piglet (age 2). More stuff about us can be found here.

  2. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online.

    This is easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. My blog is about books, movies, restaurants, and everything under the sun. I like to keep it eclectic 🙂 .

    I am all over the social media space. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I would like to add Google Plus to this list, but I am completely clueless about how G+ works.

  3. What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like? (Pinterest encouraged!)

    In one word. This.

    My definition of reading bliss

    My definition of reading bliss

  4. What is your favorite blogging resource?

    Is that even a question? Goodreads hands down. If I don’t find something there (which is rare), Amazon always obliges. To look up additional information about stuff I read in a book, I love to use Wikipedia.

  5. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers).

    Last year many of my favorite bloggers shut down shop 🙁 , but never fear, I was able to find some new (rather new to me) ones to follow too. Some new blogs I discovered last year and love to follow are Words for Worms, Fourth Street Review, Wensend, Books Keep Me Sane, and The Bookshelf of Emily J (although I’m terrible at commenting on all of them 🙁 .

So that’s my introductory post. Who else is doing Armchair (or live!) BEA this week?

  • Avada Kedavra

    I loved that picture of your ideal reading space. That would be my ideal space too! 🙂

  • That is a very peaceful and pretty reading space! Great to meet you!

  • Hah! I didn’t even think of Goodreads as a resource. Duh! Others have had some additional good resources, but all I could come up with was “Uh..Twitter?” Haha. I LOVE the look of that ideal reading space! That would be an awesome place to relax and sink into a good book.

  • Words for Worms

    Thanks for the shout-out! I looooove that reading space- heavenly!

  • Beautiful reading space!

  • Leslie

    I’m a slow reader too. I can force myself to speed up, but then it’s not fun to read. The only way I get through 100 books a year is by listening to half of them as audiobooks while I garden or do mindless chores.

    • Nishita

      @disqus_i6yD8dkxUt:disqus I wish I could do audiobooks, but I just can’t pay enough attention. Before I know it, I have missed some important point altogether.

      • Leslie

        Audiobooks are an acquired skill. I had trouble at first too. You need to pick the right book for listening, especially the first few times. Complex plots, too many characters and frequent jumps in time and place are tough for experienced listeners too. Memoirs, short stories and non-fiction are usually good types of books to try.

  • Skeeter Lee

    Hi Nishita! My reading speed depends on what I am reading. I tend to read physical copies faster than ebooks. I am really into audiobooks – and those take me 3x longer to finish that regular reading.

    I would definitely rent that reading space for a day.

    Google+ is *finally* starting to grow on me. I am finding it more useful for communicating with groups. The Armchair BEA Google+ Group is probably the most active G+ group that I have been a part of recently.

    Enjoy your week of Armchair BEA!

    • Nishita

      @skeeterlee:disqus I should check out the Armchair BEA Google group. Maybe the problem is that all the groups I am in are pretty much slient.

  • Hi Nishita! So nice to meet you. I’m a slow reader, too. I like to think this allows me to enjoy a book twice as long as faster readers. 🙂 Happy Armchair BEA!

    • Nishita

      @chriswolak:disqus Yay for slow readers. Agree with you totally 🙂

  • Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

    Hi Nishita! You know, I recently deactivated (cancelled, deleted, I’m not sure) my Google+ account. I never used it, didn’t really get the point of it to be honest. And really – if folks don’t think FB, Twitter, Email, Instagram, or Pinterest are enough to reach my about my blog then yeah, they need a different hobby. 😉

    Come say hi!

    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

    • Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

      I should’ve given a shout out to Bloglovin’ too. Geesh – there’s too many ways to follow IMO.

    • Nishita

      @wordsfueledbylove:disqus I’m glad I’m not the only one puzzled by Google +, it seems so useless. I’m not even able to share posts on it on a consistent basis.

  • Vasilly

    Hey Nish!! I love the look of your blog! It’s so colorful and pretty. 🙂

  • Great answers! Isn’t Bangalore the capital of call centers? I get called about twice a month by a lovely Indian lady and I’m always rude to her. Can’t stand call centers. Me bad!!

    I want that chair/sofa/thingie in my garden! Wonderful.

    • Nishita

      @JudithLeeswammes:disqus don’t be too hard on yourself, I am always rude to call center staff too, especially the banking and insurance ones. Ugh!

  • Oh my, I love your reading space! It’s PERFECT!! And yes, Goodreads is the best. 🙂

  • Love that reading spot! Really cozy and beautiful! Hope you enjoy posting this week for ABEA!

  • How have I NOT been here! We’re definitely running in the same circles, and I love eclecticism! I post mostly about books, but I love sprinkling in food and other types of posts. Happy Armchair BEA!

  • I clearly haven’t been to visit your blog in a while, but the new design looks fabulous. Way to go!

  • Leonicka

    I love your blogs design! Great post 🙂

  • I’m in! I really don’t have time, but I can’t resist! I love that outdoor reading area, but would need a raft of servants to bring the cushions in out of the rain and out again to be ready at my every reading whim.

    • Nishita

      @baystateRA:disqus Oh yes, the rain. This is why I can never have it in real life. I think it’s best to go to a posh hotel nearby which has such lounging area, order a coffee, and then sit there all day long 😀

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