Sunday, June 02, 2013

Armchair BEA Wrap Up! and Graphic Novel Recs!

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This week has been SO GREAT! I've had a blast posting for Armchair BEA. It gave me a little project to work on all week, and it felt great to push myself to write more in a week's time than I would normally do.

Recapping the Week:
Day 1: Introductions and a Video Blog!
Day 2: Development and Genre!
Day 3: Literary Fiction!
Day 4: Ethics and Non-Fiction!
Day 5: Keepin' It Real!

Highlights:

I will definitely be revisiting the links and posts to our discussions of Development and Ethics. There were some great ideas here for ongoing improvements.

I also did one very smart thing this week. As I visited blogs I wanted to revisit (and there were a lot!), I added them to my Feedly. This is a downfall of mine. If I procrastinate on this step, I lose touch with great people.

Finally, I have to say thank you to all the bloggers who poured their energies into this week. It's been wonderful to meet you! For all the giveaways, and all the wonderful work by the Armchair BEA organizers, thank youuuu!


Today's Armchair BEA prompt also invited us to talk about any genres we didn't get around to this week. I've loved graphic novels and illustrated books for what seems like forever, so here are some recs for ya!


Mail Order Bride by Mark Kalesniko - lesser-known, odd, intriguing
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol - twisty, fun
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan - a mixture of images and short story text, gorgeous illustration, offbeat stories


American Born Chinese by Gene Yang - intertwined stories of difference
French Milk by Lucy Knisley - graphic memoir, food, fun

I'll be back this week with regular posting. I have lots of stuff I still need to review, so these are all fair game...

  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • So Many Books, So Little Time by Sarah Nelson
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Nelson
And I've added a scandalous amount of books to my shelves and reader lately, so I'll need to gush about those and ALL THE THINGS I'm excited about. 

In the meantime, have a great week!






38 comments:

  1. I'm going to be revisiting those very same links. There is so much great info in those posts!!

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    1. Yes there is! And I think I'll even be taking notes.

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  2. It's going to take some time to go back and visit many people's posts. I agree -- kudos to everyone and their efforts.

    http://mwgerard.com/armchair-bea-wrap-up/

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    1. Amen to that! Cheers to a great week!

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  3. I agree, I've been adding a lot more blogs to Bloglovin so I don't lose touch, and there are several posts in the linky things for this week I will visit, I just didn't manage to visit every single blog :)

    Great post, Andi, I'm so glad I found you thanks to Armchair BEA :)

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    1. Lexxie, it was overwhelming the amount of participants and posts this week, but I'm thrilled to go back and revisit at my leisure. It's a great resource for throughout the year.

      Glad to have found you too!!! See you soon!

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  4. I still have quite a few posts to go through but I'll hopefully get through them slowly but surely.

    The only one I've heard about above is Anya's Ghost. I will have to make a note of the rest so I can check them out next time I go to the shop.

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    1. Kristin, same here. It'll be an ongoing project. :)

      They're all equally awesome. I read Anya's Ghost for the April Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon and liked it a lot.

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  5. I loved Orphan Train...and Eleanor and Park is on my list after reading the author's book Attachments.

    Enjoy!

    Here's MY SUNDAY SALON POST

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    1. I hope you love Eleanor and Park as much as I did! Orphan Train was so much more enthralling than I expected. I wasn't as crazy about Molly's contemporary storyline, but it was necessary.

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  6. You just added a new genre to my bookshelf, graphic novels. I always think of them as comic books but they are vastly different, I think. Will check out your recommendations!

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    1. Liss, I'm so excited!!! Graphic novels are SO. MUCH. FUN! And they're literarily amazing in many cases.

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  7. You are so right. I already assume that next week will be a week of blog hopping as I comb through all the posts everyone has done.

    Graphic novels came into their own when I was working at Borders Books and in the last ten years the genre has exploded. I really need to take a look at what's going on today. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Vikk, right?? I can't wait to do some more exploring.

      The genre has definitely exploded. I got really interested in them back 'round 2004 and they've just grown since then. I credit Maus, and it's special Pulitzer, for helping the genre along, though there were plenty of amazing gn's before then.

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  8. I can't wait to read your thoughts on So Many Books and Fun Home. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks, Vasilly! For some reason, those have been two of the hardest reviews to write. Or to get my mojo going to START writing them! I have a draft of So Many Books, So Little Time underway. We'll see how long it takes to flesh out.

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  9. I haven't /read/ any graphic novels, but DH and I enjoy watching anime. :)

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    1. Monika, I think you would LOOOOOVE some of the graphic novels I've mentioned here. If you get around to trying them, I hope you'll type up your thoughts! :)

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  10. I've been adding to my feedly too, hoping I can keep in touch with the new bloggers I have met.

    I'm not a fan of graphic novels really, but I'm desperate to read French Milk.

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    1. Sam, same here! I'm so excited about making connections with so many new-to-me bloggers. I spent far less time reading Tweets about #BEA this year and spent my time on #ArmchairBEA instead. I was a much happier participant this way. lol

      Definitely give French Milk a go! It's charming-amazing!

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  11. Always looking for some awesome graphic novel recs! I'm glad you had such a blast participating in Armchair BEA. I'm so angry at myself for not jumping in myself, but I decided to have a lazy two weeks before the new job starts up!

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    1. Brooke, I can definitely understand wanting two weeks of laziness (and reading!) before the new job starts. Enjoy your downtime!

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  12. I've never read graphic novels before. Not sure why not because I've seen favorite bloggers recommend them. Glad you had such a fun week! I have to admit that I am a bit glad it is over though...I got no reading done because I was so busy commenting on blogs. Found some great people though...like you!

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    1. Dana, graphic novels are great. Such a fun mode of storytelling with so many great narrative options.

      And I know EXACTLY what you mean! My reading tanked this week because I was just reading blogger posts! Not complaining, but it's time to get some reading done!

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  13. Yikes - you are one bizzy-bizzy lady!

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  14. I'm like you--I don't hesitate to add a new blog to Feedly if I even THINK I'd like to keep up with it (which is why I have several hundred feeds in there, but anyway...). And I thought I'd left you a (belated) comment thanking you for the shout-out in your Day 2 post, but I didn't see it there, so--thank you! Being mentioned as "community leader" means a lot coming from you, Andi.

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    1. Amen, Florinda! I can always cull later if need be. And you are truly a great community leader, Florinda. Keep up the awesome!

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  15. sounds like you also had a great book.
    here is my wrap-up: http://wordsandpeace.com/2013/06/02/armchair-bea-2013-wrap-up-2/

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  16. I agree, so many great posts on different topics this week!! I enjoyed the Armchair BEA very much and I plan on revisiting some of the discussion topics to read them more fully :D

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    1. Good luck as you make your way back through the ArmchairBEA links! It's a big task, but I can't wait! Thanks for stopping in!

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  17. Oooh, Mail Order Bride is a book I've never heard of. So very excited to brand new (to me) graphic novel to search out!

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    1. Ooh, it's a good one, Debi! We read it in grad school and did a conference call with the author. Lots of fun, and he was a great guy.

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  18. It sounds like Armchair BEA was a huge success! I adored Tales from Outer Suburbia!

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    1. It was awesome, Kathy! And wasn't Tales From Outer Suburbia great? Loved it.

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  19. I'm thinking I need to participate in a graphic novel challenge next year because I've (shamefully) never read one!

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    1. Totally! Graphic novel challenges are a blast, and there are so many genres and styles to explore.

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