Monday, May 26, 2014

Armchair BEA: Intro and Literature

Ermahgerd! It's finally Armchair BEA time! Today it's all about introductions and some thoughts on "literature." I'm putting on my manacle right now. 


1. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details.

I'm a free range reader--whatever, whenever. 

I've been blogging here at Estella's Revenge for 9 years (10 in February!). I work full-time as a PR Director for a university in north Texas and I also teach college and university composition classes online. I recently married my long-time friend and love of my life, David, and I have a four-year-old son, Greyson, from a previous relationship. Both of these fellas--and our four dogs--are the light of my life!


I'm also ALL over social media. I work in social media (and PR), but I love it just as much for fun as I do for work. 


2. What genre do you read the most? 

I typically bounce around between literary and contemporary fiction--with a lot of backlist in these categories--as well as classics, foodie writing, memoir and stuff. 

3. What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 
Last year: The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
This year: The Enchanted, by Rene Denfeld OR Beloved, by Toni Morrison

I'm indecisive...what can I say? :) 

4. What is your favorite blogging resource? 
The community, and that's absolutely true. I get advice, learn, and love to interact with my blogging buddies. I learn scads from their practices and input. 

5. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers. 
Disclaimer: I follow HUNDREDS of blogs. This is merely a snippet. No getting feelings hurt! I love you all!

And scads more. SCADS, I say! 

What do you think of when you think of literature?

Because I come from an educational background in English and literary studies, I tend to think of classics. However, not just "dead white guys" classics. I'm a huge fan of modern classics and even those "new classics" that approach the line of contemporary literature or cross over squarely into a specific genre. In short, I love good books from ALL over. Here are some faves for the sake of example: 

 


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I'm an Armchair BEA Cheer Team Captain! RAH RAH! 








80 comments:

  1. I love your free-range philosophy! It inspires me to do the same. Free range reading really helps prevent burnout, too. :) Thanks for the shout-out, I'm humbled! :)

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    1. Thanks, Monika! My moods are so persnickety, I really don't have a choice. lol Hugs!

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  2. I bought The Sparrow not too long ago because of you and a bunch of others. My husband just finished it and it's on my summer reading pile. Takes me out of my comfort zone, but that's a good thing.

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    1. YAY! Isn't it nice to leave our comfort zones sometimes? I hope it pays off for you, Tanya!

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  3. Is it weird that I hear your voice when I read your blog now?! That's those vlogs.

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and I Am Legend are 2 of my favorite spooky classics.

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    1. Not at all! Though, I'm sorry? LOL They're two of my faves as well. SOOOOO good.

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  4. Love The Sparrow and all Shirley Jackson! I skipped the shout-outs to other bloggers in my intro post, but I always like seeing them. Chelsey and Ellie's blog names are unfamiliar to me, so I'll check them out! (Also, I love that wedding photo!)

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    1. Heck yeah, Laurie! Chels and Ellie are awesome. I met Chelsey on booktube and Ellie was one of those bloggers I stumbled upon during an event. Happy ArmchairBEAing!

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  5. Oh yes, The Sparrow is a great one! (the sequel, though, was a tad disappointing). And I am looking forward very much to the forthcoming collection of Shirley Jackson's work (Garlic in Fiction).

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    1. I have the sequel, but I'm trying to keep my expectations lowww. lol I hadn't heard of that forthcoming Jackson collection! Bring it on!

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  6. Wow, 10 years of blogging is a lifetime of anything else. You are such an important part of the book blogging community!

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    1. LOL, it is a longgg stinking time. Thank you, Kathy! That means a lot to me because the community means SOOO much to me!

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  7. Love the term free range reader...I didn't realize you have four dogs!

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    1. JoAnn, my lovely husband brought three pups into the relationship! We have my mixed breed whatever, and he has a basset and two weenie dogs. SO CUTE!

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  8. I love that picture from the wedding. That kid of yours. Such a firecracker.

    Can you believe we've been doing this for so long? It does, and doesn't, feel like it.

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    1. It's my fave! Firecracker is one way to put it. lol

      And no, I cannot. How the time flies when we're having ALL the fun.

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  9. I like that you are talking about contemporary Classics, I need to I Capture the Castle, I think. Happy ArmchairBEA

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    1. Thanks, Michael! I like all classics, but I have a soft spot for these newer ones. I Capture the Castle is amazing!

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  10. Great picture :)
    I love that you read eclectically, not enough bloggers do and it makes your blog stand out.

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    1. Thank you, Sam! I am a slave to my moods and my moods scream ECLECTIC! Haha! :D

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  11. I feel like I need to reread The Sparrow. I liked it, but I didn't love it like everyone else does!! I will have to check out The Enchanted. It sounds like something my husband and I could read together and discuss.

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    1. I'm sorry The Sparrow didn't blow your skirt up! I can see how some people would definitely not like it as much even though it made me bawl and rend my clothing and hair and whatnot. The Enchanted was seriously amazing. I think it'd be a great one to read with your husband!

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  12. I must read The Sparrow. People have been raving about it to me for a ridiculous number of years, which always gives me anxiety--it's so much pressure to put on a book to live up to, but enough is enough. Happy Armchair BEA!

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    1. YOU MUST! Because I know you...you must. For real. No pressure though. lol Too late? ;)

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  13. Nearly 10 years? Wow!

    I like modern classics too. Shirley Jackson is terrific. (I'm glad so many nice editions of her stuff are coming out now.)

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    1. Yes ma'am! It's been a long time. I have a lot more gray hair now than when I started blogging. LOL And yes, I love the newer editions of Shirley Jackson's work. It took all I had not to buy the Penguin Horror edition of Hill House. OMGgorgeous!

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  14. Love the covers for the books you picked! Ithink you would love the Graphic Novel collections of The Walking Dead. Its a grwat examination of the human condition with zombies ! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kai! I'm just a #coverho at heart! lol I think you're right. I cannot bring myself to watch the TV show, but I'd probably have much better luck with the books.

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  15. 10 years is awesome! And I love your blog description - free range reader! =)

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    1. Thank you! Cheers to free ranging it!

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  16. I am a mood-reader too and since I discovered audiobooks my reading horizon has opened up even more. And what a good way to describe it - free range reading :)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, audio opened up a new world for me, too. Sadly, my 4yo son doesn't like them, so he's closed the door on those for now. :D

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  17. I can't believe how long you've been blogging! Almost double my time! You have done so much for the community, too, and we love ya! I have really enjoyed getting to know you better this year! :)

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    1. Neither. can. I. lol Thank you, Becca! I can't imagine HOW we didn't know each other better before this year! What the heck?!

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  18. I still haven't read any Shirley Jackson. What is wrong with me? I think I might be afraid of those dead eyed people on the cover... Creeeeeepy! BUT! I love that you mention the more modern classics, because, as much as I love Jane Eyre, we've got to acknowledge that great stuff has been written since then, you know?

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    1. DUDETTE! Don't make me start sending copies to your house. I'm not above it!

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  19. Thank you for the mention! I can only hope I'll still be blogging in 10 years - that's amazing :D Gorgeous family photo, by the way!

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    1. It's had its rollercoaster moments, Ellie, but I just love the community too much to go anywhere for long. :) And thank you! That's my favorite photo from the wedding. My son cracked us up continually.

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  20. I've got the Jackson book sitting front and center. Read it a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. Definitely a free-ranger, too, I am. (Love the car.) Going to be fun again, this year.

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    1. Yay! I just love Shirley Jackson's quirk and creep. I hope you're having a great Armchair BEA!

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  21. thanks for cheerleading, I remember it as taking tons of time. I love everything written by Mary Doria Russell, you need to read the sequel to The Sparrow, a bit less negative view of humanity

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    1. My pleasure! It's really so much fun, and I would be blog hopping anyway. :) That's good to know that Children of God is a wee bit less negative. I have it sitting atop the TBR.

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  22. I love that you said you love is a good books from all over. YES! It is all about enjoying reading.

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  23. Hi Estella! And congratulations on your marriage!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  24. Wait--you have four dogs? How did I not know this? I was thinking maybe two or so. I think we need a picture of all four of those pups. ;)

    You're a doll. SO glad I know you.

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    1. I do! I don't think I've managed to capture them all in one pic. David brought three into the house when we married, so we have my mixed breed, Daisy, and we have Susie the basset hound and two weenie dogs, Trouble and Buddy. :D

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  25. Almost 10 years. That is simply amazing! I hope you're planning on having a giant celebration :D

    Your favorite books have been on my wish list since you first talked about them and gahhhhwhyhaven'tireadthemyet? I need more time in the day, that's that.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Hell yes I am! Let there be cake! With a big 10 on it! You do need more time. School is eating multiple opportunities for me to push books at you. ;)

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  26. New to your blog via Armchair BEA; my YA mystery / thriller, FERAL, will release in August with HarperTeen.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Holly!

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  27. Thanks for the love, lady! I still can't believe you've been blogging for almost ten years, it's just amazing. And since you did me so right with The Sparrow, I'm determined to read Bastard Out of Carolina this year!

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    1. Absolutely! I can't believe it either. Holy crap. My hair is so much grayer now than when I started. You will LOVE Bastard Out of Carolina.

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  28. I would be surprised if anyone managed to pick just one book as a favorite! Have a wonderful Armchair BEA Andi!

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    1. Right? Tooo hard! A wonderful Armchair BEA to you, too, Lindsey!

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  29. Great introduction, Andi! Love your definition of literature.

    Have a great week with Armchair BEA!

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  30. Congratulations on your recent marriage, Andi! You guys look so happy on the picture!
    I'm so happy you're participating in Armchair BEA again, this is where we 'met' last year :) Thanks for stopping by my intro post yesterday.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Thank you, Lexxie! Hugs to ya!

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  31. Thanks for your comment on my intro, and love your description of yourself as a free range reader. Gorgeous wedding pic.

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    1. You're welcome, Kathryn! And thank you! I am butt crazy in love with my wedding pics. I need to share more here since I kinda forgot after all the wedding hooplah was over. Oops!

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  32. omagosh! Blogging for 9 years! WOW! And YAY for Texas!

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    1. Yay! You're totally invited to the big blog party when I hit 10 years.

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  33. WOW. What a great cover for I AM LEGEND. yikes! I just put Bastard out of Carolina on my tbr. Read The Sparrow this month - another "OH WOW!!" Happy Armchairing!

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    1. Isn't it crazy creepy? Gah! YAYYYY that you read The Sparrow!

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  34. Bastard Out of Carolina!!!! Yay!

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  35. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, YES! Also, I never realized you had 4 dogs! That makes me happy.

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    1. Haha! They are a fun bunch. I should do a post about them sometime.

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  36. Love the term "free range reader." I am so curious to know the university where you work, because I went to UNT for grad and undergrad. I loved it. I am also happy to hear you loved The Enchanted, because that's high on my list of things to read next. It's one of those books I read about briefly and just had to have.

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  37. Hi, Andi -

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - it was good to get to know you better reading this post! I love your phrase Free Range Reader - I am much the same and always discovering new genres and authors through several book groups.

    nice to "meet" you -

    Sue

    2014 Big Book Summer Challenge

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  38. I loved I Am Legend! It definitely brought something new to the table, and it wasn't just another vampire novel. I never even thought of "modern classics," and I love your answer :D Happy Armchair BEA!

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  39. You have been blogging for quite some time!! I thought I had been blogging for a while now!! Your wedding picture is so fun and cute.. I love it. I love when people post about blogs they love... I usually discover new ones I didn't know about... going to check out those links!

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  40. New follower on bloglovin'! Happy #ArmchairBEA ☺

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  41. I'm not a part of Armchair BEA this year (I think that was how I met you last year, though) but I really like reading intro-type posts! I love reading your blog because of the variety of what you read and share! I need to read I Am Legend, it seems like something I would enjoy!

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  42. New blogs to add to my reader - yea!

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  43. I literally was just on a blog where you were the only blog listed as 'hands down' being their fave. :-) I follow now too! Great to meet you!

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  44. Free-range reader!! LOVE it!!

    (I'm late, but still spreading a little Armchair BEA love!!)

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