The Whimsical Mama

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Armchair BEA: Day 1 Introductions May 26, 2014

Today marks the start of Armchair BEA week which runs along side BEA in New York City. Last year, I hadn’t started blogging yet so I had no idea what BEA was until the end of the year. Then the excitement started building as authors started announcing they were coming. There was just no way for me to be able to attend this year, and I was so happy when I stumbled across Armchair BEA on Twitter. A way to connect with other bloggers and still get a small amount of the BEA experience?! Count me in!

 

Introductions

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 Maura. I’m blogging from Northeast TN. I’m a stay at home mama to my two kiddos: Punk (3 years old) and Ladybug (1 year old). I’ve been blogging since 2010 off and on, but the book oriented side of The Whimsical Mama launched officially in July 2013. I originally wanted to do a cooking blog like Julie/Julia, but that didn’t stick. Newborn baby and not cooking new things consistently killed that one! After helping Mary (Mary Had a Little Book Blog) get her blog some recognition, I decided I ought to give blogging a try again. Books and writing have always been my favourite outlets!

 

2. What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ . 

I generally read fantasy the most. Harry Potter got me addicted to reading and I’ve never turned my back on my fantasy beginnings. I love to read because I love to escape daily life. I always have. Growing up in a small town in the foothills of the Appalachians, I loved to go anywhere but home. I’ve always loved to travel and reading helped those adventures and were much cheaper than actual trips!  Because I love to escape in books, I tend not to turn to contemporaries because they are too close to real life for me. I am learning to appreciate them though!

 

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

The Whimsical Mama is just that – whimsical – I mainly read young adult, but read a lot of children’s books and life is pretty whimsical with two toddlers running around! The Whimsical Mama, I hope, reflects a lot of my daily life. You can find me as @armywife2310 on Twitter. Maura T on Goodreads, armywife2310 on Pinterest. Yes, as you can see, I’m very proud of being an Army wife! (:

 

4. What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?

Hmmm this is a hard one that’s required a good bit of thought. Since I started blogging in the latter half of 2013, I don’t have reviews for all the great things I read. Pre-blogging, my favourite 2013 read would probably be Clockwork Princess or Legend or Die for Me. I really can’t pick! Once I started blogging, my favourite 2013 read was Infinite by the oh so incredibly wonderfully talented Jodi Meadows. Yup. Yup. Yup. Now, let’s see. My favourite read so far of 2014. By far it has been The Impossible Knife of Memory. Again, Army pride is showing through with that pick! (:

 

5. What book would you love to see as a movie? 

I have three off the top of my head that as long as they were done correctly, I would love to see on the big screen. If they’re going to be mangled, I can live without them being turned to movies. The Legend trilogy, the Incarnate/Newsoul trilogy, and the Revenants trilogy. Those were three incredible trilogies that, I feel, would be great on screen.

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9 Responses to “Armchair BEA: Day 1 Introductions”

  1. Athira Says:

    Harry Potter is who got me hooked to reading as well. Oh to be lost in those books again!

    • Maura Says:

      I’m actually listening to the audiobooks with my kids! (: It’s so wonderful seeing my son fall in love with the books as well as the movies. (:

  2. momssmallvictories Says:

    I love how your blogging career progressed. Julie/Julia inspired me to want to cook through my cookbooks and blog about it too. Then came my love of books and as a result, my blog is a combination of recipes I’ve tried and books. My oldest read through the Harry Potter series and insisted I read it. Now in our IRL book club, we are reading through the series with both moms and kids in attendance. It’s been fun having their perspective on the movies/books and sometimes my kiddo remembers more about it than I do!

    Enjoy Armchair BEA and look forward to reading more of your posts this week!

    Here’s my Getting to Know Me Post. I hope you will stop by and linkup with our Small Victories Sunday linkup while you are there!

  3. heartjess Says:

    I already know you, but I’m just stopping by basically to say HI! I love the three book series you chose as movie — OMG OMG OMG would it be incredible to see Revenants and Incarnate… YES it would! Legend would be great too, but it has less chance with HG & Divergent. One can only dream 🙂

    Here’s my Armchair BEA intro post.

    Jess @ Such a Novel Idea

  4. Visiting your blog via ABEA; my YA mystery / thriller, FERAL, will release in August with HarperTeen.

  5. fredamans Says:

    Great to meet you. I hope you enjoyed ABEA!


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