Monday, May 26, 2014

{Day ONE} Introductions & Literature: Armchair BEA 2014


Introductions

Design by Amber of Shelf Notes
1. Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?

Who am I? Well, I could literally go on and on and on about who I am, but I think the question is really implying who I am statistically. I am a 5'3 (more 5'2.75, but we're not going to get into specifics) teenager living in Way Too Sunny Southern California, and my name is Sofia Li. I got into blogging because I have always loved to read (one of my oldest embarrassing photos is of me "reading" a picture book on the toilet). The older and older I got, I noticed that the people around me didn't like reading that much, and I was really disappointed because they didn't understand it when I got a case of.... THE FEELS. I had also started writing book reviews for fun a month before, so I thought, "What the heck, I should start blogging." Here I am, almost six months later (I'm doing a series of discussion posts for my six month blogoversary starting the 8th of June), blogging at my very own blog -Loving the Language of Literacy, and every darn time I go to sign up for a blog tour, or register for things like Armchair BEA, I half regret my blog's name because of its length. 

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

I'm not sure if this question implies something specific like Paranormal Romance, or broad like Young Adult kind of genre, because if it means broad, it is hands down YA literature. If you want something more specific, it is either contemporary romance novels dealing with "teen issues," or dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels. I love to read for so many reasons, most of them being cliche, like "Because reading transports me to another world." But to be honest, I read because it provides escape from life, school, society, all of the stress, pressure, and general feelings that come when living disappear, and that's what I love.

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

My favorite book, hands down, of 2013 was Prodigy by Marie Lu, and the entire Legend Trilogy is just one of the best YA trilogies I have ever read. I have serious issues trying to pick favorite books, but my top three that I have enjoyed this year are - Tricks: Ellen Hopkins, Two Boys Kissing: David Levithan, The Runaway King: Jennifer A. Nielsen.

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

I cannot tell you how many bookish friends I have made since I started blogging, and I know I haven't covered nearly a fraction of them, but here are some of my favorites, whether because their writing is unique, their awesome people, they are obsessed with the same things I am. And I hope *crosses fingers* that by the end of armchair BEA, I will have so many new names to put onto this list, I won't know what to do with them.


5.Share your favorite book or reading related quote. 
I know if you are at this post, it probably means that you have never been to my blog before, but let me just tell me one thing you need to know if you want to bridge the gap to friendship. I AM ADDICTED TO QUOTES. Book quotes, running related quotes, sad quotes, happy quotes, all quotes. This is the link to my personal pinterest account, and the only reason it's personal is because it is made of 80% quotes. So you can stop by there if you want to see more of my weirdness.

Reading Related
Book Quote

Literature

What do you think of when you think of literature? Classics, contemporary, genre, or something else entirely? We are leaving this one up to you to come up with and share the literature that you want to chat about the most. Feel free to share a list of your favorites, break down your favorite genre, feature your favorite authors, and be creative about all things literature in general.

Literature *folds hands together* what a topic. If you had asked me that question around two years ago, I would say literature is the fancy name that adults use for those old stuffy classics that most teenagers despise when they become required reading. But.... you're asking me that question now. Literature to me now means every book under the sun.  Whether it is a classic, a picture book, a short story, every genre under the sun. Whether it is Twilight or Les Miserables, The Day the Crayons Quit or Percy Jackson. Yet.... literature isn't just books either. 

Literature means words.
Literature means magic. 
Literature means change.
Literature means the feels. 
Literature means the cant-put-it-down sensation.
Literature means the friends you make that are unlike anybody else.
Literature means the world you can be rescued by when the real world shuts you out.
Literature means escape.
Literature means the impossible.

This is an acrostic poem (of some sorts) containing some of my favorite pieces of literature. I wish I could fit more books in, but frankly, L-I-T-E-R-A-T-U-R-E only has so many letters.

LEGEND: MARIE LU
I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU: ALLY CARTER
THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY: TRENTON LEE STEWART
EVERLOST: NEEAL SHUSTERMAN
13 REASONS WHY: JAY ASHER
AMONG THE HIDDEN: MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX
TWO BOYS KISSING: DAVID LEVITHAN
UNDERLAND CHRONICLES: SUZANNE COLLINS 
RUNAWAY KING: JENNIFER A. NIELSEN
ENDER'S GAME: ORSON SCOTT CARD






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