Feature: Armchair BEA 2013 – Day 1 – Introduction


Design credit: Nina of Nina Reads

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?


I’m Giselle! I’m a BO-OK NERD from Canada, and I’ve been blogging for about a year, more specifically November 2011. I got into blogging because my love for books is so simple, all I want to do is spread the book love around.


Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.


I’m blogging from a city near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I live near enough where I can still travel to attend book events in the city 😛

Toronto is a diverse and multi-cultural city so you can find people from all countries just by standing in line at Tim Hortons. Canadians are known to be super friendly and we are. If you bump into someone by accident, they’ll say “Sorry!” when it was you who bumped into them in the first place. LOL


Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?

Nope, I haven’t participated in Armchair BEA before, so I’m super excited to join this time. Since not everyone can attend BEA every year, I thought it’d be a great way to meet new bloggers and talk books. I especially wanted to find people with similar book tastes as me!


Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

My favourite post series I wrote has to be The Newbie’s Guide to Book Blogging. It’s not finished, but it’s also one helpful guide for new bloggers. I really enjoy helping and writing so the advice works well for everyone.


What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?

I know this is going to be the most similar answer, but it’s getting to talk books with every single book lover around. I’m normally a shy person when it comes to talking and just generally being social with anyone but my closest friends, but once I start talking about a book, it all goes away and the focus is books. I’m also in love with Twitter because this is where everyone gets to talk to everyone around the world. It’s a lot of fun and I wished more people used it.


  1. Ratri

    June 23, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Nice! I’m not participating in this event, I knew about it too late. But I’ll make sure I’ll in for next year!

  2. MonaG

    May 31, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Hello Giselle 🙂 I’m pretty shy too but, like yourself, when it comes to books/movies/TV/music I like,I just open up.

    I enjoyed the bookshelf tours here on your blog. Let me just say, I’m very envious. Your shelves are so nice and neat and what a great eclectic mix of genres! I love Jodi Picoult and was addicted to the Sweet Valley High series and those teenage romance books.

    My dream is to have a home with bookshelves in every room(well, except for the bathroom) along with a personal library, complete with comfy chair, fireplace, frig, microwave…

  3. Book Wookie

    May 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    We met briefly at a Chapters last fall. You gave me your card, I visited your blog and subsequently decided to start my own because, well, why the heck not?!?

    I must admit, I struggle with Twitter. There are so many tweets flying by I’m at a loss as to how to manage it all!

  4. Jaime Lester

    May 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    So glad that you are participating in the Armchair this year! I look forward to your posts. And I am glad that you decided to take up blogging and enjoyed it enough to stick around and make a great blog for us folk!

  5. Jamie (Jay)

    May 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Thanks, Giselle, for sharing a bit about yourself.

  6. Lee @ Rally the Readers

    May 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    My cousin and I are participating in Armchair BEA for the first time, too. We missed out last year, which was our first year of blogging, so we made sure not to miss it this year!

    Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

  7. Shan

    May 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I love the Mr. Sub commercial where they are all waiting outside and when the doors open they let each other go first, and say sorry, and hold the door for each other. I think that sums Canadians up pretty well. I’m always apologizing for everything!!! Drives my non-Canadian (but been here long enough he should understand) husband crazy.

    • Giselle

      May 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      AHahah yes! It sure does..It makes me laugh LOL I always apologize too 😛

  8. Kimmy

    May 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Yay a fellow Canadian book blogger! 🙂

    I’m doing my first Armchair BEA this year too, and like you, I’m a shy person, and this is why I love the book blog world. It’s easy to just feel like I can be myself and talk about books non-stop!

    I’m looking forward to your other posts this week!

    • Giselle

      May 28, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      YES Canadian book bloggers are awesome!

      Us shy ones need an outlet, and what better way to be heard than through our words? 😛 Whoo

  9. Kim @ YA Asylum

    May 28, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Canadians are so, so friendly. I’m lived in France, Australia and America and the nicest people I’ve met are always Canadians. It amazes me. You go to Toronto and people say sorry when they bump into — like you said — but if you bump into someone in Paris or NY they’ll glare. Crazy.

    Anyway! I love your site. The layout is so cute.

    • Giselle

      May 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Hi Kim!! Aww yes..I still find it funny! I think it’s automatic to say “Sorry” because we think we’re in the way LOL

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  10. Amanda

    May 28, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    I LOVE TIM HORTONS! I wish they were everywhere, or at least just one in my town!
    Enjoy Armchair BEA!

    • Giselle

      May 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      Ahh I wish there was one near your place too!

  11. Lisa @ Just Another Rabid Reader

    May 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    You know, I really love your Newbies Guide series. It actually was part of my pivot point for contacting publishers. Which has been huge. Scholastic has loved me and I have gotten to read so many awesome books! I just got a finished copy of The Runaway King from them.

    • Giselle

      May 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      That is AMAZING! I’m so glad it helped you out 😛 Whoo Scholastic is awesome! That reminds me I have to read The False Prince and The Runaway King too lol

  12. Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog

    May 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I love your blog color scheme too! The green with the pink is so cute. I’ve never been to Canada, but want to go sometime. I’ll have to check out your blogging guide. I’m not a newbie, but I always love reading everyone’s advice anyways.

    • Giselle

      May 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Thanks so much! Yes definitely come to Canada to visit 😛

  13. Sophia Rose

    May 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Enjoyed reading your Armchair BEA post answers.

    • Giselle

      May 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      😛 Thanks Sophia!

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