May 23rd, 2011

Armchair BEA 2011!

Today I’m crying a little inside. Why you ask? Because I’m staying home this year instead of attending BEA in New York City. I’ve attended BEA the past two years as a book reviewer and I’m really sad to not attend this year.

100_1893But the reason I’m not attending kinda makes up for it. I’m at home with my beautiful baby boy, Riley, who turns 4 weeks old today! He’s a bundle of cuteness and keeps me super busy with changing diapers, nursing, and just some good old cuddling.

But to all those lucky other bloggers that get to attend this year: have fun and grabs lots of books! I can’t wait to see all the ARCs that are there this year. I’m a bit jealous of that but I’m hoping to get in contact with the publicists so I can receive some of the good ones too.

Here at The Cozy Reader I’m a huge fan of the Young Adult genre; mostlyArmchair BEA paranormal of some aspect but I enjoy a good contemporary and coming of age novel too. And don’t forget the dystopias; LOVE them! I also still read adult books too, usually of the same content.

I’ve been blogging my reviews for 3 1/2 years now and I really enjoy it. I haven’t been reviewing as much lately because of the pregnancy and ultimate birth of our son. Reading fluctuates for the best of us any way.

My reviews tend to differ from a lot of other reviewers that’s for sure. I don’t like to get off topic or tell too much about a book so I follow a detailed structure and point system that isn’t really that detailed but helps showcase which areas of a book I enjoyed the most. I tend to not pick up books I won’t enjoy, therefore, most of my reviews are positive and if they’re not they tend to be really negative.

So, while all the other bloggers are attending BEA I’ll be at home with my little one, doing some household chores (GAH! They never end!), maybe a little reading, and trying my best to keep up with all the happenings via blog posts, Twitter, and such and I’ll be thinking about attending next year!

What to attend Armchair BEA? Head over to their blog!

25 Responses to “Armchair BEA 2011!”

  1. Awwww what a darling baby!! Congrats! I haven’t read a coming of age novel in a while! I look forward to reading your reviews :)

  2. Thank Lah!

  3. I think Riley’s adorable! I’m home this BEA with “wiggles,” so I understand your “pain” about not attending. Have a great armchair bea!

  4. Thanks Serena! You too. :)

  5. Congratulations on Riley! What a cute, and really – is there any better excuse to miss BEA? :)

  6. I couldn’t agree more Paula! He’s worth staying home with that’s for sure!

  7. omigosh, i want to squish the cheeks!

  8. I know right?! Thanks Lisa!

  9. That is a great reason not to be attending BEA. I haven’t read much paranormal and the only dystopian I’ve read is The Hunger Games. I look forward to reading more of your reviews. I’m sure that I will find something I like.

  10. Thanks Teresa. Yes, The Hunger Games is an excellent example of dystopia. I’ve read lots more though and could recommend them as well!

  11. he a handsome little something. oooh, i could smucker those jaws up, lol. caught your blog from twitter. how you guys do that. i must try it. nope not very computer savvy, but if given instruction i usually do fine. congratulations into motherhood or welcome back into motherhood. lol

  12. Thanks RRR! Twitter is a great resource. :)

  13. Congrats on your baby — what a cutie! I’m so impressed you’ve been blogging for so long — congrats on that, too! Looking forward to your Armchair BEA posts!

  14. Thanks Audra! I’m following your blog and looking forward to your posts as well.

  15. I guess that’s a pretty good reason to be staying home! Cute baby! I’m like you with reviews… I pretty much like everything I read, and I don’t give much detail on the book itself.

  16. Thanks Suey!

  17. Awww. What an adorable baby. Congratulations!!! ^_^ If you’re going to have to miss BEA, at least you have a great reason for it. Hopefully, you’ll get to go next year (with baby in tow?) Love your blog design btw, especially the cat image.

  18. Thanks Soozling! I was going to take him with me this year but decided it would probably be too hectic with a newborn in tow. I’ll wait til next year and probably just leave him in day care for the day, as I usually only attend one day of BEA.

  19. Congrats on your new addition! I’m glad you’re back in the game – I’ve missed your reviews. I love your ratings system and I hope you don’t change a thing. Some other bloggers I follow stopped giving ratings and it was really disappointing. As a mom myself, I appreciate the shorter to the point reviews especially since I’ve already determined we have the same taste.

  20. Thanks Tanya! I appreciate hearing that you enjoy my review rating system.

  21. Aww, he is just too, too precious. I want to kiss those cheeks! :o) Great reason to miss out – and hey, at least you get to join us this year :o)

  22. Thanks Rebecca!

  23. Oh my! Now that is one heck of a reason to stay home. He is such a cutie pie! I just love it! I’d definitely stay home for him if I was you. :)

    By the way…LOVE your site! So cute and love what you review. You’ll have to read Juniper Berry soon, one of my recent favorites. SO good!

    On behalf of the Armchair BEA organizers thanks so much for participating! We really are so happy to have you!

  24. Thanks Danielle! I did try to start Juniper Berry a few weeks ago but life has been so hectic I wasn’t sucked in by the first few pages so I’ll have to give it another try in a few weeks or so. Hate it when I get interrupted while reading but with a new baby it’s bound to happen. :)

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