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Armchair BEA: Day 1, Introduction

Armchair BEA 2014


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? 

Hi, I’m Jessica, and I am a blogging noob. I only joined Rabid Reads in February (yes, of this year), but  I like to think I’m taking to it fairly well—I love it anyway. *winks* I got into blogging b/c books—I love ’em. I love reading them, I love thinking about them, I love talking about them with other people, and blogging is an excellent medium for all of that. I am blogging from the deep South—Chattanooga, TN.

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

Urban Fantasy. I use reading primarily as an escape, and I was raised on fairy tales. I like to read regular, contemporary books too, but the further from reality you can get, the better IMO, and vampires, werewolves, fae, etc. accomplish that much better than books without paranormal elements.

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

Last year either Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, or Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass. This year is definitely Red Rising by Pierce Brown.

What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like?




What book would you love to see as a movie? 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, b/c how awesome would that be? Can you even begin to imagine what Brimstone or Akiva would look like on the big screen? This needs to happen.

Jessica Signature

My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.



  1. I love your reading nooks Jessica, especially the first (red) one. What a great way to use a loft space.

    • Can you even imagine? If I had either of them, I would never leave, LOL.

  2. OMG Red Rising was so amazing. And yes, Brimstone on the big screen would be amazing! Or any of the chimaera!

    • Oh . . . Thiago. What would Thiago look like on the big screen? And man, come to think of it, Red Rising would make an awesome movie too.

  3. Oh, I love that first reading nook!!! I want one just like that.

    • Me too. Seriously, all it needs is a mini-fridge, and I’d NEVER leave.

  4. I love this and what a really fun idea. Jessica I had no idea you hadn’t been blogging that long, it doesn’t show at all (and I mean that in the nicest way possible I promise!).

    • Thank you! I try not to show my noobness too often, LOL. And I had been reviewing my books on Goodreads for awhile, so I think that helps. ALSO—Carmel is a fabulous mentor 😉

  5. I’m totally drooling over that reading space. Looks perfect.

    • I would be good for nothing. I would sit, in either of them, with a book, and a cat, and a coffee pot, and never leave.

  6. Love those reading spaces! Maybe in my dream house … 🙂

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Me too. If I had one, no one would ever wonder where I had disappeared to ever again. They would know, LOL.

  7. I love reading fantasy for the same reason! Fantasy and historical fiction, both, because neither is going to be something I will experience, while contemporary fiction, though I still enjoy it, is totally something that could happen to me. I love being transported to another time/place or into a world filled with the paranormal!

    • Me too! I do read books that take place in a more contemporary (realistic) setting occasionally (but even then my favorites are the love-me-I’m-famous type), but mostly, I prefer to be taken as far away from the modern world as possible 😉

    *waves to you*
    I don’t think I’ve heard of you before but you sound like a nice person 😀
    I am glad to hear you’re having a blast at blogging. It’s fun.

    NICE TO MEET YOU Jessica. you have fun now.

    • LOL. Rashika, darling, you make me laugh . . . out loud even. And I’m counting on a picture of that hat! (I’ll write back soon, swearsies 😉 ).

      • If you laughed loud enough to make your husband look at you funny, I think I’ve been successful 😉 😀

        Take your time darlin 😉
        (it’s the Clay Danvers effect)

      • I did. In fact, he was just standing over my shoulder, and if it wasn’t for some ninja-like distraction techniques, you would have totally outed me and my Clay Danvers love, LOL.

  9. OMG I loved those books this year too 🙂 waves hello

  10. The great thing about book blogging is literally that all it takes to be able to do it and do it amazingly is loving books. And no one who starts a book blog has a problem with loving books, so I’d say you’re doing more than fairly well! 😉 Similarly to Becca, I love fantasy for the exact same reasons you love Urban Fantasy! Both of the reading nooks look absolutely stunning!

    • Well, my love of UF grew from my love of fantasy (which is still in the #2 spot for most read genre), so it looks like we’re all in good company. And thank you! I definitely have the loving books part down 😉

  11. I forget that you are even newer than me. I started towards the end of last year. I love reading your posts. We have very similar tastes in books.

    Great reading nooks.

    • Thanks, Melanie! And I never would have guessed. I thought you’d been doing this as long as . . . well, everyone else. And we do have very similar reading tastes. *high fives* As for the nooks . . . I’m plotting the existence of one even as we speak 😉

  12. Ohhhh, I could definitely go for one of those reading nooks. Pure heaven! 🙂

  13. Lol, I knew everything you just said. I’m so proud. ^^ ((OK, except for the reading space (which doesn’t count?!))

    • Seeing as I just dug up the reading nooks from my pinterest board this very afternoon, I’d say it doesn’t count 😉

  14. Those reading spaces look to die for, great choices 🙂

    • I think so . . . now to finagle one for myself . . . *plots* . . . *schemes*

  15. Hello, Jessica! 😀

    Scarlet is my fave (which you already know from visiting my blog). I’m a sucker for Wolf because he’s so endearing. I love the idea of a hidden room as a reading space. It would be so cool.

    • Hello, Cee! I share your love of Wolf. I was sorely disappointed that he wasn’t a bigger part of Cress, but I have my fingers crossed for Winter. With Scarlet being a captive and all, they’ll have to have a bigger role, right? Right?! And yes, a hidden reading space would be lovely 😉

  16. They are actually making Daughter of Smoke and Bone into a movie. Laini actually even has a bit of voice if I remember correctly. It should be amazing.
    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging since February! Your reviews are SO amazing!
    I have a loft and once my kids are grown I’m SO turning it into a cool reading space. It’s a bit different than that because the bedrooms are off of it, but I’ll make it work. 🙂

    • Are they really?? You know, I think I remember hearing something like that a LONG time ago, but when I never heard anything else, I figured it was just wishful thinking. And thank you so much! Maybe my noobness isn’t showing quite as much 😉 You totally should . AND you should post pictures when you do!

  17. Yay for Red Rising. One of my favorite books so far this year, too. I love the reading nooks. I need one like that.

    • Yes! Red Rising is made of awesome. And I need a reading nook like that too 😉

  18. Red Rising was one of my favorite books too. I’m almost eager for January so I can read the next book.

    Urban fantasy is a genre I don’t read enough of anymore… peeked through your reviews and have to say I agree with every single thing you said about A Kiss of Shadows!

    • Thanks, Leeanna! I am definitely eager for January and Golden Son. And I’m always happy to find another supporter of LKH. She’s going to be at Dragon Con in a few months—so excited!!

  19. Love both reading spaces and the books you picked as your favorites. I also read to escape so UF and PNR are everywhere on my tbr

    • Seriously, I would never leave my house if I had one of those nooks. I would order groceries to be delivered from Publix like a grandma, LOL. And UF/PNR is the BEST.

  20. Love your selected reading NOOKS…they are totally dreamy my friend!!! And I love all your reading picks!!! Don’t even get me started about The Daughter of Smoke and Bone on the big screen! I can’t even imagine all the cartwheels I’d do if that actually happened! Well, it would be more like skipping because I don’t know how to do a cartwheel to save my life! I love posts like these!!! 🙂

    • I can’t remember why, but I tried to do a cartwheel for the first time since I was a teenager a few years ago, and I suwanee . . . there are muscles in your inner-thigh that you don’t know about until you try to turn a cartwheel when you’re 30. *snorts* And YES. I want one of those nooks. Oh, oh! Someone said they ARE planning on making a movie out of DoSB!!

      • Oh my gawd that’s too funny! I suppose certain things should be left in our childhood! 😉
        And it never fails, whenever I try any kind of athletic activity I discover muscles that I had no idea that existed… 🙂 I really need to leave that to the professionals. *steps away from the elliptical machine* *sits back on couch* 😉

        Wait….WHUUUUUUUUUUT??? They ARE making a movie?!?!?!?!? How did I not know this? I’m soooooo excited! *jumps up and down* *claps hands wildly*

      • YES. And cartwheels are one of those things, LOL. *joins you on couch*

        I KNOW!! You probably already looked it up on IMDB (like I did), so you know there’s not much info, but it’s in development!! Yay!

      • You know me too well because that’s exactly what I did! I can’t wait to see TDoSB on the big screen! 🙂

      • US version of HoF on NetGalley!!!!!

  21. Haha! Jessica, I couldn’t agree more – “the further from reality, the better”! 😀 I’m the same way. Love both “reading spaces”. Great post.

    • Thank you! And exactly . . . even if I do read the occasional contemporary romance, my favorites are always the one with rock stars, LOL. And thank pinterest for dreams, right?

  22. I know what you mean about the reading nook. If i had one of those I would never leave

  23. Welcome to book blogging! It’s a wild and crazy little world but so much fun. Honestly I’m not really sure if I’ve read anything that would be considered Urban Fantasy but I love your reasons for why you read what you do! Hope you have a great Armchair BEA!

    • Thank you, Trish! I am loving it! And UF is a wonderful genre. If you ever need a rec, you know where to find me 😉

  24. Welcome to the blogging community!! Its always great to meet new bloggers! Love your choice for reading space, they are so awesome!

    • Thank you! And yes, it is—it’s one of my favorite parts about this whole deal 😉 And congrats on Lola. I love her, and I’m sure she’ll be awesome.

  25. Akiva on the big screen? Yes, please. (Side note, I name my dogs after book characters. The next doberman I get will be named Akiva)

    • Someone either in the comments here, or wherever I followed them too (sorry, I know that’s not very helpful), said that a DoSB movie IS in the works! I just looked it up on IMDB and it seems legit, so we about going to have our Akiva-on-the-big-screen prayers answered! And, LOL—that’s awesome. I would not mess with that doberman 😉

  26. Guess I will have to put red rising on my TBR list! 🙂

    • It’s amazing, Jennifer. And if you’re lucky, it’s still on sale for $1.99! Do iiitttttt! 😀

  27. Daughter of Smoke and Bone movie? Hell yes!!!
    Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass was one of my favorite reads last year and my favorite books this year (so far) is also Red Rising. I’m dying to get next book. DYING!!

    • You and me BOTH. I see more BRs in our future 😉 And, and!!—a DoSB movie is in the works! I looked it up on IMDB after one of these lovely peeps tipped me off.

  28. Wow, I’m surprised you’ve only been blogging since Feb Jess because you are awesome at it! I enjoyed your post and getting to know you a bit better, how awesome is it to get to know other readers 🙂

    • Thanks, Jeann! I am a total noob, LOL. And it is really great to get to know other readers. One of my favorite parts 😉

  29. You’ve been blogging since only February? Hmm somehow it feels like I’ve known you longer than that 🙂
    So I see your reading nooks you like all have a nice place to lay down. I like to be comfortable too 🙂

    • Yes. It’s hard for me to believe too, LOL. And I definitely need space to lounge when reading, but I still think your chair would totally get the job done 😉

  30. I’m glad you joined the blogging world, Jessica! 🙂 I’m enjoying discussing books with you. Oh, I’ve gotta read Red Rising – I got it for my birthday.

    • Woot! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it. It’s definitely different, but it’s also definitely AMAZING. And I’m glad too—both for blogging AND our book talks 😉

  31. Yes, yes, yes, Laini Taylor movie!! Lol, I got so excited just thinking about it! 😀

    • Did you see that it’s coming? It’s listed as being in development on IMDB!!

  32. I love the Lunar Chronicles too! 🙂 Great to meet you!

  33. I love love the reading nooks you posted. I would love to have like a bed/couch behind my bookcases. If only….

    • I know. I would never leave. It would be my happy place, and I . . . would never leave 😉

  34. Crown of Midnight was so amazing! I am definitely going to have to try Red Rising.

    Great reading places, they look perfect!

    Sharon – Obsession with Books

    • I know! I just started rereading it yesterday b/c I didn’t review it the first time, and HoF just showed up on NetGalley! And I think so too 😉

  35. I’ve got my fingers tightly crossed we get approved for HoF 🙂 tried to order Red Rising – do go believe the eBook here is $15.67 :-0

    • I’ve got my fingers crossed too, and NO, I cannot believe that. It’s been on sale for $1.99 for like a month here 🙁

  36. Lovely post Jessica, and you are doing absolutely great here!