Armchair BEA Character Chatter

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Day 3 of Armchair BEA is upon us!  Today’s topic is Character Chatter.

It’s time to give your favorite characters some love! Characters are essential to a story, and they can make or break a book for some readers. Now’s your chance to shine the spotlight on your favorite characters, or maybe your least favorite. Who’s your favorite couple? What are the components of a well written character? What are you favorite or least favorite cliches associated with characters?

For me, characters are what makes a story great.  Some of my favorite characters are the strong female characters who are their own person and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of them.  Some of my favorite female characters are Elizabeth Bennet, Scarlett O’Hara, Fanny Price, Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser, and Nynaeve al’Meara.  As for the men… I love a strong man who is kind and charming but I also have a bit of a thing for the bad guy but only if he is charming.  Some of my favorite male characters include Jamie Fraser, Perrin Aybara, Brennus (from Amy Bartol’s Premonition series), Rhett Butler, and Mr. Darcy.  Any well written character needs to have a strong personality… nobody wants to read about a dull main character.  My favorite literary couple would have to be Claire and Jamie Fraser.  They are both such unique individuals with very strong personalities and when they come together, love and passion explode and they make the most amazing pairing together.  I love the way Diana Gabaldon has written them as individuals AND as a couple.  My favorite cliches associated with characters are when the good guy and/or gal gets the happy ending and the bad guy and/or gal gets screwed.  When I read books without a happy ending and no sequel to bring things back around, I feel a bit cheated and resent the author just a little bit 🙂

What are some of your favorite characters?

Armchair BEA Visual Expressions

ArmchairBEA LogoExampleToday is day 2 of Armchair BEA!  Earlier today is when I joined in on it and posted my introduction, which was yesterday’s topic.  Today’s topic is Visual Expressions!

There are so many ways to tell stories. Whether it’s comic books, graphic novels, visual novels, webcomics, etc, there are quite a lot of other mediums to tell a story. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just words and use other ways to experience a story.

I was never really into reading comics or graphic novels when I was growing up.  But when I started dating my husband, he was a big comic reader and started to get me into it.  I went with him to a MSCBA and found myself buying comics that I never knew existed.  Now I don’t have a huge collection or anything but most of what I have are comic versions of books I’ve read.  I love being able to see how someone else saw a book that I visualized in my own way.


Armchair BEA – Introductions

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Ever since I heard about BEA I have been dying to go!  But MN is quite a long ways from NY and plane fare is really expensive so that won’t be happening anytime soon.  So I was really excited to find out about Armchair BEA!  Check out the site to find out more info if you don’t know what it is.  Basically it’s a virtual experience of BEA for those of us who can’t make it to the big event.  I’m a day late to the party but better late than never!

Yesterday’s topic was: Introductions and Library Love


Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging? – My name is Maren and I’m a 28 year old Minnesotan, born and raised.  I’m married and have two adorable cats, although they can be a pain in the ass sometimes.  I love reading and everything to do with books.  I have been doing this book blog since September 2014 and I love love love it!  I have another blog, Minnesotascatterbrain, that is more of a general blog that I have been doing since late 2012.  Since starting this blog, I’ve let Minnesotascatterbrain sit on the back burner for awhile because book blogging is what I have come to love the most.

What is your favorite genre and why? – I would definitely say fantasy.  It’s a fun and exciting escape from reality.  I love visiting new worlds and meeting new creatures.

What book are you reading right now? –  Currently I am reading an ARC of Summer Secrets by Jane Green.  I’m not very far into it but the opening really grabbed my attention quick.

What is the top book in your TBR pile? – At the moment I can’t wait to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.  I just got it in the mail on Tuesday but I want to wait until June to start it.

What is your theme song? – It’s kind of an inside joke between my best friend and I but that would have to be Freak On A Leash by Korn.  But in all seriousness I would have to actually go with Decode by Paramore.  It has been my absolute favorite song since 2009.


Libraries are amazing places.  I’ve talked about my love for libraries before when I was participating in the #ReadingMyLibrary challenge.  Growing up one of my favorite places to go was the library.  I would bike there during the summer in elementary school with my mom and brother.  After school my friends and I would go hang out at the library when we were in middle school and high school.  When I was in college, my library there was a great place to go study and be surrounded by that awesome book smell.  I recently started going to my local library again.  I live in the same town I grew up so it’s the same library I’ve been going to for many years.  It’s kind of a comforting place.  What I love most about libraries is that there are so many different worlds all on one small place that people can escape to and choose their own, whether it be fiction or non-fiction.

Stay tuned later today for today’s Armchair BEA topic!