Monday, May 27, 2013

Armchair BEA 2013: Introduction



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

Hi *waves* I'm Diamond, or Dee, as my friends like to call me. Yes, Diamond is my real name (I've got the birth certificate and drivers license to prove it). ;) I started my blog in late November of 2012. However, I think that's misleading because I didn't really start "blogging" until January 2013. I basically started because I needed an outlet for my obsession/love/addiction to books. 3 of my best friends (also book lovers) had moved within a few months of each other and I found myself lonely and without anyone to discuss books with. I was miserable! I didn't know how to blog (like, at all) so I googled everything and it's been a trial-and-error type of thang. I love it! It's a lot of work, and a full time hobby...but it's so worth it! ^_^ 

  • 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 am blogging from Southern California! Specifically, I live in Los Angeles County. Hmmm random fact? I live two minutes from Chatsworth, CA-- the porn capital of the United States. :brow I really don't want to share pictures related to that (lol) but here's a picture I Instagram'd awhile ago...around my neighborhood. 

  • What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 

I'm currently reading The  Last Olympian by Rick Riordan and really loving it. I've been making it a goal of mine for this year to catchup with a lot of YA series I hadn't finished; and to start several series as well. So far it's going well! My favorite book I've read this year is Daughter of Exile by Isabel Glass. Excellent fantasy novel that I randomly came across in the library. You can see my review HERE

  • Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you
I love cats. Specifically, my cat Sasha. She's my baby girl. :kitten

  • What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? 
I love the bloggers! It's just really cool to be able to talk about my favorite thing (all things books!) with others who share my passion! I love that friendships grow so quickly and it's so cool to support each others' blogs and just really bond over our love of books. I also love that others buy as many books as I do and don't judge me like I'm a crazy person (unlike all my friends and family). >.<

-Are YOU doing Armchair BEA this week? Leave a comment below, I'd love to meet you & check out your intro post! I can't wait to meet and follow all you amazing book bloggers! ^_^
BTW--Ill be on twitter this week @DeesReads / @DiamondCronen and I will be doing the Instagram picture thing at some point. I am looking forward to my first ever Armchair BEA! 
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Diamond

(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.

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  1. Hi, Dee! I think Diamond is an awesome name. I love California! I used to live there when I was younger, before moving all over the USA, and finally ending up here in Utah. I also love cats. My grey and white tabby, Misty, is my favorite reading buddy. Anyway, thanks for stopping by my intro post! I'm excited to make new friends during this week! I'm a new follower of yours!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

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    1. Thanks Jana! I probably should've mentioned I already follow your blog :) nice to meet ya!

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  2. Hi! All your friends left you? *hugs* Well, three. But three book loving ones. That's the equivalent of all of them. Damn, I miss my cat now (we lost him to old age). Anyway, nice to meet you. Enjoy ArmchairBEA!

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    1. Hi Nina. thanks for the hug. ^_^ I'm sorry you lost your cat. It's nice to meet you too! I'm heading over to your blog now to snoop around!

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  3. Hi Dee! This is my first time participating in Armchair BEA and I'm excited to meet all the bloggers participating! And by the way, I'm a cat person too! Your Sasha is beautiful!!

    New follower via GFC.
    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

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    1. Thanks Holly! Just visited your blog and followed. We have common book taste!

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  4. Diamond is indeed a beautiful name. But Sasha is the real deal! Gorgeous. But I'm biased. Have two wonderful felines of my own. Wouldn't be without them. They make reading so much better...

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    1. I love cats :) they make reading better...they make LIFE better! Mine is curled up on my ottoman now sleeping. She's so cute, haha. :kitten. I just stopped by your blog, looks like we have a ton in common!

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  5. I have to prove my name too--Stormy IS my real name. I don't really think it's all THAT uncommon, but people always seem to think it's a nickname.
    I love the blogging community for the same reason--finally, my book obsession is affirmed!

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    1. Stormy is a really kick ass name! I've never heard it before. Go us! Unique names and were both book bloggers!? Sweetness!

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  6. This is my first ABEA as well. I think it's going to be a great time. Your cat is adorbs! I love cats as well...doesn't it seem that a lot of us bookish folks also adore cats? I wonder what that's about? :)

    Have a wonderful ABEA!!

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    1. So true! Maybe it's bc we like to sit for hours and read...and they like to sit for hours and sleep. Lol. :kitten

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  7. Hi Dee, Aw, Sasha is so cute :-) My baby girl Socky waves back at Sasha! She's not really a baby as she is 77 in cat years but will always be a baby to me :-) It was lovely to get to know a bit more about you :-)

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    1. Aww, thanks Trish! :h *sasha waves and meows back to Socky*

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  8. I love your name. It's so unique. Is that the Percy Jackson series? I need to read that series. Everyone says it's great. Also, I really want to visit or possibly move to California some day. I'm in desperate need of some sunshine! Do you have lots of earthquakes though? I've only ever experienced one and it was scary.

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    1. Nope, not many earthquakes. I don't feel most of em, bc they're so small. And yeah-- it's the Percy Jackson series. Highly recommend it! :) Cali is beautiful. You should def visits,



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  9. I like how many smilely faces you included. They are all wonderful! Diamond is such an awesome name! That's so cool that you were given such a unique name! I love all of Riordan's Olympus books! Glad your enjoying the fifth!

    New follower!

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  10. I don't know anyone with the name Diamond, I think it's a great name :D

      Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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  11. Thanks for stopping by earlier. The only advice I can give is check everyone out. It is a great way to learn about new blogs. Well, new to you anyway.

    Happy Armchair BEA!

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  12. Welcome to Armchair BEA! I can't even imagine all of my bookish friends moving away! How sad! But at least you've found your outlet! New follower by the way! Hope you enjoy your Armchair BEA experience!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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  13. Your kitty is gorgeous. We are currently petless except for a grandkitty;). Have a fun week.

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  14. Nice to "meet" you! This is my first ABEA and I'm loving getting to read about such diverse bloggers. I have several cats and love to see another cat lover :)

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  15. Sasha is adorable! I am a cat lover myself : ) It was so fun reading more about you. Thanks for sharing.

    CeCe @ Steaming Mug of Books

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  16. Hi DEE! Nice to "meet" you!

    To answer your question- NO, I haven't see the that movie. I would probably faint!

    You're cat is SO cute!

    Thanks for stoppin by ;)

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