Sunday, May 25, 2014

Armchair BEA!


Sadly, this is the end of our Armchair BEA adventure. I hope that you have enjoyed your time at Armchair BEA as much as I have. I hope you've befriended me and I've befriended you. I hope you have discovered some new reads and that I've discovered some new reads. I hope I've signed up for your giveaways and you have signed up for mine. And I hope that I see you again down the road soon. So happy to have met you this week!


I've never made it to BEA, but I've been to TLA and ALA and IRA and my number one goal there is to bring home books.

What do you think? Do I have a few books to giveaway or what?!

I picked five that I've read and enjoyed a lot for the Armchair BEA Giveaway from these huge stacks. If you'd like to win one of these and/or a $10 Amazon or Book Depository gc, simply leave a comment with the name(s) of the book(s) you'd like to win and your e-mail address (posted in an elusive way to thwart the wicked). The giveaway will be open through the end of May. Which sound good to you? 


I never meant to be a writer yet I have always written. I made my first book when I was just four on one of those very cool 60's Rainbow tablets, a different story on each color pages, with illustrations.

I never meant to be a blogger; I started blogging for a summer inservice and I was hooked.

I just can't seem to stop writing and blogging.

What do I want to do next in blog-gification? More photos on my blog. More watercolors on my blog. Maybe a new watercolor header? More reviews of travel narratives. A weekly meme about Great Books Nobody Knows About? More great children's picture books. More cookbooks, especially bread baking cookbooks. A feature called Tiny Book Reviews?

And who knows what else....


Something happens to me when I meet authors. I want to take authors home to meet my parents. I want to give authors the other half of a heart necklace and put on my half. I want to befriend them on Facebook (okay, I really do this.) Something happens to me when I meet authors.

Here are some of my favorite Meet-the-Author moments:

And still more:

Texas Book Festivals:

Texas Library Association Conferences:

International Reading Association Conferences:
2008 in Chicago
2007 in Toronto
2006 in San Antonio

Inprint Author Readings:

Authors That Came to My School/Town/Nearby:
Jon Klassen (My school)
Darien Gee (Skyped)
John Rocco (Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston)

All the authors I've met are here on my Pinterest board.


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? 

    Let me introduce myself.
    Bonjour! Enchanté! Bienvenidos!

    I am Deb Nance at Readerbuzz.
    I love to read good books. Any genre. Any length. Good books.
    I especially love children's books,
    travel memoirs,
     literary fiction
    creative nonfiction,
    and books about happiness.
    I've been blogging almost six years from the little town of Alvin, Texas,
    just outside of Houston.

    List your social details -- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. -- so we can connect more online.

What does your favorite reading space look like? 

My delightful Meditation Room? ¡Sí! 
Candle? ¡Sí! 
Relaxation fountain? ¡Sí! 
Reading music? ¡Sí! 

Comfy reading clothes? ¡Sí! 
Coffee? ¡Sí! 
Snacks? ¡Sí! 

Huge stack of books to read? ¡Sí! 

How about you? ¿Esta lista? Ready? 

What are we waiting for? ¡Vamos! Let's go!


I suffer from the ultimate paradox:  I desperately long to go to BEA each year, but I can never attend; I'm completely tied up in that confusing miasma of book returns and lost books and inventory that is the end-of-the-year for school librarians. Impossible.

Or is it?

Of course, being a blogger-in-the-know, I've heard about Armchair BEA. I've even signed up for it a few times. Actual participation? A Google search of my blog didn't turn up more than a terse sentence or two about the upcoming event.

This year I have the chance to change that. I signed up to be...wait for it...a BEA cheerleader. Yes, a BEA cheerleader. This, I think, will force me to get out of my armchair and climb into my Armchair and take on the whole world of Armchair BEA.

Can't wait!

Here's the BEA Agenda for the week.

Here's the Instagram Challenge.

How about Twitter Parties?!

How about you? Are you coming? Hope to see you there!


  1. Oh.... dare I try to attend Armchair BEA? My week is free, so the timing is perfect; I just don't know if I am committed enough. You have already cheered me to participate... perhaps I will go register now.

  2. Oh, I hope you will, Molly. I've signed up for it many times, but I haven't participated. I hope, by choosing to work as a cheerleader this time, that I will fully commit. I've also decided to set aside my reading (Oh my!) for the week and focus on blogging.

  3. I've signed up for Armchair BEA...every year I dabble in it to a certain extent. I like how you can do as much or as little as you wish.

    I went to the real BEA in 2008...when it was in LA. Hope it gets there again someday.....

  4. Apparently I've dabbled too little; I don't think I have actually written a single post on it in past years.

  5. I love that you signed up for being a cheerleader. :-) When is the last day of school for you?

  6. We seem to be the last school to close its door this year. We go until June 6th. That's a Saturday. We should have gotten out earlier, but we had to make up two snow-less snow days.

  7. I hope to attend a real BEA some year. The Armchair BEA is a great idea. Wish I could add extra time to participate but right now my schedule doesn't allow it. Hope you have fun as a cheerleader!

  8. I hope all of you who are new to Armchair BEA enjoy it! It's a great way to meet new friends. I'm so glad it's a lazy rainy holiday Monday here--lots of time to go visit new to me blogs!

  9. We're done with students (the school year starts much earlier now than in years past), but I still have trouble with any work that has to be done on the dreaded computer. You're doing a great job BEA'ing-- pictures and everything. I sit cross legged a lot, too! Will work on getting some pictures. Love the t shirt!

  10. Welcome to ABEA, loved the stack of books. I sometimes read more kids books in a week than adult. Have a Great Week

  11. I used to live in Houston myself! I lived there a year before ending up in the DFW area. Yay Texas!

    I love all your reading areas - so good. I've starting becoming my dad lately and am a bathtub reader. I never thought I'd follow in those particular footsteps of his, but here we are! ;)

  12. I am new to Armchair BEA this year and signed up to be a cheerleader too! I am feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment! It was nice to "meet" you. Have a great week!

  13. Ah a blogger with a sense of humour. Love it.
    I'm on Goodreads, Twitter, Library Thing and Facebook too but to be honest I struggle to keep up with them. How on earth do you manage it?

    Karen (your team 6 cheerleader colleague)

  14. Great pics! I would LOVE to go to BEA too! I get this invitations every year from a publisher or author, and then I think, Yay!!! And then I think, Oh, but I'm in Europe. Not so handy...

  15. I'm from near there! I'm from Galveston! We're in the same ISD! Nice to "meet" you!

    Thanks for stopping by Take Me Away... and my Armchair BEA: Intros and Literature post!

    Nikki H

  16. Hi Deb! Thanks so much for stopping by Brooke Blogs and commenting on my BEA Intro post. I just love this post of yours! All the pictures are great. :D I feel like I learned a lot about you just by seeing you in your reading element. Off to follow your blog in lots of ways. =]

  17. This is my first year as a cheerleader, too. Hopefully it's a fun week--I know the gals behind it have been working HARD! Love your reading spaces and I think once upon a time I had the exact same lamp. Though mine broke during one of my many moves. :(

    Hope you have a great week Deb!!

  18. You're so cute in your reading spot. Enjoy cheerleading this week! (And thanks for the reminder than my kid needs to return his library book!)

  19. New to your blog via ABEA; my YA mystery / thriller, FERAL, will release in August with HarperTeen.

  20. I lvoe your reading spot. It looks so cozy and fun! Woohoo for being a cheerleader this week. I am too!

  21. A pity you can't get to the actual event, not so much fun chasing up non returned library books from readers. Love your real reading spots - looks very peaceful and happy.

  22. I LOVE the pictures you shared of the author events. Those all look like so much fun!! I really hope to get to the Texas Teen Book Fest this year in Austin in October. I am desperate to meet A.S. King, who is one of my all-time favorites!

  23. WOW! I am so jealous of all of those author events.

  24. Awesome that you're taking part in Armchair BEA as well! That's really cool that you went to all those author events. I've never been, but it would be nice to one of these days :)

  25. That is SO cool. I'd love to meet my favorite authors. I enjoy being able to connect with them via Twitter. It's fun to share how much you enjoy their work.

  26. Wow, a man in a bunny ballerina outfit? I really need to go to more book conferences if this is what goes down there! It looks like you're having a lot of fun and I hope you get to have a lot more experiences like that! Great answer, hopefully I'll see you around again soon!

    My Author Interaction post

    Juli @ Universe in Words

  27. Haha, I was at the 2012 TLA conference too! And I am intrigued by the animal costume reading.

  28. I'm a bit jealous of your author interactions ;) I'm in a dinky town in Wisconsin where nothing much happens in the way of literary events!

    Have a wonderful week

  29. So nice to meet you Deb! I had a comfy round chair like that, but my hubby stole it for his man cave! Think I need to steal it back! lol So cool that you're a cheerleader for Armchair BEA! And maybe you'll be able to attend BEA someday. A girl can dream, right? ;)

  30. This is making me feel stodgy! I don't want to change my blog and I don't want to meet authors and go to conferences. Oh, well. Once my children are all out of the house I'll need something to do!

  31. So many authors. So many conferences! How do you find the time? You are definitely one busy BEA. ☺

  32. I love your current header, love your reading spaces, too! Did you do the current header and profile picture? They're delightful!

  33. I like your weekly meme idea "Great Books Nobody Knows", there are so many underrated or unknown books that are really amazing reads out there. I enjoyed seeing your photos. Great post!

    Tamara (Shelf Addiction)

  34. I also like your meme for "Great Books Nobody Knows". It is a wonderful idea.
    And I love children's books too.
    So many conferences! That is awesome!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! :D

  35. Hi Deb, I agree with the other comments, 'Great Books Nobody Knows' is a fantastic idea!!
    I'm also going to enter your amazing giveaway.. I'd love a copy of Frog Music since it's been on my radar for awhile now. laura dot bettag swirly a yahoo etc etc.
    Also just have to say, your photos are adorable! :) love the reading spaces.
    Enjoy the rest of Abea and hope to see you around again soon!

  36. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I would love to win Save the Date :)


  37. Frog Music, please!
    thesteadfastreader at gmail dot com

  38. Thanks for the giveaway!! I'd love to win Expecting - it sounds intriguing :)
    suzyturnerbooks {at} hotmail (dot) com
    Suzy Turner, Fiction Dreams

  39. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway! I'd love to win Emma Donoghue's Frog Music :)

  40. I would love to win Frog Music or Expecting.

    videoclimber (at) yahoo (dot) com

  41. This has turned into an incredibly busy week! I was going to say Frog Music, but I like to be different, so I'm going to go with The Night of the Comet. I'm just old enough to remember the excitement around Comet Kohoutek.

    My yahoo email is all three of my names smashed together. Thanks for the great giveaway! What fun!

  42. Wow - that is a TON of books!! I have such a long wish list that I'd prefer to win an Amazon gift card. Thanks for the opportunity!


    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

  43. Wow, what book hauls!! I've never been to any kind of book convention, I really hope to one day. I'd be interested in the Amazon GC. thanks for the chance! thisbrokenroad @ gmail . com

  44. I think the Armchair BEA is great! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win the $10 Amazon gc!

    klaxon63350 (at) mypacks (dot) net

  45. Well, you don't need to enter any giveaways any time soon! Well, in case you do want to, come to my blog!

    I'd love to win the new Emma Donoghue. I think she's great. Loved everything I've read by her so far.

  46. What great books you've gotten! I would either go for the gift card or Frog Music I think. Both sound awesome! You know my e-mail address, I know! :)

  47. I like that you did this all in one post, I was able to go look at all your Armchair stuff from this week. Also, that is a giant stack of books!

    I would love to win Save the Date or the gift card. That book looks adorable <3

    suchanovelidea11 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Jess @ Such a Novel Idea

    Our ArmchairBEA giveaway!

  48. I'd like to win THE NIGHT OF THE COMET and/or an Amazon gift card. Thank you

  49. I would love to win Frog Music! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  50. I'd love to win The Night of the Comet! Thanks for hosting this giveaway. :)
    monika.lovelybookshelf (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. Yes I'd love to win BLACK LAKE! Thanks Deb for the opportunity.

  52. Thank you for this opportunity! I'd love to win FROG MUSIC!

    My email address is (without spaces): Reading On A Rainy Day

  53. I'd love the gc I have a huge kindlebook wl that keeps growing - lol of course so does my tbr. Go figure. bibliophilesretreat [at] gmail

  54. Gotta have the coffee/tea/hot cocoa or whatever your favorite cozy up drink is and something to munch when you read. I totally agree.

  55. I'd love to win an Amazon GC.. I'd like to use it for The Crimson Campaign =)

  56. OMG, look at all those books! I was at RT last week and had to leave some of my free books in the hotel room! Sacrilege!!!

  57. Holy smokes! Books books books! I'd love to win the Amazon GC ... my TBR rivals your existing book stacks ;)
    (Blogification? very cute ;))

    readerrabbit22 at

  58. Hahaha - We're in a similar boat, no surprise there. ;) Frog Music sounds fantastic - I would love a shot at it. Thanks! roofbeamreader(at)gmail(dot)com.

  59. Save the Date sounds interesting. I would be glad to win either that or a gift card. I am easy. I am lisapottgen (at) justanotherrabidreader (dot) com

    Lisa @Just Another Rabid Reader

  60. i'd love to read the Emma Donoghue book. mary at Candmm dot com

  61. I like the look of Black Lake. thebookdate(at) Thanks for the opportunity and book suggestions.

  62. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love the TBD gift card please.
    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com


  63. I'd like to read Save the Date by Jen Doll skeeterlee63 @

  64. I like the bi-lingual touch to your blog. I have never been to any book conference or convention. I think that I'll add that to my to-do list for 2015. You should definitely blog more about bread baking cookbooks. Me gusta pan.

  65. Its been a pleasure to meet you and get to know you through your blog. I look forward to keeping in touch!

  66. Wow! what a lot of books! Out of my interest range, but I need to hit some conferences. Fun working with you on Cheer Reading!

  67. Invaded, please and thank you! This is such a cool idea. I'd give basically anything to get Invaded! <3

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books! - lilleetleet(at)verizon(dot)net


    The Selection Stories: the Prince and the Guard

  69. It's been great reading your posts! I really enjoyed ABEA this year.

  70. I'm still making the rounds and visiting BEA participants. The week always goes by too fast and I never seem to have enough time, but it's always a lot of fun.

    All good choices on the giveaway, but Frog Music is the one I'd read first!

  71. Wow! Look at all those books! LOL
    I glad you had a blast this week because I know I did, hectic as it was. I'm still getting my rounds down and checking everyone out so I'm glad I got here to see what you posted for the week.

    Doing Some Reading

  72. Save the Date sounds interesting so I'd pick that one.



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