Better late than never – Armchair BEA 2012

So yes, Armchair BEA begins today – and … I’ve just signed up. Yes, I’ve read about it for a while and thought it sounded interesting and inspiring. So yes, I’ve signed up and I hope to participate a lot. Today, I don’t have time for much more than answering these 5 questions and checking out various blogs. Tomorrow is a holiday in Denmark so the kids are home – and my 3-year old daughter’s best friend/boyfriend and his family are coming to dinner so I don’t know how much time I will have. But I will try to participate tomorrow too – and then Wednesday and Thursday, I’m there! Anyways – these questions. 10 to choose from – 5 to answer.

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

First the facts. My name is Christina, I live in Denmark with my boyfriend, our two daughters, Kayleigh the cairn terrier and Esmaralda the hamster. One wall in our living room is covered by a huge book case, symbolizing my love of books. I’ve always been a reader. I joined Goodreads back in 2007 because I missed having people to talk to about books. I mean, there are book clubs at my local library and so, but I mostly read fiction in English and that means I read a lot of books that are not available in the Danish language.

Anyways, that’s me. I’ve been blogging since January 2011, so almost 1,5 years now. I love having this personal place on the internet where I can share my love of books, hopefully discuss books, keep track of what I read and what I plan to read and much more. I blog because I love books, it’s as simple as that.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

Currently, I’m reading Mark Helprin’s huge novel Winter’s Tale. It’s an amazing book about a man, a girl and a horse. It’s magical, lyrical and beautiful. I’ve read a lot of great novels this year – both classics and contemporary novels – but the two that has made the biggest impact on me have been We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I have a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. I loved studying philosophy – it opened my eyes and mind for completely new ways of thinking. That said, if I could choose all over, I would study literature instead. I wrote my thesis ‘I collect, therefore I am’. The collection as an example of the human relation to the material reality on our relationships with things and objects – and I plan on writing a blog post soon, arguing that a library is not a collection. The summary of my thesis can be read here.

Where do you see your blog in five years?

Oh, I don’t know. I want to continue what I have going and elaborate on it, make it better and keep on evolving as both a blogger and a reader. Blogging forces me to think more about what I read – in a good way. I hope to continue this and evolve as the same time as I keep my love of reading.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

If I could, I would go to The Inn of the Last Home in Solace. It’s an inn in a huge vallenwood tree and I would just love to make my way up that staircase, plop down in a chair and get a taste of Otik’s famous spiced potatoes. I would look around me and cross my fingers that Tanis, Goldmoon, Riverwind, Cameron or any of the other companions would be there – and I would keep my possessions close by to avoid Tas or any other kender from borrowing them.

In every DragonLance novel I’ve read where the author mentioned Otik’s potatoes, I’ve been drooling! They sound so delicious! There is a recipe available – but I’ve never dared making them, afraid they will never live up to my imagination.


Ingredients: 1 pound potatoes, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped, 1-2 dashes of cayenne

How to Make: Scrub potatoes, and remove any eyes. Chop into 1/2-inch cubes with skins. Melt butter in frying pan (traditionally an iron skillet), and heat until sizzling. Add cayenne to butter, stir. Place potatoes in butter and fry until crisp; stir occasionally. Add onion and fry 1 more minute. Serve hot, salted to taste. Serves 2-4.

That’s it for me for today. I’m signing off, heading to bed, checking out a few blogs before it’s time to sleep. Looking forward to meeting all you other participants!

30 thoughts on “Better late than never – Armchair BEA 2012

  1. Philosophy has always been one of those subjects that has eluded me but, I have alway admired people who study it. I love goodreads, I spend so much time on Goodreads, probably way too much! Have a great day!

    • Philosophy is a fascinating subject – tough, but interesting. I spend way too much time online, on the blog, on goodreads, visiting other blogs … Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I’ll have to check out those potatoes (fried potatoes + salt + cayenne pepper = amazing). Isn’t it funny how reading about food in a book makes you both curious to try the food and worried that it can’t possibly be as good as you imagine it to be? I feel that way about kippers and kedgeree. Cheers!

    • Kippers and kedgeree? I don’t even know what kedgeree is … But yeah, recipes in novels is a strange thing. I’ve read about these potatoes for so many years and in many novels – I think I have to man up and try them soon!

  3. Denmark!! So cool!! 🙂 🙂 Always wished to visit your country!! I’ve heard awesome things about it! 🙂 🙂 And I really need to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly close!! I’ve read about it and it souds really good 🙂 Enjoy!

  4. Welcome, no sorrys here at Armchair BEA12 you did just great. Definitely interested in trying something by Mark Helprin and what you say in your post makes me more then curious. In fact you reminded me that I won a Mark Helprin book but never received it or I am imagining it.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday, I’m now a new follower of yours 🙂

    My husband teaches philosophy and ethics to 16-18 year olds so I’m sure the two of you would have a lot to talk about!

  6. I love Cairn Terrier dogs! So cute and full of personality. I don’t have a dog myself but my sister has had a couple so we have basically just adopted them!

    Hope you have a fab time at this year’s Armchair BEA!

    • I think cairn terriers are some of the prettiest dogs – they look so cute and naughty at the same time, like they’re always up for anything. They have a lot of temperament and personality – I just love my Kayleigh 🙂

  7. I have so many things to say about this post (it’s one of the best BEA introduction posts I’ve read!):

    1. I love that your hamster’s name is Esmaralda. So awesome.

    2. We both started our blogs in the same month/year. It seems January 2011 was a popular time to start a book blog. 🙂

    3. Wasn’t We Need to Talk About Kevin terrifying? Rosemary’s baby’s got nothin’ on Kevin. WHOA.

    4. I love that you have a master’s in Philosophy, and I will definitely be checking your thesis out later today when my brain is functioning a little better (it’s too early to get too much brain power out of me at the moment). I’m looking forward to your post!

    5. The Inn of the Last Home sounds amazing. It would be so neat to see an inn inside of a huge tree, wouldn’t it? I don’t think the novelty of that would ever wear off.

    It looks like we have a lot of the same tastes when it comes to books. I’ve added your blog to my Google Reader, and I can’t wait to read more of your posts! It’s very nice to meet you!

    • Thank you Heather! I added your blog to my Google Reader earlier this day as well!
      Actually, my hamster ought to be named Houdini – she has been amazing at breaking out but now, we finally made her cage so secure that she can’t get out. She still bites in it all the time though… We Need To Talk About Kevin was amazing! So scary and terrifying and I just had to read and read and read – liked it much better than Rosemary’s Baby (which I was rather disappointed with, actually). My brain works best in the evenings as well! And yeah, doesn’t The Inn of the Last Home sound great? I would so love to get to go!
      So nice to meet you!!!

  8. Your thesis sounds fascinating!! “…on our relationships with things and objects” — I love it! Reminds me a bit of Repair, about our need to do repairs, literally, on things. Love the recipe you shared, too — it sounds amazing. Potatoes and butter, you can’t go wrong! Just started following your blog — you read books I like (or suspect I’d like) — looking forward reading your thoughts!

    • Happy to have you here Audra! I hope you will like any book you pick up inspired by something I’ve written! I just visited your blog and browsed a bit around, read a few reviews etc 🙂

  9. Thanks so much for visiting my over at Stiletto Storytime and welcome to Armchair BEA! It’s so nice to meet you. I love meeting other bloggers especially international bloggers…it’s such a interesting look into the bookish world when you can connect with someone so far away and yet have so much in common. So happy to have “met” you and had the chance to check out your blog. Have a great week!

    Stiletto Storytime

    • Actually, this way of meeting bloggers and exploring new blogs is my favorite part of BEA. I just love it! We are all so different and yet, we have our love of books in common. Have a great Armchair BEA! 🙂

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