June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA: Interview

Armchair BEA is a yearly event that allows bloggers to participate in BEA from their home!
Today's topic:
Unlike a normal interview, this interview is where the Armchair BEA moderators posted a series of question, each blogger will answer five of them to help other participants get to know them!

Please Tell Us a Little Bit About You: Who Are You? How Long Have You Been Blogging? Why Did You Get Into Blogging?
I am a 12 year old bookish boy living in Washington state who loves nothing more then pizza and a good book! I've been blogger for a year and a half now, and I love (almost) every second of it!
What is Your Favorite Book You've Read So Far in 2012?
My favorite book I've read this year is a tie between Insurgent by Veronica Roth and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahme Smith! Both I loved to bits and I can't wait to watch the movie adaptation of the latter! 
Where Do You See Your Blog in Five Years? 
This is a toughie, as I'm only 12 and you all know how us children hate planning ahead! To think I'll be seventeen then is just wacky! But I hope that my blog has gotten bigger, and as I've matured my writing style has also gotten better! Also, I hope to attend the actual BEA then!
What Is Your Favorite Post That You Have Written that You Want Everyone to Read?
This is a tie between two of my posts that I have published recently (my early posts sorta sucked): my Hunger Games Movie Review (here) and my review of Destined by Aprilynne Pike (here). Both I think are great examples of what this blog is all about!
What is Your Favorite About Book Blogging? Is There Anything That You Would Like to See Change in the Coming Years?
 Hands down all the people I've met. The bloggers, the authors, the publishers, and just the general book lovers. It's so much fun to talk books with them. It feels like everyday I'm making a new best bookish friend everyday, the community is growing that much! The thing I would like to see change? All the drama. No matter if I'm involved or just an onlooker, it also saddens me to see a group of people who all love the same things acting so petty. This is the reason why "professional" book reviewers don't take us seriously. Lets keep the drama in the books, shall we?


  1. Did not realize that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was actually a book! And HIGH-FIVE for Insurgent!

    Nice to meet you Benji.

  2. Twelve years old and blogging about books. WOW! That is quite the accomplishment!

  3. Hehe. Keep the drama in the books. Love it!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  4. Hi, Benji! I can't wait for the AL:VH movie either! It looks awesome.

  5. I am a retired teacher of middle schoolers and I applaud you for your writing ability! Your blog is so eloquent! what do you hope to do when you grow up? are you interesting in writing books?

  6. Hi Benji. Love your blog and I look forward to hearing more from you during Armchair BEA.

  7. I'm still on the waiting list at my library for Insurgent. Can't wait to finally read it.

  8. Hi, Benji! Dropping by for the Armchair BEA! Hopefully I can read Insurgent soon. I can't seem to get the mood to read it. tsk.

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

  9. I still need to read Abraham Lincoln; Vampire Hunter before I see the movie! I've had it on my shelf for over a year now, so I'm glad to hear that you liked it!

    Happy ABEA Benji!

  10. I still haven't read Insurgent! I have it waiting to read, but it's one of those.."where is there time?" issues. Must find time!!!

  11. Is it really bad that I haven't read the Abraham Lincoln book yet, though I think my son would enjoy it. I think you are amazing for doing this at your age and you have my admiration for that.

  12. I am so impressed that you are able to read so much and keep up with your blogging at the age of 12! I hope my kids read as much as you -- or even half as much -- when they're 12!

    And totally agree on loving the community, but wishing the drama would go away. It's probably just a dream, but it's nice to wish!

    Pleased to meet you, and thanks for stopping by my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

  13. Hey Benji! I keep thinking you're older than you are because you're just that awesome! I love all your answers!

  14. Hi Benji!! You are only 12 and look at your amazing blog!!
    Welcome to Armchair BEA


  15. Great blog + I agree Insurgent was great!

  16. I so agree with you about the drama--it definitely sucks. But I guess the reasons for the drama is quite sad too. It would be wonderful if there would only be happiness though, of course!

    Lol, that 5 year old question is hard! I can't believe I'll be 25. Hahah, jeez that's old. o: I remember I had my first age-crisis at 17 x) Fail. I so hope you'll get to go to BEA by then! :D Such an awesome goal.

    Thanks for stopping by! It's great to get to know some more about you!

  17. Wow, you've been blogging for a year and a half. Congratulations, that's seriously awesome!

    I hope you get to go to BEA by the time you're 17, too.

    And I totally agree with you about the people being amazing and the drama being one of the worst things.

    Hope you're having a great Armchair BEA!

  18. Let us keep the drama in the books!

    You are the man, Benji!

    Fabulous to meet you!!

  19. Hiya! :) I absolutely LOVE pizza!!! Mmmmmm. I could do with some now :P I agree that the drama in the community could be toned down. Hopefully we can all work to make that a reality :)

  20. Still haven't read Insurgent! I know I know - what is wrong with me. Just so many reviews I have to do.

    I still cannot believe you are only 12. Your writing is MUCH better than ANY of my students. Rock on Benji!!!

    Thanks for participating!

    Here's my intro


  21. Hi There!

    You are so right about all the recent drama in the book blogging world: I really hope that things get back to normal soon! :)

  22. Funny, I've read BOTH of those posts. Score for me! :) And ofr the record, your blog is AMAZING, Benji. Definitely in my top five favorite. (If that means anything to anyone, which it SHOULD.) Oh, and you do still have the best friend badge I gave you. I shine it every now and then. Maintenance is always important for those kinds of things!

    Have a great day, Benji!

  23. Great book loves for 2012. Abraham Lincoln VH is an awesome audiobook. I read Divergent early this year. I can't believe I waited. Can't wait to get to Insurgent soon.

    You are a smart 12 year old. Way to keep perspective on what is important and be example of dignity.

  24. Hi Benji! I read your review of Destined, and I loved the ending too. I hope I make it to BEA within the next five years as well :)

    My Intro

  25. I've been a follower of your blog for a long time. I LOVE the design & the pictures you use! This is my first year participating in Armchair BEA. Hope we have fun!

  26. Oh my, I really really need to start reading Insurgent!! :) Awesome introduction post!! :) ;) Enjoy!

  27. Good to meet you and I am very impressed that you run a blog at twelve. My mother would have sooner grounded me than let me do the same back then. In fact she grounded me from reading. Go play with kids and stop spending so much time in fictional worlds.

    Hope to see you around ABEA again.

  28. Hi Benji,

    I loved Insurgent! such a great book.

    A must admit I avoid any drama in the blogging world :)

    My Introduction - http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/armchair-bea-introduction.html

  29. Hi Benji,

    Awesome being 12 and running a blog, well done!! Crikey look at your followers, off the charts!!

    Nice to meet you:D


  30. Hi Benji! Nice to see you here at ABEA!

  31. Benji,

    I had ABSOLUTELY no idea you were TWELVE! Well, it must be said, so I'll say it - you, my friend, don't write like a twelve year old. Kudos to you for being so young, and running such a wonderful blog. It is absolutely wonderful to see such passion for literature in a young person! :D
    As for BEA, you and me both Buddy...some day, we'll go...
    Good luck, in all your endeavors :D

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
    Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

  32. I love your closing line of keeping the drama in the book - I hope one day it'll be just like that! I've been a follower of your blog for awhile now and I'm always in awe that you're only 12. You seem so much older, and regardless it's impressive you can do this! When I was 12...well that was ancient times before blogs even really existed, but I definitely don't think I would be able to commit to it. Buuut anyhow, I visited Washington for the first time late last year and really loved it, I hope to go back sometime soon!

    Happy Armchair BEA, and even though I've been a follower for awhile now, lovely to "meet" you!
    My Armchair BEA Intro

  33. Hey, Benji, nice to meet you. It appears to me as if you are off to a fine start on blogging and writing. Don't get the big head, but I know adults who cannot write nearly as well.

    Man, I can't wait for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." I haven't had time to read the book but it is on my TBR list.

    Dude, if you have an affinity for pizza and books we are all good! lol I am actually eating a 4 meat pizza I bought in Manila yesterday. It is homemade by the resort I was at and oh so yummy!

  34. You have a very impressive blog for being 12. You're definitely doing something right! I also like Seth Grahame-Smith - I loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. You have excellent taste!

  35. Hey Benji, high five on another man book blogging. Keep it up, I wish I could write half as well when I was 12.


  36. Hi Benji, I really enjoy your blog and I had no idea how young you are. I'm really impressed. Keep it up, I plan on being a long time follower :)

  37. So great : Twelve years old hem.. and i'm so curious with Insurgent by Veronica Roth :)


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