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28 May 2013

ArmchairBEA Introduction

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Hello and welcome!  Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope you enjoy my blog :)
Today is "introduction day"
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Hi!  My name is Amanda, and I teach English as a Second Language to children in grades 3-5 (about ages 8-10).  Last year, I graduated with my Masters in Reading Education and I'm just crazy enough to go back to school in the fall to get another masters in Education, with a concentration in Technology and Literacy.  When I'm not reading, I enjoy taking pictures, traveling, gardening, baking and flowboarding (surfing and bodyboarding on a manmade wave---like on the cruise ships).  I'm a huge Harry Potter fan (hence the owls).  In January, I think I'll have been blogging for 3 years.  I got into blogging because I wanted to become more involved in what my students read---I wanted to become more knowledgeable about what books were out there and what they should be reading, and blogging became my outlet for all the good books that I've been reading.  
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 the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (specifically Harrisonburg).  It is the home to James Madison University (from where both Kristen-Paige Madonia---author of Fingerprints of You---and I graduated), and something that I didn't know until I looked on the Wikipedia page---the hometown of Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver, Raven Boys, Scorpio Races), and the biggest town to author Jodi Meadows (Incarnate).  WHO KNEW ALL THESE COOL PEOPLE WERE IN HARRISONBURG WITH ME!?!?!?!?!?!?!?  And there's mountains and stuff, too....

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 
Ok, so I'm typing this up on Saturday night, and I'm between books.  I can't specifically say what I'll be reading on Tuesday when this posts.  But, if I think of it, I'll update...
But, the best books I've read this year so far are the Game of Thrones books.  I STINKING LOVE THEM!  

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 

I'd love to eat dinner with JK Rowling or Fred and George Weasley.  I'd love to just bask in the awesomeness that is Ms. Rowling.  But Fred and George are my favorite characters from Harry Potter and I think it would be a good time.  Second choice would be Ned Stark, Jon Snow, Arya Stark or Daenerys Targaryan from Game of Thrones.  Why?  Why not?  They're awesome!

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
HOGWARTS!  Of course!  And not just the studio, or the castle now...but legit Hogwarts with Snape, Dumbledore and McGonnegal.  I want the floating candles in the great hall.  I want the house elves to prepare an awesome dinner.  I want to see the whomping willow and then sneak down to Hogsmeade.  


  1. Can you believe I have yet to read The Game of Thrones yet? I just haven't had the time this year and last!! LOLOL OMG Hogwarts.. hmm I didn't answer this but I think I would love too, and go sneak into the forest and into town too!! *GRIN*

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  2. I have actually been to Harrisonburg for a motorcycle rally back when we were riding years ago. It was a beautiful area. I'll join you on your visit to Hogwarts with a stop to Diagon Alley. P.S. I spoke to Alan Rickman (Snape) once in London.

  3. OK, I want to crash your dinner with Fred and George! My very favorite Weasleys... Big Game of Thrones fan as well, so I think we'd have plenty to talk about! Nice to meet you, and thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a happy BEA week.


  4. Hi, Amanda! I actually used to teach ESL students as well! I worked with ages 5-about 11. It's an amazingly hard and rewarding job. :) I loved my students.

    Hogwarts seems to be a popular choice! I guess I should try reading Harry Potter again. I couldn't get into it the first time. Have fun this week!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  5. I would totally have dinner with Fred and George, haha! That would be so freaking awesome :D

    Oh my goodness. I have been literally STUCK on A Game of Thrones for the past month... it's not that it's not interesting or whatever, but I never have the time anymore ): I like the 200 or so pages I've read so far though!

    Leanne @ Escaping With Books

  6. I answered the location question the same way =)
    I think it is wonderful that you teach ESL. I took ESL for a few years when I first moved here as a child, and I don't think I would be a reader if it wasn't for that foundation.

  7. Why haven't I read the Game of Thrones books yet?? I have them but just haven't gotten to them. Sigh..the problems of a book blogger right? So many books, so little time ;)

    Have a great week, enjoy ABEA!

  8. I love your Hogwarts answer! I mean, I said Hogwarts, too, but you described all the awesomeness that is Hogwarts and it made me realize how much I love all the little details Rowling put into those books!! And...I want to reread them. And if I could find the time, I would, totally. And maybe I just should :) Have fun at ABEA!!!

  9. Yes yes and YES on The Game of Thrones. They are made of AWESOME are they not?

    You go on those masters you are working on. Thinking I would love to pick your brain...I'll follow your blog instead, lol!

    All best this week of Armchair BEA.

  10. And...I think we need to meet up with the Game of Thrones crew at Hogwarts AND invite Ms. Rowling.

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