Armchair BEA 2014 Intro

Design by Amber of Shelf Notes
Design by Amber of Shelf Notes

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?

I’m known in many places as “Nordie”, a nickname that I’ve had since University days, when I belonged to the local SciFi group. I am a woman of a certain age, living in the West Midlands in England. I have been blogging in various forms for 8 or so years, but book blogging in this space since early 2012.

I got into blogging, partly as a way of ensuring I wrote better reviews of the books I was reading – some early reviews in other places are shockingly appalling! I write my reviews on my blog, and spread them out to other sites such as Goodreads, Google+ etc as a way of keeping ownership of my content (I can also delete reviews on the other sites with gay abandon, without losing all the hard work I’ve put in previously)

What does your favourite/ideal reading space look like?

My ideal reading space is lying down on some form of bed – either in my bedroom with a cuppa, or in the sun by a swimming pool, with a Pina Colada!

What was your favourite book read last year? What’s your favourite book so far this year?

There were some great books last year, but I can narrow down to two, rather than one. The best I thought was The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan, closely followed by Longbourn by Jo Baker. Whilst I have read some great books this year, I have yet to find “the one” that I’ve found to be outstanding.

What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ .

I’ve got quite an eclectic taste in reading, and have realised recently that I have several genres represented on my shelf. Each one brings a different thing to the reading mix. I do, however, like crime novels from authors such as Ngaio Marsh, Agatha Christie, and Margaret Allingham, who write short, sharp, crisp crime novels, often set in the 1930s, and from a different age. Lawrence Block is another crime writer, whose books are based much later (1960s and later), where he can also write tight, short stories.

 Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online.

I see my blog as a place where I can track where I’ve been and support authors where I can through decent reviews and social media.  I can be found at the following places:





22 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2014 Intro

  1. I don’t read many crime novels but many years ago I read Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh. Especially as in those times there wasn’t much else to put my hands on. I like your idea of your blog as a place to write reviews and support authors. Awesome.


  2. I started my blog as a way to share my love of good books. I still don’t write great reviews, but I do review everything.

    Enjoy Armchair BEA!


  3. One of the reasons I have wanted to live in England is that people understand the need for tea. When I visited London and was able to get a paper cup of it from a street vendor and drink it in the park. Granted, the quality was not high, but the very idea of EMERGENCY tea…wow. I wish The Panopticon had made it over to this side of the pond. I love the name Anais, and the whole Panopticon design idea is interesting. Our local bookstore looks very like the Kilmainham jail!


    • I thought The Panopticon had made it to the US (i’m sure one of my US twitter/blogger friends had read it). Do another trawl of the ebook vendors to see if it’s made it’s way across……

      And Emergency Tea! With BOILING water! (that’s the trick, none of this “we’ll use the hot water we use for making coffee” business)


  4. I am loving finding so many bloggers who are closer to my own age through ABEA – this is making me very happy!!

    I started my own blog as a way to hone my own review skills, so I can definitely appreciate that way of thinking!


  5. Lovely to meet you, Nordie! I’m planning a trip to England in September, including a week in Birmingham. It’s been so cool to “meet” the UK participants of Armchair BEA.


  6. Hi Nordie, I found you via BEA. I’m also from the UK though at the other end of the country from you – I’m in Wales.
    I don’t read that many crime novels but recently another blogger introduced me to a Canadian writer called Louise Penny who writes a series with a detective called Inspector Galmache. They are wonderful – reading about some of the locations makes me want to go and live there!

    looking forward to talking more to you via BEA


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