Monday, 23 May 2011

Armchair BEA: So Who Am I, Anyway?

Dear blog,*
So, like last year, for all the bloggers who can't make it to New York City for the Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention, Armchair BEA exists. Alas live in England, I'm entirely poor and am legally a minor, which means my chances of going to New York in the near future are as big as, uh, something very small. 
Still, that doesn't mean I can't join in the fun to be had in cyberspace. 

 The question/post theme for today is "Who are you and how do you Armchair?"   So I guess I'll tell you a bit about myself, but be warned: I find talking about myself entirely awkward.

My name's Tesni.  I live in south-west England, where I spend my days driving tractors, shouting at trespassers and talking like Samwise Gamgee. 
If that isn't a good enough explanation, if perhaps you find it too stereotyped or suspect it's possibly not true, here are ten facts about me:

1. As you might expect, I read a lot. Young Adult fiction is mostly my thing, as long as there are no vampires/werewolves/angels or anything.  But at the moment I read a lot of literary fiction, and books by people like Irène Némirovsky, Anaïs Nin, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Ayn Rand etc.
2. I play the classical guitar and double bass.  And sing.
3. I'm also a laughable attempt at a pianist.
4. I'm trying to finish a novel at the moment.  Described by someone on Inkpop as "Bookception.", id est, a story within a story O.o 
5. Я изучаю русский и также немецкий.
6. I like photography.
7. I'm so bad at maths it's not even funny.
8. I love watching films, even though I haven't seen one in English for a couple of months. Most of the films I watch are subtitled, black and white or best of all both.
9. I will love you forever if you can name all five of the Moguchaya Kuchka.
10. I have run out of interesting things to say about myself.

As for How Do You Armchair,  I'll mostly be spending Armchair BEA sat on a hard dining-table chair at a desk, alas, unless I can access wi-fi,  at which point I shall be hiding in my evil cave  bedroom. And as I blog I'll be listening to everything from Edward Elgar to Seabear to Hoven Droven.
  Let the fun begin.

*note for Armchair BEA newcomers to the blog: Yeah, I always start posts like this.  It's something I first started doing on my first ever blog a few years ago, and it's kind of stuck ever since. 


  1. Nice to meet you, Tesni. I also mostly read YA and like photography. Unfortunately, I have a photography impediment. Every photograph I take or that is taken of me turns out blurry.

  2. Ooh, I like the format of writing this post as '10 facts' list.

    'Bookception', eh? Sounds intriguing!

  3. Hi! Nice to meet you. :D

    First time on the Armchair BEA, so I'm real excited. Sadly, I don't think I can name the Moguchaya Kuchka. But then, I've never tried either, lol.

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

  4. Hi nice to meet you! I have to say I LOVED your russian sentence! Priyatno poznakomitsya! (Im currently without my russian keyboard) I was born and raised in St. Petersburg! Why are you studying Russian? Ok im done freaking out now :-)


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