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Armchair BEA: Introduction

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 
  3. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? 
  4. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 
  5. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. 
  6. Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s). 
  7. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read? 
  8. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 
  9. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 
  10. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? 
  11. Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

Hi, Freda here. I am the one behind all the stuff here at Freda's Voice. Pardon the photo, it is currently the only shot of myself I have on my new pc. I'm not really a Vulcan, I am human and hail from Ontario, Canada. I have been blogging for over 3 years, actually closer to 4, and I initially started blogging for books. Yup, I said it. I'm a book junkie and have been addicted for some time now. Rehab is not an option.

This is where I live. Home of CFL's Hamilton Tiger Cats. If I liked football it would give me options, but I don't care for anything other than hockey, so books it is!

This is not my first year on the Armchair BEA side of things. I participated last year too. I was drawn into the event after watching it unfold in 2011. I saw how much fun it was to hangout on the sidelines and entered the next year and again this year. It really is a great way to connect with bloggers, authors and books. 

I'm currently reading this in print. I love reading books by Canadian authors. 
This book is a bit of an emotional read, and I'm about halfway through. Watch for a review and giveaway coming soon.

This is what I'm reading digitally. I am preparing to tour the book in July. So be sure to come back and check out the review then. It is book 2 in a series, that I really do enjoy.

I've recently discovered sushi, and it has quickly become one of my favorite things. Best one for me is the Spicy California Sushi Roll. MMM MMM Good!
Hard to believe it has only been less than a year that I have had sushi in my life. Can't for the life of me figure out why I didn't try it sooner. It is DA BOMB!

A couple of blogs I love are Simply Stacie, Guiltless Reading and VVB32 Reads. Each for different reasons. Simply Stacie is one of the first blogs I ever read. There is always great reviews on products, services and more, plus great giveaways. She is my mentor and doesn't even know it... well, maybe she will now... :-)  
Guiltless Reading is a great blog for book and book related things. Aloi has a classic nature to her blog and I love her Bookmark Mondays post.
Lastly, VVB32 Reads blog. This is a gem of a blog written by a gem of a lady! She has the coolest events from Jane Austen to Zombies!! I really love all the cool and fun things to do there!
Of course those are not the only blogs I love, they're just to show the variance of taste I like. I could list awesome blogs all day long, but then the other questions would go to waste. Just know, if I visit you, I love you. It's really that simple.

I can't say I have a favorite post, but have loved working with Staples this past year. I have done two posts for them now. One was a Tassimo T55 Home Brewing Machine and the other post was for the Big Chair Event. I really enjoy working with Staples and love the products they carry. With the convenience of their location in my city, they are a store suited to me. I know it's not book-related but they are my favorite posts overall. My favorite book-related post would definitely be my review for Always Watching by Chevy Stevens. She is definitely my favorite Canadian author. I have read all of her books and plan to keep it that way. She is awesome! Totes.

If I could dine with, and pick the brain of anyone it would be Maya Angelou. OMG how I love her. I read her books, and I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings, has always stuck with me. When you learn of her story, and how those poems came to be, well, a woman like me will always be sold. I shared a background similar to hers, and will always feel connected to that book. If given the opportunity I have a whole list of questions I'd ask, from one woman to another.

I'd most like to visit the Anne of Green Gables site in P.E.I. Hard to believe I have been to P.E.I, geez, I even lived in Nova Scotia for almost 3 years, and haven't seen it. It was one of the series I read as a kid, that always stuck with me. Oh, how I love spunky Anne Shirley. And yet, did not make the trip to see where it all happened, so-to-speak.  

My favorite part of the book-blogging community is all the resources. Whether you're looking for a review on a certain book, a highlight of something new, a giveaway, an interview, whatever it is you are looking for, the best resource is in blogland. Real people with real opinions. That's how you learn what might interest you, and what might not. Maybe you discover a new author, or one from your hometown. That's what book-blogging is to me. A sharing community for something we love. Books. What can be better than that??

In the future, I hope people will be more laid back on their blogs. Personalize it to you, don't just try to fit in for the sake of it. I also hope people will lay up on the "lynchings". Seems we've had too much drama over the internet in blogland. This person says this or does this and the whole world pounces. Maybe leave things between the two parties involved, step back and zip it. if I've learned anything over the years blogging it is that it only takes one comment to be misinterpreted and start a war. So if you have nothing nice to say, don't comment at all. Better for everyone. Your comments are visible and may hurt you later on. You just never know who sees what you had to say.

With that said, I look forward to Armchair BEA. I can live vicariously through the lucky bloggers that are attending, and still feel part of it from my nice new comfy Staples office chair.  :-)

Happy BEA everyone! Play safe and happy reading!

DISCLOSURE: Freda's Voice received no compensation for posting. Opinions are 100% owned by this blog.


  1. Uh, you're NOT a Vulcan? *unfollows you*

    Lmao...ah....I love sushi too! Yummy! Have you tried a Ohiladelphia roll? Oh my goodness it's SO good, has cucumber (sometimes avocado), cream cheese, and salmon (sometimes eel). They make em differently depending upon the place! I love it. A lot. I love salmon tempura rolls too...they cook the salmon and add yummy stuff..

    I love how you're reading one digital book and one print book simulataneously. I do the EXACT same thing, seriously! I love it that way. At night if I'm tired and don't want my light on, I pull out my ebook.,.during the day I love to read my print book.

    Hre I am talking about ME when I should be talking about YOU, lol. Well, I'm excited it's my first year at Armchair BEA. Any advice for me since you've done this before? I'm looking forward to following new blogs (already following yours). And meeting new bloggers. Just being overall really social. :)

    Here's my intro post, Dee @ Dee's Reads

    1. I will have to try those other sushi ideas, thanks!!!

  2. Nice to meet you, Freda! Hope you enjoy your Armchair BEA!

  3. There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with being a Vulcan. :)

    Sushi is one of my favorite foods, but I have to be careful since I'm allergic to shellfish and avocado. I can still eat the basic tuna/salmon/veggie rolls though.

  4. Thanks for introducing yourself

  5. oh oh oh, you should have sushi w/ Maya Angelou, LOL. And, i agree w/ you on the drama in blogland stuff. Can't we all just get along?? Anyhow, happy armchair BEA! Book Savvy Babes

  6. WOAH, you can do the finger-spreading thing! I canNOT. Like, I have to force my fingers apart and hold them down in orde for them to stay in that position :D

    I love Maya Angelou! I've done so many research projects on her and her work.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  7. "I'm a book junkie and have been addicted for some time now. Rehab is not an option." Ah that's a lovely line, I'll have to use that :)
    I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings for the first time two or three years ago and could not stop sobbing. Wonderful book and I love Maya Angelou, but it breaks my heart too much to read again.

  8. I tried Sushi and it was a challenge for me to finish it. I do love seafood, just has to be cooked. Enjoy, this weeks events!

  9. Great post! I'm a sushi fan but I haven't had it in a really long time :)

  10. Great post! I never ate sushi until I moved to California ! Love it :)

  11. I went to PEI last summer. Missed seeing her house but I explored the north side of the island by bike. The sand dunes are wonderful. I discovered that most of the movie of Anne of Green Gables was NOT filmed in PEI but in Ontario! The Anne of Green Gables Village was a little disappointing. It was small and did not offer much for the high entrance fee. Oh well!

    1. I think it's the farmhouse in Summerside that appeals to me when I think of visiting P.E.I.

      Oh, one day....

  12. I am a fellow book junkie too! Not a fan of Sushi.

  13. Your picture of the sushi made me hungry half an hour before my lunch break.. now I feel the need to eat everything in my path. Guess I have to practice some patience.

    It is nice to meet you!

  14. Okay, something about me from what you said... I've never tried sushi! I'm too scared. lol I'm not a fan of seafood as it is so I feel like I won't like it. But I have to say, everyones love for it does have me curious. Maybe someday. Thanks for sharing a bit about you! :)

  15. Maya Angelou would be such a great person to dine with, great pick! What a woman :)

    I'm severely disappointed that you aren't a Vulcan. Darn it! ;)

    I hope you're enjoying ABEA! Have a great week :)

  16. I love sushi!!! I will eat the all-you-can eat until I'm almost puking and then will push one more in!

    Yay for being Canadian! So jealous ;)

    Glad to know more about you! Thanks.


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