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I'm back for my third fourth year in a row for ArmchairBEA! I love it! It's a great way to stay involved in all the what's what of BEA, without the travel, though BEA is on my bucketlist. So let's get into who I am, for anyone who hasn't been here before.

I'm Freda, and this site is my voice. I am Canadian, coming from Ontario. I created this site in August of 2009! Yup, long time ago... and it has come pretty far since then.
Technically, I am a lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm. Initially, I was just a bookie, but my site merged into more. Books are always going to be my #1 love though, and what I post most about. I couldn't imagine life without them.
I love books, obvi, and I even write my own poetry. Yeah, yeah, I'm sensitive that way. I also love fashion, beauty, (they kinda go hand-in-hand), movies, music, photography, (which I also have my blog; Day One Photography... just a hobby photographer - no biggie), animals - especially my fubabies, Bella and Princess Ewok, and family. I'm sure there's tons more I can say I love but we'd be here all night.... and no one wants that.

My theme song



I could have picked a million songs to fit the bill... this is just one I keep playing lately.

Everyone MUST read
My review
This is one of those classics that literally everyone on the planet has to read. It is probably the best book I have ever read. It's also a story that flows through any generation. I highly recommend you read it, if that rock has you buried and you haven't already. 

If stranded on a desert island, I'd have to have Chevy Stevens there. She is my favorite Canadian author. She's talented enough that she could tell me stories everyday. Plus she is pretty. No one wants to be alone on an island with an ogre. Right?!
A photo posted by Freda Mans (@fredasphotos) on
Okay, so you probably figured out by now that I'm a bit of a nut. That's good though. No one likes plain, and plain is one thing I will never be. I'm more like neon tie dye in abstract. :-)

Happy ABEA and BEA to the lucky ducks in NYC!


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Comments

  1. I love To Kill a Mockingbird too. Recently I had a friend trash it and I was so horrified and sad.

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  2. I like how you have a combined bookish and lifestyle blog. I have those separately heh, but the book one is run with two others so I guess that's a good excuse :)

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  3. Combining a lifestyle and book blog is a good idea... I always think it's better to know a bit about the blogger behind the website.

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  4. What a great introduction post! I used to write my own poetry, but haven't written anything lately. I miss it. Is that a David Winter cottage on your bookshelf? I collect those, so curious. Love how your books are double-stacked! Wish I had the room to do that, but have to stack them horizontally instead.

    Sorry to say that I'm one of the few people who haven't read To Kill A Mockingbird. I blame my high school English teacher, who soured me on reading the classics. I have a copy somewhere on my shelves, just never got around to reading it. *crawls back under her rock*

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    1. The plate of the cottages was a gift from a friend. It says Costa Nova on the bottom and he bought it in Portugal. Not sure if that would be David Winter, but I somehow doubt it.
      Please read TKAM. It's unforgettable. :-)

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  5. Hi Freda! It is nice to meet you! Don't worry, we are all mad here. XD

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Hi Freda! I was in Canada last weekend. We went to Waterton. Very pretty. I'd love to get to Eastern Canada. I've mostly been in Alberta.
    My Armchair BEA

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  7. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird. We read it back when I was 13 as a class. I was thrilled when my daughter got to read it at the same age. It was nice to read a little bit about you. It's on my bucket list to get to BEA, but also to get to Canada someday.

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  8. To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book. Are you excited about the sequel?

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  9. Hi! *waves* Lovely to meet you. I hope you have a great ABEA week.x

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  10. Thanks for vising my blog! I forget where I saw this, but someone once told me the first sentence of To Kill a Mockingbird led up to the climax. Since then I've been scouting it out, because I don't remember what the first sentence is and I'm curious to remember. Happy BEA!

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    1. First sentence:

      When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

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    2. Thanks for looking that up for me! I can't quite see what she was talking about though.. Maybe I'll refind that blog and ask.

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  11. I love your bookshelf! I've never read TKAM but a lot of people say it's really good. Thanks for stopping by yesterday.

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  12. TKAM is one of my all-time fave books! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great week! Cheers!

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  13. I still absolutely love your Maya Angelou tattoo! It's a stunning quote and looks great on you as well. I still haven't read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' but I recently saw a stage adaptation which made me cry! Thanks for dropping by my ABEA posts! Hopefully I'll see you in the Twitter Chat tonight!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. I hope you read TKAM. It's a life-changing book.
      Thanks for the love on my tattoo. My favorite poem by her. I got it two weeks before she passed so it became a memorial tattoo as well. :-)

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  14. I'm glad you picked TKAM since I didn't. There were so many fabulous books to choose from. I do that novel every year with my students, and every time I read that book, I see something I did not notice before. Happy ABEA!

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  15. Love your photo!!
    Nice to meet you *shakes hand* Haha, your song is both awesome and intimidating. :)

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  16. Lovely to meet you. To Kill A Mockingbird was my must-read too. I'm very intrigued, and a little nervous, for Go Set A Watchman this Summer.

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  17. I'm one of those lazy bookworms who still didn't read To Kill a Mockingbird, but one of these days...
    Love your shelfie Freda.

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  18. Fun post! And got to see your bookshelves. I'm seriously thinking of going to BEA next year. How about you?

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    1. I think of it every year.. lol... whether it happens or not is a different story. :-)

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