Armchair BEA 2013 – Introductions & Classics

Design credit goes to Nina of Nina Reads

Design credit goes to Nina of Nina Reads

It’s that time of year again! The Book Expo of America, one of the biggest book events ever, is happening this week in New York City and that means we felines will be participating in the home version of the event, Armchair BEA! That’s right, this week we will be posting a series of discussions not only on book genres, but also about ourselves and blogging. If you are unfamiliar with BEA or Armchair BEA, please visit HERE. =^.^=


Today’s post topic is to introduce ourselves in a brief Q&A and to discuss Classic Literature. So please allow us to introduce ourselves!

Q: Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

We are Sara & Willow: two literate felines who, along with our human Cameron, enjoy reading and discussing our favorite books. We’ve officially been blogging since July 29, 2011. The main reason we got into blogging was because we had noticed a severe lack of feline points of view in the review world. Cats and books go paw in paw with each other. So it was a surprise when we discovered that though a great many of our felines cousins read, they don’t feel comfortable sharing their thoughts with fellow human readers. Hence the creation of our blog. To learn more about us, please check out our bios!

Q: 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?

This is our second year participating in Armchair BEA. We decided to participate again this year because we had such a fun time of it last year and we greatly enjoyed getting to know many of the bloggers who were involved in it last year. Reading everyone’s posts and engaging in the Twitter discussions were very enlightening as well. This is one of those events which is well worth being involved in, even if you can only do part of the event (as we learned last year).

Q: What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

Willow: I’m currently reading Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines! If you’ve not tried her H&W Investigations series, you are seriously missing out on some great reading. =^.^=

Sara: I just recently finished reading Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne. I simply adore YA novels and this is proving to be an interesting series to follow. The next book I intend to finish up is Of Triton by Anna Banks. Reviews for both books will be going up here on our blog soon, murr!

Q: What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

Sara: I’d have to go with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It doesn’t matter how many times I read the books or watch the movies, I always wish that I would wake up one morning and see that special letter saying that I will be attending. Sadly, not being an animagus has it’s draw backs and unless I decided to pose as someone’s pet, yeah like that will happen, my only way of learning magic is through the books I read.

Willow: This is a tough one as there are a lot of great places that I’d love to visit. Since I have to choose one, I’m going to go with Jillian Stone’s London from her Paranormal Investigations series. Jillian makes Victorian England intriguing and exciting, and the added steampunk element just makes it all the more worth checking out.

Q: Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s).

Some of our favorite blogs are:

Two Chicks on Books – one of the first blogs we ever started following and a good friend of ours. Jaime, the owner, was a big help when we were learning how to blog and attempting to establish ourselves in the blogging community.

Fiktshun – she’s another blogger who was a great help to us when we first started and we always enjoy visiting her various blogs and reading her newest posts.

Book Whore – Not only is she one of our best friends, she’s also a big lover of historical romances and the founder of the book club which we participate in every month.

Caffeinated Book Reviewer – Kimba is one of those bloggers that we aspire to some day be like. Her dedication to blogging and all things book related is amazing.

Amongst these wonderful bloggers, we can also include Fictional Candy, Bibliopunkk, and many many more!


Classic Literature

Top 5 of our favorite classics

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

5. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

These are just a few of our favorite classical novels that we love to read time and time again. Each one offers an amazing story, wonderful characters, and skilled writing. If ever you are in the mood for a great read, we highly recommend that you give these a try. =^.^=


Posted on May 27, 2013, in General. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Seems like everyone is agreeing that Hogwarts is the best setting ever. I love the same bloggers you listed. They’re pretty awesome. And Pride & Prejudice is my all time favorite classic! I just saw the Les Mis movie. Have you seen it yet? Never read the book though. Nice meeting you!

  2. Hi Harley, welcome to What the Cat Read! =^.^=

    Yes, we’ve seen Les Mis several times now since the movie came out. It’s one of our favorite musicals. The book goes into more detail about the characters and events, and of course the events focused on in the show are just a small part of what really happens in the book. If you should ever decide to pick it up and give it a read, you might want to consider reading Cosette by Laura Kalpakian, which is the unofficial sequel. =^.^=

  3. Great list of classics; welcome to armchairBEA

  4. Hi, it’s nice to get to know you a little, both thanks to the intro, and the classics you love to read 🙂
    It’s my first time participating in the armchair BEA, and I look forward to it a lot 🙂
    Happy reading!

    • Hi Lexxie and welcome to the blog!

      Your first time doing Armchair BEA? You are going to have a blast this week. It’s a lot of fun and all the people participating are amazing, murr! We are looking forward to seeing you around the posts and Twitter events. =^.^=

  5. Ooh a Jane Eyre fan! I really enjoy the other books on your list to (but I haven’t read Les Mis yet) but Jane Eyre is nearest and dearest to my heart. 🙂 Nice to meet you! 🙂

  6. I’m so glad to meet you through Armchair BEA! I absolutely LOVE that the reviews are from a feline point of view. It’s funny and cute and a fresh idea. Love it!

    P&P is one of my favorites, too.

  7. Glad to meet you via Armchair BEA. I’m another Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre fan.

  8. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics as well! My sister really enjoys the Jess Haines series, one of these days I’ll have to borrow them from her. I do love a good paranormal as well as a good YA!

    • Becky, stop by our blog on Friday! We’ll be hosting Alec Royce, the vampire from Jess Haines books for a Q&A as well as reviewing her newest novel in the series, Forsaken by the Others. It’s going to be a fun post. =^.^=

  9. chrisbookarama

    I read Les Miserables last summer. Whew! What a book!

  10. That’s a fantastic Top 5 classics list! I haven’t read The Three Musketeers, though I’ve been meaning to for a long time (I actually haven’t read any Dumas, much to my own personal disappointment). The other 4, though, are incredible pieces of work!