Armchair BEA 2014: Day 1 – Introduction & Literature

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Armchair BEA is a celebration of Book Expo America, and a conference for book bloggers who can’t attend the actual event.

I kind of forgot I’d signed up to be honest, so my involvement might be a bit slap-dash, but that is the story of my life. It looks like a lot of fun, so I’ll try to keep up.

Today’s agenda is an Introduction post – which is about all I can manage at the moment because I’m so hungover – and a discussion about what ‘Literature’ means to you. Which I’m going to cheat a little on…


1. 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?

My name is Lipsy, which is a nickname I acquired in college because I got my lip pierced and I’m quite loud. My real name is Lauren, but I feel like I’m being told off when people call me that. I started my blog, Lipsyy Lost & Found just over a year ago. I celebrated my first blog birthday last week:).

I’m from Crewe in the UK, which is a small town near Manchester but I’ve been living in London since I went to Uni here. I’m the token Northerner in my group of friends. I would like to thank Game of Thrones for making me sound cooler than I am. The Northerners never forget.

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

A book blog full of nonesense.


3. What genre do you read the most?
I love so many genres but YA is my ultimate best, mainly YA fantasy or paranormal romance. But I will literally read anything!

4. Share your favorite book or reading related quote.
❤ Peter Pan!

5. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why?

Twilight, because as sad as it is, I never get bored of reading it.
The Iliad, because I’ve always wanted to read it and I’d obviously have a lot of time on my hands there.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare, because I could make my own fun.

As for non-books, I would take Katniss Everdeen so she could protect me and feed me, and we’d be BFFs. I’d let her choose the other two things. Hopefully Gale would be one of them.

I didn’t prepare a post for this (on what ‘Literature’ means to me, and how I define it) so I am going to cheat by just sharing with you a few of my favourite quotes about literature.




Author: lipsyy

Creative Writing graduate. A Northerner in London. I probably love books a bit too much. Also enjoy vampires, unicorns, man love, tennis & can't get enough of trashy teen novels. I find myself thinking 'What Would Buffy Do?' way too frequently. HIYA!

15 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2014: Day 1 – Introduction & Literature”

  1. YA fantasy all the way! And your non-bookish items for the island? Perfect. Katniss to protect and hunt for you, Gale to improve upon the scenery 😉 Awesome intro Lipsy! Have a great rest of the week!

    All the best,
    Mackenzie @ Oh, For the Love of Books!

    1. Thank you! If she didn’t choose to bring Gale I would be very unhappy. Especially if she brought Peeta. I mean really, what is he good for?

  2. Hi Lipsy! Great to meet you. I’m planning a trip to the UK in September so I get a kick out of meeting the English right now.

    Love the visual I just got of performing The Complete Works of Shakespeare, for myself, on a desert island — thanks!

    1. haha you’re welcome 🙂

      I hope you enjoy your trip, hopefully the weather will improve by then. If you need any London recommendations you know where to find me!

  3. If you want to read the Iliad, I’d recommend the Richard Lattimore translation, even though it’s a bit old at this point. When I was in college, I minored in ancient Greek (yes, it was as bad an idea as it sounds), so had to read the original! There is so much YA paranormal romance that you should always have heaps of things to read! Enjoy Armchair BEA!

    1. Thanks! I’m not even sure which version of The Iliad I have but I’ve picked it up so many times and closed it again shortly after. Haha…too easily distracted by all the paranormal romance out there.

    1. Thanks, me too! I’m annoyed with myself for forgetting about it and not preparing any posts, but I’m sure I’ll manage!

  4. What a great intro. Katniss Everdeen! Why didn’t I think of that? She would be great to take with me if I was ever stranded on an island. Heck she can defend me all she wants to. Gayle would be awesome as well but can I think I would much rather bring Harry Potter. He has magical powers. 🙂

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