Monday, May 23, 2011

Armchair BEA - kickoff [Day 1]

My blogging started with a hiss and a roar earlier this year, but it has since fallen by the wayside - sorry! But, I've found some inspiration... in the form of Armchair BEA. It's the sitting at home, relaxed in your armchair version of the Book Expo America event. Now that has got to be good!
Today is Day 1: Armchair BEA Kickoff, so it's time to tell you a little bit about me. 

Who is the Book Gatherer?
Well, the name says it all really. I am a hoarder, a collector, a gatherer of books. No bookshop, thrift shop, carboot sale is safe from me. It's not that I love second hand collectors items, I just love a bargain book - and my eclectic collection of books shows there are plenty of bargains to be had!

If you could put one book in the hands of everyone you come in contact with, what would it be and why?
Wow! What a great question... and how can one decide? But I would have to say, it would be The Denniston Rose, by Jenny Pattrick. 
The bleak coal mining settlement of Denniston, located high on a plateau above New Zealand's West Coast, is a place that makes or breaks those who live there. At the time of this novel - the 1880s - five-year-old Rose comes to Denniston with her mother and is soon left to fend for herself, finding allies and enemies in this tough and aggressive community. The Denniston Rose is about isolation and survival, a story of a spirited child, who, in appaling conditions, remains a survivor.

What book are you looking forward to reading the most in 2011?
I can't wait for the final book by Jennifer Donnelly in the Tea Rose trilogy! It's been a long time coming!

Genres I read, love, can't put down?
My reading tastes are of a somewhat eclectic nature - much like my collection of books. I do read my fair chair of chick lit, but that fast gets tiresome... all I want is a good book and if that's murder-mystery, historical fiction, or family saga, then that'll do me. Just don't give me Sci-fi or YA!


  1. I will have to look for that book. It sounds great! Have fun during armchair BEA! This is a great event!

  2. i'm just coming back from a short blogging break, too, so i hope that Armchair BEA helps re-energize us both!

    i had never heard of The Denniston Rose before and it sounds really interesting. thanks for sharing!

  3. I've started reading The Wild Rose (galley from Netgalley). It's a big book! It started slow but is picking up now. Have a great week!

  4. I've never heard of The Denniston Rose, but thank you for the recommendation! I'm going to have to check that out :)

  5. I have never heard of The Denniston Rose but I will be taking a look. Thanks for the mention. Hope you have a great week of armchairin' BEA!


  6. Hi!
    Well, I've done it....joined in on the BEA challenge. My post is up if you want to stop by. I'll have to check out The Denniston Rose, it sounds very interesting. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  7. I really want to start the Tea Rose trilogy!

  8. I am currently reading Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution :o)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I should have mentioned that I've read 100 books already because I listen to them at work all day. That helps :o) Also, I was using this layout when I first started my blog, so I love it!! Thanks!

  9. Dropping by to say hi! Aww you don't like reading YA. I don't like paranormal YA either, which is the trend right now but I still enjoy reading YA books from other genres. Maybe you'd be interested in YA historical fiction or some of the contemporary ones that can be considered as teen chick lit? Anyway, see you around ArmchairBEA this week. :)

  10. Sometimes all you need is a great book blogging community event to get you really excited about blogging again. I hope this is just the thing to help!

    On behalf of the Armchair BEA organizers thanks so much for participating! We really are so happy to have you!

  11. We visited Denniston just after reading the book.. it is forever in my memory.. a misty place where I swear I could hear Rose running through the deserted ruins. By the way check and check out the photos.