Armchair BEA–Introductions




While I would love to go to BEA, unfortunately, the timing never seems to work out for me.  I actually had everything but the plane ticket booked last year, but had to cancel to due to a family illness.  Once again, the book lovers Mecca is out of reach this year, so I decided to participate in Armchair BEA again.  You can learn more about this event by clicking this link.

To get things rolling this year, participants are asked to answer five questions, and then hop around and visit other participating blogs, so here goes:

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

I am Julie, aka Manga Maniac.  I have been blogging for about 7 years, and when I started the blog, I mostly reviewed manga and graphic novels.  I started blogging as a way to keep track of the storylines for all of the all of the series I was reading, and I enjoyed doing it so much that I haven’t stopped!

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012? 

I am currently reading Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill.  It’s a zombie western with some steampunk elements tossed in for good measure.  I am enjoying it so far, but the pacing is faltering near the end.

Some of my favorites so far this year include: The Song of Achilles, Lies Beneath, Storybound, The Marriage Bargain, The Stubborn Dead, and Born Wicked. 

3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I am terrified to speak in public!  This is kind of funny because I don’t mind sharing my writing, and I live to show my horses.  I just have a really, really hard time speaking in front of even a small group of people.

4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?

I love to interview authors!  I enjoy learning about how they came up with their stories and characters, and what they like to read when they aren’t working. 

5.  Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

When I first started blogging, I was only reading manga and graphic novels.  Now I find myself reading everything but graphic novels.  I became burned out on them, especially when my favorite series were canceled or my favorite publishers shut their doors (CMX, I still miss you desperately).  I hate not knowing how things end, so it was discouraging to have so many series left dangling.  There are several that I still love, but I’m letting a few volumes pile up before I start getting invested in them again.

What about you? If you are participating in Armchair BEA, please link your posts so I can drop in and say “hi.”

The Sunday Post–June 3rd Edition with Extra Caffeine

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

I don’t have anything as exciting as the twins to chat about this week.  That’s a good thing, because my life has been hectic enough the last few weeks, so it was nice to have a relatively quiet week.  Friday was a bit challenging, but I survived it mostly unscathed.  We had a couple mechanical failures that brought on big headaches, and of course my blog host choose that day to go on the fritz, too.  Ugh.

I mentioned last week that I had purchased a Mr Coffee Single Cup brewer.  My Keurig sprang a leak after several years of faithful service, so I needed a new coffee maker.  I just can’t get going in the morning without a cup or ten of the stuff.  I wanted another Keurig, but they are so expensive, and since funds are a little tight right now, I opted for one of these:

I usually purchase my small appliances from Amazon, but because I needed it right away or I thought I would surely perish, I forced Dean to race up to Target with me to stock up on some supplies in addition to the coffee maker.  I decided on this model because I could still use my small basket filters and use ground coffee, which is less expensive (and tastier) than the K-Cups.  While I do enjoy using K-Cups, they are usually a holiday splurge for me, and are of the seasonal variety.  Pumpkin Spice is my favorite, and I usually go a little nuts once they are back in stock online. Yum!

I like this brewer overall, though I do miss the reservoir of heated water and the instant brew time of the Keurig.  This maker has to heat the water after you press the brew button, and it takes about 2 minutes for that piping hot mug of caffeine.  The hopper holds enough water for 4 small or 2 mug sized cups of coffee, so I have to refill it more often.  It’s simple to set up and operate, and I do like the smaller footprint on my counter.  Space is always at a premium in my kitchen, and the old Keurig was a beast!  I recommend this brewer if you want a cheaper alternative to the Keurig single cup brewers.

Do you have a favorite morning beverage to get you moving and pumped up for the day? 

Check out my current contests! See the Contest Widget on the Sidebar to enter!

New Arrivals at the Café:

While He Was Gone by Karen Schreck

Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova

Kingdom of the Serpent: Destroyer of Worlds by Mark Chadbourn

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson



Wyatt: Return of the Cowboy by Cathy McDavid

Blades of Winter by G. T. Almasi

Can’t Hurry Love by Molly O’Keefe

Bet on a Cowboy by Julie Benson

Wrangled by B J Daniels

Blazing Midsummer Nights by Leslie Kelly

Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet by Kimberly Lang

Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Tempest Unleashed by Tracey Deebs

Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Anna Dressed in Blood by  Kendare Blake (2.99 for the Kindle!)

Claws by Mike Grinti


Time for Kids: Big Book of What?

Body & Soul by Stacey Kade

A great big thanks to the publishers for their continued support!

What did you get? Please leave links and share!

Subscribe in a reader