Armchair BEA: Introductions and Classics Love

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Yeeey! It’s finally here, the awesome Armchair BEA!! Day 1 is introductions, pretty much, so let me introduce myself…

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

Hey! My name is Livia and I’ve been book blogging since March 2011. What got me into blogging is my love of books and utter need to spamificate someone about it, lol. Seen as though I don’t have lots of immediate victims around, I thought I’d go vritual xD

2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.

Romania, Europe – Dracula’s home, mwahahaha. I’m sure you’re not gonna want to see the whole thing, but there’s a cool documentary about it here…

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

Right now, I’m reading The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross. I’d have to say my best read of the year has been The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – I’ve been meaning to read that novel for a while but now got the guts to aaaand I cried like a baby, lol, but I still loved it to bits!

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

I love lemon ice-cream, lemon juice, tea with lots of lemon, and lemonade with little to no sugar. 😀

5. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

Well, one of my all-time favorite characters is dr. Hannibal Lecter, and I was delighted to see the new TV show Hannibal showed up to give me some more of the yummy thrill. I wouldn’t say I’d like to have dinner with him since I know his tastes, lol, nor would I wish him to have me for dinner (a likely scenario, all things considered), but maybe a chat over coffee or a desert.
He’s a masterpiece of a character, and I have yet to see a version of him that isn’t a work of art. Scary, chilling, disturbing, profoundly shocking – but a masterpiece nonetheless. I’d love to talk to him, see what he thinks about different things. I might even come up with a list of people he should have for dinner… *mwahahaha*

Genre: Classic Literature (Classics)

I love classics (which to me means literary works, pretty much ie oldies but goldies), and that’s the kind of lit I got started on. I mean the real reading, when I picked what I wanted to read and it wasn’t an assignment or anything like that – so during high school. I loved lots of those books, and most of them I loved for the reason I end up loving commercial novels today: character.

I know, commercial is more about about action, plot, story – all of which I’ll like, but only if a character sells me on them. If I don’t connect with the character, ‘feel’ it, get it, love (or hate!) it – but feel strongly about it either way, then there can be all the story and action in the world and it’s going to be meh.

Some of my classic favorite reads:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Eeeeeverything by Edgar Allan Poe
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
A Woman of Thirty by Honoré de Balzac
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Maitreyi by Mircea Eliade
Le roman de l’adolescent myope by Mircea Eliade
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
Cuore by Edmondo De Amicis
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Castle by Franz Kafka

… okay, I’ll stop now, lol.

And now that I’ve got you all properly scared, lol, it’s been a pleasure to chat 😀


12 thoughts on “Armchair BEA: Introductions and Classics Love

  1. loreleimarsh

    Romania isn’t one of the countries I see very often represented among the international bloggers. I think your companion choice is unique and different, but you’re right to stick with coffee or dessert. 🙂 Welcome to ABEA!! Tattooed Books

  2. Jessica

    I’ve always wanted to visit Romania! How super cool! I just got The Fault In Our Stars and can’t wait to read it.

    I see you’re a fan of Hannibal Lecter. Have you read Chelsea Cain’s Archie Sheridan / Gretchen Lowell series? Gretchen is often compared as a female Lecter minus the cannibalism. The first book is Heartsick. Let me know if you decide to check out her and series and your thoughts on it.

    Have a great week participating in Armchair BEA. 🙂

    Have a great week participating in Armchair BEA. 🙂

    1. Livia @ Butterfly-o-Meter Books

      Oh, Jessica… get yourself a big supply of tissues for that reading session. I cried up and down and all over, lol. But I loved it like whoa!

      Thanks for the rec, I’ll look into it. There’s just something about evil geniuses that calls to me, lol.


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