Monday, May 26, 2014

#ArmchairBEA: Introduction

Well, everyone, the end of May is finally upon us, which can only mean one's time for Book Expo America! Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the actual event in NYC, so I've had to opt for the next best option: participating in the virtual event, Armchair BEA! All this week I will be posting along with the themed topics provided by Armchair BEA, and I hope you'll join me! Just go here to sign up.

As it's the first day of Armchair BEA, the first assignment is to introduce yourself. So whether you're new to the blog (welcome!) or a regular reader, here's your chance to get to know a little more about me! :)

Describe your blog in just one sentence.
BooksyDaisy Reviews (formally known as "Life in the Pages") is a Young Adult and sometimes-New-Adult/adult-lit book blog run by me, Alex, a twenty-something girl who loves books more than anything in the world (although cats and chocolate are a close second and third).

What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ .
As you might have noticed, I am primarily a reader of YA fiction. To me, YA is awesome because with each story there are always so many possibilities. YA fiction centers around a pivotal point in the character's life, when they are on the verge of adulthood and undergoing all sorts of changes. YA is so passionate--not in the romantic sense, although it can be; it's filled with the emotional excitement and turmoil of first loves, first journeys away from home, and first real obstacles in life. And, most importantly, YA stories are almost always pervaded with a sense of hope. Unlike so many characters in adult literature, YA characters aren't disillusioned and jaded. Even when they are up against seemingly insurmountable odds, whether it be taking down a twisted government or dealing with crushing heartache, there is always a sense of hope, a feeling that somehow things will work out for the better. That is what makes YA so fulfilling to read.

What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?
For 2013, it's a tie between Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, both of which are fan-tastic! I also have two picks for my favorite books of 2014 (so far): Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, both beautifully woven fantasy tales.

Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers).
Book Blogs: The Perpetual Page Turner, Stay Bookish, The Paper Sea, Gyspy Reviews, Paperbackd, Pretty Little Reader, These Paper Hearts
Author Blogs: Laini Taylor, Maggie Stiefvater
Non Book Blogs: Avoiding Atrophy, xomisse, Hyperbole and a Half

Share your favorite reading related quote.

That's all folks! Thanks for reading! I can't wait to meet more amazing book bloggers this week! :)


  1. YA = the best! I love how you focused on the sense of hope always found in YA books. I never really thought about it, yet it's so true. And those quote are simply the best :) Especially the last one. Also, thanks for introducing some of your favorite blogs! I'll definitely check em out.

    Great intro post! Hope you have an awesome rest of the week!

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

    1. I'd never really consciously thought about it before either, but as I was trying to think of the reasons I love YA for this post, it suddenly came to mind! Yay! I hope you find some new blogs you love! :D

  2. I love the quotes you shared and your reasons for enjoying YA are so true, the turmoil, angst and purity of first love. Hope you enjoy Armchair BEA and your blog is just so happy and lovely! Daisies are one of my favorite flowers!

    1. Thanks so much! I just redesigned the blog last week so I'm happy to hear people like it! :D

  3. Everything you said about YA = yes, yes, yeeeeesssssss.

    I really need to read The Chaos Walking Trilogy. I adoreeeeee Patrick Ness, so it's a goddman shame I haven't read that trilogy.

    - Cee | The Novel Hermit

    1. YES YOU DO! They are such amazing books. Be warned though--they will make you feel all the feels! So much so that it's kind of overwhelming. I had to take breaks between each book because I was so stressed, haha!

  4. Just stopping by to show some love from ArmchairBEA. I really really need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone before people start flogging me for having not read it yet.

    Lisa @Just Another Rabid Reader

    1. Thanks for stopping by! :) Daughter of Smoke and Bone is fantastic. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Hi, Alex!
    I need to read almost every book you have listed today. The only book I have read under your favs for last year and so far this year is Daughter of Smoke & Bone (which is really good!). I do plan on reading the Chaos Walking Trilogy this summer! :D
    I hope you have a wonderful Armchair BEA week!

  6. I really like you reason about reading YA. Your reasoning is so passionate and really ignite the desire in me to read more YA! I'm reading Fangirl now and loving it! :) Have an enjoyable Armchair BEA experience!

  7. I love how you described Young Adult and why you love it! It totally hits home with why I love it, too. I am so excited to have found your blog! I'm planning on reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone on vacation next week! I'm sure I'll love it. :)

    Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages

  8. Great to meet you. I hope you enjoyed ABEA!


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I read every single one and they brighten my day. While I may not be able to respond to all comments, I do make an effort to visit your blogs if you include a link! :)