FICTION…Like it or not? Armchair BEA 13

Today’s topic is regarding the many faces of fiction.  I really enjoy reading most faces of fiction.  Not really a sci-fi girl, but I’ll try anything once.  Up until recently, I had never read a book about fairies.  Then I hopped on a tour for Kiki Hamilton and THE FAERIE RING, and I LOVED the story and the whole idea of fairies.  Amazing how that happens.  I didn’t like okra and hush puppies either.  Then my husband (from the south) took me to dinner (in the south) and I (from Wisconsin) fell in love (with the okra and hush puppies).

I really love most fiction writing.  Not all of it is good writing, but most ideas are good.  There are books that I love from my youth, like Judy Blume’s ARE YOU THERE GOD?  IT’S ME MARGARET and FOREVER.  High school literature class left me with many favorites as well.  THE GREAT GATSBY, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE SCARLET LETTER.

One of my favorite series to read with my kids is THE SHADOW CHILDREN by Margaret Peterson Haddix.  A very interesting and captivating series that my son, then in 5th grade, introduced me to.  While it seems like the events could never happen, they are very real.  Years after reading it together, we still reference different talking points from various books in the series.  It was a very quick read, but I highly recommend reading it.

First of The Shadow Children Series

I think that you can find something you like when you browse the fiction section.  When you pick up a good fiction book, you are able to escape from the everyday realities and slip into another world.



Classics! Love or Hate?

Today’s topic in the Armchair is Classical Literature.  Do you love them?  Hate them?  Think they are overrated?  Wish we had more like them?  There are some that make me snooze.  There are some I absolutely love.

Here are a few of my favorites:

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald


THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne


and one of my most favorites….


There are so many wonderful books.  These are just a few of my favorites.  I love reading off of the classics lists.  Who can forget the worlds they opened up as the pages were flipped.  Imagine the impact they had when they were new releases!

Do yourself a favor, pick up a classic, read it and then share it with someone younger than you!


Cici ♥

Hello from Cici’s Theories!

Welcome!  Another year, another Armchair BEA!  While I honestly thought I would attend BEA this year, things did not work out in my favor.  So, I join you from my back patio in Oklahoma City.  This past week has been a whirlwind, so I hope to keep up with everyone and all the wonderful happenings!  I live roughly one mile from the epicenter of the tornado devastation.  Many friends and colleagues have sustained great damage and the community is continuously in my thoughts and prayers.  But, as they say, the show must go on.  We will rebuild a community and will continue living.  Thus, my introductory questions…
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 a stay-at-home mom and wife of three crazy kids and one nutty husband.  This year we made the decision to withdraw our children from traditional school and school from home.  So, I am now teacher as well.  I was born and raised in Elkhorn, WI.  In 1991 I left the great state and joined the Navy.  Since then, I have lived in WA, FL, TN, VA, back to FL, TX, OK, RI, IL and finally back to OK.  I began blogging in January 2011, because I love books.  I love to share my opinion.  I really like to share my opinion of books.

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

I am blogging to you from the heart of the country, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Here is a little random fact about my current location…I have been within less than a mile from 3, yes 3, EF-4/5 tornadoes.  Affected directly by every single one.  It’s not fun, but it is currently home.  Here are a few pictures of the May 3, 1999 tornado that managed to flatten a majority of my neighborhood…



And here is a snapshot from the recent devastation in Moore, OK.  My son was to have a doctor’s appointment in the building that is no more.  All the staff was safe and we were grateful to be safe in a storm shelter and not in the heart of the devastation.

I may not have been born an Okie, but it is my home.


Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? 

This is my second year to participate in Armchair BEA and I am so glad to be a part of it.  I found the community involvement with BEA to be very welcoming, informative and inviting.  There were several times that I found myself almost as excited to participate from at home as I think I would have been to actually be there. Plus, I saved a lot of $$ and my feet weren’t tired!  I even received several books!

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

Right now I am currently trying to get caught up on reviews and am reading WHAT COLOR IS MONDAY by Carrie Cariello.  It is a really great book and I am so glad to have the opportunity to read it for review.

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

I have been in a few movies.  Nothing big…but have been in THE JOGGER, RATS: HIGHER MISSION, RUDDERLESS and will be in NO MAN’S LAND.  I have also done voiceover work for

That’s me, in the middle.  Yes, I am a nun…well, not in real life, but it was so much fun, I plan to randomly dress as a nun just for fun.

And here is a shot of the very talented and very beautiful Victoria Summer.  She was absolutely adorable.  Keep an eye on her, she is going places and will be a name we hear often!  I was featured as a Russian doctor…if my part doesn’t make the film, I will probably make the blooper reel.  Not very fun when the vanbualance door is locked after a very talented Casper Van Dien hits the deck after being tazed.

Anyway, that is me.  I am running a mile behind right now, but look forward to a wonderful week in the Armchair!


Cici ♥


Working It Out by Rachael Renee Anderson

Author Rachael Renee Anderson

Rachael Anderson is the author of four books: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

Working It Out

A chance encounter . . . 

Grace Warren’s life is safe and predictable—exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle—a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon.

A chance for love . . .  

Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace’s rehab clinic post surgery, she immediately recognizes him. Unfortunately, he’s every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there’s something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he’s everything she’s sure she doesn’t want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along—assuming she’s willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.

Giveaway Details

Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 5/31/13

a Rafflecopter giveaway

ad ad ad

Flickr Images

flickrRSS probably needs to be setup

View All Photos

Google Connect

Melissa Foster
The Well-Read Wife
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
The Blog Dare on Bloggy Moms


Women Online
Colleen's bookshelf: to-read

Of Mice and MenAnimal FarmWhere the Sidewalk EndsThe Great GatsbyThe Catcher in the RyeTo Kill a Mockingbird

More of Colleen's books »
Colleen Cook's to-read book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists