Armchair BEA 2013: Say Hi to Jana!

Posted May 28, 2013 by Jana in About Me / 50 Comments


Armchair BEA is a fun online event that those of us who could not attend BEA in New York City can participate in! There’s ways to network with other bloggers, posts on blogging tips, giveaways, and happenings at BEA from people who are there. Visit the Armchair BEA blog to see a schedule of events!

To kick off this awesome week of virtual BEA-ness, here’s a few things about me I thought you’d like to know!

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

Well… I’m Jana, and I’m 25 years old. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in graphic design (art history minor) in December of 2009, and I’m starting up grad school this fall to get my Master’s in Library and Information Science. Yep, crazy, huh? Needless to say, my fellow graphic designers were rather surprised when they found out I was aiming for a MLIS instead of an MFA (Master’s of Fine Arts). An artsy librarian? Heck yes! I also love to sing, and have been doing so since I was a tone deaf 3-year-old. Luckily I have perfect pitch now. I travel a lot (for pleasure), love shopping, design and make jewelry, and have an obsession with art books. I’ve been blogging with The Broke and The Bookish since June of 2010 (when we started), and I started this blog in November of 2011. I love sharing my opinions on books, so why not blog!? :)

2. Where in the world are you blogging from?

I live along the Wasatch Mountain Range in Utah, USA. It’s gorgeous here, and I love it! (Although I have documented proof that I am allergic to every tree, grass, weed, flower, and plant in the entire region.)

Just in case you ever go on Jeopardy, here are some fun facts about my awesome state:
– The Great Salt Lake is eight times saltier than the ocean.
– In 2002, Salt Lake City hosted the XIX Olympic Winter Games.
– Utah has the highest literacy rate in the nation. Woooo!
– Utah is the Jell-O capital of the World.

3. Tell us one (or a bunch of) non-book-related thing(s) that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. 

Umm… string cheese and popcorn are my comfort foods. I get sick a lot. I’m obsessed with polka dots. I’m a font snob. I did some freelance graphic design work for Microsoft XBOX. I fall into the tree in my front yard while putting up Christmas lights almost every year. I am deathly afraid of spiders. Even the ones you can’t see without a microscope. I hated hamburger until I was 17. Pretty much the only time I make my bed is right before I go to sleep.

4. What is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill! It’s an adorable YA rom com with travel aspects, young love (but not insta-love), and some really endearing characters. If you’re interested, my review is here.

5. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 
That is REALLY hard. Probably Sam from Josie Meadows’s Incarnate trilogy. He has lived for a very long time, and has lived so many different lives. I’d love to hear stories of his past, and get a firsthand account of how the world has changed over time.

Well, thanks for visiting! I’m excited to “meet” all my fellow Armchair BEA participants! Link me to your intro posts, and if you’re not participating, tell me something about you that I don’t know!

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50 responses to “Armchair BEA 2013: Say Hi to Jana!

  1. Wow. You live in a gorgeous place!! I think it’s awesome that you’re going for your M in Library Science. I’m sci soldering doing the same…I got my BA in Political Science ! So I kinda know how it feels to change your mind…thing is, librarians are not really in short supply in Los Angeles, so I have heard its hard to get hired..doing research at the moment. Maybe I’ll move! :)

    Dee @ dee’s Reads My Intro Post

  2. SAM! I’d love to have dinner with Sam!!
    And OMG, those pictures from where you live are GORGEOUS!
    And lol, I turn 26 on September 23rd, so you’re a little older than I am ;)
    I’m so glad that we’ve become friends and we REALLY need to make this meeting thing happen somehow!

    I’d love to actually stand in line with you at BEA, but for now doing Armchair BEA is a good second choice :) Maybe next year?

    • Hi, Julie! It’s a big, bad blogging world out there, and it’s hard to meet everyone! I’m glad you stopped by, though! Nice to meet you. :)

  3. Such gorgeous country!

    I think I would have gone into library science too if I hadn’t gotten bit by the acting bug. Writing and blogging came from the preforming arts, so I’m close at least.

    Have a great ABEA!

    My intro @ Lindsey Gray

    • Hi Lindsey! Thank you! Acting is awesome. If I weren’t so shy, I bet I’d enjoy it. :) I would have visited your post, but it has an adult content warning, and I don’t visit blogs with those. Thanks for visiting me, though!

  4. I haven’t read Incarnate yet, but it’s on my list! (among many). Those photos are beautiful. I really wish I lived near mountains. Maybe someday… :)

  5. Ooh, I love font snobs! Seriously, I majored in design for a minute, and my ex is a designer. I loooove good typography!

  6. Hi! I enjoy singing too. I wish i could have perfect pitch too, ah, i’ll just hold onto my normal voice. I like string cheese too, and so does my dog Happy (Happy is sad when I don’t give her some, she barks so i usually take out two)

    Nice to meet you!!!!!!! Your pictures are awesome, especially the one with red leaved trees!

  7. Hi Jana! I’m planning to get my Master’s in Library Science next fall! I envy that you live somewhere that you can see the seasons change. As you may know, California doesn’t have that.

    I am craving for string cheese now. Thank you very much. ;D Why did you hate hamburgers?

  8. I recently discovered your blog and I LOVE IT! And now I’m even happier because I have discovered you are a fellow Utahn! Mount Timp is one of my favorites too. Anyway, I love the way you write your reviews and your choice in books! Happy reading!

    • Oh wow, yay! Thank you so much! And yay Utah! I love finding Utah peeps hanging out in the online book community! You are so sweet. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  9. Hey Jana! Wow you live in one beautiful place! I keep staring at the pictures, so jealous! I’m a fiend for string cheese, I only get to eat it when my nephew is visiting. He can never understand how it *mysteriously* goes missing ;)

    • Thank you! I do love living here!

      Haha. We string cheese lovers have to do what we have to do in order to get our cheese. Luckily your nephew does not pay the grocery bills, so he can’t be too upset! ;)

  10. Happy Armchair BEA! I follow The Broke and the Bookish so it’s cool to find out on your own blog. Haha…I’m allergic to all grass and tree pollen too! Too funny! I’m also deathly afraid of spiders. The worst part is that my husband doesn’t rush to kill them whenever we find one in the house. He likes to catch them and take them outside. AH!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy the rest of your Armchair BEA!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  11. Woah… So, I’ve followed your blog for a little while now and I knew that we shared first names (I go by my middle name, Nicole, or just Nikki most of the time – but my first name is Jana). But I’m 25 too… I graduated in December 2009… I majored in English Lit, but I’m currently doing a lot of graphic design work at my current job… And I love to sing – choir was like my second home in high school and college. Crazy coincidences!! Though you’ve been blogging for a lot longer than I have, lol. ;)

    Happy Armchair BEA week! :D

    • Wow, definitely crazy! We have so much in common! Thanks so much for introducing yourself to me! I’m off to your blog now!

  12. I went back to school at 25 to get my MLIS too. BEST THING I EVER DID! I loved my time in that program, and even though I’m not currently working in a library setting, that degree has opened doors for me in many different ways. Good luck and enjoy!


    • Thank you! Hahah… Apparently Salt Lake City, has the highest per capita consumption of Jell-O in the whole world! It is actually our official state snack. Personally, I hate the stuff… :P

  13. You neck of the woods is gorgeous! My daughter did not eat hamburger until she was a teenager either! Have a great week.

  14. Wowsers it’s beautiful where you live!!

    I too am terrified of spiders, and I’m definitely going to check out Meant To Be!

    • Thank you! It’s always nice to know you’re not alone in your spider-fearing ways. :) I hope you love Meant to Be!

  15. Priceless stunning breath taking views! I’d love to visit Utah and hike XD
    hopefully some day I’d appreciate string cheese (perhaps I just ate a bad one) what brand do you recommend?

    I love polka dots! you can’t go wrong with that it’s an instant classic essential piece XD and weird looking poisonous spiders scare the hell out of me also flying insects and snakes oh gahd! >.<

    • Utah is a great place to hike. :) You should definitely visit if you get the chance! And string cheese… it actually took me a long time to find the best brand. It’s Frigo Cheese Heads. They are the stringiest, yummiest of them all. And Costco sells a jumbo pack, so I never have to live without! :)

      I love that you love polka dots too! Definitely classy. Spiders, snakes, and bugs/insects of all kinds better stay away from them and me.

  16. Master’s in Library and Information Science, that’s so awesome! I’m going to start applying in October, hopefully start in the fall of 2014. Having dinner with Sam would be so interesting too.

  17. Those are some beautiful pictures of where you live! I would never get tired of having views like that from my home. Congrats on being brave enough to pursue further studies that’s different from your undegrad. :) I’m planning to do the same, I just need to figure out what that track that would be.