By: Melanie | May 28, 2013 | (17) Comments

Hello guys! I am participating in the Armchair BEA. If you are unaware of what this is, click here to hear more about it!
So today I am going to be introducing my blog and myself to y’all.

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

Hola, my name is Melanie and I am a 13 year old blogger from Melbourne, Australia. I have been blogging for nearly 6 months and I am loving the experience. The story of me getting into blogging is rather confusing- even I get confused and ponderous on how I ended up in the midst of this. Basically, this time last year, I detested reading (cue gasps) my mother forced me upon it, borrowing 10 books from the library each week, hoping I’d pick one up. Eventually, I got fed up and read one book from the endless pile that caught my eye, Evernight By Claudia Gray, I was caught in this magnificent world of paranormal and soon enough, by the time I finished the 3rd book, I was addicted. So when I couldn’t find the last installment, I went online and found Goodreads, from there on, I was borrowing books myself. Then how did you end up blogging? I found that the reviews on GR was extremely helpful pretty awesome, and for a 12 year old girl, I TALKED WAYY TOO MUCH. So instead of ranting my head off to my mother or school friends, I decided to make a blog. And… VIOLA! That was the birth of YA Midnight Reads.

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

My favourite book that I have read this year can only go to The Book Thief By Markus Zusak, it’s heart breaking and beautiful at the same time. Still today, I can not stop thinking about it.

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

1. Err… I’m really a crazy person that likes to start rolling on the floor and cry when I bored during class.

2. I’m extremely shy towards people who I don’t know, but interacting with bloggers isn’t as scary. So feel free to talk to me! ^,^

3. I’m addicted to My Little Pony. (Okay, this one is a little obvious but… STILL)

4. I worry too much, and over react too much- I believe I get it from my mother, except 10 times worse

And the list goes on….

Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s).

I hesitated before doing this. If you really want to know ALL the blogs I love, look on bottom of my left side-bar, they are all there. But I’ll say a few that I interact with a lot or just like to stalk in general. I won’t be able to include all my fav blogs (I wish) so here are the ones I started off with when I just started blogging.

Singing and Reading in the Rain

Eileen’s blog was actually the first blog I EVER visited. I don’t even remember how but I clicked on some link and it took me to this vibrant looking blog. I used to read her blog silently, then started commenting and realised we had a lot in common! She is very crazy, nice and like me, a young blogger. She focusses of the YA and NA genre and also has quite a lot of posts to do with singing. She even sings covers, talk about bold! Anywho, if you haven’t already, visit her blog!

Chasm of Books

I met Stephanie before I even started blogging, she’s the magnificent moderator over at one of the Rick Riordan fan groups. So yeah, we had great arguments about Jason and Percy- who is better (clearly PERCY!) Steph is easy to talk to, relatable and most importantly, an AMAZING BLOGGY FRIEND and her blog is always a pleaure to visit. She reviews books in the YA genre and occasionally does vlogs! Go and stalk her!
Xpresso Reads

I think Giselle’s blog is one of the best designed ones around. She also does designing for other bloggers and even hosts blog tours! I seriously don’t know where her time comes from but from what I can tell- she is very organsied. I love her reviews, they’re a mixed bag and are straight to the point. I usually always read her review first if I’m ever going to read a certain book. She focusses mainly on the YA genre but does have others like NA and adult which is nice to see.


What can I say? Amy’s blog just a joy to see. She does weekly vlogs (mostly) and they are my favourite ones to watch. Amy is a very sweet person and is just as crazy as anyone can be. I think her blog was the 2nd one to ever see and her blog was like something I’d look at as a reference to see if I was doing the right thing. This was especially the case when I had just began to blog.

The main reason why I want to move to WordPress is becuase of this blog and Ashley @ Nose Graze, I love the format of Jessi’s blog and how it’s so easy to navigate everywhere. Jessi originally blogged on blogger but soon made the move and encouraged everyone to move as well. Her motivation is rather contagious as I began to contemplate this issue. But I also love Auntie Spinelli Reads because, like other bloggers, she is fun to interact with.


What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?

The answer is crystal clear, to meet nerds just like oneself.

So that’s me. What about you loverlies?! Link me up to your post!

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Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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17 Responses to Armchair BEA Introductions

  1. Silverlight says:

    It’s great to see a tween whose into books and blogging. When I was your age we didn’t have the net, but I would of loved to have it back then. (ps, I’m not that old :P) Oh, I agree with you-Giselle from Xpresso Reads is a force!

  2. shandy Jo says:

    I agree with Silverlight, it’s great to see so many tweens and teens who are into reading. When I was that age I was considered weird for always having a book to read with me.

  3. Haha love your reason for blogging, that’s hilarious. I had no idea that this was going on again this year, I remember having so much fun reading all the posts last year even though I didn’t take part. Nice to meet you, Melanie!

  4. Well done mum for getting you into reading. You have a lovely style of expression. Been meaning to read The Book Thief. May have to get to it… :0)

  5. Stephsco says:

    Claudia Gray is wonderful! She was one of the first YA authors I saw at a panel book signing when I started reading larger amounts of YA. She’s very funny in person.

    Thanks for the other blog recommendations!

  6. Stormy Dawn says:

    Love how you got into blogging(and reading!). And The Book Thief. . . that book just captivated me and ripped my heart out, and yet I love it. I read it when it first came out and really need to re-read it!

  7. Melanie!! Yay! Another blogging buddy who is doing Armchair BeA ! I’m doing it too, it’s my first year. I love the cover of The Book Theif! I’ve yet to read it…think ill be adding that to my TBR!

    If you don’t remember me, I’m diamond Dee, fellow MLP enthusiast and book blogger…(I already follow you, btw).

    If you want– here’s my intro post for Armchair BEA Dee’s Reads

  8. Oh, Evernight, that is a wonderful book to have gotten you reading. I love the series too, actually it was the book that first got me intrigued to meet authors.

    Eilleen’s blog and Xpresso Reads are among my favorite blogs too!

  9. Sandy Farmer says:

    Welcome to Armchair BEA! I love that you’re blogging at 13! That’s so awesome! And I love the story of how you got into reading and blogging. Kudos to your mom for pushing those books on you! 🙂 Sometimes they do know best! I still haven’t read The Book Thief, but I’m glad to know that you enjoyed it! Maybe I’ll check it out soon! Good luck with the rest of Armchair BEA!

    New follower by the way! Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  10. Nise' says:

    Melanie, it is so great to meet young bloggers. I am so glad your mom “forced” you to read. I strongly encouraged my kids to read when they were younger and they are all three readers in their 20’s. Have a great week.

  11. Stephanie B says:

    I don’t know what you’re talking about, Mel. Jason obviously is the better one of the two! Haha. 😀

    Thanks for including me! It makes me smile!


  12. Veronika says:

    The Book Thief is a wonderful book! Loved every line of it! Love visiting your blog, keep up the great work!

  13. The Book Thief looks really good! I might have to add it to my ever growing TBR pile!!

  14. Jen S says:

    I need to read the book Thief, everyone always says it’s the book to read.

  15. Ahhh, Book Thief, it is my all time fave book as well. I’m so impressed you run a blog at 13 year old and found a passion for reading. You’re reviews are well written. Keep up the good work!

  16. Roxy says:

    What a great interview, Melanie! The Book Thief is the one book that I recommend to everyone, it is so…awesome! I love how you’ve listed your fave blogs – most are ones I’ve never heard of, and seeing I’m interested in getting into book blogging, it gives me some new places to scope! Hugs from Canada, Roxy.

  17. Hello Melanie 🙂 I never thought you’ve been blogging for 6 months cause this blog looks so professional. Congrats for that! I’m also new in this book blogger thing and I come from Indonesia. Nice to meet you.

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