Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Scene of the Blog Featuring Christina of The Ardent Reader!

This week's featured book blogger travels quite a bit. No, she's not a pampered jet setter, she's a college student whose home is in Montana and whose university is in Massachusetts. Christina is working on a double major in Economics and Geography (specifically Geographic Information Systems), and if she'd had time for a third major, it would have been History.

When Christina has a moment or two, she updates her blog, The Ardent Reader. To quote her:

I’m always open for book recommendations, but I read what interests me. And whether that be the classics, YA fiction, one off the bestsellers list, or the latest steamy romance, I pick the books I read based on my interests. So if my current interest is the Russian Revolution, science fiction, or Amish culture, be prepared for quite a few books on the subject.

Christina doesn't spend much time talking about the technical side or the mechanics of the books she reads. The Ardent Reader is about her interactions with books-- her feelings, her reactions, her understandings. She reads a very eclectic mix of books, and I enjoy reading what she has to say. I hope you take the time to visit her blog and say hello. You just might find yourself subscribing to The Ardent Reader, just as I did!

If you're visiting from Christina's blog, Welcome! I hope you enjoy this glimpse into her creative spaces. If you'd like to see any of the photos in larger sizes, all you have to do is click on them and they'll open in a new window. (You can also check out other book bloggers' spaces by clicking on the Scene of the Blog tab at the very top of my header.)

Enough chatter! Christina's been waiting to take us on a tour, so let's not keep her waiting any longer!

Because I spend roughly half of the year in New England for university and the other half in Montana, I have two separate locations where I blog and read.

Christina in Montana
This picture is how my room at home looked when I arrived there last May. Pardon the mess! My family had actually just moved into the house. Normally, my suitcases are put away, the pile of papers to sort through on my desk and dresser is much smaller, and my bulletin board is hung up. Promise.

Those two bookshelves house all but a few of my books. Those on the left are ones I’ve read; those on the right are books I read before I started blogging or are TBRs. The desk is kind of small for me now so I do most of my blogging and reading in the black chair from Ikea to the right. (My collection of American Girl dolls actually live on the top of my bookcases.)

Christina's Montana view

The chair is my favorite place to sit in read because it’s a comfortable, quiet place away from the television and the view out my window is quite beautiful.

[You're definitely going to want to enlarge this one for that view!]

Christina in Massachusetts

When I’m at university, I do most of my blogging at the desk in my room. The desk isn’t much to look at so I always try to liven it up with reusable stickers. Where I read depends largely on what I’m reading. If I’m reading something for class, I will usually do it at my desk or in the library. I will normally read in bed if the book is for pleasure reading.

Christina's view from the library

Unfortunately, the view out my dorm room isn’t much to look at. I see the main road through the city, the backs of a couple of buildings, and a big parking lot. The view from the library is much more interesting.

I love both your views, Christina! Best of luck with your studies, and I'll keep track of what you've been reading on your blog!

Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when I'll feature another book blogger from our worldwide community!


  1. Wow, I'm so impressed that she has time to keep up a book blog while she's in college! I'm going to check it out now.

  2. I really enjoy Christina's blog, which I discovered when she took part in our WWII challenge awhile back. Like Kathy, I can't believe she can go to college and blog! I never would have been able to do that. In fact, I don't remember reading for pleasure at all when I was in college! Love the blogging spaces; so neat and tidy!

  3. Lovely views!! I especially like that last photo of Massachusetts in autumn. Beautiful!

  4. I was thinking the same thing. ...keeping up a blog and being a college student has to be a lot of work.

    Very nice post. Heading over to her blog


  5. Nice view of the mountain! Wow. Here in the Netherlands we don't have any moountains, and not in any countries nearby either. So, I love it when I hear about people with mountain views...

  6. I'm in awe that she can handle school and a blog. The Montana view is outstanding. I'd probably just sit and stare rather than read. Must take a look at her blog.

  7. Thank you all for checking out my scene. Reading for pleasure during college is pretty difficult, which is why I primarily end up blogging about the books I'm reading for school. My reading speed slows down considerably but reading is such a passion of mine that I cannot give it up entirely.


  8. Thanks to Christina for sharing her space and her beautiful mountain view. Now I'm off to check out her blog.

  9. Christina, I love the views! I think your school desk is so cute with the stickers. Thanks for letting us see where you read and blog at.


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