First of all, I would like to thank all of my lovely fellow bloggers for nominating me for these awards! I am really grateful for all your love and support. Second, I am sorry I didn’t respond to these awards earlier, because this post took FOREVER to write. The number of awards and tags I’ve been getting lately is overwhelming, and it’s difficult to get to all of them. I’d also like to mention that, up until a month or two ago, I was having an issue with WordPress where it wasn’t notifying me of my tags, so I apologize if I missed anyone! I spent some time googling, and think I’ve found most, if not all, of the awards I’ve been nominated for. Please let me know if I skipped you – it was not intentional!
Since I’ve been nominated for so many different blog awards (there are ten here), I decided to put them all into one, Q&A style post. Some of these ask specific questions, while others involve sharing facts about myself. I believe I’ve addressed them all, but it was not easy keeping track! I’m also not nominating anyone, because I have a hard enough time doing that with tags and such (not that I don’t think all of you deserve the nomination, it’s just impossible to keep track of who’s done what).
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this post! And sorry it’s ridiculously long. Next time I’ll keep better track of these. (P.S. let me know if you’re interested in an actual Q&A from me!)
Thanks for reading!
The Blogger Recognition Award – nominated by Izzi @ Ravenclaw Book Club
- How my blog started: Basically, I started this blog for three reasons. First, I wanted to talk about books with other people who like books. I don’t know very many readers in real life, and certainly none who read as much as I do. I wanted to be part of the book blogger community. And it has far exceeded my expectations – I’ve met so many amazing people! Second, I do someday want to publish a novel, and, after taking a class on contemporary writers and publishing, I realized I needed some sort of author platform. (You’re more likely to get published/get a bigger book deal if you have a way of marketing yourself or a network to sell to.) And, finally, I started this blog as a way to practice my writing and get my writing out there. I really need to work more on that last thing.
- Advice for new bloggers: Get involved. Don’t be afraid to connect with other bloggers you admire. Most of us are nice, I promise. And be true to yourself. Don’t set out to make this a career or write only posts you think other people would want to read. Make a blog you want to read. The rest will follow.
The Liebster Award – nominated by Izzi @ Ravenclaw Book Club
- Do you have a blogging-related pet peeve? (Come on, I can’t be the only one!) Honestly, typos. I know I’m probably guilty, too, but they make me cringe. Especially on book blogs.
- What is the most disappointing over-hyped book you’ve ever read? Probably The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. I feel like I’m the only one who didn’t love this book. I liked the idea, I just couldn’t get through it.
- What are your favourite blog posts to make? I like putting together my recommended reads and discussion posts. I don’t write them nearly as often as I’d like.
- What are your favourite blog posts to read? I enjoy reading book reviews. It helps me decide what I want to read.
- If you could choose how to die, what way would you choose? (Not to be morbid or anything.) I’d want to be doing something awesome.
- What is the most annoying question you get asked all the time? In response to finding out that I’m an English major, literally every single person immediately asks, “So you want to be a teacher?” (A close second is: “Why are you reading that?”)
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (For those scared of the future: where do you see yourself tomorrow?) Hopefully living somewhere cool, working at a publishing company, and writing. A brilliant husband wouldn’t hurt, either.
- A question of your choice! I’m running out of ideas. I can’t think of anything, either.
- What book do you love that not many people know about? I feel like Vicious by V. E. Schwab and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North are still relatively unknown. They’re both amazing!
- If you could manipulate nature, which would be your element: water, fire, air or earth? Definitely air. Because it can pretty much beat the other three if you think about it. I’m an air sign, anyway, so it makes sense.
- If you could be any magical creature, which one would you wanna be? Maybe a dragon?
Dragon’s Loyalty Award and The Beautiful Blogger Award – nominated by Michelle @ Book Adventures
Both these awards call for listing 7 interesting facts about myself, so here they are (I’m combining them, because I’m really not that interesting and there are quite a few of these):
- This is the third blog I’ve started. I briefly wrote a blog about history, and had a blog about nail art for about three years (which I may or may not pick back up at some point).
- I recently became a vegetarian after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, Eating Animals.
- I once spent the night inside the shark tunnel at SeaWorld. It was terrifying, but awesome.
- I used to live right next door (the buildings literally touched) to the Museum of African American History in Boston (aka The African Meeting House). It was such a cool little place – it used to be part of the Underground Railroad.
- I have been to a Hollywood movie premiere. I was twelve, and the movie was The Country Bears. The movie sucked, but I got to meet Haley Joel Osment and Christopher Walken.
- I have yet to finish The Lord of the Rings trilogy – I’m still only halfway through the first book. I have read The Hobbit, though.
- When I was in London on as school trip, we went to the Hard Rock, and they turned of the alarms so we could touch the instruments. I have a picture of me sitting on Freddy Mercury’s antique chair and holding Kurt Cobain’s guitar while wearing his white sunglasses.
Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award – nominated by The Book Wench
- Which book is one of your guilty pleasure reads?
My guilty pleasure read books are basically anything by Meg Cabot. I’ve been a fan since I was in junior high and read The Princess Diaries. But, as an adult, I’ve read the Boy series more times than I can count. They’re just so fun!
- What is your favorite book quote of all time? Just one? Um, probably: “He always thinks because I’m reading I’m not doing anything. There is no greater plague to the introvert than the extroverted.” It’s from Golden Son by Pierce Brown. And I’m pretty proud of the fact that I didn’t have to look it up.
- What book are you most looking forward to reading? There are so many! But I’m really excited about getting to The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss in the very near future.
- Who is your favorite person in all of history, dead or alive, and why? You know I was a history major, right? This question is not easy. Einstein, because was both absolutely brilliant and had the best sense of humor. Anne Bonny because she was a total badass. And Queen Elizabeth I, because I’m a total anglophile (and British royal family junkie) and she was pretty cool.
- If you had to give up one of your senses, which one would you choose? Probably hearing. I already know some sign language, and that way I could read books in peace without any interruptions.
- What is your favorite non-domesticated animal? I really like owls. And squirrels. My cat’s name is Squirrel.
- If you could read one book for the first time all over again, which book would it be and why? Harry Potter, hands-down.
- What book that is relatively under the radar do you wish more people would read? The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. She might be my favorite Brontë sister, and I loved this book even more than Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, but no one else seems to have read it.
- What are some of your favorite hobbies? Other than reading? Netflix binging, knitting, baking, writing. I’m basically a 27-year-old grandmother.
- What is a word that you love and what is a word that you hate? My favorite words are sycophant and meretricious. And I basically hate most modern slang; “bae” is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
The Versatile Blogger Award – nominated by Beth @ Reading Every Night
Seven more facts about me:
- I’m kind of a Mac junkie. I have a MacBook, a MacBook Pro, an iMac, an iPhone, an iPad, and an Apple TV. I will admit that three computers is excessive, but I’m pretty hard on them with all of the graphics I do. And then, obviously, I needed a small one for writing.
- I really want to learn photography.
- I hate lending out books because I never get them back. But I almost always say yes if someone asks me. I hate explaining why I don’t want to lend them out.
- I’m honestly terrified about graduating from grad school and entering the “real world.” I even tried to get a second masters to delay it.
- When I have time and money, my favorite thing to do is explore used bookstores.
- I have a slight addiction to post-its.
- I once saw Steve Martin give an impromptu concert on the streets of Boston. It was pretty cool.
The Versatile Blogger Award – nominated by Beth @ Reading Every Night
Yay! Seven more facts about me:
- I recently got a personalized book embosser for my birthday, and I’m a little bit obsessed with it.
- My favorite color is navy blue.
- I almost always wear mostly black.
- I hate leaving the house without a book in my bag.
- I really, really hate spiders. It’s the one thing in common with Ron Weasley (though I did recently dye my hair red).
- I’ve had a crush on Neville Longbottom since I was twelve (even before the movies came out and Matthew Lewis got really hot).
- I am planning on moving to Seattle after I graduate.
One Lovely Blog Award – nominated by Nicole @ Sorry, I’m Booked
And another seven (seriously, this is getting hard, I wish I’d done these earlier):
- I love to travel! My favorite cities (so far) are Edinburgh, Scotland; Boston, MA; and Langley, WA.
- I really hate living in California. It’s crazy expensive, and we have no seasons.
- I’m kind of obsessed with tea. My favorites are Earl Grey and Harney & Sons Sweet Cinnamon Spice.
- When I’m really in the mood to do something brainless, I play The Sims (and, of course, use all the cheats).
- I actually love being a nanny, and the thought of having to leave (to get a real, grown up job) makes me really sad.
- I didn’t read the Percy Jackson series until I was 26.
- Sometimes, it takes me a few tries to get into a book. But those are usually the ones I end up loving most.
Real Neat Blog Award – nominated by Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction
- Who are your auto-buy authors? (Authors where you would buy any book they release) Neil Gaiman, Pierce Brown, and V. E. Schwab
- Which book-to-movie/TV adaptations you are looking forward to? I can’t wait for the TV adaptations of A Darker Shade of Magic and American Gods, and hope the movie version of Red Rising actually happens.
- What do you not like seeing on a book cover, and puts you off buying it? I’m not usually a fan of people/faces on a book cover. I like more abstract, artsy covers.
- When you’re not reading, what else do you do in your spare time? I watch Netflix. Really, though, I’m getting my MA in English and creative writing, so reading is all I do.
- Which fictional world would you NOT want to visit – at all? Basically anywhere in A Song of Ice and Fire. I would die. Immediately.
- If you could be any character from a book, who would you be? Hermione Granger. She’s definitely one of the characters I identify with most.
- What books do you hope to read before 2016? (I’m so sorry it took me forever to get to this, so I’m just going to pretend it says 2017.) I really want to read one of the Jane Austen books I haven’t read yet: Sense & Sensibility, Emma, or Persuasion.
Infinity Dreams Award – nominated by Bosnia and Herzegovina @ The Book Orchids
- If you could choose any place on the Earth and even from the space to live, where would it be? Somewhere in England. Close enough to London that I could visit, but far enough away that it wouldn’t feel like I’m living in a big city.
- What superpower would you like to have? I’d really want to freeze time so I could read all the books. Or teleporting, so I could travel.
- What is the TV show you can’t stop watching over and over again? So many! Buffy, Gilmore Girls, Friends, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Veronica Mars, The Office. I’ll stop now.
- What is the book you haven’t read although it’s a must read? (no lies) According to my two favorite college history professors, Moby Dick is a must read for everyone. And despite one of them having actually assigned it in class, I still haven’t read it.
- What movie adaptation of the book do you hate? Good question! The only one I can think of right now is the live-action Alice in Wonderland.
- If you could name a planet, what name would you choose? Probably something from mythology. I think Ares would make a good planet name. (Even though it’s pretty much the equivalent of Mars.)
- What’s your favorite actor/actress? I love Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson. I will watch anything they’re in.
- When have you realized that you are something like a book addict? When I was five and I would hide from my parents in the closet with a book and a flashlight instead of going to bed.
- If you could punch the character from a book/movie in the face, who would it be? This is going to be a really controversial answer, but: Celaena from Throne of Glass. She is so annoying!
- Which fairy tale is your favorite? I’ve always loved Rumplestiltskin and The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
- Ask yourself one question. Why did I wait this long to make this post?! It’s taking me forever.
The Liebster Award – nominated by Nicole @ Sorry, I’m Booked
- Why did you start your blog? I answered this at the top of this post, but to recap: blogging community, author platform, writing.
- What’s your favorite part about blogging? The blogging community! I love you guys, and have “met” so many great bloggers.
- What are you currently reading? I’m currently rereading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Where was the last, new place you visited? (Doesn’t necessarily have to be a city or country) Last summer I took a trip to Langley, Washington. It’s a small town on Whidbey Island, outside of Seattle. And I LOVED it! It made me want to move up there.
- Coffee or tea? Both.
- What’s your favorite season and why? Winter. I love snow and the cold. I cannot stand when it’s above like 75 degrees.
- What is your current obsession? I recently started watching Silicon Valley on HBO, and I kind of really love it.
- What was the last song you listened to? Imagine by John Lennon
- What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday? Absolutely nothing. Or reading.
- Tell me a random fact about yourself! I get really anxious if I go more than a week without finishing a book.