I was over the moon when the lovely Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award back in January! Thank you so much for the nomination Emer – I really appreciate it and I’m sorry it took me so long to get the post together.
If you don’t follow Emer’s blog already, please do go and take a look. She reads an insane number and variety of books, writes reviews from the heart and is just a genuinely kind, supportive member of the book blogging community. I would nominate her again if I could (but that would be really annoying!!!)
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- List the rules.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
- Share a link to your best post(s).
Thank you Okoto for creating the award!
I think it is a wonderful idea to find out more about the bloggers whose posts we read every day. My answers are below:
Three Things About Me
- I am proud to write for the City Girl online magazine, which helps to connect and empower young women living in cities across the UK and abroad. I cross-post the article links to this blog and you can read the latest one here or search for the tag ‘magazine articles’.
- I performed a pretty epic career change when I dropped out of my Veterinary Medicine course to study English Literature instead!
- I’ve learnt to hula hoop in lockdown!
My Favourite Blog Post
The most popular post by far that I have written for this blog is This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay: Top 10 Funniest Moments. I hope it brings you some chuckles in this very strange and anxious time. It’s also a moving tribute to the NHS, which couldn’t be more timely.
Do you think there is a place for one star reviews in the blogging community?
Although I have never given a one star review, I think they do have a place in the blogging community. Without negative reviews, positive reviews lose their impact.
For me, a book would not just have to lack something (character development, a gripping plot etc.) for me to give it one star but include something that made me angry, such as condoning hate/discrimination.
How do you feel about audiobooks?
I love audiobooks! When my university isn’t shut by COVID-19, I have a 1.5-hour commute each way and I don’t know what I would do without an audiobook to keep me company.
Having said that, I only tend to listen to certain genres in audio format, specifically non-fiction and classic books (which tend to be slower-paced) otherwise I can lose track.
Have you ever emotionally identified with a character or plot in a book that you felt the author was writing the words that are etched on your soul?
Great question! The book that came to mind is actually non-fiction, a title called The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine Aron.
It’s a wonderfully compassionate book and reading it felt like having someone explain me to myself!
What was the last book (or film) that made you cry?
I’m a huge crier so this is really not difficult! Only last weekend I watched a film with my family called Gifted about a little girl who is a maths genius, and the relationship between the girl and her one-eyed cat made me cry.
What ice cream flavour do you think best represents your personality? E.g. are you vanilla with sprinkles? Maybe you’re a decadent salted caramel? Or maybe you’re a scoop of rocky road?
Something brightly-coloured like raspberry, or one of the bubblegum ones full of e-numbers!
- What is the funniest book you’ve ever read?
- Tell us your favourite book quote.
- Which book do you think has had the biggest impact on your life?
- What is your favourite hobby outside of reading?
- As you know, if books are my first love, animals are a close second, so do you have any pets? Please feel free to share some cute photos!!!
Thank you again for the tag Emer! I really enjoyed reading your answers and joining in myself. I’m looking forward to finding out more about other bloggers!
Michael @ The Book Lover’s Sanctuary
…for his amazing book lists that will leave your TBR a mile high.
Chloe @ Marshmallow Pudding
…for her wonderful focus on diversity – I loved her mini reviews of Own Voices new releases and her list of reads for International Women’s Day reads.
Christie and Thi @ A Court of Books and Brews
…because they’ve only been going since February and have already compiled an incredible variety of books (from rom-com to urban fantasy) in their reviews and book lists.
Julie @ One Book More
…aside from the Les Miserables reference in her blog title (best musical ever!) she writes in-depth and balanced reviews, as well as author interviews with intriguing questions. I’ve never approached an author for interview before so think she’s very brave!
Mara @ Mara’s Folded Pages
…for her enthusiasm that shines through in every post, plus her personal and friendly writing style. What a beautiful website too!
Don’t worry if you’re not really into tags or are feeling overwhelmed by blogging at the moment, I promise I won’t be offended! Otherwise, I can’t wait to hear your answers 🙂