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Blogger Recognition Award. <3


The rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include their link
  • Give a brief explanation of how your blog began.
  • Give some advice to new bloggers.
  • Name ten nominees and include their links.
  • Tag your nominees on twitter to let them know.

Thank you to the wonderful Devyani at Books&Blogs~Life&Literature for the nomination. I believe this is the first time that I’ve been nominated for this particular award and I’m quite flattered and honored to be amongst those she nominated. If you haven’t, you should give her a follow. She’s newer to the community, so give her a huge warm welcome. ❤ 

So. Advice to new bloggers.

  1. Be Patient. Publicists are very busy. If you’re reaching out to them for an ARC, be very patient. They have a lot on their plates. If they answer, be friendly and personable! Show your excitement and always, always be polite. If they don’t answer you, don’t take it personally.
  2. Have Fun! The minute this feels like a chore? Step back. This is supposed to be fun! The less you enjoy it, the more it’ll show on your blog on those occasions that you post. So bear that in mind.
  3. Engage with the community. There’s a whole circle of bloggers on social media; don’t hold back. Jump in. Ask questions, talk to others, get involved! Almost everyone I’ve met has been so accepting and lovely, happy to help and to talk shop, so to speak.

    4. This is the most important one.

Tagging:
Kati, Malanie, Sarah, Gina, Stephanie, Tracy, Amy, Becky, ManiSavannah

 

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Awesome Blogger Award!

awesome-blogger-awardThank you so much to Whitney @Whit Reads Lit for the nomination. I feel very honored! ❤ It is greatly appreciated!

Awesome Blogger Award Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason behind the award.
  • Include the banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers and let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

Behind the Awesome Blogger Award

The award was created by Maggie at Dreaming of Guatemala who stated – “This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

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Whitney’s Questions:

1: If you could only choose one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I’m torn between historical fiction and fantasy. I think I’d probably go with Historical Fiction because there are thousands of years covered and I love reading about them.

2: What is the longest series you have ever read?

Harry Potter, haha. But I want to read Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series, which I think is longer. I’m not sure.

3: Have you ever met any authors in person? If so, who?

I haven’t! I would like to though. Unfortunately, I live in a really small town and we don’t have a bookstore here. Now, online, I have met several of my favorite authors and I’d love to meet with them in person.

4: What color dominates your bookshelves?

I haven’t really thought about that or given it a real look to gauge that. It’s pretty multi-colored, honestly.

5: Do you have any genre that you do not like/would never read?

Erotica. It’s not because I’m a prude or anything, I just don’t like it.

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My Questions:

1. When you’re not reading, what do you enjoy doing?
2. Do you shop online for books or do you visit a bookstore? Which do you prefer?
3. When you were a child, what was your favorite book?
4. What is your least favorite book?
5. What is a genre you wish you could get into but just can’t seem to?

My Nominees:

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate
Kristyn @ The Bibliophile Empress
Jolie @ Read With Me
Ashley @Book Tales
Amanda @The Limit of Books Does Not Exist

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You like me! You really like me!

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I was nominated by ER @Literary Tea for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much! Please be sure to head over to her blog and give it a follow! ❤


So what is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

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ER’s Questions! 

What is the one thing that you don’t like about Blogging?

One thing I don’t like is the days where I am inspired to blog, but I can’t seem to get the words out right. I’ll spend hours trying before I give up, frustrated.

Describe your reading nook.

My reading nook is the corner of my bedroom. I have one large bookcase and a smaller one. I’m expecting another to arrive soon–a belated birthday gift. I’m pretty sure that it’ll be filled up soon! Haha. I have an old desk chair but i need to replace it, as it’s very uncomfortable.

Have you ever given a really bad rating to a book? How did you feel about it?

I have. When I was first blogging; I didn’t have much in the way of a filter, and I lambasted this one book. I don’t remember the name of it now, but I remember being extremely honest and frank in how I felt about it.  I felt good at the time but I look back and I realise I probably came off as an ass. I didn’t offer any constructive criticism, so it was a bad review.

How do you juggle your responsibilities and commitments with blogging and reading?

I don’t have much in the way of responsibilities, but I admit, I read a lot at night, when I’m going to bed. Unfortunately, a few more pages always ends up the entire bloody book! It’s not always bad, but when I’m a zombie the following day, I kind of regret it.

Would you rather party or read?
Read. I’m very uncomfortable at parties, unless it’s with family and then it’s better because I know the people there. I hate the awkwardness of parties where I don’t know anyone.

Which fictional character would you marry?
Oh wow. This a hard one! But I think I would pick Rhett Butler. I know it’s a peculiar choice to some, but ever since I was a little girl, people have joked that I’m just like Scarlett O’Hara. So I expect that a marriage to Rhett would be fun. Unlike Miss O’Hara, there’s no Ashley Wilkes to distract me from Rhett.

What are the qualities that make a book stand-out?

Well, I am shallow. I love a pretty cover. If it catches my eye, then I’m quite interested. But for me, a good book is one that makes me feel like I’m right in the midst of all the action, I love descriptions; good detailed ones. I love vibrant characters. I want hours to go by when I think it’s only been a few minutes.

What would be the one question you would ask your favourite author? Name the author.

Did Scarlett and Rhett get back together?! –Margaret Mitchell

Suggest a book for your father.

I’m adopted and I don’t know anything about my father, including who he is.

Which character do you identify with the most?

Well, I’m torn between Scarlett O’Hara and Jo March. There’s a rebellious and stubborn streak in me, one that no one has ever been able to break. I’ve always known what I wanted (or what I thought I wanted) and I’ve been bullheaded, stopping at nothing to get my way. My family is important to me and there’s really nothing that I wouldn’t do for them, which is a trait that both young women have. I feel a kinship with Jo because of my love of writing, but I’ve always felt a bit like Scarlett personality wise.

Of course, I identify heavily with Belle from Beauty and the Beast, but I think everyone knows that about me!

Give two pieces of advice to your future blogging self.

Be patient. The words will come when they’re ready and not a moment before. Forcing them only makes them sound terrible and everyone else can tell that they’re forced.

Stay passionate. If you feel the love fading, take a step back. Take a break. Reconnect with your love and then start over, but not until you feel ready to do so. Else you’ll burn out and then rage quit again.

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My Questions!

  1. What is your all time favorite children’s book?
  2. You have the opportunity to have dinner with three authors–living or dead. Who do you pick and why?
  3. What is your favorite classic novel?
  4. What is the worst book to movie adaptation, in your opinion?
  5. What is the best book to movie adaptation, in your opinion?
  6. If you could trade places with any character, who would you chose and why?
  7. What is your favorite book?
  8. If you could cast any actor/actress to play your favorite characters, who would you choose and why?
  9. What is a book that you absolutely hate?
  10. What’s your favorite way to read? (Like, on a rainy day? In bed? Et cetera.)
  11. What is your favorite genre and why?

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Paige @ BooksNBelle
Kris Marie @ Boston Book Reader
Andrea @ 17th Century Lady
Rachel 
Jenniely
Cleo
Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland

I would have picked 11 of you; but my computer is being slow as hell. -_- And I haven’t gotten to interact with that many of you yet!

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Liebster Award!

I have been nominated by: My Personal Thing and A Scholarly Skater. Thank you both so much for the nomination! ❤

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Here are the official rules for the Liebster Award nomination:

  • Each nominee must have under 200 followers
  • Thank and link to the nominating blog
  • Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
  • Nominate 10 blogs and tell them that they’ve been nominated
  • Write a post containing the questions
  • Include these rules in the postth_SNOOPYreading_bookMy Questions for my nominees: 

    1. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose and why?
    2. If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would you choose? (You can pick more than one–have  a dinner party!)
    3. What’s your favorite color?
    4. Books or movies?
    5. If you could go on an adventure to anywhere, with anyone, what would you pick?
    6. Favorite tv show?
    7. What do you love about blogging?
    8. What do you hate about blogging?
    9.Where is your favorite place to be?
    10. Tell a random fact about yourself!

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    My nominees are:
    {I’m sorry there’s not 10!}
    https://moriahkaye.wordpress.com/
    https://missbookaholic.wordpress.com/
    https://rewapednekar.wordpress.com/
    https://reviewsofaselfproclaimedbibliophile.wordpress.com/
    https://whywelikereading.wordpress.com/

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    1. Favourite game?
    Well, if you mean like a board game, I’m going to go with Monopoly. I was terrible at it as a kid, but I’ve gotten better at it. Computer games, I’m going with the Assassin’s Creed series.

    2. Anything you would like to learn that you haven’t learned already?/
    I’d like to learn French and Spanish.

    3. What is your dream job?
    To work at Colonial Williamsburg.

    4. Films or books?
    I love both! Do I have to choose?

    5. Furthest place you have traveled to?
    Roatan, Honduras. I was on a cruise. We also stopped in Cozumel, Mexico, Belize and Grand Cayman Island.

    6. Favourite part about blogging?

    All the wonderful people I’ve met. :]

    7. Most memorable part about blogging?

    Getting to talk to authors I might not have ever gotten to meet and to talk about their work.

    8. Favourtie song?

    All time? Ugh, you’re killing me! Haha. “Let It Be” by the Beatles.

    9. Favourite musical artist/band?
    Artist: Right now, I’m really into Sam Smith.
    Band: Backstreet Boys. (LoL, I know.)

    10. Favourite artistic/creative artist?
    Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo. I also like Renaissance art.

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Pick any work of art or artifact from any time or place to display in your home. Feel free to ignore all practical concerns when answering this question.

This is such an awesome question. I would take La Scapigliata by Leonardo da Vinci. I’d want to have a Da Vinci Code-esque adventure to get it first though, lol.

What was your major in college and why did you pick it?
I didn’t actually finish college, but I had hoped to major in history with a minor in British Literature. I love history and I really enjoy BritLit.

Imagine that you wake up one morning and have a rare day off, with no responsibilities whatsoever. How do you spend the day?
Sleeping, haha.

Describe your personal sense of style by referring to the characters or pop culture icons it most resembles.
<—Basically my style, lol.

Who is your role model and why?

I don’t think I really have one. I’m just kind of me and  I don’t want to look up to someone who will disappoint. But if I had to pick, perhaps I’d pick Alice Roosevelt, Theodore’s daughter. He once commented, “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.” So, that tells you something about her. 🙂

What is your favorite non-fiction book (because everyone always asks about fiction)?

Do you think a movie can ever be better than the book it’s based upon? (I know I’m being scandalous here!)
It can! Forrest Gump is a perfect example because Book!Forrest is actually a bit of an ass and he’s mean! Movie!Forrest is just perfect. He’s emotional in a way that I don’t think book version is. I just love the movie version so much more. (And Tom Hanks is just amazing to me.)

What is your dream job (real or invented)?
I answered this, but I’d really love to work at Colonial Williamsburg. 🙂 I just love it there.

What would the title of your memoir be?
“God bless you, blow your nose.’
I have terrible allergies and I’m always sneezing…so my mom always says that to me. I joked I’d name my memoirs said title.

Would you rather have an unlimited, forever-replenishing supply of good books, cute clothing, or yummy snacks?

I have so many books and snacks are easy to come by. But I’m a big girl, so cute clothing in my size would be fantastic!

Pick a foreign language that you want to learn.
Well, I said French and Spanish already, but I’d also like to learn how to speak Italian or Greek.