The “Behind the Blogger” Book Tag || Tags & Awards

Hey beautiful people!

… we should have a contest to see how many times we tag one another this year, and then try to beat it next year — just sayin’, it could be fun!!

Thank you again Laura Beth @ Hot Shot Headlines for tagging me in the Behind the Blogger tag. I’ve done a few tags like this before, but I figured it would still be fun!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer all the questions down below.
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about to do this tag.

One. Why did you start blogging and why have you kept blogging?

Well, I started blogging as a way to read again. After undergrad and the master’s program right afterwards, my love of reading kind of … faded. It felt like a chore rather than enjoyment. But I wanted to find my love for reading again. So, my roommate said I should start a blog or something and write reviews. And voila!

I’ve continued blogging because I like the people here, I love having a way to express my thoughts about books I’ve read, I enjoy seeing other reviews and having discussions on them, and I like sharing other things such as my more recent BuJo posts.

Two. What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

Either Top 5 Wednesdays when they’re a topic I enjoy or book reviews.

Three. What are your top three favourite blog posts?

I wasn’t sure if this was my own posts or others, so I copied Laura and did my own:

Five Feet Apart Book Review : Not only was I happy with my thoughts (for once), but I loved the meaning behind this story and being able to share more about CF to the world.

Invitation to Poetry Book Review : I loved this collection and this is when I finally started revamping my reviews to how they look today … which is SO much better!

Dark Wine at Midnight Book Review : This is NOT one of my best reviews, but it was my first ARC. I’ll always be grateful to Jenna Barwin for believing in me, especially since I was so new to blogging and reviews!

Four. What are some of your favourite things to do to relax?

Well, reading obviously! But I also love to walk in nature, listen to music, sky gaze (daytime or nighttime), relax near a body of water (again … nature person), yoga or hit the gym and lift some weights (yes … this has actually been proven to help anxiety, which then helps me relax), and just chill with some of my friends and watch movies/drink wine/eat lots of food!

Five. What are your three favourite things?

… okay … this is hard so I’m not including family and friends and people in general. So …

Nature | Otters | Reading

Six. What are your proudest blogging moments?

My first is when two bloggers, who I still talk to today, reached out and followed my measly little blog: Laura Beth @ Hot Shot Headlines and Lois @ My Midnight Musing. They might not think it’s a lot, but knowing that people cared about my content and wanted to interact with me made me feel so happy. At this point in my life, I moved so far from home and knew no one. So having this blog and having REAL people (not bots) following my site was epic — they’re amazing humans!

The second is the first ARC I ever received — Dark Wine at Midnight by Jenna Barwin. At first, I thought it was a joke! I was so shocked! My blog was so new and had little content with even fewer followers. But, she still asked me to review her novel … which I LOVED!

Seven. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

… reading … ha-ha! Okay, let’s see: rollerblading, kayaing, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, strength training (when I feel energetic), nature walks, eating out and trying new foods, movie watching … does tea and baked good tasting count as well?

I don’t even know if these are all hobbies or under a different umbrella … oh well …

Eight. Describe your personality in three words.

Giggly | Daydreamer | Ambivert — I’ve been told I’m basically a real life version of Rapunzel from Tangled.

Nine. What are your top three pet peeves?

Oh boy … um …

  1. Rudeness and disrespect for people, animals/creatures and the environment.
  2. People that ALWAYS have to be right …
  3. Passive aggressiveness … UGH

Ten. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

Oh my goodness … I don’t know ha-ha! I say I’m an open book, but my friends beg to differ … but I’m right ha-ha! The problem is all the great things in my life you lot probably know about — it’s the sad things you guys don’t know, which I just find no reason talking about because it’s in the past and life is epic as f**k right now!

Okay … um … I can make a clover with my tongue, and you can TELL it’s a clover! Oh! Did you guys know I was a lifeguard for a couple of years and actually had to jump in and rescue a few times? Now that’s cool stuff! Yup, I’m going with that. I was a lifeguard for about 4 years at an outdoor pool. Though it was INTENSE at times, it was a great learning experience and helped me land a number of jobs later on.

The Nominees

Mel to the Any | Blogs of a Bookaholic | The Caffeinated Reader | Bookish Paige | Moor Books


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18 thoughts on “The “Behind the Blogger” Book Tag || Tags & Awards

  1. Thank you so much for tagging me in this, I can’t wait to give it a go!
    I really enjoyed learning more about you as a blogger, and I love that Otter’s was in your favourite things list. 🙂 They are just the cutest and I love it when they hold hands *cuteness overload*. 😀

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  2. Great answers for this, I loved reading them! 😀❤️
    Why am I not surprised you were a lifeguard? It seems to fit with your nature personality. That’s definitely an experience to say you had to jump in a save someone! Damn! 😄
    He-he-he I’m such a master of passive aggression 😙 I don’t mean to be that way sometimes, but my sarcasm has a way of turning into passive aggression and people at work just know how to push the buttons and I can’t deal, haha 😅

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    1. Ha-ha!! It was a fun time, though the place I worked at was … well … lots of shenanigans that helped me prep for life ha-ha!!

      LMFAO! Hey, at least you admit it. I had a friend who would say she “wasn’t” but TOTALLY was lol! Oh, I am rather sarcastic, but my colleagues are too which makes things so much more fun 😀

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      1. Oh no, at least you learned from the experience. Always the silver linings right?!

        That’s step one to a problem right? Admitting it? 😝
        Oh, that’s annoying!
        That does make things more fun. Mine sometimes can’t tell when I’m being real or not, hehehe 😅

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  3. Oh I love otters, they are just so cute and I love how they play with pebbles. I think I may have even said this to you before?! I can’t remember so I’m sorry if I repeat myself!

    I’m trying to get back into yoga. I did a whole load of it last year and loved it and then, much like I always do, I got out of the habit and found it hard to get back into it. I did some yesterday and yoiks. My muscles are just locked in!

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    1. I know eh??! They’re super adorable!! It melts my heart. I was watching Zootopia yesterday (again) and the otters still make me all happy! Pft … that’s okay … I repeat myself ALL the time and I tend to forget things easily … and besides, it’s otters. Love for otters is always allowed to be repeated multiple times.

      I am too … I have been slacking this month and focusing more on strength training, but i’m planning on going back this week 😀 Oh yea … people at my work are like, “so you stretch?” — I got the one guy to go and he’s never said anything about yoga just being stretching ever again lol!

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  4. Ah Zootopia is such an underrated movie! I love it because it’s a buddy cop/ detective movie but with bunnies and what’s not to love about that?!

    Oh god yoga is so much more than stretching. I can’t remember what version of yoga I did (I follow online videos and they don’t always tell you the official name) but I’ve never sweated so much in my life! It’s such an endorphin rush.

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