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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20 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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  5. You are by far one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I adore your writing and you’re just like a bubble of sunshine! Now, otters are absolutely adorable. Otter videos are the ultimate pick me ups. I would happily spend a day watching otter videos haha. Being a lifeguard sounds so stressful, but also pretty cool.

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    1. Aweeeeeeeeeeeeee!! You’re so sweet!!!! Thank you!!! Makin’ me blush over here ha-ha! You’re an amazing human being as well, with a blog that I really enjoy! ❤

      Oh my gosh yes!! Otter videos are the ultimate pick me up videos!!

      It was at times, especially since we had more "crime" in our area, but it also made me feel more confident in my abilities and myself, if that makes sense.


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