The Mystery Blogger Award Number Three || Tags & Awards

Hello beautiful people!

Oh yes … I exist … hi! With having a social life now (yes … I’m shocked too), being a little sick and gosh knows what else … Bookmark Your Thoughts has been set aside slightly this month. But I’m HOPING to get back into the swing of things December and January (yes … the two WORST months to start that, but we shall see how it goes).

Oh Sofii — how can you be even more of a bigger sweetheart than you already are?! Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. tagged me in The Mystery Blogger Award. Thank you so much, darlin’! She’s SUCH an amazing blogger … but she’s also a legit sweetheart. Even when she gets mountains of comments and messages, she really tries to take the time and respond to everyone! So if you aren’t following her … you need to fix that.

The Rules

↠ 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).

This tag was created by Okoto @ OkotoEnigmasBlog.

One. Have you ever felt so identified with a character that you end up picturing it as yourself?

Funny enough, I do! Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and Ponyboy Curtis from The Outiders by S.E. Hinton. It freaks me out how much I relate to these characters, both how I was as a teenager and who I am today. From being a daydreamer to being a lover of books, I still don’t think there are any other characters that I relate to more than these two.

Two. What thoughts do you have about ARCs?

Ummm … I guess I like them? Ha-ha! Well obviously, since I do receive and accept them. I think it’s a smart way for authors to get their books out in the public, since more people than I originally thought check book blogs for reviews (and other sources, such as Goodreads).

But I think one thing both authors and bloggers need to realize is that we don’t HAVE to say yes … and we aren’t always going to like their novels. I’m pretty honest in my reviews and I’ve been VERY lucky to have had a lot of authors who literally say “awesome points … please post it!” when my opinion isn’t the most POSITIVE.

Three. Do you think that a person who gives 5 stars to everything reads is questionable? What’s your thought about giving low ratings?

Sofii … what is with the hard questions?! I honestly don’t even know what I think about ratings in general someday’s ha-ha! I like using them to organize, but a basic 1 to 5 star rating is rather difficult! Everyone rates VERY differently. When I review, I try to judge base off of a number of elements: did I like it? does the book actually cover what it should cover? the writing and pacing?

So I guess my answer is … I have no clue lmao! I don’t really critique how others rate since it’s so subjective. I think as long as your really honest with how you feel, then the rating you choose is good.

Four. Name 3 book bloggers that inspire you!

Sofii — you’re legit killing me here! THERE ARE TOO MANY!!!! Honestly, there are so many bloggers that I ENVY BEYOND BELIEF! I’m listing bloggers who’s aesthetic and organization skills are similar to what I look for with my own blog:

↠ Alex @ Whimsy Pages
↠ Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.
↠ Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall

And honestly, this list doesn’t even come CLOSE to representing everyone.

Five. Can an author’s reputation affect your thinking about his books?

I think an author’s reputation more affects whether I want to support them by purchasing their books rather than my thoughts ON their books. An author could be the most prejudice person ever, yet still have good writing and story telling skills. There are a LARGE number of classic writers who’s novels I love but then discovered later in life that they were sexist or racist or … all the above and more. It’s a shame, to be frank.

The Nominees & Questions

I’m using Sofii’s questions because I’m trying to play catch up right now ha-ha! And I’m only nominating three people:

↠ Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads
↠ Anna @ My Bookish Dream
↠ Lauren @ Narrative Paradise

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21 thoughts on “The Mystery Blogger Award Number Three || Tags & Awards

  1. Great post, Jenna, I really enjoyed reading this!❤️

    I agree so much with your thoughts on author’s reputations. If an author doesn’t have the best reputation, it doesn’t affect if I can enjoy their actual book or not, it just means I don’t want to be a fan or support them in any way. It’s hard to find the line between separating the art from the artist, though.


  2. Your answer to the last question was spot on. The book might be phenomenal and the author incredibly talented, but their actions definitely make me question whether or not I want to support them.

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  3. These were such fun questions and you gave great answers! I feel the same way about book ratings. On one hand I kind of hate it because it can never be perfect and some books are SO hard to rate. But for some reason, I can’t entirely stop rating books. I guess you’re right, there needs to be some kind of system for organizing books. I will probably just be a never-ending battle with my bookish rating scale haha.


  4. Thank you so much for nominating me! ❤ 😀 These are all such interesting questions, I can't wait to answer them as well. Though I must say that some of them are really hard. 😂 I really enjoyed reading your answers! ❤


  5. Oh, honey!!! * getting emotional * LOVE YOU!! 😭, thank you SO much for your kind and warm words, you’re a beautiful human being and I’m so happy to have connected with you this year! ❤️

    Super happy that you made the tag because I was interested in knowing your answers and I LOVED it! I know they’re hard to answer, I’m sorry, honey! but I thought it would be fun because you can talk a lot about each point 😊
    I totally agree with you about the ARCs & OMG, thanks for including me in your bloggers who inspire you, I feel so happy and grateful! 🥰 🥰

    I hope you’re having a wonderful end of the year, you deserve it ❤️


  6. Ahh I relate to Lara Jean so much (but I also wish that I was more like her!! cos she’s the best character!!!) Really agree with you on ARCs- we don’t always have to say yes or like the book. oof that question about trusting reviewers was hard haha! I get what you mean about the author affecting whether you pick up their book, cos it’s really hard to look artist to the art (easier if they’re no longer alive, to be honest!) Really great to read your answers for these tough questions!


  7. Hi, honey! The end of the year is always the busiest time, with all the holidays, gatherings and work load that needs to be done ASAP. I hope you’re enjoing the snow and colder weather, as well. 🙂

    And OMG thank you so much! ❤ I'm so glad that we became friends this year. You inspired me to work harder on my blog, and your comments made me realise that blogging is not a lonely activity at all, as there are so many amazing, kind and like-minded people out there ❤ Thank you so much, love ❤


  8. Lovely answers 💛💛 That question about someone who rates everything 5 stars was so interesting. It’s a stretch to say that I don’t trust people who always give high ratings, but I definitely take their ratings with a grain of salt, because I know that they rate books differently than I do. I rarely give 5 start ratings, haha. Also, I love how you answered the author’s reputation question! I think that an author’s rep can affect my view of their book/s, but ultimately, I just won’t support them as much. I may still like their book, but I’ll very rarely, if not never, promote it on my blog and social media.

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    1. Thank you, darlin’! I think that’s the big thing for me when it comes to authors. If I can’t respect them, then I don’t want to support them. That doesn’t mean they are or aren’t good writers, but why would I want to give my support to someone who’s morals don’t align with my own? Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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