Hello beautiful people!
Oh wow! Nomination number two already?! You are all TOO nice ha-ha! Thank you VERY much Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books for nominating me — YOU’RE SO LOVELY! Seriously … Marie’s a real “down-to-earth” person, someone who’s a friendly face in the blogging community and an overall wonderful human being.
But her blog?! ULTIMATE*BLOGGING*GOALS! I NEED her blog!!!! The aesthetic ALL flows together and it makes me envious that I didn’t think of something like that for myself!! So not only is she a brilliant person with an epic blog aesthetic, but she writes GENUINELY interesting posts … I actually love her discussion posts, wishing I was creative enough for these types of blog posts ha-ha!
So thank you for being such an amazing person, Marie!
The Creator & the Rules
“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.”
Now … for the rules!
↠ Thank and link back to the person that tagged you.
↠ Credit the creator and include the reason behind the award.
Include the banner in your post (can’t find original).
↠ Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
↠ Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
↠ Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
↠ Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
↠ Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated (pingback or contact them).
One. What’s an underrated read you’d recommend EVERYONE to read?
Not only do I think this is underrated, I think this collection of poetry is not well-known enough. This collection is astounding and mind-blowing, providing a beautiful amount of poetry that really tears at your heartstrings.
But it’s also the fact that Wilder Poetry’s poems really resonate with events and turmoils people go through, in addition to discussing beautiful and enlightening moments. I can’t get over how not enough people don’t know Wilder Poetry or haven’t read any of their poetry … I just need to start gifting this to everyone ha-ha!
Two. Do you like book series, or do you prefer standalone reads?
Honestly, I love both for different reaasons. The NICE thing about a stand-alone is once it’s finished, I can move onto something new. And if I didnt’ care for the book, I don’t have to worry about reading more of the series, hoping for the best.
With a series, I love seeing the characters and plot develop over time — it’s really fascinating! And sometimes, I’m not ready to let characters go … so a series is PERFECT for that. However, the WORST is investing in a series to then see it just get worse and worse and worse — I think that’s why stand-alone novels have been my go-to as of late.
Three. What are some of your favorite book-to-movie (or tv show!) adaptations?
Definitely C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe novel that was re-done into a film back in 2009 (is it sad that I thought this was like 5 years ago?). This is one of those FEW instances where I actually enjoyed the movie more than the novel … the film expanded more on the Pevensie siblings, making them more personable. The battle scenes (especially the big one at the end) were also really well done and much grander than the novel.
Four. Do you have any reading goals for this year?
I do! I didn’t want to overwhelm myself this year, so I’ve decided to do two different reading challenges to accomplish some goals:
↠ Goodreads Reading Challenge: I’ve set mine back to 40, even though I usually try to read 52 books a year. I know I already have a busy year planned, and I don’t want to feel stressed about getting to a certain number of books. And honestly, 40 books is reasonable.
↠ The #StartOnYourShelfathon: I have a REALLY bad habit of buying a bunch of books and then not reading the ones I already own … making my pile of currently owned yet unread books even larger every year. So I’m hoping THIS challenge will help me out a bit, making me have to complete certain tasks before buying more books and helping me stay focused on finishing books I already own.
Five. What’s your favorite thing about your book blog? TIME TO SHOWER YOURSELF WITH LOVE.
I actually really love my blog — it’s not perfect, but I’m so proud of how much it’s changed over the years. The first thing I love is the aesthetic; I still want to work on that a bit, but I love the warm colours and vibe it gives off while remaining a minimal look.
The second thing is the organization level … I feel like I get a LOT of compliments on this. I did some MASSIVE reorganizations over the past few years, figuring out the best way to use the “tags” and “categories”‘ functions to help people who visit my blog. Even my book reviews now feel more organized on this site.
I really need to thank a lot of you though, for your feedback and assistance have really pushed me to work on things and make this blog even more functional and fun!
Six. What’s your favorite place to interact with the bookish community? (comments, twitter, instagram…)
Oh … Instagram … 100% Instagram. I’ve tried Twitter, but I just can’t get into it — I tend to forget about it or I never use it. I do also love comments here, building upon discussions with others about bookish thoughts and the like. But the nice thing about Instagram is the direct message (DM) function — there’s a number of you I LOVE talking to on the daily, so this makes it a lot easier.
Seven. Do you have a favorite song?
Hmmm … I feel like I love a LOT of songs. But there are three songs that I really resonate with, basically putting on repeat and will always be those heartfelt songs for me:
Halfway Tree by The East Pointers ↠ I actually got to see this group live in 2019 at CityFolk … and they were amazing! I really hope to see them again, but this song in particular makes me completely and utterly happy.
Start of Time by Gabrielle Aplin ↠ This song I discovered through a TV show, which then led me to love all of her music. But this song in particular is breathtakingly and hauntingly touching … I can’t even describe how it makes me feel in proper words.
When You Say Nothing At All by Alison Krauss ↠ I know she’s not the original singer, but this version is my favourite. It’s my mom and dad’s wedding song, and I think it’s just stunning. I know it sounds lame, but I kind of want to use it as my own wedding song if I ever get married.
Eight. Who are some of your favorite bloggers (bookish or not)?
Oh my goodness … Marie, this is a HARD question!! This is NOT a complete list … which is why I always do monthly shout outs in my wrap up posts, since there are too many amazing bloggers in the world (actually considering a Meet the Blogger series, since I don’t see those as much anymore and love the concept). SOME (not all) of my favourite bloggers based on aesthetics and organization are:
Nine. If you could live any place in the world, imaginary or not, where would it be?
Hmmm … for this, I’m going to stick with real world — I just answered a similar question for imaginary so I want to switch things up! I haven’t really traveled too much yet, but a large part of me wants to live in New Zealand … apparently it’s like Canada but better ha-ha! Or the Netherlands! I just love the architecture in both of these places.
There’s also a HUGE part of me that wants to move out to British Columbia (Canada), but I love my job and my life right now … but maybe one day?
Ten. Describe your perfect reading nook!
Hmmm … rather than describing, how about I just show you beautiful photos of my ideal reading nook??? Trust me … this has been something I’ve been DREAMING about for YEARS, and I will HAVE MY PERFECT READING NOOK ONE DAY!
My Questions to You
- Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter … which is your favourite and why?
- What’s a blog post that you don’t do enough and want to work on writing more of?
- You are now a central character of story. What novel would you want to be apart of and what role would you play?
- What reading challenges have you done in the past? What’s your favourite one that you’ve participated in so far?
- Who’s your favourite side character in a novel?
- You just one THREE wishes! What are you going to wish for? And NO — you can’t wish for more wishes!
- Would you rather only have the ability to read eBooks or hard copies for the rest of your life?
- How did you come up with your blog name?
- Name your favourite: food, colour, song, book, movie and TV show … GO!
- Describe your perfect reading nook.
Tag! You’re it!
As always, there’s absolutely NO pressure to participate!