Beyond the Blurb | Support Bloggers of Minorities and with Disabilities

I always want to come up with interesting topics for my weekly/monthly discussion post. And this topic hits close to home for me. Last month, I struggled with the stress in my life, and I couldn’t blog, so I took a small hiatus. So I’ll come clean: I have mental and physical illnesses. Yes, I have multiple. Past trauma and a chronic illness have wreaked havoc with my life, and I’ve let them control me. And saying that my illnesses are disabilities is hard to admit. I don’t want to accept that they are. But they are.

So, as I write this post, I want other bloggers to know they aren’t alone. Whether they are in a minority or have a disability, this community will support them no matter what they do. And if they need help, we’re here for them. But why should you keep supporting these bloggers?

 

1. They bring a different and unique perspective to the blogging community

Sometimes, people simply don’t understand the struggles they deal with. They show you how we all aren’t completely aware of issues with PTSD, anxiety, depression, racism, sexism, racial tensions, or homophobia.

 

2. They promote diverse books

Not a surprising reason, right? I find more diverse reads from them than anyone else. And I love that. I love that they’re promoting all kinds of books and authors. More importantly, they’re showing their love for them.

 

3. They aren’t afraid to say what needs to be said

Do you know what I look for the most in bloggers? What they’re willing to say. What crap they won’t put up with. If they find something problematic, they’ll damn well tell you about it. And you’ll be sure to listen. I know I do.

 

4. Their voice is needed in a sea of noise

Most of the time, you may not hear a voice that speaks out against a hyped-up book or author. But you should. Their voice deserves to be heard, to be acknowledged. And maybe, we should start listening up.

 

5. They support other bloggers

Networking helps fellow bloggers who are in the same situation as them. If others need help, they offer support when needed. But they also build a connection with other bloggers who need that support system that may not be there in their lives.

 

So where do you find them? Networking and Google. But if you don’t know where to start, here are some of my favourite bloggers:

Merline from Merline Reads

I met her by chance through a Twitter follow post. Merline has opened my eyes with many issues that POC face today. I love reading her reviews. And it’s a pleasure to know her.

 

Cait from A Page with a View

Who doesn’t know Cait? She’s practically a blog queen of book nerds. I’ve read her stuff for years. But I didn’t know she suffered from Lyme disease. She doesn’t let that take away her love for books.

 

Yash, Nafiza, Janet, Jane, and Yuriy from the Book Wars

I’ve followed their blog for several years now. But I know Yash personally. Both she and I took Ryerson’s Publishing program together, and I happened to be in the same course as her. She’s passionate about children’s and YA books.

 

Jeann, Jenna, and Aila from Happy Indulgence

They’ve been blogging since 2012. These three women give you a happy vibe when blogging (really, no pun there). I love when they support a book that deserves recognition and when they tear down a bad one.

 

Giselle from Book Nerd

She, a Canadian blogger, is one reason why I started my own blog, and her blogging tips have helped me over the last few years. Her voice is unique, and she stays honest with her reviews.

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The Unique Blogger Award (2)

Hello, darlings!

I truly need to stop working on my blog so late at night. One time, I might actually get a review done, not push it back to the next day. 😂

The amazing Bibi nominated me for this award. You guys are too good to me, you know that?! When I see these kinds of noms show up in my notifications, I want to hug you all. Clearly, you need to follow her blog, so go check it out!

THE RULES:

  • Share the link of the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer their questions
  • Share some love with the blogging community by nominating 8-12 people
  • Ask three questions for your nominees

Bibi’s Questions

How do you decide what book you will read next?

And you have started the first question off with a hard one. And here I thought this post would be easy. 😂 Typically, I plan which books I want to read throughout the month. So I want to read the recently released books immediately. However, I’ve been indecisive about which book to pick up lately. I’ve changed my mind three times this week just so I would stick with reading A Reaper at the Gates.

 

If you had to build your own harem, which 3-5 book loves would you choose? You can only pick one per book.

Yessss, someone finally asks me this question! And I find another harem reader (wow, that sounds horrible). I am not a hornball. I swear.

  • Thorne from Lunar Chronicles. My smol baby just breaks my heart every time I read about him!
  • Cassian from A Court of Thorns and Roses. That man is godly, and I’d probably whimper at the sight of him. And evidently, I have a thing for winged men.
  • Kaz from Six of Crows. The man owns my heart.
  • Elias from A Reaper at the Gates. MY CINNAMON ROLL IS PRECIOUS. Why wouldn’t I have him on this list?!
  • Elian from To Kill a Kingdom. I need a pirate in my life, and he is gorgeous, devious, and ruthless.

 

What’s your favourite kind of blog post to write and why?

I love writing discussion posts. They allow me to interact with more bloggers and see what their thoughts are on a particular topic. And I just love debating about books. So it works for me.

Right now, I’m working on one that talks about supporting bloggers in minorities and with disabilities, which I’m excited to finish!


My Questions

  1. When do you know that you should give up on a series you may not like but feel like you need to read ( for bragging rights)?
  2. Which beloved book couple do you hate the most? Why?
  3. Which book are you anticipating the most to read?

My Nominations!

Muahaha, now I get to pick my victims. 😈

MogsyElaine | JaneShaliniChristineCindyPaigeLaRonda | Lily | Becky

No pressure! If you’ve recently done this, don’t worry. But if you want to go ahead, link me up so I can read your responses, which are the best part of this award!

Beyond the Blurb | So You Hate Your Blog Name

Are you in the same situation as I’m in, where you hate the name you picked for your blog? I don’t blame you. I’ve reached my two-year blogging anniversary, and yet I can’t stand looking at my URL. In my defence, I picked it when I couldn’t get the word novelties by itself. And I regret that moment ever since.

I’ve picked a new one. And hopefully, I can still get to keep my followers once I switch over to it. But now, I’ll have to look into a WP subscription in order to keep everything I’ve created. And while that step is annoying, I’m happy to make the change. I need it. And more importantly, I want it.

So what do you do when you’re stuck in this dilemma? Here is some advice that may help you pick a new blog name or find the right one for you when you already have one:

 

1. Research and See What Other Bloggers Have Picked

Before you even decide to start a blog, look at which names have already been taken. A lot of book blogs may have the words read, night/midnight, chapters, spine, reader, paper, or page/pages. While I like them, I think moving beyond them will make yours stand out. However, the word book/books is a perfectly fine option either way. If you want to use those words, go with something unique. Change it up so your name doesn’t blend in with the others. And look into blog subscriptions so you can keep it for good.

Here are some names, while a few are common, actually work:

A Page with a View: I love how this name tells a story. Even though it uses the word page, it’s unique and fresh.

Read at Midnight: Clear and precise, this name tells the readers what this blog is about.

Nose Graze: Unique, highly original and memorable, this name will always be my favourite.

The Reader and the Chef: This one goes with a theme and stands out from the rest.

My Friends Are Fiction: Alliteration will be popular with bloggers.

 

2. DON’T DO WHAT I HAVE DONE. Really. I mean that. Don’t do it.

Don’t pick just a random name because you’ll regret it. I don’t know how many times I need to use full caps, but don’t go down the road I’ve gone. It’s costly and annoying.

 

3. Figure Out What Your Brand Is

This tip is important. Figure out what it is before you move forward. Are you a book, fashion, lifestyle, food, or life blogger? What do you want your name to stand for? Once you find that answer, you’ll have a better chance at picking a name.

 

4. Talk with Other Bloggers and Bounce Ideas Off of Them

I picked my new name by talking with a fellow blogger, Danya @ Fine Print. Sometimes, getting a second opinion will do wonders for you. Trust me. Even now, I’d love to bounce my ideas off of some more bloggers just to see if the name I’ve picked is good.

 

5. Accept That It’s Okay to Change Your Name

If you hate it, change it. And you know what? I know many bloggers who have changed their names several years in. Ashley from Nose Graze changed her name two years in. Don’t be afraid of change. It’ll bring in a new stage to your blogging.

 

6. When You Have Picked a New Name, Announce It Multiple Times, over Multiple Platforms!

And this final step is vital as well. Don’t just change it and forget to tell your followers. They’ll have a hard time finding your blog. And you don’t want that. Break it to them that you want to change your name, and you’re in the process of doing so.

If you want, you can leave your blog theme and design the same for a month or two so they can see that your blog is the same. The name has just changed. And yes, this point is where I say I’m changing my blog name.

So what are your thoughts about changing a blog name? What do you think about doing it? Are you in the same situation as I’m in? Let’s chat!

The Reader Confession Tag

Even though I would love to *cough* obsess *cough* over my Scarlet review, which I hoped to write last night, my health decided to kick me when I was down, so I need to take things easy for the next while. Now, say hello to another book tag!

So I saw this one on Hammock of Books. I love when I see Kay’s posts pop up on my Reader feed. Go check out her blog!

 

Have you ever damaged a book?

😐😐😐

Yes. Several. And I don’t want to talk about it. I feel so guilty. 😭

How long does it take you to read a book?

I typically give myself about seven days to read a book. But I read Cinder in twenty-four hours, and I read a 300-page book in almost two weeks. So I’m all over the board with this question. 😅

Books that you haven’t finished?

I believe I’ve dnf’d a handful of books, but there are plenty I wanted to though.

Hyped/popular books you don’t like?

I don’t understand the book. I love magical realism, but the storyline is all over the place. I honestly tried to love it. Just look at that cover. But I felt the book had two separate stories conflicting with each other, and I’m not sure which one won.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Smut. Actually, I wouldn’t tell my mom I read it, but she probably already knows since I read it in front of her. I have no shame in reading these books. Oh God, I’m like Nesta. 😂

How many books do you own?

I wouldn’t be surprised if I owned around 300. But compared to some of these bookstagrammers, I’m a baby Smaug.

Are you a fast or a slow reader?

It all depends on the book. I can breeze through a couple hundred pages in a few hours, and sometimes it may take me forever to get through a book.

Do you like to buddy read?

Yassss. My first and last buddy read was with Dana @ Dana and the Books. Both she and I attended college together and took the Ryerson Publishing program as well. And even though she has moved to the UK, we keep tabs on each other. She’s one reason why I first started blogging.

But yes, I love doing it even though I don’t do it often. And this answer gives you permission to bug me into buddy reading with you.

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

Obviously, I prefer reading in my head. I cannot imagine any other way. I’d probably annoy everyone more if I do.

If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

I’ve always been honest with my readers. I come from poverty and a bad past. So reading, and in extension writing, has saved me. Both have blocked out situations and pain. So if I had only one book to read/own, it is White Oleander. It is my haven, my safe place, my bible. If you’re a survivor, and you’ve read this book, you’ll understand what I mean. If you don’t, I still recommend it to you.

 

Tag time!

Just because I tag you doesn’t mean you’re obligated to do this tag. I just thought you might have fun doing. Now if you do, link me back. I want to read your answers.

For anyone who I haven’t tagged, you can do it as well! I’m not stopping you. 😉

  1. Marta @ The Cursed Books
  2. Leslie @ Books Are the New Black
  3. Merline @ Merline Reads
  4. LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks
  5. Elaine @ Howlin’ Books
  6. Ashley @ Thrifty Bibliophile
  7. Jasmine @ How Useful It Is
  8. Kayla @ Books and Blends
  9. Sara @ The Bibliophagist
  10. Cassie @ Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Dislike but Am Glad I Read

 

Yeah, yeah, I’ve rewritten this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I didn’t like the one I posted earlier, so I’ve decided to stick with this week’s topic. And now it has put me in a funk.

I hope you enjoy my little rants as much as I have. 😉 Here are my picks for books that disappointed me, but I glad I read regardless of the rating:

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

I dislike a Maas book? Come again?! I don’t particularly hate it, but I found it lacking. A Court of Frost and Starlight is one of my top most anticipated reads of 2018. So I had huge expectations. Yes, we get a clean transition from the first series to the second, but I wish Maas cleared up the issue with Mor and Az, but she’ll drag that on for all its worth. Az deserves the truth, and the fandom needs clarification on Mor’s sexuality.

What I do love about ACOFAS is Nesta’s growth. Some readers hate it, but I loved it. Her devolution is more startling than Feyre’s.

 

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

I rated this book too high when I first reviewed it. But the more I think about it, I think the rating should be closer to three stars. I don’t mind when characters push others away. But the way Mare pushed Slade, who she thought was dead, rubbed me the wrong way. The only thing that saved the book is the ending even if it broke my heart.

 

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I was so ecstatic about winning the Hazel Wood from Indigo Teen. The cover is gorgeous, and the blurb sold me. But unfortunately, the story falls short of what I was anticipating. I like the overall storyline, but I feel the execution killed it.

Secondary characters are the saving grace of this story. I loved them. I’m still not sure if I’ll buy the sequel. Sometimes the hype doesn’t live up to the book.

 

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I love how Cassie introduces a deadlier and dangerous foe with the Cohorts and Centurions, but I felt too conflicted with everything else. Her books are too dense, and probably a quarter of that book could have been taken out. Even though I love Julian and Emma, their relationship scares me, and it breaks my heart they were put into that situation.

 

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BOOK. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?! The story killed my love for this book. I bought it on a whim, and while I adored the diversity, especially Alex, I wish it was set apart from high school. I know, I know. It’s a YA book, but I thoroughly enjoyed the last half of the book when the trio went to Los Lagos. I loved immersing myself in the Bruja culture, and I hope to see more of it. But the love triangle felt forced, and the female love interest seems like she worships Alex.

The Unique Blogger Award

If I could scream without causing another coughing attack, I would. But I can’t. Over the weekend, Merline from Merline Reads nominated me. Thank you, deary. ❤ I needed that pick-me-up since I got sick on my birthday and have been a walking plague ever since.

I was wondering how I’d start off the week, and my mind was coming up blank. So you’ve saved my butt, Merline. You should go check out her blog!

Now, onto the award.

 

The Rules
  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

Merline’s Questions

1. How do you balance personal life, blogging, reading, and other commitments?

Plan, plan, and plan. You can’t wing everything in life, even if half of the people I know would say otherwise. My planner has saved me more than once. You may need to make a blogging day (or days) so you can schedule which posts to write.

With reading, I calculate how many pages I need to read per day. One tip I’d give is to write reviews as soon as you’ve finished the book, or you’ll run into problems with no remembering certain details. Perhaps I should take my own advice. 😅

 

2. Describe the book of your dreams.

Oh, I’d love for a book that could actually transport me into the story. Wait. No, scratch that book. That’s the plot for the Chamber of Secrets. Nope. Not interested, Riddle.

I don’t have one, which surprises me since I thought I would. Fiction will always have flaws in it. Even my most favourite books have them. Or maybe I’m still looking for the most sarcastic character who will prove me wrong.

 

3. What you would do with a million dollars?

First, I’d support my Mom. She has given up so much since she became disabled, and she has always deserved more. And no, Mother’s Day doesn’t sway my thoughts.

If I had anything left over, I’d invest it, or I’d build my own library and stock it with tons of books.

 

My Nominees

  1. Kay @ Hammock of Books
  2. Nina @ The Cozy Pages
  3. Taylor @ Nerd Narration
  4. Jess and Teagan @ Fiction No Chaser
  5. Bree @ Perpetual Fangirl
  6. Ashley @ Book Tales
  7. Kathy @ Books and Munches (please tell you’ve found me a Scots! 😉)
  8. Marty @ The Cursed Books
  9. Jenn @ Bound to Writing
  10. Elaine @ Howlin Books

My Questions

  1. Which villain have you fallen in love with?
  2. What is the last blog post you struggled with the most? Why?
  3. What series would you love to be apart of?

 

Thank you for nominating me, Merline! I had such a fantastic time with this post. Anyone who is interested in doing this award, link back to this post so I can see your answers! I can’t wait to read them.

Sunshine Book Blogger Award (2)

Ahhhh! I’m so excited to do this post. The wonderful Merline @ Merline Reads nominated me for it. Thank you, deary! Now go check out her posts. Yes, right now. Then you can come back here.

 

THE RULES

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Merline’s Questions

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Back when I was in college, I developed an illness, which has sidelined me many times. This autoimmune disease almost costs me my diploma. Travelling to college, doing the work, waking up at an ungodly hour when I barely got two hours of sleep, and just functioning were the hardest days of my life. But I didn’t let it me beat me, and I graduated, on time, with all my friends.

If stranded on an island, what three books would you have with you?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (it brings me life)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

What’s your favorite place to read?

Even though I’m not a genius like Sheldon is, I have some of his tendencies. I have a Sheldon chair, aka my chair, where I always read. Okay, I practically do everything in that chair, even sleep. But back at my old house, we had a huge cardboard box filled with blankets where I’d sit and read in it. Tobi, my old cat, hated that I stole her hiding spot. 😂

What’s your favorite drink and snack to have while reading?

Even though I’m not a huge chocolate fan, I love hot chocolate with chocolate-covered raisins

If you had to recommend one book (any genre) to someone, what book would you suggest?

(I can’t decide, and I’ve been waiting to use this gif for months)

What author would you love to meet?

Don’t tempt me. Alrighty, I have a list. Here it goes:

Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, Victoria Aveyard, Kelley Armstrong (again), and Tate James

…the list goes on

Who is your celebrity role model?

I don’t really have one, except Leigh Bardugo, who rocks life with a cane.

What’s your favorite food to eat?

Why would you ask me this question?! I love food too much to make a coherent answer.

If your life, as it is up to this point, was made into a film what song would be playing during the end credits?

Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine (I’m dramatic even though I don’t admit it)

What’s your favorite Disney movie?

Nightmare before Christmas!!!

What advice would you give new bloggers?

Don’t be shy, involve yourself in the blogging community, comment on your followers’ posts, participate in challenges, get yourself out there, find new ways to bring people to your blog, and don’t be afraid to address the controversial issues you find important.


My Nominees

  1. Clarissa @ The Quirky Lady Bookworm
  2. Kay @ Hammock of Books
  3. Kaila @ The Traveling Inkwell
  4. Cindy @ readctbooks
  5. Ashley @ Thrifty Bibliophile
  6. Bree @ Perpetual Fangirl
  7. LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks
  8. Rhea @ Bookchanted
  9. Lena @ The Printed Girl
  10. Leslie @ Books Are the New Black

 

And anyone who is interested to do this award can do it. You don’t need me to nominate you!


My Questions

  1. What trope do you love/hate the most?
  2. Now, which trope do you want to do away with?
  3. Which series do you love to hate?
  4. What do you wish to change/make better about the blogging life/community?
  5. What is your next anticipated read?
  6. Which is your top three OTP (one true pairing)?
  7. Who is your favourite villainous character?
  8. Who would you love to see dead? And when I say that, I mean fictional characters.
  9. What is your last DNF book?
  10. Which book would you love to be transported in?
  11. Who is your latest book boyfriend or girlfriend?

Book Blogger Test Tag

 

I can’t remember when or if I’ve done a book tag. But I saw Jenn @ Bound to Writing do this one, and I knew I had to. Now she hasn’t nominated me personally though, but I thought, “Sure why not.” Thank you, Jenn! Now go check out her posts. You’ll love her blog.

Now let’s get to the book tag!

 

The Rules

Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog

Answer the ten questions asked on this post

Nominate at least five people to do it also

 

The Questions

Top 3 Book Pet Hates

  1. When authors destroy your OTP for no good reason (like cheating) or heavily hint at a potential relationship, only to burn it down. ACOTAR series is a prime example. But that fandom is too vicious, so I’ll leave it alone in this post.
  2. When authors don’t represent bi characters correctly. I have had enough of a character being only lesbian or only gay (but I’m happy to see more lgbtq+ characters though). Have people forgotten there are bi ones as well? And please don’t think that these characters are into threesomes either. Maybe bi people are. But assuming that all do doesn’t help your storyline and alienates your readers.
  3. When an established series has a cover change. Now, this thought is a little controversial. I love the Ember in the Ashes series, but there has been a lot of debate over this issue. I’m glad that the cover will represent brown characters, but the publisher could have easily represented them when the book came out. I have to agree with my blogger friend who believes it’s a marketing ploy.

 

Perfect Reading Spot

I’m Sheldon, so I have a “that’s my spot” chair. It’s perfect, and it’s in the right place. And no one else sits in it, except occasionally my floof.

 

3 Book Confessions

  1. I haven’t finished reading Harry Potter series. Don’t judge, please. But my Grade 6 teacher turned me off of it when he made fun of me not reading it in front of the class. He was an ass, so I can’t blame the series for his faults.
  2. I used to hate mass market paperbacks and trade paperbacks, but becoming a book blogger has encouraged me to look into buying paperbacks for older series. And a part of me would like to see the option of paperbacks for new releases like you see in the UK, but I doubt we’ll see that change.
  3. I never thought I’d read paranormal romance, but I’ve grown to love it. Give me smut any day. 😂

 

Last Time You Cried Reading a Book

When haven’t I cried?! I cried hard when I read ACOWAR, Lord of Shadows, and a few others.

 

Number of Books on Your Bedside Table

If I have any books on my table, my floof of a cat may just collide into them when he gets up. Thankfully, my stray-turned-pet doesn’t knock anything down because he’s the most respectful cat I’ve ever seen, but he overestimates his jumps and would most likely knock them down.

 

Favorite Reading Snack

HA! I typically forget to eat when I’m reading, so I rarely have a snack. And I fear to get my book dirty.

 

3 Books You’d Recommend to Anyone

 

A Picture of Your Favorite Bookshelf

I’m in the process of getting a new shelf (probably need two or three more), so my shelves are in shambles right now.

 

How Much Books Mean to You (in 3 words)

My safe haven

 

Biggest Reading Secret

I get twitchy when my books are damaged, so I won’t ever lend out one, even to my closest friends (I love you, but I’ve seen your books). And I get even twitchier when a brand new book shows up damaged. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Canada Post.

 

My Nominations

I’d love to connect with more bloggers, so I thought I’d nominate you all. You don’t have to do this tag, but I thought you might like to. And if I haven’t tagged you, go for it! I don’t want to exclude someone if I haven’t tagged them.

  1. Lena @ The Printed Girl
  2. Danielle @ Books with Bain
  3. Marty @ The Cursed Books
  4. Lisa @ A Book Calls
  5. Amber @ Step into a book Worlds
  6. Dora @ Berries and Books
  7. Kyra and Nikki @ Book Allure
  8. Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd
  9. Darque @ Darque Dreamer Reads
  10. Annike and Zoë @ Twin Tales

Blogiverssary Part II | My 100th+ Follower Giveaway!

 

Hey, book lovers!

I haven’t been around lately since school has basically zapped my entire time. But I’m back! I am not dead (even though my blog took a big hit). So guess what. I’m celebrating my 100th+ follower on my blog. ☺️ To honour it and to give back to the blogging community, I’m giving away a free hardcover copy of Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu! This international pre-order contest ends December 30 at midnight. Good luck!

Again, I’d like to thank every single one of you who have supported me. I love the book blogging community so much and feel honoured to be a part of it.

ENTER HERE for your chance to win.

Please see above that I’ve extended the contest end date, which was changed from the 23rd to the 30th.

 

Like all my other giveaways, please read the following rules:

  • You must be a follower or subscribe to be one.
  • You must also complete the required Rafflecopter entries. If you haven’t completed them, your entries are are no longer valid.
  • All information you provide (including your email and mailing address) is not shared, but it will be used to send you this prize. So please ensure that all information is accurate and is in this order: name, address, city/town, postal code/zip code, and country.
  • You must use one email address only. If you have one email for your Facebook and another for Twitter/blog, pick just the one so you won’t miss out on entries.
  • You can reblog and retweet once a day for more entries.
  • The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. I’m using Book Depository, so please ensure that BD ships to your country. If you do not know, here is a list. If not, I’m sorry, but you cannot enter this giveaway.
  • If you are under 18, please have parental permission to give me your address before you enter any entries. If you enter the giveaway, you confirm you have said permission.
  • Absolutely no giveaway blogs can enter.
  • If you are the winner, you have 5 days (since this contest is close to the holidays) to respond to my email. If you not do, I’ll select a new winner.

The Mystery Blogger Award (2)

 

Hey, everyone!

Give it to me to forget that I was nominated twice for this award, which was created by Okoto Enigma. Rheanne @ Rheareads first nominated me back in January. And I thought I’d spread the love (rather late) to other bloggers! I haven’t been around the blogosphere lately. School’s been draining me since it started. And I thought I’d let everyone know I’m still around. I’m not dead. I repeat I’m not dead.

Enjoy, everyone!

 

Award Rules

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Nominate roughly 10-20 people for this award
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  8. Ask your nominees five questions.
  9. Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written

 

Three Things about Me

  1. I don’t like blue jays or peacocks. Other birds I’m fine with. But those? Nope, nope, nope. Those vicious beasts attacked me. The first one dive bombed me, then the other chased me. And now I sound more like Sheldon every day. Wonderful.
  2. I’m clearly camera shy. And if I could avoid getting a picture taken, I’d dive right into a shark tank.
  3. I’ve apologized to the books I’ve damaged. Silly and highly weird. But I feel bad for hurting my babies.

 

Rheanne’s Questions

Why did you start blogging?

I’m an introvert with extrovert tendencies, so I felt compelled to start blogging. And, since I’d love to get into the publishing industry, I also wanted to get experience in the blogosphere.

 

If you were to meet your favourite author, who would it be and what would you do?

I think if I met Leigh Bardugo I’d combust into fangirl flames and horribly die in front of everyone. But I’d be happy for about a second though! More than likely, I’d beg for her to adopt me and to teach me the ways of Kaz Brekker. Both of them are my heroes.

 

What is a popular book (series) you hated?

The 50 Shades of Grey and Twilight series, which I’ve read. And somewhat The Mortal Instruments. Okay, I don’t necessarily hate TMI, but I don’t understand why some of the fans are so cutthroat. I get why some readers hate the series with all the author controversy. But you’re either a fan, a hater, a staunch hater, or a staunch lover. There is no in-between with this series. And I don’t know why people will go out of their way to point of why they love/hate the author or series. Calm down, chicklings.

 

What is your most memorable book blogging moment?

Having Leigh Bardugo talk with me and like my posts. She’s just liked my review of Language of Thorns. I nearly DIED. Well, I’d be happy, but very much dead.

 

What book are you most anticipating for 2017?

Oh, God. Why would you ask that question? That’s like asking me which book I love. Okay. Here’s my list:

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (LOVE this one)

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Warcross by Marie Lu

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

 

My Favourite Posts

  1. I loved writing my review on Three Dark Crowns. It was such a great and uniquely dark story, and somehow people loved my review.
  2. My review on Now I Rise was also a great post as well. I’ve just started reading Kiersten’s work, and I was eagerly awaiting to see how Lada, the female Vlad the Impaler, gets her crown back. That woman is more vicious than Hannibal Lecter.
  3. I miss writing my Bookish Finds series, which showcases book-related gifts. Even though it killed my bank account, I loved finding new things to buy.

 

My Nominations

  1. Kyra and Nikki @ Book Allure
  2. Darque @ Darque Dreamer Reads
  3. Kris @ Boston Book Reader
  4. Kathy @ Books & Munches
  5. Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd
  6. Judith @ Chain Interaction
  7. Candace @ Literary Dust
  8. Stephanie @ Between Folded Pages
  9. Cat @ Cat’s Shelf
  10. JoBeth @ Blue Binding
  11. Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner
  12. Elaine @ Howlin’ Books
  13. Taylor @ Nerd Narration
  14. Zoe @ Book Addict Rambles
  15. Laura @ Snazzy Book
  16. Meg and Leah @ Twin Reads
  17. Sarah @ The Critiquing Chemist
  18. Denna @ The Crow and Dagger
  19. Annike and Zoë @ Twin Tales
  20. Shanayah @ The Scarlet Bookkeeper

 

My Questions to You

  1. What was your 2017 most anticipated book that disappointed you?
  2. Which books are you eagerly awaiting for 2018?
  3. Who’s your least favourite author? Why?
  4. What would you like to see authors incorporate into their stories that you don’t see now?
  5. Which character in a series you’d love to fight?