Awards and Nominations

Real Neat Blog Award

real-neat-blog-award1A huge thanks to PerfectionInBooks for tagging me in your post!

The Rules:

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 7 questions your nominator has provided.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers and create new questions for them.

My Answers:

Reading outdoors or indoors?

In summer, I love to read outside whenever I can. But for the most part, I just read indoors.

Worst fear about blogging? (ex. having no ideas,no more interest)

Well… I tend to go through phases, where I’m really passionate about a particular thing and become completely obsessed. I also tend to get bored of that same thing soon after. Although I know I’ll never get bored of reading, I do fear that I’ll give up my blogging!

Best thing about blogging?

The community! I love how you can share your opinions and ideas with people who are genuinely interested in the same things.

Best thing about books?

I just love how reading transports you to a whole new world. When I’m not doing so well, I love to just open a book and leave the real world behind.

Do you like movies or tv shows based in books?

It depends. I almost always prefer the books, but there are some amazing adaptations that are well worth watching.

A goal for your blog?

To become popular! I think a reasonable goal would be to get to 200 followers. (I have a long way to go!)

ARCs: Yes or no?

ARCs and galleys make up a huge majority of my TBR list!

My Nominations:

  1. Cafe Book Bean
  2. Shelf-tacular
  3. Carrie’s Book Reviews
  4. A Frolic Through Fiction
  5. Mud and Stars
  6. Glitter2Rain
  7. InspiredByThePage

Your Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. How long have you been blogging for?
  3. What’s your favourite genre of book?
  4. Do you have a favourite author?
  5. Do you judge a book by its publisher?
  6. Long books or short? What’s the ideal length of a book?
  7. New Year’s resolution for your blog?

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Soundtrack to My Life Book Tag

ssssssssWatch the original video here!

A huge thanks to PerfectioninBooks for tagging me to take part in this tag. It looks so fun! Her post is here.

Opening Credits: Favourite Childhood Book

I can’t say I have a particular favourite, but these are a few that I really loved over the years:

Waking Up: A Book That Got You Out of a Reading Slump

Definitely the Divergent series. I had only been reading a couple of books here and there for a while until I read this series and decided to head back down to the library.

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School: A Book You Read for School and Ended Up Loving

I didn’t love this book, but I remember really enjoying it and have actually recently purchased a copy so I can read it again.

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Falling in Love: An Author You Love So Much You Want to Read All Their Books

Hmmm… I really do like Kathy Reichs at the moment. Her Virals series was just awesome, and I’ve asked for her other books for Christmas!

Fight: Book with the Best Action Sequences

I can’t say anything really stands out to me for this one, but these two are probably as close as it gets.

Break Up: A Book or Series You Did Not and Do Not Intend to Finish

Sorry, but I just couldn’t quite get into these.

Hanging With Friends: Book You Think Everyone Else Should Read

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Breakdown: Book That Seriously Affected You/Had You Crying Your Eyes Out

I’m not really a huge crier, but this brought me pretty close to tears at times.

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Roadtrip: Your Favourite Series (More Than 3 Books)

Flashback: Your Favourite Book From 5 Years Ago

I think that would be around about the time I discovered these beauties. (I went on to follow each series and still love them now.)

Getting Back Together: What Book Can You Not Stop Rereading?

There’s a few… I think I’m just going to have to say both these series again.

Wedding: A Book That is Really Special to You

Moment of Triumph: Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

I know, it’s not even that long… Embarrassing…

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Death Scene: Book or Series You Wish Had Ended Differently

As far as I remember, I really loved this series. And although the ending wasn’t bad, it just really upset me. Everything was just so different… I missed the good ol’ days of the first book!

Funeral: Book with the Best or Worst Epilogue

I’m afraid nothing comes to mind right now. I’m sure there are tons of great ones I’ve read, I just find it hard to remember each one!

End Credits: Who Do You Tag?

If you’ve already been tagged, then I apologise! Also, I know I kinda cheated a couple times by adding multiple answers… Sorry!

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The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

Thank you to Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to take part in this!

A popular book or series that you didn’t like:

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I never actually finished reading Gone Girl, but I just couldn’t get into it for some reason. I am planning on reading the whole book and perhaps then I will like it, but for now I can’t say I do.

A popular book that everyone hates but you love:

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There aren’t really any books that I love and nobody else seems to. The closest I can think of is the Earthbound series; it seems to have mixed reviews but I simply love Aprilynne Pike thanks to her Wings series.

A love triangle where your ship did not sail:

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Actually, I think I’m going to say the situation going on in the Virals series. I love Ben and everything, but I think I’ve subconsciously been rooting for Jason since the start. I don’t know. And I still the final book to read, so I suppose anything could happen?

A popular genre that you hardly reach for:

Romance. Anything too soppy or erotic or anything is just a no-go for me.

A beloved character you didn’t like:

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This one’s hard. There’s a few characters that I didn’t really love, but none that I outwardly hate. I’m not sure if Piece is really a “beloved” character, but I wasn’t crazy about her so that’s who I’ll choose.

A popular author you can’t get into:

Michael Grant. I didn’t mind Eve & Adam but I just did not enjoy BZRK half as much as I’d hoped. I’d been wanting to read his Gone series but I’m honestly a bit put off now.

A popular books series you have no interest in reading:

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I don’t know why, but there’s just something about the Red Queen series that just doesn’t seem all that appealing to me. I’m still planning on reading it some time in the future, but I can’t say I’m that excited.

An adaptation you like better than the book:

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This counts, right? I’m in love with Alice in Wonderland and I’m also in love with Tim Burton, so when the two came together… I nearly died.


Your turn:

Hardwork Boulevard

Multifandomed Book Blogger

TheLittleBookCottage

Little Blog of Books

Kirsty Reads

BookLoverBabbles

Dee’s Book Reviews

PerfectionInBooks

InfiniteBookReviews

InspiredByThePage

Best Books of All Time

Bookahontas

The Bookish Khaleesi

A Novel Glimpse

Sarah’s Bookshelf

Anyone else is welcome to take part too, and if I’ve tagged you and you aren’t interested or have already done this tag then just ignore this.

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One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog AwardI would like to thank Glitter2Rain for nominating me for this award! I love doing these!

The Rules:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

7 Facts About Me:

  1. My favourite colour is purple, but black and grey and minty/cyan colours are all close runner-ups.
  2. I have a white Alsatian called Alaska, who is currently sleeping on the floor beside me.
  3. My dad is Indian by blood, but was born in Kenya.
  4. My great-nan passed away last night.
  5. I have four stacks of TBR books along my windowsill.
  6. We used to have 7 cats all at once.
  7. I’ve had tropical fish all my life, and always used to help my dad look after them.

15 Nominated Blogs (My Newest Followers):

  1. Emily Talks About Books
  2. Crafty Little Coco
  3. Kirsty Reads
  4. KindlyKickingBack
  5. Making Days Better
  6. BookLoverBabbles
  7. Dee’s Book Reviews
  8. My Little Life
  9. Poetgeneral
  10. Swoon Over Books
  11. Proudfoot Writing
  12. Your Daughter’s Bookshelf
  13. PerfectionInBooks
  14. Vook: Books + Video Games
  15. Little Great Reads

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Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thank you Perfection in Books for the nomination to take part in this award! I’ve never seen this one before, so it’s nice to be part of it.

This award is given to smaller bloggers to help gain recognition and also bring the book community closer together.

The rules for the award are:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

The Questions (Given by Perfection in Books):

  • When did your love for books start?

Well… I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. I used to sit with my friends and write my own stories and everything! But after my *ahem* hiatus, it was the box-set of the Divergent series given to me by the eating disorder unit I was in last Christmas. I’ve rarely put a book down since.

  • Weird thing about you.

I’m not gonna lie, there are a lot of weird things about me. I suppose one thing is my hatred/fear of the wind, and my need to hold on to everything near me in fear that the wind will otherwise take it away. Oh, and my fear of holding an umbrella on a windy day.

  • An obsession (besides books)

Animals. Mostly my own pets. I was extremely obsessed with my kitten until he was suddenly taken from our lives this week. But I love to tell animals how much I love every little thing about them, and pamper them to death.

  • Which is the funniest book you have ever read?

Huh, this is a hard one. I don’t really read funny books, but I sincerely appreciate humorous aspects thrown into the books I do read. I suppose Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind is the closest I’ve come to a funny book as far as I can remember.

  • And the most scary?

Ah, who doesn’t love a good horror? Sadly, I have a ton of them in my TBR list, but not many that I’ve read yet. But Frozen Charlotte and Unrest were pretty spooky.

  • Favorite thing about your country.

Honestly, I just love British traditions. And I love the little towns and villages and clumps of countryside, especially driving past all the fields on the way to Devon in the summer…

  • Dream job?

Architect, interior designer, vet, wildlife photographer, marine biologist, wildlife researcher… The list goes on.

  • Which one do you prefer: reviewing or doing tags?

Yikes. I suppose tags are always something a bit different, but I do love to put my opinion on each book out there for others to read. Honestly, I can’t decide which I prefer!

  • Favorite phone app?

Hmm… Would it be bad to say Goodreads?

  • Favorite thing about blogging?

Spreading my opinions and hearing what others have to say!

  • Choose a quote you really like and write it (so we can all read it!)

I don’t look at many quotes, but this one is great:

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Random Facts:

  • I’ve always had at least one cat.
  • I have a pet corn snake who lives at the end of my bed. (Yes, he eats mice.)
  • I’ve seen two Fall Out Boy concerts in the past two years.
  • My older brother has recently gone to uni in Leeds and is studying music production.
  • I used to act with a drama group in my town from the age of six until about eleven.
  • I can play the keyboard, piano, organ and guitar but haven’t played properly for years.
  • I’m in year eleven at school.
  • I turn sixteen this December.
  • I’m currently wearing a onesie…
  • I wear contacts every day, and glasses at night or when I’m at home (like now).
  • I go to a school where I only attend classes with one or two other students, a few times a week (due to mental health issues).

Nominations: (I apologise if any of you have already done this tag!)

Your Questions:

  • What is the first book you remember reading?
  • Why did you start blogging?
  • How many books do you read each month?
  • What’s your favourite genre?
  • Is there a book that you liked more than you expected?
  • Have you got a favourite author?
  • Do you take notice of different publishers or have a favourite?
  • Tea or coffee?
  • How many times have you moved house/home?
  • Do you have any friends in other countries?
  • What’s the weirdest book you’ve ever read?

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Blogger Recognition Award

bloggerrec_awardI was tagged to do this by Casey at InspiredByThePage (thanks!) and it happens to be my first award.

RULES: 

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
  • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

I‘m going to pick the first 15 bloggers that I’ve followed as my nominees for this tag. Here they are:

  1. Kirsty Reads 
  2. A Novel Glimpse
  3. Life: Books, the Arts, and Nature
  4. Glitter2Rain
  5. Princessica of Books
  6. Vook: Books + Video Games
  7. Book of Words
  8. The Book Wars
  9. 101 Books
  10. EmilyBooks
  11. The Bookshelf of Emily J
  12. Dysfunctional Literacy
  13. Asylum
  14. BookPeople’s Blog
  15. If Books Could Blog

Right, so now it’s time for me to tell you all about how this blog originated:

Basically, I used to love reading. And writing. And everything, really. But my life was turned around by anorexia, depression, anxiety and self-harm, which left me in a dark place. But several therapists and a trip to an inpatient eating disorder unit, and here I am! For Christmas, all the girls at my unit were given gifts; one of mine was the Divergent trilogy. A few months later I decided to read them, and simply fell in love with reading all over again. Turns out, reading is the best distraction from all the things going on in my head. After joining Goodreads, I made a blog on Blogger. But I didn’t get on with the way it worked, and ended up here on WordPress instead.

And here’s a little advice for those of you who are new to blogging:

All I’m really going to say is to just keep it up! No one wants to follow a blog who rarely posts anything, or who doesn’t include a bit of character in their posts. Don’t go too crazy, but a few memes/tags that you partake in repeatedly, and a decent amount of interesting posts to keep your followers hooked should be enough too keep you blog going strong. (My advice is limited due to the fact that I, myself, am still rather new. I do apologise.)

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My Life in Books Tag

Thank you so much to The Bookish Khaleesi for nominating me to take part in this tag! (You can check hers out here.)

FIND A BOOK FOR EACH OF YOUR INITIALS

Exposure by Kathy Reichs & Brendan Reichs (Virals #4) - Paperback, 432 pages - Published September 11th 2014 by Arrow (Young)

Exposure for E.

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COUNT YOUR AGE ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF: WHAT IS IT?

10911181The 15th book along my TBR shelf currently happens to be The Scorch Trials.

PICK A BOOK THAT REPRESENTS SOMEWHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRAVEL

15713147I definitely, definitely, definitely want to go to Wonderland. (A.G. Howard’s version is extremely exciting.)

PICK A BOOK THAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR

18619731I love the colour purple, and I love the galactic effect of this cover.

WHICH BOOK DO YOU HAVE THE FONDEST MEMORY OF?

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WHICH BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE MOST DIFFICULTY READING?

BZRK by Michael Grant - Paperback, 407 pages - Published September 3rd 2012 by Electric Monkey

I’m afraid that I’ll have to say that I had great difficulty reading BZRK. I had originally checked the whole trilogy out of the library, but after reading the first book I had to return the last two unread.

WHICH BOOK IN YOUR TBR PILE WILL GIVE YOU THE BIGGEST SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT?

12382940Okay, this one is hard. But I think I’ll say The Maze Runner trilogy because everyone seems to have read them except me.


Now it’s time for some nominations! Even if you aren’t nominated, you’re more than welcome to take part too!

The Galaxial World

A Novel Glimpse

Sarah’s Bookshelf

JenAcideByBibliophile

Literary Hellion

Sue’s Reading Corner

Book Snacks

Bookahontas

RedHeadedBookLover

Mud and Stars

Sorry if any of you have already done this tag or simply aren’t interested, if so then please just ignore this!

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