The Outstanding Blogger Awards

This award looks so fun and I cannot thank the three people who nominated me enough! Please please please check out Em’s blog @Cats, Bibliophiles and Baguettes. CBB is no longer active due to problems with the website creation website, but Em has started a new blog, on wordpress! You can find her @Tea for Teens. Next, we have April @Booked Till Midnight! As soon as I saw her blog, I fell in love (with the blog. And it’s purely platonic, I have no romantic feelings for April’s blog. Guess you’ll have to try harder, April. 😂😂😂 Actually wait, please don’t because I don’t really want to fall in love with a blog). She posts the most amazing things so please give it a look! And lastly, just today (or perhaps yesterday, depending on when I post this), Tiction @Fictionally Crazy nominated me as well!
Anywhom, before I start this post, I suppose I ought to actually post the rules…just so you all can keep me in check. Here you go:

  • Provide a link back to the creators original post 
  • Answer the questions provided
  • Create 7 unique questions
  • Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  • At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award.

(By the way, I think the idea of every blog being entered at the end of 2020 to see who wins is an AWESOME idea)

And now, the part that you’ve all been waiting for (that is, I assume it’s the part you’ve all been waiting for since it’s the body of the post you’re currently reading), my answers to the questions!

Em’s Questions:

1. What is your ideal vacation spot?

Let’s see…usually when we go on vacation we go to a wide variety of places. I don’t visit beaches very often, even if we go to a state on the coast, just because my parents don’t like them much–and honestly neither do I. Too sandy. There’s two spots I love to vacation. Either in a cabin by a lake (kayaking!) or, actually, in the middle of a city. I LOVE exploring new cities, seeing new things, just being surrounded by buildings and people, it’s so awesome for me. (plus, there’s always lots of new restaurants with good food)

2. Who is a person who inspires you?

You know that thing where you’re asked a question and all answers just immediately vanish from your head? Yeah. But okay I actually got one. Phil Bildner. Bildner actually writes middle grade novels, not YA. I read his book A High Five For Glenn Burke earlier this summer and it was really enjoyable. For some background, AHFFGB is about a young gay boy who really loves the sport of baseball. He finds out and does a school project on the very first openly gay baseball player in the major leagues, Glenn Burke and throughout the book, Burke’s story really inspires him. Now, I love this book because I love baseball and I love the LGBTQ+ community. And this book is actually what got me interested in the LGBTQ+ community within professional sports (mostly baseball). Nowadays, I’m super interested in this and want to work to make professional sports and sports at all levels more accepting for the LGBTQ+ community. And AHFFGB is really what started it.
That being said, I also really admire Sean Doolittle, who is a pitcher in major league baseball (Oakland A’s, Washington Nationals, currently a free agent). Doolittle is a HUGE ally for the LGBTQ+ community and uses his platform and voice to speak out for a lot of causes (also, please look up Sean Doolittle pride shoes because those things are b e a u t i f u l)

3. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about having a blog?

Probably one of my favorite things about having a blog is interacting with people and seeing how people enjoy my content (either that or you all are just putting on a facade to make me think you’re enjoying it). I love interacting with readers.
One of my least favorite things to do is probably design the actual blog, like what the pages look like and stuff. I feel like wordpress can be sorta frustrating when doing this just because…well maybe it’s because I’m an inexperienced wordpress user. Anyways, I dislike making my blog look good overall–but it’s fun to add little graphics to posts.

4. What’s your favorite bookstore?

Hmmm well I don’t usually really go to bookstores…(especially not during covid, obviously). Usually, I just get books from libraries. I do think that Barnes and Noble is a pretty cool store…other than that I can’t think of a big chain bookstore that you all would know of (and I’m NOT willing to talk about local bookstores that I go to).

5. What are your 2021 reading goals or life goals?

So there are a LOT of books that I REALLY want to read in 2021–enough that I will hopefully eventually write a post of 21 books I want to read in 2021. A few of the most notable ones are Cemetery Boys, which I actually hope to read in, like, the last 6 days of 2020 (this is me banking on getting it for christmas), some VE Schwab books and some Alice Oseman books.

6. If you could wish for one thing (not more wishes) what would it be?

In a perfect world I would say books but there’s too many problems in the world for me to feel like I can say that. So. I’d probably wish for everyone to be able to accept everyone for who they are–I wish that everyone would support the LGBTQ+ community and BLM and for everyone to be a feminist and no judging on body size or anything like that. That would be my wish.

7. What’s one thing you like about my blog and one thing you dislike?

I really enjoyed all the creative list posts you did, Em! I know that your new blog is not entirely focused on books but I hope that you will still be able to squeeze in posts like the ones on CBB like the list of books about politics you did around election day, or the red and green book cover list you did for one of the first days of blogmas. Those were so interesting to read!

April’s Questions

1. What is an oddly specific trope you adore?

THERE ARE TROPES THAT I LIKE
I JUST CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING RIGHT NOW
I’LL KEEP THINKING
Update from like two days later: have yet to think of a trope I really like but the trope I dislike the most is INSTA LOVE. I DESPISE INSTA LOVE. PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

2. What is your favorite figure of speech?

APRIL STOP WITH THE QUESTIONS THAT HAVE OBVIOUS ANSWERS I JUST CAN’T THINK OF RIGHT NOW. Nah, you don’t actually have to stop. But I can’t think of anything right now, I might come back later.
(Yeah, I didn’t do that, my mind is still empty)

3. What is your favorite song right now?

Hmmm….it’s something from Hamilton, the musical or Six, the musical. I think it’s Six, the song, from Six, the musical. For background, Six the Musical is about King Henry VIII’s six wives. It tells the story of the wives that might have been lost in history, given that Henry VIII, being a king in the 15 hundreds, was much more well known than his wives. The last song in the musical, named for the musical, is a rewritten end to the story of the six wives, in which they all get together and form a band, throwing off their positions as Henry’s wife. It’s just a very catchy and fun song and I love the idea!

4. What season is your favorite?

Ah, that’s actually really difficult. See, I like winter because snow, but also in the winter it’s really cold and then I’m cold and that’s not fun.
I think I like fall the best because it’s not too warm but not too cold.

5. Book Quote that you absolutely adore?

I don’t actually usually remember book quotes…I just read the book for the book. Ugh I’m sure there are some good ones out there but for now I can only remember the one from Cinderella is Dead that goes something like, “Do you even know how to use a sword? Women aren’t permitted to–” “The pointy end goes in your neck.” It’s amazing sword etiquette. But I really should start paying more attention to quotes in books.

6. If you had a sword, what would you name it?

Now this is a top notch questions if I’ve ever seen one. It requires some thinking because I’m not going to go naming my sword and silly little name that comes to mind…it must be dramatic! And it must be interesting! And it must be just…perfect.
I think I’d like something…like I don’t know. Maybe the word death included. Deathslayer, maybe…no, that’s too close to Elisabeth’s (Elisabeth from Sorcery of Thorns, where I assume April got this question from). Deathstabber? Dreadslayer. Dread…bringer. No. Doom. Huh I could just name the sword Doom, that would be interesting. So many words with D that are so dark (ha ha there’s another one).
Final verdict: Darksong.

7. If you could turn into any food for a day, what would it be?

I, uh….what? I mean if I really had to choose a food, it would probably be one that not many people would eat just so that I wouldn’t get eaten…something like one of those stinky cheeses. Or maybe a barely heard of vegetable. But if I weren’t going to be eaten regardless, I’d say I’d like to be a bar of chocolate because chocolate is just…✨perfection✨

Tiction’s Questions

1. What is one country you’ve always wanted to go to?

Easily Canada. I kinda…have an obsession with Canada? Well not really. But I have actually never been out of the United States and Canada…I don’t know, it just seems cool. Toronto, especially, I really want to live there when I grow up (yes, I’ve never been there, I know. I don’t know what it’s like at all. I still want to live there).

2. Tea or Coffee?

Amazingly enough, I’ve never had coffee in my life. Yes, I’ve gotten through school thus far without a sip. No caffeine in sight (other than chocolate because chocolate). However, I don’t exactly like tea either. And I enjoy the smell of coffee, so I’m sorta at a stalemate here.

3. Share a favorite quote?

Ha, well I don’t really remember quotations very well…I did put one up above when April asked.
For some reason when I saw the word ‘quote’ in this question I immediately thought of a certain English teacher lecturing about how ‘quote isn’t the right word in this scenario, it would be quotation, a quote is speaking or…’ honestly I don’t even remember and that might be wrong, so don’t quote me on that (ha ha see what I did there?)

4. If you could master one language, what would it be?

Let’s see…well it would either be Spanish or Latin…so Latin is a dead language but the thing is, since it’s the origin of the romance languages, I’d know a bit about those, too. Also, Latin is really difficult because there’s conjugations and declensions and tenses and it’s my lowest grade in school right now. But Spanish is used today and pretty common. I think I’d choose Spanish.

5. What’s your book of the month?

Hmm, I’ve read a lot of good books this month. I’m going to have to say Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu, because it was really empowering and just a nice book altogether. You can find my review of it here.

6. Would you rather read just one perfect, no-fault, long, long book in your life or read unlimited standalones with cliffhangers at the end?

Ummmm stop being difficult, heh heh! That’s really hard because I wouldn’t want to read a single book in my life! But a whole bunch of cliffhangers at the end??? Aaaaaaah I guess I’ll have to say cliffhangers…I hope that never happens to me though, ha!

7. Tell us a Dad Joke

Funnily enough, I just read one in a book tonight.
Why did the scarecrow get an award?

Because they were outstanding in their field.
I would explain it (like what happens in the book) but explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog (If you ask nicely, I’ll explain that one in the comments. And it’s another dad joke too).

I nominate:

Katie @Whispering Pages
Sunny @Revolution Reading
Ahaana @Windows to Worlds
Emilie @Chronicles of a Bibliomaniac
Lilly @Lilly’s Little Library
Tess @Unbound Library
Vic @Books and Mate
Kirsten @The Novel Existence
Sanskriti @Portals Into Books
Cherry @Cherry Blossom Books

Questions:

  1. What’s the weirdest idea for a book you’ve ever read?
  2. What’s a food that everyone likes but you don’t?
  3. What do you do to get inspiration? (for writing a story, doing homework, whatever)
  4. Have you ever spoken to an author? (IRL or through email or goodreads or anything) If so, who and what did you say to them?
  5. If you could tell a character in a book one thing before the story took place, what character would it be and what would you say?
  6. Tell us a one sentence horror story (kinda a classic I know)
  7. What’s your favorite blog post that you’ve written in the past three months?

Well, friends, that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading all my answers to these questions, boring as they are (I feel like half my answers were just, ‘I cannot think right now’ in some form).

What’s a dad joke that you enjoy? What sort of tropes do you like? And what are your goals for reading in 2021? Feed me words in the comments! (I’m sorry, I’m tired and not sure what I’m saying right now).
That’s all for today! As always, stay safe and keep on reading!