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 CBB is no longer active due to problems with the website creation website, but Em has started a new blog, on wordpress!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!

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The Liebster Award (#1 and #2)

Aaaand I meant to publish this yesterday but forgot to click the publish button. Go me.

I wrote the below and then was tagged by Alex @The Scribe Owl for the Liebster award as well. However, I like my old intro even though it is no longer accurate so I’m keeping it. Enjoy me from two weeks ago. 😁😁😁

Okay. So teeeeechnically, I wasn’t tagged for this.
However.
Sunny @Revolution Reading tagged ‘Anyone who is interested in doing this tag who hasn’t yet, or anyone who has read at least one book this month.’ Given that I haven’t done this tag/award yet…here goes.

Honestly, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been nominated for the Liebster Award. In fact, so many people have been nominated that everyone just assumed that I had already been nominated and therefore no one tagged me. (Wow, that was some crazy reasoning)

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions asked of you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask your 11 nominees 11 questions

(Just wondering, does anyone know what’s up with the number 11?)

Sunny’s questions:

Have you ever spilled anything on a book?

The answer is yes, probably. How could I not have spilled something on a book once in my life? But it was also probably a very long time ago because I’m very careful with my books. Most of the books I read are from the library so you REALLY don’t want to spill anything on those, and nowadays I usually read on my kindle. Not a physical book. But sometimes I get a few crumbs on my kindle because reading while eating. I honestly have no idea what people who don’t read do while they’re eating, like do they just focus on the food? Preposterous!!!

Which book gives you the most holiday vibes?

Oh, wow. I don’t usually read books for the holidays, I just read normal books. I actually do not like reading books specifically about/for the holidays…I’m not sure why. It’s just not something I enjoy doing. But we’re talking about vibes here. So.

For some reason the book ‘Four Dead Queens’ by Astrid Scholte gives me holiday vibes. Why? I have no idea. It’s literally about queens getting murdered. And it’s a mystery. But maybe because I read this in early January or the fact that I feel like I remember one very short scene where it’s snowing, I get holiday vibes from it. Also the COVER. It’s absolutely beautiful. And…not exactly holiday-y? But to me I feel like it is. I do not know why.
Anyways, I cannot stop talking about this book (I mentioned it in my 2020 book tag as well), you guys NEED to pick it up. It’s amazing.

Which is better, cake or pie?

Um, cake. OBVIOUSLY. With cake, you get the, well, cake, so it’s ALL sweet. And then there’s frosting. Meanwhile, with pie it’s usually fruit-based which, I mean, is fine. Good. But in a dessert I’m sort of looking for something sweeter (I actually don’t usually like frosting much, however. It’s almost TOO sweet). Pie for breakfast, however? Yummmm.

What’s next on your tbr?

Hmm, I don’t usually plan a tbr just because, well, I think I’m a mood reader? Sort of? I just go with what I’m reading right now and usually I don’t not have something to read because of what I request from the library or something someone else in the family gets that I want to read…I don’t really think about what I want to read next.
However, I would really enjoy to read King of Scars next. I suffered through the Shadow and Bone series just to get to this one so I would really like to read it soon. We’ll see, though. I expect I’m getting a lot of books for Christmas, given that…that’s one of the only things I asked for.

When’s the last time you bought a book? What was it?

Aaah I really don’t buy books often! At all! I literally can’t remember the last time I bought a book aside from that time in early January when I bought 4 books with a gift card I got from Christmas. Though technically that’s a Christmas present? But if we are counting that, I bought these four books:

List a few books that you want people to read!

I have, in a great struggle, managed to narrow this list down to four books that I loved and that I think don’t have a lot of hype.

  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte. I’ve already talked about this book several times so I think you know how much I love this one!
  • Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian. This is such a creepy and fascinating book. I really enjoyed it because it’s very different than anything I’ve ever read before and I really like reading spooky stories that aren’t absolutely terrifying but are slightly freaky.
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen. I really enjoyed the unique caste system and magic system in this book! Plus the story and characters were awesome.
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. This was a really interesting story and it was about phoenixes, so that’s a plus. The world building was fascinating and I loved how the history of the world was interwoven with the story, so beautifully created.

Would you rather trade places with your least favorite character from your favorite book or have your favorite character die in your least favorite book?

Definitely have my favorite character die in my least favorite book. My least favorite book is…well I’m not entirely sure but it’s probably something I had to read for school. No offense to all the English teachers out there, but I’m not very attached to any of the characters in books we read for class and so for a favorite to die…not that sad. Plus, a favorite character in a least favorite book probably isn’t a character I like very much anyways.

Paperbacks or hardcovers?

The answer is probably paperbacks. I like paperbacks because they’re smaller and you can bring them on trips and such as well. Hardcovers are more durable but they can be annoying since they’re heavier. Honestly though, I prefer ebooks above all, I know I’m crazy that way.

What’s your least favorite genre?

Aaah I mean it’s probably nonfiction. I mean, nonfiction can be fine in some cases, like when you’re doing a research paper or when it’s actually a story, and an interesting one, but most times…I just don’t pick it up. I don’t know what it is about it. Honestly, if there were a book that was like, ‘The story of…a memoir,’ even if it sounded really interesting, I’d be less likely to pick it up. You could just take out the ‘a memoir’ part and I’d probably pick it up, ha ha.

Would you rather spend the day in your favorite book, but be a character that was only mentioned a few times, or spend the day in your second favorite book and be with the main character(s) the entire time?

Oh, second favorite all the way. I mean saying ‘favorite book’ and ‘second favorite book’ for me doesn’t really make sense….I just love so many books that it’s impossible to choose!
Hmm but if you think about it if you’re with the main characters the entire time, it might get super dangerous…unless we’re talking about this is before/after the book takes place, just a normal day.
But like…being in the favorite book and not even meeting the main character? Barely even being there? That would be sad. It would feel like a missed chance to me.

Night owl or early bird?

Oh, early bird all the way. I used to wake up SUPER early but quarantine has spoiled me so now I only wake up like a half hour before the average person. I go to bed much earlier than the usual teenager. I think I get more sleep than everyone else in my class 😂. But I also don’t absolutely love sleep, like when asked what I’m going to do it’s not going to be sleep.
Hmmmm I wonder if those two things are *gasp* related???

Alex’s questions:

What is your favorite decade for music?

Oh man. Much to everyone’s chagrin, I don’t listen to much music. I mean, the only music I really listen to is musicals. Aaaand I currently have the piece I’m playing on the violin stuck in my head (yes, I have violin music stuck in my head) but that doesn’t count. Anyways, I think that all these musicals are from different times? Hamilton is very recent and I think that Six the musical came out last year but I have no idea when Les Miserables came out.
Hang on, looking it up…
O-oh. Um well. 1903. Okay then.

What is your favorite genre and why?

Fantasy, easily. I think that I like fantasy because it lets you get away from the real world. It lets you go to a world where there’s magic and, while the worlds often still have problems, there just aren’t the same problems that our world has. I love seeing all the world building and the different magic systems and just how characters interact with a world that is not the one I know already.

Are there any books you have a love hate relationship with?

Ah ha ha ha ha ha.
You’re lucky you didn’t tag me for this two weeks ago.
Yes, I do have a love hate relationship with a graphic novel series…Fence by CS Pacat. On one hand, it’s like my favorite series of all time, I love the characters, I love the ships, I LOVE the fencing (for those who didn’t know, I fenced for approximately 5 months last year). But then…my obsession got too much. So I still absolutely loved the book but I began to hate it–I uttered the words ‘I wish it had never been written’ several times–because it was the only thing I could think about.
But I still love love love it even though last week was NOT pretty (you can ask any of my IRL friends).
I think that my obsession has toned down now and I don’t want this to scare you away from reading this book because it’s awesome and the obsession only happens to me. ⬅ This is a proven fact, my friends have read it.

Are you also a book hoarder collector?

In the sense that I get books whenever I can and then don’t read them for a long time because I own them and can read them whenever but that is not the case with the books at the library, yes, I suppose you can say that I am.
In the sense that if I get money I will immediately go buy books, no because I’m cheap.

What is at the top of your Christmas list?

Well. The broad answer is…books (I know, shocking, right?). But as for what books, well, I have two books that I really really want to get. Cemetery Boys has been one of my most anticipated releases of the whole year and I know it came out in like September or October but I still haven’t read it because it’s on my Christmas list. So I better get it.
The other book is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I’ve read so many reviews of it and seen so many awesome things that I can’t wait to read it! If I get it it will also be my first VE Schwab book so that’ll be exciting!

What is your favorite holiday?

Don’t make me choose! I like all the holidays. But if I were to choose one…probably Christmas because I enjoy spending time with my family (not this year, though) and we always get lots of cookies. Plus, having the house all decorated is really nice, it makes everything warm and peaceful (I hate decorating though). And the presents books are also a nice bonus 😁

If you had to attend a dinner party with your three favorite authors and only one of you got to walk out of the room alive, who would it be?

Congrats, I am officially concerned for your sanity.
Okay but seriously, WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THIS? And why why why do I have to choose?
Anyways, what even are my three favorite authors? Just like books, I don’t have three favorite, there are just multitudes of amazing books.
Also I just don’t want to say I’d kill anybody? Because that’s cruel? And these are real people?

If your two favorite book characters had to duel, who would win?

Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy must you hurt me with these ‘favorite’ questionsssss??? Aaaah who are my favorite characters? I can never choose! I’m sorry for being so indecisive! I just–I love all the smol children who suffer many traumatic instances that their creators put them through.
But you know what since you asked I’ll just choose two characters that I enjoy reading because whatever. If….Harvard Lee from Fence and Fie from The Merciful Crow dueled…well Harvard knows how to fence but I think Fie has an unfair advantage given that she can burn some teeth to get magic (that probably sounds very confusing to someone who hasn’t read TMC). So I’d say that Fie wins. (sorry Harvard. Don’t worry, you can still beat Nicholas…for now)

Do you have any pets?

I do in fact have a dog. She’s just over three years old and is a mutt. Her name is Luna Bear Schuyler Rutabaga and she’s 1/8 lab, 1/8 huskie, 1/8 terrier, 1/8 bulldog and 50% unknown. So yes, very much a mutt. She’s also absolutely crazy and will probably kill herself by eating something she isn’t supposed to one day.
Sorry, no pictures.

Do you play any musical instruments?

I, like approximately half the population, play the violin (I’m joking, way less than half the population plays the violin, it just seems like so many people I know play violin). I have been playing for 5 and a half years.

Which are better, squids or octopi?

Octopi, 100%. They’re awesome, they’re so sweet. Squids just live in the deep dark depths freaking me out. Oh yeah also I recently watched the documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ and that octopus was the sweetest thing.

Well there’s the award!
Here are the people that I nominate:

Em @Tea for Teens
Turquoise and Amethyst @Act Your Page
Sibella @YA Book Reviews
Shine @Haunting Ghosttown
Kirsten @The Novel Existence
Vic @Books and Mate
Tess @Unbound Library
Emilie @Emilie the Bibliomaniac
Urmom @Urmom Reads Books
Madeline @The Bookish Mutant
Booktastically @Booktastically Amazing

And here are my questions:

  1. Have you ever had a book hangover?
  2. How often do you cry when reading books?
  3. What are some of your most anticipated 2021 releases?
  4. What was the most surprising thing you read in 2020?
  5. If your name weren’t your name what would your name be? (that was trippy…)
  6. When you think ‘fantasy’ what are the first four words that come to mind? Why?
  7. Write a summary of a book where you place characters of a book you’re currently reading in the world of the book you just finished reading (how do the characters react to the new world, how does the story change)
  8. What book that you’ve read do you think would make the best musical adaption?
  9. If you were trapped in a room for the rest of your life and could only bring three books, which would they be?
  10. What’s the most embarrassing book-related thing that has ever happened to you? (ex: three times now I have shipped people who ended up being related)
  11. What’s the weirdest food combination that you’ve ever eaten?

I can’t believe I’ve finally done a Liebster award! I really hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever spilled something on a book? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? What are your opinions on all of Alex’s ‘extremely cruel favorite character/author choose one’ questions? I’d love to hear what you think below!
Thank you all so much for reading–it means the world. As always, stay safe and keep on reading!