I am the worst blogger ever and I’m sorry. I have a bunch of awards that I’ve been tagged in over not so recent months and I feel really guilty and also kind of anxious about the fact that I haven’t gotten around to doing them yet.
I love being tagged for things, I really do, but I started getting anxious over random things, there was no rhyme or reason to it, and the longer I left them the worse I felt.
It’s a new year, new beginning and all that, so I decided to answer everything in one and wipe the slate clean and so today I’m going to be combining the four awards I was nominated for in 2020 that I didn’t get to into one post for the sake of my sanity :))
The Real Neat Blogger Award #3 – Tagged by Virginia @ The Sassy Library Fox.
🌻How do you drink your coffee/tea?🌻
I am not a fan of coffee, even in the slightest. My bedroom is right next to the kitchen and I have been woken up before just from the gross smell of my dads morning cafe solo. It’s also a joke at work how much I do not like coffee.
Tea on the other hand I’ve been drinking way too much of recently. I’m feeling very grown up and very English. I like ma PG tips with two sugars and a decent amount of milk.
🌻What is your personal kryptonite trope in books? (e.g. broken boys, enemies-to-lovers, found-family, etc…)🌻
I am not ashamed to say that I am weak for: brown haired bad boys who are actually really misunderstood and have a soft spot for the people they care about. Very specific and yet can be found in many books and shows.
I would like to shout from the top of my lungs that THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE HARDIN SCOTT!!
I’m talking Jessie from Gilmore Girls, Nate from One of Us Is Next, Lucky from Chasing Lucky, even Klaus from The Originals and the new addition of Red from Get a Life, Chloe Brown. But definitely not Hardin.
🌻If you could time travel for just one day: Which year would you pick and why?🌻
I would go back to 1985, specifically to July 13th for the Live Aid concert. Can you imagine how cool it would have been to be there!
My other option is 2012 when The Avengers first came out in cinema. I went to see Infinity War in a packed out cinema and it was one of the coolest experiences, not necessarily because the movie was so good but because of so many nerds in one place geek-ing out together.
🌻What kind of job would be your dream job and why?🌻
Something to do with books, preferably an author but I’d also like to work in publishing or something along those lines. Also panda nanny.
🌻Are you rather an extrovert or an introvert?🌻
🌻You’re at the beach & only have a couple of minutes left before you have to be somewhere. What do you do? (read, bask in the sun, sink your feet into the sand, etc)🌻
I am not a lover of the beach which is ironic since I live 5 minutes up the hill from the beach but when I do go once a year I sit and read while stuffing my face full of picnic and then I go snorkelling with my dad and brother and inevitably get stung by jelly fish.
🌻What’s your favourite season and why?🌻
Summer for the freedom, my birthday, the lack of judgment when I eat ice-cream 24/7. Winter for Christmas and not sweating every second of every day.
The Sunshine Blogger Award #4 – Tagged by Taylor @ Planty of Pages
🌻What is your favourite memory associated with reading?🌻
This is a hard one. What is my favourite reading related memory?
Maybe not last year but the year before when I travelled to England and saw my bio-dad for the first time in over a year. I made him take me to Waterstones and buy me a bunch of books because in person book shopping is kind of a novelty for me. He was recommending books based off their covers and I was like “yeah I’ve read/got that already“. I don’t know it was just kind of nice to do that with him and the new books were a big plus too.
🌻If you could travel to any fictional place, where would you go?🌻
I don’t want to be Basic™ but Hogwarts or Camp Half-Blood. I don’t need to explain myself here. Since I’ll never be able to go here, I guess I’ll just have to make do with re-reading the series over and over again.
🌻Who are some author’s you’d love to have a lunch date with?🌻
I’ve got two: I’d love to grill Rick Riordan over why he decided to torture Nico di Angelo and then I’d nag and nag as much as humanly possible for the Nico book we all deserve. And then I’d sit down and just let Victoria Schwab tell me a story and try and soak up all of her talent.
🌻What has been your favourite book so far this year?🌻
We’re not even a full month into 2021 yet so I don’t have much to work with, especially since I’ve mostly been re-reading the same series. I’m currently loving Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert.
Some of my favourites from last year (when I was meant to answer this question) include: More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn, Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.
🌻What book do you own the most copies of?🌻
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. I own the regular English paperback as well as the beautiful illustrated edition by Jim Kay and I also have a copy in Spanish.
🌻What is your favorite movie?🌻
I feel like I’m terrible at choosing a definite favourite movie but the movie I could re-watch forever is Now You See Me. Magicians committing crimes is my thing and I’ve been not so patiently waiting for a third book for years now.
🌻What mythical creature would you have as a pet?🌻
Ooo I think a dragon would be cool.
🌻Which character would you call to go on a cross-country road trip with?🌻
Nico di Angelo for the simple reason that he is my favourite character ever. Also he has a zombie chauffer and a love for McDonalds so a cross-country road trip sounds like a fun time.
🌻What book cover wins the “most beautiful” award?🌻
Out off the beautiful book covers that exist that is impossible to widdle down. Of the books covers I already have on my gallery, here are just some of my favourites:
🌻What advice would you give to others bloggers?🌻
I feel like for most of us we blog because we want to, it’s a hobby not a job and so my advice would be just to remember not to stress yourself out to much. Don’t get all worked up about any spelling or grammar mistakes in your posts, or if you don’t have to take some time off. This isn’t school or work, you’re not being graded so just chill and write and talk about whatever you want to talk about.
🌻Favorite quote from a book?🌻
And the award for the longest book quote ever goes to …😂
“You know, I get it. Being raised as a superstar must be really, really difficult for you. Always a commodity, never a human being, not a single person in your family thinking you’re worth a damn off the court—yeah, sounds rough. Kevin and I talk about your intricate and endless daddy issues all the time […] I know it’s not entirely your fault that you are mentally unbalanced and infected with these delusions of grandeur, and I know you’re physically incapable of holding a decent conversation with anyone like every other normal human being can, but I don’t think any of us should have to put up with this much of your bullshit. Pity only gets you so many concessions, and you used yours up about six insults ago. So please, please, just shut the fuck up and leave us alone.” – The legend himself, Neil Josten.
The Liebster Award #4 – The Corner of Laura
🌻If you could move out of 2020 and into any other time period in history, which would it be?🌻
The 90’s/ early 2000’s seems like something I could work with. I was not born/a literal infant during this time so I didn’t get the full experience.
I enjoy the music, the fashion while questionable wasn’t terrible, and I mean Shrek came out in 2001 so I would be an idiot to miss out the chance at seeing the premier of one of the greatest movies ever.
This was me circa 2003/2004(?) clearly I had no idea of the culture I was missing out on, I was too focused on watching Barney.
🌻Where’s your favourite place to read?🌻
In my bed where it’s nice and cosy and only have to worry about my dog interrupting me and my pillows slowly sliding out from under me.
🌻 If you could be any (existing) fictional character, which one would you be?🌻
All the fictional characters I’m thinking off have super sad and difficult lives. I don’t want that.
*racks brain for a character that has a semi-decent life*
Church the cat from the Shadowhunter Chronicles? Sure he was experimented on by creepy and evil warlocks but dude is totally unbothered and gets adopted by every awesome Shadowhunter family. He’s living the good life.
🌻What was the last time you stayed up way too late to finish a book?🌻
Literally the other day. I’m just now discovering that Goodreads does not post time stamps but I’ve been re-reading the Heroes of Olympus series recently and I can’t remember which one I stayed up super late reading but it was definitly one, if not more of those.
Also I’ve been reading a lot of fanfic recently and those things are dangerously addictive. I blink at it’s 3am.
🌻 Audiobooks, physical books or eBooks?🌻
It’s a dream of mine to have the concentration abilities to listen to audiobooks but alas I was not gifted with those abilities.
Physical books will always be superior to me for the aesthetic, the smell and just because I like reading physical books but this year I’m probably going to lean more towards e-books simply to save money and space since I’m *fingers crossed* moving to England and going to Uni this year.
🌻 Which book would you love to see a TV adaption of?🌻
So many. The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth is the cute f/f romance story more people need to see but I think this would work better as a movie made. I’d also watch the hell out of a 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston adaption. Like if all the episodes were released together at Christmas like that Dash & Lily show!
🌻 If you could bring back a fashion trend, which one would it be?🌻
I am not into fashion at all. I am a noob. I wouldn’t even know where to start with this question.
🌻 If you could visit any fictional place, which would it be?🌻
In an attempt to not repeat my answer from earlier I’ll cautiously say Beacon Hills. I say “cautiously” because people die a whole hell of a lot in that town I know for a fact I would end up as a human sacrifice or as a snack for some angry werewolf but it’d all be worth it if I got to meet Stiles Stilinski.
🌻Teleportation or flying?🌻
Teleportation because who has the time or the pain tolerance to brush out the knots that flying would make.
🌻Who is your favourite Disney character?🌻
I hold my hands up and admit that I don’t watch much animated Disney so my favourite Disney character is probably Alex Russo. When I was 8 I wanted to be her. I’m now 18 and I still want to be her.
🌻What is your favourite item you bought this year?🌻
Again, not even 20 days into 2021 and the only thing I’ve bought is a couple of new books. Actually no. I lie. I had to buy some more driving lessons. I went halfs with my mum for another set of lessons and my grandma totally surprised me by transfering some money over for my lessons too.
I’m hoping this will be my last lot. My instructor says she wants me to do the exam at the end of Februry/start of March. That’s terrifying. I do not feel ready but I hope I am because driving lessons are expensive.😭
The Mystery Blogger Award – Sam @ Portals Into Books
Three Things About Me
- All of my pets are named after chocolate bars: Fudge, Poppet, Kit-Kat, Echo.
- I’ve lived in Spain 8 years now and I found out the other week that my grandad didn’t know that I could speak Spanish.
- I was obsessed with the movie I.Robot starring Will Smith as a kid. I knew the movie word for word by five years old and used to watch it on repeat.
🌻Who’s your favorite character from all the books you’ve read?🌻
This might take you by surprise as I haven’t talked about this character in a whole but my favourite character ever is … Nico di Angelo.
Yeah it’s been a fair few questions since I talked about him. I am a proud member of the Nico di Angelo Protection Squad. I might have asked this the other day but I’ll ask it again:
Why is Nico my go to comfort character? His story is so sad! He’s introduced in book 3 and doesn’t get a happy ending till book 11.😭
🌻What is something you always look for in books?🌻
Good characters with good dynamics. I can forgive subpar plot and weird writing but if I can’t connect with the characters then what’s the point?
🌻Do the covers of the books matter to you?🌻
Not necessarily although I am more likely to purchase a physical copy of a book if I like the cover which then means I’m more likely to read it. A good cover doesn’t make a good book though so sometimes judging books by their gorgeous covers totally backfires.
🌻Do you prefer cooking or baking?🌻
Neither/both. I find anything revolving me preparing food for other people to be stressful.
I think cooking for my family makes me more anxious because if I cook I cook on a weekend or when I’m not at school so dinner is the first meal we eat all day (this isn’t healthy, I know) and I get super stressed about it not being good and ruining their main meal of the day lol.
🌻Who’s your all-time favorite author?🌻
Ma boi Rick Riordan. I smile (and sometimes cry) at all of his books and I will re-read his multiple series for the rest of my life. If I have kids you bet I’ll be reading Percy Jackson to them from before they’re even out the womb.
So there we go. Four blog awards I never got around to posting within a timely manner.
Once again, big thank you to Virginia, Taylor, Laura and Sam 🖤 I’m sorry it took me so long but it does feel like a weight lifted off my shoulders for finally getting this done. Thanks so much for reading and stay safe!