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Mystery Blogger Award

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So What is Mystery Blogger Award?

“This is an award for amazing bloggers with indigenous posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” Okoto Enigma

I was lucky enough to be nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by the awesome Victoria from Be Careful of Books (Cassie Clare related name = love).

Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to their best post(s).

Three Things About Me

1. I enjoy to write as well as read and I’ve been writing the same manuscript for two years and I’ve still not finished the first draft because I keep starting again.
2. My taste in fictional men is horrid. I like them very morally grey.
3. I love to work out.

Questions From Victoria

  1. Have you picked up any characteristics from your favourite literary characters? If so, which ones? If not, which would you like?
    I like to think that my entire personality is a mix and match of my favourite fictional characters I’ve read and seen over the years. I wish I was as sassy and confident as Jace (Shadowhunters), as funny and good a friend as Zuzana (Daughter of smoke and bone) and could fight like Cassian (ACOMAF).
  2. What do you do when you’re in a reading slump?
    I tend to browse books a lot, read more reviews of books I’ve not read yet and are interested in. I’ve got a lot of unread books at home too so sometimes I just pick them up and browse through them.
  3. What is your least favourite genre to read? Do you have a book you did enjoy in that genre?
    I’m not normally a big fan of contemporary so I have to really like the sound of a book in that genre to pick it up but Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman is contemporary YA and one of my absolute favourite books.
  4. What is something you’re obsessed with at the moment?
    Dungeons and Dragons and Panic! at the Disco
  5. Which book have you been putting off for the longest? Why?
    Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. It might not be the longest but I’ve gone to read it so many times and just not got to it yet for one reason or another. I think it will be a book I’m going to love and I think I want the timing to be just right when I read it so I get the most out of it.

I Nominate…

Cora from Tea Party Princess
Kirsty from PaperbackPunkRock
Manon from Cafe Manon
Lydia from SilverWolfReads
Jess from JessHeartsBooks
Isla from A Whisper of Ink
Ashley from Thrifty Bibliophile
Mandy from Book Princess Reviews
Steph from A little but a lot
Kelly from Kelly’s Rambles

Questions for my Nominees

  1. Which fictional world would you live in?
  2.  If you were a fictional character and had an animal companion tell me about them, they can be a fictional creature too.
  3. What book do you wish you coud read for the first time all over again?
  4.  What is your biggest bookish peeve?
  5. Where is your favourite place to be?
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Tag Tuesday – The Secret Life of a Blogger

Instaend3I loved reading this tag on Ashley’s blog over at Thrifty Bibliophile which you can check out here and as I’m still pretty new to the blogging world I decided I’d give it a try for myself!

How long have you been a blogger?
I wrote three reviews back in October 2017 when I as trying decide if it was something I wanted to do more regularly after having done book tube for over a year at that point. Then in mid-February this year I made the decision to go with it and I’ve been blogging every since so like I said, still pretty new to all this. I still do book tube as well but my main focus is my blog.

At what point do you think you will stop?
When it’s not fun anymore I guess? I blog because I enjoy it. I enjoy tag posts, reviews, discussions and silly posts. A lot of effort goes into maintaining a blog and writing posts etc can take up a lot of time so if I’m going to do it it’s going to be because its something I love.

What’s the best thing?
This is a tough one. I think it’s probably the book blogging community. Since starting my blog properly only a few months ago I’ve interacted with so many wonderful people! Bloggers, authors, publishers and publicists who all love talking about books! We all get excited about new releases, our favorite books, events etc, I love it. I especially love the #SundayYa chat group we’ve got going at the moment, it’s great to be included.

What’s the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
I have a hard time sometimes remembering that views, likes etc aren’t the be all and end all. There are so many great bloggers out there that are huge and I know I won’t reach that level and that’s totally okay, I write this blog for me and because I want to interact with others with mutual interests, not to become a big thing and get arcs etc. Don’t get me wrong I cried with excitement when I got my first ARC at an event last year and it is nice to get views, likes and especially comments but they are bonuses and should never be the reason I do this. I make this okay by just chilling out and reading other book blogger posts and just enjoying being part of this community, although I enjoyed my time as a “booktuber” I never really felt like I enjoyed the community as much and would not often watch others videos, the same isn’t true of the blogging community and that tells me this is where I’m meant to be.

How long does it take for you to create/find pictures to use?
I started an Instagram account back when I started my Book Tube channel and I would take a few pictures in a week and post every so often and that would be fine. Over time I decided to post every day and then I would put aside some time just for taking pictures to last me the week. Now it’s a mix of both, if I get time and inspiration strikes I’ll spend an hour or so creating pictures. Quite often now though I’ll take a picture or there if I want to convey a particular message. All these Instagram photos mean I have plenty of ammo to use for my blog posts which is helpful!

 

Who is your book crush?
Jace from City of Bones. All that sass and he’s a kick ass shadow hunter. How could I choose anyone else?

What author would you like to have on your blog?
I love to promote authors who’s work I love so it’s a long list! Maybe Maria V Snyder or Christie Golden as they’re two of my favorite authors who are insta buys for me and such amazing women!

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
Usually pjs. I’m at my most comfortable in Pj bottoms and a comfy top, which is exactly what I’m wearing right now!

How long does it take you to prepare?
Not too long honestly, I usually take notes as I read for books I read so I make sure I have have that to hand and give it a full read through before I write a review. For my discussion posts I just dive right in! I do try and write posts in advance and that usually happens for my reviews but quite often (like today) I’m manically typing in the morning before work or taking my son out.

How do you feel about the book blogging community?
Some corners feel like a little family and I love it so much, especially when you all discuss the books you’re looking forward to, they’re all great at motivating and given advice etc and it’s one of the absolute best things about being a blogger.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog? 
I have absolutely no idea! I know when I enjoy someones blog it’s usually varied and isn’t purely just reviews etc and the books they talk about interest me and they take the time (if they can) to like or reply to comments (I know this isn’t always possible, it’s a lot of work and if you have a popular blog this is going to be more difficult). Saying that those things don’t necessarily make it successful, it feels like that kind of label can only really be applied by yourself. Why did you set out to create your blog? Did you create it to talk with people and you do that now? Well done your blog is successful! I think that kind of thing is a little relative.

I don’t tend to tag other people in these posts because I know everyone can have hectic schedules and it might not be a tag they want to do but if you’re reading this and you want to give it a go then consider yourself tagged! Leave me a comment and let me know if you take part so I can check out your answers too!

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TBR TAG – Booktube

28117424_10155040868531581_751126403_n.jpgAt the beginning of the year I decided I had way too many books to read still, seriously my TBR is HUGE, so big in fact it takes up three shelves and most the top of a dresser. Upon realising just how many books I still had to read and what great books had gotten lost in the dreaded stacks upon stacks that just kept growing I made the decision that this would be the year that I finally read them. Well, as many as I can manage. I still have ARC’s to read on top of this along with a few books coming out this year that I absolutely cannot miss (I know excuses, excuses!).  Excuses or not I figured that this TBR tag would help remind me of some of the great books I still had sitting on my shelves (mostly) waiting to be read.

The original can be found at A perfection called books