Hello everyone! I am slowly powering my way through all my tags (thank you again to everyone who tagged me)! I’m unfortunately the worst when it comes to these – even though I really enjoy writing them.
I was nominated for the Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award! What an absolute pleasure and honour. I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to Zoe at adailylifeblog, Alyssa from From Beyond Infinity, and Jesse at Books at Dawn for nominating me for this award! All of three of them have splendid blogs and have kind and beautiful souls. Be sure to check out their blogs!
So, without further ado, here is the Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.
- Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
- Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
- Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.
1. What do you enjoy most about reading?
I love almost everything about reading, but I think my favourite thing about reading is how black and white words on a paper can construct colourful, infinite worlds in our imagination. Reading is a form of escapism, but sometimes I also think it’s a form of transcendence. It’s those moments when we’re so absorbed in wonderful books, we aren’t really in our bodies – we’re in another reality. What I enjoy most about reading would be how it takes us away to another place, and I think that’s such a small but beautiful thing.
2. What is your dream job?
My dream job would be doing something for youth, possibly mental health-related. Whether it be advocacy, research, or out there on the field actually working, I don’t have any definitive idea. For me, it is the goals and the outcomes that matter a bit more than the logistics.
3. If you could be friends with any fictional character who would it be?
This is a good and difficult question! After ten minutes or so of thinking, I think I would choose Nehemia from the Throne of Glass series. I’m certain that Nehemia is an INFJ (like me!), and she has this wisdom and bravery that is so rare. A character has never resonated with me so much before. If Nehemia and I were friends, I would learn so much from her bravery and virtue.
4. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
I enjoy putting my thoughts out there, and I love that blogging makes this possible. By extension I love reading other people’s thoughts on books too, or even when they share their lives. It’s incredible to think that without blogging, our voices may not ever be heard or our lives would never intersect. I also enjoy meeting new bloggers, and reading some really fantastic reviews that inspire me to better my writing.
5. Top three favourite books?
Oooooh this is so hard.
After some thinking, it would be (in no particular order) Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. There are, however, many close favourites.
6. Favourite place to read?
Hmmm, I have two favourite places.
If it’s for a physical book, I love reading outside on a sunny day. Slap some sunscreen on with a wide-brim hat, I get to read and enjoy nature’s sounds. If it’s for my phone, I like reading in my bed – it’s comfortable and I can snuggle up with my blankets and pillows!
7. If you could live in any book world, where would it be?
Oh jeez, this is hard. I’m going to have to go with Middle-Earth from Lord of the Rings. I’d be an elf and I’d live in Rivendell! Or maybe in the Harry Potter universe… that’d be wicked awesome.
8. The villain that you hate to love?
For me, it’s V for V for Vendetta. V is all at once a revolutionary, intelligent, cruel, flawed, and a symbol of idealism in a fascist alternate reality. Is V a hero or villain? One of my favourite quotes from V for Vendetta:
“Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.”
9. Hardback or paperback?
I often buy paperbacks and reserve hardbacks for those all-time favourites. I do like reading hardbacks though – I don’t feel as hesitant to take them out with me! But paperbacks are more affordable than hardbacks… aaaaaah. I’m going with hardbacks.
10. Favourite genre to read?
It depends on my mood! Sometimes I like fluffy romances, sometimes I like something thought-provoking, and sometimes I like trashy dystopians that I love to hate. But if I had to go with one genre… I’ll go with my guilty pleasures: a well-written fantasy/paranormal romance. Those are always good.
Alyssa’s questions for me (note, questions #4 and #8 have been omitted as the questions are very similar to two of Zoe’s questions!):
1. My most favourite person in the whole wide world is:
I’m going to make this a bit more interesting, and change the question a bit – my favourite person that I don’t personally know would probably be… gosh this is hard too. I love Constance Wu, Fan Bingbing, Amandla Stenberg, Lupita Nyong’o, Ian McKellen, Laverne Cox, Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuo Uematsu… I could go on forever.
2. I read because…
I read to escape, to imagine new worlds and meet new characters, to share the joy of reading to others, and because I love reading! c:
3. Nighttime or daytime? Why?
Ooh gosh. I’m more of a night creature and am certainly more active at night, but I love the day time. I can do more things during the day time, and I love the sun!
5. The worst protagonist ever is…
Limiting it to books of this year, probably Bianca from The DUFF. I couldn’t stand her. She was petty, arrogant, obnoxious, and not to mention a self-righteous faux feminist.
6. My favourite author(s) is/are…
Definitely Haruki Murakami, Stephanie Kuehn, Richelle Mead, Kazuo Ishiguro, and, more recently, Marie Rutkoski.
7. Reveal one of your secrets. (it can be anything)
Small secret that I don’t mind sharing: I identify as demisexual (though I don’t see myself as asexual). I oftentimes feel a little alienated with some aspects of youth culture – especially things like one-night stands, having multiple sex partners, having sex after one date, etc.I’m not against those things in the slightest – so long as it is consensual and safe – I just cannot, mentally and physically – relate to those ideas and the acts themselves.
9. Side character/s that you want to have their own story:
I’m not a fan of spin-offs (with the exception of the Bloodlines series), but I would love to learn more about Nehemia from Throne of Glass. I’d love to see the world from her perspective. (I’ll get over Nehemia soon… just not today!)
10. Tell something about yourself.
I’m 153cm or 5 feet. So yeah, I’m tiny. (But I never have to duck for low branches, so it’s awesome.)
And finally, Jesse’s questions for me:
1. You’ve committed a crime and are going to jail for life. The judge allows you to bring three books with you and those are the only three books you’ll be reading for the rest of your life. Which three are they?
This is a cruel, cruel question. As a person who never re-reads books, this sounds like a death sentence. But okay, I think I would take Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Unteachable by Leah Raeder, and maybe The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. I love these books, but I also shudder to think I’d read those books for the rest of my life. Maybe instead of reading, I’ll just become one of those super swole people.
2. Pick three characters from your favorite book and play the F*ck, Marry, Kill game.
I remember when my friends and I used to play this game whenever we were bored, even if it made me feel a little weird.
Using the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, with The Indigo Spell in particular, I’d kill Sydney (I’m sorry Sydney!), fuck Marcus Finch (I suppose), and marry Adrian Ivashkov because he’s the #1 babe.
3. You’ve been granted a magical power from the Gods. Which power is it and why?
Is it weird that I often ask myself this question? I think I’d want the power of healing, telepathy, or time manipulation. If I had to choose one… I’d go with healing.
4. You’ve been in a relationship with your man/woman and things are getting serious, but out of the blue they ask you to choose them or your books. Which do you choose and why?
I would probably choose him. (I have someone in mind.) Then we can make stories together.
5. You’re being held at gun point but the shooter says he will set you free if you burn three of your books. Which three would you choose?
Haha! I love the context for these questions. As I unfortunately own a few books I don’t particularly enjoy, I’d burn The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (I can just get another copy in a book fair anyway since there seems to be an overabundance of them), and my two Maximum Ride books.
6. Hero, Assassin, or Prince/Princess? You can only pick one. Which do you choose to be in a story with you as the main character?
Definitely assassin. But an assassin who has values and a creed. That’d be awesome.
7. There is a new law coming into effect. It bans (insert genre here) genre from ever being read/written again. Which genre would you choose?
Horror – only because I am apathetic to the genre, not that I truly believe it should be banned.
8. With wanting more diversity in books nowadays, what is one aspect you believe should be represented more and why?
I’d definitely love seeing more PoC/diaspora narratives. Bearing in mind that PoC is only an appropriate term in predominantly white, Western countries, I’d love to see more books that explore the psychological and interpersonal hurdles of growing up in a place where you are assumed to not belong. This was a particular struggle for me growing up, and something that is shared by many of my friends – and yet no one talks about it! Why? We need more books that talk about these things, especially since parents will have a very different lived experience and perspective from their children.
9. Your favorite author is going to call you for a once in a lifetime chance to talk. You can only ask them one question. Who is the author and what is the question? Why?
Oh jeez, remember The Fault in Our Stars?
I know it’s ridiculous, but after that I am deeply scared that it’d happen to me! I’d be crushed! But, anyway. I would ask Kazuo Ishiguro where he draws his inspiration from. Why: his books are incredibly profound and subtle – the sort of book I’d aspire to write if I was a writer.
10. If your favorite ship doesn’t end up together by the end of the book, would you give it a low rating and why?
I’m not really a person who ships pairs. I don’t know; I just don’t feel the chemistry that people feel. I rarely ship, but it would depend. Sometimes I might have a favourite ship, but I can accept if they don’t end up together if there was a good reason for it. If it was for a cheap, bad reason, e.g. killing of one of them for the sake of shock-value and controversy, I’d probably be upset. Was the book as a whole good though? If my favourite ship sunk but the book was otherwise good, I’d still give it a good rating.
All in all, my ships carry very little weight when it comes to ratings.
Phew, and that’s me! This is probably my longest post to date, so thanks for reading if you did! Sorry I’m such a bore, but I hope you had fun anyway.
And now I nominate:
- Sumaya from Sue’s Reading Corner
- Glaiza from Paper Wanderer
- Tanaz from Bookish Freaks
- Wesaun from Oreos & Books
- Flo from Flowlessbooks
- Jenna from Reading with Jenna
- Aetheristrux from The Amazing Life of a Bookworm
- Alia from One Way or an Author
- Aentee from Read at Midnight
- Trisha Ann from The Bookgasm
- Charley from Books and Bakes
And here are my 10 questions:
- If your life was a book genre, what would it be, and why?
- What is a book you had such high hopes for but ultimately disappointed you?
- What magic/superpower would you want, and which universe would your power come from? (e.g. Earth-bending from Avatar the Last Airbender, magical ability from Harry Potter, etc.)
- To get the magical ability/superpower from Question 3, what would you give up in exchange? (It has to be something that you possess, and cannot be bought/sold.)
- What is an ending to a book that you hated? (Please tag your spoilers!)
- How would you write the ending from Question 5?
- What is the oldest book (by original publication) you possess and the newest? (Do they have any similarities?)
- Who would you cast as your favourite character?
- What is a theme/motif that you love reading about?
- (Last and easy question!) What is your favourite book-to-movie adaptation?