The Outstanding Blogger Award #2

First off, a huge thank you to Isha from the lovely Paperback Tomes for nominating me for this award. Do take a minute to go and check out her blog; she writes really thoughtful, detailed reviews and her page is well worth a visit. It’s ages since I’ve taken part in a blogger award, but before I get down to answering Isha’s questions here are the rules for this particular one.

  • Answer the questions provided
  • Create 7 unique questions of your own
  • Nominate 10 bloggers to take part
  • Include the link to the creator’s original post – now I should say here, that according to the initial rules when this award was set up, everyone who pinged back to the original blog by the end of 2020 would be eligible for an overall award. Clearly I’m too late to be part of this aspect of the blogger award tag, so I’m doing this just for fun!

The main reason I love taking part in these awards and similar book tags is that I really enjoy getting to know other bloggers by reading the answers to their questions; so let’s get down to Isha’s 7 questions for me….

What are your thoughts so far on blogging?

It’s difficult to give a definite answer to this one actually, as I swing between days that are more positive and days when I get a bit grumpy about the blog! I really love writing and chatting about books and having a book blog is the perfect outlet for that. However, it’s hard not to get disheartened when you put a lot of effort into creating something and the number of views just don’t seem enough to make your work worthwhile. I’m not rigid in any way when it comes to writing as I’d rather keep it as something I do when I feel like it, rather than being tied to a blogging schedule.

List 3 of your favourite fantasy books

I’m not a big fantasy reader at all, so I’m going to have to broaden the category a little to include books that fall somewhere a bit more generally on the magical spectrum! My top one without a doubt would be The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko – the whole series is excellent but this first installment blew my mind. Close second is a book that’s probably more sci-fi than fantasy strictly speaking: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. Again, this is part of a series that taken as a whole is immensely powerful, but you could treat the first book as a standalone if you wanted to dip your toe in the water. Lastly, I have to give a shout out to A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, a book I loved because the world it depicts is close enough to our own for it to seem completely real and relatable – except there are dragons!

One bookish hobby you want to cultivate

A few years ago I had a go at making 3D creations out of book pages (there’s a really good book called Playing with Books that has loads of inspiring craft ideas) so I’d love to have a proper go at this at some point.

What is your favourite go-to TV show/series?

Being someone of very limited concentration span or patience, I’ve never been one for immersing myself in those epic TV shows that run for season after season with 24 episodes in each series! The best I’ve managed on this front is The West Wing, which I loved to start with but then ground to a halt mid-way through season 5. I prefer comedy series where you can dip in and out and watch a half hour episode here and there as you feel like it; I can’t say I have one all-time favourite but some of the ones I go back to again and again are Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Friends and Flight of the Conchords.

There must be at least one book that shattered your world. Which book would this be?

After some consideration I think I’d have to say A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell. It definitely won’t be for everyone due to the fact it has suicide as its main driving theme; however, the skill of the author to create something so bleak, devastating and yet shot through with black humour that makes you laugh out loud even in the midst of tragedy blew me away. And it did also break my heart into little pieces.

What is your favourite trope in books?

I don’t think I really have a favourite – the only ones that spring to mind are the ones that absolutely drive me mad! My least favourite: romantic novels in which the two leading characters “fall in love” after a ridiculously short time or after a cringeworthy contrived meeting that makes them inexplicably obsessed with each other.

Name one self-care tip that you follow every day.

Eat what you like and don’t stress too much about it. If you want another biscuit, for goodness sake have another biscuit!

Now for my seven questions…..

  • If you had to live out the rest of your life in a book or fictional world, which one would it be?
  • What was the last book that took you by surprise?
  • Have you ever come across a movie that was better than the book and if so, which one?
  • Reading is, of course, your favourite pastime – but what’s your second favourite?
  • What are your top tips for getting out of a reading slump?
  • Do you keep a record of the books you’ve read and if so, where and how?
  • Which book due to be published in 2021 are you most excited about?

I always find it really difficult to choose who to tag for these blogger awards, so I’m going to make the decision to keep it open. I want anyone who would like to join in to be able to do so, so if you’d like to answer my questions and then create some of your own, please jump in!

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