Book Fangirling Blog Award

The lovely Driftinglexi kindly nominated me for the Book Fangirling Blog Award. Bookworms and Beauty tips await on her blog at the click of a button.

The Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your award.book-fangirling-blog-award11.jpg
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

 

The Questions:

Last book you absolutely loved?

One by Sarah Crossan. I didn’t rate many books 5* this year, but this was the last one I did back in September. A beautifully captivating and emotional read, written in free verse, about the lives of Tippi and Grace, conjoined twins.

A book you’d like to reread?

I’m currently re-reading Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan. I full intend to re-read the entire series!

A book you want to have read before the end of 2015?

Gah. I took two Sarah Dessen books with me on holiday as soon as I finished work. I managed to complete one of them. I brought two more with me over Christmas. I haven’t picked up either! I have, however, got halfway through The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson which has been sitting on my Kindle for months. I have a three hour coach journey tomorrow, and fully intend to either do a PE medium term plan or complete the book – I’m one of the lucky people who can read in a moving vehicle.

Favourite couple in a book you have read this year?

Interpreting this as a romantic couple, I can honestly say I have no idea. In terms of a partnership, I adore Royce and Hadrian’s relationship in Theft of Swords, with their two characters complementing each other, making the dialogue very witty

Is there a particular author whose books you read when you were younger who now reminds you of your childhood, if so, who?

I was fortunate to have parents who encouraged me to read, buying me lots of books, and reading to me on a nightly basis. So there are absolutly loads of books that remind me of my childhood. My Dad loved reading me Dr Seuss books and anything by Roald Dahl. I loved reading My Naughty Little Sister books and anything by Jacqueline Wilson. I was able to meet her when I was about ten, and remember rambling about my best friend in the hope she would write a book about the two of us. Of course, I cannot see a Magic Key book without thinking of Primary School!

Nominees:

Your questions:

  1. What books are currently sitting on your TBR shelf?
  2. Book whose ending you disliked the most?
  3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
  4. Name a book you wish more people knew about.
  5. What book world would you most like to live in/visit?

 

I look forward to hearing your answers!

Blog Awards: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

I always get excited when I see that my blog has been viewed, overjoyed when someone has commented or liked, so I am ecstatic when someone links to me. Especially when it is something as positive as this! So I must offer my greatest thanks to A Reading Writer!

It is a pleasure to do this tag/nomination so here are the simple rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.

2. Put the award logo on your blog.

3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Nominate (up to) ten blogs.

Here were A Book Reader’s questions

1. Describe yourself in ONE word.

Organised – Although you wouldn’t think it looking at me bedroom!

2. When and why did you start blogging?

I started a little over a year ago. I was reading lots of books and I always rave to my friends about the good ones, so I thought it would be cool to rave to other people (then I don’t have to see people’s eye glaze over when I’ve been talking non-stop about a book for half an hour). I partly also did it so I could get access to more ARCs too 😛

3. Who influenced you to read?

My parents – they read with me, and to me, every night and made sure I was challenged.

4. What are your top 3 best read books for this year?

They may not be the most fantastic, but these are the books I feel I have enjoyed the most so far this year.

Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3) A Place for Us Part 4 The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Gathering Darkness

A Place for Us

The Selection

5. Where’s your favorite place when you’re reading?

Just off the highstreet in Canterbury, there is an old monastry. I love to go sit under the trees, next to the river and the wild flowers and read.

6. What’s the perfect pair for a book, is it coffee or tea?

Tea. Always.

7. Name three authors that you have read almost all their books? (Consider authors that you have read more than 5 novels.)

From doing this Top Ten Tuesday, it turns out there are a lot of authors I have read more than 5 novels by!

I have read, with exception of the Bane Chronicles and her newest one, all of Cassandra Clare’s books.

With exception of one book, I have read all of Michael J Sullivan’s books – if you love fantasy, PLEASE check him out – he’s also super nice, and will reply to any message you send him!

I’ve read (if you include the short stories) all of Sarah J Maas’ books, with A Court of Thorns and Rose sitting on my table and Queen of Shadows currently being sent to my house! eeep!

8. Aside from writing and reading, name one activity that you do most of the time?

Does planning count? What about laminating – I’ve been doing an awful lot of that recently!

Nah, seriously, I do a lot of walking. I live near Richmond Park (The biggest royal park in London) and like to take stroles around there. For my last holiday, I went to Sicily so I could climb up Etna!

9. What’s your favorite song lyric? 

“We’ve all been sorry,

We’ve all been hurt,

But how we survive is what makes us who we are”

Survive by Rise Against

10.  Who is that book character that you can relate the most? Why?

I’m not really sure. When I asked Daz for help on this, he said “Ms Trunchable” from Matilda. I’m really hoping he’s joking…

11. What is the best quote that you have read? (Please include the name of the book and author)

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

My Nominees

My Questions

  1. What are your top 3 books that you have read this year?
  2. What are your most anticipated books to be released for this year? (I won’t be mean and cap you on this one!)
  3. What is your favourite film?
  4. Sweet or Savory?
  5. What book have you read more times than any other?
  6. Do you organised your books/DVDs in a certain way? How?
  7. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
  8. What was the last thing to make you laugh?
  9. Do you remember your dreams? What was your last one about?
  10. What is your greatest achievement to date?

Beautiful Blogger Award!

beautiful blogger award

I really like reading people’s answers to the awards they are given as I like to learn a little bit more at about them. So when I read through TheLiteraryCounsellor‘s answers I was very surprised, and delighted, to see that I had be nominated! So thank you ever so much, and I really enjoyed reading your facts!

The Beautiful Blogger Award is for those blogs that are creative, original and add to the blogging community.

  • Link to the creative, beautiful genius that bestowed it upon you.
  • List seven random things about yourself.
  • Send said award to seven (or how ever many you want) other creative, beautiful geniuses.
  • Tell those lucky people that you’ve done this and give em’ the rules.

7 Random Things:

  1. I can wiggle my baby toe separate to the rest of my toes. On both feet.
  2. I’m not very arty, but I love making things, especially collages. I’ve just ordered 150 photos to make a university collage. The remaining ones are to go into my scrap book. A few years ago I made a pack of playing cards into a present of “52 things I Love About You”
  3. I love doing a circus skill called poi. I recently took them into my summer camp for circus week and taught the children some moves. When I was younger I used to do it in local parks and would usually end up with an audience.
  4. I adore Harry Potter and have done since I was little. I still have my reading record from when I was in year two and I started reading The Philosopher’s Stone. I now own all the books, two wands, a scarf, berty botts, a chocolate frog, a personalised letter and a butterbeer mug (among other things)! I have been to the studio tour twice (with every intention to go again!) I was over the moon when I was able to open the doors to the Grand Hall on my birthday – I spent the entire time walking around with a big grin on my face!
  5. I also love Alice in Wonderland, and own the giant version of the Cheshire cat from the Disney store. I like to call him Cheshy.
  6. I love photos. I have a few photo albums, but prefer photos to be on display. My entire room is covered in them: I have lots of photo frames, collages and photos stuck on the wall.
  7. Last Christmas a roof fell on me. I was fine! Shock held off the pain for the day, meaning I was in agony the next day, which wasn’t great as I was driving 250 miles to Wales!

My Nominees:

Sunshine Blogger Award

So the lovely Lauren over at driftinglexi nominated me for this award! Thaaaaaaanks! She puts up lots of great book reviews and awesome nail art stuff (among other things!) So go check her out! Her are her answers to the questions she was asked for this award. This is a little bit like the Liebester Award, so here are my answers to that.

The rules:

  • Thank the people/person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from your nominators.
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.

The Questions:

1. Have you ever been to a concert, if so which was your first?

I have been to many! Most recently was either Ed Sheeran or Rise Against (they were around the same time, so I forget which was first). The first concert I went to was One Big Sunday, which was a free music thing that used to be hosted by Radio One on Sundays, and it would be in different locations each weekend. I seem to remember seeing S-Club, Wheetus and Shaggy. My memory may be wrong! The first “proper” concert I saw was The Sugarbabes for a friends birthday, in Rochester Castle!

2. What was the last thing you watched on TV?

I don’t usually watch TV, I watch Netflix or boxsets, I occasionally have it on in the background. Currently in the background my mum has Corrie on, but I last purposefully watched The Mentalist (boxset) and Big Bang Theory (TV) which I had annoyingly already seen.

3. Name three things which make you happy.

In no particular order: Sunshine, My doggy and My boyfriend.

4. What is your favourite thing about summer?

Being able to sit outside in the sunshine, near the river, and reading.

5. Spots or stripes?

Spots!

6. What are you currently reading?

Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

7. What movie are you next looking forward to being released?

I really want to see Inside Out which has just been released, but I’m looking forward to Finding Dory whenever it’s released!

8. Do you wear jewellery of any kind?

I have a tragus piercing which is never taken out. I usually have a pair of danlgy earrings, and I have a link chain bracelet. I normally wear my D&G watch (18th Birthday present) but it’s battery’s have just died 😦

9. For how long have you been blogging?

Just over a year?

10. What is your favourite fizzy/soft drink?

Lemonade and Lime Cordial.

11. How many languages can you speak? What are they?

I can’t speak as many as I should be able to! English is my first language. I learnt welsh in primary school, but can only remember numbers and simple phrases. I learnt French for three years, and Spanish for seven. I can definitely speak more Spanish than any other language. Unfortunately, it’s a case where I don’t use it, so I have forgotten most of it. We also learnt a bit of Mandarin and some children attempted to teach me some Polish, but I am awful at both!

The Nominees

Ashley

Tiffani

Emily

Stefanie

Brittany Marie

Leah

Becca

Katie

Kelsy

I’m sorry it any of you have been nominated before! Hopefully you enjoy answering my questions 🙂

The Questions

  1. What is your favourite book?
  2. What is your favourite place?
  3. What hobbies do you do?
  4. Why did you start your blog?
  5. If you could recommend 1 film, 1 book and 1 TV series, what would they be?
  6. What would be your ideal holiday destination?
  7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  8. Do you remember your dreams? If so, what was your last one about?
  9. Do you have a bucket list? If yes, and you would have to pick ONE thing only that could happen in the very foreseeable future, which one would it be?
  10. What is your greatest achievement to date?

I look forward to reading your answers! 😀

Liebester Award

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I have been nominated for this award by Cassie Holmes, Thankyou so much, it was a very nice surprise to wake to. As my first nomination for an award, I’m thrilled!

The Rules:

– Thank the person who nominated you by linking to their blog.
– Answer the 11 questions the nominator gave to you.
– Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
– Create 11 questions for your nominees.
– Let your nominees know by getting in touch with them.

Cassie’s Questions to her nominees:

1. How would you describe your personality?

I would say that I am generally a very positive and enthusiastic person to be around, but I worry. A lot. I like to know what I am doing, and if it is uncertain, this sometimes makes me very anxious. That said, I am very organised – which makes teaching a lot easier! 

2. What is your favourite childhood memory?

My favourite childhood memory is probably one holiday we had. We went to the beach in NewQuay, in west Wales, and someone had rowed in a blow-up boat from the main town to our campsite. As they did it for a bit of fun, they didn’t want the boat anymore, so they gave it to us! We then saw a baby seal pup on the beach, and watched it swim out to its mum in the sea. We then had a BBQ on the beach, which turned into a bonfire, and us all singing old Girl Guide songs and Welsh Hymns.

3. What is the name of the last book you read?

The last book I read was “What Would Mary Berry Do?”, of which you can find my review here. I requested it off of NetGallery, and I managed to coincide reading it with the beginning of The Great Britsh Bake Off.

4. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

This slightly funny, as I joke to my friends that I have a “5 year plan”, except that it runs up this year! So in 10 years time, I will be 30. So hopefully, I will have a secure job, still in teaching. I would like to have worked my way up a bit, and would definitely like to be a subject leader, if not deputy head teacher. Children would be nice, but I don’t particularly want a certain number or gender.

5. Who is your role model?

Oh gosh, I’m not really sure. I’ve never really looked at a person and thought of them entirely as my role model. I’ve mainly just really admired certain aspects of individuals. For example, my Spanish teacher – she had wanted to be a teacher since she was 5, and what I found most amazing about her was that she was born in France, learnt fluent Spanish and English, and then married and Italian, and can now speak and teach all 4 languages to A-level level. 

6. What is your favourite quote?

I have lots! But being a book blog, I will post some of my favourite book quotes:

“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response.
‘I don’t know’, Alice answered.
‘Then’, said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.’”

(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carol)

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

(The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss)

“You will see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a throughs and pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

(Peter and Wendy, J, M,Barrie)

7. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

Interesting and difficult question! I think I would have the power of telekinesis – to move things with my mind. Because then, I could be extra lazy, and make a cup of tea without even having to leave my bed! 

8. What is your favourite place to be?

My favourite place is a place called Grey Friars, in Canterbury. It is a little garden that is open to the public, with wild flowers and a stream. I love to sit in their either next to the river or on the grass in the sun to read.

9. If you could invite one person to dinner, dead or alive, who would you choose?

Either J.K.Rowling (only if she would happily talk about Harry Potter non-stop) or Jennifer Lawrence, because not only do I think she is a wonderful actress, but she seem like she would be a lot of fun!

10. What is the last thing that made you laugh?

We just washed my dog, and she really doesn’t like water. So as soon as she was washed she shook all over my family, and then proceeded to roll around on the floor.

11. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t worry about what you think others will think of you, if you think it is right, and it makes you happy, go for it!

My Nominees:

A Fellow Sherlock Holmes fan, and book lover: Katie

A brilliant book blog: Tanya

Possibly my favourite book blog at the moment; reviews, quotes and Great British Book-off!: Leah

A book blog that reads a lot of the same books as me: Melinda

Book reviews and short stories: Lauryn

A truly amazing blog about bucket lists and mini-interviews about people’s lives: Shelly

My Questions for you:

1. What is your favourite book?

2. What is your favourite place?

3. What hobbies do you do?

4. Why did you start your blog?

5. If you could recommend 1 film, 1 book and 1 TV series, what would they be?

6. What would be your ideal holiday destination?

7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

8. Do you remember your dreams? If so, what was your last one about?

9. Do you have a bucket list? If yes, and you would have to pick ONE thing only that could happen in the very foreseeable future, which one would it be?

10. What is your greatest achievement to date?

I look forward to reading your answers.