Hiatus Announcement + Some Questions in the Sunshine Blogger Award!

I think I mentioned this once before, but I will be taking a mini-hiatus very soon. Probably from Sunday on until next week Sunday.  I will post on this Saturday and probably also on Sunday this week but after that, I’m gone! I’ll be going on short vacation and I am so busy with school that I am unable to write posts ahead of time, also, that would be super stressful so I’m not doing that to myself. I will probably return with a post on October 24th.

Anyway, now that we got that over with, today I wanted to do a tag! I suck at doing tags on time because I always end up with a long long list of tags I was tagged in and never get around to do them. This is the Sunshine Blogger Award and I was nominated by the wonderful Laura Noakes (who is absolutely lovely and you should definitely check out her blog!). Thank you, Laura!

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The Liebster Award

I’m sooooo late with all my tags and awards, therefore 2-in-1! I got nominated for the Liebster Award two times! So hereby thanks to May and McKenzie!

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May’s Questions

  • If you were to stop blogging, what would be the reason? – Because I would be dead. Okay no, the only reason right now I could think of if it would be that I would no longer have time.
  • What are some hobbies you have? – You want a list? Because that could go on forever. Some of my main hobbies are drawing/hand lettering, photography, blogging, watching tv shows, reading.
  • Would you rather be dead or die? (Yes, there’s a difference.) – well… in order to be dead you have to die, and dying seems a bit more painful than simply not existing, so let’s skip the dying part and just be dead?
  • Do you like mangoes??? – I feel like I cannot answer this question with a no haha. I like mangoes, yes!
  • What book would you not feel guilty about stomping on, tearing, and burning in a fire? – I use my copy of Lord of The Rings as a doorstop/windowstop haha, it’s big and I don’t care about so I wouldn’t mind ruining it, though, then I would have nothing to keep my doors/windows open…
  • What blogs do you ALWAYS look forward to reading? (Or, if you’re afraid your dear readers might feel bad: What type of blogs do you tend to follow? ie. book blogs, lifestyle blogs, writing blogs, etc.) – In general, I love blogs that have a lot of discussions and original content. I don’t feel like looking up all the urls so I’m just going to keep it like this.
  • What’s one moment in your life you’d choose to play over and over again (aka re-experience over and over again?) – This might be weird, but I once was at the sea in the evening and the waves were crashing against the walls of the boulevard and it was honestly the most calming wonderful thing ever. I wish I could stand there every evening.
  • You have the choice of reading a book you HATE, every single day, or reading one good book per year. Which do you choose? – One good book obviously. I love reading but I’m not going to make myself read horrible books all year through, I would get depressed.
  • What’s one food you will never get tired of eating??? (ONE food, people, ONE.) – Pasta. I love pasta and you can basically make it everything you want it to be.
  • What would you do if someone walked up to you and gave you 100 bucks? – uhm be very surprised, try to give it back but probably be too surprised to do anything. Maybe do some random acts of kindness or spend it on books to give away (and keep)
  • How are you right now? ❤ – right now I am awesome, the weather is amazing and I’ve got a pup playing at my feet. Thanks for asking ❤ [edit: the situation got even better, now I’ve got a popsicle]

McKenzie’s Questions

  • Whats your favorite book trope? – Friend becoming lovers. Or just really great friendships.
  • Have you ever been to an author signing? If so who? – No sadly not, I live in The Netherlands so… only Dutch authors sign here and I barely know any of those.
  • Put your music on shuffle, whats the first song that played? – Last Nite by The Strokes
  • Whats your dream job? – Something in marketing, preferably neuromarketing (which uses brain scan techniques to understand people’s buying behaviour)
  • Which bookish pet would you gladly adopt? – I’ve always wanted a stormhunter from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. They are huge majestic flying animals that remind me of dragons.
  • Whats your favorite book of 2017 so far? – The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner.
  • What type of pet person are you? Dog? Cat? Fish? Dragon? – Dogs and cats equally.
  • Favorite food to snack on while reading? – Eating and reading don’t go ver well together, so nothing.
  • Which Harry Potter book would you reread, rewrite, and burn? (Or pick your favorite series to do!) – I don’t really have a favourite HP book. My favourite series would be The Lunar Chronicles, so I’m going to have to reread Winter, rewrite Cinder and burn Scarlet (sorry Scarlet 😥 )
  • Whats the biggest book on your shelf? (Size or length, you pick) – Winter by Marissa Meyer is 800+ pages so I think that counts as the biggest book.
  • What advice would you give to new bloggers? – Connect!!! Get in touch with the rest of the community! Or take part in my new project!

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What’s your favourite book of 2017 so far? Do you have a moment in your life that you would redo over and over again?

Thanks for reading and if you want to do this as well, just pick 11 questions from this long list and let me know! I’d love to read your answers!

The Real Neat Blog Award

A long while ago I was nominated for this award, twice I must say, just about two months ago. I was nominated by Trisha from Autumn of 2003 and Allie from WondrousNightRambler, thank you both and everybody go check out their blogs, they’re wonderful!

Trisha’s Questions

 

  1. Who is your least favourite singer/band? I really dislike a lot of Dutch singers, but I don’t really know who’s my least favourite.
  2. Who’s your favourite youtuber? John Green (and Hank too)
  3. Would you call yourself a bookworm? Uhm, yes that just about describes half my life.
  4. Favourite TV shows? I have a list that will probably go on until infinity and beyond: Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, Grimm, The Flash, Supergirl, Gilmore Girls, Friends,  and about 10 or so more but it’s not worth writing all down.
  5. Why did you start your blog? Short story short, I was a little bored, and I wanted somewhere to get rid of my bookish frustrations and rambles.
  6. What’s one good thing that’s happened to you today? Today, I finished a book. (Actually yesterday because I’m planning to post this tomorrow, when I’m at a very interesting (I hope) symposium)
  7. Can you  type supercalifragilisticexpialidocious whilst holding your breath? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Yes I can 🙂 It kinda hard though because I needed to type it with one hand so I could keep myself from breathing from my nose, which made me need to see where my fingers were placed on the keyboard, which then made me have to look up every three letters and check like three times whether I was typing the right letter.

Allie’s Questions

 

  1. What is your favorite book? Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer)
  2. What is your least favorite color? I don’t know, I don’t dislike any colour. Maybe bright pink.
  3. Favorite song at the moment? What an impossible question, I love so many songs at this moment, but let me just choose the one I’m listening to right now, which is Antoine Dufour with Talk. I love listening to acoustic guitar songs with no vocals while working and this one is my favourite work song right now.
  4. Who is your least favorite celebrity? Trump? But I think it’s a tie between Geert Wilders and Donald Trump right now. (If you don’t know Geert Wilders, he’s a Dutch politician who openly hates the Islam and wants to ban anything that has to do with the religion from our country, including the people).
  5. If you were transported into any book or movie what would it be? I would love to take a holiday on Luna from the Lunar Chronicles, meet the gang and visit all the beautiful places in Artemisia.
  6. How is a raven like a writing desk? I have been thinking about this a lot and I think I remember the riddle but not the answer. So frustrating.. They both have legs?
  7. Do you have a conspiracy theory or theories you believe in completely? Not really.

I’m too lazy to make up questions, so not tagging anyone today. But I’d like to know: What is your least favourite colour? And what’s a good thing that happened to you today?

 

Blogger awards

I was nominated for two awards! So I’m just going to do them both in one post. Enjoy!

The Entertainment Blogger Award

I was nominated for the entertainment blogger award by Jamie from Book Pandamonium, so thanks a lot! We haven’t talked a lot yet, but I would love to get to know her better!

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The Rules

– Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
– Add these rules to your post.
– Answer all the questions below.
– Display the award picture in your post.
– Nominate 12 bloggers who are funny, inspiring and entertaining.

The Questions

Why did you start a blog in the first place?

The short story is that I was bored and wanted a place to talk about books.

What is your favourite book?

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is hands down the best book I’ve ever read.

What do you dislike the most?

Rudeness and people being mean (especially if they are doing it specifically to hurt a person).

What is your favourite food item at the mall?

I never get food at the mall? We don’t really have food places at the mall. Some coffee bars and such but nothing fancy.

What is your favourite pastime?

Reading, blogging, writing, watching  tv series, don’t make me choose!

The Mystery Blogger Award

I was nominated by Tiana from The Book Raven for the mystery blogger award, thank you! Go check out her blog because she is so sweet! And she also is going to contribute to my newest project 😀

The Rules:

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

Three things about me

  • I’m currently in a love-hate relationship with Friends, but I keep watching.
  • I have procrastinated doing part of my homework the entire winter break, but now I really need to do it and I don’t want to.
  • Except for the fact that I need to catch up on homework before going to school, I quite look forward to going back to uni (this might have something to do with the fact that I can go back to my dorm and see my friends again).

The Questions

1. What do you think about when you look at the stars? 

I love staring at the stars! When I look at the stars, usually I think about how incredibly big the universe is and how incredibly special it is that we humans are alive. I also think about the possibility of how somewhere in the universe there is someone or something looking at those same stars and thinking the same thing.

2. What person in your life lead you along the reading path and inspired you to read books?

I think I did that myself. I don’t really have someone in my life that urged me to read books. Although my parents always went to the library with me so, that might have helped.

3. What is your favorite part of being a blogger? What kind of posts do you love to write the most?

What I love most is reading other people’s comments, especially when I wrote a very personal post. My favourite post to write… I really don’t know, but I think it will be the posts for my new project!

4. If you could say anything to yourself when you were 8 years old, what would you say? What advice would you give?

It’s going to be better. You’ll get through this.

5. If you could transform into any creature you wanted to mythic, animal, or your own unique creature, which would it be and why?

Could I change back and forth? Because then I would love to be able to turn into some kind of bird.

I’m not going to include a link to my best post, because I simply don’t know what my favourite/best post is.

Blogging Tips To Get Started + Blogger Recognition Award!

I was nominated by Ava from Reads, Rhythms and Ruminations for the Blogger Recognition award! Thank you so much Ava! I was planning to write some tips for beginning bloggers or just bloggers in general, so I thought why not combine them?

Also you should all check out Ava’s blog, she writes about anime and books, and she is a super lovely person!

The Rules

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

Once Upon A Time…

There was a girl, and that girl was bored. She didn’t want to go outside, because it was way too hot, and therefore sat behind her laptop scrolling through tumblr and watching booktube videos. The girl wanted to share her love for books, but knew no other way than by talking to a camera and putting it online. However the girl was too shy to share herself in that way, so she sought for another way to share her love. After thinking about it for a while she discovered wordpress, wrote her first post and bam! there it was: a little piece of magic called a blog.

In the beginning she just wrote reviews, later letters to her beloved characters, but then she discovered the amazing community of wonderful bookish and writerish princes and princesses, and she fell in love with every single one of them. The bookish community had become her home, and her blog her secret double life.

And she lived happily ever after.

My advice

I recently got a message on goodreads from a person who just started blogging. They asked me for tips, so I thought I’d share them with you all too. November, if you’re reading this, would you mind sharing your blog url? I would love to check it out 🙂

I am not very experienced when it comes to blogging, because I only started 4 months ago. However I have learned a lot from the past few months. So here are some tips (these mostly apply on book blogging):

  • Write about the things you love. If you don’t enjoy writing the post, other people will most likely not enjoy reading it a lot. Also you will probably lose interest quickly.
  • There are basically five types of post you can do on your blog:

1) tags and awards, these are fun and easy to do because you usually only have to answer questions. For these it is important to tag people. The best way to do that is link one of their post to yours. You do this by going to their blog, copying a link from a recent post and adding it in your post. This way they will get notified and they will know that they are tagged.

2) Memes, these are weekly/monthly returning posts, which can vary from top 10’s with specific themes, to discussing covers of books. These are fun to do because you can do them every week/month and others do those too so you can share and discuss with them.

3) Discussions, in these posts you can basically discuss whatever you think is interesting.

4) Reviews, these are quite important for most book bloggers. Some bloggers get ARCs in exchange for reviews, but you really shouldn’t start blogging because of the ARCs. I recently discovered NetGalley which provides you with eARCs.

5) Every other random thing you want to do. You can talk about anything on your blog so if you want to talk about your life/school/music taste/favourite movie/etc, go ahead.

  • The most important thing and most fun thing about blogging is interacting with others. Don’t hesitate to comment on other people’s blog, because I know almost all bloggers really enjoy talking with others. Commenting should be a way to express your opinion on a topic and shows that you are interested in what they have to say. Just saying “great post!” would probably not result in an in-depth discussion about the post. Better would be something like: “I agree on you with the main character, she was just really annoying and uninteresting to read about. I really enjoyed reading your opinions on this book!”
  • Gaining followers is not easy. Don’t expect to have a lot of followers in the first few weeks/months. But if you persevere and keep having fun and interesting content, the followers will come eventually. What is most important is engaging with them!
  • Forget about the numbers. Blogging should be something you do for fun and for yourself, so don’t worry too much about page-views and stats.
  • Twitter is really great for bloggers, you can connect really easily to people and engaging in chats really helps you to expand your contacts.
  • Another thing that can help is to have a nice layout on your blog, if it looks sloppy and impossible to read, people will visit your blog less.

What is your best tip on blogging?

Sorry not nominating anyone because I really should get back to writing my story for Short Story Society! Has anyone seen my inspiration? I think I lost it.

Black Cat Blue Sea Award

I was nominated twice for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award! Once by Klara from Ribbon Reviews and once by Azia from The Uncharted World. Thank you both so much, it means a lot!

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“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

I’m really curious to why it is called the Black Cat Blue Sea Award!

The Rules

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
  2. The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

The Questions from Klara

  1. How much time do you invest in your blog per week?

I think about an hour a day (so 7 hours a week), but I’m not sure because I’m not keeping track.

  1. Do/ did you ever have a fictional crush? If so, who was it?

Not really but if I’d have to pick, it would be Sam from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater.

  1. Would you like to be a full-time blogger (who actually earns money with their blog) ?

For the earning money: yes (this is because I’m a student and therefore poor), but not full-time. I want to learn more and get an actual job and idk do something with my life? (no offence, blogging is of course doing something with your life, but I mean like in a career). Blogging is for fun and it should stay that way 🙂

The Questions from Azia

  1. Why and when did you begin blogging?

I started blogging because I was bored and wanted someplace to fangirl over books. I started last summer, I’ve been blogging for 4 months!

  1. Are there any books/places you re-read/revisit for a special occasion or season (i.e. winter/the holidays)?

Often at Christmas me and my family go to Amsterdam for a few days and go to the Amsterdam Light Festival and that’s so much fun! Sadly not this year 😦

  1. Do you have more fun ranting about a book or raving about it in your reviews?

Raving! I always feel a bit bad about talking negative about a book because someone took so much work in writing it!

My Questions

  1. What are you most passionate about?
  2. Have you ever considered stopping blogging? And why?
  3. What is your favourite hobby?

I nominate…

Anna from Adventures of A Booknerd

Alicia from Livepulchritudinously (bonus question for you, what does your blog name mean and how do you pronounce it?)

Renuka from Past Bedtime Blog

Diana from Diana Prince Reviews

Casey from AdoptABookAUS

Jess from Bookends and Endings

Taylor and Dawn from The Book Wench

Lucy from Lucy’s Literature

Have a nice day everybody!