I have to confess, I’m
kinda really terrible at keeping up with book tags.
All these lovely people tag me in cool things and I’m like OMG THAT SOUNDS AWESOME and then I check my schedule and realize that the next two months are packed with blog posts. Yay.
But, hey! Better late than never, right? So I’m smooshing three tags from April into one blog post, and collectively tagging people because I don’t know enough people to tag different people for each one.
So, if one of the tags sounds cool to you, totally go for it! I’d totally love to see what you come up with for these!
Without further ado, here is
- The Blogger Recognition Award (thanks so much Shaz @ Shaz Reads for tagging me! go follow her–her blog is wonderful!)
- One Lovely Blog Award (thanks so much Karlita @ Tale Out Loud for tagging me! Karlita is absolutely the sweetest and is so much fun to chat with! Go check her blog out!)
- 20 Questions Tag (thank you so much to Mah @ Happy Reading Co for tagging me! if you love unicorns and/or books, do go and check her blog out!)
The Blogger Recognition Award
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you’d like to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, providing a link to the post you’ve created. (Please make sure you do this step! Otherwise they won’t know you’ve tagged them until they check the referral portion of their stats.)
How my blog started:
Honestly, this is kind of a blur, but I’ll tell this (very short) story as best I can! Last June I refound my reading spark after a really bad multi-year slump (shoutout to An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir), and I began reading bunches of books. I remember one of my friends (Aitana @ Aitana Reads) talking about the book community and blogging, and so I decided to start a book blog to keep up the momentum! And somewhere in that first half month during July, I kinda figured out how to blog about books (although I still don’t really know what I’m doing).
Advice for new bloggers:
- Make sure to love what you’re doing. I like to think that the most vital part of book blogging is being passionate–you need to love what you’re reading or love the bookish community or love something. You can’t just wander through it without a focus, a burning desire within you. Whether you love a certain fandom or genre or whatever, it’s really important to hold onto that passion and spark because people love reading passionate work.
- Blogger stats are wildly erratic and mean absolutely nothing about how good of a blogger you are. It might mean something about how good you are at marketing, but honestly–do you really want to copy Cait @ Paper Fury‘s bullet style tweets? No. You want to be you. And even though something is popular, it doesn’t mean it works. Stats are so tempermental–like my blog blew up last month from my Privilege in the Book Community post (read ittttt) but it’s probably going to drop back down this month.
- (Extra piece of advice) The number of books you own =/= how good of a blogger you are. Seriously. You don’t need to own a bunch of books to be a good blogger.
My nominees are at the bottom of this post! Yipee!
One Lovely Blog Award
1. Thank the person who nominated you for the for the award.
2. Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog.
3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers that you admire.
I kind of feel like I’m doing this wrong (are these supposed to be bookish facts? idk. i’m going to go with random things lolol) but chewing gum with your mouth open is one of my biggest pet peeves. Also slow walkers in busy areas. Oooh it gets on my nerves. Luckily, with the Internet, I am capable of avoiding both slow walkers and mouth-open gum chewers. Yay!
Here’s a bookish one: the transition from MG to YA was so hard for me. I was perpetually scared of opening a YA book and finding a paranormal vampire love triangle. *shudders* The concept and popularity of Twilight really scared me and I wish I had tried YA sooner because it is such an amazing community of people and wonderful books! I went into, like a 3 year reading slump because I was too scared of YA.
Deep down, my favorite trope is famous people. (please don’t hurt me) But ugh, I love reading about famous people. It’s just so much fun to read about how ridiculous these people are. Whether it’s famous Hollywood actors or singers or CEOs or royalty, famous people is my go to “I wanna have fun reading how crazy these other people are” books.
Comic books are growing on me. I want to read more comics! I loved The Prince and the Dressmaker, Nimona, Heartstopper, and I really want to get more in the genre! Thankfully, I have Margot & Oni Press to fuel this, but still—send me comic recs! Or any sort of graphic novel! I’ll be starting Check, Please! soon and I’m so excited! (I’ll take webcomic suggestions too!)
In real life, I’m a really boring person. Literally my entire life is go to school, do schoolwork, try to succeed, and then go home and read a book really late at night when I should be sleeping to de-stress. Blogging is interesting enough for me though, and isn’t high school supposed to be pretty drab? IDK, after junior year, it’s just been feeling like a lot of work work work and no play (But learning is interesting and I love it! High school is too much busy work though.)
I really love chocolate. This is honestly pretty random, but I felt like it was necessary for you to know! Chocolate is the greatest (except the horrific thing that is white chocolate) and so delicious. I am so accustomed to the rich taste of too much chocolate and I have no regrets. Chocolatiers are my weakness when I travel. Those tiny expensive delicious pieces of wow are just too much to resist.
It’s hard to think of facts when you’re confronted like this, but my favorite stuffed animal as a child was a pig named Pigsy. I wasn’t really a Barbie kind of girl (getting clothes on them was way too much work) and I really loved my stuffed animals. Tea parties were the greatest, especially with all the fake plastic food I (still) own.
Find my nominations at the bottom! (Seriously, at this point I would have had to nominate at least 16 people. I barely know five! (I know bunches of people but when I’m confronted I suddenly forget everything I know ok DON’T HURT ME I LOVE ALL OF YOU OUT THERE.))
20 Questions Tag
1. HOW MANY BOOKS ARE TOO MANY BOOKS IN A BOOK SERIES?
Six. (This doesn’t include prequels and spinoffs etc.) Six’s a stretch–I was going to say five, but Rick Riordan changed my mind–but some people can make it work. I think it honestly depends on how much time passes. If it’s like a year by year thing (Harry Potter Years 1-7) it’s more acceptable, but six books in a two year period feels like too much.
2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?
I hate them but I love them. They’re so much fun, but they also make me want to throw things. So authors, keep putting cliffhangers in books, but beware that I may chuck a book at you if I ever meet you in person. Because UGH THE WAIT IS SO LONG.
3. HARDBACK OR PAPERBACK?
I’m perpetually scared of cracking my paperback and hardbacks are safer to read (and they have the outside and inside cover), but paperbacks are cheaper, so I can’t resist buying them from time to time. I’m trying to get over my fear of paperbacks–it’s easier with library books that are already cracked, though.
4. FAVORITE BOOK?
No. You can’t make me answer.
The book I’ve read the most is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The book that got me into YA and is super precious to me is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. The book that made me cry the most is honestly either The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, or The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen. The book I read this year that is my favorite is probably Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell, Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough, When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas, and so many others.
There are too many good books out there, you can’t make me choose.
5. LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?
Eh. Anything bigoted really is my least favorite book. Moving on.
6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?
Yes if they’re done right! I don’t want unnecessary angst, I want well-crafted, actually meaningful love triangles. I don’t mind if it’s a love triangle of choosing between duty and romance, but things with really unnecessary angst or too much indecision are things I don’t want.
7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer Nielsen! I just couldn’t get through it because it felt so systematically white with its kings and lords and there was just too much tropey fantasy in it and I wasn’t in the mood. Maybe another time, I would try it, but I gave it a fair chance (all the way to page 100) and decided to set it aside rather than read it unhappily.
8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?
Given to the Earth by Mindy McGinnis! I’m slowly savoring this one and really thinking about what’s going on. Mindy McGinnis’ books are always so thought provoking, and I always enjoy her books. I can’t wait to read on!
9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?
I…do not know. I think it’s either Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart or The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen because both of those were absolutely top notch books that I read recently.
10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? (PUBLICATION DATE)
It would have to be Taming of the Shrew (ugh–it’s as bad as the title suggests) by William Shakespeare, I think! It was from 1590 to 1592!
11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? (PUBLICATION DATE)
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, out in early November! It’s honestly such an amazing Asian fantasy with queer girl characters that work to push aside the male dominance and show just how fierce they are! Such a great novel and I absolutely love love loved reading! Totally recommend you add this one to your TBR.
12. FAVORITE AUTHOR?
Lots of authors! It’s hard for me to pick, because the author with the most books I’ve enjoyed is probably Marissa Meyer, just because there are so many books in her series. But, that doesn’t really give a fair chance to all the amazing debuts who I hope will continue cranking out wonderful stories.
13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?
Both! I actually borrow most of the books I read from the library, and I only buy books I’ve already read. Unless they’re on sale, then I buy books that sound interesting (bad for my TBR and my wallet, but it feels so good in the moment). The library is the best and they always have tons of new books to read!
14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE?
Paper Princess by Erin Watt! It has a 4.04 average rating on Goodreads, but is one of my 1 star ratings. It just felt really unhealthy and I wasn’t really a fan of the way things were portrayed in that novel.
15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARS?
Bookmarks. Never dog ear.
16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! It’s my go-to anxiety read when I feel like OMG COLLEGE THE WORLD I AM GOING TO BE A FAILURE OF AN ADULT but then Cath turns out okay and I feel better about everything.
17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?
No. I can’t do anything while hearing music with lyrics or any music I’m familiar with because I’ll hum or sing along in my head and can’t focus on what I’m doing.
18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POV’S? (POV’S = POINT OF VIEWS)
Either is fine! Just really depends on execution. Whatever makes a book work is good for me.
19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?
Both! It depends on the book and when I read it. I have my “carry around with me everywhere” book that I read over multiple days, I have my “read during mealtime” book, and I have my nightly binge books. Sometimes, after a couple of days I just binge the rest. It just depends on my mood, really.
20. A BOOK YOU’VE READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER?
Literally half the books in YA fantasy are just me going “ooh pretty cover” and then getting disappointed. The cover is a very strong influencer, I do admit.
People I Tag
Okay, I’ve honestly kind of given up on figuring out who to tag because I feel bad if I don’t tag everyone I know (and I know I’m going to leave someone who’s super cool out of this) SO BASICALLY IF YOU’VE MADE IT THIS FAR, CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED. There, done.
I love you all have a wonderful day.
How often do you participate in book tags? Never tried one? Weekly? Let me know in the comments below!