Sunshine Blogger Award With Some Seriously Sunshiney Questions!

Hello all! Today is officially the start of winter… so what better time for a little EXTRA sunshine?! Plus these questions are insanely good!! I’m really excited to have been nominated by two of my favourite people on here- Dani @Perspective of a Writer and Nel @Reactionary Tales because that means I get the chance to SHOUT about how much I love them and why you all need to check them out (because you really, really do!) They both run seriously AMAZING blogs and are completely unique, lovely humans!!

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(Graphic is by the absolutely amazingly talented Dani– I told you she was cool, didn’t I?)

NB: I’ve been tagged a few other times for this, with different questions, but I’m gonna save those for another time.

Who is the one person that is the sunshine in your life?

I’m gonna say my sister- THE MONKEY BABY!

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Do you prefer all happy movies, or occasional sad movies?

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It does depend on my mood- still, while I do like the occasional sob over a good movie, I largely stick to happy ones, like a Disney movie or a musical (then again, I class LOTR as happy- not sure I’m always a good measure of what “happy” is…)

What is the one food that always makes you happy?

Chocolate!

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What is the sunshine on your blog?

You guys!! 😘

What is your favourite  wacky “fun” day?

Oh I’m a party animal- my favourite, wacky fun day would be any day I get off to just lie in bed and read books (preferably while drinking hot chocolate with Baileys- rock on!)

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What is one thing you love about yourself?

*Shuffles awkwardly* hard question (what? I’m British!) Ermm my imagination.

What is one think you love about the blogging community?

How friendly you all are!

What is the one book that made you smile the most?

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Where is your corner of sunshine in your home?

The balcony (it literally gets a lot of sunshine 😉 also it’s nice to relax on when it’s not cold)

What is your favorite color or colors?

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“Red and yellow and pink and green,
Purple and orange and blue…”

I don’t technically have a favourite, so I’m going with “rainbow”

What is the one movie (or drama) that always makes you happy?

Well, I mentioned this earlier, but Lord of the Rings is my happy film!

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I’m going to take a leaf out of Dani’s book and use the same questions, but I’m nominating just a few people who always make me smile (even if this may not be their thing 😉 )

Bookstooge, Lucinda, Carrie, DrewMichelDaley and Sam

(as usual no pressure to do it)

So what’s the most sunshiney thing in your life right now? Let me know in the comments!

Brotherhood of the World Award

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Hello all! It’s been a while since I’ve done an award post, but I absolutely had to do this one, cos the questions are seriously awesome.

Thank you so much to my lovely friend Nel for this award- and if you haven’t checked her out then I don’t know what you’re still doing here, because she’s absolutely fantastic and her blog is one of my favourite’s- so go-go-go!!

Briefly explain your blogging style (where your favorite blogging spot/tools – as in, on the couch using your smartphone or something).

I basically go wherever my computer is and then I work from there- I’m afraid my blogging habits are not more exciting than that. I think one time I used my smartphone for uploading pictures… but that was only cos I couldn’t find the adaptor wire. I do schedule a lot of my posts these days- I usually know in advance if I’m going to be too busy to actually write something and try to do things in batches (aside from having a ton of unused drafts on my laptop- I’m super organised… not 😉 ) Also, another fun fact is my computer, the Mad Hatter, is very temperamental, so here’s a very realistic representation of my blogging habits…

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How do you manage your blogging time including blog reading time?

Oh gosh- BADLY. I’m going to try and not describe this in a way that sounds too chaotic… but yeah, it’s totally chaotic. I’ve already said a bit about how I actually write the posts, so I’ll move straight onto bloghopping. I usually have a ton of blogs open in tabs that I’ve been meaning to catch up on, a ton stored in my head, and a number of comments to reply to. I try and do a little every day- buuut I think a lot of you will know that doesn’t always happen. So, again, I do a lot in batches. I know- my genius is undeniable- it’s like I’m practically producing Shakespeare…monkey typewriter

Who is your most read author?

Ah well, fun question, cos I like to check how my most read authors are competing against each other from time to time (a bit like Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones, but with less death) My most read author- by quite a bit I must say- is Pratchett with 27 books. Maybe I’ll do a post about this at some point- there’s plenty of embarrassing names on that list, I can tell you 😉

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How did you come up with your blog name?

Hehe I think it’s self-explanatory if you read my last answer- but for the uninitiated: I like Pratchett, The Librarian is one of my favourite of his Discworld characters, so there you go (now I think about it, it would’ve been funnier if I’d gone with my other favourite character: Death – missed opportunity… *sigh*)

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What keeps you blogging?

Ooh great question! I’d have to say *all of you*. I started out just sort of talking to myself in a vacuum and while that was fun, I have to say the moment I fell in love with it was when that vacuum started talking back… Okay, WOW that was weird- what I mean to say (and yes I’m keeping that awful opening) is that it’s the blogging friends I’ve made, reading all the awesome bookish thoughts and getting to hear what y’all think in the comments section that keep me coming back! (that and the bananas I dish out in the ratings… what? I am a monkey 😉 )

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I nominate: Sam@RivermooseReads, Charlotte, Arwa@One’sPeculiar, Beth@ReadingEveryNightJust Being Nessa, Liis, The Awkward Blogger and Perfectly Tolerable

And for everyone else- do you have any exciting blogging habits? And- more importantly- do you think a monkey could produce the works of Shakespeare given the time? Let me know in the comments!

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award – Bumper Edition! (cos I’m a crazy person who forgets to do tags)

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Hello all! Hope you’re all having a relaxing Sunday! And as you can tell from the title, I was nominated to do this a few times and it’s taken me ages to get to, so yada yada yada, gonna cut this preamble short- onto the rules!

The Rules Are: 

  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.

Thank you so much to the brilliant Pooga @Lifesfinewhine, the spectacular Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biro’s, the awesome Kester @LilBookLovers, the wonderful Steph @Stephanie’s Novel Fiction, the fantastic Michaela @JourneyIntoBooks, and the lovely Liis @ Cover to Cover– they’re all incredible bloggers, so check all these peeps out!!

Pooga’s Questions:

  1. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?

What a lovely question! Many people have done many nice things for me, but I’m gonna go with how sweet my sister is to me on my birthday every year cos it’s fresh on my mind.

  1. What are you most afraid of?

Ooh deep- and speaking of depths, not a fan of heights 😉

  1. Do you think the world is getting better or worse?

Hahahahahahahaha… oh dear, trying to answer this without getting too heavy is gonna be hard. In all honesty, I follow the politics too closely and it brings out my inner pessimist, but I’d generally say “better” when I’m in a good mood and thinking about all the amazing technological and social advances of our age. Okay, hope that wasn’t too bad… next question?

Sammie’s Questions:

  1. What do you consider your best blog post from 2016 and why?

Ooh err, I’ve left this a while haven’t I? Ermm maybe one of my wrap up posts (I honestly can’t remember, 2016 was sooo long ago!)

2. Do you have any blogging goals or big plans for your blog in 2017?

*Coughs* Well if I did, I hope I’ve fulfilled them at this stage, it’s getting a bit late in the year for new year’s resolutions.

3. What have been your best and worst reads of this year and why?

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Well I’m gonna go with of 2017 cos otherwise this is gonna get ridiculous- so far, off the top of my head, I’d put Fahrenheit 451 right up there and Wideacre’s gonna be one of the contenders for worst book for sure- as for the rest of my list… we’ll have to wait and see…

Kesta’s Questions:

  1. What is your favorite album or soundtrack you like to listen to and why?

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And it’s my favourite for loads of reasons: 1) it was the first CD I ever owned 2) I was brought up on a diet of old 60s music and the Beatles are my faves and 3) cos this album has all their number one hits (though incidentally it’s missing a lot of what I consider their best songs)

  1. Which book have you been wanting to get signed for such a long time?

Ooh hard question! I would go with Six of Crows, partly cos a lot of my favourite authors are dead, partly cos I don’t have a lot of physical copies by any of my fave living authors (first instincts being Carry On and Neverwhere), but mostly cos I love this book.

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  1. Would you rather read only physical books but get a paper cut every 15 minutes or e-books but your device shuts down for 1 minute every 5 minutes?

Ermm no thank you to the papercuts? I figure that would be quite inconvenient and I might eventually die of blood loss or something.

Steph’s Questions:

  1. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Ermmmm certain kinds of books?! Taylor Swift music… Chocolate… (this is starting to sound like confession)

  1. What is your greatest joy in life?

BOOOKS!!!!

  1. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?

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Chill out. Take a break- have a kit kat- yeah I know you don’t like kit kats, it’s just an expression… I meant stop taking yourself too seriously, but don’t forget to take some things seriously… (I should really stop talking to my thirteen year old self…)

Michaela’s Questions:

  • If you could travel to any fictional world, which would you choose?

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Narnia! (I may have finally finished the books recently and am a bit obsessed now)

  • If you could only read one book or series for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Gosh *hard* question!! I don’t want to have to choose just one series- gah!! I suppose His Dark Materials cos it’s an old favourite and there’s a new one coming out soon!

  • If you could bring one book character back to life, who would it be?

Sirius Black!!!

Liis’ (seriously genius) questions:

  1. Who would win the Fairytale Cage Match: The Grimm Brothers or Hans Christian Andersen? Why?

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Hans Christian Anderson cos he would kill with *feels*!!! The Grimm Brothers would just be curled up in the foetal position sobbing something along these lines: “I-I-I know, w-w-w-e chopped toes off the s-s-stepsisters- b-b-b-u-t why did you have to k-k-kill the Little Matchgirl” (oh yeah, spoiler alert)

  1. A goblin comes to you this evening granting you a wish with which you can wake up tomorrow in any fictional world and live there for the rest of forever and ever- what fictional world is it and why?

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Okay I already chose Narnia, so, you twisted my arm HOGWARTS (I’m going through all the clichés today, but they’re cliché for a reason)

  1. You can choose 3 fictional characters and grant them real life. Who would you choose to play god on and bring into this world and why?

The Librarian from Discworld (duh), Mark Watney (cos he’ll perk up my mood) and King Arthur cos “I need a hero!”

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(also I just wanted to stick that pic in there)

My questions:

  1. Which bookish baddie would you least like to meet in an alleyway at night?
  2. If you had to be in the Hunger Games *and* fight a famous supervillain, who would you pick and why?
  3. Winter is coming… what book will you be reading to keep you warm at night?

I tag: Naty, James, Never Not Reading, Not So Modern Girl, Marianna Reads, Port Jericho and Rivermoose Reads

And now I’m dying to know- what would *your* answers to my questions be? Let me know in the comments!

 

One Lovely Blogger Award – Musical Edition

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Because it’s Saturday and I’m gonna have a lazy day reading (I’d say don’t judge- but you guys aren’t gonna judge me for that 😉 ) I thought I’d do a chilled out post today. Thank you to the *lovely* blogger Amelia in Hull for nominating me to do this award!

THE RULES FOR THE ONE LOVELY BLOGGER AWARD

  1. Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves and then nominate 15 people.

Tomorrow I’ll be discussing a *controversial* opinion where more than 90% of people are bound to disagree (cos that’s the rating for this movie on Rotten Tomatoes)- so I thought it might be fun to give some musical related facts about me:

  1. I have sung in the rain- more than once 😉
  1. Cabaret *FREAKED ME OUT*- that scene with the Hitler Youth *shivers*. Also this guy…
  1. I have a soft spot for the Wizard of Oz cos it used to be one of the only three videos my grandparents owned (the other two were Donald Duck and Marx Brothers)- we used to visit them every weekend, so I pretty much know that movie by heart.
  1. My history teacher took us to see Les Miserables when we were studying that period of French history- it wasn’t entirely relevant, but it was fun!
  1. Speaking of which, I have several versions of a lot of the Les Mis songs on my Itunes- for “On My Own” I have the official soundtrack, the movie version, the anniversary edition and the French one #noshame
  1. I’ve recently started listening to Hamilton *a lot*. I shouldn’t even like it cos I’m British and we’re still butthurt about the war of independence (JK! if you believe that, you need a strong dose of British humour- I prescribe Oscar Wilde and Austen 😉 )
  1. If you asked me to pick a favourite I would laugh… and then cry. *Some* of my faves are: the aforementioned Les Mis, Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, Singing in the Rain, Bugsy Malone and Sound of Music (and that’s not even including Disney or the Muppets!)

My Nominees: 

Vicky, Wonderfilled Reads, Franlaniado, Kristin, Read and Rant and Rock and RollAlways Trust In Books, I’ve Read This, Roseread, Embuhlee, Pooja, Anna and Nicole

So are any of you also fond of musicals? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!

The Cramm Award

Okay, time for some bloggery admissions of guilt… After clearing out my shelves the other day, I realised there was another area of my life that could do with a bit of a shake-up… And that’s my total failure to do tags lately. I currently have god-know-how-many tags in my backlog and over 10 already written. But for some reason I haven’t done any tags in such a long time… So I thought I would start *cramming* them in now!! (yes, yes, very punny) Onto the first of (I hope) many tags I’ll be doing this month and beyond!

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First off, thank you so much to Sarah @ Between the Pages for nominating me- she’s absolutely lovely and runs an awesome blog- so you should check her out!!

Rules (because we need them):

  • Include that tidbit about who created this awesome award (With link)
  • Mention the person who nominated you
  • Share three things that motivate you to blog
  • Share three people who inspire you to blog
  • Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world
  • Answer your challenge question
  • Nominate 10+ bloggers and give them a fun ‘challenge question

Three things that motivate me to blog:

  1. Books!
  2. You guys!
  3. Exploring new ideas!

Three people that motivate me to blog:

This is hard to narrow it down to just three! *Sobs*

  1. My blogging friends- you guys know who you are, but I’m gonna give a special mention to Zezee as she was one of my first friends on here and she’s awesome!!
  2. People making amazing content- *massive* shout out to Chris Barnett– he’s really talented and writes the most incredible stories- check him out!
  3. All the people recommending brilliant books- again I could name *so many* people right now, but I’m just gonna mention Bookstooge, cos he consistently writes great reviews!

One thing I hope to do to change the world:

Ooh er… That’s a tall order- I’d like to impact people with my writing- but maybe just changing one person’s world for the better- I’d be happy with that.

The Challenge Question: If you were forced to choose between losing an arm or never being able to use technology for the rest of your life, which would you prefer to sacrifice?

Ermmm I love technology, but sorry, I’m keeping my arm. It’s no contest. I guess I’ll have to do everything the old fashioned way- with both my arms intact. (haha I really want to know who would do the opposite though!)

My Challenge Question: Would you rather be a squib in Harry Potter that’s forced to face Voldemort or human in Middle Earth up close and personal with Sauron?

My Nominations- AKA more Bloggers that Motivate me to Blog:

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Donna @ Chocolatenwaffles

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Liz @ Cover to Cover

Vicky @ Books and Strips

Stuart @ Forged From Reverie

Sarah Doughty @ Heartstring Eulogies

Jackie @ Death by Tsudonku

And anyone mentioned in this post!

One Lovely Blog Award

Whoo it’s FRIDAY!!!

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Okay, technically it’s not Friday for me anymore, cos it’s past 12 here, but it’s Friday somewhere, right? Anyway, cos I’ve been doing some heavier posts lately, I wanted to let my hair down with a fun fact-filled tag- so I decided to finally get round to doing the One Lovely Blog Award- thanks so much to:

Diana Prince Reviews

The Paper Dragon

Aspiring Blue Cat

Sara Letourneau

The Bookish Underdog

Kirsty Reads

(Okay that was quite a few people- none of whom probably remember tagging me to do this…. sorry for taking so long and thanks again!)

Rules:

  • Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
  • Must add 7 facts about them.
  • Then nominate 15 people!

Facts:

I’m gonna be sharing some music-themed facts about me- cos it’s fun (and don’t worry, the above meme is not actually evidence of my taste in music):

  1. I have a very eclectic tastes- I love everything from Taylor Swift to Black Sabbath, Mendelssohn to Disney and MJ to Queen! (although, let’s face it, everyone loves Queen)
  1. Well, everything except House and Dubstep. But this song makes me laugh so much…
  1. My all-time favourite band… well, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN- IT’S THE BEATLES!
  1. I go through phases with music- last month I was obsessed with George Ezra (still am to be honest)
  1. And this month I can’t stop playing this song on a loop:
  1. That and Gaelic folk music, for some inexplicable reason, it’s just so pretty…
  1. But that’s not weird at all- in December I couldn’t stop listening to the Muppets on a loop…

Alrighty then- hope you enjoyed hearing a bit about my peculiar music tastes! I tag:

JJ Azar, The Book and the Bone, The Book Raven, Alanna, I Adore Paper, Rivermoosereads, Rosereads, Blame Chocolate, All Bout Them Books and Stuff & Everything Under the Sun

And for the rest of you- what music are you currently into? Let me know in the comments!

 

The Blogger Aesthetic Award

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Hello all! Hope you’re having a lovely, relaxing weekend! I have to say, being a bit under the weather meant I was feeling the “lazy Sunday spirit” today, so I figured doing this tag (which effectively meant browsing aimlessly on pinterest for a few hours) was a perfect way to spend my time!

Thank you so much to the awesome Liam@Hey Ashers for tagging me to do this!! If you haven’t already you have to check out his blog- especially his hilarious snark reviews of Obsidian which not only are a real riot, but they’re saving me from ever having to read the book myself!!

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favourite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips:

My Aesthetic:

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That was so fun to do! I nominate:

Alanna, Keira, Emily, Sophie, Donna, Nicole, Vicky, SunsetPrincess of Paperback, RosereadsKirsty reads, Sammie, and Adventures of a Bibliophile

And everyone else! Also- let me know how you spend your lazy Sundays!