Sunshine Blogger Award #5

 

I haven’t done one of these in two years- SAY WHAT?! And since I was recently nominated by a couple of people, I figured it was about time. Thanks so much to the lovely Keira @Headphones and Hyperbole– who talks a lot about music and books- what could be better? And thank you to the awesome Rachael @Dogearedpages– whose enthusiasm comes through in her wonderful book blog 😀 Definitely worth checking both of them out!

Rules


  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules + display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.

Keira’s questions…

1.      You have been arrested. What is the crime you are most worried about being falsely accused of?

Gosh- what a question! I’d hate to be falsely accused of anything- but I figure going down for a murder I didn’t commit would be pretty awful… especially since I don’t have the brains of Andy Dufresne to get myself out of that situation.

chocolate2.      What is your favourite type of chocolate? (Can you tell that it’s Easter…)

Oh man I love ALL THE CHOCOLATE- but if you really want the way to my heart, you’ll get there with a Ferrero Rocher

3.      Highlighting or underlining?

Probably underlining cos I get lazy/don’t colour code things properly… but that doesn’t usually stop me trying.

4.      What is your favourite fantasy creature?

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Dragons!

5.      What is your biggest pet peeve?

(Oh boy, you’re going to wish you never asked…)

Hypercorrection. Every time someone uses a reflexive pronoun incorrectly, I wince. Every time I see an Oxford comma, I die a little inside. In fact, I was reminded of this recently when #OxfordComma was trending on twitter and *a lot* of philistines *ahem* misinformed souls were using examples that weren’t just grammatically incorrect, they also created the very problems they sought to avoid. Observe this sentence without hypercorrection:

“Highlights of Peter Ustinov’s global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800 year old demigod and a dildo collector.”

And now with hypercorrection:

“Highlights of Peter Ustinov’s global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800 year old demigod, and a dildo collector.”

This actually *creates a subordinate clause*- meaning you have now unequivocally called Nelson an 800 year old demigod- meaning this has obscured rather than clarified the intended meaning (and the same is true for the much touted dedication example). Ironically, there was no confusion in the sentence before BECAUSE THE RULE OF NOT PUTTING EXTRA COMMAS IN LISTS ALREADY WORKS!! This entire rule was invented for people who don’t know how to read properly to begin with… and makes a mockery of people with basic literacy! *slow clap for stupidity ruling the day*

(see, bet you regret asking 😉 )

6.      Do you prefer sparkling water or still water?

Still water- I *hate* sparkling water cos it makes me thirsty- what is the point in water that makes you thirsty?!

7.      Are you the type of person to make decisions with your head or your heart?

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I’m the kind of person/monkey to make decisions with my heart and then second guess them until I end up more or less making them with my head 😉

8.      What do you do when you are stuck on something and need an epiphany?

I work on something else or just write in circles until I come up with something.

9.      What is your happy place?

Bed, surrounded by books 😉 Then I can be *anywhere*…

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seriously wish this was my actual bed…

10. Do you have any strange or unexplainable fears, and if so what?

*Coughs awkwardly* yup- I’m mortally afraid of doctors… 

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11. Where would you least like to go on holiday and why? (Real life, or fictional).

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Westeros wouldn’t exactly be the best place for a holiday, would it? I mean, you’d be strolling along in King’s Landing, when HOLY SHIT WAS THAT A DRAGON WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE…

Or you’d be chilling out in Winterfell when OH MY OLD GODS AND THE NEW- IS THAT AN ICE ZOMBIE- ARYA COME SAVE ME!

Or you’d take a nice boat trip to Essos when WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THAT PERSON’S FACE? Oh, it’s called Greyscale, IT’S HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS? WHY AM I NOT COMFORTED BY THAT?

You get the idea. It would be a very stressful place to go on vacation.

Rachael’s questions…

  1. What’s your favourite lesser known book or series and why?

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All That Still Matters at All is by a Hungarian poet, which doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves in the English speaking world.

  1. Describe the best food you’ve ever read about in a book.

That has to be one of those delectable scenes from Harry Potter:
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He had never seen so many things he liked to eat on one table: roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops and lamb chops, sausages, bacon and steak, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, fries, Yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, gravy, ketchup, and, for some strange reason, peppermint humbugs.”

  1. Would you rather be a character in a whimsical magical tale or an epic space opera?

Whimsical magical tale- far less drama, a lot more peculiarities.

  1. If you could change something about your favourite book, what would you change?

Well, nothing, or it wouldn’t be my favourite book 😉 The thing is, one of my favourites is the Idiot by Dostoevsky and is largely thought to be a bit of a flop… but I somehow ended up loving it, imperfections and all, so I wouldn’t change a thing. I might like a Smaug spinoff from the Hobbit though 😉

  1. Why did you start blogging?

Honestly? To rant about Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. I really didn’t like that book and no one wanted to hear me vent about it (anymore) in real life 😉

  1. What is your most controversial bookish opinion?

Well, I was just reminded recently that I really don’t like Handmaid’s Tale… That thought’s not gonna win me any friends 😉

  1. Personal library or public library?

Tough question! I mean, there are more books in a public library, but I guess I end up more attached to the ones in my personal collection.

  1. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

Posable thumbs- useful for turning pages in books 😉 (also self-deprecating humour 😉 )

  1. What book character would you name a pet after? (and what kind of animal is the pet?)

Ooh hard question! I don’t have a pet, so you’re going to be in for some wish fulfilment. I love literary names for cats: Lila Bard, Kaz Brekker, Raskolnikov… Today though I feel more like a dog person and think Paddington would be a fun name! Also, I can’t take credit for this one, cos was in Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, but Winnie the Poodle is the best fictional dog name ever! (let’s be real though, if I ever was lucky enough to get an actual dog, I’d call it something silly like Mr Snuggles Fluff Monster the Third… poor imaginary future pooch 😉 )

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10.      Where would you go if you could go anywhere within driving distance (like 5 hours max) right now?

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Hmm right now I think I fancy going to Cornwall, cos I’ve not been in a while and the last series of Poldark is doing a wonderful job of selling the place (I’m really impressionable 😉 )

11.      Who is your book boyfriend (or girlfriend)?

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Gonna go with an oldie but a goodie (sorta): Victor Vale! 

My questions:

  1. Where’s the best place you’ve ever been on holiday?
  2. Do you have any favourite fictional (or non fictional) libraries?
  3. What’s your guiltiest pleasure read?
  4. What’s your most unpopular bookish opinion?
  5. Do you have a bookish pet peeve?
  6. What book character gets on your last nerve?
  7. If you could wear any item of clothing from a book- what would it be? (magical or not)
  8. Who would you rather kiss/marry/kill when the choices are Lord Voldemort, Sauron and Iago? (meanest question ever, I know 😉 )
  9. Who’s the best bookish baddie you’ve read about lately?
  10. Would you rather be the villain in a story or the hero? Why?
  11. Do you have any exciting upcoming reading plans?

Tagging: Sam @Rivermoose Reads, Zezee, Journey into Books, Hammock of BooksSophie Li, Laleh Chini, Crystal @Lost in Storyland, The Crooked Pen, Crazy Cat Lady, Fadwa @Word Wonders and the Reader’s Bay

And that’s all for now! What fictional place would you least like to go on holiday?  And what bookish names would you/have you called your pet? Let me know in the comments!

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?

isla and the happily ever after

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!

Sunshine Blogger Award #3

Happy Sunday!! I don’t know about where you are, but here it is a beautiful sunny day and Murray has just won the Wimbledon Final!

And since it is such a b-e-a-utiful sunshiney day I figure now is the perfect time to catch up on the Sunshine Blogger Award, which I was nominated to do by 4 lovely bloggers:

Simply A Book Drunk

Genesis

Angie Book Blog

Maya the Book Explorer

They’re all absolutely awesome- so I insist that you check out their blogs- right now!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

Ooh err… this is gonna be a bit like 20 (or rather 44) questions- best get started!

Simply A Book Drunk’s Questions:

  1. Wonderland, Neverland or Narnia?

Neverland!

  1. What is the last picture you took with your phone?

Easy- none- I don’t have a camera phone (yes- I’m from the stoneage 😉 ) But I took this with my camera a week ago:

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  1. Have you ever danced in the rain?

Of course- if you have never done a rendition of Singing in the Rain in the street, you haven’t lived!

  1. Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

This guy:

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  1. What is your perfect pizza?

Veggie with extra cheese!!

  1. Which book should everyone read?

mort nice edition

(I’m biased)

  1. If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you want to have seen?

The Big Bang 😉

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  1. Take the book closest to you and flip to page 37. What is the first sentence?

“There is a lot to be said for scrubbing a frying pan until you can see your face in it, especially if you’ve been entertaining ideas of gently tapping someone on the head with it.” – Unseen Academials

  1. What was the first thing you thought when you woke up this morning?

Wimbledon Final today!

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  1. Tell us a fun fact about the country you live in.

The guy that designed the Houses of Parliament was paid with a tea set- I mean, I know we’re obsessed with tea but that’s a bit much.

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  1. Do you believe in ghosts?

No- unless they’re listening…

Genesis’ Questions:

  1. If you could choose the timeline of your life, which decade would you particularly choose and why?

The roaring 20s

  1. Do you think dinosaurs were real? Why do you say so?

Yup- cos of this:

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  1. If you’re in the Voice (USA), who would you choose as your coach?

I don’t even follow the UK version- so I don’t know- is that one of the one’s with Simon Cowell? (Showing off my layman’s knowledge of reality TV here…)

  1. Who among the big roles in Harry Potter do you like the most and why?

Maggie Smith cos she’s Maggie Smith

  1. What makes you crush on someone?

When they’re hot.

  1. Would you date your bestfriend’s (or sister’s) ex?

Nope.

  1. Do you know who Felicity Porter is? If you do, what do you think of her? If you don’t would you mind searching about her? Do you think you would be interested in knowing her? Why?

No… Googles her… Still no.

  1. Do you have the app called Sing! (a.k.a. Smule?) Why? Why not?

Umm- I have no idea what this is!

  1. What is the ultimate betrayal for you?

Betraying me in some small insignificant way- like supporting Raonic in the Wimbledon final 😉 Just kidding! (or am I?)

  1. Which part of your day do you like most?

The part when Murray just won the Wimbledon final!!

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(Okay that doesn’t happen every day- but I wish it did)

  1. Which spell in Harry Potter did you like the most? Mine is definitely Accio!

Expelliarmus- cos it sounds funny! (especially in the context Harry always uses it- when someone’s yelling “Avada Kadavra” at him!)

Angie’s Questions:

1.) What’s your name? Who named you? Why did they choose that name?

Orangutan is my birth name, chosen by my mother 😉

2.) What is the first thing you notice about people?

That I’m a massive, hairy primate

3.) What’s your favourite thing about reading?

Going on an adventure while lying in bed!

4.) What is the farthest you have been from home?

South America

5.) What is your earliest memory?

Who knows?

6.) Who is your favourite historical figure?

At the moment- this guy:

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(I mean just look at how he rocks that hat)

7.) Who’s your least favourite author? Why?

I’m not a fan of Virginia Woolf *at all* and have never managed to finish one of her books- even though I’ve got a fair way into 4 of them.

8.) What’s your favourite tv show?

Apart from Game of Thrones? Game of Thrones!

9.) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Here:

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10.) If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you meet? (Dead or alive)

This guy:

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11.) What’s your favourite movie?

lord of the rings

Maya the Book Explorer’s Questions:

  1. When did you know you should start your own blog?

I honestly don’t know!

  1. What do you look at first: the book cover or the blurb?

Well technically the cover…

  1. Would you say you read a lot and can you stop reading in the middle of a chapter?

Yes and no

  1. Name your top 5 favourite books?
  1. Do you read the book after the movie that’s based on that book is already out? And which is better, the movie or the book?

I try to read the book first!

  1. Have you read the whole published The Game of Thrones book series? If yes, how long did it take to finish?

I read them all in the summer after the first TV series came out

  1. Do you have book nights with your friends?

More like book afternoons…

  1. You could be any book character you wanted…Who would you be and why?

Smaug because he’s a dragon!

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  1. Do you think of yourself as a calm, quiet reader or as someone that expresses his feelings loudly when reading the book?

I’m definitely not calm 😉

  1. How old were you when you bought your first book and what was the name of it?

I honestly don’t remember!

  1. Any advice for a new blogger?

Get stuck in!

My Questions:

  1. Worst book ever written?
  2. Best book ever written?
  3. I’ve recently discovered the longest book ever written is 13,000 pages long and in French- do you think you’ll ever read it?
  4. What’s your average reading speed? (pages per minute)
  5. In 100 words or less, do you think speed reading should be an Olympic Sport? Why/why not?
  6. What sports do you follow (if any)?
  7. What’s the best place you’ve ever been on holiday
  8. Not including Earth- what’s your favourite planet and why?
  9. I’m obviously running out of questions- I dare you to attempt a handstand *right now*
  10. Write a limerick about your favourite/least favourite dictator
  11. If your house was burning down and you could only save one item, what one item would you save?

My Nominees:

Mystery Date With A Book

A Universe of Books

La Book Dreamer

On Turning Pages

The Sweet Review

The Page Turner

Hey Ashers

rosypop

My Midnight Musing

#hastaglovebooks

The Book Llama

Hope you enjoyed that- and hope your day is shaping up to be as b-e-a-utiful as mine is!

Sunshine Blogger Award #2!!

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Happy (Easter) Sunday- hope you’re all having a nice relaxing day! It’s been raining non stop today- so what better way to bring a little sunshine into my life than to do this tag 😉 Thanks so much to the incredible Napoleon Split and Eve Messenger for nominating me to do this!!

The Award Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you!
  • Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and let them know they were nominated.
  • Ask the nominees 11 questions

Napoleon Split’s Questions:

  1. What is one of your favourite words? Why?

Pontificate- because I just love the sound of pon-ti-fi-cat-ing :p

  1. What is the third book on your bookshelf (from the left)?

The Great Fairytale Tradition

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  1. What was your favourite childhood series?

Well I had different ones at different ages, but Harry Potter was the first.

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  1. What book would you recommend to everyone to read?

Ooh that’s hard- a book for everyone? Picture of Dorian Grey I reckon, cos it’s one I tend to recommend to people who don’t read much. It’s got a bit of everything: colourful characters, humour, descriptiveness, drama and villainy.

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  1. If you could see any band in the world in concert, who would you see?

The Beatles! Although… they’re not exactly around anymore… What? No one specified that I couldn’t time travel in this question.

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  1. Name your favourite bookstore to visit.

I’m gonna be totally boring for a change and go with Waterstones- the one in Picadilly- cos it’s pretty much the only bookshop in London that’s guaranteed to have whatever I want (well, it is the biggest in Europe).

  1. Name three book to movie (or miniseries) adaptations that you love.

Okay, gonna go full on old school here cos sometimes I just roll that way: East of Eden, Rebecca and Great Expectations.

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  1. If you could invite any author over for tea, who would you choose?

Oscar Wilde! He’d be so entertaining! We’d have such a laugh! (I’m talking pre-Reading Gaol days of course- he might be a bit of a downer after that). (Again time travel wasn’t specifically disallowed for this question)

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  1. Name one way in which the blogging community has changed your life.

One way? That’s so difficult! I guess it’s made me get out of my comfort zone on the internet and actually put myself out there for a change!

  1. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

Mars. Mark Watney style. The only issue is that I’m not a botanist (well, that’s not strictly speaking the only issue…)

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  1. What is your favorite book that falls into the genre of mystery/thriller?

Great question! That’s not something I read so often, but I can tell you I liked Engleby a lot when I read it.

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 Eve’s Questions:

  1. What are three things that make you laugh?

Seinfeld, Seinfeld and Seinfeld. Nah I’m kidding- it’s Seinfeld, Larry David and Curb Your Enthusiasm :p

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  1. What’s your favourite daydream?

I *love* daydreaming about my characters in bizarre situations- cos I’m weird that way.

  1. Would you rather have the power to shapeshift or to make yourself invisible?

Shapeshift!! I mean, how cool would it be to turn into a bird or a cat or a dragon? (obviously, there would be no point transforming into a monkey- I’m already a monkey).

  1. What’s one of your favourite stupid pun jokes? (Example: “Why did Adele cross the road? To say hello from the other side.”)

Haha that’s a good one! I like fangtastic puns about vampires and ghoulish ones about ghosts. Can’t think of any actual jokes off the top of my head.

  1. Do you like stickers?

Not especially

  1. What’s your favourite social media and why?

I use Facebook the most- but to be honest I have more of a love-hate relationship with it. Especially since they keep adding new features.

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  1. Do you sleep with the light on or off?

OFF!!! I CANNOT SLEEP WITH THE LIGHT ON- GAH THE HORROR! THE HORROR!!

  1. If you performed in a talent show, what would your talent be?

Haha this made me laugh, cos I am not the kind of person that performs in talent shows- my skills aren’t exactly the kind of thing you can make a performance of- I imagine standing up in front of an audience going “look I drew a picture” :p

  1. Have you ever handwritten a letter? If yes, to whom did you mail it and when?

Yes I did actually- when my sister went on a gap year, we wrote letters to each other. The only issue is the mail was so bad that we barely got any letters across to each other. In the end we just went back to facebooking, but it was nice while it lasted.

  1. What’s your favourite thing to do with friends?

Loads of things! Most of them involve talking!

  1. Big or small, what’s something you’ve done that you’re really proud of?

Well today I woke up at 10 am- which I was pleased about cos the clocks went forward and usually I sleep in till 1 or 2 when that happens. Obviously that was a BIG thing I’m proud of :p

My Questions:

  1. If time travelling was an option, which historical figure would you most like to meet?
  2. And who would you like to meet if it wasn’t an option?
  3. When daydreaming about time travelling (c’mon we all do it!) do you worry about the butterfly effect?
  4. What are your feelings about James Bond?
  5. If you were a spy, what gadget would you most like to have?
  6. Would you make a good international superspy or a bad one? Why?
  7. How often do you fly in dreams?
  8. If you could reinvent the world- what colour would you make the sky?
  9. If you’d been born in the dark ages, do you reckon you’d have believed the earth was flat?
  10. On a scale of one to ten, how surreal do you feel like these questions are getting?
  11. I’ve run out of questions- do ten star jumps!

My Nominations:

Aspiring Blue Cat

Lucia R

Catia

Ashleigh

Keira

A Novel Glimpse

Dreaming through literature

Zezee

I Wuv Books

Galaxial Word

Tumbling into Wonderland

(I sincerely apologise for the bizarre questions)