I am excited to announce that I’ve been tagged for the ‘Mystery Blogger Award’, created by Okoto Enigma (link to her original post about the award here). I was tagged for this award by the lovely Mae (Mae Polzine) and Jenna (J.K. I’m Exploring) over on their blogs, and I’m really happy to join in on the fun! The award was created to celebrate small bloggers who “haven’t been discovered yet”.Nominees tag other bloggers for the award to nominate them, building community and shining a spotlight on some of our favorite, underrated content creators.
In Okoto’s announcement post for the award, she says:
The “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. . . for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging.
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- List the rules.
- Thank the person that nominated you and link their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and link their blog, too.
- Tell your readers three things about yourself.
- Nominate 10-20 other bloggers.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
- Answer the questions by the person who nominated you.
- Ask your nominees any five questions you choose–– must be one weird/funny question.
- Share a link to your best/most favorite posts!
- I play exactly 1 video game religiously and that is Stardew Valley. I am HORRIBLE at video games otherwise and my friends used to watch me play just because I was such a clown.
- I love painting! I’ve liked creating art my whole life, but I’ve only started painting in the last few years. I work really slow so I can’t imagine ever being able to make a business of it, but I love making stuff for friends or just hanging them around my room!
- (I put a couple of my recent paintings below this! Do any of you guys paint?)
- I’m an Anthropology student living in Arizona. I’m only just now starting my Bachelors, but eventually I want to get my PhD in Archaeology and teach at a university.
Questions and Answers
- Do you have a routine for when you read?
Not really, I don’t think. I mean, I usually read first thing in the morning (after I properly wake up and make tea lol) but other than that it’s kind of just wherever and whenever I have time. I read in the mornings usually just because I like to read out loud to myself (and my cat too, technically) which I can only do when my family isn’t home because otherwise I sound insane.
- What’s a book you’ve loved in a genre that you don’t read much?
One genre I typically avoid is thriller/horror/murder mystery stuff. I think when I was younger I tricked myself into believing that I liked Stephen King way more than I actually did, so anyone who would ask me would think I LOVED those sorts of books. Somewhere along the way I had an epiphany that thriller books are a road I prefer to travel down sparingly.
But then there’s Gillian Flynn. I adore her. I’ve read two of her books: Gone Girl (duh) and Dark Places, and I want to read more. She is my personal “Queen of Morally Fucked Female Characters”–– the Batman of a world where the Jokers are male writers who describe women in the creepiest, most docile way imaginable. I would die for her. Anyways, my answer is Dark Places.
- Is there a series that you wish was a standalone?
I rarely ever read book series, and when I do it’s because I’ve read the first book and decided it was worth it to keep going. I do think Diary of an Oxygen Thief could’ve done as a standalone; no one needed to hear more of his whining nonsense. I think Dune would’ve been good by itself, too. I know people who’ve read the sequels, and they all sound really interesting, but it was a hella good book and perfectly satisfying to read as a standalone book. I think the ending could’ve been a fine enough cut-off point of the story, although I feel like a lot of poeple would disagree because it does leave you with a lot of questions and no definite answers.
- What’s a book you think should be taught in high schools?
This is the one question that I have an immediate, definite answer for. JULES VERNE! Literally any of his books, but my personal favorite is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I didn’t discover Verne’s writing until after high school and that was only because it was recommended to me by someone who loved Journey to the Center of the Earth as a kid. It’s so disappointing that I had to spend 3 years studying Shakespeare and his merry band of emos but never ONCE got to experience the fun and adventure of a Jules Verne classic. Very disappointing.
- What’s a book that’s stuck with you from childhood?
I actually thought really hard about this and I think my favorite childhood books were The Magic Treehouse series. I used to love reading about all of the random adventures through time and space; I really think these books are a big part of the reason why I have such a fondness for random historical knowledge.
- Who is your least favorite character from a book that you’ve read and why?
I read Boy, Snow, and Bird a month or so ago and I can’t begin to explain how much I HATED Boy Novak (the main character and narrator of 2/3 of the book). She was annoying, cold-hearted, and generally-speaking just hella problematic–– she was one of the least likable protagonists I’ve endured in a loooong time (and I’ve read Diary of an Oxygen Thief). There weren’t any redeeming qualities that could give her any sort of depth or gain any of my sympathy. It was such a shame, too, because I was so excited to read the book 😦 .
- What’s a book that surprised you the most?
I feel like I’ve mentioned Challenger Deep more than once on here already, but I’ll mention it again. It’s a short YA books by Neal Shushterman, which I picked up because it seemed like a simple read about mental health (which I was really interested in reading about at the time). Now it’s literally one of my all-time favorite books that I reference often. I actually really want to read it again because it’s been so long and I’d like a memory refresher, but I have to admit I’m a little nervous that it won’t be as good the second time around.
- What genre of book do you generally avoid and why?
I always appreciate a good romance in a book–– a romantic sub-plot, if you will–– but as a genre I usually avoid the subject. It’s not that I don’t like any romance in my books, because I do, a ton! I’m reading a book right now (At the Edge of the Universe) which has a lot of romantic elements (the kid’s on a manhunt for his missing boyfriend, obviously there’s a lot of love there). But I don’t really consider that a Romance™, ya know? I just usually avoid the books that are outright romances, like Nicholas Sparks (ESPECIALLY not Nicholas Sparks).
I can’t really say why I’m so against romance, when more often that not I end up really invested in the love arcs that happen in any other type of book I read. I guess I just have a problem with making the entire book all about a love story, with nothing else to subsidize the plot. Every time I do end up picking up a romance book, it ends up feeling forced/ingenuine/full of clichés, so even the stuff I do like always ends up feeling a little cheesy to me.
- Is there a book that was released independently that you wished would be a series?
Honestly, not really. I notoriously avoid starting series unless I’m in a very particular mood, so usually my wish ends up being the opposite: I pick up a book, find out it’s the first in a series, and I set it down with a sigh because I just. can’t. commit. I’m reading a trilogy now (the Something Dark and Holy series by Emily A. Duncan), and it’s the first one I’ve picked up in literally 4 years.
- What’s a book you loved that generally gets negative reviews?
The first answers that comes to mind are stuff like Catch-22 or Crime and Punishment–– both viscerally hated by students, both on my special bookshelf for all-time favorite books. I don’t think this book gets negative reviews necessarily (I mean, both have approx. 4 stars on GR) I just think too many students have been forced to read them and have agreed that it’s a) full of nonsense (Catch-22) or b) fucking boring (C&P). Idk, I guess I just like boring nonsense.
I think part of the reason I love these books so much more than most is because I read both of them for a class and a teacher I ADORED. I took AP Literature my senior year of high school, and my teacher (shoutout Mr. Sabel) was the best teacher I have ever had and probably will have ever again. He was always so energetic and funny, he was known for insulting students and yelling loud enough for other classes to hear down the hall. Everybody I know who’s ever taken a class with Sabel has left with nothing but great memories; my friends and I still talk about him constantly.
And that’s why it maybe makes more sense that I think of these books so fondly–– it all had to do with the thought-provoking, memorable way my teacher introduced them to me. He used to say if he could marry a book it would be Catch-22, and he studied Russian literature in college, so he was always really passionate about the things he was teaching, which made it a lot more memorable!
When I started this blog, I originally was going to make all of my posts informational, heavily-researched posts relating to some interesting aspect about the books I read. Overall, I’m probably most proud of those posts because they take FOREVER to research for and I always have to work extra hard to find trustworthy sources and information that’s interesting/hasn’t been said before.
The best examples of these that I have are “What Was Our Relationship with the Moon During Jules Verne’s Lifetime?“ about From the Earth to the Moon, and “A Fictional Language That’s Real Horrorshow!“ about the language in A Clockwork Orange. I put a TON of work into both of them, and they’re some of my earliest posts!
I’m also really proud of my Wicked Saints review that the book’s author responded to on Twitter, and my “Banned Books are the Best Books.“ which is another really long post I spent a lot of time on, talking about the banned books I’ve read and my thoughts on them being banned.
- Arina (The Paperback Voyager)
- Sarah (Thoughts of the Reader)
- Osasare and Tiffany (Spill the Tale)
- Ellie (Read to Ramble)
- Sarah (Sarah’s Book Life)
- Cielo (Bellerose Reads)
- Jenny (Jen Jen Reviews)
- Lexie (Black Lotus Reads)
- Cat (Bees and Books)
- Anniek (Anniek’s Library)
Questions for My Nominees
- Were there any books you had to read in school that you actually ended up really liking?
- Do you listen to music while you read? If so, what kind of music do you put on?
- What’s your criteria for DNFing a book, and do you ever pick them back up again once you’ve dropped them?
- If you had to give your friend one book that represented you perfectly, which book would you give them?
- What’s the best non-fiction book you’ve ever read?