Logo Credit belongs to Summer @ Xingsings
First off, I need to give a bunch of over due thanks to a few wonderful bloggers to nominating me for this! I’ve sat on this post for over a month and just hadn’t had a chance to get to it! So, to Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland and Bridget @ Bridget’s Book Bungalow, thank you both for the nominations!
A bit of a warning, because I’ll be answering both these ladies questions, and adding my own as well, plus my nominations, this post is going to be long.
★ Thank the blogger that nominated you, link back to their site.
★ Put the award logo on your blog.
★ Answer the ten questions sent to you.
★ Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
★ Nominate ten blogs. (I started with five myself, feel free to change the number for yourself.)
Q: If you were to be granted three wishes what will be your three wishes be and why? And no, you can’t try to be clever and wish for more wishes. 😉
A: Easily, the very first wish right now would be to not be pre-diabetic. Sugar in my coffee is missed. The second wish would be to have all my family in one place, not scattered all over the U.S.. Third and final wish, finishing my degree. Yes, it’s a wish because for the past year it’s as if everything is working against me getting it.
Q: What book/series do you believe is highly overrated?Underrated?
A: Hrm, one series I come back to is the Dragonfury series. It completely gets bypassed and over looked but it rocked my socks! I’ve mentioned it before on my Random Thursday posts, it’s a favorite of mine. On the overrated side, Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight. Both of them are meh in my book, and there were series and authors in those niches long before either came out. They just hit the market and had perfect timing in my opinion.
Q: If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses (see, smell, touch, taste, and hear) which one would you give up and why? (I know this may be tough, but I’m curious as what you would all say)
A: Hands down, I could easily give up taste. Food is just fuel if you don’t think about it, and you’d still smell it, so you’d get the residual from it. I’d have a harder time giving up my sense of smell (Probably because I have an extremely good sense of smell as it is.) or my sight.
Q: What are some of the common tropes in these books that you are tired of seeing? What are some that you absolutely will never get tired of seeing?
A: Ones I get tired of seeing…. I wrote a Random Thursday on this too. VEGAS. *drags face over screen* Sorry, if you can’t tell, Vegas based books make me irate? Why? Because it’s basically like the author uses it as free plot reign so that anything goes and they don’t have to explain it. They can’t just go, “Well it’s Vegas, that should explain it.” -_- Nope, doesn’t work for me. The Christmas theme comes every year and makes me bonkers, but not to the extent of Vegas. I’m also getting tired of all the billionaire books, just feels like another free reign, I can do what I want with no explanation besides, I have money, therefore I am, book. Ones I do like, love and can’t get enough of? Second chance romances, friends to lover, enemies to lovers, and honestly just those tropes that don’t fit anymore. Ones that make you sit up and take notice.
Q: There’s a saying that ” the book is always better than the movie”. However, there are rare instances that this may not be the case. Was there a film adaptation that you thought was much better than the actual book?
A: Yes, actually, I have two of those. Eragon! Mind you, let me back up there and state that luckily enough, I watched the movie first. Had I not watched the movie first, I’d have been vastly disappointed. That being said,I loved it and still do, but I devoured the books after! Second movie, and people can throw popcorn at their screen at me for it but, The Notebook, yup, you know what I’m talking about. I absolutely am in love with that movie and I have loved it since it first came out. I didn’t read the book until years later. The book is fantastic, but I still like the movie more.
Q: What makes a book your favorite?Is it the plot, the characters, is it because it changes your life/inspirational, or is it down to memory and circumstance, etc…..
A: For a book to become a favorite of mine it first has to have a trifecta of things. Characters that grab you and stick with you, a plot that will immerse you in it and that it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you’ve read it, you can remember exactly what happened in the book, and last but not least, it needs to be well written and flow. By that I mean things that are jarring or that jump around bother me. Quick, rushed endings? Bother me. So it has to be those three things and then anything on the top. So, area, certain things in the books, different character quirks, the little things that add to the overall story.
Q: In your opinion who is the worst literary couple ever?
A: I can’t even recall the name of the book at this point, because I DNF’d it. Seriously could not stand the couple… the only thing I do recall about it was that the heroine’s name was “Muffy” and the guy kept calling her Muffin. It put me off blueberry muffins for a good five months.
Q: Who is your favorite book villain and why?
A: Oh boy, this one would raise some eyebrows.. I actually loved Zach from Cambria Hebert’s Hashtag series. Now that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to literally smack him in the face with a chair, repeatedly, because I did… but, I loved him -because- of that. He was totally none redeemable to me, and still isn’t. When a villain is written so well that you hate them to that extent, it’s an evocation of emotion that you just can’t shrug off. It’s also a testament to the writer and the book. You love them, because you hate them, which -makes- you love them. <– Hopefully that makes sense.
Q: Imagine living in a society like Fahrenheit 451 where reading is forbidden and books are burned. Through what lengths will you go to make sure that your books are not burned? Like what would you do to make sure no one finds them?
A: Now here is something that I’ve never read. I’ve heard about it, but not details on it. So I’ll just wing it and go with the best answer I can give you. I’d go off grid, find an island, with a cave, build an underground bunker there and live out my days. I suck at writing stories (I can tell them to you all day long, but writing them, no.) but I’d sure as heck make up my own tales out there if I had to.
Q: Throughout your whole life, what do you believe has been the greatest advice you ever received?
A: The greatest advice would be literally that things get better with time, pain fades, things will look different and brighter. When I was 18, I would have told you to shut your face, you’re wrong. Yeah, shows what 18 year old me knew. At 32 (Ugh, I’m getting old.), I can tell you that it absolutely does get better, pain does fade with time, and things do get better again. What you aren’t told is that, just because things get better and fade, doesn’t mean you won’t remember, and it’s what you do with what you remember, that makes all the difference.
Q: What is your favorite part about blogging?
A: I love everything about blogging, it’s hard to find a part of it that I dislike actually. If i had to choose one thing above all others, however, it would be the chance to talk to other people out there that blog. To see the creativity and differences that people come up with in how they present things.
Q: What do you do when you are not blogging?
A: These days I sleep, a lot. It’s a pre-diabetic thing and it sucks lemons. Before that took place, when I wasn’t blogging I was out running, practicing Buti (It’s a form of yoga.), working out in general (because yes, I actually love it), cooking, college, or playing games online. The most obvious thing I’m doing, is reading. 😉 I’d have no blog if I didn’t read.
Q: If you had to spend the rest of your life living in one book, which one would it be?
A: Wow, okay that’s a hard one, and I may have to steal the question! I’m torn between so many different ones. I’d have to go with Lawless by Tracey Ward. I can’t give you an exact why but living next to the beach and getting to surf daily, that’s right up there on my yes list.
Q: Follow up to Q3: Would you choose to take on the role of an existing character or would you be a new character?
A: I’d much rather be a new character, although it’d be awesome to meet the existing characters. I don’t think anyone could do justice for any of the main characters when stepping into their shoes. Something would always be off. Much better to be a new character that integrates and gets their own story.
Q: How do you pick out which book to read next?
A: Guuuurl, really? 😛 I don’t, I tend to have an ARC pile taller than me (I’m 5 foot even.) and then a whole TBR list beyond that. My Kindle has over 300 books sitting on it at present, 20 of those being ARCs alone. 😉 So, I tend to randomly pick books to read, that I want to read, or that have been recommend to me willy nilly, -while- I go through the ARCs to read as well. It might not work for everyone, but it does for me.
Q: What are your top three favorite genres? And if it’s not too much, why are they your favorite?
A: Romance – That’s obvious. They are my chick-flicks. I don’t watch much TV and there are way more books out there that are in the genre then there are movies or TV. Contemporary, this should be self explanatory. I like the real world, and I like to imagine that somewhere out there, someone is actually getting a book worthy HEA. 😉 New Adult – This is actually really new for me, I’ve only gotten into new adult books in probably the last two years. I’m not big on the teen front, so def no YA, it has to be college and up, typically.. SOMETIMES I’ll do high school if the plot is good enough. And Paranormal, but it has to be paranormal romance. It also has to have a damn good plot line, or I will put it down.
Q: Do you prefer series or standalones?
A: I really don’t have a preference here. I love both. Stanalones are nice because you can read them and put them down with no questions left over. Series are awesome in that you get to find out what happens after, be it to the main couple or whoever else is hanging out in the series. I get a bit leery at series that are about the same couple for umpteen bajillion books, it can end up bothering me. Considering my current absolute favorite series does this exactly, I have to laugh at myself. The only way I can justify that is because I love the story, plot, characters, setting… all of it, so it being about the same couple or couples doesn’t rub me so much the wrong way. Usually, it’s too much drawn out angst for me.
Q: What is your view on romance novels (of any kind)? This may be a silly questions since I know most of you read romance!
A: I don’t really think I could live without my romance novels. Nope. Nope. Nope… Seriously, it’s like I said, they are my chick flicks. They are my go-to, I want to laugh, I want to cry, I want angst, I want emotion, and I don’t want to it in front a box for it. OH, and they have a never ending pause button.
Q: When a favorite author switches genres, do you try their new book?
A: Yes, I have done this before and I’m very leery of it. Sometimes the books end up amazing, other times I’ve wanted to sit and mourn.
Q: What’s your favorite social media site and why?
A: Iffy question! I hate most social media, but I guess Facebook? I’ve been on it since.. well Facebook started. Back when you needed a college email to even sign up for it and you -had- to be in college to use it. It’s not that it’s a favorite, it’s that is convenient now. My family is all over the U.S., it’s the easiest way to talk to them daily and not run my phone bill sky high.
Questions for Nominees:
★ If you ever made a side blog, what would you write about and what would you name it?
★ I’m totes stealing this question from Bridget but If you could live out the rest of your life in any book, which book would it be?
★ Pick up the book closest to you, turn to the 96th page in it and type out the first sentence. 😀 What is this book?
★ If you could own any animal in the world, what would it be?
★ Do you have a nickname? What is it and how did you come by it?
★ Since we are going into September and it’s Fall in the U.S. but not everywhere… what season is it where you live and what is your favorite season of the year?
★ Lets talk BOOK BOYFRIENDS! Name your top 5 and why? Feel free to add pictures!
★ We are totally going to veer off from books for a moment. I’m a facemask junkie. Yup, I put goop all over my face and let it dry. Usually while reading. That being said, what is your favorite facemask? Do you use them? Have a brand you love?
★ Where is your absolute number one favorite place to read?
★ Who are your current top five favorite authors?
Karissa @ Sexy Romance Novels
Kari @ Love Words And Books Blog
Warhawke @ Warhawke’s Vault
Lacey @ LaceyVixen
Ilana @ Diary of an Eager Reader
Steph @ lifeastoldbya23yo
Geri @ The Racy Lit Reader
Coco @ My Reading Nook
Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl
Feel free to disregard this award if you don’t want to accept it or have done this before!
Thanks for reading!