Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award is an award that recognizes the unique voices of women (and men?!) across the world and I am feeling incredibly excited and humbled that I was chosen to receive this book blog award by the ever lovely Anjie of Love Thy Shelf. She is seriously one of the kindest and most awesome people in the book blogging world and if you don’t already know that – you should totally give her a follow and learn what I have already come to know! So once again, thank you to the lovely Anjie for my nomination!
These are the five rules to follow:
Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking 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.
1) What is your absolute number one favorite book ever? — I know, I know, really tough questions. If you have to, you can separate by genres.
I have previously mentioned that I absolutely hate attempting to choose a single favorite book because there are so many factors that come into play when I am attempting to choose, so instead I am going to list my favorite reads of 2015, 2014, and all time.
- My 2014 Favorite Read is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I actually reread this year as well – shhhhh.
- My 2015 Favorite Read is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, I am actually planning to read the sequel P.S. I Still Love You when I finish reading Knife of Dreams, book 11 in The Wheel of Time Series – i.e. I will likely read it next week!
- My All Time Favorite Read is His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, I just absolutely love the story of Lyra and Wil – how they come together to right the wrongs of the world just by doing what they felt was the right thing. It is just a really well told story and I get lost in it every time I read it, and I read it on an almost yearly basis every winter.
2) If a book character can come to life and run for office, who would you want as President (King/Queen, Prime Minister, or whichever governing leader your country has) and why?
Elrond – he is incredibly wise and has a lot of experience leading people, I think that he would be a very pragmatic leader. Then again, I also really like the idea of Charles Xavier being President.
3) Think of all the dystopian books you’ve read. Which dystopian world would you rather be a part of?
The world of Lois Lowry’s The Giver Quartet, specifically I would want to be a part of Village. The world Lowry created in The Giver Quartet is incredibly interesting because each of the communities value something different, but Village is untouched by that and remains a place everyone is welcomed and all contribute as they can. I really like the idea and premise of Village as a place of acceptance for all people because it is something which is so lacking in our own society.
4) Channeling Rick Riordan, who would be your godly parent? They could be Greek (Percy Jackson), Roman (Heroes of Olympus), Egyptian (Kane Chronicles), or Norse (Magnus Chase) and why?
I have always likened myself to being a child of Athena because of how much I value knowledge and education. I consider myself to be a lifelong learner, especially since I am willing to admit that I don’t know everything and am unlikely to before I die, yet I still want to learn as much as I am able to in the time that I have.
5) What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
I have a severe dislike for pages being folded in books, it just really irks me when I see that for some reason – likely because it makes the pages no longer appear uniform. I also dislike when publishers will change the sizes of the books partway through the series because then they look strange together on the shelf or switch the formatting for the spine – again, it ruins the uniformity between the books.
6) Do you want a job/career in the book industry? What would you want to do?
Eh, I think I will remain an unpaid reader for now and just enjoy all of the books I get to read – then again, the idea of getting paid or free books for reading them is pretty awesome as well! I am just not looking into the book industry as a career path, unless they are looking for support staff in the form of accountants.
7) If you could already have a book that hasn’t been released yet, which would you pick?
Either Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee or The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrazntz.
8) If you had to be a supernatural/fantasy being, what would you choose (witch, vampire, angel/nephilim/shadowhunter, werewolf, faerie, alien, grisha, pegasus (haha), demigod, mermaid, etc)?
Faerie, I have always felt a certain affinity towards the fae folk – so much so that I got a faerie tattooed on my right shoulder blade not even 4 days after I turned 18. A lot of people come to later have regrets regarding tattoos, especially ones that they do when they are so young, but I don’t feel any of that because still to this day I feel that it embodies a part of me that I will never out grow.
9) Why do you love reading?
Ugh, there are so many reasons to love reading – so much so that it is impossible to list all of them without rambling like an utter fool! I love how books can take you to so many different places, worlds that you never imagined – ones where magic is real or good always trumps over evil or true love always wins out in the end. I love that I can pick up a book and feel myself whisked away to live someone else’s life, to experience their adventure, to grow with them, to learn with them and ultimately I am changed just as they are. I just can’t help but love reading books, through them I am able to live more than I ever could have imagined without them.
10) Recommend a book that isn’t popular and deserves a bigger following.
I came across these books some time during 2008-2009, my boyfriend at the time’s aunt had read them and recommended that I give them a try – I read them and I really liked them. I wasn’t entirely wowed or floored by the story, but I thought it was a good story. There are two more books in the series which I haven’t read yet, mostly due to their focus on different characters. If you are looking for a good story of mistaken divine identity turning right, then this may be a good series to check out.
- What was your favorite read of 2014 and your (so far) favorite read of 2015?
- Name a book that you hated, but everyone else seemed to love.
- Least favorite assigned reading book (could have been assigned reading in junior high/high school/college).
- Non-bookish – if you had your choice of animal for a familiar, which would you choose and why?
- Favorite book cover? Bonus points for posting a picture of course!
- Are there any authors whose books you will always read?
- Biggest pet peeve regarding book to movie adaptations?
- Which fictional character has received the majority of the tears you’ve cried due to reading books?
- All-time favorite antagonist?
- Name a book that you wound up liking, that you didn’t think you would at first glance.
In the true spirit of community, I think that anyone who wants to participate in this community post should have the opportunity to do so! If you end up choosing to do this and answering my questions, then please send me a comment with the link because I would love to check out your post! Thanks again to Anjie for the nomination! Until next time lovelies<3