I’ve been meaning to do an awards post for the longest time, but I’ve just had neither the time nor the willpower to accomplish it. I’m not actually sure if people appreciate random facts about me, or answers to questions that I’ve been asked, and since I consider viewer satisfaction a premium, I wasn’t sure if this post was worth it. In addition, I have a personal policy of voting for new bloggers each time I receive an award, because I don’t wish to burden the same blogger twice with having to post something similar, especially if they’ve received the same award before (forgive my earlier persistence Chiara!), or don’t actually accept them to begin with. However, I would like to show some gratitude to the four AMAZING bloggers who have nominated me, and I did think that it would be a little fun to answer the questions and share them with you. I’m also going to pass on the awards to one blogger each, to keep the love going 😉
Many thanks, by the way, to
Emz (Icy Cold Reads) for the Liebster Award
Lillian (For Books And Cake) for the Liebster Award
Lauren (Books, Tea & Me) for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, and
Jenna (Rather Be Reading YA) for the Shine On Award
PLEASE check out their blogs if you haven’t already! They are awesome. And now it’s time for some Q&A.
What inspired you to start a blog?
‘My love for books, duh’ is generally the answer to this one, but I don’t think this applies much to me. I HAVE loved books for as long as I can remember, but unless I manage to happen upon a book blog itself, I would never have known that such even existed. Am I the queen of LAME-O now? To be honest, I always did want to share my honest opinions on books with others—the problem was however, that I didn’t have anyone to share them with. My classmates loved reading, but they stop fangirling at ‘HE’S HOT AS FUCK’. I, on the other hand, wanted to go beyond that. I could have rambled on to my brother, but he likes pulling the eye-roll while I’m at it, and our discussions tend to culminate in bedroom doors slamming in complete synchrony. So of course, after I stumbled upon Cuddlebuggery, and I do love to say this because it rings so much of the truth: it came to me like an epiphany. I wasn’t really sure at the time, so I guess Asti’s A Bookish Heart came to be the true inspiration. I gave it one look and just knew I wanted to become something like her, but not exactly—it’s all about being the best version of myself, not a subpar copy of someone else. Hopefully, I’m fitting the bill (and this award is telling me that in some ways, I am!)
How do you balance blogging and school?
I’d love to give you a comprehensive answer, but since I can’t, refer to this post here.
Which book are you looking forward to reading the most?
GUUUUURL, you cannot just ask moi to pick one! And as such, I pick three. HA!
- Ignite Me (Tahereh Mafi). Ohgods I just want to know EVERYTHING. If Juliette picks Warner, if Omega Point strikes back, if Kenji is still the same, awesomazing love of my life that he is—and if Chapter 62 in Unravel Me would equate to every single chapter in this one. Color me enthusiastic.
- What I Thought Was True (Huntley Fitzpatrick). Three cheers for auto-approval! I relished in My Life Next Door, and even though the synopsis to this one confounded me to a certain extreme (Is the name of the boy ACTUALLY Cassidy? Sounds like a girl’s name to me!), I’m still looking forward to what this book has to offer. And because it’s Huntley Fitz, I’m guessing it’s A LOT.
- Isla And The Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins). If truth be told, I did NOT expect to love this series as much as I did. If this is one of those scenarios wherein the books in the series progress from first to third, I am going to throw away my future to get my hands on this one (Well of course I’m not, but you get the picture).
Do you have any bookish recommendations?
None that I’d listen to myself (HAHAHAHAHA), but I guess if you’re willing to:
- Don’t buy a new book when you already have tons of them waiting for you at home. Help yourself keep up with your massive TBR pile.
- Read a book you genuinely want to, not one that has been forced upon you.
- Don’t obsess over book boyfriends. They’re not for real, and it will hurt every time you remind yourself that they aren’t.
(Once again, I’m not listening to my own advice. Proceed with caution).
If you could be any character from a book, who would you be and why?
I’d love to say Tessa Gray, but if I had to go through half of the shit she had to endure, I’d be dead before you can say ‘Carstairs’. I think I’m choosing Lola Nolan for this one because a) I’d love to be as confident as her in my own skin b) she doesn’t have to save the world to be a heroine c) Cricket Bell d) Refer to C.
Is there a book that you tell people you’ve read but honestly have not?
Err… no. I mean, I get why people would do this (because if, for example, I hadn’t read Harry Potter yet, I would probably feign it too), but there’s no such book I haven’t read that everyone else has, and everyone will grill you for if you haven’t. Fortunately!
If you could trade places with any famous person, who would it be?
I’d have to pick Zoella Sugg. And why not? Her life seems perfect. She’s pretty, has a massive wardrobe, is quirky and adorable, has met One Direction, and most importantly is Alfie Deyes’ girlfriend. ALFIE DEYES.
What is your most frustrating book related pet peeve?
An annoying protagonist. Everything else falls to pieces, and my respect for the book is blown to smithereens 😦
If you could change one event in the history of fiction, what would it be?
I’ve come across a few horrible finales, but none I’m invested enough in to care. I think I would just give the book Before Ever After a more solid conclusion, but otherwise, the world of fiction has been exceeding expectations!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Books. Definitely a pleasure, but my bank account has been crying and I have so far been ignoring it.
Which is your favorite season?
Well damn, we don’t have any of that here, because this tropical country features only rainy days and sunny. I’m definitely all for the sunny though! If I did live in America, I don’t think my preference would change.
Which fictional character do you relate to?
NO ONE, because goddamn, they all seem to get their happily ever after’s with their smoking boyfriends. I mean, I’ve been in a relationship and found the counterpart particularly good looking, but nothing that life-changing has happened since.
If you had to choose one genre to read your entire life, which would it be?
My favorite of course— Young Adult Fiction. I think the ‘favorite’ explains itself.
Name five books you’d recommend to turn one into a book-lover.
- The Infernal Devices
- The Raven Cycle
- Heist Society
- Chaos Walking
- The Heroes Of Olympus
If you could be anyone from the Hunger Games except Katniss, who would it be?
Effy Trinket. Well I’d die if I weren’t from The Capital, and besides, I’ve been meaning to master saying “May the odds be ev-ahh in your fa-vahh”.
Fourteen Random Things about Moi
- I once had a pet Schnauzer named Skylark, but he ran away during a freak storm and hasn’t returned since. And yet I haven’t given up hope that he will (even if he won’t).
- I never really liked the yellow/orange/aquamarine palette before I experimented on it with the blog, but since I’ve grown used to seeing it on my computer screen, it has become my favorite combination.
- I used to hate reggae, because I couldn’t understand the lyrics—at the moment however, I am completely obsessed with this reggae-pop-rock band called Emblem 3 (I am a Chloe).
- I watch a lot of Youtube videos, mainly JacksGap (Jack and Finn Harries), Dicasp (Caspar Lee), PointlessBlog (Alfie Deyes), Troye Sivan (Troye Sivan), and sometimes even a bit of The Janoskians (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation).
- I have only one other sibling, a brother called Juan (pronounced ‘One’), who is currently my only guest blogger, and I think that he’s too young and awkward for a college sophomore (he’s only seventeen, and you should totally date him. Hahahahaha).
- I was born June 28th, and my brother was born on the 26th of the same month, year earlier. We celebrate our birthday together, and sometimes it makes me feel as if we’re actually twins.
- I can’t swim. My buoyancy seems to have the wrong formula, I get ugly tan lines whenever I attempt to, and I can’t drink a McDonalds Coke Float knowing that the ice cream can manage to swim on carbon molecules, whereas I can’t even swim, period.
- I used to be an avid gamer. I used to play a lot of Pokemon (Heart Gold, Black & White and I am seriously considering a 3DS for the all new X & Y), Final Fantasy Dissidia, Suikoden Tierkreis, Tekken, and other online role-playing games such as Flyff and Ragnarok. I can only embrace one passion at a time, however.
- I am currently designing Wall Art for my new home (some sort of bachelor pad I’ll be living on for college), and it’s basically a typography of various Harry Potter spells.
- The aforementioned project inspired a survey on the blog, about Casting HP Spells On Books.
- The five places on earth that I’d like to visit the most are: The Eiffel Tower, The Notre Dame Cathedral, The Arc De Triomphe (on the Champs- Elysees), the Sacre Couer (on Montmartre), and the Louvre Museum. And yes, they’re all in Paris, France. If you’re a millionaire and would like to sponsor my trip there, please don’t hesitate to approach me.
- If I were to leave my home and build a new one elsewhere in the Philippines, I would love to build it at Taguig (or Makati, whatever) somewhere near Bonifacio Global City, my current favorite place in the nation. I am totally frequenting the 4-story Fullybooked there, and it’s kind of frustrating that I have neither the money to splurge on books, nor the gas to get there in the first place.
- I am an impulsive shopper. And not just in terms of books—I buy clothes, shoes, accessories and other knick knacks on impulse every time I have the money, which is rare so it doesn’t make much a difference.
- For some time now, I’ve considered giving up my identity. I’m not sure if it creeps people out that they don’t know what I look like, but I’m just not sure if I’m ready to reconcile my real life with my blogger one. Rest assured, however, that I am human.
Now it’s time for my nominees!
Stephanie/Jessica (Hopeless Romantics). Apart from the interesting posts, this blog also gives out helpful advice for design– one could use a trick or two. If you’re in a cinch, check them out (and even if you’re grand, still do).
Charlotte (Thoughts And Pens). Charlotte is one of the most creative and brilliant bloggers I’ve known. She leaves meaningful comments, and generates good discussions with her own– and is, at the moment, the host at Thursdays With Luxa!
Questions for you!
1. What is your favorite debut novel and why?
2. If your favorite book were a movie, who would you cast for the lead roles?
3. What is one genre that you’d like to be more open about?
4. What is your most anticipated 2014 release?
5. If you could meet one character from a book in real life, who would it be and why?
6. What is your biggest bookish regret?
7. What is the origin of your blog’s name?
8. Share a snippet of the lyrics to the song that best describes you.
Very Inspiring Blogger Award
Nara / Chantelle (Looking For The Panacea). This duo is certainly one to look up to. Though I usually stumble upon Nara’s posts, the content either way is amazing– the reviews are detailed, the quizzes are fun, and the discussions are contemplative. Nothing more to ask for 😉
Shine On Award
Lindsey (The Day Dreaming, Candy Eating, Red Headed Bookworm). Her voice is quirky, and her posts are well thought out, so in that sense, she does shine on!
P.S. If you don’t accept awards, please feel free to ignore this post.
That’s it for this round of awards 🙂 Thank you once again to those who nominated me, and congratulations to those that I have! Till next time, and I do hope that I didn’t bore your socks off D: