Book Fangirling Blog Award

I’d just like to thank Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse for nominating me for the Book Fangirling Blog Award!

The Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

The Questions

  1. If you had to tell me to read one book and why, what would it be?

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This is the book I will always choose when it comes to a question like this. I loved everything about this story and Murdoch did a brilliant job of creating a storyline and characters that made you feel every emotion. It’s such a heartbreaking story but you always have hope for the characters that things will get better for them. For more information about it you can check out my review here. It’s also just been announced that the book has been optioned for film which is another reason you should pick it up!

2. What’s your favorite non-book book themed item?

Unfortunately I don’t own any book themed items but I have seen some mugs/pillows/t-shirts that I want that are book related!

3. Who is the one author you would buy a book from without even reading his/her book’s description?

Cassandra Clare. I’ve loved every book I’ve read of hers so far so without a doubt I’d happily just buy the book from her without knowing anything about it.

4. Which character is your favorite bad guy/girl?

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As much as she scared me as kid I think I’m going to have to say Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter Series. She’s so cunning but extremely smart and I feel she could teach me a lot if she was a nice person.

5. What’s the best book you’ve read so far in 2015?

Ooooh there’s been a few! If You Find Me, Fangirl, The 5th Wave series and I’ll Give You The Sun.


I nominate:

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated a few weeks ago by the lovely Eleanor (Book Marked Reading) for the Blogger Recognition Award which is a pleasure to be awarded. Thank you so much!

The Rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
  • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

How my blog got started:

Throughout my life I’ve always been an avid reader. My parents used to call me their little bookworm as I would always have a book in my hand. The older I got the more books I read and so I started to think about giving something back to the author. It wasn’t until May this year (2015) that I decided I would give blogging a try to see how I got on. I originally started on tumblr but had too many accounts that I kept forgetting all my login details so eventually I decided to create a bookstagram account and see if I could get any inspiration etc on how to start a blog from there. I then discovered wordpress and so decided to create a blog on here and I transferred the couple of reviews I had posted onto this site. From there I started reviewing every couple of books I read and then I signed up to sites like Reading Alley and Netgalley to get ARCs that I could review to help authors out too. In the last 5 months I’ve started to enjoy blogging a lot however due to work commitments I’ve been unable to post a lot which has made me disappointed in myself but as soon as things calm down in both my jobs then I’ll be back posting regularly again.

Advice for new bloggers

There’s not much I can really say because I guess I’m still quite new to it all and getting used to it myself but post as much as you can. If like me you have other commitments even just one or two posts a week can help keep your following. Also, share your posts on any social media you have too! I’ve found that when I tweet my reviews to the author of the book I’ve reviewed, they often share it which helps increase your views etc. There’s also many tags and stuff that you can take part in to help you join in with the community and audience you’re trying to reach.


I tag:

I’m going to tag my first 15 followers here as a thank you to them for wanting to read my posts and sticking with my blog over the last few months.

One Lovely Blog Award

Last week I was tagged by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse so thank you so much for this! I really appreciate it.

Rules:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

So here are my facts!

  1. I was born in Glasgow on September 6th 1995 and then two and a half years later my sister was born.
  2. I have two cats. Jack is ginger and I bought him 3 years ago after I was given money and desperately wanted a pet. He is the cuddliest wee thing ever and I’ve never met a cat as affectionate as him! Pooka was a little rescue kitten and we’ve had her for two years and she’s a wee tortie coloured cat and she’s so tiny and cuddly and meows all the time!
  3. I grew up listening to a lot of music so as well as reading, music is a huge passion of mine. I play guitar, bass guitar and sing. I went to college and got my HNC in Music Performance which was an amazing experience. I also spend a lot of my time at music gigs too.
  4. I work as a server assistant in a restaurant and also as a steward at events. I love both my jobs so much as I work with so many lovely people and no shift is ever the same!
  5. I am a huge lover of many TV shows. Some of these include, Teen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story, Awkward, Faking It and many, many more!
  6. When I was 10 years old we moved house so we were closer to my grandparents so that now means I’ve spent half my life in East Kilbride and half in Glasgow which is really scary to me.
  7. In 2017 I’m determined to travel around America. It’s going to be extremely expensive but it’s always been one of my dreams.

This was such a fun thing to be part of! Thank you again to Deanna. Here are my nominations.

The Real Neat Blog Award

Real Neat Blog Award

I was tagged by the lovely Amy over at Curiouser and Curiouser so I’d just like to thank her! I really appreciate it. Please do go and check out her blog and give her a follow!

The rules: 

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you & create 7 new ones
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)

Amy’s Questions:

  1. Who is your favourite book/film/tv show character?

Okay so my favourite book character is a bit of a tough one as I have a few but I think I’ll go with Cath from Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell as I found I could relate to her a lot! My favourite film character would probably have to be Newt from The Maze Runner. I love him in the book but I love the way Thomas Brodie-Sangster brings the character to life! Finally, my favourite tv show character is Stiles from Teen Wolf. He’s funny, dorky and for me just makes the show better.

2. If you could choose any famous person (alive or dead), who would you choose and why?

Ooooooh this is a good question! I think I would like to meet Emma Watson. I absolutely adore her as a person and I love that she plays one of my favourite characters!

3. Are you a Harry Potter fan? Be honest.

Absolutely YES! Harry Potter was such a huge part of my childhood. My parents would read the books to me at night and I’ve read them multiple times myself since. We also went to see every movie in the cinema together and it became a big thing in my family.

4. If you could live in any time period which would you choose?

Probably the 1980s as I’m a huge fan of the music back then! I know it wasn’t that long before I was born but yeah

5. E-readers or physical books?

I have absolutely nothing against e-readers. I do use them for the books I get to review but I love having a physical copy of a book!

6. What’s the last film you went to see at the cinema?

It was The Scorch Trials! I loved the film but I was slightly disappointed it was nothing like the book. I feel like they could’ve done so much if they followed the book.

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What would your ideal life be like?

I’d like to have found someone I can settle down with and I’d also like to be off travelling with that person! I’ll only be 25 so I’d like to see a bit more of the world and experience new things before I have a family


My questions:

  1. What is your favourite book to movie adaption? Is there a book you think should never have been made into a movie?
  2. Pick 5 songs for a mini playlist that would go with your favourite book
  3. Favourite childhood book?
  4. What is your worst bookish habit?
  5. Do you prefer buying books or borrowing from your local library?
  6. If you could travel anywhere in the world with one single book where would you go and which one would it be?
  7. What makes you read a book? Do you go by the cover, summary etc?

Nominations:


I’m looking forward to reading all your answers! Thank you again to Amy for nominating me.

The Keep It Fresh Award

So just under a week ago the lovely Amy at Warm Days Will Never Cease nominated me for this award and now that I’m off work with a muscle spasm in my neck I can finally get around to doing it! This looks like it’s going to be fun so thank you Amy!

The rules are as follows:

  • Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  • Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  • Part B: Choose your favourite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
  • Part C: Create your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  • Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  • Notify your nominees of the nomination (nom nom nom ~ :D)
  • The most important rules? HAVE FUN and of course, KEEP IT FRESH! 🙂

PART A: Fruit Questions

Strawberries: Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)

  • There’s two I could choose from but I think I’m going to have to say Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell as I loved everything about this book and the storyline was just so sweet! You can read my review of it here!

Coconut: What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)

  • Oooooh this is a difficult one. I can’t pick just one but any book by Jennifer E Smith as I adore her books and I can just see myself lying on a beach reading one of her books

Pineapple: What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?

  • Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. I didn’t think I would like this book simply because it was a book I had to study for school but I absolutely adore this book and it is now one of my favourite books

Orange: What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

  • The whole The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices series for me. I loved every single thing about these books, the action, romance, characters etc.

Watermelon: A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance to the book/the details were just too watery…etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)

  • The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. This book sounded so promising and then when I read it I really didn’t enjoy it at all. It was predictable and the ending was just disappointing.

Dragonfruit: What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)

  • I think I have to go with First by Chanda Stafford. I loved this book! The plot was completely different to anything I’ve ever read and I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the second book from Chanda herself which I’m looking forward to reading. You can read my review of First here!

Lemons: Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)

  • The One You Love by Paul Pilkington. I received a copy of this book from Goodreads about a year ago and I’m glad I didn’t go out of my way to buy this book because it was just awful.

Tomato: What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)

  • If You Find Me – Emily Murdoch. For a debut novel this book was incredible! I loved the plot and the characters and it makes me sad that I don’t see a lot of people talk about this book. You can check out my review of it here.

Apple: Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)

  • Twilight. Although I plan on re-reading this series it is a very stereotypical teenage romance novel

Blueberries: Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

  • Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson.

Grapefruit: Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE… do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber hateful villains?)

  • The Changeling – Robin Jenkins. This book was heartbreaking and I absolutely detested Mr Forbes.

Jackfruit: Name the most physically heavy book that you’ve ever read. (Because jackfruits are pretty heavy fruits!)

  • My Jane Austen Collection. I haven’t actually read this yet but it’s the heaviest book I own.

Limes: Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.

  • I don’t know if this book will count but I’m going to say Him & Me – Jack & Michael Whitehall. Jack Whitehall is one of my favourite comedians so when he released his autobiography I just had to buy it. No book has made me laugh as much as this did.

PART B: Favourite Fruit

Choose your favourite fruit and then choose a book that would correspond the best and if your fruit is already taken on our list, make up your own question and answer it.

I’m going to mix this up a bit as I can’t seem to come up with my own question for my favourite fruit so I’m going to say Peaches. Peaches are a fruit I’ve never actually ate but I’ve tried so many peach flavoured things so my question is going to be: A book series that you’ve read part of but haven’t completed? I’ve read the first two books in the Noughts & Crosses series but I’ve yet to buy the last two books to complete it. I enjoyed the first two books so hopefully I’ll get the last two sometime soon to re-read the full series!


Part C: Fruit Smoothies

Finally, choose a book that was a mix of some of these fruits to make your own smoothie. (e.g. A strawberry blueberry lemon smoothie would correlate to a sweet and sad but sour book.)

Strawberry, Apple and  Blueberries (sweet, stereotypical and sad)

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green. This is a book loved by pretty much everyone and it has the sweet teen romance and the heartbreaking scenes too.


I nominate:

I really enjoyed doing this and I hope you all do too! I look forward to reading your post!

Thank you again to Amy for nominating me!

Sunshine Blogger Award

So the other day the lovely litmermaid nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award so I’d just like to take this moment to thank her! I really appreciate it. Please do check out her blog!

The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions from your nominator 
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions

My Answers:

  1.  If you had only 24 hours to live, what would you do?

I come from a very close family so I’d spend some time with them and then spend the rest of the time in Galloway Forest reading and listening to music as it’s one of my favourite places and makes me feel peaceful and relaxed.

2. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

Ooooh this is a tricky one. I would love to fly just so I can go anywhere in the world but I’d also like to be able to read people’s minds so I would know exactly what they think of me.

3. Are you allergic to anything?

I’m allergic to grass. I can’t let my skin touch it for too long or else I come out in a rash and it itches like crazy!

4. Who’s your favourite author?

I have a few! I adore all of the Cassandra Clare books I’ve read so far as well as John Green, David Levithan, Rainbow Rowell and Jennifer E. Smith.

5. Blue or Green eyes?

I actually can’t choose. I’m in love with both these colours and I’m pretty jealous that my eyes are neither of them.

6. Are you a member of a book club?

No I’m not but I would love to be part of one!

7. What time do you usually get up in the morning?

Most recently I’ve been getting up around ten which isn’t too bad for me because I don’t normally get to sleep until around 6am and that’s if I do get sleep.

8. Any goal you have for yourself?

I am determined to travel around the world starting off doing a trek in America and then going around Europe then heading off to Australia, New Zealand, Japan and I also want to go and volunteer in Africa somewhere too. After I’ve done all that I would like to settle down with my own family.

9. What always makes you laugh?

My friends are some of the funniest people I’ve met especially the ones I work with. If I didn’t have them to get me through my shifts then I would absolutely hate my job. My sister is also hilarious. I’m never down when she’s around.

10. How do you take your coffee/tea?

If I’m having coffee then it has to have a lot of milk in it so it’s not too strong and it’s the same with tea. With both I’ll also have two sugars. I also drink peppermint tea and with that I’ll add some honey to make it a bit sweeter!

11. What was the last thing you geeked-out about?

Okay so I absolutely LOVE Mark Haddon’s novel, “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time” and was thrilled when I found out it was coming to theatres. Unfortunately my parents didn’t allow me to get tickets however, when my younger sister got her first wage she bought me tickets to see it in my hometown. I was so happy! So last Wednesday I went to see it and I’m still not over how good it was. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. The cast were fantastic and did an incredible job of bringing all the characters to life!


My Nominations:


My Questions:

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
  2. What book made you fall in love with reading?
  3. Do you have any pets? If so what?
  4. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
  5. You’re trapped on a deserted island and only have one book, one film and one cd. What would each one be?
  6. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
  7. What’s the worst book you’ve read this year and why?
  8. Do you have a favourite musician/band?
  9. Do you have a book you would love to see turned into a movie or tv series?
  10. What’s your party trick?
  11. Other than reading what else do you like doing?

Infinity Dreams Award

I’d just like to thank the lovely Amy @warmdayswillnevercease for nominating me for this award. It was a very pleasant surprise!

This award requires me to list 7 of my dreams, so here we go:

  1. I turn 21 next year and so my plan is that for summer 2017 I want to trek around America. I found a company called Trek America that do different treks and the one I have my heart set on is The Great 48 which involves travelling around 48 of the States in 80 days with 12 complete strangers. Fingers crossed I can actually do it!
  2. I would also love to travel around Europe! Especially Italy, Poland, Germany, Croatia and Denmark!
  3. I want to settle down with someone and have a family maybe like 3/4 kids
  4. I want to live in Australia for a year and work (most of my dreams involve travelling)
  5. I guess the biggest dream is that I want to know what I want to do with my life. I’m 19 and I don’t have a clue what I want to do. Do I want to go to university and study something? Do I want to work my way up to manager in one of my jobs? I don’t know.
  6. Whilst travelling I want to get back into writing again and hopefully write a book!
  7. Lastly, ever since I was like 2 I’ve always wanted a horse. I was desperate to go to horse riding lessons but unfortunately I never got them. So, once I have a job were I actually earn a decent wage and have a house and family, I want to buy my own horse

Now it’s time for my nominees, I would like to nominate:

I hope you’re able to take part and I’m excited to read about your dreams! Thank you again to Amy! You should definitely check her blog out!

The Liebster Award

I was extremely surprised this morning when I woke up and seen that the lovely Skylee (The Night Girl) had nominated me for “The Liebster Award.” It was completely unexpected so thank you!

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For those of you who don’t know about this award, it’s a pretty famous award that’s given to bloggers from other bloggers. It’s a great way to recognise new blogs! There are some rules to go with this award and they are:

  • Each nominee must have under 200 followers
  • Thank and link to the nominated blog
  • Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
  • Nominate 10 blogs and tell them that they have been nominated
  • Write a post containing the questions
  • Include these rules in the post

I’ll try my best to find 10 newbie blogs and nominate them!

Here are the 10 questions Skylee provided!

1. Tell me about your favourite book genre? or sub genres? Why is it your favourite? Okay, so my favourite genre is probably YA Fantasy. This is because about 6/7 years ago I stopped reading out of nowhere and hated it when anyone spoke about books and then just after both my grandparents died I started to miss the comfort I got when I was reading so the first book I bought was City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I completely fell in love with this book and the series. Since then the majority of books I’ve bought and read are fantasy.

2. Do you have any other passions? If so, what are they? Music is a huge passion of mine. My whole life I’ve been surrounded by music as my dad is a drummer and was always in a band and my mum is a singer. Near enough all my aunts/uncles sing or play an instrument too so it was natural for me just to enjoy music. I play both guitar and bass guitar and also sing. I attended college to do my HNC in Music and passed but since I haven’t done much apart from attend open mic nights a few times and I occasionally play at charity gigs.

3. Favourite summer activity that isn’t reading? When I’m not reading I love spending time with my family. The past 11 years we haven’t been on holiday so for the two weeks my parents get off we go away for the day and do walks or just spend time with our neighbours and the rest of our family at BBQs. This year we are going on holiday though and I seriously cannot wait to get out of this country for a while!

4. How do you feel about gardening? I used to love gardening when I was younger! I would help my mum with our garden and used to love picking the plants we would plant in the border and if I was at my grandparent’s house then I would spend hours outside helping my Papa do his garden but now I’m not that interested in it.

5. Do you believe in Mermaids? I actually do. For some reason it makes me happy thinking that there are half humans living in the sea with the ability to breathe underwater like every time I try that I just choke and feel funny so part of me wants to be a mermaid. Plus they probably have friends like Sebastian and Flounder.

6. What historical period of time do you think you would’ve liked to live in? I love where I am now because I feel like the world is slightly more accepting towards people and there’s so much that’s changed from like 50 years ago but I would’ve liked to have been born 10 years earlier than I was so I could’ve seen the 80’s simply because of the music then. I absolutely adore music from the 80’s like The Smith’s, Van Halen, The Police etc.

7. Do you prefer stand alone books or trilogies or even series? To be honest I love them all. Each category has books that I love so yeah, I’d have to say all.

8. If you could choose a best friend from a book (e.g what main characters best friend would you want to be your best friend) who would it be and from what book? I would probably choose Cara from Death Wish as she is brave, funny and extremely caring and she’s very into fashion whereas I’m not so she would be such a great help for me! Main character wise, I would choose Cath from Fangirl as we are very similar and I loved her character so much!

9. If you could acquire any type of skill in the world, what would it be? I would like to be more adventurous, outgoing and more confident. I get extremely anxious and quiet in situations where I meet new people and even though I’ve been working for a few months at my new job I still get really anxious on my way to work.

10. Do you judge books by their cover? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. It really just depends!

Now that part is over here are my 10 questions!

  1. What is your favourite book ever and why?
  2. If you’ve read Harry Potter, do you prefer the books or the movies?
  3. What is your dream pet?
  4. One place that makes you happy?
  5. What is your biggest fear?
  6. Least favourite book and why?
  7. What is your dream vacation?
  8. Do you play any instruments? If so, what do you play?
  9. Do you believe what your horoscope says?
  10. What was the book that made you fall in love with reading?

Thinking of them wasn’t actually as hard as I thought! Hope you enjoy answering them and I’m looking forward to seeing your answers! Now it’s time for my nominees.

I nominate: