Outstanding Blogger Award! 📚🎉

Today I will be posting about the Outstanding Blogger Award. Thank you so much to Maya @HerBookishDesires for the nomination! I’m really honored to have been thought of for this, it completely made my day. Please go check out Maya’s blog, it’s one of my favourites! 😊

Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

Maya’s Questions:

1. If you could live in one bookish setting, where would you live?

I would love to live in Frell where Ella from Ella Enchanted is from, mostly because I like the idea of there being fairies and other mythical creatures living amongst humans in the world.

2. Favorite book cover of 2020 (the book does not have to be published in 2020, you just had to read it!)

I love this cover, and I loved the book too!

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3. What have you learned (about yourself, blogging, reading) since you started blogging?

Blogging and reading has strengthened my value of friendships. There are so many kind, thoughtful people in this community, and it felt good to be so welcomed right off the bat. I feel like the older you get, the less faith you start to have in humanity, but being here makes me believe that there are lots of wonderful people out there. It is just a huge bonus that they happen to share in my hobby!

4. What gets you out of a reading and/or blogging slump?

Taking a break from reading/ blogging is really the only thing that works for me! Then eventually I get bored or curious as to what books are out there, or I get inspired after reading someone else’s blog posts to start back up again. I think the biggest challenge though is realizing that it’s okay to take a break if I need to. Reading and blogging are my hobbies, not part of a checklist of things I have to get done every week, so if I need to take a break, I need to remind myself that it’s totally okay!

5. Why did you start book blogging?

I had recently fallen back in love with reading and wanted an outlet to share all my bookish thoughts, since my friends IRL didn’t share in that passion as much as I did. Sometimes you just need to scream into the void about something you love, you know? 😇

6. What is your most hated book trope? Most loved?

I don’t really hate any book tropes enough to use the word hate, but I would say one of my least favourite is insta-love. One of my most favourite is lovers to sorta-enemies to lovers (as you might be able to tell from my love of You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle above)! 🙌

7. If you could only pick 3 books to read for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Nominees:

  1. Kaya @AFictionalBookworm
  2. Kristin @KristinKravesBooks
  3. Aoife @PrettyPurplePolkadots
  4. Kira @KiraJeanette
  5. Mandy @DevouringBooks
  6. Sofia @BookishWanderess
  7. Mayeesha @HeadOverBooks
  8. Ashmita @TheFictionalJournal
  9. Leelynn @SometimesLeelynnReads
  10. Sofii @ABookAThought

My Questions:

  1. Describe yourself in a single word.
  2. What are three random facts about yourself?
  3. If you came back in your next life as an animal, which would you be?
  4. If you could turn any book into a movie, which would it be and why?
  5. What’s your favorite thing about your book blog?
  6. What do you like the most about the country you are living in now?
  7. Are you in any fandoms? If so, what are they?

Thank you again to Maya for the nomination, and as always do not feel pressured to do the tag! ❤️

– Catherine

Let’s connect! Goodreads | Twitter


Ideal Inspiration Award💫

Thank you so much to Alicia @colorfulbibliophile for tagging me in this award! Go check out her blog and her Etsy store that has the cutest greeting cards!

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Rules:

  • Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog
  • Answer their questions
  • Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions
  • Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog
  • List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo
  • Provide the link of the Award creator of the Ideal Inspiration Blogger award as Rising Star from: https://idealinspiration.blog

Alicia’s Questions:

  1. Who would you rather live with the three little pigs or the three brown bears?
    I would rather live with the three pigs. The three bears made dinner and then for some reason immediately left the house without eating it – that’s not the kind of household I want to be in.
  2. You’ve stumbled upon an ancient city that was thought to be lost and want to see if the legends are true. What is the legend?
    This is a tough one! The only thing coming to mind right now is Legend of Zelda, and that’s probably because I’ve been playing Breath of the Wild a lot lately. So, it would probably be a legend about a princess in trouble, and I’d like to see a woman save a princess for once!
  3. You’ve been gifted access to the Universe’s library, what are you going to look up?
    I know this is going to sound crazy, but a part of me wouldn’t want to look anything up! It’s frustrating at times, not knowing all the answers, and I often find myself thinking “why” about a lot of things, but at the end of the day, those “why’s” are what make life interesting 🙂
  4. A Celestial being has befriended you but they can’t look like their true self, what do they look like to you?
    They’d look like a small fairy, the size of a finger – just like from the Danish fairytale Thumbelina. I always did think that movie was underrated.
  5. What would you do if an alien crashed landed in your backyard?
    I would do what Elliot did in E.T – befriend it!

My Questions:

  1. What other hobbies do you have besides blogging?
  2. If you had to compare yourself to one fictional character, who would it be?
  3. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  4. If you got to name a new country in the world, what would you decide to call it?
  5. If you came back in your next life as an animal, which would you be?

I Nominate:

Maya @herbookishdesires

Richa @unshelvedly

Siena @booksophobias

No pressure to do the tag if you don’t want to! 🙂

-Cat


The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to Sara @ Bibliophagist Reviews, Suziey @ Of All The Books In All The Libraries and Catherine @ Book Wonderland Web for nominating me for this award! I am honestly so humbled that I got nominated by all of them because they are all someone whose writing I admire, blog posts I enjoy reading, and some of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of interacting with, please do go give theirs a look! 🙂

The Sunshine Blogger Award

WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

THE RULES

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

11 QUESTIONS FROM SARA:

  1. What’s your perfect “me” time?
    Aside from reading, I enjoy watching Netflix (even though I’m awful at actually finishing any shows); some that I am watching right now are Queer Eye season 2, 13 Reasons Why season 2, and I am also patiently waiting for This Is Us season 2 to come to Canadian Netflix! I also enjoy baking and watching foodie, travel, and lifestyle vlogs on Youtube.
  2. Who’s your most-read author?
    J.K. Rowling; thank you Harry Potter 🙂
  3. What book are you always thinking about even though you read it a long time ago?
    To Kill a Mockingbird. It was the first classic piece of literature I have ever read and the message will stick with me forever.
  4. What was the happiest day of your life?
    I have had a lot of good days but don’t know if I know what the absolute happiest day of my life has been! I’d like to believe that every day holds the potential to be the best day of your life. But some happy days that will stick with me are when my little brother was born (& my sister but I was too young to remember it), the last time Italy won the World Cup and the atmosphere getting to celebrate it with SO many people in Little Italy, and when I visited California for the first time with my family- a place I had dreamt about for so long.
  5. If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?
    I would spend it with Hermione Granger because I think we would make great friends. She would probably ask me if I’ve ever read Hogwarts, a History and get me to read it for half the day but it would be so worth it.
  6. If there’s one unfinished book/TV/any other medium series that you could have finished right now, which would it be?
    I need to finish Winter by Marissa Meyer, but it’s 800+ pages and I wasn’t into the last book of the series that I read so I feel very unmotivated to continue! I do love the first two books though, so I think I just have to be in the right mood to start this last one.
  7. You’re given the option of knowing the exact date and time of your death or staying blissfully unaware. Which do you pick?
    Unaware, all the way. The beauty of life is its unpredictability.
  8. If you were told you could be an expert in any one thing instantly, what would you pick?
    Probably photoshop and photo/video editing; I love photography and playing around with colour schemes. Also, I would love to make a Youtube channel one day but first I would like to be a bit more confident in my editing skills.
  9. What’s the most recent book that you were unable to (or struggled to) finish?
    The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. You can read my rant here.
  10. If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
    I would travel, probably all around Europe! Also I would think more deeply about my bucket list and get to checking off some things.


    11 QUESTIONS FROM SUZIEY:

  11. Would you rather travel back in time and alter history or go to the future and find out how and when you die?
    I would rather alter history because I would be too paranoid having to live knowing how and when I die!
  12. Think of your favorite word. Recommend a book whose title corresponds with a letter in your favorite word. (For example, if your favorite word is CAN, you would recommend 3 books. One book title that begins with C, another title that begins with A, and a title that begins with N).My favourite word is ‘lovely‘:
    L- The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
    O-  Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    V- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (a children’s book but a classic)
    E- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (not my personal fave but many others        seem to like it)
    L- A Little Princess by Frances Burnett (on my TBR)
    Y- You by Caroline Kepnes
  13. Who would win in an arm wrestling game, you or your best friend?
    My best friend, I don’t see myself winning that haha.
  14.  When was the last time you binge watched a show and what was it?
    A couple weeks ago I binged watched Queer Eye season 1. Amazing show 🙂
  15. What place would you never ever want to visit?
    I would never want to dive too deep into the ocean.. a) I’m afraid of the dark and b) there are some scary looking creatures down there.
  16. Have you met any celebrities before, and if so, who?
    I had a phase of really liking Ashlee Simpson (pre-lip synch fiasco) and she came to the mall once to do a signing so I made my mom take me. I have also met a few people from Degrassi.
  17. Do you hear yanny or laurel?
    I hear yanny! What does everyone else hear?!
  18. Is there anything you miss about your childhood?
    How carefree I could be, even though at the time all the worries I did have seemed huge.
  19. What is your favorite music genre?
    I guess pop, but I’m not picky! As long as it has a good beat, I’m all for it.
  20. What would be the title of your autobiography?
    The Perpetual Metamorphosis.
  21. What is the first/oldest memory you remember? 
    Waking up in my crib and my grandfather coming into the room to pick me up.

    11 QUESTIONS FROM CATHERINE:

  22. What do you like most about running a book blog?
    I love interacting with so many people! I honestly feel like I have made friends on here, even though I haven’t met anyone in real life. It’s amazing how books/ other passions can bring people together!
  23. What is your favorite book friendship/relationship?
    Ou this is a tough one. One of my favourites is Ari and Dante’s in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz . That book gave me soOo many feels.
  24. What is your favorite season, both to be in and to read about?
    To be in: Spring; to read about: Summer 🙂
  25. What author has never let you down with their books?
    Is it cheating if I say J.K. Rowling?  I gave the Harry Potter series all 5 stars except for Order of the Phoenix which I gave a 4- that is a lot of 5 star reads!
  26. Besides reading, what are your other passions?
    I love art: drawing, painting, making any DIY activity; and travelling! One of my favourite places I have been to is Amalfi, Italy. If you Google what it looks like there, you will totally understand why.
  27. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    I have a list of places I would love to visit: Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Iceland & Australia! + a lot more that I could go on listing LOL.
  28. What are your top 3 books of all time?
    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    * This was really hard but I just had to go with the 3 classics on my list because they’ve impacted me the most.
  29. What character’s life would you love to live?
    Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Yes, he had a difficult life in the beginning, but he inherited a chocolate factory. Need I say more?
  30. If you could turn any book into a movie, which would it be?
    Is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne becoming a movie? If not, that is definitely one I would love to see on the big screen! It was one of the first books I read when I started getting back into reading; I literally sat on the floor at a bookstore reading for like half an hour and then bought it because I was hooked.
  31. What is your reading routine? (food, drinks, location, book style, etc.)
    I can’t say I have a real routine, but I find it hard to eat while reading (unless I am listening to an audiobook) because I get too distracted going back and forth to flip the pages. Mostly, I read on the subway; its like a good hour of uninterrupted time a day where I don’t want to be bothered, but I do read a lot at home too- mostly just on my bed. And I don’t really have a book style, I just read whatever is calling to me at the moment!
  32. What are you currently reading?
    The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and loving it so far!I tag: Janille N G | The Readers Bay | Em |Angelica |Llama PunchJane | Erin Eliza | Jessica | Melanie | Caidyn & Chantel | The Story Teller

No pressure to answer the questions if you don’t want to or if you have done this before! I picked some questions from other people’s blogs that I liked for this one:

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. Describe yourself in a single word.
  2. Where are you from, and what is the most common stereotype or misconception about your home town/region/country?
  3. Why did you start blogging? Is there a story behind the name of your blog?
  4. What is your favorite post you’ve written?
  5. If you could choose any superpower what would it be?
  6. What is one thing on your bucket list?
  7. If you could be any TV or book character for a day, who would you be and why?
  8. What was your favourite movie or TV show as a kid?
  9. What is your favourite type of food to eat?
  10. What is one song you will never get tired of listening to?
  11. What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?

Catherine


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Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Lacey @ LaceyParisBooks  for nominating me for this award. Please go check out her blog if you haven’t already; she has great monthly book hauls and reviews 🙂

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The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Maggie @ okotoenigmasblog

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

The Rules:
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. List the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
6. Nominate 10-20 people.
7. Notify your nominees.
8. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, specifying one weird/funny question.
9. Share a link to your best post(s).

3 Facts About Me

  1. I love police/ crime related television shows. Currently I’ve been binge watching Flint Town on Netflix all about the police force in Flint, Michigan. It’s super interesting, and I prefer the documentary-style of the show so I would definitely recommend it if you’re into that sort of thing.
  2. I’m addicted to Iced Capps from Tim Hortons. For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s a coffee chain in Canada and the United States. Iced capps are a blended frozen coffee drink- it’s kind of like a coffee slushie and I am obsessed.
  3. I always put a smiley face on my hamburgers with ketchup or mustard (or both) before putting the bun on top. I don’t know why I do it or when I started and sometimes I don’t even realize I’ve done it until later; I guess it’s become a force of habit.

Lacey’s Questions

What’s a book that’s heavily influenced or impacted your life?

To Kill a Mockingbird. I read that in grade 9 and it was one of the first books whose message really had a strong impact on me. It’s crazy that after all this time that the book has been out, the morals and lessons you can take away from it today still remain. I think we as a society still have a very long way to go, but if books like this can change even just one person’s outlook, I think we have hope.

If you had the option to spend a day in the life of an animal, what animal would you chose?

This is such a good question! I think I would want to be a dolphin. Firstly because I would love to feel what it’s like to live under water, but also because dolphins are highly intelligent and have acute eyesight and hearing; I wonder what it’s like to be that aware of my surroundings under water.

What snack do you wish you were eating right now?

Crunchy Cheddar Jalapeño Cheetos.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would you chose?

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

If you had to tell the story of your life in five songs, which songs would you choose?

Once in a While – Timeflies

Young – Emma Gatsby

Why Not – Hilary Duff

Sway – Danielle Bradbery

Place We Were Made – Maisie Peters

My Questions

What was your favourite picture book as a child?

If you could travel to one world you’ve read about in a book, which would it be and why?

What is your favourite book turned movie?

What are you most thankful for at the moment?

And, I liked Lacey’s question about songs, so I’m going to ask it again:
If you had to tell the story of your life in five songs, which songs would you choose?

Nominees

Justine @ BookishWisps

Erin @ UndercoverBingeReader

Amy @ TheLittleBookNerds

Julie @ JulieDavide

Rachael @ BathAndBooks

Literally anyone can feel free to do this tag even if I haven’t physically tagged you. The reason I didn’t tag more people is because I’ve been doing quite a few of these lately and don’t want people to feel pressured to participate. So please also don’t feel pressured to do this tag, it’s completely voluntary!

Catherine


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The Bloscar Award!

Welcome to the Bloscars!

I’m honored to have been nominated for this award. Thank you to Ultimatetravel for the nomination!

This special award by Ultimatetravel is to nominate all the bloggers that have been working hard for our entertainment and fun. The categories are for the best Travellers, Writers, Poets, Artists, BeauticiansPhotographersPeople-who-help-others-through-their-experiences-in-life, and many more.

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The questions that have been asked and my responses are below:

Top ten questions:

When did you start blogging?

I started blogging about 1 month ago.

Why did you start blogging?

I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. However, I ended up stopping for a couple years and recently got back into it; that’s when I created a Goodreads account. For the past year, I have been writing my reviews on there, but I wanted a more creative outlet for my thoughts so I thought I would give blogging a try!

What is your blog about?

My blog is about books: what I’ve read, what I recommend, interesting facts about literature from around the world– I write about anything book-related that fascinates me 🙂

What’s your favourite quotation?

I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.’ – Vincent Van Gogh

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

It’s so hard to pick just one, I feel like I fall a bit in love with every place I visit! I think I would have to go with Eze, which is a very small village in South Eastern France. It sits on top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea which is very picturesque. It’s truly a hidden gem, and I have the best memories there with my family.

Are you the type of person that meticulously researches a holiday trip or do you just go with the flow?

I’m that person who meticulously researches a holiday trip for sure; researching gets me so pumped for travelling.

What means of travel do you enjoy the most?

My favourite means of travel is by airplane. I love being up in the air and seeing how small life looks from above. Everything always looks dreamier up in the clouds.

What’s your favourite colour and why?

I have two: blue and green. I love them because they remind me of all the beautiful parts of nature.

What are your hobbies?

It’s so funny when someone in the blogging community asks this because since I blog about books, I feel like I need to come up with something besides that for a change. Whereas, when people ask me in real life, saying books sounds more original LOL. Hobbies I have other than books are baking, any DIY activity (for example, I made my friend candles inside vintage teacups for her birthday), travelling, visiting art gallery’s / museums, and finding cool places to eat!

What’s your favourite type of music?

I gravitate more towards pop, but I like almost all types of music.

Thank you to anyone who has ever read my content, I love this community very much. My nominees are below; feel free to answer the above questions if you want and tag me in your responses:

GraceThroughGoodBeauty

Knurly

NewLifeFreshYou

OhBookItSam

AudioKilledTheBookmark

SheTriedIt247

BWBookReviews

AmberLovesJadon

KatysTravelTips

KristenKravesBooks

TheOrangutanLibrarian


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