Studious Saturday: Mystery Blogger Award

THE AWARD
“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. – Okoto Enigma

THE RULES
• Put the award logo/image on your blog
• List the rules.
• Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
• Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
• Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
• You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
• Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
• Share a link to your best post(s)

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I have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Darinda and Molly. Many thanks to both of you for thinking of me and for anyone who hasn’t yet come across their blogs I encourage you to visit and follow them because they both publish great content!

THREE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF

  1. I always struggle when answering the question “Where are you from?” because I consider myself a citizen of the world after having lived in various countries. I have friends from all around the world and am constantly changing between languages and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.
  2. My biggest dream in life since I was eight years old is to have a dog and I am slowly getting closer to making that dream come true.
  3. Apart from reading, my biggest passion is ballroom dancing which I started when I was seven and hope to never give up.

MY TOP POSTS

Exploring bookshops in London

Book review: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Disappointing books and managing high expectations

MY ANSWERS TO DARINDA’S QUESTIONS:

  1. How many books are on your TBR, and how long will it take you to read them? – I currently have 99 books on my TBR list, which I know for many isn’t a lot but it’s the most I’ve ever had! I usually read around 50 books per year on average so it would probably take me around 2 years to read them but unfortunately the list keeps growing so I don’t know when I’ll ever finish them!
  2. Who is an author you will read without reading the book blurb first? – Jodi Picoult
  3. Name a fictional character you love to read about, but would find insufferable in real life. – Robert Langdon because I can just imagine how technical our discussions would be!
  4. What are three things on your bucket list? – Have a dog, travel the world, start my own business
  5. Funny: If you could have a superpower, what would it be? – Teleport so I could visit my family who are scattered around the world all in one day

MY ANSWERS TO MOLLY’S QUESTIONS:

  1. Do you have any favourite festive reads? if so, what are they? – I don’t unfortunately but I have seen some great reviews for Josie Silver’s One Day in December so I am planning on making it my festive read for this year!
  2. Who is your all time favourite book character? – Lisbeth Salander
  3. Are you planning on posting Christmassy content in December? – I sure am!
  4. What is the one book you would recommend to anyone? – The Great Gatsby
  5. Do you have any Christmas traditions? – Oh, so many! We still have a Bulgarian Christmas on the 24th where we make an odd number of dishes as tradition calls for and on Christmas Day we tend to have a leisurely morning with cake (it’s my mum’s birthday) before we open the presents and start preparing our usual lunchtime roast.

NOMINATIONS

Asha

TheBookReader

Mani

Reyna

Nikola

Naty

Kelly

(As always there is no pressure to do this tag at all!)

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. Which is your favourite ever book series?
  2. Do you ever go to the cinema more than once to watch a movie you really loved?
  3. Where is the most unusual place you have fallen asleep? *weird/funny question
  4. Which is the best birthday/Christmas gift you have received to date?
  5. Do you play any musical instruments? If so, which, and if not would you like to learn?

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge: Day 3

Three Days Three Quotes Challenge

RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post one quote per day for three days.
  • Nominate three blogs per day to take part in this challenge.

Today is the last day in this challenge and I wanted to thank Stephen one more time for tagging me! For the final day I chose a quote which describes the magic of books perfectly:

“Cada libro, cada tomo que ves, tiene alma. El alma de quién lo escribió, y el alma de quiénes lo leyeron y vivieron y soñaron con él. Cada vez que un libro cambia de manos, cada vez que alguien desliza la mirada por sus páginas, su espíritu crece y se hace fuerte.”

-La Sombra del Viento de Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”

-The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I adore this quote and I think it’s the perfect one to end this challenge.

Here are my nominations for the final day:

Simant

Evelina

Raya

There is no need to do this challenge if you have done so already or if you don’t feel like it but if you decide to do it please link back to me so I can read your chosen quotes. Thanks to all who read my posts during these past three days!

 

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge: Day 2

Three Days Three Quotes Challenge

RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post one quote per day for three days.
  • Nominate three blogs per day to take part in this challenge.

Hi and welcome to Day Two of the Three Days, Three Quotes challenge! I would like to thank Stephen once again for the tag, it’s definitely challenging but also a lot of fun. Today’s quote was one I had thought about for days after finishing this book and I wanted to share it with you and find out your thoughts on it.

“What if the puzzle of the world was a shape you didn’t fit into? And the only way to survive was to mutilate yourself, carve away your corners, sand yourself down, modify yourself to fit? How come we haven’t been able to change the puzzle instead?”

– Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult often explores complex themes and I think that this one rings true in many ways. Do you agree with what she says here?

My nominations are:

Darinda

Mandy

Christina

Tomorrow is the final day in this challenge and I have just the perfect quote for bookworms. Stay tuned!

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge: Day 1

Three Days Three Quotes Challenge

RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post one quote per day for three days.
  • Nominate three blogs per day to take part in this challenge.

I am stepping away from my usual posting schedule of Wednesdays and Saturdays as I have been tagged by Stephen in the “Three Days Three Quotes” Challenge. Thank you for tagging me, Stephen! This definitely looks like a fun challenge although I must admit that it has been difficult to narrow down my favourite quotes to only three.

For day one I decided to share a moving quote from one of my favourite books:

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

– Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

I still remember highlighting this quote in my Year 10 English Literature class as our teacher explained the meaning behind Atticus’ words. There are so many things I have forgotten about school since then but I still remember this minor moment, it’s strange how our mind works.

Today I have decided to nominate (as always, no pressure to do this tag if you don’t feel like it):

Jenny

India

Roxanne

See you all tomorrow for Day Two of the Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge.

Studious Saturday: The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Many thanks to Beth at About a Book Club for tagging me! Go and check out her answers and hop over to her blog!

This Studious Saturday post will be a tag.

What is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

• Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.

• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.

• Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.

• Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

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Here are my answers to Beth’s questions:

1) What has been your favourite book of the month so far?
I have to go for The Fix by David Baldacci. This book was published last year but I started reading it at the beginning of this month and finished it in 3 days. I love the Amos Decker series and highly recommend it to any readers who enjoy a fast-paced detective mystery.

2) Name a book that you have recently bought solely from a blogger’s review.
I am currently reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers after buying it when I read Kristin‘s review and I’m really glad I did. It’s entertaining and adventurous and even though I don’t usually read Sci-Fi I’m really enjoying this one!

3) Do you read multiple books at a time? Or just one?
I usually read just one on my kindle unless I also have a paperback that I’m also reading in which case I alternate between the two.

4) Name a book that you were disappointed by/felt had been over-hyped.
I was disappointed by Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. I expected another thought-provoking read with controversial topics discussed but I thought it was average and it left me feeling empty.

5) Give an ‘unpopular opinion’ on a book/series that everyone else seems to love.
I don’t think that The Girl on the train by Paula Hawkins is as great as others make it out to be. It was interesting but I found it difficult to relate to the main character and follow the story line until the end.

6) What book have you read the most times cover to cover?
I read To Kill a Mockingbird several times at school and also a few times afterwards as well and it never disappoints. It’s usually the first book I recommend to anyone who is looking to read a Classic.

7) Favourite cover art of a book you own (include a picture, if you can!)
I love the cover of The Sisterhood. It’s a simple but beautiful design which also goes perfectly with the story:
The Sisterhood

8) Name a stand-alone book that you WISH had a sequel.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

9) What setting of a book would you love to visit?
I’d love to visit the circus described in The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. There would be so much to explore!

10) Name something that bugs you about the book blogging community.
I would say the international blogger debate. I have seen so many discussions lately on this and I can relate to many points made.

11) Name something you LOVE about the book blogging community.

I love how inclusive and welcoming the community is. We all have different tastes in reading depending on age, genre, location etc. but we also all share our love of books and it’s so wonderful how book bloggers are always so supportive and helpful.

I nominate:

Recipe and a Read

Umut Reviews

Excuse my reading

Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Books and Dachschunds

Books and Me!

Brunching Bookworms

Not-so-modern Girl

Bookathon

Between the Pages

Dee Reads Things

My questions:

1. What was your favourite book when you were a child?

2. Name a book that you wish was made into a film/series.

3. Do you prefer to buy or borrow books? Why?

4. What language do you prefer reading in?

5. How do you get over a reading slump?

6. What would you say to your favourite author if you ever get the chance to meet him/her?

7. Name a character that you feel could have been developed more.

8. Which book that you read this year has pleasantly surprised you?

9. Share a quote that you like from the book you are currently reading.

10. Imagine that you meet your favourite character by chance. How do you react?

11. Has any book ever made you cry? Share a passage or your thoughts on it.

Thank you for reading my answers and I hope those of you nominated enjoy this tag. Please don’t feel obliged to do it but if you do decide to publish the award, please tag me in the post because I would love to read it!