Book Fangirling Award

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I just noticed that I’ve been accruing a lot of nominations for the Book Fangirling Award and thought I should respond before it gets out of hand! I was nominated by Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm, Anette @ Anette Reads, Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions, Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books, and Brittaney @ Brittaney Reads. Thanks for the nomination 🙂

RULES

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  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog button award 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.

ASHLEY’S QUESTIONS:

1. What book did everyone like but you hated?

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Let me just say that I didn’t hate this book. I still enjoyed it and gave it 3.5 stars. But I didn’t love it as much as everybody else seemed to. The message didn’t really come across to me and I had a hard time figuring out the point of the book. Also, the book is marketed as a larger girl enters a beauty pageant, but there was hardly any pageant in the book. I was pretty let down by it and thought it was underwhelming.

2. Book/s that put you in a ridiculous reading slump.

swaya-study-in-charlotteI don’t really get into reading slumps that often, but I did have a slumpy week earlier this month.

I had so many problems with Sway by Kat Spears and was just angry every time I thought about it. I picked up A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro to get me back into reading since I love all things Sherlock Holmes, but ended up being a little bit underwhelmed by it.

3. Name a book/s you wish more people knew about.

Here are some Australian YA books I love (click image for reviews)

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4. Name a book/s you wish they’d turn into a movie.

cinder   scarlet   cress   winter

5. Favourite booktuber/s?

Max from WellDoneBooks, Christine from polandbananasbooks, Regan from Peruse Project, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, Kat from Katytastic, etc.


ANETTE’S QUESTIONS:

1. What’s the first book you remember being really obsessed with?

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2. Who’s your book OTP?

I have too many to mention but my OTP of the year is Simon and Baz from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

3. Do you read/write fanfiction? If so, what kind?

Reading Harry Potter fanfiction is one of my all-time favourite guilty pleasures. I’m a hardcore Draco and Hermione shipper.

4. What kind of merch do you own? (Include pictures if you want!)

I’m too lazy to take pictures but I have a pretty big collection of fandom tote bags and pop vinyl figurines. I also have some fandom jewellery. Oh and magnetic bookmarks of the Six of Crows and The Infernal Devices characters.

5. Now for the most important question. What’s your Hogwarts house?

HUFFLEPUFF!


CRISTINA’S QUESTIONS:

1. Book series or standalones? Why?

Omg what a tough question. My favourite genre is contemporary and most contemporary novels are standalones… but I do really enjoy marathoning series too. I think I’m going to have to say standalones because I don’t like waiting for sequels to come out.

2. Did you watch anime/cartoons when you were younger? Which ones?

The first anime I remember watching was Ai to Yuki no Pig Girl Tonde Burin. I think I watched this when I was about 4 or 5 years old, except I watched a dubbed version since I was too young to read subtitles. It was about this high school girl who turned into a superhero pig. I watched a lot of anime during high school and my favourite to this day is Rurouni Kenshin.

In terms of western cartoons, my favourite is The Simpsons. Those first few seasons are so nostalgic!

3. Tell me a music that reminds you of your childhood/early teens.

I most highly associate the Backstreet Boys and Nsync with my childhood. Never Gone by the Backstreet Boys was the first album I bought by myself and it’s still my favourite of theirs.

4. Favourite movie growing up?

Home Alone!

5. Where do you live? Tell us something about your city (that us tourists can’t read in the books).

Haha, I don’t even know what to say. I live in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia… but right now I can’t even think of a single thing about Sydney. It’s a super expensive city to live in so don’t move here?

LOL kidding. Um… I guess I can  tell you about my suburb? I’ve lived in the same suburb my whole life and it’s now super Asian. It’s where they all congregate. We used to have Target, McDonalds, KFC, etc. but now it’s all Asian restaurants and supermarkets. So if you ever want Korean food, come to me. Fun fact: the first granny smith apples were found in my suburb and we have a Granny Smith Festival every year in October.


MARIE’S QUESTIONS:

1. If you had to recommend one book to get someone into reading, which book would it be?

I would probably choose a middle grade series or a fun and light contemporary that’s quick to read.

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2. What was your favourite book as a child?

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3. Which book wouldn’t you like to see as a movie, EVER?

all-the-light-we-cannot-seeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I’ve thought about this so many times and I don’t want to see this book adapted EVER. It’s my favourite book of all time and I don’t want them to ruin it. Having said that, I really love historical films so I’d probably really enjoy seeing it in movie format. But I don’t think they’ll be able to do it justice. The beautiful and metaphorical writing is half its charm and no amount of fantastic cinematography will be able to make up for it.

4. Which book adaptation did you love? Even more than the book itself, or not?

My favourite book to movie adaptation is probably The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Everything about the movie was top notch. I’m not sure if I liked it more than the book but it was just as good.

5. If you were to read only books from one single author for the rest of your life… who would be the lucky winner?

Oh my gosh. I don’t even know. My first thought was Huntley Fitzpatrick because all of her books have been 4.5-5 star reads for me. But I think I’ll go with Cassandra Clare since she puts out so many books!


BRITTANEY’S QUESTIONS:

1. Who is your favourite villain?

Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles is probably my favourite villain. She’s so complex and hard to read.

2. Least favourite book read in 2015?

These were the books I gave the lowest ratings to this year. But my least favourite was probably Sway.

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3. Paperback or hardcover?

This is not even a questions. Hardcover. I am devastated that Australian publishers never release books in hardcover.

4. Are your bookshelves organised or a total mess?

My shelves are organised but there are also piles and piles of books stacked in front of my beautifully organised books since I am now out of shelf space.

5. If you could read any book again for the first time, which book would it be?

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MY QUESTIONS:

1. What is the best movie you have seen in the past 12 months? (I need recs!)

2. Who is your favourite superhero?

3. What is your least read genre, and do you want to read more from this genre?

4. What is your favourite adult fiction novel?

5. What do you think was the most overhyped book of 2015?

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Byeeeee. Let me know your responses to my questions down below, if you wish 😀

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I didn’t realise how many awards I have to catch up on! So, I’m going to take a break from the tags, and start responding to some of these award nominations. I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award a loooonng time ago by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts, and more recently by Jesse @ Books at Dawn. If I’ve forgotten you, I’m sorry! Let me know and I’ll answer your questions too.

RULES:

  1. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

JOEY’S QUESTIONS:

1. If you’re in an epic fantasy, what does your warcry sound like before battle? (Spell it out!)

So…I’m a coward and I’m pretty spineless, which means that pre-battle I’d probably just be whimpering and hiding in a corner. Sorry to disappoint you, Joey 😀

2. Who is a villain you despise? Now imagine that your child looks up to this villain. How do you handle it?

I read Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch recently, so the first villain that comes to mind is the King Angra of the Spring kingdom in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. That guy is pure evil and I cannot stand him!

And how I’d react? “Alright, that’s it. Dishonour on your whole family! Dishonour on you! Dishonour on your cow!” Man, I love that scene from Mulan.

3. You’re a bartender. Concoct a drink with 3+ book titles in the name.

Scarlet Eclipse at Dawn (that makes no sense BUT shout out to Books at Dawn!)

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4. What is one book cover (minus text on it) do you think could fit another book?

carry-on two-boys-kissingI just received Carry On by Rainbow Rowell in the mail the other day (the hardcover is soooo beautiful! Plus built-in bookmark!). Looking at the cover, Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan came to mind straight away! I mean, lots of contemporary covers are pretty interchangable but I think the Carry On cover represents what Two Boys Kissing is about. Plus the covers themselves are so similar anyway.

5. What’s a song you feel best fits a book hangover?

To be honest, I can’t even think about music when I’m in the middle of a book hangover. But I just happened to be listening to really old Delta Goodrem songs today, and I think Be Strong is really appropriate for a book hangover. Even the lyrics are kind of perfect.

6. You’re on commute surrounded by readers. You notice that some have cracked spines, others dog-ear their pages, a few annotate it. How do you feel?

Like the world is ending?! I am the ultimate freak when it comes to the condition of my books. They have to look perfect even after I’ve read them. Whenever I see cracked spines and dog-earred pages or covers, I am actually horrified. I can’t even fathom… I just can’t. It hurts. But… people can do whatever they want with their books. As long as they’re not mine, then it’s fine. I still freak out though.

7. Would you rather read the page at 25% or 75% (a play on first/last).

Definitely 75%! If I’m going to cheat, I might as well go for the 75% mark where the climax usually is.

8. Blogging-related. How do you find new inspiration?

I think my biggest source of inspiration are all of the bloggers I follow. Being around people who have different kinds of creativity makes me want to push myself harder.

9. Your ideal book-significant other (i.e. boyfriend/girlfriend) ends up being together with one of your friends. Your reaction?

Aentee (Read at Midnight), WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?! Aentee and I kind of have the same fictional boyfriends, so I’d probably race to Melbourne to hunt her down and then do a really impressive rendition of Jolene! And then we’d go yumcha 🙂 (So if you want me to come to Melbourne, you better start finding a real life Rowan or Levi).

But if it’s not Aentee, it’s probably Jesse who I need to hunt down. That guy goes around stealing all of my book boyfriends 😛

10. Of all the books on your shelves, which book would you hide something in (you can think about carving the pages out or not)?

I would probably hide something in one of my Penguin Classics. I have about 12-15 of them and they all look the same. It won’t be a book that will jump out at you when you look at my bookshelf.

11. Complete the phrases: “Reading is…”, “Blogging is…”, “[The] Community is…”

Reading is experiencing something you’ve never experienced before in your own life. Blogging is connecting with other like-minded people. The community is a place where I can fangirl as much and as hard as I want without judgment. 🙂


JESSE’S QUESTIONS:

1. You’ve committed a crime and are going to jail for life. The judge allows you to bring three books with you and those are the only three books you’ll be reading for the rest of your life. Which three are they?

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This was actually a pretty easy choice. These are my top three favourite standalone books of all time. I wouldn’t want to bring any books that are part of a series because it would kill me to not be able to read the other books.

Obviously, I have to take All The Light We Cannot See with me because it’s my favourite book ever. But I would also bring A Little Life since it has amazing writing, and it’s also a 720 page book. Each re-read would take me forever. And I would bring I’ll Give You The Sun because it’s YA and features a great romance and diverse characters.

2. Pick three characters from your favourite book and play the F*ck, Marry, Kill game.

My favourite book, as mentioned above, is All The Light We Cannot See… but that book really only features the two main characters. The side characters kind of come and go. So I’m going to pick Throne of Glass because I don’t think I talk about how much I love that series enough.

So I’d kill Chaol, marry Dorian, and have some sexy times with Rowan.

3. You’ve been granted a magical power from the Gods. Which power is it and why?

I think I would want the power to communicate telepathically with somebody else. Because sometimes I have a lot of feels that I can’t express with words and it would be cool if they could just read it from my mind, without me having to form the words 🙂

4. You’ve been in a relationship with your man/woman and things are getting serious, but out of the blue they ask you to choose between them or your books. Which do you choose and why?

Oh my gosh, that would be my worst nightmare. Books are such a big part of my life that it would almost be like having to choose between a guy or myself. So, I’d probably choose books because I’d hate myself if I had to give up something that defines who I am as a person. I DON’T KNOW. Ask me again when I’m actually in a relationship.

5. You’re being held at gunpoint and the shooter says he will set you free if you burn three of your books. Which three would you choose?

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6. Hero, Assassin or Prince/Princess? You can only pick one. Which do you choose to be, in a story with you as the main character?

I don’t think I’m badass enough to be an assassin, though that’s probably the one I would choose. It would be so completely opposite to who I am as a person that I’m interested to see what kind of a role I play in the story.

7. There is a new law coming into effect. It bans (insert genre here) from ever being read/written again. Which genre would you choose?

Horror. I cannot deal with anything scary at all, so I wouldn’t miss horror at all.

8. With wanting more diversity in books nowadays, what is one aspect you believe should be represented more and why?

LGBTQIA+ books are some of my favourite books to read, but I feel like there are quite a few of them out there now, and more and more being released. There are also a lot of books about mental illnesses and POC. What I think I’d like to see more of are books about physical disabilities.

9. Your favourite author is going to call you for a once in a lifetime chance to talk. You can only ask them one question. Who is the author and what is the question? Why?

Anthony Doerr is the author of my favourite book, but I’ve only read that one book by him. I don’t know if I can call him my favourite author. I’ll roll with it anyway. I don’t think I could just ask him one meaningful question, so I’d probably just ask “Can you come to Sydney?” Because there are pretty much no international authors who come to Australia. Plus I really want my first edition copy of All The Light We Cannot See to be signed by him.

10. If your favourite ship doesn’t end up together by the end of the book, would you give it a low rating and why?

Even though ships are super fun, I never base any of my ratings on them. It would be really spiteful if I did.

11. Pick 6 of your favourite characters and pretend they were in a horror movie. Only one will be the survivor, four of them will die, and the other one will be the killer. Who is the survivor, the killer, and in what order did the others die?

Eek. Okay, the characters I’ve chosen are Will Herondale, Cress, Rowan (ToG), Theron (Snow Like Ashes), Celaena, and Jem Carstairs.

Celaena will definitely be the killer because she’s an assassin. And Will is my ultimate book boyfriend so he has to be the survivor. He survives because Jem either sacrifices himself or saves him, as his parabatai. Cress would definitely be killed first because she’s timid. Theron would probably die next – I don’t think he’s as badass as the rest. Rowan would be next to go, as he tries to stop Celaena (she probably accidentally stabs him or something). And I think Jem would stay alive the longest because Will would have his back.

I’m actually pretty satisfied with this story. But I love all of these characters and would never let any harm come to them!


MY QUESTIONS:

1. If you had to choose between never reading your favourite book again or never eating your favourite food again, which would you give up?

2. Imagine there’s a massive spider next to you and the only way you could kill it was to hit it with your beautiful, signed and personalised copy of your favourite book. Would you do it, even if it means getting spider guts all over your book?

3. What is your patronus?

4. What is your favourite book of all time and would you want it to be adapted to film or TV? If there’s already an adaptation, what do you think of it?

5. If you were given the chance to attend Hogwarts, but had to kill your favourite Harry Potter character in order to attend, would you do it?

6. What is your favourite book that is set in Australia? If you haven’t read one, which one would you like to read?

7. If you could only eat one dessert item for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Pictures please?

8. If you could meet any blogger right now, who would you choose and why? (Link them, so we can check them out too!)

9. If your most anticipated book of the year came in the mail in very bad condition, and you had to send it back to the seller before they sent you another copy, would you just keep the damaged copy or wait for a replacement? Basically, imagine that you have to either return it that same day or keep it forever.

10. Do you have a favourite review that you’ve ever written? Why is it your favourite?

11. Name your top two favourite authors of all time. If they were both doing author events on the same day, at the same time, which would you choose to attend?


I TAG:

One Lovely Blog Award + Some Special News

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I usually only do one tag/award post a week but I have some exciting news to share so I thought I’d share it through this bonus award post today. I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by a couple of lovely bloggers: Samantha @ Reed’s Reads & Reviews, Jesse @ Books at Dawn, and Calliope @ Calliope the Book Goddess.

There seems to be a couple of different sets of rules, but I’ll go with the rules from Samantha and Calliope’s posts.

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1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. Add seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate seven other bloggers and let them know about their nomination!


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The Creative Blogger Award!

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I’m knocking a few more tags/awards off my to-do list and The Creative Blogger Award seemed like a good one to do. It also lets you know more about me! I was tagged a long time ago by the one and only Miss CW @ Read Think Ponder and recently by Dimple @ Enthralling Dimple. (Let me know if you’ve tagged me and I’ve forgotten.) Go visit these lovely ladies!

RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Share 5 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
  • Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

FACT 1:

I graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree and I’m now doing a PhD in psychology at the same university. My research looks at attentional biases (the bias towards paying attention to emotional information over non-emotional information) and how we might be able to help people overcome this bias. But I’m broadly interested in interactions between emotion, attention and visual perception.

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FACT 2:

My PhD supervisor is American, as is one of the more senior PhD students in my lab who followed him all the way to Sydney. Because of this, I say some words with a bit of an American accent and I also do weird things like writing the date as mm-dd-yyyy instead of dd-mm-yyyy.

FACT 3:

I am currently obsessed with cronuts (the offspring of croissants and donuts). They are SOOOO good, but absolutely terrible for you! I usually get mine from the Adriano Zumbo stores in Sydney. They have one flavour every week (the one in the picture below was the Snickers flavour: peanut butter, caramel and chocolate). They had lemon meringue last week (lemon custard on the inside and Italian meringue on top), which was the best one yet. I love all lemon desserts!

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FACT 4:

I haven’t borrowed a book from the library since about 2006. I’ve obviously borrowed reference books and textbooks from the university library, but I haven’t borrowed any fiction. I started earning money when I was 14 so I started buying all my books instead. Lately I’ve been thinking about borrowing eBooks or audiobooks from my local library, but I’m too lazy to renew my library card, which expired about 5 years ago.

FACT 5:

My favourite Disney movie is Mulan. I love the story and the soundtrack. And I love Mushu!


I NOMINATE:

A lot of people have done this Creative Blogger Award already, and I can’t keep track of who has or hasn’t, but I’m going to nominate some people anyway!

The Liebster Award

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I was nominated for The Liebster Award by Alyssa at Seals of Approval Books. Thank you so much! I wasn’t expecting anything like this since my blog is still so new.

The Liebster Award helps to promote new blogs with less than 200 followers. Some people may see this as similar to chain mail, but I prefer to think of it as a tag that you can choose to do or not do.

There seems to be many sets of rules so I’m just going to go with the rules that seem the most logical to me:

  • Thank and link to the blog that nominated you
  • Answer the 10 questions they gave you
  • Nominate 5-10 blogs with less than 200 followers
  • Propose 10 new questions for them to answer
  • Includes these rules in your post

So here are the questions that Alyssa gave me to answer:

1. What is your favourite book?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The link takes you to my review of the book.

2. What have you been ‘fangirling’ over lately, books or otherwise?

Lately I’ve been really excited about the Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare. I’ve just finished The Bane Chronicles (review linked). And I’ve been fangirling lately because Cassandra Clare is coming to Sydney for a signing in August!

3. What book would you recommend to someone who isn’t a reader?

I’d definitely recommend the Harry Potter series to someone who isn’t a reader. Those books were what kept me reading throughout my childhood and high school. Plus, it’s highly likely that they’ve already seen the movies, so they should fly through the books in no time.

4. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?

I’ve always had a really big obsession with all things Japanese. I’ve already been to Japan once but I’d love to visit again. I’d also really like to visit France or any European country.

5. What is your favourite movie?

My favourite movie of all time is probably Home Alone. That has been a favourite of mine since I was about 5 or 6 years old. My favourite movies that I’ve seen in the last 12 months are Kingsman and Big Hero 6.

6. What is your ultimate ‘book nerd problem’?

Oh gosh, I have so many. I hate it when books I order online don’t come in perfect condition. I hate having dog-earred covers or little nicks in the pages. I hate when stand-alone novels by the same author are published in different formats or sizes because I like to group authors together on my shelf. And I hate when a book that I’m looking forward to isn’t coming out for another 2 years…

7. If you could have a super power, what would you choose?

The ability to not sleep and not get tired, so that I can read more books.

8. What kind of book is not your thing?

I don’t really like crime fiction or horror.

9. Which book has your favourite cover art?

I love the cover of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s got such a pretty colour scheme. It’s just so beautiful!

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10. You’re at a conference…which author are you borderline stalking?

Cassandra Clare, Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han… and definitely Anthony Doerr!

MY Nominations

It’s a little bit hard to gauge how many followers blogs have… so hopefully I got it right!

Paperbackworlds

Inside the Mind of a Bibliophile

Camille the Booknerd

Adventures of a Shy Girl

The Page Worm

My questions to you:

  1. What is your favourite book series/trilogy?
  2. If you were to re-read a book once every year, which book would you choose?
  3. What is your favourite book genre?
  4. Which book inspired you to start reading?
  5. What is your favourite book to tv/movie adaptation?
  6. Who is your book crush of the moment?
  7. Which fictional world do you wish was an actual place?
  8. Which book has made you cry the most (or the most emotional)?
  9. Do you listen to audiobooks and which book/s would you like to listen to?
  10. Who is your favourite author of all time?