Hi everyone! I hope y’all are starting the week off right! I don’t know about y’all, but this weekend was kind of busy for me! I was able to post a book review with a playlist, a combo post with 2 top 5 Saturday posts, and an unboxing! Plus, I also posted a list of June book releases! AND, I also decided to give Bloglovin another go and would love if you’d give me a follow! If you have a Bloglovin account, drop you link in the comments for others to find you!
I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award yesterday by the wonderful Autumn @ Chapter Malliumpkin! Autumn is such an amazing blogger and deserves so much love! It honestly makes me so emotional when anyone nominates/tags me for any type of post because I could have never dreamed of so many people actually reading my stuff and think about when they tag others!
To read my first post, click here!
What is The Mystery Blogger Award?
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.
- 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.
- Share a link to your best post(s).
Also, a huge thanks to Okoto from Okoto Enigma’s Blog for creating this award to bring light to wonderful bloggers!
3 Things About Me:
- I love to play classical music on the piano! I took piano lessons for about 8 years until I graduated high school, and I also gravitated to the older pieces of music. Don’t get me wrong, I loved playing newer hits, but the classical stuff always spoke to me and gave me a challenge to master the songs that have stood the test of time and melodies are recognizable even if you don’t know the name of the composer or song.
- I’m a world class procrastinator. Like if it was an Olympic sport, I’m pretty sure I’d place in the top 3.
- I have a *slight* book problem. Honestly, how many books can a person? Well the answer is never enough. It feels like I’m constantly buying books. I buy them when I do good on a test, when I need to cheer myself up, on that random day of the month when life seems to going according to plan… basically, I buy books whenever I feel like there’s a reason. Don’t worry, I know how to manage money, so I know when not to overspend.
Also, I have a hard time talking about myself for some reason whenever I’m expected to.
As a reader, what is the biggest challenge you face when you’re reading and why?
Going into a book with negative expectations. I try to go into each book without anyone’s opinion in mind, which is very hard considering I’m very much in the book community. As a reader and reviewer, I try to go into a book as unbiased as possible (but with some of the bigger writers work that can be difficult because there’s blurbs and comments everywhere). It’s hard for me to read a book where I’ve seen comments about a person hating a character or the writing is bad because even if its from a person I know nothing about and haven’t build that foundation of knowing they’re a reliable source, that thought is always in the back of my head.
Honestly, I don’t know which books I’m going to review (aside from the ones I request). I go into each book with the hopes that I will write a review, but sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. If I come across a review of a book that I really, I generally just look at the star rating that person gave it, so I have some indication but don’t know why, so I’m not completely blindsided.
What are your five favorite things to keep you out of a reading slump?
Luckily, I haven’t been in a reading slump in a while because I don’t have the time like I used to where I could read books on end.
- Take a break from reading – yes, it sounds crazy because you want to get back into a book because it’s one of those things that make you happy, but sometimes you just need a break.
- Read something that’s outside of your norm – maybe you’ve been reading a particular genre for so long that everything seems repetitive and you can’t enjoy the beauty of the story. Reading a book in a different genre could help you remember why you like the other genre so much or help you realize that there’s other worlds waiting to be discovered.
- Join a bookclub – it might help it your able to talk to others about the same book and read it in smaller pieces.
- Work on another hobby – the world is filled with other fun things besides reading (gasp, who would have thought), try something new or work on a hobby that you haven’t picked up in a while.
- Remember that reading is supposed to be fun – being a reviewer, we sometimes get bogged down in making sure that we always have a review ready to go out, and we stress about reading books in a short time, that we forget that reading was something we loved.
Ok… I realized at the end of the 4th bullet point that I had miss read the question. I though it was asking for 5 ways to get out of a reading slump instead of ways to prevent one. Thankfully, most of them apply to both, so I’m just going to leave it.
2019 went by so fast, so what are your top five books you believe are five star predictions that you want to read before the end of 2020 that you didn’t get to read in 2019?!
- A Wicked Dress by Autumn Krause
- The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
- All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
- Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
You finally get the chance to design your dream reading nook! How would you design it and what would you include?
Ok, so I’m going to dream a little bit bigger than a nook. So the room with be about the size of a guest bedroom with the wall painted a light pastel color to make it feel open. I’d have full size bookshelves lining one with lights on them. Then, another way with half size bookcases for my TBR books. I’d have all of my bookish stuff like candles, figures, and some prints sitting on the bookcases with some of the pretty books facing outwards, so can see the cover. There would be fairy lights on the top of the wall where the wall meets the ceiling. The other walls would have tapestries that has come in some of my book boxes and the really pretty art/character/quote art. There would be floor lamps and smaller lamps on the top of the smaller bookcases to provide plenty of reading light. Then, I’d have plenty of fun reading areas; one would be a place on the floor with plenty of blankets and pillows covered in bookish pillowcases, then a large oversized beanbag chair somewhere, and maybe a futon where I can spend late nights reading!
Your TBR has gotten so large that it’s out of control, what are some fun ways to help encourage you to read the books on your TBR or build your TBR for the month?
I’m a mood reader by heart, but I’ve been thinking about starting a TBR jar with titles of books on my high priority TBR (which I need to update) so fate will lead me to my next favorite book!
My Favorite Posts:
- 5SOS Book Tag: I created a book tag inspired by my favorite band and it would mean the world if y’all would give it a read and possible do it (because I’m hereby tagging all of you)!
- Book Box Recs Part 1 & 2: I think this post is helpful because I have a lot of important info like shipping dates, prices, items they send, and my thoughts about popular boxes like OwlCrate, Fae Crate, LitJoy, Unplugged, and some others!
- Struggles I Have as a Blogger: this was one of the first times where I got real about some of the things that I things that I’ve had to come to terms with as a blogger.
- 5 Reasons Why I Love Reading: we all have different reasons as to why we read, in this post I talk about some of the major reasons as to why reading so important to me!
- Songs That Remind Me of Books Part 2: I love listening to music while reading and love those moment when I listen to a song and get transported back to a particular scene or couple!
- You finally get the chance to design your dream reading nook! How would you design it and what would you include?
- I had to steal this question from Autumn’s list because I had so much fun with it!
- What is a food combination that you love that makes others look at you like you’re crazy?
- What are some characteristics that you look for in your significant other?
- What is a book that you were hesitant to read but ended up loving?
- What was the first moment as a blogger that made you smile?
Recently, I joined a new bookish group on Twitter and have met some wonderful new people along with seeing some old friends! I thought it would be a great way to learn a few things about these lovely bookish people!
- Danni @ _ForBooksSake
- Audio Killed the Bookmark
- Mithah @ Mithah Reads
- Papertea & Bookflowers
- Sarah Kaye
- Lana @ Biblio Medico
- Arya’s Fangirl Lexicon
- Big Books & Hot Chocolates
- My Bookish Court
- Lazy Book Conqueror
- Sarah @ Bookish Bug
- Pages and Brews
- Anna @ Texas Belle Reads
And, You! I’m leaving an open invitation to all of you lovely people! If you do this, make sure to tag me so I can learn some fun facts and read about your dream reading nook!
Happy reading until next time,