Unique Blogger Award

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Thank you so much to Stephanie’s Novel Fiction for nominating me for the Unique Blogger Award!

I very much enjoy getting nominated for these. It allows you to share a little bit of yourself that is not specifically book related to all of you other lovely bloggers.

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions

Questions from Stephanie:

  1. What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read or movie/tv show you’ve ever watched? Or both?

-My husband will tell you straight up that my sense of humor leaves a lot to be desired. Apparently when I’m trying to be funny I sound like a big meany. Whoops. That being said, I have to choose a recorded stand up comedian act for this one. I love love LOVE Eddie Izzard. His Glorious stand up is a thing of beauty. Perhaps not strictly a movie/tv show but it is filmed and I can pull it up on Netflix so it counts to me! I got to watch him live a few years back in Connecticut and he is amazing.

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2. What is something that you’ve always dreamed of doing but never have?

-I want to go on a cruise. I want to sit on the deck, be served frilly drinks, and devour book after book while being rocked by the waves. These drinks are to be served by either a handsome fellow with a mid day beard or a busty deck wench, I’m not picky. I want to go to the lunch buffet and eat whatever I want without guilt. Then, after stuffing myself beyond reason, return to the deck and my book. I want to lean along the railing and watch the moon come up from among the waves. Or perhaps a river cruise where I can get off every now and then and explore a new city. Either way, the idea of days at a time without a to-do list or agenda just sounds completely divine. No phones. No outside contact. Just blessed peace.

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3. What author, living or dead, would you like to spend an entire day with? Why?

– Edgar Allan Poe. Don’t even have to think about it. I’d love to see his tortured mind in action. Can you imagine being present as he puts pen to paper and writes The Fall of the House of Usher? I know the saying goes, “Never meet your idles,” but I can’t fathom being disappointed by Poe. Can you imagine that I lived in Baltimore for years and never went to see his grave? I feel like such a fraud. One of these days…

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My three questions:

  1. You have the opportunity to visit either the future or the past and you must choose either or, not both. Which do you choose and why? Where do you go?
  2. You are in a Matrix type situation being offered a red pill or a blue pill. The red pill will allow you to go back to a certain point in your life and have a do-over such as correcting a horrible mistake that has affected the rest of your life negatively. The blue pill just lets you continue you on as is. Which do you pick?
  3. You are a pilgrim heading to a far off land and may only take one book with you on your journey. Which book would you take and why?

 

I tag:

Judith @ Chain Interaction

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Angelica and Rosie @ The Book Cover Girls

 

The Unique Blogger Award

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First of all, thank you to Laura @ The Book Corps for nominating me for this. She has a great blog over there and if you aren’t following her you should check it out. I love getting nominated for these things. It brings the people of the bookish community together to get to know one another and gives you some insight to the person behind the reviews and opinions.

Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

I know we’re all mainly YA readers on here, so what is your favourite adult fiction novel?

I love a good mystery. My favorite mystery author is Christopher Fowler who writes the brilliant Bryant and May mysteries. It is impossible to pick just one favorite from that series because they are all brilliant. Two elderly detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May, head the Peculiar Crimes Unit which is part of the London Police Department. It is an old unit and the head of the London police is often looking for reasons to close it. Using somewhat antiquated methods, the pair and their team solve crimes that are listed as dangerous to public moral (a leftover term from their creation in WWII). The books are fun and I rarely know who the evil doer is before the detectives tell me. Well worth reading and so glad I found them.

Enough with the heroes, they’re boring. Who is your favourite book villain?

This one took me a few minutes of pondering. I feel that to make a good villain they have to be likable and relatable as a character even while carrying out their villainous tasks. For this, I chose The Gardener from The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. The Gardener holds girls hostage in a lovely garden away from prying eyes. He kidnaps them when they are around 16 or 17 years old and tattoos each of them with a large, intricate butterfly on their back. While they reside at the garden he cares for all of them in his own despicable way. In his mind he truly loves them. None of the girls ever live beyond twenty-one. On their twenty-first birthday he encases them in resin and puts them and their tattoo on display in the hallway for the rest of the girls to see. The story itself may be horrible but it is well written and I feel like the villain is a very unique character.

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Will you ever lend a book to a friend? Why/Why not? Any horror stories?

Honestly, I can’t recall the last time I lent a book to a friend. I don’t think I ever trusted my friends well enough for that. Recently I did lend a book to my mother, though, if that counts. I know she’ll take care of it which is not something I can guarantee from a casual friend. Also, I know where she lives and can go ransack the house to get it back.

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My questions for you

  1. You have the opportunity to edit and rework any book to make it into the story you always knew it could be which will then be republished with you credited. What book to you choose to edit, why, and what are some of the edits you would make?
  2. You are given the chance to go back in history and make a change. For example, you could stop Hitler from being born or warn the crew and scientists from the space shuttle Challenger about the problem. What do you change and why?
  3. Not exactly a question, but, tell us all your favorite memory and why it is important to you.

 

I never tag anyone for these but, as always, feel free to do it if you would like! It took me some time to come up with those questions so I hope that someone does this. Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!