One Lovely Blog Award

Hey guys! I was nominated by Book Lover Blogs for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks so, so much! Check out her blog for book reviews and beautiful pictures, both are lovely.

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RULES:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share seven facts about yourself
  3. Nominate other bloggers and inform them of the nomination

SEVEN FACTS ABOUT ME:

1. I’m the oldest of five children and have four little sisters. They make me feel like the luckiest person in the world—I don’t know what I’d do without my crazy, wonderful family. Here’s all of us at my grandma’s for Easter!

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2. As a freelance writer, one of my favorite things to do while working is listening to podcasts. It reminds me of when I was young and my dad would listen to talk shows while working, and it makes time pass faster. Some of my favorites are Modern Love, The Moth Radio Hour, Beautiful/Anonymous, On Being, and Philosophize This.

3. One of my guilty pleasures is watching cooking reality TV shows, especially The Great British Bake Off. They’re just so kind to each other and they try so hard. I love that show so much.

4. When I was a teenager, one of my favorite YA books was It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. It was such a raw portrait of depression, and it helped me a lot while navigating the depression and anxiety in my own life. I appreciated its humor and its honesty, and I remember how much it hurt when I learned that the author had taken his life. It made me wish that he had realized how much catharsis and hope his book had given others and also inspired me to write YA fiction as a means of helping queer teens feel less alone.

5. I may or may not be a closet Trekkie (and a very open twenty-one pilots fan). Live long and prosper, friends, and stay alive!

6. I’m a bit of a chocolate snob, which is both a vice and a virtue. My favorites are Ritter Sport, Chocolove, and those chocolate oranges you can get at Christmas time. I also really like Kit-Kats, which is kinda basic but ah, well.

7. Even though I know that they’re not accurate, I like personality tests. They help my simple mind understand a little more about myself and find areas to improve upon in my life. I know they’re not scientifically accurate, but they make me happy—and that’s important, too, on some level. In case you’re wondering, I’m an INFJ Enneagram type 6 wing 5 and, according to the Big 5 test, could probably stand to be less neurotic.


MY NOMINEES:
  1. Pages Below the Vaulted Sky
  2. Malanie Loves Fiction
  3. Bookish Connoisseur
  4. Forty Two Thoughts
  5. Des’ Random Thoughts

Unique Blogger Award (Plus 3 Questions)

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Hey guys! I was tagged by Malanie Loves Fiction, which kind of made my day. Her blog is delightful and full of both good book recommendations and aesthetics. Plus her rating system is super organized and I admire it a lot. You should totally check out her blog if you’re looking for some book recs!

Rules:

  • Display the award
  • Thank the person who nominated you, post a link to their blog
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

Questions

1. What book are you always thinking about even though you read it a long time ago?

Hmm, one of the big ones is The Brothers Karamazov. I read it at a time when I was going through an existential crisis and appreciated the way Dostoevsky posed questions about the nature of suffering and how a loving God could exist alongside cruelty. It didn’t give me answers but did give me more to think about and also comfort. Plus Alyosha is one of my fictional role models, I wish I was inherently good and kind like him.

2. What is your favorite food??

It depends on if we’re talking actual food or desserts. In terms of real food, I looove fettuccine alfredo but only eat it once a year-ish because the calories are insane for one bowl of pasta. As for desserts, can’t go wrong with a brownie.

Also I kind of have a thing for this soda called Purple Stuff because it’s supposed to promote relaxation and I am an anxious human.

3. If you could save three book characters to pass on for future humanity, which would they be & why?

Ooh, tough one.

Hamlet: Similar reason I think Doestoevsky’s books are important: Hamlet poses a lot of questions about suffering and life’s inherent meaning. But I mean, only if you could save the rest of the play with him for future humanity. Without the context, Hamlet’s kind of just a broody ball of angst. Which is fine, but not especially significant.

Jean Valjean: A reminder that no matter where life takes you, you’ve never fallen so far that you can’t have hope for a better future. And that love redeems us and makes us stronger, kinder people.

Samwise Gamgee: Because Sam is a perfect example of this quote from LOTR that I think is one of the most important things to remember in life: “I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love.”

I nominate:

Questions:

1. If you could live in any fantasy world or universe (e.g. Narnia, Hogwarts, Camp Halfblood, etc), which one would you choose?

2. What book quote means a lot to you or changed how you see the world?

3. Name the first book you ever fell in love with. What made it special to you?