One Lovely Blog Award Nomination

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The Rules:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 5-15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

First and foremost I would like to thank Books for Fun for that nomination! I don’t need a set or rules to allow me to come out and say that!  It was such a pleasant surprise, as I have seen it on other people’s pages and wondered if I would ever receive one. It really makes me feel like I am part of the blogging community, especially since I still feel like such a newbie to the blogging world. Now enough about lil’ old me. Without further ado:

Seven facts about myself:

1. I grew up in a ex-communist country. Hardcore.

2. I love to bake, but hate to cook.

3. I can’t get enough of romantic comedies; it’s almost a curse and it’s something that drives my boyfriend insane.

4. The first proper novel I read in English was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Tough book to follow I’d say.

5. I absolutely, positively, metaphysically, quintessentially, love love love Bernese Mountain Dogs and long-haired Dachshunds.

6. I love to go running. One day I hope to be able to run a marathon.

7. Christmas is my favourite time of year. Buying presents for my loved ones, decorating the tree, skiing and drinking hot seasonal drinks (Pumpkin Spiced Latte say whhhaaatt??!). What can be better?

I nominate the following awesome bloggers out there:

1. It’s All About Books

2. ebook classics

3. alenaslife

4. One More Page

5. Check My Books

6. The Paperback Princess

7. Knownbliss

8. The New TESStament

9. The Ink Library

10. Bonnie Brown’s Book Reviews

11. Citygirlscapes

12. Reckless Indulgence of the Written Word

Can’t wait to read yours!!!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination!!

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I have been nominated by this wonderful gal named Alena, for the Very Inspiring Blogger award! This is a huge honor and I am eternally grateful, especially since I have only recently started blogging. To hear such positive feedback as getting this nomination makes me feel very welcome and just feel like I belong amongst all you pro book review bloggers. Anyway, enough with my soppy speech (this isn’t the Oscars after all) lets get to the rules.

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Rules:

1)     Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.

2)     List the rules and display the award.

3)     Share seven facts about yourself.

4)     Nominate 10 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

5)     Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Random Facts About Me:

1) I am a major horse lover and have been from an early age. You mention ‘horse’ and I reply ‘WHERE?’

2) I have lived in three different countries during my lifetime. That means I have gone to 9 different schools during all my moves.

3) Muller chocolate rice pudding is my absolute favourite.

4) Blue bells are under-rated. They, along with orchids, are one of my favourite flowers.

5) During my last year at high school, I was part of the Miss New Westminster Ambassador Program. Kind of like a pageant mixed with community involvement.

6) I strongly believe in the “Actions speak louder than words”motto.

7) I have started working since I was 15 (8 if you count delivering newspapers) so I would like to think that I have earned the majority of things I have in my life. It’s something that I have only recently realized I should be proud of.

Nominees:I know that it says I am to nominate 15 people, but I have only made a list of 11 here and I do apologize if I have nominated some people again, from the Leibster award. When deciding who to nominated I really thought hard about who I have really connected over the past few months, who I found really inspiring, who has been really nice to me, and whose posts I just can’t get enough! Can’t wait to hear your responses guys! (Alphabetical order)

ThePaperbackPrincess: With such an awesome and clever name you know you cannot be disappointed! What I absolutely love is her honesty and versatility. Not only does she do book reviews but she also finds the time to post and spark conversations about something literature related.

Self-Harmonise: Very open, kind and creative individual! I love reading her posts because they are always so raw, honest and creative. Love reading her poetry too!

WriteReads: These incredible people have started their very own book club podcasts! How cool is that?! Again, super brave and definitely inspirational!

Citygirlscapes: These girls are on fire! I am always amazed at how quickly they read and manage to post reviews. Their archives are very impressive and always fun to peruse to get some more book ideas 🙂

OneMorePage: Believe it or not she inspired for me to start a blog.*blush* Of course I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn but I continue to be inspired by her blog, and I she always seems to choose great books to read!

Stepheusebi: Amazingly delicious and tasty recipes all in one place! Whenever I am feeling adventurous I try a recipe that she posts here. My number one blog for recipes 🙂

BonnieVBrown: She is such a sweet girl with an blog that reflects that! Love her honestly and writing style 🙂

MeLoveBooks: I absolutely love how she structures her reviews and it has made me re-evaluate how I present my reviews on my blog. I love that fact she updates her followers on what she is doing. I really need to work on that.

746books: Love how she integrates quotes from the novels she is reviewing in the review. It’s something I really struggle with and so it’s really inspirational!

RecklessIndulgence: Love her honesty (with her reviews named “Totally Biased Book Reviews” LOL), and humour! For fantasy lovers, I could not recommend a better blog.

Miss Meg 33: This girl is absolutely incredible and so incredible. I am a runner and I struggle with keeping myself motivated. Reading her blog helps me decide to strap on those running shoes and head out the door!

 

Can’t wait to hear your top 7 things!

Liebster Award Nomination :D

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It was not so long ago that I was beguiling my time browsing one of my favourite bloggers and noticed that they have received the Leibster Award. I remember thinking, “Wow, they are truly a force in the blogging world. One day I hope to receive one myself and be a part of that chain.” Yesterday, that wish came true thanks to the amazing and wonderful City Girl Scapes, Veronica, Ashley and Jen.

I must admit I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of the blogging world, so this is a great honour and opportunity.

For those of you not familiar with this award, it’s strictly an Internet award handed out blogger to blogger consisting of 11 questions composed by the awarder. After answering the 11 questions and an additional 11 random facts, the person who had received the award creates 11 questions and passes it onto blogger(s) of their choice. For full rules click here.

So without further ado:

 City Girl Scapes’ Questions:

1. What is your reading platform of choice: an e-reader or an actual, physical book?

Without a doubt I am team physical book. Just feeling the book bend in my hands and having the satisfaction of flipping over a page makes me feel all fuzzy inside. I may be a bit biased because I dislike reading anything on the Internet for long periods of time, as I feel that I don’t absorb as well the information I read. Curse those professors that made us read entire books online…

2. Inspired by Bird Box by Josh Malerman, if you had to live blindfolded, what would you most miss seeing?

Landscapes. Seeing the sun rising over the sand dunes at six am in Marrakech in the Sahara Desert just last week is one of the many things about this beautiful earth that I do not want to miss out on. Seeing the smoking forests blanketing the mountains in British Columbia is just another example.

3. Where in the world would you travel if nothing were stopping you?

Hogwarts. You said nothing was stopping me, not even reality, right?

4. What TV show do you never miss an episode of?

Suits. I ogle over Harvey Specter every Wednesday night.

5. If you could sit down for dinner with one celebrity, who would it be and what would you say to break the ice?

This is a tough one! I would have to say Emma Watson. I would embarrass myself my proclaiming the following: “ Your momma is so fat her patronus is a cake”. I saw it on tumblr. Don’t judge me.

6. What inspired you to start blogging?

Keeping my brain active in the literature spectrum. Since I have graduated with an English Literature degree I want to continue to immerse and engage with books to a similar degree as I did in school. Plus my memory sucks, therefore I need to write down what I think of the book before my short term memory forgets it.

7. Do you have a landline telephone or do you only have a cell phone?

I only have a “mobile” phone as they call it here. Or, a handy for those from Germany.

8. What was the last thing that made you laugh really, really hard?

My boyfriend made me laugh. He literally forced me by tickling me for at least a solid minute. 

9. Who do you look up to?

I am interpreting this question as someone who you look up in your life, not a celebrity. So I would have to say my aunt. She is so busy all the time, but she loves life, is always cheerful and makes me laugh.

10. What is your dream job?

This is a tough one. My biggest dream, is to one day own a stable and ride horses all day, teach people how to ride and provide a fabulous facility/home for horses. Betcha didn’t see that coming. Oh, and writing about horses in my spare time 😉

11. Where do you want to see yourself in 5-10 years?

I would love to see myself still together and madly in love with my boyfriend, having a wonderful career that truly fulfills me and allows me to travel a bit and have my wonderful friends and family around me.

Random Facts

1. Salmon and Dill Philadelphia cream cheese is my absolute favourite spread.

2. I have left behind two younger brothers in Vancouver, British Columbia. I miss them everyday. Well, that could count as two facts…

3. Ice hockey is my sport of preference. Growing up in Canada does that to you J

4. Lion King is hands down my favourite Disney movie ever.

5. I make THE best chewy chocolate chip cookies. Don’t believe me? References available upon request.

6. My drink of choice on the beach is Mango Ice Tea. I am such a child.

7. Christmas is my favourite time of the year.

8. I’m an avid runner; it’s my way of curing stress.

9. I definitely prefer countryside to city. I need that fresh air, open space and that spot under a tree to just sit and read my book.

10. I love animals from Elephant shrews to giraffes. But horses most of all, of course.

11. Organization freak. There is something so calming knowing everything has their proper place and that efficiency has been optimized on a planned/booked vacation.

My Nominees:

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the New TESStament

The Paperpback Princess

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My Questions:

1. If you had a superpower what would it be and why?

2. Who is your favourite character (from the book of your choice) and why?

3. City or country?

4. If money wasn’t an issue, where in the world would you travel to and why?

5. What is one bad habit that you have? (Be honest!)

6. Do you have an idol? Someone who you aspire to? (Doesn’t have to be a literary folk!)

7. How do you commute? Car? Bike? Train? Private jet?

8. If you could meet one author (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

  1. Where is your ideal place to read?

10. What is your favourite game (board game, video game, card game, etc)?

11. If someone gave you a $1000 shopping gift card to spend at a massive mall what would you spend it on?

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I can’t wait to read you guys’ responses! You’re up!