Real Neat Blogger Award

Thank you thebookcorps for nominating me for this award, it has been really awesome to know and thank you for your support. Her blog is here for you all to check out. And also thank you to the creator of this award, dearkitty1

This award is designed for people who have a ‘real neat blog’. Those participating should:

  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blogs
  • Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominate you
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like by linking to their blogs.
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc)
  • Ask your nominees 7 questions

Have your reading habits changed since you started a blog?

Yes, a lot of it has changed for me, largely because that I grow to appreciate different sorts of things. Last time I didn’t think I will magically in love with the historical fiction genre, now look at me where I’m reviewing plenty of them. And at the beginning, I was still enjoyed the lighter stuff and now, well if it is too light you can find it as a case of ‘just not my taste’.

Do you ever dog-ear your books or write in the margins?

Unfortunately, I dog ear them. It’s a habit that I have sadly made it a part of my reading life, even though I do want out but trying to read with a bookmark… is hard.

What is the worst novel you have ever read?

I think it has to be Tiger’s curse, where I borrowed it during the early days of being a reviewer with a blog and a book. It is one of the worst when it comes to diversity, I mean why does it have to be a white girl saving the Indian culture. I mean, India has a very large population which can supply a saviour with more knowledge than the airhead we got in that book.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

History. Yes, I love history and all the bloody battles even when the things I mostly studied were about World War II and mostly that. But I did have the chance to study both Hitler and Stalin, if you were to ask me.

What is the best film adaptation you have watched of a novel?

Do you DNF ARCs or try to read them even if you don’t enjoy it?

Yes, I do DNF them once I reach a certain stage and it is simply getting worse. I mean, my pile of did not finish grew greatly after taking on ARCs, since I have way lesser time and a lot less tolerance for lackluster books.

How do you organise your bookshelf? Alphabetically, colour-coordinated, genre?

None, I just don’t organize my shelf. At best it is a mishmash of everything they I have done and taken. Not a good measure and judge, but I learn that organizing stuff… just wasn’t my thing.

As for my questions:

What do you wish that you have learned earlier?

What do you do when you realise that a book just isn’t for you?

How do you decide which topic you are going to write about next?

Do you schedule your posts or just post it when you finish it?

What is your favourite quote?

What is the most fascinating subgenre that you have seen?

When do you abandon a book when it doesn’t meet your expectations?

My Nominees:





Awesome Blogger Award 

This in an award for the absolutely wonderful writers across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add to happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. This is what truly defines an awesome blogger. 

Here I am being nominated for my second award. I never expected that I would be nominated for another award so soon, thank you ceolsige for nominating me. Your blog is awesome too. 

Also, credits to the creator of this award, dreamingofguatelmala.  

Here are the rules: 

Thank the person who nominated you 

Include the reason behind the award 

Include the banner in your post 

Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward 

Answer the questions the nominator gave you

Nominate at least five awesome bloggers 

Give your nominees ten new questions to answer 

Let your nominees know they have been nominated 

Her ten questions:

1. For me, it would be a mix of music, anime and books. But mostly it’s a lot of anime and music. On the occasion will books give me some weird ideas, but it’s mostly anime which piqued my creativity and drove me to creating and a lot of what I consumed eventually worked its way into my work. 

2. The fact that I always never stop thinking about the next idea, even if I do not immediately work on them. Sometimes I would end up discouraged, but quickly pick myself up. Since I tend to forgive rather easily and just move on, rather than harp around the past. I can see that it is another of my strength seeing that this is where it brought me. Also, the belief that whatever I do is right, that helped in maintaining this blog and writing as much as I do. 

3. My most favourite author so far, would probably be Kirsten White for the time being. Mostly because of how And I Darken impacted my life, as it was the most perfect sort of book. And that became a reason why I loved anti-heroes and even complex characters. It had been pulled off so well by her. I still cannot wait for the sequel to come. 

4. On some level, I think I’m actually most similar to being like my zodiac animal. A real snake. I strangely like the cold, even if I live in a humid country. I am also pretty lazy if you ask me. 

5. Still teleportation, there is nothing more useful than that. And really, all I want to do is to go into fictional worlds and try and understand them on a deeper level. Also, maybe I would try going back into history, then it would make research so much easier. 

6. My favourite character that I have written so far is Wu Cai Lin (from Hidden Within Dawn), since she is a girl who counts on her intelligence, and wits above anything else. And well, I like her for how comfortable she is with herself, that she likes playing puzzles, but still able to scheme, outsmart when it is necessary. Another reason why, is that she is a verbal badass. 

7. I blog because well, I wanted to find a place for my thoughts about books which are all over the place. And well, it did contribute to the blog name after all since it’s mostly my thoughts and feelings about writing, books, anime or any storytelling medium really. 

8. Being able to successfully draw something, other than stick figures and barely understandable drawings. It is the one talent that I would love to have, yet still hasn’t even shown a miniscule of talent for it. 

9. It will be pop ballads, I rather like tragic music sometimes. And it inspires me quite a lot to write. And that I love them with a slightly darker theme added to it. So mostly music with really dark and tragic overtones, I always end up loving that mind of music. 

10. Trying to finish a novel(which I am so close at, just 13 more chapters of a really massive work) after nearly two years of promising myself that I will finish something(it has a lot to do with the story not working out in the least). Trying to balance having a blog and school, since this year is extremely important to me(O levels, not a fun thing to have). 

My five nominees:

AMBradley-Your blog has been really insightful about writing, not just about the craft aspect but also about the more social and getting themselves known 

Glenniswritingabc-the tips which you offer are helpful and clearly very insightful towards the craft of writing. 

Natashasapienzablog– I really like your blog for its tips about writing and how it really is spot on. 

Novelty Revisions– it is the blog for writers who want to become freelance writers, and offers a lot into blogging as well. 

Rantandraveaboutbooks-a place with a lot of book reviews and also discusses trends within books usually, and the common tropes. And I really like their style. 
Ten questions:

1. What do you think is your best traits?

2. What inspired you to start a blog?

3. What do you tend to do to get inspired to write a post?

4. If you had the chance to tell something to your past self, what would it be? 

5. What is your favourite meal of the day?

6. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

7. What is the one thing that you are thankful for?

8. Would you move out of your home country if given the choice?

9. What is your favourite song?

10. What is your ideal vacation 

Mystery Blogger Award

Lonelyboy1977 nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award last saturday It had come off as a surprise to me, really. But thanks for the nomination, and thinking that this blog is worth the award. And thanks to the creator, Okotoenigma who created this award. 

Award Rules: 
-Put the award logo on your blog 

-List the rules 

-Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog 

-Mention the creator of the award and link it to their blog 

-Tell your readers 3 things about yourself 

-Nominating between ten and twenty bloggers  

-Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs 

-Ask your nominees five questions 

-Share a link to your best/favourite post that you have written 

3 things about myself: 

I am weird, when other people fall asleep in history and literature, I think it the best thing in the world. While other people find Geography easy, strangely I never understood the subject even till this day. 

I have a musical background, currently I’m grade 7 in theory and grade 6 in piano. And I do think that one day I might want to work as a sound engineer or enter the music industry, out of pure interest for it. 

I have never even seen real snow in my life. I live in a humid country(Singapore) near the equator and well four seasons is something that I haven’t seen all my life or even experienced it either. But I do want to see real snow one day. 
As for his questions: 

1. I would want to be able to successfully draw a sketch of my characters, even though that’s probably going to be hard and nearly impossible (since till this day I still haven’t managed to figure out how to draw something remotely complex). So, it is a goal which would remain unachieved for a very long time. 

2. I hated the book and the way it handled the characters, plot and especially how it had been executed, it seemed to me that all it had was the beautiful writing and very little depth with the characters and the plot. That book was the Night Circus. 

3. I would probably try and find out what the boys think of me, since it is an advantage that I have. Also, trying to get back at some of the guys who have annoyed me to no end.

4. I would probably head into the world of Black Butler. That world has been something I would want to visit, just to discover all the secrets the author has hidden within it. I mean, there are so many mysteries and maybe a visit there would have all the spoilers I want. 

5. Teleportation. Then I can be in so many places at once and always be seeing something new. That is pretty awesome since I have always wanted to see the full world and not having to spend so much time on travel expenses. And also try visiting fictional worlds.

Here are my five questions: 

Which is a character that you wish to know the most? 

What do you think is the most powerful superpower in the world? 

Which do you prefer: your book or series getting a movie adaptation or a TV adaption? 

How do you visualise your book? 

What inspires you the most?

Here are my ten nominees(some I really wanted to nominate but already had been, so I looked elsewhere for by ten nominees):