Blogger Recognition & Mystery Blogger Awards

I’ve been nominated a few times this month and I’m slower than usual at keeping up, so I decided to put the awards in one post. Starting with the Blogger Recognition Award, I was nominated by E! Check out her blog because she loves bees and LGBT+ fiction. 🐝🌈

Rules

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.

Why I Started Book Blogging

Writing never really worked out for me, even though I’m still an aspiring author. It’s a curse, I swear. So, in November, I decided to put original fiction aside and dedicate my time to reviewing instead of writing. I’m also a practitioner of witchcraft, so I thought it’d be fun and useful to others to share my thoughts on relevant books. I don’t only review witchy stuff, but it’s the main focus of my blog.

My Advice to New Book Bloggers

It’s cliche, but: have fun. Likes and followers and mentions are great, but book blogging is really about connecting with other readers and sharing bookish thoughts and recommendations. Try not to obsess over the numbers and don’t worry about always sticking to a schedule, otherwise you might burn yourself out. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable, not a competition (unless you were as unwise as me and signed up for a readathon 🤪).

If you really want to stand out, though, think about your favorite genres and how they could relate to your blog’s theme. Read book blogs to get an idea of the voice and format you want to review in. Link to your blog on Tweets meant to connect book bloggers. Most importantly, don’t forget to give likes and comments of your own. Give support and ye shall receive support. Also, use your local library and apps like OverDrive and Libby!

Thank you so much to Rose and Jacob for this nomination, it really means a lot! Don’t forget to check out their blogs, too. Rose has good content and Jacob loves books and video games!

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.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma.

Rules

  • 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.
  • Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions.
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me

  1. In all my years of writing and abandoning stories, I’ve never managed to complete an outline until now. FOR ONCE, I KNOW HOW MY NEW STORY WILL UNFOLD! If this isn’t the book, then I don’t know what is. I still can’t believe I did it. Now, if only chronic fatigue would go away so I could FOCUS and WRITE MORE.
  2. I plan to go the traditional route and maybe self-publish someday. Being a hybrid author seems like the most potentially lucrative and least stressful option.
  3. As an author, I want to help give transhumanism a good name more than anything. I feel there’s not enough representation and it’s often painted in a negative, dystopian light. Stuff like immortality is inherently bad and everyone who pursues it is evil, and that’s just wrong?? Might as well get rid of all death-defying technologies, such as vaccines and medicine. 🤡

Rose’s Questions

What inspired you to create your blog?

Like I said, being fed up with writing and wanting to try something different. I was always more of a writer than a reader. I usually didn’t have the attention span to get through a single book, and the time I did have for a hobby was mostly dedicated to writing (when my untreated ADHD would let me write). But I was tired of writing just not working out for me and so it was time to try something else.

If given the chance to meet your ultimate favorite author (dead or alive), what would you say to him or her?

Is it weird to not have a favorite author? It’s true that I haven’t read enough, but Harry Potter was the biggest influence on my writing years ago, yet I never really desired to meet J.K. Rowling? I dunno.

What post is always a struggle to write?

I don’t struggle to write posts per se, I struggle with ADHD and sometimes chronic fatigue, though medication helps. I do struggle to come up with more thoughtful posts because I feel as if many topics have been covered? I have at least a few planned, though.

Would you rather read physical books forever or digital books forever?

Oh, this is a tough one. I love going to the library to check out physical books, but I read ebooks faster and they’re more convenient. Still, physical books take me away from the Internet for a bit, which is nice. I guess that makes them the winner!

Jacob’s Questions

What is your favorite book of all time?

It will probably always be Harry Potter, specifically Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’m not a diehard fan anymore, but I have yet to read another book that’s captivated me as fully.

If you could turn one book into a video game (or vice versa) which would it be?

I haven’t read enough books to really answer this, but my ideal video game would have a plot like Inkheart or The Library of the Unwritten.

What is your favorite place you’ve ever been to?

I haven’t been to many places, but I loved Salem, Massachusetts for obvious reasons. I stayed at the Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast in 2013 and it would’ve been perfect had my mother’s insufferable colleague not joined us. A mistake that won’t happen again.

If you could talk to one author, alive or not, who would it be?

I’m really not sure. I don’t/didn’t know any authors well enough to say.

What is your favorite time of year?

Halloween/autumn, obviously! 🎃

My Best Posts

  1. Casting Spells That Work
  2. A Witch’s World of Magick by Melanie Marquis – Book Review
  3. Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner – Book Review

Nominations

Ugh, I hate making these kinds of decisions because I like a lot of book bloggers and it’s overwhelming to go through them all, so I’m just picking ten blogs that I haven’t before! If you’re not mentioned and want to participate, just say I tagged you and link to this post so your response shows up in the comments! Feel free to pick either award and answer either set of questions if you go with the Mystery Blogger one. If you’re mentioned and don’t want to participate, that’s okay, no need to do anything!

  1. Alice @ Love for Words
  2. Anamelia @ Eldritch Fae
  3. Mehsi @ Twirling Book Princess
  4. Alana @ Dream Come Review
  5. Julie @ One Book More
  6. Asa @ Paper Star Stuff
  7. Esmée @ Servillas Speaks
  8. Chasity @ Ity Reads Books
  9. Anna @ Talking to My Shelf
  10. Alex @ Spells and Spaceships

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