Mystery Blogger Award! Thanks @shanannigans81

A huge thank you to Shananigan, over at Read’s & Reels for nominating me for this, I’m super grateful and I also loved answering her questions for this so much, we are on such a wavelength here! If you don’t already read her blog I highly recommend it!

So onto the award rules, answers, nominations etc etc etc…

Rules:

1)  Display the award logo on your blog.

2)  Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

3)  Mention, Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award and provide a link.

4)  Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

5)  Answer 5 questions from the nominee.

6)  Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.

7)  Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.

8)  Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.

9)  Share the link to your best post.

Three Things About Me

1) I used to live in Greece, and (not so) secretly wish I still did!

2) I never went to University, but I gained professional qualifications to post-graduate level.

3) I don’t have, nor do I want to have, children. This is something which seems to blow people’s minds cartoon style. The concept of choosing to be childless is something many people really struggle with.

Shananigan’s Questions

1) Favourite super-villain and why?

Possibly a cliche answer but Harley Quinn, I always felt an affinity with her, I think because of the mental health issues! I also love her sarcasm, sense of humour, and brute force. She also loves doing crazy things with her hair like me!

2) If you were to write an novel, what genre would it be?

I’d like to say Fantasy, I would do anything to have a Fantasy novel in me but the fact is I’m not an author, as well as I can write I don’t have a book in me, I’m not that kind of writer, and I’m fine with that. It gives me more time to read!

3) If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would be the first thing you’d do with your winnings?

Move to either Greece or Australia, seriously we would be gone faster than a flash of lightning!

4) Wine or beer?

Neither! I’ve been sober for just over five years now after finally beating my alcoholism. Before it would have been beer though! 😉

5) If you had to swap your nose with any other body part, what part would you choose?

Haha So funny! Hand, I think having a hand on your face would come in quite handy! (you see what I did there?!) 😀

Nominations

1) The Quiet Knitter

2) Rather Too Fond of Books

3) Between The Lines

4) Little Bookness Lane

5) The Legacy of Zyanthia

6) Everywhere and Nowhere

7) My Chestnut Reading Tree

8) The Book Review Cafe

9) Postcard Reviews

10) Cleopatra Loves Books

11) Chat About Books

12) Novel Gossip

13) Ali The Dragon Slayer

14) Ronnie Turner

15) Books Vertigo & Tea

My Questions

1) What is the first book you remember reading?

2) If you were stuck on a desert island what 5 books would you take?

3) Which bookish destination would you most like to visit?

4) If you could have dinner with any literary character who would you choose?

5) What makes you bored?

Link to Best Post

Here is a link to the post which has had the most views in the past three months, wasn’t really sure how to determine “best”!

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Blogger Recognition Award

Wow, Thank you so much to Susan at Books From Dusk Till Dawn and Ali at Ali The Dragon Slayer, who have both been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award and in turn nominated me. A huge thanks to you both it’s a real honour. This is the first time my book blog has been nominated for any awards so I’m really pleased (insert big cheesy grin here)!

Rules of the Award

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How my Blog Started

My journey to being a book blogger has been quite long. I started my first ever blog in 2005, it was a general blog where I basically just rambled! There weren’t a lot of blogs back then, but I did ‘meet’ the person who is now one of my closest friends because of it, I was also featured in a newspaper feature about blogging (because it was almost unheard of back then)! Over the years, my blog evolved, changed, and I had a few breaks.

For several years I was a music blogger, writing about heavy metal, reviewing album, interviewing bands, it fit with my lifestyle, and my love of the music. I also worked for a few zines both print and online so I was really busy doing this. The problem was that the community whilst in the majority was supportive had a streak of evil in it. Band groupies that would threaten you if you gave a bad review and troll incessantly. I wasn’t the only person I know who got death threats over a review!

Now I have my mental health blog which I love writing, it helps me write my thoughts, cover topics that are close to my heart and keep in touch with people who are also dealing with mental illness. It was on this blog that the book blogging initially started. I wrote a couple of reviews and they were really popular. The more I wrote the more people ate them up. In the end I moved them over onto their own blog, here, and started to really focus on book blogging. I love the people, the community vibe, and that feeling when someone outside of the book blogging community says that your review has helped them pick their next book.

Advice for New Bloggers

1. Always remember to enjoy what you are doing, it can be hard sometimes when you have a lot going on in life and a lot of reviews to put out you can forget that you are doing this for fun and because you love books. When this happens just stop and take a break. This should never be a chore so keep that in mind.

2. Try not to take on too much. It’s easy with NetGalley to go on a request binge (we’ve all done it), try and remember, how many books you can realistically read in a week/month/year, remember that you will have books you have bought to read aswell. Don’t overwhelm yourself or my first bullet about not enjoying yourself may start to come in!

My Nominations

OK, I’ve seen loads of these going around so I’ve tried to pick people whose blog I love but haven’t already been nominated (I think)!

  1. Cleopatra @ Cleopatra Loves Books
  2. Suzanne @ Suzanne Rogerson
  3. Tracy @ Postcard Reviews
  4. By Hook or By Book
  5. Shelley @ Shelley Wilson
  6. Kristin @ Kristin’s Novel Cafe
  7. Karen @ My Reading Corner
  8. Cathy @ Between The Lines
  9. Danielle @ Books, Vertigo & Tea
  10. Renee @ It’s Book Talk
  11. Laura @ Snazzy Books
  12. Jenny @ Jenny In Neverland
  13. Adele @ KraftiReader
  14. Joanne @ Portobello Book Blog
  15. Lindsay @ BookBoodle

Again thanks so much for my nominations and thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend everyone.