AWARD: Brotherhood of the World Award

I’m so grateful to Nel at Reactionary Tales for nominating me for this Award. Please go and visit Nel she has such an amazing blog and she’s a lovely person. The questions below are awesome, they were asked by the equally fabulous Noriko over at Diary of a Bookfiend and I’ll definitely be keeping these questions as there’s no way I’ll be able to beat them!

Briefly explain your blogging style (where your favourite blogging spot/tools – as in, on the couch using your smartphone or something)

I like to think of myself as obsessively erratic! I have a very definite house style, my posts follow a certain format and I always make sure they sit in that style. Some tour hosts send HTML files which would make life so much easier because I could just copy paste and schedule, but I’m far too anal for that so I always create every single post from scratch ensuring they all fit my own style.

That being said, my writing style is very erratic and conversational…but, I’m still quite a stickler for grammar and punctuation so I do my very best to make sure I’ve proofread everything I’m putting out a few times. Of course, things slip through and I catch mistakes all the time, I’m not perfect.

As for where I blog, I like to be comfortable when I write anything, so I sit with my feet up on the couch. I have quite a small laptop and I play music…LOUD. I actually concentrate better when I have music than if it’s quiet. I generally don’t snack and I will forget to eat lunch quite a lot of the time!

How do you manage your blogging time including blog reading time?

It depends on the rest of my schedule, days I’m volunteering, or have other work on throws out my schedule, but in general, my blogging time works like this:

I start the day by checking Twitter, then going through some of the recent posts in WordPress Reader.

Then I will spend the morning writing reviews and scheduling posts, I normally have time to get 2-4 posts scheduled depending on the length of the reviews I’m writing. After lunch, I’m writing/editing my book, then reading. When I go to bed I spend thirty minutes-ish reading blogs again before I switch back to reading.

I try not to spend too much time on social media and reading blogs. While I love everybody’s blogs it’s a big black hole as we all know and one I don’t want to get lost in every day. Also, social media is part of my profession so I don’t want to spend all of my social time on there as well. It’s too much!

Who is your most read author?

Right now C.M. Stunich, aside from the fact she releases at least one book per month, I’m also reading her back catalogue to catch up so I’m reading at least 2/3 of her books each month at the moment. I may be a little obsessed.

How did you come up with your blog name?

I love this question! Despite years of Marketing I’m rubbish with branding, it is not my forte, so when I needed to come up with a name to brand the blog I was really stuck. Eventually, I realised that I could “cash-in” on where I come from.

Many of you won’t know that the part of England I come from has its own dialect, we even have our own Dictionary! Our slang for the City name Bristol is Brizzle. So BrizzleLass was born and when I set up this blog I just added the Books!

What keeps you blogging?

I love blogging, I love meeting people, making friends. Book Blogging has been the most rewarding form of blogging I’ve done, but I’ve always loved blogging, I first started in 2002 so I can’t imagine not sharing a piece of myself in this way.

Thanks for the awesome questions, I’m going to keep them the same and nominate a small list. Same rules apply as always, no pressure, and if you aren’t nominated but fancy taking part have at it.

  1. Megan @ Ginger Mom
  2. Liz @ Cover to Cover
  3. Kate @ The Quiet Knitter
  4. Caro @ CJR The Brit
  5. BVitelli @ Book Club Mom

AWARD: The Sunshine Blogger Award … Take 4

The very lovely Liz at Stellar Kitten Book Reviews nominated me for this one. It’s my fourth time around the block with this one, they just keep on coming, I love these though so happy to have fun with them. Liz is a newer blog friend of mine I’ve only been visiting for a few months but love her blog already and hope you all pop over and say Hi.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Liz’s Questions

Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?

No, I’m the eldest of five so my brain was kept busy enough with the people who were actually there.

What book really got you into reading?

I’ve always read, I don’t remember ever not reading, but the first book I remember vividly is The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy which I read when I was 5/6 and the whole set of these books were firm favourites until I was about 10. I’ve just bought the set for my Niece as she turned 6 herself last month and is a big bookworm, I’m hoping they have the same effect on her as they did me.

Because schools always have assigned readings: What was your favorite assigned reading?

Easy, The Catcher in the Rye. That book had such a significant impact on me as a teenager, I related to Holden in a way I had never related to a character before and it really hit me hard. I had several one-to-one classes with my English teacher to help me deal with how it had affected me.

What book/series would you want to see turned into a movie/TV show?

Oh, I just finished a book that’s part of a series I think would be amazing as a TV Series actually. Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series. It’s so visual and Jo the main character is so ballsy and I just love it. I had a huge gap of almost 10 years between books 4 and 5 and picked it straight back up again so easily. I thought several times while reading book 5 that it would make a great show.

What are some books you don’t talk about often that you really love?

Wow, probably a lot of the gothic horrors I’ve read, I don’t really rave about them much but I do absolutely love them. The Monk is one of my all time favourites and I think EVERYONE should read it. The Picture of Dorian Grey is outstanding (don’t watch the movie it doesn’t do it justice), Frankenstein and Dracula barely need a mention they are so famous already, Oh The Turn of the Screw is so good, anything by Poe and Anne Rice, and Melmoth the Wanderer.

If you could change the ending to any book, what book would it be, and what would happen in your new ending?

I would probably change the ending of those bloody Twilight books! I’d have her ditch Edward and go with Jacob. That would cut it down to just one book so we wouldn’t have had to suffer three additional books of awful writing.

Pick two characters, from different books. Now, throw them into a fairytale. How crazy would it get?

Oh wow! Interesting. OK I’m going with my two favourite characters right now so Wydrin from Jen Williams Copper Cat Trilogy, and Ben Garston from James Bennett’s Ben Garston novels. I’ll put them in Hansel & Gretal as it’s a boy and girl. Given they are both seriously kick ass, Ben is also a dragon, and Wydrin has serious skills with a sword I think that witch won’t last more than about 10 minutes. I also think that the way these two drink that they’ll both be off their faces drunk in another 10 minutes.

Coffee, tea, or smoothies?

In winter tea – I go with Peppermint or I have a Red Fruits One. I don’t drink caffeine so it’s always something herbal
In summer smoothie all the way.

About how many unread books do you own?

I have just consulted my ever-growing list and it tells me I’m up to 255. Seriously, no matter how quickly I read that list grows, it never shrinks.

What has been your favorite 2017 release so far?

That is too difficult! There have been several…(links to my reviews)

Raising Fire by James Bennett
Blackwing by Ed McDonald
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Godblind by Anna Stephens
The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson
Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

What 2018 book are you looking forward to the most so far?

I think you’ll see a pattern here! haha

Ben Garston #3 by James Bennett
Ravens Mark #2 by Ed McDonald
The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Godblind Trilogy #2 by Anna Stephens
Silent Sea Chronicles #2 by Suzanne Rogerson

My Nominees

Apologies if I’ve tagged you previously for one of these I literally can’t keep track. No pressure and if you want to take part and aren’t tagged have at it.

  1. Zoe @ What’s Better Than Books
  2. Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek
  3. Ali @ Ali The Dragon Slayer
  4. Mischenko @ Read Rant Rock & Roll
  5. Liz @ Cover to Cover
  6. Nel @ Reactionary Tales
  7. Terry @ Terry Tyler Book Reviews
  8. Kate @ The Quiet Knitter
  9. Jackie @ Never Imitate
  10. Errin @ Errin Krystal
  11. Cathy @ Between The Lines

My Questions

I’m totally struggling with coming up with new questions so I’ve borrowed one’s I like from other’s past posts!

  1. What would your superpower be?
  2. If you could pick would you be a writer or a publisher?
  3. You’re off on a road trip with a fictional character, who do you take?
  4. What book adaptation would you like to see happen?
  5. If that adaptation happened which part would you play?
  6. Are you a fast or slow reader?
  7. What was the date of your first blog post?
  8. Name a book you would never recommend?
  9. Name a book you wish had a sequel?
  10. What is your favourite reading snack?
  11. Are you a tea or coffee drinker?