“This 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.” – Okoto Enigma
I was lucky enough to be nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by the amazing Sara @ The Bibliophagist. This is the first tag that I’ve been nominated for, which is very exciting. Thank you so much Sara! ❤
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
- List the rules.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Nominate 10-20 people.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify).
- Share a link to their best post(s).
Three facts about me:
- I’m the only one of my siblings that’s adopted. Yep, that got personal really quick lol. But it’s almost 2 am here in the UK and I can’t think of anything more interesting, sorry.
- I cannot stand wearing a mismatched outfit. It irks me all day long and, I keep imagining people look at me and think I’m sloppy. So, I try to always wear colours that matches, which isn’t always too kind on my budget. Especially not last week when I fell in love with a purple dress, but then realised I didn’t have any handbags in that shade of purple. Retailers love me, my bank manager judges me. But what can you do?
- So, I’m originally from Colombia, adopted and grew up in Denmark, then moved to England. Every time I’ve been in Denmark for Christmas and fly back, I get stopped at the English airport security. Every freaking year the person (and we’re talking about different people!), look at my passport, look at me and says: “so you’re born in Colombia, has a Danish passport and now you’re in England.” I dutifully reply: “yes”. This repeats like 3-4 times until the security officer mans (or woman’s) up and says: “so why are you in England?” to which my answer is: “I live here”. I kid you not, this is the same thing every year between Christmas and New Year. The weird thing is, that it never happens on any of the other 11 months of the year, and it’s always a different security officer – heck it can even be different airports. In the beginning it annoyed and even offended me, now I look at it as my personal tradition with the security employees across the airports in England.
What fictional character do you love reading about who would be terrible to deal with in real life?
Hmm… there’s quite a few. But I think, at the moment, it would be Percy Jackson. I don’t think I could deal with his inability to sit still and, certainly not the fact that he’s a monster magnet. It could also get a bit awkward that he can control water.
What’s the best “hidden gem” book you’ve ever read?
That is hands down the Song of Achilles. I know this isn’t really a hidden gem amongst book bloggers, however, I’m the only one in my family and social group that reads as much as I do. And that book was given to me for my birthday back in 2011, by some close friends. They found it because they walked into a book store and asked for books about Greek Mythology. As they knew I already owned the Iliad, it needed to be something different. The sales person told them to try this one, but also said it was far from a bestseller and quite a few people had returned it. When I read it, it was love at first chapter and it quickly became one of my most treasured books. Because of the way they found it, it’s always felt like a hidden gem to me.
What achievement are you proud of that other people might consider silly or weird?
I’m actually quite proud that I’ve managed to read 126 published books, so far in 2018. If we include ARC and BETA reads that haven’t been published yet, it’s probably 130 or so. But yes, I’m proud of that and as above mentioned, I’m the only avid reader in my family and social groups, so I think they’d find that silly or weird to be proud of. I’m also proud that I finally had enough guts to start this blog. I don’t know what I was afraid of, failure perhaps, but I had considered it for a long time before I finally just did it.
What upcoming book release are you most excited for?
I am stupidly excited for Two Kingdoms by Kristy Cunning.
When she released the 2nd book in the series, she finished it with a personal note stating that this book was already written, and would be released shortly. That was over 6 months ago, so I’ve been waiting not so patiently for what feels like forever.
If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your family and/or friends assume you’d done?
I honestly have no idea!
Many, many, many years ago when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released, I went into the town centre with a friend, to purchase the book at midnight. The book store was decorated to match the theme, and the staff was all wearing house colours, it was actually pretty cool. Anyway, a lot of kids were there with their parents, which was annoying but expected! So, I stood in line with my friend when a mum dragged herself and her kid in front of me. I really hate when people try to get ahead in a queue, so I asked her to please go to the back of the queue. She then turned around and looked at me like I was scum and said: “well this is an event for kids, so they should just be allowed to go ahead so we can go home and go to bed. If you’re not here with kids you really should just wait, and by the way you must be some kind of loser since you’re here for a kids event”. I was shocked by both her outburst and audacity. I wasn’t there for the event, I wanted the book. But even if I was, that woman had no right to judge me! So, I let my Latina-temper get the better of me, pushed in front of her, turned around and smiled while saying: “Honey, don’t be angry with me that you didn’t use protection that fateful night about 7 years ago, and now pay for it every day since”. She just muttered something about me being a bitch, and then stayed behind me. And my friend? Well she was busy laughing and being ashamed at the same time.
So, who knows? Maybe my family or friends would assume someone had tried to get between me and my books again.
And anyone else that wants to play, consider yourself tagged! 🙂
My questions for you:
- If you could live any book (or book series), which one would you choose?
- Have you ever read a book that you would be embarrassed to be caught reading?
- Do you have an “old reliable” book (or series) that you find yourself reading over and over again?
- What’s your biggest pet peeve in books?
- Which book would you recommend for me?