I don’t normally post about blog awards these days, mostly because I get quite a lot of them and I feel like the posts can get repetitive and aren’t that fun for people to read, but Read by Umbreen nominated me for this one, and how could I resist it with a title like ‘the book fangirling award’ AND when it has a picture of a Harry Potter jumper? 😉 This one is exactly my cup of tea, so thank you, Umbreen for thinking of me!
- Create a post to accept your award.
- Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
- Answer the questions I have below.
- Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
- Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.
So here are Umbreen’s questions:
1) What is your favorite book fandom?
Hmm, this is a difficult one for me, because even though I am a huge fangirl and there are loads of books that I love, I never really consider myself to be in fandoms. Maybe because I don’t use tumblr I never got into that way of thinking, despite doing everything that comes under the definition such as obsessing, being part of a community that is passionate about something and collecting memorabilia. If I was going to define myself as having a favourite fandom, I would have to go with Harry Potter, which I guess is the boring answer, but it’s the one that has been with me the longest, it’s the book series I’ve reread the most number of times, and it’s definitely the series I’ve collected the most nerdy things for from clothing to mugs! I’ve also been to the Warner Bros HP Studios and Platform 9 3/4.
2) Last book character that you became absolutely obsessed with?
I would say Evie from The Diviners by Libba Bray. I love that little ball of spunk. She’s such a vibrant character full of energy, and I found it refreshing that she wasn’t your average cliché YA lead. She’s outgoing and overconfident rather than shy, and she’s more vain and self-centered too, but she has a good heart. Her voice was just so much fun, and I can’t wait to see what she gets up to next!
3) Which popular book series were you really looking forward to but just didn’t do it for you?
I’m going to go with Throne of Glass. I don’t want to judge this one too harshly yet because I’ve only read the first novel in the series, which many say is the weakest, but ohh man I just had SO many expectations for this novel. Kick-ass heroine? Check. YA? check. Fantasy? Double check! Assassins? YUSSSSSS. But wow this book fell flatter than a pancake for me. It was so meh. The protagonist was vain in an annoying way, all the secondary characters seemed so uninteresting, the fight scenes made me yawn. *Sigh.* I am going to give book 2 a go, but I think Sarah J Mass is going to have to throw something pretty spectacular into the mix to get me to change my mind.
4) What is something you love about blogging?
Just ONE THING?!???? Ohh, that’s so mean. Okay, um. It’s got to be how it enables me to connect with so many lovely people that otherwise I would never get the chance to know, whether they’re people just up the road or someone in a country half way around the world. Through blogging, I feel like I’ve gained hundreds of friends. They’re different to the kind of friends you see every day, but they’re still friends. It sounds silly but sometimes just comments from people I’ve never met saying ‘you can do it’, ‘you’re smart’ and ‘great review’ have helped me to keep going, especially at times when I was low. You guys are always there for me, witnesses to the big events in my life from the other side of a computer screen, and you even offer me great advice that I often use! I love been surrounded by such brilliant, passionate and friendly individuals, you always brighten my day. 🙂
5) Name one of your favorite authors and describe what you like about them so much.
Non Pratt!!!! (And yes I am a broken record). (Basically just an excuse to post this photo again).
Not only was this author SO LOVELY AND FRIENDLY AND DOWN TO EARTH when I met her, (big bonus) but I just love how realistically her stories depict teen life. There’s no sugar coating, no preaching and no downplaying sex and how teenagers actually have it and how it’s not all sparkly unicorns and rainbows. Not to mention, her writing is hilarious and makes you think. Her book Trouble will never leave me. Non managed to take the kind of girl I would have disliked and looked down on in school and possibly even slut shamed (without realising what I was doing or knowing why) and totally turned the character into a relatable, raw little gem of a human. Oh, how I wish I this novel had been available to me when I was at school so I could understand the weird school playground logic.
Okay, so my five questions are:
1.) What was your favourite read from 2015 and why?
2.) What’s the most nerdy fangirly item you own? (E.g. necklace, poster, mug etc.)
3.) What do fandoms do for you? Aka, what do you get out of being a part of one, belonging, friendship, etc.
4.) If you could pick one character from your favourite fandom to be your best friend, who would you choose and why?
5.) How do you react when you meet someone that has never read/watched/heard of your favourite fandom? (A few options: clonk them over the head, shove a book in their face, do the hokey cokey.)
I nominate, Leah @ The Perks of Being a Bookworm, Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff, Niki @ The Obsessive Bookseller, Erika @ Booksthething.com and Claire @ Art and Soul. Plus, any other fangirl/boy who fancies answering my questions. 🙂