The Outstanding Blogger Award #1, The Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award #2, This or That Book Tag, The Thanksgiving Book Tag

Hello beautiful readers! โ„๏ธ So this is a post that was supposed to go up before December even started… ๐Ÿ™ˆ Obviously, I couldn’t get it done on time ๐Ÿ˜ฌ, and I felt that I had to prioritize my daily Blogmas posts. Still, I had so much fun writing this and I can’t wait for all of you to read it! So, as you have probably noticed I was nominated for two awards and two book tags ๐Ÿคฉ I want to thank everyone who tagged me, I’m so so SO grateful and honored ๐Ÿฅฐ I will be linking everyone’s blogs down below so definitely check them out!

The Outstanding Blogger Award

Thank you so much Alex for nominating me โ˜บ๏ธ!! Everyone should definitely check out her blog The Scribe Owl! Besides the fact that it has a gorgeous aesthetic, it’s bursting with super fun content ๐Ÿ˜‰


Rules:

  • Provide a link back to the creators original post ( This award was originally created by Colton Beckwith).
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Create 7 unique questions.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the awardโ€™s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  • At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creatorโ€™s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award.

#1. What is your most treasured childhood book?

Definitely The Velveteen Rabbit. As I’ve said before, it was the first real book my parents ever got me and it was for my seventh birthday โ˜บ๏ธ I finished it in one day and loved it. I still have the copy they gave me and it’s one of the things I treasure the most in my life.

#2. What is your favorite holiday? Why?

Christmas!! ๐ŸŽ„ It is beautiful, joyful, and cozy. Also, this time of year always makes me feel hopeful โ˜ƒ๏ธ

#3. What are you currently reading? How do you like it so far?

I’m currently reading Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout, which is the third book in the Wicked Trilogy. I thought the second book was actually very good, but this last one has started off kind of slow… ๐Ÿ˜• It hasn’t hooked me yet.

#4. What is your favorite sport (either to play or watch)?

Baseball โšพ๏ธ! My family (and country, honestly) is very into baseball, and I’ve grown up watching it. Also, I think it’s the only sport I know everything about (meaning the rules, positions, techniques, and such) and actually understand what’s going on ๐Ÿ˜…

#5. How do you organize your bookshelves (alphabetical, by color, favorites, etc.)? Is there a reason why?

I have a kind of weird organizational method. One shelf is dedicated to my TBR (the books I have physical copies of at least), and then every other bookshelf is ordered into categories. I have two for all my contemporary YA’s and romances, two more with all my series, another one with all the classics, etc.

#6. Would you prefer to be freezing cold or burning hot? Why?

What? Weather? Food? Beverages? ๐Ÿค” It doesn’t really matter ๐Ÿ˜… I prefer cold for everything. Actually, I prefer food warm, but if it’s between freezing cold and burning hot, I’ll pick cold ’cause I don’t like burning my tongue or the roof of my mouth when I eat ๐Ÿ‘€

#7. Do you like TV series or movies more? Why?

For the last year or two I’ve gravitated more towards TV series. I think that most movies are too long nowadays, and I get tired of them pretty easily ๐Ÿ˜• With TV shows, it doesn’t matter how many seasons there are because finishing episodes makes me feel like they go by much faster (even if they don’t) and therefore I’m making progress (even if I’m not).


As always, so many of you have already been nominated, so don’t feel any pressure AT ALL to answer my questions. I know you are all incredibly busy–I just wanted to tag you guys so that more people can discover your amazing content โ˜บ๏ธ

I nominate:


My Questions:

  1. What is one of your favorite traditions (from any holiday or just in general)?
  2. What are you currently reading and what do you think so far?
  3. What is your favorite sport (either to play or watch)?
  4. What is your favorite childhood TV show/movie?
  5. Do you aspire to write a book someday? If yes, what genre?
  6. What is your dream job?
  7. What do you struggle the most with while blogging?

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award #2

I was nominated for this award by Riddhi over at Whispering Stories! I actually did this award very recently, but I loved Riddhi’s questions so much that I wanted to answer them โ˜บ๏ธ Definitely go check out her blog as well, it has amazing reviews and fun posts!


Rules:

  • Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  • Answer their questions.
  • Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  • List the rules and display the โ€œIdeal Inspiration Blogger Awardโ€ logo.
  • Provide the link of the Award creator of the Ideal Inspiration Blogger award as Rising Star from:  https://idealinspiration.blog

#1. What inspires you to blog?

First of all, my love for books and writing โ˜บ๏ธ I love being able to write regularly and do so about all of the books that I read. Now that I’ve been doing it for a couple of months, I’m doing it for the community as well. I think it is said all of the time, but everyone here is so nice and it’s great interacting with all of you ๐Ÿค—

#2. Pick a food to eat forever.

That’s hard! I think I would choose tacos ๐ŸŒฎ They’re one of my favorite foods ever and very versatile, so I could change up what I want to put in them and then it wouldn’t be that repetitive ๐Ÿ˜‰

#3. Do you aspire to write a book someday? If yes, what genre?

Yes! Even though I love romance, I don’t have any original ideas for a romance novel ๐Ÿ˜• However, I am in the process of writing a YA contemporary (it’s still on very early stages, but at least I’m making progress), and I also have an idea for a Historical Fiction novel that I’m itching to write ๐Ÿ˜†

#4. One book you will protect with your life?

One of the many books I will protect to death is Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I think this book lives in the shadow of the other two, but it also deserves all the appreciation in the world ๐Ÿ˜„ I love it.

#5. One thing that you started doing during the lockdown and are still doing?

Blogging. Is that cheating ๐Ÿ˜…? I don’t know if I’ve started anything else that I’m still doing…


Since I literally did this award about a week ago, I already nominated several people in that pervious post.

This or That Book Tag

I was tagged for this by Meg over at Meg’s Magical Musings! Thank you so much Meg โ˜บ๏ธ This was such a fun tag and her answers were great too, so definitely go check them out!


Rules 

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Tag other people to do the tag and spread the love.

๐Ÿ›‹ Reading on the couch or reading on the bed? ๐Ÿ›

Either. Sometimes when I can’t concentrate I move to the couch and spend hours reading there without realizing it, but I also read a lot in my bed. If I had to choose one I would say the couch cause then at least my posture wouldn’t suffer as much ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

๐Ÿงš๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ Main character: Male or Female? ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I honestly don’t mind. Most of the books I read have female main characters, so I guess that would be my answer, but I just care about their personality and story. That’s the most important part about it. I need to like them.

๐Ÿฉ Sweet or salty snacks while reading? ๐Ÿฅจ

I don’t eat or drink while I read. But if I were eating a snack it would probably be sweet ๐Ÿซ I have a huge sweet tooth ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ“š Trilogies or quartets? ๐Ÿ“š

Definitely quartets! I think this opinion is stereotypical, but quartets usually end up being better than trilogies. This might be solely because there are far more trilogies out there, but I don’t know. I feel that when an author makes the decision to write four books is because they have thought a lot about the story and know how long it’s going to take them to tell it properly ๐Ÿ“ So they need more than three books. I’m reading way too much into this, but I guess that’s my answer ๐Ÿ˜…

โ„๏ธ First Person or Third Person POV? โ„๏ธ

I’ll be honest, 98% of the time I don’t even notice if a book is on first or third person. I don’t mind AT ALL. So, this might be the only one I don’t have an answer for.

๐ŸŒ™ Night or morning reader? โ˜€๏ธ

Since quarantine I’ve become a night reader, but I try to read whenever I can or whenever I’m in the mood.

๐Ÿ› Libraries or book stores? ๐Ÿ›

Book stores only because Libraries in my country aren’t that great ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

๐Ÿ˜‚ Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry? ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Books that make me cry, without a doubt. Fine, call me a masochist if you’d like, but I think that that just means I feel and understand the story in a deeper level. If I cry is because something has truly touched me (But I do cry a lot, so maybe I’m just very sentimental ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ).

๐Ÿ–ค Black or White book covers? ๐Ÿค

Is this really question? I’m not really sure if it means the actual covers or something else ๐Ÿค”? I’ll say black cause I prefer that in almost anything.

โ„๏ธ Character driven or plot driven stories? โ„๏ธ

Definitely character driven. I think that the plot is almost completely dependent on the characters. and I definitely prefer learning more about them and the events in their lives that shaped their personalities โ˜บ๏ธ

The Thanksgiving Book Tag

I don’t live in the U.S. so I don’t really celebrate thanksgiving. Still, we should always be grateful and appreciative about the people and things we have in our lives. I was tagged by Georgia over at Lost in Neverland for this tag. Go check out her blog!!


Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator of this tag (Millay @ Millayโ€™s Musings) and the blog post you saw it on.
  • Answer all the prompts
  • Name three things youโ€™re grateful for
  • Name three books youโ€™re grateful for
  • Nominate at least three other bloggers
  • Have fun!

๐Ÿฅง Pumpkin Pie/Muffins ๐Ÿฅง

A book that you always return to at a certain time of year

Almost every summer I reread Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally. It is one of those books that make me incredibly happy and I always have a great time with it ๐Ÿ˜„

๐Ÿฆƒ Turkey ๐Ÿฆƒ

A book that you tried due to its popularity, but found a little bland

Where should I start? Divergent, The 5th Wave, Throne of Glass, City of Bones (though I really like all the other books), Shatter Me… I could go on and on. It’s not that these aren’t good, in fact, I’m considering rereading some of them soon to give them another chance, but I didn’t like them much the first time I read them ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

๐Ÿ˜‹ Gravy ๐Ÿ˜‹

A character whose personality creates more โ€œflavourโ€ in the book

Definitely Anna Lightwood from Chain of Gold. If you’ve read this book, you know exactly what I’m talking about. She is so confident and cool ๐Ÿ˜† Every single scene she was in was amazing and I really hope we get to see even more of her in the next installment.

๐Ÿฅ” Mashed Potatoes ๐Ÿฅ”

A book that is such a delicious and enjoyable read

This question is kind of weird ๐Ÿ˜‚ What do you mean delicious? Anyways, I think I’ll go with The Crown because almost everyone hates it but I love it, so for some reason it’s more enjoyable for me to reread. Is that weird? I think that sounds weird ๐Ÿ˜…

๐Ÿฅ— Stuffing ๐Ÿฅ—

A filler book in a series

Crossed by Ally Condie (the second book in the Matched trilogy). Honestly, this entire series is a big question mark for me, but this installment in particular… I don’t even know what the point of this book was. I remember that when I finished it I was so confused cause nothing happened ๐Ÿคจ I think it would’ve been fine as a duology. Another book that’s a filler in my opinion is Sea of Monsters (the second book in Percy Jackson & The Olympians). I know many of you will disagree with me, but it’s my least favorite one in the series ๐Ÿ‘€

๐Ÿฅ– Homemade Bread ๐Ÿž

A character in a book who perfectly represents the idea of โ€œfreshโ€

I’m currently reading The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, and Kennedy (the male protagonist) is the perfect answer for this prompt. He is hilarious and so fun. It is definitely refreshing after constantly reading about brooding and cocky love interests.

๐Ÿฅš Deviled Eggs ๐Ÿฅš

A book with a misleading title

The obvious answer here is the Twilight series. They’re all very pretty titles, but what’s the point ๐Ÿ˜‚?? They have nothing to do with any of the books, and even if some fans try to make them make sense, they really don’t ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ But I also need to make a special mention for The Hooker and the Hermit. It’s an amazing book, and the title is so horrible that I love it now and mention it whenever I can. I promise it’s not how it sounds like. Well, it is, but it isn’t ๐Ÿ˜‰


3 Things Iโ€™m Grateful for:

My family, our health, and everyone who’s out there risking their lives to help others.

3 Books Iโ€™m Grateful for:

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, and Emma by Jane Austen.


What are some of the things you are most grateful for this year? What’s a book you guys would protect with your lives? Let me know and thank you for reading!

22 thoughts on “The Outstanding Blogger Award #1, The Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award #2, This or That Book Tag, The Thanksgiving Book Tag

  1. Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰ I think I would prefer the cold too! Oh gosh!! I can never watch tv shows! I loose patience! Libraries in my country isn’t that good either. So I prefer bookstores. Christmas is a lovely festival ๐Ÿฅฐ. U seem so organized! My bookshelf is a mess. I mean I know where my books are obviously…but no one else would be able to find out a single stuff. Plus I don’t have lot of space so, I just have to make them all fit. I am so sorry, for not being able to comment in order๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…. But you get it.๐Ÿ˜‹

    Thankx for nominating me!! I will get to it soon! โค๏ธ

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    1. I lose patience with movies!! With TV shows I just get on a roll ๐Ÿ˜„ And believe me, I might seem organized, but I always end up with a mess. Iโ€™m always organizing and reorganizing by bookshelves cause I want them to be neat, but the minute they look good, I find an excuse to start taking books out and moving them ๐Ÿ˜“

      I canโ€™t wait to read your answers!! โ˜บ๏ธ

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  2. I can’t believe someone actually named their book “The Hooker and the Hermit” ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ That’s hilarious!
    And kudos to you for wanting to write historical fiction! That’s the one genre I’ve never really gravitated towards, since I’m extraordinarily lazy when it comes to research and I’m way to afraid I’ll get everything wrong ๐Ÿ˜
    And thank you so much for tagging me! I will definitely answer these questions at some point – they sound so fun! ๐Ÿค—

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    1. Yeah… Thatโ€™s a very misleading title ๐Ÿ˜‚ And I think itโ€™s ironic that Iโ€™m interested in writing Historical Fiction because history has always been my least favorite subject in school and uni. And donโ€™t worry, Iโ€™m also terrified in getting something wrong ๐Ÿ˜…

      Canโ€™t wait to read your answers! โ˜บ๏ธ

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    1. I really should reread it, cause I know I loved it and I remember bits and pieces. But now that I think about it, I donโ€™t really remember much of the actual story…๐Ÿ˜ฌ

      Iโ€™m glad you liked the post Alex!! Thank you for your comment โ˜บ๏ธ

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  3. I love your Christmas graphics and your use of emojis! They add a little pinch of color.
    I love Stephanie Perkin’s books. They’re so cute!
    I am also one of those people that doesn’t like The Crown. The love triangle ruined it for me.

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    1. Thank you! Iโ€™m glad ๐Ÿฅฐ I really wanted to give the blog more of a Christmas-y feel.

      Yeah, Iโ€™m not surprised about The Crown ๐Ÿ˜… Iโ€™m one of the few people that actually enjoyed it. And Stephanie Perkinโ€™s books are adorable! But Iโ€™m really intrigued by the Thriller she came out with a few years ago…๐Ÿ‘€

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  4. Congrats on the awards Pilar!!! Your answers are all so on point and I had so much fun reading them. Hahaha, I also started blogging during lockdown… at least SOMETHING good came out of being stuck at home ๐Ÿ˜† And thank you so much for the nomination!! ๐Ÿ’— I love your questions so I’m definitely going to have to answer them in the near future. Great post โค๏ธ

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    1. Thank you!! Iโ€™m glad you liked them โ˜บ๏ธ And yes! Blogging was one of the few good things that happened this year ๐Ÿ˜… I canโ€™t wait to read you answers!

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    1. Well the thing is that because I read a lot of romance, there are lots of those that come in quartets. But generally some that come to mind are The Lunar Chronicles, the Rugby Series, and the Blood and Ash Series (the latter isnโ€™t finished but it will be a quartet). Aurora Rose Reynolds and Ilsa Madden Mills have a few that I like as well.

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