Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated by the wonderful Mandy at Devouring Books. I’ve been back blogging for half a year now, but I still get flustered and flattered every time I get recognized by fellow bloggers. The book blogging community is just so lovely, full of amazing, supportive people. So, Mandy, thank you for this!

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two piece of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them and provide the link to the post you’ve created

HOW I STARTED BLOGGING

I started In Between Book Pages in 2013. At the time, I was already writing for The Magic Room Project (now defunct,) a music blog I shared with two other friends. Balancing work with writing for two blogs and working on other personal projects went well for a time, but eventually I fizzled out. It ate up all my free time What used to be a fun thing turned stressful. That, plus other personal stuff I won’t mention anymore…well, I slipped off the wagon. I stopped blogging, stopped reading all together.

But I got my reading mojo back, bit by bit, until this April when I felt comfortable and confident enough to go back to blogging. I’m basically back to square one, starting with reviews and adding content as I go, so you could say that my blog is still under (constant) development, a work in progress. Honestly, it’s fun!

ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS

These are two of the most important things I’ve learned/re-learned in the past couple of months.

  1. Engage – I cannot state how important this is, and not only because of the stats. The book blogging community is a cool, supportive one. Everyone is just so friendly and they’ll accept you into the fold. I’ve gained new friends from blogging, and they all make what I do easier especially during moments when time is tight and I’m stressing out about getting that new post up.

Reading, liking and commenting on other bloggers’s posts is a great way to start. Twitter and Instagram as well. I used to just hit the ‘like‘ button on posts and not comment. I’m an introvert and I’m awkward talking to new people, but I eventually got the nerve to strike a conversation. Trust me, you won’t be ignored – the book blogging community is just that wonderful.

2. Take breaks if you need them – This doesn’t only apply to blogging, but also to reading and whatever else you do. Remember why you’re doing this, why you started blogging. Mainly for me it’s because I love reading and talking about books, sharing them to the world. It’s fun and I enjoy it. It could be demanding at times, but I’m ready for that. We all have our limits, though and it’s understandable if you take a break for yourself. It was something I learned the hard way, signing up for too much all at once.

Now I’m at the point in my life where I know my limits, know how to take care of myself. Taking a break doesn’t mean you’re a failure. You’re well-being – physical, emotional, mental and social – is of utmost importance. You can go back any time you feel ready again. So if things start to feel like too much, stop, breathe, rest, take your time then come back. You’ll thank yourself for it.

I NOMINATE:

Marie @ Kookbookery 🍂 Jennifer @ Tar Heel Reader 🍂 Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura 🍂 Jess & Teagan @ Fiction No Chaser 🍂 Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky 🍂 Jonetta @ Blue Mood Cafe

 

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #2

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I was nominated by the wonderful Bibi for this fun award. I’m sorry if I’m posting this so late. You guys should definitely check out her blog Bibi’s Book Blog.


RULES

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked 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 in your post/or on your blog

QUESTIONS FROM BIBI:

  1. What’s the perfect day for you?

My younger self will immediately answer this with “a day spent in the beach,” but adult me is perfectly content with just being at home with a book (or maybe a movie or one of the too many TV series I need to catch up on). No worrying about work, or stressful (extended) family members. That, that’s a perfect day for me.

  1. What was your last 5-star read and what made it great?

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis.

I’ve long wanted to read Fiona Davis’ books, but only got to it this year with this one, and it was totally worth it. I love how she described her setting and how nuanced her characters are, they feel real. I totally recommend it, especially if you’re also a historical fiction lover.

  1. Do you prefer series or standalones?

I’m not really sure if I have a preference. 😅

My life would be easier if I stuck with standalones (no cliffhangers, no waiting for the next book). But somehow, I almost always fall for series. My personal library is laden with books from series, it’s crazy!

  1. Do you read multiple books at the same time, or do you read one at a time?

I read at least two books at the same time, but I make sure that they are different enough from each other. It’s usually one happy, light contemporary paired with something heavy, or a fiction novel and a non-fiction book usually about history.

  1. Do you have any book regrets?

Book regrets??? I can’t think of one. Does lending someone a book count? Because I’ve experienced lending books and not getting them back or getting them back but with extensive damages. Now I only lend books to people who I’m sure will take care of them and to return them to me once they’re finished.

  1. Who’s the 3-6 guys in your harem? You can only choose characters from books, and only character from each book.

Ahhh…why do you have to do this to me??? I have so many. 😅

But if I really have to choose just 6, I think I’ll pick (1) Tobias Eaton/Four from the Divergent trilogy, (2) Roarke from the In Death series, (3) Magiano from the Young Elites trilogy, (4) Cal/Tiberias Calore VII from the Red Queen series, (5) Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games trilogy, and last but not the least, (6) Peter Kavinsky from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy.

I don’t want to be “with” with them, if you know what I mean. These are teenagers, well, except for Roarke. I just think they’d be cool to hang out with. Besides, I like them too much with their own ladyloves.

  1. If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and what would you be doing?

Ohh…I want to follow Eve Dallas around. Maybe I could be her aide for a day? Really, I just want to bust bad guys (and maybe kick their butts in the process like Eve does.)

  1. If you could only read one more book for the rest of 2018, which book would you choose?

Probably Dan Jones’ “The Templars” which is a nonfiction book about the Knights Templar. I think I already mentioned this somewhere in my blog how I love Dan Jones’ writing. My nonfiction reading is mostly comprised of history books (heavy on medieval) and its so hard to find books on this subject that’ll keep my attention long enough for me to actually finish them. Dan Jones’ books read like fiction novels, entertaining and informative at the same time.

  1. Do you ever review audio books?

No. As bad as it may sound, I don’t listen to audio books. I tried but I always end up falling asleep on them.

  1. What’s three non book related things, you want to share about yourself?

Pardon me if I go on a tangent because I don’t know where to start. I’m not used to talking about myself.

Non-book thing #1: I’m a nurse. Well, you know that from my “About Me” page so that’s nothing new. I’ve been a nurse for almost a decade now. I’m actually an OH (Occupational Health) nurse and this is my first year in this particular sub-field of my practice. Before that, I was a Pedia nurse (4 years) and an ER nurse (5 years) and, while I loved the adrenaline rush that entails working in the ER, it burned me out. That’s why I decided to leave it. I’m not sure if it’s temporary or permanent, but I’m pretty happy with where I am right now.

Non-book thing #2: I still play Sims. (awkward laugh) I don’t know what it says about me, but I mostly just buy property and homes there to flip then sell. Must be all the HGTV I’m watching. (Or it could be my planner side coming out.)

Non-book thing #3: Don’t laugh at me now but at 30, I still don’t know how to ride a bike. I keep on meaning to learn and my sister already told me I could borrow her bike any time (and to just drop by her home and get it) but it kind of is embarrassing to stumble and fall from a bike at my age. Not that I think 30 is old, but…I think you get what I mean.

  1. If you could choose any books series to be made into a TV series, which one would you choose and who would play the hero and heroine?

Definitely J.D. Robb’s In Death series. I think the series has more than enough material for any showrunner, it has, (to date) 45 books in it after all, and I would love to see Eve, Roarke, Peabody and the rest of the gang be brought to life. Jaimie Alexander (Blindspot) is my fancast for Eve. I think she looks the part, and she has the creds so I know she can do action and police procedural.

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Funny thing though, I can’t think of an actor who fits Roarke’s description. I’ve always imagined him to be a combination of Pierce Brosnan and Hugh Jackman when both actors were younger. But I think he’ll favor Hugh more, to be honest.  I don’t know 🤷‍♀️This is why I’m a nurse and not a casting agent.

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If you’re a fan of the series and you have Roarke fancast/s, throw it my way because I really have no idea who could play him.

I NOMINATE:

Please pardon me if I already nominated you before. This is just something fun, and it’s okay if you don’t do this. These are some of the bloggers who I think are doing awesome work sharing stuff they love.

Jennifer 🍂 Sara 🍂 Marie 🍂 Libby 🍂 Brianna 🍂 Kalina 🍂 Mary

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What got you into reading?
  2. Most memorable book from your childhood/teen-age years?
  3. What are the 5 books you cannot live without?
  4. What book/s have been on your TBR pile the longest?
  5. Three underrated books or series you would like to recommend to everyone.
  6. Genre you try to stay away from as much as possible.
  7. What are your favorite bookish things (aside from books of course)?
  8. What’s your policy on book lending?
  9. If you get stranded on an isolated island, who are the 5 book characters you’d want to be stuck with?
  10. Non-fiction book/s you would like to recommend.
  11. What’s your opinion on giving a book a low rating/negative review?

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Sara of The Bibliophagist. She post awesome stuff and great book reviews (and she’s also super nice) so check out her blog.

THE RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog.
  • Answer the questions
  • Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  • List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post.

11 QUESTIONS FROM SARA @ THE BIBLIOPHAGIST:

1. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Sadie by Courtney Summers, which comes out in September. Courtney Summers has always written stories about difficult topics and Sadie is no different. Somehow, it just packs a whole hell lot of a stronger punch. This has got to be Courtney’s best book yet and I can’t wait for all of you to get it come September.

2. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Oh goodness, I want to go everywhere, but I have a love for the old world so most of the place/countries in my travel bucket list reflect that. I want to visit Greece and see the Parthenon and other sites that I’ve only ever heard from movies and books. Then there’s Rome in Italy, though if I’m there already I’m pretty sure I’ll make several side trips to the Italian countrysides, maybe even Florence. I also want to visit Prague in Czech Republic, and Slovenia. Of course, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England are also in my list. (See, told you I want to go everywhere.)

3. Do you use your local library?

Yes, but mainly for e-books and audiobooks because I have many (still unread) physical books at home.

4. What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Do I really have to pick just one food?!? I love breakfast!!! And breakfast foods!!! I could eat them for lunch and dinner and the snacks in between those two meals. Beef tapa with garlic fried rice with a fried egg on the side is my go to breakfast meal when I can’t think of anything to eat. But really, you can feed me pancakes, sausages, hotdogs and any other breakfast food the whole day and you wouldn’t hear any complaint from me.

5. Do you have any pets? Feel free to share photos if you do.

Yes, I do. I have a dog.

This here is Sirly.

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Don‘t ask about the name, my sister named her but she‘s my doggo ❤️❤️❤️

She waits up for me to come home from work every day. She‘s great! I don’t know how exactly but she just seems to know when I’m sad because she’ll stay by me more than usual. I love her.

6. Do you plan out what you’re going to read next or are you a mood reader?

I think I’m a mix of both. At the end of each month I typically make a list of books I want to read for the next month. It’s usually a mix of ARCs I need to read before their publication dates, newer books I’m really excited for and older books that have been on my TBR for a long time. But I don’t always adhere to this list. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for a certain book or a certain genre and I’ll pick another book, usually from my deep TBR pit.

7. Do you prefer to buy books at physical bookstore or online?

I’ll always prefer buying books at a physical bookstore. There’s just something oddly calming about being inside a bookstore. It’s a safe haven for me. Plus, I like being able to inspect the book I’m getting to make sure it has no damages (folded cover, pages, stains, etc.) Doesn’t mean, though, that I don’t buy books online because I do. It’s just convenient, and sometimes online retailers offer discounts and free shipping, both of which are wonderful incentives if only to tell myself that I’m actually saving money. (I’m not. I swear sometimes I feel like I’m only working so I can keep myself in books.)

8. I’m always looking for new people to follow, so what are some of your favorite book blogs?

Marie @ Kookbookery 🍂 Jennifer @ Tar Heel Reader 🍂 Shelea @ The Bookshelf Bitch 🍂 Jess & Teagan @ Fiction No Chaser

9. What’s your favorite TV show right now?

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I have a few favorites (if you consider Netflix as TV). Sharp Objects is a new favorite. I’m also catching up on The Crown’s season 2 and am anticipating the third one. Then there’s Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and Daredevil. (Superheroes, I know!) I also love Chef’s Line. I actually need recommendations, so if you have any, hit me up with them.

10. What’s your favorite trope?

The enemies-to-lovers trope! Then there’s also the best-friends-to-lovers trope. I’m a sucker for both!

11. What’s the last book that you recommended to someone?

It has to be the whole In Death series by J.D. Robb. A friend of mine was looking for something that mixes romance, suspense of a crime thriller and the whodunit mystery of a police procedural, and the In Death series has that all. (Of course I have an ulterior motive. I need her to be as addicted to the series, and Eve and Roarke as I am! *Queue evil laugh*😈😈😈)

I’m nominating: Jennifer 🍂 Shelea 🍂 Marie 🍂 Jess & Teagan 🍂 Shruthi & Jen 🍂 Amy 🍂 Aneela 🍂 Mandy

My 11 questions:

  1. What is the first book you’ve bought using your own money?
  2. If you could write a book, what genre will it be?
  3. You’re going on a road trip, which 3 books are you going to bring and why?
  4. Tell me one myth/legend/folklore from you country. (Or if you can’t think of one, an urban legend in your town/state will do.)
  5. If you could talk to one author who will it be and what will you ask him/her?
  6. What do you think of love triangles?
  7. Name the craziest thing you have on you bucketlist?
  8. If you could re-write a book, which book will it be and what changes will you make?
  9. Which do you prefer to drink while reading: coffee, tea or hot chocolate? (If you prefer something else, please feel free put that down instead.)
  10. What’s your favorite book to film (or book to TV) adaptation?
  11. What’s the best thing about being a book blogger?