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Blogmas Day 11: The Real Neat Blog Award

I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by the lovely Ryann The Reader, so thank you so much! You should definitely hop over to her blog and check out her recent posts if you’re not already following her.

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The Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by your nominator(s)
  • Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love
  • Notify the nominated folk
  • Ask the nominees 7 questions of your own

1. What makes you follow a blog?  

Blogs that catch my attention tend to have interesting, original discussion posts that look at current issues in the book community and publishing industry. I also like following blogs that review of books I’m interested in, particularly fantasy, sci-fi, poetry, and YA. But the main thing for me is that the blogger seems enthusiastic and excited by the books they’re reading.

2. If you remember, what was your “gateway” book? The book that launched your love of reading?

This is a tough one, but one of the first books I remember my Dad reading to me as a child was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We would read a chapter every night before bed, and then when I got old enough, I’d read it to him instead of the other way around.

3. What’s your favorite and/or least favorite book-to-movie adaptation?

I’m sorry to say the City of Bones film adaptation completely tainted my enjoyment of the book. The plot, acting, and characterisation were all incredibly poor, and the script was nothing like the writing from the book. In fact, it seemed as though the director and producer hadn’t read the book at all – or they’d skimmed all the important chapters – and for a while, I couldn’t view the book with the same enjoyment I’d once held. But it’s been a few years now and I’ve mostly managed to erase the horror of it from my mind.

4. Do you have a “comfort book?” A book you re-read when you need a pick-me-up?

I rarely re-read books because I have so many new and unread ones on my shelves to get to, but I love re-reading sections of Six of Crows, because it was such an exciting and brilliant novel. I especially like going back to it at this time of year because that’s when I read it originally.

5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given or received?

Received: Don’t be afraid of failure when it comes to dreams and ambitions. You may fail once, twice or umpteen times, but you keep moving forward and keep doing things to get you on the right path towards your goals, you’ll achieve what you want to achieve whether it’s in a year or 10.

Given, probably: Remember how much of a wonderful impact you can have on people’s lives. You’re important. You matter. And you can inspire and give hope to people just by doing small things for them or giving them a few kind words.

6. If everyone you met from now on could instantly know one thing about you, what would you want them to know and why?

There’s a quite a few things I’d probably want people to know about me, but part of the fun is also telling new friends about yourself. I had to pick one, I’d want people to know that I’m vegan so that they wouldn’t be confused about why I’m not eating certain foods (and wouldn’t try and convince me to drink alcohol!).

7. Is there any sort of random subject/fact/phenomenon that fascinates you? 

Again, there are way too many to list here, but the three subjects I’m most interested in are Japanese culture and language, Korean history, and linguistics. I specialised in British accents and dialects during my MA so I always end up nerding out over language and the way people choose to use it.


I’m going to tag Lois @MyMidnightMusing, Anna @MyBookishDream and Bex @MyShelfAndMyself.

My Questions are:

1. Who is currently your number one author to meet at an event?
2. Which book do you think would work really well as a graphic novel (that hasn’t been turned into one already)?
3. What’s your favourite type of blog post to write and why?
4. What is the ‘thing’ that you’re known for among friends and family?
5. What’s the best ARC or advance copy of a book you’ve ever received?
6. Is there a book that you went into not expecting to like, but then really enjoyed?
7. Name one fun or exciting thing you’re hoping to do in 2018.

If you’ve already done this tag then don’t worry about doing it again, and if you don’t fancy doing it then there’s no pressure. Equally, if I haven’t tagged you, but you’d like to do it, then go for it!

Until next time, Kate

7 thoughts on “Blogmas Day 11: The Real Neat Blog Award

  1. Thank you so much for tagging me, I will get on this ASAP! I completely agree with you on what makes you follow a blog: I love discussion posts and reading blog posts from bloggers with a similar book taste to me. I actually watched the movie of the City of Bones movie first, when I was around 12 or 13, and I loved it – it’s what made me read the books! It was only after I’d discovered how amazing the books were that I looked back in horror at the film! XX

    1. No problem, hope you have as much fun answering the questions as I did! Ahaha that’s so interesting about the film! I read the books first but if I’d watched the film first I think I would have been even more impressed with the books since they’re so much better!

  2. I didn’t really like the movie for City of Bones either. I actually only watched it this year (as I finally got around to reading the book), so I haven’t managed to erase it from my mind yet. I do hope that happens soon though!
    Thank you for nominating me! 🙂

      1. Hahaha, hopefully that will happen soon! 😉 No, I haven’t watched the Shadowhunter series. Nor do I plan to watch it. I just don’t want to watch something that isn’t that great – especially since I heard that Magnus is nothing like he is in the book (and he is my favourite character).

        1. Yeah, I wouldn’t really recommend Shadowhunters tbh, it has its moments, but overall it’s not so good. I do, however, quite like Magnus’s character in it, you’re right, he’s not super accurate to the books, but he’s kind of great in a different way.

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