2nd Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

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Hey everyone!  I have been nominated a second time for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!  Thank you so much to Bookloversblog for nominating me! I feel so honored 🙂  If you haven’t checked out her blog before, what are you waiting for?!?!  GO!  😉

The Rules:

-Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

-Display the Sisterhood of The World icon on your blog.

-Answer the ten questions given by the person who nominated you.

-Nominate 10 bloggers to do the award.

The Questions from Bookloversblog:

1. Do you DNF books? Or are you like me and find it really hard to, so you just push through to the end even if you hate the book and it takes you forever? — I never used to DNF a book but within the last year I started to.  It’s really hard for me though.  I try to give it until at least 40% of the book before I decide.  My main reason for this is because there are SO many books I want to read so I don’t want to struggle to get through a book I don’t like when I could be moving on to a better book.

2. What movie can you watch over and over again and still love? — Wow… I definitely don’t have one answer for this one.  After books, my next love is movies and I LOVE rewatching movies so I could easily go on and on.  I’ll just name a few: Gone With the Wind, Pride & Prejudice (2005), Mansfield Park, Lord of the Rings, Anne of Green Gables, etc.  Oddly enough, most of these are also some of my favorite books 🙂

3. Do you reread books? Why? Why not if you don’t? — Yes yes yes.  I love to reread books.  I feel like everytime I reread a book I discover something new or something I missed the last time I read it.  Plus I also love to revisit characters and the worlds they live in.

4. What is the most shocking book ending you’ve ever read? (You can just say the book if you don’t want to get spoilery!) — This one was easy… I’m still struggling with the ending of Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

5. Is there a specific book that got you into reading? — Kind of a funny answer but the phone book.  There is a photo of me as a toddler reading the phone book out loud in my play kitchen.  My parents said I would “read” from it all the time.  I have loved reading for as long as I can remember so I just trace it back to this photo.  I always thought there was magic in the written word, even if it was just a list of people’s names and addresses 😉

6. What is your most hated book? Why? — Hmm I don’t really know how to answer this one.  The one book that comes to mind is a book I haven’t even read.  The plot of the story is just what I hate so I have refused to read this book and any other book written by this author.  When my little brother was 16 he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer with a 25% chance of survival.  That was a very hard time in my family’s life.  He beat those odds and survived, now age 24 and about to marry his college sweetheart.  But just knowing first hand how rough it is to have a sibling go through cancer, I refuse to read My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult.  I really don’t like reading any books that involve childhood cancer but a book about a child conceived solely to be a bone marrow donor to her sister who has leukemia is one that I have absolutely no desire to read.

7. What was the last book that surprised you by how much you liked it? — Probably Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.  It was our May book for book club but I was seriously thinking about just skipping that month because it honestly sounded a little boring to me.  But I ended up really loving it!

8. Do you have a specific genre that you like to read from more than others? Or do you try a little bit of everything? Are there any genres you won’t read from? — There are a couple of genres I tend to gravitate towards but I do like to read a variety of genres from both adult and YA categories.  My main favorites are historical fiction, fantasy, paranormal and non-fiction history.

9. If you could be any character from a book, who would you chose? — Probably Hermione Granger.  In my opinion she is such a badass.  Insanely clever and smart, incredible witch and she can even kick some ass when need be!  And she also has two of the best friends anybody could ever ask for.

10. What is your favourite Disney movie? Random, I know, but I’m curious! — I’m always torn between two.  The first Disney movie I ever saw in theaters at the age of almost 3 was The Little Mermaid and I totally love that movie.  But I also love love Pocahontas.

So as I did last time, I’m going to leave it at that and not nominate anyone specifically because most everyone I know has already been nominated.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I’m a little late on posting this but a huge thank you to Ashley @ Dear World… for nominating me for this cool award!  If you haven’t already checked out her blog, do so because she is awesome and one of my favorite bloggers.

There are five rules that every nominee must follow:

♦ Thank the blogger that nominated you and link their website.
♦ Insert the award logo in your blog post.
♦ Answer the ten questions that were provided by the nominator.
♦ Nominate ten bloggers.
♦ Create ten new questions for your nominees.

Ashley’s Questions are:

  1. If you were stuck in a book, which one would it be? – Hmm this is a tough choice.  There are so many books I would love to be stuck in.  I suppose I’m going to have to go with Harry Potter (any of them).
  2. What is your go to book when you are feeling down? – Probably Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I love everything about this book and the building of Elizabeth’s and Darcy’s relationship always puts me in a good mood.
  3. If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere, which three books would you want to have with you? – This would be a total nightmare!  I would choose Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  The two by Jane Austen are my favorite books but Outlander has recently become one of my favorite books and it’s long so I would have plenty of time to read it.
  4. What is a book that made you laugh the hardest? – I don’t generally laugh hard when reading books.  I’ll laugh out loud but it’s more like a giggle.  The last book that made me laugh out loud was Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
  5. What is one book that you wish was made into a movie? – Many of my favorites have already been made into movies so I’m going to switch it up and go with a book series that I wish was made into a tv show.  The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.  I would love to see this as a tv show and there have been a few poor attempts at it.  I honestly don’t know if they ever could do it because there is so much detail and 14 (BIG) books worth of material.
  6. What is your favorite genre and favorite book from that genre? – I have a hard time choosing just one favorite but if I really thought about it I would have to say Fantasy.  It’s such an awesome chance to escape the reality of this world and “go” someplace new.  My favorite fantasy book would have to be The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.  The Lord of the Rings were my first steps into the fantasy genre and I have loved it ever since!
  7. What book are you dying to read? – Lately I have been dying to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.  I kept going to my local Target to buy it but it was never there!  So I gave up and ordered it from Book Depository because I wanted paperback.
  8. Do you own more physical copies of books or e-books? – I definitely own more physical copies of books.  My last count was over 400.  For Kindle I have over 200 books.  I prefer physical books to e-books so I don’t usually like to spend money on e-books.  Most of the ones I have I’ve gotten for free.
  9. If you could check up on anyone from one of the books you read, who would it be? – I’d really like to check back in with Peeta and Katniss.  The ending of Mockingjay gave a little glimpse into their lives but I would like to hear more.
  10. What is a favorite book you’ve ever read and a book you didn’t like? – My favorite book ever is Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.  A book I didn’t like… there are so many.  I think my #1 book I didn’t like was The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.  I don’t even think I finished reading it 100%.

I’m not going to nominate anyone because Ashley nominated almost everyone I would have wanted to nominate.

Happy reading 🙂

Versatile Blogger Award

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Hello!  I have just been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Lu-Lu’s Rants and Reads and Ashley @ Dear World…!  I love both of their blogs and have a lot in common with both of them.  I am honored that they nominated me! 🙂

For this award, I am meant to thank the person who nominated me, share 7 facts about me, show the award on my blog and nominate 15 other people.

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I have a mega fear of heights!  I was in Paris in 2009 but was too scared to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.  Do I regret it now?  OH, more than you know!
  2. I am terrified of turbulence, no matter how small.  I try to tell myself it’s just like driving down a bumpy road… then I remember I’m a couple thousand feet in the air.
  3. I LOVE Chinese food!  I could definitely eat it for the rest of my life.
  4. My biggest dream in life is to travel to Ireland.  It has been my favorite country for as long as I can remember.  So beautiful!
  5. I have two cats, Nika and Enzo.  They are wild and crazy but have their cuddly moments when they are sooooooo adorable!
  6. My husband and I grew up in the same small town but did not meet until after I graduated college.  He is two years younger than me and we met while working at the same grocery store.
  7. I love love love anything Gone With the Wind.  Book, movie, puzzles, figurines, etc.

I nominate the following blogs because they are so awesome:

The Jolly Blogger Award

jolly-awardI have been nominated for The Jolly Blogger Award by Brin @ Brin’s Book Blog!  I just started this blog in September and so I haven’t heard about a lot of the awards that are out there but I am always super excited when I get nominated for one!  I love Christmas so this one is really great to keep up the Christmas spirit!

The Rules:

  • Answer the twelve questions that have been left for me.
  • Create twelve new questions.
  • Nominate ten lovely bloggers!

Here are the questions:
1. What is on your Christmas Wish list?
I have different lists for each family so I don’t have to worry about duplicates. Some of the things on my lists were Prince Lestat by Anne Rice, The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on bluray, Kenny Chesney: The Big Revival, Tim McGraw: Sundown Heaven, and some EOS lip balm.
2. What would be the perfect Christmas?
My favorite way to spend Christmas is at home with my family, relaxing around the tree, watching Christmas movies, playing games and doing puzzles.

3. What’s your favourite winter make-up look?
I hardly ever wear makeup anymore. When I do it’s usually just some mascara and eyeshadow.

4. Do you believe in Santa?
Not anymore.

5. What is your favourite Christmas food or drink?
My favorites are always the Scandinavian cookies that my grandma would make every Christmas. So good!

6. Will you be travelling for Christmas, if so where?
Tonight I’ll be heading maybe 20 miles away from home to my hubby’s dad’s side of the family. Then tomorrow another 10ish miles away to be with his mom’s side of the family. Then less than a mile to my parent’s house.

7. Would you prefer Christmas with or without snow?
Without! And looks like this year I get my wish! We were supposed to get snow but it’s been so warm that it has only been raining! All the snow we had before has melted! YAY!

8. Do you like eggnog?
Nope, not one bit!

9. What is your favourite winter clothing?
I have a big thing for hoodie sweatshirts and slippers.

10. Do you leave Santa cookies, if so who eats them?
No way! We can’t ever leave food out at our house or our cats would eat them all and weigh 20 lbs.

11. What was the best gift you ever received?
Probably Christmas 2008! The biggest part of my present was my month long trip to Italy and France for a college class and so many of my other presents were new items for the trip.

12. What is your favourite Christmas memory?
Some of my favorite Christmas memories are being out at my grandparents’ house in the Black Hills. They live in a gorgeous log cabin that my grandpa and other family members built from the ground up. It’s really beautiful out there during the holidays and it’s so fun getting together with all of my cousins, aunts and uncles.


The blogs I would like to nominate are:

Diaries of a Bookworm

A Kernal of Nonsense

It’s All About Books

Born and Read

Rather than create a new list of questions, I will just have you complete the same list I did!  You don’t have to participate if you don’t want to!  Just a fun little Christmasy award.

Merry Christmas to all!