Real Neat Blog Award

I am so late with post (sorry!!!), but I’m trying to get caught up now on award posts. Better late than never, eh.

Real Neat Blog Award 2

Well, I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award last year by Sarah at Brainfluff. Sarah is a sci-fi writer and she also reviews lots of sci-fi and fantasy books as well. Check her out for some recommendations!

And thanks again Sarah for nominating me for this award. I really do appreciate being nominated for these blog awards because I think they highlight people’s efforts on here.

The rules:
  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 7 questions your nominator has provided.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers and create 7 questions for them.
Sarah’s questions:

If you could meet any author, from any time (past and present), who would that be and what would be your most pressing question?

Omg! That would be nerve-wracking for me. I met Marlon James about 2 years ago and was so nervous, I didn’t know what to say and I’ve since forgotten what I did say, though I don’t think it was anything worthwhile. But to answer your question, I think it would be cool to meet Robin McKinley or Tamora Pierce. I’ve enjoyed their books since middle school and have wanted to meet them ever since. I don’t have any pressing questions, but would rather just chat about writing and storytelling and inspiration. I’d love to meet Elizabeth Gilbert too and chat about the same; and Cheryl Strayed as well, same topics.

Alanna. Pretty cool illustration.

Who is your absolute favourite character, ever? I know you’re probably groaning and rolling your eyes but there must be one character that springs to mind immediately – probably followed by a host of others – but, I want that first knee-jerk reaction please and why!

My knee-jerk answer was Alanna from the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. The answer is probably correct because I really do like her, but I probably thought of her because I just typed Pierce’s name in my answer to the previous question.

What is your favourite series out of all the books you’ve read? The series you would recommend without hesitation.

Umm, hard question. I’d recommend the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus books by Rick Riordan to those who enjoyed Harry Potter, and the Song of the Lioness series and Tamora Pierce’s other series to those who enjoy YA fantasy. I also recommend the Song of Ice and Fire books to everyone, unless they really don’t like guts and gore in which case…I don’t know what to say.

What’s your preferred reading format, book or e-reader?

Definitely the physical book, more accurately, trade paperback. E-readers make me sleepy, especially if the book is nonfiction and I can’t pay attention to new books when consuming them by audio book. I tune out and daydream too often.

Who is your favourite animal character, and why? This can be a mythical creature like a dragon, or real, like Elsa in Born Free.


Mushu in Mulan and Nighteyes in the Farseer series by Robin Hobb.

What is your most anticipated book for the remainder of [2017]? (I changed the year since I’m doing this so late.)

It was Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale, but I BOUGHT IT the day it was published (so excited!!!) and plan to read it soon. Umm…I guess now it’s A Graphic Cosmogony, which will be published by NoBrow. I don’t know if it’s out yet.

Imagine someone has given you a magical Audible account and you can order up your favourite narrator to read aloud the book you’ve always wanted to hear. Who would be narrating the book and what would it be?

Well, that has already happened because I just listened to Jim Dale’s wonderful narration of the Harry Potter books and am now listening to him narrate Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. He’s done such a great job!

And that’s it for this tag. I nominate these bloggers, who all have pretty neat blogs 🙂

Reads & Reels

The Belgian Reviewer

Captain’s Quarters

(I see you were nominated for this before, but I’m nominating you again because your blog is pretty neat, for a pirate captain’s cabin! 😉 )

Green Onion Blog

Kenyan Library

The Comic Vault

Never Seen a Nevergreen

Here’re my questions:
  1. Do you think you would survive a zombie apocalypse?
  2. How do you think the phrase “taste the rainbow” came about?
  3. If you happened to fall into a fairy world that somehow matched who or how you are, what sort of fairy world would that be?
  4. Do you think you’d survive in Westeros?
  5. What your favorite book by your favorite author?
  6. If you use e-readers, what needed change would you make to them?
  7. What’s the last nonfiction book you read?

23 thoughts on “Real Neat Blog Award

  1. Ahoy there matey! It was lovely to get this award a second time and I loved yer answers to the questions as well as the questions that ye asked me. By the way, thank you for the special shout-out. I rather like me own log meself but I am glad I entertain others too. I did answer yer questions. The link is below. Scroll to the very bottom to see me answers or read all the other questions and answers if so inclined. Happy sailing (and readin’)!
    x The Captain


    1. Lol! Loved your answers! And I really need to read Henrietta Lacks.
      Btw, I know you’re a female pirate and all (awesome!) but whenever I read your posts and such, the piratey voice I imagine is Geoffrey Rush’s as Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean. Lol! I can’t help it.

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    1. Mushu was fucking hilarious. Lol!
      A Graphic Cosmogony has been out for a while but I haven’t heard many peeps talk about it either. I think it’s because it’s published by NoBrow, which isn’t a large publisher but they do publish beautiful graphic books.

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  2. The Bear and the Nightingale looks great, that looks like a great purchase, such a lovely cover! I really like physical copies too and I think most readers still do who started out this way (maybe in 20 years people are not used to it and they rather read on a tablet). Thanks for the tag. I actually already did this one and I’m way behind with all tags so I don’t know if and when I’ll get to this one but if I do I’ll link back to you of course.


  3. Oh, I’m delighted you took part and I thought your answers to my questions were excellent:)). I also like your questions very much, too. I’m hoping to get into audio books this year, so I’ll look out for Jim Dale. Thank you!


  4. Robin McKinley would be my #1 author to meet! I doubt we’d have a very compelling conversation—I understand that she’s not exactly an extroverted social butterfly, and I’d be doing the Awkward Shy Fanboy stammer—but it’d be a lifelong dream come true.

    Trade paperbacks for the win.

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of The Bear and the Nightingale! =)


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