Waterstones 2021 Book of the Year Is…

Waterstones announced their choice for the 2021’s Book of the Year. And the winner is…

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Waterstones 2020 Book of the Year Is…

Waterstones announced their choice for the 2020’s Book of the Year. And the winner is…

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YA Book Prize 2020 Shortlist

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Credit: The Bookseller

This past week, the YA Book Prize announced the 2020 shortlist for the prize. The book prize, launched in 2014, awards a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland. The prize is also run by the book trad magazine, The Bookseller, in partnership with the Hay Festival.

I was disappointed to not see the titles, All the Bad Apples, The Burning and The Exact Opposite of Okay but that does not escape the fact of the amazing nominations that we have here. I can’t wait to read all of them!

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Announcing the Longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize

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Credit: The Booker Prize

The Booker Prize announced the longlisted books for the 2019 Booker Prize. The award was changed from “Man Booker” to “Booker” due to the Man Group withdrawing their sponsorship last year. Continue reading “Announcing the Longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize”

Waterstones 2018 Book of the Year Is…

Waterstones announced their choice for the 2018’s Book of the Year. And the winner is… Continue reading “Waterstones 2018 Book of the Year Is…”

Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 Winners

They are here!

Goodreads has announced the 2017 winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards! Goodreads Choice Awards is an annual book awards that are chosen by the readers, one of the few book prizes where a book lover has a say. Congratulations to all the winners!  Continue reading “Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 Winners”

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you Carrie @ Reading Is My Superpower for nominating me for this award!

Rules
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog in your post.
  • Answer the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate ten other bloggers.
  • Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.
  1. What is your favorite quote about books/reading?

2. Who are you in your other life? (In other words, what do you when you’re not blogging?)

I am currently a library assistant at a special collections library but I will be starting my new job as a YA librarian later this month.

3. If you could write a letter to your younger self, what is one thing you would say?

No matter what people do or say, always be true to yourself.

4. Who is your fictional character doppleganger and why? (Which fictional character are you most similar to?)

That’s a tough one. I don’t think I can pick one character. I think my personality is a combination of different characters: I’m witty as Elizabeth Bennet, shy and timid like Fanny Price, and reserved and sensible like Elinor Dashwood.

5. Which upcoming new release are you most excited to read?

After You by Jojo Moyes, the sequel to Me Before You.

6. Be honest now… DO you judge a book by its cover?

I try not to but yes I do. If it has an ugly or unappealing cover, I’m less likely to pick it up to read.

7. Who would star as the main characters if Hollywood made your favorite book into a movie?

Most of my favorite books have already been made or are being made into movies so I can’t really think of one.

8. What do you never leave home without?

A book. Even if I know I’m not going to read it or if I’m going to be out for a short period of time, I feel like I’m missing something without it.

9. Where would you go if you could travel anywhere in the world?

Anywhere in the UK, of course!

10. What’s the story behind your blog name?

Originally, it was supposed to be called Musings on Paper, but that name was already taken. Then I thought of the two activities that I love doing most: reading books and drinking tea, even both at the same time. Why not incorporate that into the title? And that is how my blog title was born.

Questions I’m Asking:

  1. Why did you decide to start a blog?
  2. What is your favorite book and why?
  3. Has any book made you cry?
  4. What is favorite book adaptation, TV or movie?
  5. Where is your favorite place to read?
  6. What are your hobbies (besides reading)?
  7. If you were running a country, what book characters would you want to be in your cabinet?
  8. What is one book or book series you REFUSE to read?
  9. If you can live in any place in the world, where would it be?
  10. What is your bookish pet peeve?

Nominations:

Bhramori @ TheCrazyPerfectionist

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Lizzy @ Lizzyreadsbooks

Calliope The Book Goddess 

My Tiny Obsessions

Ann @ Ann The Bookworm

Happy reading!

Versatile Blogger Award: 2nd Nomination

I want to thank The Wolf of Starbucks for nominating me for my second Versatile Blogger Award. If you already don’t know, here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

7 things about myself:

  1. My favorite seasons are spring and fall.
  2. I went to an all girls high school.
  3. I can’t know how chickens, cows and pigs are killed because I’ll immediately become a vegetarian.
  4. I’m an only child.
  5. I paint watercolors in my spare time.
  6.  I use to love the TV show Roswell  when I was in high school.
  7. When I was a kid, I would take a piece of bread and put ketchup on it and eat as a snack.

Nominations:

  1. Bernie and Books
  2. Book Beat
  3. Read With Me
  4. Creased Page
  5. Ann the BookWorm
  6. Miss Getaway Lifestyle Blog
  7. A Kernel of Nonsense

Liebster Awards: 2 Nominations!

I got nominated for not one but two nominations for the Liebster Award from from Laurie at A Girl’s Wonderings and Erika The Bibliophile! Thank you guys! Check out their blogs if you haven’t before.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Give your readers 11 randoms fact about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award.
  • Come up with 11 questions for your nominees!

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I hate pumpkin. I can’t stand the taste of it.
  2. I am 28 years old and I still don’t have a driver’s license.
  3. When I see an earthworm on the sidewalk, I’ll pick it up and put it back into the soil so it will have some chance of survival.
  4. I want to move to England one day but don’t have any money right now.
  5. I think frogs, turtles and snakes are cute.
  6. I am half Antiguan and half African-American.
  7. The only beaches I go to is the Jersey Shore or the any beaches in the Caribbean even though there are three beaches in NYC.
  8. I always eat ice cream even during the winter time.
  9.  I love Peeps!
  10. I have flat feet.
  11. I use to collect porcelain figurines when I was kid and now my apartment is filled with them.

Erika’s Questions

1) If you’re not enjoying a book do you give up or struggle through it?

I am stubborn so I am always determined to finish a book. I feel I can’t truly give my opinion on it if I didn’t even complete it.

2) Of the books you were required to read for school, which was your favorite?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. When you are in high school and still trying to figure out who you are, this was a perfect book to connect to.

3) If you could re-write an ending of a book that you have read which one would it be and why? (If you’re satisfied with all the endings then my question would be which one was your favorite ending of a book/series?)

Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney. There was no confrontation whatsoever between Janie and her kidnapper and for a popular series that should have occurred.

4) Do you sometimes imagine yourself as a character in any books that you read? If so, which ones?

Pride and Prejudice, Me Before You, most of Meg Cabot books.

5) What is the most expensive book that you bought? The cheapest?

I bought a hardcover book for $40 but I don’t remember the title. The cheapest are books I bought for a penny over Amazon.

6) If you could mix characters from any books and build the perfect story, who would you pick?

All of Austen’s characters. Don’t you think it’s time they mingle together?

7) Name a book/series that is difficult to get into; however, seems to have huge fanbase/hardcore fans?

The Hunger Games. I just really don’t get it.

8)Which book(s) has made an impact in your life?

Pride and Prejudice. You can read about it in my post here.

9) Though this can be rare, which movie adaptation in your opinion is actually better/or is as equally great as the book?

The 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

10) How often do you read out of your “comfort zone”?

Not that much but I do try to read at least 4 non-fiction books a year

11) You are having literary tea party and you are allowed 7 guests, who do you invite? (characters, authors…) What would happen at your literary party? (if you can come up with a scenario anyways…)

Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, JK Rowling, Meg Cabot, Jojo Moyes, Emily Giffin, and Kate Morton…talking about books what else?

 

A Girl’s Wonderings’ Questions

Who is your favourite artist (art wise, not singing) and why?

Claude Monet. I can just get lost looking at Monet’s garden paintings.

What genre of music to you like the most?

Country.

What musical instruments can you play?

The piano

What do you collect and why?

The only thing I can say I collect is books. I love to read that much lol.

If you were trapped in a room with either an alien, an evil robot or spiders, what would you choose and why?

Spiders. They don’t scare me and I can just kill them if I need to.

What is the last thing you bought?

Books!

Most ‘magical’ memory?

Going to DisneyWorld, the most magical place on Earth.

What would you rather have: Glasses or Contacts?

Well since I currently wear glasses, I’m going stick with glasses.

Favourite optical illusion and why?

Magic Eye. Just love trying to figure out the picture popping out at you.

Favourite TV Show?

I have a couple so I’ll name five: Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Sleepy Hollow, Smallville, and Sherlock.

Last trip you went on?

London back in August.

Questions for the Nominees

  1. What is one quote you try to live by?
  2. Favorite movie adaptation base from a book?
  3. Favorite genre? Why?
  4. You’re on a deserted island and you can only take 10 books with you, what would you take?
  5. The longest book you ever read?
  6. How do you choose your next book to read?
  7. What literary place you would like to visit? Why?
  8. A book you would be to embarrass to read in public?
  9. Who do you admire most?
  10. If you can vote for a literary character for president, who would you choose and why?
  11. Why did you start a blog?

Nominees:

Be An Open Book

A Book and Tea

Read What I Like

What’s She Reading

Ann the Bookworm