Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award




Well, hello (again) world. It's been a while since we meet in this space. While you go round and round in all your bookish awesomeness, I have been... *drumroll*.... up to my elbows in writing. Yes, as in novel writing. More exactly, YA Science Fiction novel writing. As of today, I have completed the 2014 NaNoWriMo challenge, written three other discarded partial drafts of the same story, and finished a draft of the final version at 86,000 words. As sweet a moment as this is for me, I don't really want to talk too much about it yet. The work is in its early days, and even now, I can already see where and how it can be improved (and no, I have no perfectionism problem. I totally didn't sit down and cry two days after finishing a manuscript because it wasn't even a third as good as my favorite books.)

So, anyway. Back to the main post topic, before I rant on about my long list of edits and my freak outs.

Basically, whilst I am terrible at this blogging thing (not gonna lie here -- this is something I've got to work on), I have the awesomest of bookish friends. One of them, the amazing and talented Sofia of Loving The Language of Literacy, nominated me for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Thank you so much for this, Cousin! Without further ado, here are my answers to Sofia's ten questions:

1. Favorite Genre of Music and Artist in that Genre?
Ugh, hard question. I listen to a lot of stuff of no particular genre (in four different languages, two of which I don’t understand), and my taste changes approximately once a month. I’ve always loved musicals though, and I have a soft spot for Lea Salonga and Idina Menzel. They have amazing voices. Oh, and I really really love Utada Hikaru’s unique take on JPop.

2. First Book Read in 2015?
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. The themes and character relationships remind me of some of my all-time favorite books, but the writing is stellar and the story resonates with me, so five stars it is.

3. Physical Books or eBooks?
Physical Books. There’s something comforting and pleasant about the act of flipping through pages and hearing them rustling in the deep silence of your transfixed mind.

4. How much do you love reading?
If you are to lock me in a library and tell me that reading is the only thing I am allowed to do for the rest of my life, then I will still die a happy woman.

5. Who is your favorite author PERSONALITY wise? Maybe you hate their novel, but love their jokes on Twitter.
Alright, so my answer is based on Twitter. Alex London has a fabulous personality. He is always kind, interesting, respectful to his fans and audience, and friendly to other writers, doesn’t matter how successful they are. Sara Raasch is probably the sweetest person ever when it comes to fans, always retweeting, replying, favoriting — in general so lovely. And I am always excited for posts/articles/updates/videos by Marie Lu.
(PS: I do not, at all, hate their novels :))

6. Favorite Bloggers/BookTubers. Share the love.
Sofia of Loving The Language of Literacy, Tina of The Book Landers, and LilaJune of LilaJunesBookSaloon. We have similar taste in books, and I trust their opinions and verdicts above anyone else’s (and obviously I'm biased, because they are my uber Twitter discussion buddies, but seriously, you deserve to know this ladies' awesomeness).

7. Will you pay hardcover retail prices for books?
Yes, if I like the book. This is where my 'fun' budget of the month goes to, usually. I generally visit bookstores and do this once or twice a month (just did it on Sunday).

8. Do you DNF books?
Yup. This happened every four or five books. Sometimes I just lost interest (pacing was too slow, plot lacked tension), but some other times I would put something down because I had major issues with it (boring/un-engaging writing, spineless main characters who didn’t get better over time, theme/message too dubious/outdated/misleading for readers, abusive/imbalanced romance glorified as ‘true love’). Sounds picky, but I truly am.

9. What does your bookshelf look like?
A mumbo-jumbo. I don’t have ways of organizing books on the shelf, since it is more of a ‘museum’ of what I have read. I have sort of a system, though. I have a big shelf and a smaller one, and the books which are 5 stars for me are given honored spots in the smaller one (currently it’s occupied by all of Marie Lu’s work, Sara Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes, and Amie Kaufman&Meagan Spooner’s Starbound Trilogy)

10. Where did you get your blog design? (This is purely for selfish reasons because I'm on the market for a new design)

My blog has no design (it is basic and dead *hangs head in shame*) . It is a blogger template which I adjusted here and there. If anything, I should ask Sofia for advice :P.

I am going to break one of the award rules and not tag anyone here. But I am going to post 10 bookish questions here, and invite all willing readers to answer any of them.

1. What was the first book you remembered reading?
2. What was the funniest book-related moment you've had in your life?
3. What is your biggest cliche pet peeve in your preferred reading genre?
4. Are you a reader/writer, or strictly a reader? (If you are one at all)
5. What does reading mean to you?
6. One book scene which has never left your mind since you first read it?
7. What will be the first thing you try to find in a book/story?
8. Special reading rituals?
9. How do you sort/schedule your TBR pile? (I am terrible at this, I just read what I feel like reading.)
10. Say you had to write a 10,000 words 'thank you for your book(s)' letter to one author only. Who would you write to?

That's it for tonight folks. Have a stellar time there!