The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Hey lovely little ones! I hope you’re all looking forward to Christmas, or if you don’t celebrate Christmas, that you’re having an utterly fab week.

Today I want to thank the brilliant Azia at The Uncharted World for nominating me to take part in the Black Cat Blue Sea Award! It’s always nice to be nominated, but even nicer when you’re nominated by bloggers who you really respect! Please do me a big ‘0l favour and check out Azia’s wonderful blog – it’s full of pretty great content so I’m sure you won’t regret it one little bit. Nuh uh.


So what is the the Black Cat Blue Sea award? Well, according to a source Azia and Jasmine found around the blogosphere (many thanks, ladies!), the award is “for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

Which is totally one of the nicest award descriptions I’ve read since I’ve been blogging!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the three questions posed by the nominator.
  3. Nominate eight other bloggers and provide them with your own three questions
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Azia’s Questions

Why and when did you begin blogging?

I started blogging in February 2016, which crazily means I’ve almost been blogging for a whole year now! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone. I started Bookshelves and Biros because I was going through a bit of a tough time, doing a job I really didn’t like and I desperately needed something that would help me to unwind in the evenings and give me another focus. I was also just starting to fall back in love with reading after graduating from university (where I didn’t have a huge amount of time to read or money to buy non-academic books with!) so blogging about books seemed like the natural choice. Thus, my little slice of the internet was born!

Are there any books/places you re-read/revisit for a special occasion or season (i.e. winter/the holidays)


Yes! I love re-reading Harry Potter on the run up to Christmas. I always find the HP books really comforting and homely, and that’s the feeling that I love to try and recreate around Christmastime. I’m currently slowly picking my way through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the eleventy millionth time. I also have a snazzy illustrated version of The Nightmare Before Christmas, which is a good one to thumb through at this time of year when that festive feeling comes a-calling.

Do you have more fun ranting about a book or raving about it in your reviews?

Great question! Definitely ranting, although it’s not something that I do that often in book reviews. It’s rare that I hate a book so much that I feel the need to have a proper rant, so when I do it’s always a cathartic and pretty fun process. Funnily enough, people always seem to like those reviews better too. I actually find it really, really difficult to write rave reviews about books that I love because I never feel that what I’ve written conveys exactly how brilliant the reading experience was. This is basically a long-winded way of me saying that I’m great at being a goofy, angry nerd but I’m terrible at being eloquent. Go figure.

My Three Questions

  1. What do you consider your best blog post from 2016 and why?
  2. Do you have any blogging goals or big plans for your blog in 2017?
  3. What have been your best and worst reads of this year and why?

…And My Eight Ten Nominees (because you’re all fab)!

  1. Lauren at Wonderless Reviews
  2. Stephanie at Teacher of YA
  3. Jess at The Mud and Stars Book Blog
  4. Lilly at Lair of Books Blog
  5. Casey at Adoptabookaus
  6. Beth at Reading Every Night
  7. Steff at Little Booky Nook
  8. Yarravy at Hiarethforthepages
  9. The Orang-utan Librarian
  10. Kate at The Nerdy Novelty

No pressure as always, but please link back to this post if you do give it a go so I can see all of your answers! ❤




The Liebster Award #2

Hey my little grindylows, how are you all feeling this week?

I’m finally a little bit more settled in my new pad, helped by the fact that after two weeks of sitting on the floor OUR SOFA HAS ARRIVED AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL. Anyway, this is a book blog, not an interior design blog (crossover potential?!) and I’m now on a mission to get back into some semblance of a reading and blogging schedule. I feel like I’ve definitely neglected the blogging community over the last few weeks, but hopefully now I’m back on it! If you have any awesome posts that I may have missed, feel free to share them with me in the comments. I’d love, love, love to catch up!

Seven and a bit months into blogging and I still get a lovely feeling that warms my little heart whenever some kind soul nominates my humble corner of the internet for an award, or tags me in a post. The biggest of big thank yous go to Holly at Nut Free Nerd, Zainab at A Bibliophile’s Obsession and The Jouska Blog for tagging me. Please head over and check out their posts and their blogs – they’re all wonderfully talented and definitely deserve your time. 🙂


I’m gonna have a pop at answering three questions from each blogger, else you guys will be asleep by about midway down. Good? Great. Let’s go.


  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
  • Give them 11 questions of your own

Jouska’s Questions

What do you love most about blogging?


You guys, of course! Readers, commenters, browsers, people I can chat Harry Potter with without them getting bored within three minutes, bloggers I can connect with Twitter about feminism or mental health in YA, writers and bibliophiles and chums from all over the world who share my passion for reading and literature. You all make blogging so much more awesome than I ever thought it would be.

What’s your all-time favourite movie?

Aside from ‘what’s your favourite book?’ this is like the world’s hardest question. I watch a lot more widely than I read, so I can happily go from Bridget Jones’ Diary to The Karate Kid (incidentally two of my favourite films) without batting an eyelid. For this one I’m gonna go with an epic classic – The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. 

Which book makes you laugh out loud?

Covers from Goodreads

Definitely Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. This series gives me proper milk-snorting, face-hurting, uncontrollable giggles, no matter how many times I read it. So funny, so relateable and so, so heartfelt.

Word of advice: Not one for the tube. People don’t seem to appreciate a solo female with uncontrollable giggles on their morning commute into London Paddington.

Holly’s Questions

Where is your next travel destination?

Ahhh I’m one of these people who makes these incredibly detailed fantasy travel plans with names of hotels and places to go and see and then never actually manages to follow through with them due to work/money/life/the irritating condition that is being an adult and having responsibilities. My boyfriend and I are going to try and get away to Italy next year, but if we’re talking travel fantasies here, I’d go to Vietnam.

What is an item on your bucket list?

Great question! One of the top things on my bucket list at the moment is to go to Universal Studios in Florida. Two words: Harry Potter.

Where do you buy most of you books from?

I usually buy my books from Waterstones or a physical bookshop. Sure, books are cheaper from Amazon or the Book Depository, but I always feel a bit cheated out of the experience of buying a book if I can’t browse the shelves with a coffee, or fall in love with a book on the half price table that I’ve never heard of before. For me, half of the fun of buying books is in the browsing. #bookshelfporn

Zainab’s Questions

What does your perfect day look like?

Food. Lots of food and lots of books. Nah, on a serious note, my perfect day would involve being on holiday with good friends or my family (or both!), swimming and reading on the beach, followed by a delicious dinner outdoors and a few eensy weeny drinks of the alcoholic variety. Bonus happy points for anything that comes with an umbrella or a sparkler because that’s just the sort of classy girl I am.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

Definitely the mid-late eighties! I’m obsessed with big hair, stonewashed jeans, eighties music and the Brat Pack. Unfortunately, very few of these things (if any) are socially acceptable any more.



Bon Jovi is still acceptable, right? RIGHT?

Your pet peeves?

I have a few, but not that many of them are blog appropriate…haha! I HATE people who drive really slowly on the motorway, as well as people who read messages on WhatsApp and then don’t reply. Dude, I know you’ve seen it the little blue ticks tell me so.

My questions:

  1. Who would you cast to play you in a film of your life?
  2. How do you organise your bookshelves?
  3. Pizza or pasta?
  4. What’s your ideal Friday night activity?
  5. If you could only watch one TV show for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. What makes you laugh?
  7. Do you believe in fate?
  8. What’s your one must-have blogging resource?
  9. What’s your dream job?
  10. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: Canon or fan-fiction?
  11. What’s your guiltiest Netflix pleasure?

I tag these talented little bugs: 

I know lots of you will likely have been nominated before, so no pressure if you’ve already done it or you’re just not feeling it.


Header image from Eli Samuelu via Unsplash

Blog Awards | The Book Fangirling Award


Happy Tuesday, book friends! One step closer to that elusive two day break that we call the weekend.


I’ve seen this award floating across the blogosphere since I started writing on WordPress, and it’s one of my favourites because I’m SUCH a fangirl. I am 24 going on 14 and I’m totally okay with it.

A big, fat thank you to Beth at Reading Every Night for nominating me! You can check out her answers by clicking on that little link up there. Beth is one of my favourite bloggers, and her blog is absolutely gorgeous. Please head over there and check her out, if you don’t already follow her. 🙂


  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Answer the questions I have at the end.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

Beth’s Questions:

The three main characters from the last three books you read are your partners in the zombie apocalypse. Who are they and do you think you’d survive the outbreak?

This is legit one of the best questions I’ve come across in tags and awards! I LOVE this. The last three books I finished were The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield and 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough. Hmm. Not necessarily the heroes I’d like by my side in the event of a zombie apocalypse, but I do have a couple of sociopaths to choose from which could come in handy…

The Raven Boys


I think I’d go with Ronan from The Raven Boys here. Not only has he got a pretty handy right hook, but he’s also calculating and brave. I think, considering the quality of my rag tag band of book characters come zombie fighting team, he’d have to be the one to throw the punches.

Paper Butterflies


This is harder, because this book doesn’t feature any typical ‘hero’ types and I definitely would not want the villain anywhere near me, even in the event of an apocalypse. I think I’d have to go with Blister here. He’s not a physical character, and he doesn’t have any special powers, but he has a pretty sharp, analytical brain. I reckon he’d be the one to come up with a cunning plan to get us out of danger, and try to keep the group calm and united.

13 Minutes


The main character in 13 Minutes, Becca, is pretty brave and has some serious nerve. However, I’m inclined to think that a bonafide sociopath might come in handy in a life or death situation, so I’m going to go with Natasha.

Based on the people I’ve got, I’m not convinced we would survive. I’m also pretty certain that each of these characters would hate each other, so I don’t rate the chances of them trying to kill each other before the zombies get to us.

If you could take one thing, be it a place, an event, a character, an object, out of any book and make it real what would you pick?


I think this GIF accurately sums up my feeling here.

The world is ending and you have just enough time to read one book, what would you choose and why?


Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I understand that I’m becoming quite a predictable human here, but there’s no book that I’d rather spend my last few hours on earth with.

What is one thing you wish there was more of in the world?

Easy answer: Love. You only have to look at the news every day, no matter where you live in the world, to know that we could all do with a little bit more love and a little less hate and fear.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose, and what would be your origin story? (I already have one for my rise to super villain status one day).

Omg Beth, these questions are killing me!

I don’t think I’d want any of the traditional super powers like invisibility, mind reading or time travelling, because there’s so much potential for harm to yourself and others with those. I think I’d like to have a creative super power, like Clary’s ability to draw new runes in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.


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I have absolutely NO idea what my origin story would be, but I imagine it would probably involve me doing something catastrophically stupid. I’m great at giving advice, but inversely horrible at following it. Either that, or I’d discover my power injuring myself. #ClumsyPeopleProblems

My Questions:

Beth has basically ruined everything here, because how am I ever going to follow the awesomeness of those questions?! Let’s give it a go…

  • Take the last four main characters from the last four books that you read and create two new OTPs/couples! Who would end up with who, and why? Also, who do you ship the most?!
  • If you could try any food described in any book, what would it be?
  • What was the last book that you gave five stars to, and why?
  • Willy Wonka, Professor Snape and Katniss Everdeen walk into your bar (start of the world’s greatest joke, right?) What drink would you make for each of them, and why?
  • What’s your favourite fandom, and why?

And The Nominations…:

No pressure, as always! 🙂

PS. I’m sorry to anyone who may have commented on this post, my WordPress had a bit of a melt down the other day and published it before it was supposed to. I would never ignore ya!