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!
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer the three questions posed by the nominator.
- Nominate eight other bloggers and provide them with your own three questions
- 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.
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
- What do you consider your best blog post from 2016 and why?
- Do you have any blogging goals or big plans for your blog in 2017?
- What have been your best and worst reads of this year and why?
Eight Ten Nominees (because you’re all fab)!
- Lauren at Wonderless Reviews
- Stephanie at Teacher of YA
- Jess at The Mud and Stars Book Blog
- Lilly at Lair of Books Blog
- Casey at Adoptabookaus
- Beth at Reading Every Night
- Steff at Little Booky Nook
- Yarravy at Hiarethforthepages
- The Orang-utan Librarian
- 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! ❤