About a month ago, I started randomly collecting questions for a Q&A. There was no particular reason, but I felt with so many new faces it might be nice to throw together a more personal post and reintroduce myself as blogger and person. I was happily adding these questions to random documents for later reference when my system decided to lock up. Long story short, I lost one of them in the reboot.
So below are the survivors and a few wonderful, last-minute contributions. Thank you to each of you for making this incredibly fun!
Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek asks:
If you could only drink one flavour of tea for the rest of your life what would it be?
Oooh, this is a hard one. I have a few go-to blends depending on the time of day and mood. If I could only have one though, I would have to stick with Earl Grey. Nothing beats it. And I love London Fogs, so it is a no-brainer.
To save the world you have to give up either books or tea, which do you choose?
You are slaying me with these Drew. The thought of sacrificing either brings tears to my eyes. But tea. Definitely tea. I cannot and do not want to live in a world without books.
What would your autobiography be called?
‘The Girl Who Procrastinated Too Much While Tripping Over Her Own Two Feet’. Too long? Maybe, but very appropriate. I am known for putting off the difficult and well, tripping due to vertigo 😉
Who would play you in a film of your life?
Are we asking who would be most appropriate or who I would like to play me? Becuase that can really make a huge difference in my response. Best suited might be Drew Barrymore. But if I am choosing, I want my all time girl crush, Felicia Day ❤
What house would you be in Game of Thrones?
Stark, all day every day. Winter is Coming.
Lashaan @ Bookidote says:
What I want you to share is your evolution as a reader. Since the first time you picked up a book, to how you fell in love with books and how it all built up to who you are today! Okay.. maybe it’s a lot of info and could actually be a whole post of its own, but hey, I tried.
Hmmm.. this is a tough one and may actually become a future post! But I will say that my first true memories of reading center around a collection of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales that I had as a child and scholastic book fairs. But it was when I acquired a copy of The Hobbit from the library at the age of 7 that my real passion for reading was revealed. From there I quickly developed an affection for fantasy and adventure within stories that has remained until this day. I will always favor a tale of good conquering evil and long adventures. That sense of adventure now tends to express itself in my eclectic tastes.
JJ @ This Dark Material asks:
If you could only drink one tea for the rest of your life, which would it be? And complementary to that, what’s the worst tea (either specific or more general) that you’ve ever tried and wouldn’t even wish on your mortal enemy?
Everyone seems to have it out for me with the tea questions! Well, as mentioned above it has to be Earl Grey. Although Chamomile is a close second. That is my nighttime cup of choice. As far as the worst blend, I usually find something I like in all of them. But I have to force myself to drink turmeric teas. It has incredible anti–inflammatory properties and health benefits. But quite honestly, it tastes like poo.
Liza Jane @ Liza Jane Chronicels asks:
What made you decide to blog?
It was a culmination of several factors really. I was beginning to struggle with the onset of this chronic illness and finding myself isolated more than ever. I needed a healthy outlet that connected me to others in a manageable and safe way (although the internet does not always feel so safe anymore). I also happened to be an avid reviewer on Goodreads and Amazon who enjoys writing. So the idea of blogging has always hung in the background but never fully took off. When I found myself in the above situation, the nonhubs made a huge push for me to take the plunge. And it went surprisingly well. So here we are!
Nicki @ The Secret Library had this to say:
Why do you drink so much tea?
Because tea seriously makes it all better for me. And I am not exaggerating with this one. I use tea to treat symptoms and promote sleep and rest. There is a tea for everything! I love the antioxidants and health benefits. I also love that tea helps me remember to stop and take a moment during those harder times. Nothing reminds me to slow down like a nice warm cup. When I need a minute to myself, I pour a cup. When I need a good talk with a friend, I pour two.
Claire @ BrizzleLass Books asked:
What three books couldn’t you live without?
This is an easy answer for me. I have three books that are definitely in my top favorites and I cannot imagine life without. I always welcome a re-read!
Stephanie @ Fictional Escape Artist says:
Where do you dig up the motivation to keep writing when you are feeling cruddy?
This one is an ongoing conflict. The secret is that I do not always write as much as I appear to. Most of my posts are actually drafted on one “good” day a week and scheduled. After 2+ years of trial and error, I have learned that my illness does not care about my schedule. So I have developed a more forgiving one. I normally try to draft all posts for the week during the weekend and catch up with social media and comments during the actual week. This is why I may sometimes suffer a flare up and disappear, yet still look like I am posting. It is not the most ideal approach, but for now, it seems to work.
Liis @ Cover to Cover asks:
If you had the chance to step into an alternate reality, would you? And what would you want the alternate reality to be like?
Yes! And yes! As a fan of fantasy and science fiction, nothing appeals to me more than the thought of new worlds and alternate realities. I am not sure how I would define my ideal alternate reality, but it would definitely include heavy elements of magic and the rules of time would not apply!
CJ @ Random Melon Reads had a lot to say:
Quick question: On 20th July 2017 at approx 9.53am I exited the Greenfield Tesco. I had bought some spearmint gum, some watermelon pieces, and some orange juice. I like to have fruit as my mid morning snack. Sometimes I get an apple, sometimes berries, sometimes grapes, and…sometimes melon. I like to keep my life fresh and exciting like that. I walked by putting one of my feet in front of the other and then switching it up and putting other foot in front of the one that used to be in front until I had moved my whole body onto the bridal path. It..was at this moment that I remembered that I had forgotten to buy some food for Stannis of House Baratheon, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of Westeros and Protector of the Realm. It meant I would need to return to Tesco later that day but that…
wouldn’t be too much of a hassle as I would normally return later in the day to buy some ingredients for dinner. As I was walking along the bridal path my attention was grabbed by two Jays in the trees. I like Jays and so my attention was not on where I was walking. Foolish, …some may say, but I challenge anyone to walk along a bridal path at 10.06am and not gaze at the majesty of a single Jay, let alone two. Due to my foolish walking I stepped in a puddle and the Usurper foot got wet. “Oh, why doest thou forsake me?!” I proclaimed to the lords …of destiny whilst shaking a fist in that way gentlemenfolk do. This is not my question, I know why they forsake me. It is because I once said, “pfft, what do the gods know?” under my breath as a rhetorical question. But these gods are vain and took a disliking to me. I …decided there was no other option than to continue walking until I was at a place of home where I could wash and change into a clean, dry sock. So this, Danielle, is what I did. But, as I got to the playing fields I spotted a woman that I see regularly walking her two dogs. …She reminds me of an old school headmistress and so I have named her Mrs Strict in my own little headcanon. I spent a little time concocting a story in my mind whereby Mrs Strict takes down a dastardly mafia crime crew but in doing so accidentally knocks the capo into a vat …of acid, which would kill most men, but on this occasion it simply creates a super villian set on getting his revenge. Such a thing would never happen these days due to Health and Safety regulations. You simply cannot leave a lethal vat of acid without securing it with a lid …
and completing a 50 page risk assessment and it’s just too much for my liking. Maybe things will improve here in United Kingdom of Britain once Brexit happens. Time will only tell. Anyway, this all leads me to want to know what flavour gum would you have bought?
I do not chew gum, but if I still did, the correct answer here is Spearmint.
Cahleen @ The Alt Story asked:
Have you already mentioned somewhere why you started your book blog? I’ve read your about page but don’t remember if you said anything specific about that.
I think I covered this pretty well above in my response to Liza Jane, but it was really a combination of factors that led to needing an outlet and finding myself confined to the home more than ever due to illness. The blog offered me a new way to connect with others, share this passion for books and tea, as well as feed my creative appetite. The nonhubs really is to be credited for my final leap though.
I’m super nosy! Besides what I already asked you on FB, I want to know what your job is, how you met nonhubs, and what a typical day looks like for you.
Haha, fair enough. That is what Q&A’s are for! I am currently working as a pharmacy technician for a veterinary pharmacy. I work remotely due to my symptoms. I am fortunate enough to have an employer who was not only able but more than willing to allow me this opportunity.
I met the nonhubs through gaming actually. We were both involved in an online gaming community at the time (I was a heavy gamer before the vertigo) and what started as a friendship over mutual interests quickly became something much more. He is also my best friend and biggest supporter.
My typical day is quite boring, but I like it that way. I wake anywhere between 3:30 and 4:30 am and log into work by 5 at the latest. I work roughly 30 hours (give or take) while balancing home and kids. So it keeps me occupied, but I am pretty routine.
Debby @ Always Booking says:
What draws you more towards fantasy & sci-fi than other genres?
It has to be the complex characters and incredible world building. Like most, I read to escape, and I find that the settings and characters in fantasy and sci-fi really fuel my imagination and foster a completely immersive experience that is hard to explain unless you are a true fan. I simply love all of the what ifs and unknowns.
Shalini @ Books, Reviews Et Al had a few questions:
With 2 kids, when and where do you find the time to read, write, and blog?
My kids are a tad older, so that helps. I read when I can (usually those small moments in between errands and at bedtime). I write and blog mainly on the weekend, utilizing free time during the week to catch up on other blogs and social media. It is a balanced process forever in the works!
How do you manage your time?
Not very well. Seriously. I am constantly looking to and striving to improve my time management skills. I function on routine but find hiccups can really throw me for a loop.
Do you plan to write a novel?
Ok, so yes! I do not think I have ever openly admitted that on the blog. I have a few ideas brewing and plan on putting the right one in motion soon. Lips sealed for now.
Given a choice, what genre would you write?
Fantasy or dystopian I believe. Many of my currently running ideas seem to be centered around both. Although magical realism is a possibility.
Which is the book which put you at the edge of the seat wanting to finish it?
There have been many! The most recent was probably Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier.
You do not review romance. If you were forced to read one, what would you prefer, soft mushy one or hardcore erotica?
Haha! Neither.. but no, I guess I would say mushy. I cannot see any room for erotica in my life. I have nothing personal against romance. It just doesn’t work for me in books. I can appreciate a nice love story on the side, but not as the sole focus of a title. Although, I am sure there is at least one book out there that could change my mind.
Dream place for a vacation?
I am not sure I have just one. I would love to travel Italy and England though! There are many places I want to see some day.
What’s your favorite most used phrase?
I do not have one that I am aware of. If one comes to mind, I will come back and edit this!
Do your kids love books as much as you?
No. And it pains me to type that. My son enjoys some nonfiction and my daughter the occasional assigned reading. But their enthusiasm does not compare to my own. But I raised them as readers and hope it will one day return.
Can you live without blogging for a year?
Yes. I would certainly miss the community, but my health has already forced several hiatus and I have learned it is easy to fall out of habit. One or two weeks off and you start to enjoy having fewer obligations and more time to actually read. So I would make good use of the year.
Your site says physical books preferred. Do you own a kindle, read an ebook?
I do! In fact, I have just as many if not more ebooks. I actually find the kindle hard to work with lately due to the headaches and my need for limited screen time. However, there are also times it is a benefit. Like when my eyesight is wavering and I need the adjustable font!
What does your bookshelf look like?
Surprisingly, very organized of late. I have about 8 currently. They are arranged by genre and author. You can also find my evergrowing Funko collection scattered among my books.
While reading a book, do you escape into its world completely? Which is the last book read which had fully immersed you in the story?
Absolutely. If I am not able to do so, I will struggle to finish it. I recently finished the conclusion of a favorite series, The Queen of Sorrow. I was completely swept away by it. The author’s created world is among my favorites.
Can you read books with music in the background? Which is your favorite song?
I listen to classical and instrumental music while reading. I cannot do lyrics. My favorites at the moment are Swan Lake and the Game of Thrones score on Vynil.
Do book covers matter to you?
Yes and no. I will read a book regardless of the cover. But it breaks my heart to see great stories with terrible cover art because I know how important the right cover is in terms of sales. Also, I love filling my shelves with favorites and always prefer that they are aesthetically pleasing.
Do you read the blurbs before starting a new book?
Only if it is a book that I have never heard of. If I have seen a review, read a previous book in the series or spoken with someone else about it, I prefer to go in blind. I have had blurbs actually spoil details before.
And that’s some of me in a nutshell! Thanks to everyone who contributed. And my apologies for the lost questions. If you have one, feel free to leave it in the comments!