Things You Didn’t Need to Know About Me, like My Blogging Fears & Dreams and My Thoughts on Various Book Platforms

Hello, and welcome back to me oversharing!!

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books, one of the best bloggers you’ll ever meet, was kind enough to nominate me for the Liebster Award! And because her questions are really fun (and the amount of good post ideas I have is dwindling) I decided to do it today.

Of course, I ended up oversharing and writing too much (somehow this is 2K words long??), but at this point, this kind of thing is expected from me, so I’ll just shut up with this intro!

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RULES

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.

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1. if you had to recommend one book to someone who doesn’t like reading, what would it be?

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)  Red, White & Royal Blue

I think it depends on the age of the person, because I would definitely recommend PJO to younger people. However, older people might not enjoy it as much because you can tell it’s writing meant for a younger audience, and I know a lot of older readers don’t like that.

But for an older audience, I think I’d actually recommend Red, White & Royal Blue? First off, I feel like a majority of the people who’ve read it love/like it, and second of all, it’s just overall fun, hilarious, and heartwrenching, and I think that combo would appeal to any person.

(But also read PJO.)

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2. if you had to keep only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I’ve come to love contemporary fiction a lot more ever since I started blogging*, and I think it’s one of my favorite genres, but I have to go with my first love, fantasy. There’s just so much you can explore in fantasy, and it doesn’t have the limits of having to stay realistic to the “real world”. And also! There’s urban fantasy, which has contemporary components, so it’s a win-win!!

*All of the books on my favorite books of the year list so far are CONTEMPORARIES and I’m having an identity crisis!!! Who am I!!!! Not a single one is remotely fantasy!!!!!

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3. what is your biggest blogging fear?

I think… being forgotten would be my biggest fear. It’s in human nature to want to be known, to leave something behind, to make an impact on people, and while YA girls may not be like other YA girls, I am exactly like other humans. I’d hate to realize that what I’m doing here and spending hours of work on isn’t memorable enough to leave an impact on people. (I’d also hate to realize that I was leaving only a negative impact!!)

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4. what is your biggest blogging dream or goal?

I honestly… have no idea? Like obviously, hitting some kind of mindblowing number of followers or views would be really wild and cool, but I don’t think that’s my biggest dream/goal.

I guess I’d say my biggest blogging dream isn’t related to numbers or books, but rather the people: I really want to meet all the really wonderful friends I’ve made through book blogging. Being able to spend a day in real life with a person I met and befriended online? And probably involving books?? That’s what I want!!!

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5. what is one of your favorite blog posts you’ve ever written?

book blogger guilt  realistic teens in ya

I think my favorite post has to be the one highlighting 4 things you shouldn’t feel guilty about as a blogger. Writing it made me feel really good, and knowing that a lot of bloggers felt better after reading that post is priceless.

(And maybe also my latest discussion about the treatment of teens in YA, but it just got plagiarized so I’m trying not to think about it at the moment hahahahha. This was absolutely a dead laugh if you could not tell.)

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6. who are some of your favorite bloggers you admire?

I have too many favorites to list them all here!! But here are some bloggers under 1K, who I love very much and deserve more love: Emma @ Emma Reads Too MuchTaasia @ Librae Paints PagesOlivia @ Purely OliviaKat @ Novels and Waffles, and Caitlin @ Catilin Althea. All of these bloggers’ posts are such high quality, and I enjoy reading pretty much anything from them!

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7. share with us one quote from a book that you adore

I’m truly the worst at collecting and remembering book quotes, and I honestly one-line quotes don’t impact me as much as reading a whole passage? But a quote that will always mess me up is “Thank you. You were amazing,” from The King’s Men. Again, is that book quality? No. Is that book unproblematic? Not at all. But does this quote still royally screw me over? Absolutely.

sometimes I forget I actually made this myself for my twitter banner and then I laugh

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8. e-books, physical books, audiobooks: which one would you marry, kiss and kill?

  • Marry: physical books. I’m a physical book lover through and through—I love the feeling of the book in my hands, and most of the time, they’re a lot easier for me to read, for reasons unknown.
  • Kiss: ebooks. I have a love-hate relationship with ebooks, where sometimes I can’t read them at all and other times I speed through them and like them even more than physical books, but right now I’m in the love phase, so no killing!
  • Kill: audiobooks. (Obviously I would only kill these for myself!) I haven’t read enough audiobooks to be fully comfortable with them—I’m in general a very visual person. So while I can listen to the story being told to me, I’m better off with physical books or ebooks. It’s like me vaguely listening to my teacher in class but focusing on and writing down whatever’s on the board.

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9. who’s one writer you dream of meeting, someday?

RICK RIORDAN. I would absolutely sell my body and soul to be able to meet him. He somehow manages to write complex, intricate fantasy stories that children are able to follow and be entertained by, with the best characters and hilarious writing. And also as the author of my childhood favorite series, I would be fulfilling some little kid dream in me (and big kid dream, I’ll be honest).

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10. book blogs, book twitter, bookstagram: what are your thoughts on these?

  • Book blogs: I love them so much! My blog will always be my primary platform, and I think they really were the foundation of other book-related platforms. It makes me so sad that they’re being forgotten, in favor of other platforms (though I do understand why)—the dedication bloggers put into every single post is amazing and I admire every blogger so much.
  • Book twitter: It’s a mess. Like, really a mess. I’ve met great people, and made good friends, but wow I really wish there could be less drama/conflict. I’ve been trying and succeeding at being on it less and my soul feels like it’s been sprayed with rose water. (But I do like that it’s a quick way to talk about whatever you want to, and it’s easy to reach a bigger audience!)
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  • Bookstagram: I like bookstagram! I hate that success on it relies so much on privilege, like having physical books, nice lighting, being able to take photos consistently, , and there are definitely a Lot of middle-aged white women, But I think it’s a lot more of a chiller platform, and I like seeing pretty pictures of books since visual things appeal a lot to me.
  • Booktube: Honestly, booktube seems like so much fun, and I would also love to talk into a camera about books for like 10 hours. There’s again the problem of success relying on privilege (having the equipment, having light skin, etc.), but overall I think the amount of work booktubers put into each video is phenomenal! I definitely need to watch more channels than just the five I watch.

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11. what’s one thing you’re really, really proud of?

[resists the urge to be a 12-year-old who thinks they’re quirky for being self-deprecating and say “nothing”]

As I write this, I’m currently trying to distract myself from ~thoughts~, so it’s a little hard to think of something right now. But I guess I’m proud of my ability to know what’s good for me. I mean, knowing what’s good for me doesn’t always mean I’ll do it (I rarely will), but at least I know!!

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11 FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I’m a language nerd!! I’m taking 2 foreign languages in school and am trying to get better at Thai.
  2. I love the cold much more than I like the heat (but probably only because Texas never gets cold).
  3. I have no idea what career or field I want to pursue and I hate that I feel like I should have my whole life planned out while I’m still in high school.
  4. I’m a November baby!! Relevant because my birthday is in less than a month.
  5. I am a coffee hater!! I swear I don’t hate coffee to be “quirky” or “different”; it genuinely disgusts me and I feel like throwing up any time I taste or smell it!!!
  6. I pretty much only wear 2 pairs of shoes, white Converse and black Docs.
  7. I’m basically a humanities and arts nerd and will suffer by the hands of capitalism because no one cares about anything other than STEM or medicine!!
  8. I have a sister, who I don’t talk about as often as I should, and I love her very much.
  9. I’m an INFP! I unfortunately don’t know what Enneagram type I am because I’ve taken a bunch of online tests and they all tell me different things. (Please hit me up if you have any good tests!)
  10. I’ve been dancing for 12 years!
  11. I am really bad in social situations with people I don’t know, and I hate making small talk, even though I do it to make things less awkward.

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I NOMINATE:

I think a few of the people I talked about in this post have already done this award before, but if I mentioned you and you want to answer my questions, I nominate you! I’m also nominating these lovely people:

Here are my questions for you!!
  1. What’s one thing you admire about yourself?
  2. If you had to name an all-time favorite book, what would it be? All-time least favorite?
  3. Who are some musical artists you’ve been loving lately?
  4. Top 5 favorite book covers?
  5. What’s something relating to your blog that you’re proud of?
  6. Who are some bloggers that inspire you?
  7. What books are you dying to get your hands on, whether they’ve been released or not?
  8. How do you feel about book blogs, bookstagram, book twitter, booktube, and Goodreads?
  9. What book do you have the most controversial opinion on?
  10. Give a piece of advice you would have given to yourself 5 years ago.
  11. What are some things on your bucket list?

shall we chat

what are YOUR blogging fears and dreams? would you marry, kiss, kill the same things I did? link me to a blog post you’re the most proud of so I can give it some love!!

p.s. I know I’m being, yet again, the worst at commenting and replying to comments, but to be very honest with you, having my post plagiarized has taken away a bit of whatever blogging motivation I have left after being so exhausted from school. love you all lots and I promise I’ll find my motivation again!

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16 thoughts on “Things You Didn’t Need to Know About Me, like My Blogging Fears & Dreams and My Thoughts on Various Book Platforms

  1. I loved reading your answers and I agree with so many of them! Also, I’m a November baby, too (happy early birthday). I think I would also keep only fantasy books if I had to choose a genre even though I’m usually a contemporary reader- I love mysteries, thrillers, dark contemps, romance, etc. But I feel like I can get a lot of those elements from fantasy!

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  2. Ahh I’m so happy you did this, May, I loved reading your answers so much ❤️ Red, White and Royal Blue is an excellent recommendation, I have to agree with you on that one. AND I AM PROUD that your favorites have been contemporaries this year, I mean, you know me, a contemporary lover forever and always so I’m happy haha.
    I feel you on your blogging fear… I share that one, too. I could never forget you, though, you’re one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever met and you always have a special place in my heart. That was my sappy moment sorry hahaha. ❤️
    COFFEE yes ahhhhhhhhhh I’m not the only one?! I just hate coffee so much haha I’m so happy I’m not alone.
    I loved this post so much. Take care of yourself ❤️❤️❤️

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  3. OOOO Thanks for nominating me, May, and I loved reading all your answers ❤ ❤ ❤ The second I saw your answers to the first question I was like "YAAAAS PJO + RW&RB 5EVER YAAAS" I think I used to be similar to you where I would exclusively read fantasies because that was my preferred genre, but somehow through blogging, I ended falling in love with the contemporary genre more! ONE DAY WE WILL MEET RICK RIORDAN TOGETHER IT MUST HAPPEN!! and you're an INFP??? GURL IM AN ESTJ!! I this it's crazy how we're opposites, but actually, IRL I find that I'm closest to people who are INFP too 🥰

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  4. MAY THANK YOU FOR SHOUTING ME OUT AKKDJF THIS IS UNREAL ❤
    Ahh, I’m an INFP as well! We took the test at school and I took ones online, and I always get INFP—it’s unreal. I can hardcore relate to not knowing what field I want to take outside of high school. Nothing just feels right to me. And I’m expected to choose whether to take the HUMSS, ABM, or STEM track at my school this year, and I’ll probably just take STEM because of capitalism. Being forgotten is my biggest fear as well. I’ve put so much time and effort into my blog, and I live with a perpetual fear that if I stop blog hopping or go on a long hiatus, everyone will just forget about me, and all the effort I put into growing my blog will be lost. I could never forget your blog though. It’s up there in my top 3 fave book blogs ever, and I just can’t get over how awesome your aesthetic and writing voice is.
    p.s. I’m so so sorry that your post got plagiarized. I hope you feel better soon.

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  5. PJO = the ultimate best series ever with, like no other contestants in question (and I actually got a chance to see Rick Riordan on tour last month, it was so cool omfg). I can’t believe I still haven’t had the chance to read RWRB yet though – everyone loves it and I’m just there like . . . can my library please have this out for once 😭 😭
    I agree so much with what you said about physical books! I’ve tried to get into ebooks as of late, but they’re probably never going to be as good as physical books for me lmao. Also your bookstagram pictures are so pretty – please teach me your aesthetic talents because I am currently / unfortunately scarce in that area.
    What are the languages you’re taking? (I’m suffering with one and you’re over here with!! two!! again teach me your ways) I’m currently taking French and je ne comprends rien du tout s’il vous plait aide asdfghjkl. My birthday’s in November too (the 14th to be specific)! Also coffee is indeed disgusting although I //am// a loyal defender of tea.
    Love this post!! ❤️❤️

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  6. This got to real!! hahaha I’d say one of my biggest fears is not being enough and also, being forgotten.
    I’d LOVE to be able to stare at a camera and just talk and actually being good at it, and I feel I actually would need to practise talking to everyone like that. I’m taking a class where my main way of evaluation is by analysing a case and then talk about it in class and I need to have both quantity and quality, and I get really scared and uncomfortable every time I’m about to say something. But I’ve started my blog exactly because I felt uncomfortable creating a booktube AND I’ve loved it every since, sooo…
    I’d definitely marry physical books & kiss e-books for the same reasons as you, but I’d kill audiobooks because I can’t pay attention to them AND do another thing at the time 😛
    Also, I know school is stressful, but try not to worry /too/ much about the future. You’ll figure it out ❤

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  7. I completely agree with you about audiobooks – I know people really enjoy them (my mum absolutely raves about them) but I’m yet to find any that I can click with, and I think I love the feeling of sitting down and reading a physical book way too much to substitute it for anything else. I also feel as though the pace of having someone else read it to me always feels slower than my natural reading pace which I find weird – if that makes sense?

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  8. hi!!
    thank you so much for nominating me!! i’ll try to answer the questions as soon as possible!!
    also, i totally agree on your choice for the first question. PJO is so well-suited for people who don’t read and enjoy a voice for younger people. it wasn’t the series that got me into reading, but it made me 1000 times happier and i love that series so so so much like i could hug the characters (i do that, in my head. no shame). and RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE is also such a great book to start with! it was an ultimate five-stars-read for me.
    i guess my biggest blogging fear is being hated. i remember getting an anonymous hate comment on my old blog and that made me feel so bad, and i don’t want it to happen again. i mean, i do have a stronger personality than when i was fourteen, but still. i don’t think i have a blogging dream though, i never thought much about it…
    and YES, i would marry, kiss and kill the same things you married, kissed and killed, because 1) i prefer physical books over ebooks and 2) i have never read an audiobook (my concentration skills aren’t that good, i’m more of a visual just like you).
    this is such a great post!! hope you’re doing well with your studies (don’t tire yourself too much) <33

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  9. omg…I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. (also i am very close to 1000…and will probably make a huge deal out of it. either that or not notice.)

    “and while YA girls may not be like other YA girls…” < going to steal this statement and dedicate my life to making it a commonly used expression. bc wow.

    i still want to have a smack down (virtual, of course…..i'm a pacifist) with the plagiarizer. also i discovered she blocked me on twitter which i thought was very, very funny. i had a good laugh. (sorry i brought this up but it truly makes me so mad that anyone would be such an asshole to you and then also make you feel bad. it gets me RILED. UP.)

    i would do the very same kiss marry kill combo as you would for book formats…soul sister.

    also speaking of soul sister, your takes on the platforms??? bookstagram is all privilege and middle aged white women but is also chill. my account on there has been Temporarily Deactivated for like a year and i need to somehow some way find the energy to resurrect it. we'll see. and making a book twitter was a MISTAKE, why is it so stressful, why is everyone so mad on it all the time. (the only good thing is i get a double dose of you.)

    happy early birthday!! maybe someday i'll do this tag!! but probably not. but i hope so.

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  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH, MAY!
    Also I loved reading your answers so much. I think I would also stick with fantasy if I were to only be able to read one genre for the rest of my life because there is so much variety and exploration to be had!

    And no one will ever be able to forget about you. xoxo

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  11. “Thank you. You were amazing.” omgggg I didn’t come here for these feelings ALL OVER AGAIN (I want to reread, but my TBR says no, but my heart says yes, and it hurts; and yes they’re problematic as heck, but still…) My blogging goals were always to have a big famous blog but now 😂I’m mostly like: “maybe remember how to blog and post a bit.” Stellar goals.

    I think I’d marry physical books, kill off ebooks, and kiss audios. I really love audios! But it has to be a good narrator and on 2x the speed 😂😂

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  12. Oh my gosh, I’m so behind, I didn’t even realize this post was in my inbox??!!! Literally, there’s 75+ blog posts in my inbox and I’m just now touching that giant list today. Anyway, this was so fun to read!!! Yes, everyone should read Rick Riordan if they’ve never touched a book before. I mean, Percy Jackson??? And everyone needs to meet Annabeth Chase. Also, if Rick Riordan went on tour and I got to meet him, I would cry.
    And thanks for nominating me!!!! I feel so lucky to be in the same blogging community and I can’t wait to read and answer your questions!

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  13. Ahh, May, thank you so much for your kind words in this post!! I appreciate it so much, thank you always being the sweetest soul and just MAKING ME CRY, OKAY.💓😭Also, I’m so sorry that I am like a month late on reading this~~ I blame school.

    I AGREE, everyone should read PJO. We read that in my sixth grade English class and I honestly remember everyone getting into it, even the kids who didn’t typically enjoy reading! Plus then we got to have a mythology fair after, and I just have such great memories of everyone loving Percy Jackson.

    I relate so much to suffering by the hands of capitalism, lol. That’s gonna be me because I don’t want to be a doctor or engineer I kind of just want to be a children’s librarian or something with history and?? I don’t like thinking about the future too much because then I get stressed.

    Wonderful post! I hope school is going well and that you get a break soon for Thanksgiving. Also, I’m so sorry about someone plagiarizing your post, that’s horrible!!

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