Book Tag: The Entertaining Blogger Award

I’ll be accepting this award tag from Sam @ Fictionally Sam with relish. Thank you for thinking of me, Sam!

This might be my favourite “honour” so far because a large part of the joy I get from doing this blog is that I get to release the mouthy, witty bitch who is only known by those closest to me. Believe it or not, I’m actually a shy introvert who takes a very long time to open up in person.

But deep down, what you read on this blog, and the personality you hopefully pick up on in my words, is who I am. 

There is something about writing that makes the truest part of me flow so easily. Getting to express that – to write and be myself at the same time – satisfies some serious self-care, self-expression that are needs essential to my mental health. 

Hello, I am strictly here for internet validation. 

I’m here because I love reading, I love writing, I love talking books and I love being creative. So, the fact that anyone reads what I’m doing here at all, I’m so flattered by. But that you would also think, “I like her, she’s entertaining,” is such a sweet extra, and I’m so grateful. 

And now that I’ve written a bunch of shit that will make new readers think, “she’s actually not entertaining at all though?” On to the award!

🔪THE RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Add the rules so others can follow.
  • Answer the questions that have been asked.
  • Nominate a handful of entertaining bloggers.

🔪SAM’S QUESTIONS

If you had to choose one of your favourite books to be deleted from the world forever, which would it be and why?

Okay, so apparently today, Sam is going to be playing the role of Satan. Everyone, say Hi, Satan.

The only reason I can think of to remove one of my favourite books from existence would be so I could write it myself. But if I did, it would never be the same, or as good or even hit in the right way. Who’s to say that The Silence of the Lambs would be as culturally relevant 30 years from now if it was written today. That book existed at the right time, and because of that, it changed the course of pop culture history. 

I don’t believe in fate or destiny, but I do believe that timing is everything. 

If someone wrote Twilight now, no one would give a shit because that market is so over-saturated. Timing. 

Maybe I could get rid of the original Nancy Drew series??? It is indeed super problematic from both a race and gender standpoint, and I’m sure the “female detective” void would be filled quickly because so many of us crave it, and would create it in the absence. 

I don’t know. Fuck this question. LOL.

What Character do you feel like you’ve grown the most from as a person?

I would like to think that each character I’ve read has, in some way, impacted me or taught me a little something about myself. 

Each book is read with a split mindset. On one side, I’m just reading to read, to be entertained and relax. But on the other side, I’m reading to be critical, and to learn about any number of things – how to write, how to create a story, what I like in writing, what I don’t, etc. And from that dual mindset, I’m reacting to things and developing opinions. Those opinions give me a chance to examine myself, to examine my principals, to examine my knowledge.

Maybe not every book is going to do all of those things, but it’s a cumulative experience, and at the end of the day I am who I am because of all the books and all the characters I’ve come into contact with. 

One that sticks out the most isn’t even a character at all, but a real-life person. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen was very important to me during high school. It is her biography about dealing with mental health issues, and her feelings around her personal and family life, as well as being in a psychiatric ward with other women dealing with a range of their own issues. The moral of the story was really we’re all a little bit crazy, we all have our own struggles and it’s okay to deal with your own with a sense of ownership.

As a teen, I struggled with depression, with upsetting changes at home that I didn’t have the skills or the understanding to deal with. And, in most cases, neither did the adults in my life. This book made growing up easier. Plain and simple. I feel like I owe my self-reflection and okay-ness with not being okay, to this book. It made me feel like it wasn’t the end of the world. 

I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.

If you could change any story ending, what ending would you change and why?

I have a shelf on Goodreads called “shit ending tho,” but as I scroll through it I don’t find any books that I liked enough to really want to take the time to change an ending. 

Except… for Gone Girl.

OH SHIT. That ending pissed me off. 

Look, you might not be a fan of it because by now it’s such a “thing,” but when I first read it, it wasn’t. It was just a book with good word of mouth. And I fucking loved it. It was a roller coaster of clever, cutting psychoanalysis done by a psycho. 

The whole reading experience, I was thinking how is this going to end?! OMG HOW?!

And then it ends… but no, not really. It gets dragged out a little bit more and it starts to feel like beating a dead horse; like the rush of emotions is being used just for the sake of it. And then when it does actually end it is rushed, but also anti-climactic, like there was no real outcome for all the shit they went through. They are just back home together, but hating it even more? SERIOUSLY. I’m sure there’s some literary case you can make for metaphors and blah blah blah, but on the whole, it was a shit ending that I am still irritated by. The movie, I think was better in that one regard.

And I’m not putting a spoiler alert there because it’s been out for nearly a decade and there’s a movie. So if you haven’t read it by now, that’s on you. 

A book out of your comfort zone that you read and loved?

I read a lot of Blake Crouch and I love his writing, which I’ve always thought was an exception to the rule because I am in no way interested in Sci-Fi. Like at all. 

The Pines series I devoured inside of a week. And Dark Matter was one of my favourite reads of the last couple of years. 

Truth is, I only even started reading The Pines series because I am low-key in a love/disgust relationship with Matt Dillon and I wanted to read the books before I watched the mini-series he starred in based on them. But it turns out, Blake Crouch has a fan for life and I’ll pretty much read anything he writes at this point. 

For further clarification on my love/disgust relationship with Matt Dillon, please leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to reply with a full rant.

If you could blog with any character, who would you co-blog with?

Maybe Charley Davidson from the Charley Davidson series by Darydna Jones. 

Charley’s energy and humour would work really well around here. Can you imagine a True Crime Tuesday with her commentary? GOLD.

What bookish hill will you die on?

JAMES PATTERSON IS AN AWFUL FUCKING WRITER.

AWFUL.

FUCKING TERRIBLE. 

Being successful means nothing. The only people I’ve ever met who think he’s a great author, are the people who don’t read new writers. A friend said, “Name someone better,” like that was a challenge. I said KARIN SLAUGHTER. She said, “Who’s that?”

ryan howard what GIF

This is why he’s successful.

He’s an airport novel writer and people think because he’s been around a long time it’s who they should be reading. But it’s fluff. It’s filler. It’s bad prose. It’s bad descriptors. It’s bad characters and bad relationships. And bad storylines. It’s like he’s never seen human interaction before. It’s just bad all around. 

I will never, ever be moved from this position.

🔪MY QUESTIONS

  • What is the most overrated/over-hyped book, in your opinion?
  • Name an overused book trope that others hate, but you love.
  • What’s a book you used to love, but have since realized what actually terrible?
  • Do you DNF books? Why or why not?
  • What’s the one thing about a book that is guaranteed to make you TBR it? 

🔪MY NOMINATIONS


Until next time, Booknerds…

15 thoughts on “Book Tag: The Entertaining Blogger Award

  1. Please tell me more about your love/disgust relationship with Matt Damon because I always wanna know goss!

    Also along the James Patterson line I will sometimes just refuse to talk to non-avid readers about books because if they’re someone who only reads every once and a while then usually they only read whats popular and have no taste. Is that judgmental? Absolutely but I’m still right.

    Also I have no read Gone Girl but it’s on my TBR, I have seen the movie though, but only recently aha.

    Thank you for tagging me! I’ll try and get on it ASAP!

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    1. Matt Dillon, not Damon. Okay, I’ll try to make this coherent….

      I love Matt Dillon. But that love seems to stem from the fact that I think he’s super gross. Like smarmy, like he probably has really weird sexual proclivities that would weird you out. Like he might masturbate in his car at stop lights. But I *think* it’s the roles I’ve seen him in that make me feel this way – There’s Something About Mary, Wild Things. And in reality, he’s actually really hot. So it’s like I think he’s so gross that I come back around to wanting him. He’s in a movie coming out in May where he plays a really disgusting serial killer and I CAN’T WAIT, but also I know it’s going to be a very conflicting thing for me to watch and I’m going to have to once again, emotionally deal with the fact that I find someone so completely and totally off-putting to be very attractive.

      AND YES I COMPLETELY AGREE about judging casual readers. I try not to, because I realize not everyone want to dedicate that much time to books, but at the very least you would think that they’d do a little research into what they like to read and find some authors that they mesh with well. I don’t understand just picking up popular books. Like, “oh it’s about to be turned into a movie, so it must be good!”

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      1. Ahahaha of course I got it wrong 🤦🏼‍♀️

        Oh yep I can see that, I don’t find him attractive but I can see how someone can and then the characters he plays can cause conflicting feelings. I’m sure I have at least one of those too I just can’t think of any off the top of my head.

        Never has something been said that was less true (the book being good because it’s a movie part) 😂

        I think mum used to get annoyed that I would straight out refuse to read 50 shades before giving it a go because I knew it was terrible until she started reading what I told her to read and understand why I can’t go from reading books this good to that 😂 I did my time with bad books in my twilight days I’m not doing it again 🤷🏼‍♀️

        I also get similar when it comes to people trying to give me writing advice and I’m sorry but I’m not going to take it from someone I barely know who as far as I’m aware isn’t published yet and likely only reads epic fantasy written by old men who like to include sexual assault and homophobia so it’s “realistic”. Im good. Im gonna search out advice from authors I read and enjoy because I aspire to write books that I’d enjoy reading as much as writing.

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        1. OMG 50 SHADES!! The worst of the worst. There is literally nothing more maddening to me than books that straight up suck blowing up like that and becoming money-making machines and everyone jumps on that band wagon and says it’s “good.” My mother-in-law even read it and I just can’t evennnnn.

          Meanwhile, *actually* good books only get hot within reading circles, not mainstream, and never become movies or anything. Where are my Karin Slaughter movies!? Her books are brilliant.

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          1. I knoooooow! My mum kept telling me I should read it and give it a chance and I asked my sister if I should since she’d read it too and was like absolutely not you’ll hate it (she loves it).

            I’m still yet to read her books but seeing as I’ve heard nothing but good things I think she should definitely get a movie deal!

            A lot of my faves seem to have tv or movie deals but have been stuck in the pipeline for so long that I try not to remember so that I’m not disappointed if I never get them 😂

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