I Ramble On About Books, Blogging and Life (ft. my takes on “generic” blogging content and getting into deep stuff) aka the Liebster Award

Welcome back to volume I-don’t-even-know-what-number of me oversharing, again!

The lovely Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea tagged me back in September to do this post (I’m so sorry I haven’t replied to it, I’ll do it asap ❤ ), and since I suck and school is making me very tired and having less time to blog, I haven’t gotten around to it until now. Also, her questions were so interesting and fun that I simply couldn’t pass on doing it. Thank you for tagging me, Caitlin!

I’m going to you know, end this introduction now because this post is way too long (it’s now 2.4 thousand words geez), so we can actually get to the good part of this post!

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The 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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Explain your rating system.

It’s actually really funny, because I did a post all about breaking my rating system down three weeks ago! I’ll just link you to it because I’m lazy and it’s frankly way too convoluted to condense it, haha. Also, it really isn’t a Taasia post without some self-plugging, am I right?

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Which books do you need to reread?

Oh my gosh, I really do need to reread some things, soon. I would really like to re-listen to the audiobook of Evelyn Hugo before the year is up, because hello, it’s Evelyn Hugo. I might also just squeeze in a reread of Darius the Great Is Not Okay because I really just like crying, I guess. The main thing I think I would need to reread is the Infernal Devices trilogy because Chain of Gold is releasing in March 2020 (!!!!!) and again, I just like feeling things I guess? (Spoiler: Oh my god, Wessa) I honestly don’t know how I’m going to reread it (like month-by-month? or binge?) but it’s chill. I’ll figure out a way to get it done.

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Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?

Honestly, this is a tough one. It’s a tie between New York City, New Haven and London, I suppose? I have very fond memories of all three places (especially London), they are all great places and I have such a great time whenever I visit. I love the urban-ness and flurry of New York City, I just love the ambience of New Haven (fall!!) and everything about London, honestly. There’s a good chance I might visit some of these places in the summer for college tours and what not, but yeah. Very excited and I love these places so so much!!!

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Who are some of your blogging inspirations?

I really have so many, it’s insane!! I truly am in love with the community and everything they do (even though blogging is not as appreciated as say, a platform like YouTube), but yeah, I’m going to list some of my blogging inspirations here. I’m beyond blessed to call these people my friends, and you all need to show them all the love!!

  • Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea – Shealea does amazing work with promoting diverse books and pushing forward Asian literature and creators! On top of organising so many awesome blogging tours, she co-runs the Year of the Asian Challenge 2019 and she’s just doing the most and we all just. need. to appreciate her and everything she does, frankly.
  • May @ Forever and Everly – May’s blog is just?? Perfection?? She has a fantastic personality, an amazing blogging voice, and her blog aesthetic and content is truly just of untouchable quality. Also, on the day this post is going up, it is her birthday so more reason to just appreciate her.
  • Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books – I’ve gushed about Marie so many times before, and I will continue to gush about her. Marie’s blog hopping skills are truly unrivaled, and she always manages to churn out some thoughtful, beautiful content. She is like my blogging big sister and I truly am inspired by her every single day.
  • Elise @ The Bookish Actress – Elise was one of my favourite Goodreads reviewers when I started blogging, and she is now one of my favourite reviewers. She has such a wonderful blogging voice, is wise beyond her years and has god-tier music taste. I use her ‘how to review’ guide religiously when writing my own review posts, and honestly, the way she organises her life and reading and blogging is beyond inspirational.
  • CW @ The Quiet Pond – I think I fell in love with CW’s blog the first time I saw it. Her art is truly out-of-this-world and this really comes through in both the design of the Quiet Pond and her own individual artworks. She constantly creates such amazing, thought-provoking and truly enjoyable blog posts and helps me to discover so many wonderfully diverse books.Screen Shot 2019-04-02 at 10.10.17 PM

What’s your favorite character name?

I had to think long and hard on this one and I feel like I’m majorly blanking out here, but this truly has to go to Hermione from well, the Harry Potter series / the Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. It’s so unique and just really beautiful, in my opinion, and it also helps that Hermione Granger is one of my favourite characters in literature, ever, and the first character I really connected with.

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What’s your biggest blogging insecurity?

Oh god, I honestly could make a whole post on this. But just to name a few hello Libra indecisiveness!!!! it would be posting mediocre content, not being able to comment / the very little amount of blog hopping I do, and my blog aesthetic. I feel like I could produce more original, thoughtful blogging content and sometimes I feel like my content is so mediocre? I’m honestly very behind on comments which is depressing, and I have so little time that I pretty much have fallen the face of the Earth with blog hopping. And doing graphic-artsy stuff is not my thing AT ALL, which doesn’t help when I compare my blog aesthetic with others!!! Which is … fun.

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What genre do you want to read more of?

Right now, I feel like I’m pretty happy with the genres of books I’m reading, I guess. But if I had to choose, I would like to read more thriller/mystery books and classics. The former because I want to dip my toes more into adult books (which thrillers, in my opinion, are great for) and the latter so I can just say I’ve read certain books and to essentially shut up non-readers who believe that not reading classics makes you an invalid reader, which is so annoying but another discussion for another day and to feel some sort of accomplishment in myself, I suppose?

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Biggest regret in life?

Whoa, Caitlin is really asking the deep questions.

I don’t have one ~massive~ huge, obvious regret right now, but more like a series of medium ones, I guess.

Number one: Don’t simply be passive when someone is really crossing you, I guess. Like, don’t cause fights unnecessarily, but I feel like I sit back to the point where I lowkey become a pushover.

Number two: I am very good at giving lots of time and effort to people who don’t reciprocate in the same amount, which just leads to a lot of wasted time and effort that frankly, isn’t necessary at times. And just be better at identifying who’s worth it and who isn’t. Because that’s important.

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Why do you cry because of a book?

I’ve said this before but I’ll reiterate it here: For some reason, it is very, very rare for me to cry when reading books. I can count on one hand the amount of books that have genuinely made me cry (I think I can only remember about 2, and maybe 3 at best?), and it’s normally either because it’s a very emotional moment, I connected with something in the book very deeply, or just something breaks, I suppose. Emotions are hard things to explain.

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What’s your dream job?

My idea of a dream job is that it involves something I’m truly passionate about, make a heck ton of money doing it, and be extremely successful in it. So right now, I wouldn’t say I have a clear idea of what my exact dream job is, but I’m looking into law or something in publishing. Or maybe I’ll find my idea of a dream job somewhere along the way in life, I guess. What happens happens.

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Give your opinion on each generic blog post (reviews, tags/awards, discussions, recommendations, lists, TBRs and wrap-ups).

Reviews: For me, what makes reviews are two things: 1) the content (duh), and 2) the voice of the reviewer. The second is actually critical for me, because it will make or break my enjoyment of the review. If I can’t click with your writing voice, reviews can sometimes lose its appeal. But I do think it’s super important in helping so many people decide whether they should read books, and they have an integral part in the community!

Tags/Awards: This one is kind of a mixed bag. Yes, they can come across as repetitive and monotonous, but I think (awards especially) they can be really cute and sweet! And they are great posts to write when you need to post something a little lighter and fun, I suppose.

Discussions: These are some of my favourite blog posts. Part of what makes the world interesting is the difference in human opinion over certain matters, and seeing people’s perspectives on certain topics is so interesting, and a lot of the time, it makes me question my perspective on said topic, and they’re just great to read.

Recommendations/Lists: These are so fun to create and read! I don’t know what it is about them, but I just really gravitate towards these types of posts and just love them a lot.

TBRs and Wrap Ups: Yeah, they’re generic and all, but I think wrap ups in particular are interesting! I’m genuinely interested in seeing what people have read/gotten up to in terms of life in that particular month. Also, seeing what people intend to read and you know, screaming at gently urging people to read your favourite books / books that you liked is pretty great, not gonna lie. And since the community is incredibly creative, people are really great at putting their own unique spin on them and they make for great reads! I also do really like.

I think these posts are great to give new creators a structure to follow, which helps them to find their stride, and I’m honestly team like / do what you want. Because if it makes you happy, you should feel free to pursue it.

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11 Facts About Me:

  1. I LOVE pineapple on pizza. I know a lot of people think it’s not “proper” pizza or whatever, but I say we let the people do what they want.
  2. I am a huge overachiever. I consider myself to be an extremely ambitious person and I like to do the most, which can be … problematic to me, my mental care and my self-care routine.
  3. My favourite colour is blue. More specifically, sky blue. It’s just genuinely gorgeous and I cannot think of anything more beautiful.
  4. I genuinely cannot stand nutella. I know if any of my irl friends see this they will scream at me, but I genuinely think it’s crusty and gross and just … *shudders* beyond NASTY. Come for me.
  5. I’m actually super into astrology! Not like I-use-the-stars to decide my decisions kind of thing. I just find it really fascinating to see the characteristics assigned to each sign and see how well it matches with people’s personality.
  6. My Myers-Brigg Personality Test ennegram thing is constantly evolving. I’ve taken it three times, and have gotten different results every single time (ENFJ, ESFP and INTJ), and I’m choosing to just identify with INTJ for now.
  7. I have a younger sister. I don’t mention her much here, but I guess we’re pretty close, especially since we have a close age gap? It’s a complex relationship though.
  8. My biggest fear is needles, especially when stuck in body parts. This sounds overly specific, but it’s real I have broken down, and have the potential to break down, before vaccinations. The mere THOUGHT of having a needle stuck inside me or seeing it stuck in a human is truly gross and terrifying to me and makes me want to recoil into a ball. It’s horrifying.
  9. I’m a huge ambivert! Or more specifically, an outgoing introvert. I do need my alone time and all, but I also really enjoy being social, especially if it’s people I know.
  10. I’m incredibly indecisive. Okay, this is a Libra thing, but it really is incredibly applicable. I have to ask and be validated by other people’s opinion with like 90% of the things I do. It’s a trainwreck.
  11. I love debate. Yeah, this is kind of another Libra thing as well, haha, but I love the process of formulating an argument and spearheading it and it’s just a lot of fun. But like, classic debate or in an academic competition, I guess? Just … not in a Model United Nations setting.

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I Nominate:

I honestly have no idea who to nominate because I feel like EVERYONE has done this, but feel free to take this tag if you want and say you’re tagged by me. The questions are below if you’re interested in doing it!

My Questions:

  1. What are some of your lesser-known passions?
  2. Share three controversial / non-mainstream opinions you have.
  3. What are some of your favourite artists / albums you’ve been listening to recently?
  4. What are your thoughts on typical literary genres? (e.g fantasy / romance / sci-fi / horror / thriller / mystery / classics / historical etc.)
  5. Is there a lesson you would have told your younger self (i.e yourself five years ago) and if so, what is it?
  6. Who are some bloggers you feel deserve some more love?
  7. What inspired you to choose your blogging name? (Adapt this as to how you see fit).
  8. Have you ever met people who have changed your life, and if so, how? (Feel free to elaborate if you want, but please don’t push yourself out of your comfort zone if you’re not comfortable with this question!)
  9. List down a superpower (or multiple superpowers) if you could choose one.
  10. What is the best book you’ve read recently, and why?
  11. What would your perfect day be like?

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What are your thoughts on these questions? Any thing you particularly relate to? What are your thoughts on the different types of generic posts? Screen Shot 2018-09-09 at 10.59.32 AM

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