Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

Firstly, a big thanks to Aliza Shandel for nominating me, please go check out her gorgeous blog here! If you like books and baking (and who doesn’t?!), you’ll love it.

Anyway, here’s how this award works –

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer their ten questions in a blog post
  3. Ask ten new questions
  4. Nominate new people for the award

Here are my answers to Aliza’s questions…

1.What three books would you bring with you on a desert island?

I’d definitely need some kind of engrossing adventure to distact myself from my current predicament, so I’d have to go with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as I could never tire of this book. I would also take Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, to provide some form of culture and education. And finally, I would take Andy Weir’s The Martian, to make me laugh and remind myself that some people have it even worse than me.

2. What movie makes you want to get up and dance (or just never fails to make you happy)?

Definitely Disney – who can’t be happy when watching Disney? – and my absolute favourite is The Aristocats. The music to this film never fails to make me sing and dance along!

3. Do you have a morning ritual that helps you get psyched for your day? If so, what is it?

Nopety-nope. I am the worst morning person in the entire world. It was mildly acceptable when I was a teenager or a student, but now I’m meant to be a proper grown up it is just ridiculous. I’ve tried so many things – a radio alarm clock, blasting out happy music, dancing, eating a healthy breakfast, exercising… literally nothing I do gets me psyched for the day, ever. Regardless of what I do or how much sleep I get, I will be stubbornly tired and miserable until at least 10am. If you have a particularly good morning routine or ritual please let me know; hopefully I can one day break my outrageously lazy morning routine.

4. What are you most looking forward to this fall?

When I first got nominated for this award my answer was most definitely my holiday to Egypt, and I just got back a few days ago! A burst of heat and sunshine was definitely needed before the long, cold English winter, and it was great!

5. Is there something that you cook or bake that brings back fond memories?

These questions really aren’t painting me in the best light, as along with being terribly lazy, I’m also an awful cook. My boyfriend however, is a fantastic cook, so I am utterly and undeservedly spoilt when it comes to food. The only thing I can do in the kitchen is bake, and baking always seems to bring back nice memories of home. Making homemade mince pies at Christmas was always a tradition for me and my mum in our house, and one I continued to uphold until I moved out this year. But the best memories definitely come with making fruit crumble; in our garden we grew raspberries, blackberries and cooking apples, and every summer I would check on them constantly, so excited for when they were ready to be picked and turned into the best crumbles ever.

6. On a lazy day, what are you most likely to be found doing?

A true lazy day for me would see me doing absolutely nothing – lazing around in bed and watching reruns of TV shows (at the moment I’m working my way through Desperate Housewives for the bazillionth time), or reading and drinking tea.

7. What three songs are you listening to most this week?

Are You With Me by Lost Frequencies, I’m a Mess by Ed Sheeran (I am obsessed with Eddy in general, but I can’t stop playing this song at the moment) and Downtown by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (“Going 38 Dan, chill the fuck out. Mow your damn lawn and sit the hell down!”)

8. Is there a specific time of day you like to blog most?

I would love to say I’m super organized and blog at a specific time every day, but because of work I usually end up blogging in the evenings – not the best time of the day to be productive, but we all now know me and mornings don’t get along.

9. When do you start holiday shopping?

I’m guessing this question means Christmas shopping, and if so then I stick to a very strict pattern every year – I plan to be super-organized and get everything done in plenty of time, then leave everything until the last week before Christmas.

10. Which fictional characters (from film, TV, or books) would you most like to meet and what activity would you want to do with them?

I have so many answers to this question I don’t know where to start! I would love to have Katniss Everdeen teach me how to shoot a bow and arrow, sit down with Mark Watney and have a chat about Mars, have Celaena Sardothien teach me how to be a badass and be stranded on a desert island with Sawyer from Lost (do I really need to explain why?!)

Here are my questions –

  1. What is your favourite book, ever? (I know, I started with a real easy one!)
  2. Which book(s) have given you the worst book hangovers? (If you’re not sure what a book hangover is, see here)
  3. If you could be a character from any book, who would you be?
  4. Which book-to-movie adaptation do you think is the best?
  5. What’s your worst reading habit?
  6. What’s your favourite TV show?
  7. What’t your favourite book universe?
  8. Which book have you re-read the most?
  9. Which book has made you laugh the most?
  10. As we’re fast approaching Christmas, what’s your favourite feel-good, homey Christmas read?

And here are my nominations! As always, no pressure to do this post if you don’t have the time, but I’d be really interested to hear your answers. And if anyone else wants to answer some of these questions, post them in the comments – I’d love to read them!

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