Mystery Blogger Award Book Tag

In the festive season, I’ve joined in a few book tags, and although Christmas is now over with, I’m still enjoying them. What better way to pick up from the winter blues. Thank you to Jenny who tagged me in this one that’s been going around for a while. The Mystery Blogger Award was originally started by Okoto Oke Enigma, and you can find out more here.

Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions.
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me
1. I’ve been interested in Ancient Egypt since I was a child, and planned to study in Cairo if I hadn’t become ill at 17. I was first captured by a book as a reward for a good parents evening in an independent book shop when I was about five. My love for it has never stopped, and since becoming ill, I’ve made the most of having the time to study on my own terms.

2. I have three tattoos. My first tattoo is hieroglyphics on my left wrist saying “powerful woman” that I got when I had been free from my abusive ex for long enough to feel safe, about five years ago. My other two I got on the same day in October 2020, one planned, one impulsive. The planned one is the changing moon signs down my right forearm, and the impulsive one is a paper crane with a red poppy on my right ankle that I got in memorial of my Grandad.

3. I’m a body positivity advocate and took part in a photo shoot for the wonderful Snag tights a while ago that was a genuinely life changing experience. It was one of the most incredible days, and I left on such a high that has never really left me. It made me feel hugely proactive regarding fat positivity as well as body positivity, starting with accepting my own changed body, and encouraging others to love themselves however they are too.

Jenny’s Questions
What is a book that you wish you could rewrite? (can be the whole thing or just certain parts)
I know it was a major plot line and would ruin, like, everything, but the accidental-sort-of-incest that happened in City of Bones reallllllly bothered me. I know it was important but the second hand embarrassment was real. I’d shake that up.

What is your favorite thing about the Bookish Community?
Just the fact it is a community. There’s always someone that can help you out or will support you, via social media or in person, especially in the last year.

How long have you been blogging?
Nearly two years as a book blogger. I have another, somewhat dejected, blog, that I started about two years before that, but I hardly use it any more as my book blogging life is so busy now!

This year has been quite a mess. What’s a positive thing that’s happened to you in 2020?
I made some real progress in trauma therapy, and feel I spent the year almost just focusing on myself, in a positive way. I practiced saying ‘no’, I took pressure off myself, and worked on genuine self-love. I’m really proud of that.

What are three main things that you look for in a good book?
1. Relatable characters
2. Well thought through plot – I hate plot holes!
3. A strong identity to the narrator.

My Nominations:
I’m struggling to come up with the suggested twenty people (!!!!) but in the meantime, here’s some lovely people who I can think of:
Fiona
Ellie
Kerri
Olivia
Candyce & Isabelle

My Questions:
1. What book first made you want to blog?
2. How often do you post, or try to post? Are you a prepper or a ‘I really need to write something’ blogger?
3. What hobbies do you have other than blogging?
4. What design do you have on your calendar or diary for 2021?
5. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

My Best Posts:
Characters I Love To Hate
Spooky YA Reads
All Your Twisted Secrets Review
Five Books With… Locations I’d Like To Visit
Three Mini Reviews

Thanks for reading and joining me for one of my first posts of the year. Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you would like to be!

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