Liebster Award

Thank you to Emer at A Little Haze Book Blog for my first nomination for The Lobster Award! If you don’t know who she is, click on the link to check out her blog, she is genuine, real and her posts are fun to read.

What is The Liebster Award?

(and yes this info is all copied from Emer’s post since she always does an amazing job researching these awards and I have no patience hahaha)

I found all this information on The Global Aussie‘s page.

“The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

Rules:

  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

Questions from Emer:

What is your favourite all time music video? Share a link.

Honestly…I’m a kid of the 80’s and I was glued to MTV when music videos started being a “thing” and I’m sure I could go scour youtube for more recent music videos of current songs but THIS video…brings me back to being a kid, and I thought it was so innovative when I first saw it.

If you could spend a year living in another country where would you choose and why?

Italy because of the food and history.

If you could switch places with any character (book, TV show, or film) for a day, who would you switch with and what would you do?

Seriously? So hard…I’ll say Elizabeth Bennett in the Pride & Prejudice version with Keira Knightley. Haha, I want to be in THAT exact movie though, like I want Darcy to meet me across the field at sunrise and say “I love, I love, I love you…”. Yes just like that, sigh.

What is the best snack food in your opinion?

Potato chips.

Do you like to read the book before you watch its film adaptation?

If I read the book first, then sometimes I will watch the film. But if I watch the film first, most likely I will not read the book.

What’s on your list of top three books that you have read so far in 2019?

Queen of Nothing by. Holly Black

Vow of Thieves by. Mary E. Pearson

Patron Saints of Nothing by. Randy Ribay

What are three things you love most about being a member of the online book community (blogs, book twitter, bookstagram, Goodreads etc.)?

Making new reader friends and finding books I’ve never heard of!

Do you have a bucket list? If yes, what are the top five items on your list? If not, what do you think would be in your top five?

  1. write a book
  2. travel bucket list: Greece, Iceland, China, Japan
  3. Britney Spears concert (yes…I love her. I don’t care if she lip-syncs, I just want to dance my booty off and her music makes me do that.)
  4. Take my kids to the Philippines one day
  5. ??? gosh…I better make add some things to my bucket list – I used to have things like see Prince in concert (but he passed away before I could! 😢)

If they were making a film of your life who would you like to cast as yourself?

Hmm, it would have to be a short filipino actress, I just don’t know many in Hollywood. Vanessa Hudgens? I don’t know, I know she’s half filipino and she’d make me look gorgeous right? LOL

What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Muahaha, follow my son around at school maybe, just to see how he acts with his friends and teacher. And not in a way where I hope he’s behaving (I know he is), I just want to see his face when he and his friends are laughing or the interesting things he tells his teacher, etc…he’s a good kid.

If you could pick someone to write and perform a song inspired by you, who would you pick?

HARD question!! I’ll say Bruno Mars, because I love him. He’s from Hawaii too so I think he would get me. 😍

I am nominating (and no you are not obligated to do this!):

The Library Looter

Nicole

Floras Musings

Yna the Mood Reader

Joanna

Blair

AceReader

Storme Reads

My Reading Escape

Pop of Geek

L.M. Durand

My Questions for You:

  1. What’s your most anticipated read for 2020?
  2. What’s your favorite holiday?
  3. Name three other things you like to do other than read?
  4. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? And if you do, what is your 2020 New Year’s resolution?
  5. What is your guilty pleasure?
  6. Vampire or Werewolf?
  7. At the top of your head – what is your favorite book that you read this year?
  8. Are you a list minute Christmas shopper or do you get everything done way before the Christmas rush?
  9. Has your reading preferences changed over the years? Are you more into a genre now that you weren’t interested in before?
  10. Disney + or Nah?? And if you do have Disney +…what was the first thing you watched?
  11. What movie or book do you want to see or read before the end of 2019?

The Blogger Recognition Award

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select up to 10 to 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Thank you so much to Emer at A Little Haze Book Blog for nominating for this blogger award. She has been such an awesome support of my blog and I appreciate it so much. Check out her awesome blog and give her a follow, she has fun book tags and fabulous book reviews!

How Past Midnight came to be:

Honestly? I wanted to read arcs on NetGalley because money is tight when you have two kids! 🤣 When I was single with no kids, I bought books without a care. Having kids…well, my kids can’t eat books, right?

I found out about NetGalley and I wanted in! I used to blog, years ago…even got paid writing wedding planning articles for blogs so I thought I’ve done this before…mind you I’ve been out of it a few years though. I’ve been a lover of books since I was eleven…I’ve been reading for thirty years so I would consider myself experienced. Then one day in March 2019 I said I’m going to do it. And here I am. I called it Past Midnight because I start reading as I put my daughter to bed at night and when a book is good I read “past midnight”. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It’s been so much fun, I love having access to arcs, I’m back at buying books too because I have a bigger space to house them. I’ve made such awesome friends in the blog world and on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter. It’s been more than I could have imagined and I love it. 😍

Two Pieces of Advice to New Bloggers:

I think the obvious and best advice would be to be YOURSELF on your blog. Because seriously…that’s the best advice to give! But here are two more pieces of advice that helped me build this blog:

#1 – A thing that helped me a lot with posting everyday even if I didn’t have a book to review is doing book tags, blogger awards (if you are nominated), and weekly memes that bloggers host. There is so much out there! I have two young children that want my attention constantly, even if one is in school, the other is still home with me and we run errands and do activities some days so at times I have no time to read or even post. So PRE-SCHEDULE some book tag posts, or weekly memes for your blog. Currently some weekly prompts/memes I’ve tried are:

All of these are fun, easy and adds some different content to your blog other than book reviews. Especially when you don’t have a book review lined up – these have been a lifesaver for me!

#2 – I’m never satisfied with the way my blog looks, I’m always changing something after a few months. But I found an easy way to add some graphics and that’s by using Canva. It’s how I make blog banners or just add some simple graphics to my page and it’s free! I’m all about free. I paid for one graphic I think and it was only $1. So it doesn’t break the bank at all.

And that’s that! As always you are not obligated to do this post, only if you want to 😘 – here is who I’m nominating:

TheGeekishBrunette

Prose & Pancakes

Storme Reads

Somewhere Lost In Books

Sometimes Leelyn Reads

Biblio Jojo

Yna the Mood Reader

Kitty Maries Reading Corner

abellafairytale

Jessica E. Larsen