14 January 2015

Sisterhood Of the World Bloggers Award

The other day my friend and fellow blogger Lakshmi nominated me to participate in this award. It's not really an award in the sense that someone picks a winner, it's really just more of a tag. But it looked fun, so I thought I'd do it. Here we go, my first tag!

The Rules For This Award Tag:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their website.
2. Put the award logo on your blog to show that you are now part of the sisterhood.
3. Answer the ten questions from the blogger who nominated you.
4. Nominate ten bloggers.
5. Write ten questions for your nominees to answer.

1. I already mentioned Lakshmi, but I'll do it again: Lakshmi, thanks so much for thinking of me with this award! If people want to read Lakshmi's awesome award post, click here.

2. I just added it. Not sure how long I'm supposed to leave it on, though. A month? A year? Forever? I guess I'll leave it on for a while, until I take it off (or more likely I'll forget to take it off, and it really will stay on forever).

3. Okay, here we go:

Which book were you most influenced by in your life?
Hmm, that's a hard one. I suppose it's the Harry Potter books, cliché as that sounds. I've been watching the movies since I was in diapers, and reading the books since I was in pigtails. The books (and movies) taught me to get excited about release dates, because there is something so magical about being one of the first to read/watch something. They also taught me what friendship really meant, and how bravery manifests itself in so many different ways. They showed me that love trumps all, and that sacrifice is the ultimate expression of love. 

What was your most memorable moment of 2014?
2014 at was a pretty good year for me. My most memorable moment is really my most memorable week and a half: my dad took me on a trip to Scotland and England this summer, and we went everywhere from Edinburgh Castle to Stonehenge to Harry Potter Studios. I really can't pick just one moment out of all the fantastic moments from that trip, but going along with the Harry Potter theme I guess I'll choose the moment I first saw Hogwarts castle. Out of all of the props I saw at Harry Potter Studios, it was the castle that truly took my breath away. Really, it felt less like a prop and more like an actual piece of the wizarding world. That is the closest I will ever get to really attending Hogwarts in real life!

Do you think right and wrong are subjective or universal?

Oof, that's heavy! I suppose it depends on what kind of right and wrong you're talking about. I believe that most guidelines for what's right and what's wrong are in the Bible (Christian here, in case you didn't know), but I think that everyone has a slightly different take on right or wrong for certain issues. For example, I don't have a problem with reading books or watching movies that feature magic, but I think it's unhealthy to read about excessively violent stories. That doesn't mean that I judge anyone who likes The Hunger Games (let's face it, if I did I'd be out of friends!). I also don't let people from my faith look down their noses at me because I read Harry Potter. But on the big issues, yeah, I think they're universal.

Which book character do you think you are most like (personality-wise)?
I want to say Hermione from Harry Potter, but I've mentioned Harry Potter in every single question so far so I'll try to be a little more creative. Let's see . . . 
I think I have to go with Miri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. I'm not quite so worried about romance as she was (to be fair, though, I'm not participating in a competition to marry someone I've never met), but I do love to study, and want to do the best I possibly can in order to make my family happy. I'm also short like her - I mean, I'm not tiny, but I'm 5'3" which is about three inches than my younger brother. And boy does he never let me forget it.

If you could/would publish a book, what would it be about?
I've got tons of story ideas, two of which are actually first drafted, but I've never had the time/energy to polish them and try to get them published. A lot of my stories focus on female heroines, many of whom have lost loved ones, learning to deal with whatever struggles come their way (there's usually a male best friend involved, too - I like the sweet romance that's more friendship than romance).

Have you ever pranked anyone and if so, what was the prank about?
My pranks are usually really lame. I think my best one was the time I e-mailed my mom's e-mail account pretending to be the manager of a tennis program my brother had recently been accepted into. I explained that "X has been dropped from the program because of his unsuitable conduct toward his teammates." I got Mom to show him the e-mail, and he believed it for about thirty seconds. It was hilarious to watch his face.

If you could live in any fictional world, which one would it be and why?
Hogwarts, duh!
Wait, I'm trying to be more creative with my answers. Okay, fine, I guess it would be Carthya, which is where Sage from The False Prince lives. It's got that old-timey feel to it that would be really fun, but there's still necessities like hot-water baths. Also, there's Sage. I could just hang out with him at BLEEP (sorry, spoilers!) all the time.

Would you either choose to be Rich, but extremely stupid or Smart, but immensely poor? Why?
Smart, but immensely poor. I couldn't stand being stupid. Though I guess I wouldn't know I was stupid, would I? . . . Anyway, if I was really that stupid I'd squander all my money away and be miserable! If I was smart but poor I could work my way up in the world.

If you could have any superpowers, which one would you want?
Easy, flight. I've always wanted to be able to fly.

Which one would you want to be, a Vampire or a Werewolf (the traditional ones)? 
Ick to both! But I would rather be a werewolf, because vampires are, like, undead and blood-sucking and stuff. At least werewolves get to be normal some of the time. Plus, I've got a soft spot for werewolves because of *forcibly stops* never mind. I wasn't going to mention a Harry Potter character. No, sirree!

4. I'm going to leave this one open-ended. Think this looks fun but haven't been nominated? Well, now you have! Just be sure to leave the link to your post in the comments below so I can check it out. Don't have a blog but still think it looks fun? Then just answer the questions in the comments section!

What is your favorite place to read, and why is it your favorite?
What is/was your favorite school subject?
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
What is your least favorite thing about bloging?
Do you follow the crowd with your reading (i.e. do you love The Hunger Games, TFIOS, Divergent, etc)?
The big debate: ebooks or physical books?
Would you rather get books as gifts, or gift cards?
How do you discover your favorite books?
If you were marooned on a deserted island (but didn't have to worry about survival basics like food and water), what one book character would you want to be marooned with?
We all know you're supposed to read the book before you see the movie. But do you think movie adaptations are worth seeing at all?

I had a lot of fun participating in this award. Be sure to link back here if you answer my questions, so I can see what you put!


  1. OMG!! I LOVE SCOTLAND!!!!!! ALWAYS WANTED TO VISIT THERE!!!!!!!!!! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!! That sounds fantastic!!!!!!!!! Cool dad!!
    I hope you'll get to publish a book one day! Would love to read it!!
    Haha I actually thought that prank was pretty funny! Pranking your siblings never ceases to be hilarious! XD
    Thanks for doing the tag! Love your answers!
    Eclectic Introspections @ Flickering Lights

    1. I have to say, Scotland is definitely pretty awesome! I actually want to live there someday. I plan to maybe do a year abroad in college, and then later move back once I'm done with school.
      Thanks, I'd love to someday publish a book! However, that's kind of taken a backburner in the last few months as I've been insanely busy with school and working on this blog.
      Aw, thanks! The only reason he figured out it was a hoax was because I signed the name at the bottom as a character from a book I was reading, and once he reached it in the e-mail he recognized it as being fake. Ah, well, now I know what not to do next time!
      Thank YOU for nominating me, Lakshmi!

  2. Glad to see you had such an enjoyable trip to England! I am a Christian too and believe right and wrongs are in the Bible as well, but I know that everyone's opinion on what is right and wrong will vary according to their beliefs. I think I would also choose to be smart and extremely poor too :P

    1. Haha, it sounds like we're a lot alike in lots of different ways! Thanks so much for reading/commenting!


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