Why I Annotate

As some of my followers may have noticed, I have been doing a lot more reading recently. From audiobooks, classics and new releases, I have been exploring a lot of new content, which has led me to me think about how I read. As a big part of this process has always centred around annotations, I thought that it might be interesting to think about why I do this.

Q: What are Annotations?

I really like this definition provided by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED): “A note added to anything written, by way of explanation or comment.”

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Personally, I use annotations to record my thoughts. For example, when I recently re-read Bram Stoker’s Dracula (you can see my review here), I noted down anything that I would later be able to draw on in my studies.

Whenever I finished a chapter or a large section of the book, I would then type up both my annotation, and the quote that it was connected to. This means that I will be able to easily search through my notes, but the actual annotation on the page saved me the effort of doing this when I was in the midst of an exciting encounter with Count Dracula.

Q: What about the Books you Read for Pleasure?

The main reason that people are against annotations, is that they consider it a way of defacing beautiful books. Why would you want to scribble over a nice new release that you’ve just spent a lot of money on?

I completely understand this point of view and, in truth, I don’t annotate every new book that I read. If I have a particularly nice copy, I simply won’t want to write in it. Instead, I use a notebook a little like I would usually use annotations. I will jot down the page number and perhaps point on the page that I am interested in, and then will scribble away in the notebook, rather than in my nice new book.

Q: What is the Point?

It is easy to see why annotations could be useful if you were studying a particular book. They help to record thoughts that could later be useful in an essay or discussion. It is harder to understand why I would choose to analyse books that I am reading for pleasure.

Dracula - AnnotationsI suppose that one reason for it is simply due to habit; the education system has instilled in me a style of note-taking that is not easy to ignore. If I see a passage that somehow relates to feminism, then how can I not make a note of it?

At the same time, these notes are very useful when I am writing my book reviews. It is easy to forget certain points about a book when you are reading it, even about the plot, itself. Notes and annotations can help remind you of certain features that you can then draw upon in reviews.

Finally, I honestly find this way of reading more interesting. It allows me to view different “layers” of a book, particularly if I’m focusing on a few, single themes, such as identity or loss. It makes for what I call a more “complete” reading experience and, to put it simply, it’s what I enjoy!


What do you think? Is there some merit in annotating books, or is it just a waste of time? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Book Blogger Hop – 20/07/18

I recently decided to join the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer! This is a chance for like-minded book bloggers to reach out and find each other by answering a weekly question.

 

This week’s question (Cathy from What Cathy Read Next) is…

Q: What’s your proudest blogging milestone or achievement?

For me, every day that I’m blogging feels like an achievement. I never used to share my writing. It was something private and personal, but now I am able to share it with hundreds of people across the world, and that really is something special. I suppose, in terms of actual milestones, reaching 300 followers was a very special moment. It may seem small, but it feels pretty big to me!


Well, that’s it for this challenge (I can’t seem to find a link to sign up to or anything). So, thank you for reading and please do let me know your thoughts on this question!

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“Dracula”: Book Review

I first read Dracula when I was studying towards my A-Levels; I wrote a paper comparing certain aspects of Robert Browning’s poems, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. During this time, I did enjoy reading the prolific gothic novel, yet, as I was studying it, I felt as though I might not have appreciated it as much as I could have done. So, I decided that it was time for a reread.

A Bit of Context

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TitleDracula.
Author: Bram Stoker.
Publication: 1897, ‎Archibald Constable and Company.
My Edition: 2008, Oneworld Classics.
Length: 354 pages.
Genre: Classic, Horror.

Abraham “Bram” Stoker was an Irish writer born in the mid-nineteenth century. His life was not particularly noteworthy until he moved to London to take over the management of Henry Irving’s theatre. This brought him into the midst of a growing literary society, home to writers such as Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Stoker’s first novel, The Snake’s Pass, was published in 1890, yet this, along with his earlier works, which consisted of short stories and children’s fiction, was very unsuccessful. His next novel was Dracula, yet this, too, was unpopular when it was first published. Then, towards the end of Stoker’s lifetime, the novel resurfaced in the literary world and, finally, Stoker was awarded the success that he deserved.

Since then, Dracula has never once been out of print, and is responsible for countless adaptations. It is one of the forefathers of the gothic genre and, as well as providing significant insights into contemporary attitudes towards sex, religion and globalisation, it makes a fantastic story.

Plot Overview

Dracula is an epistolary novel, which means that, rather than consisting of one, long narrative, it is told through various letters and diary entries. This also means that the narrator of the story is constantly changing, which helps to break up this rather long novel. The story follows the experiences of seven primary characters: Jonathan Harker, John Seward, Professor Van Helsing, Quincey Morris, Lord Godalming, Mina Harker and Lucy Westenra.

It begins with Jonathan Harker, a legal clerk who has been sent to visit a foreign Count who is planning on moving to England. This Count, Dracula, is a very mysterious man, but Harker does not suspect him of anything sinister until he realises that Dracula has locked him inside of the castle – he is a prisoner. The Count, meanwhile, is crawling up and down the building wearing Harker’s clothes and pretending to be him as he sends letters and makes himself known in town.

There is a poison in my blood, in my soul, which may destroy me; which must destroy me, unless some relief comes to us  –  Dracula.

From this point onwards, the story follows the mysterious story of Count Dracula. He moves to England, as he planned, and, once there, he produces pure chaos. Wolves escape from zoos and mysterious bite marks begin to appear on sleeping women. I don’t want to give too much more away here, because, if you haven’t already read Dracula, I strongly recommend that you do read it, even if you do not ordinarily like the classics. It has become a strong influence for many modern books, from vampire-based books such as Twilight to the Harry Potter series. What I will say, though, is that the band of characters who I mentioned earlier form a sort of defence team who work together as they attempt to vanquish the vampire.

*** THE NEXT SECTION OF THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW, THEN I SUGGEST THAT YOU SKIP TO THE “MY CONCLUSION” SECTION OF THIS POST! ***

Going Deeper into the Novel…

In this section of my reviews, I like to choose a couple of themes from the book that I can discuss a little more thoroughly. This time, I would like to talk about women, and I would like to talk about life.

Women

There are two female characters in Dracula: Mina and Lucy. They are friends, but are very different kinds of women. Mina is obedient and loyal, always thinking of ways in which she can aid her husband. Lucy, meanwhile, is much more flirtatious; she receives three marriage proposals in one day, suggesting that she has led each man on, two of them under false pretences. She holds this power over her suitors, which reflects contemporary fears regarding ‘the new woman’, a powerful, independent woman who was not reliant on men.

Dracula - Annotations.jpgThese allusions to ‘the new woman’ are emphasised when Lucy is given vampiric powers. With these powers, she attacks young children, which demonstrates a clear rejection of her maternal instincts and the only role that was traditionally considered suitable for women – childcare.

Interestingly, though, it is not only Lucy who demonstrates these characteristics. From early on in Dracula, it is revealed that Mina is a very intelligent woman. She knows the train tables off by heart and even knows shorthand. This is not a threat to masculinity until later on, when Professor Van Helsing suggests that she has a “man-brain”. Both Lucy and Mina thus reflect the growing contemporary fear of female power. Whether women reject their maternal instincts and abuse men, or whether they find a way to outwit men, this is a new kind of woman.

Life

Dracula poses many questions about life, death and life after death. After all, we meet Renfield, one of the patients in Doctor Seward’s asylum, who is desperate to “consume” life. He begins by luring a large number of flies into his room, and then feeds them to his collection of spiders. He uses the spiders to tempt birds inside, and then he eats the birds (only because Seward refused him a cat).

It’s a brutal process that is repeated many times throughout the course of the novel. Yet it represents more than mere brutality; it represents the vampire race, and the idea of attacking people for their souls, blood or, in Renfield’s terms, “life”.

I don’t care for the pale people, I like them with lots of blood in them, and hers had all seemed to have run out. I didn’t think of it at the time, but when she went away I began to think, and it made me mad to know that He had been taking the life out of her  –  Dracula.

In contextual terms, this idea of stealing life relates both to science and religion. This is due to the links to euthanasia, which are emphasised when Mina asks the men if they will – if it comes to it – kill her. Science was progressing quite quickly during this period, and euthanasia had begun to be discussed more openly. It was a moral dilemma, and is one that is debated throughout Dracula. It must be said, though, that although Mina pleads for this action to be carried out, Stoker does seem to present euthanasia as a negative thing. After all, the Count causes his victims to want to be bitten, and perhaps to want to die, too. This may suggest that those seeking euthanasia can be easily manipulated. You see, we would not call Dracula’s actions euthanasia; we would call them murder.

My Conclusion

I could not be happier with my decision to reread Dracula. I enjoyed the novel the first time around when I had to read it, but, this time, I enjoyed it even more. The characters are so distinct that, what with their layered narratives, this novel feels much longer than it actually is. I also need to mention Stoker’s incredible descriptions. Dracula’s castle was made so real to me through his language; it was easy to see how a nineteenth-century reader would be afraid of the Count.

Dracula - Annotations2.jpgWhilst I personally did not feel this fear, the novel did evoke some strong emotions in me. I became excited as the tension grew, and disappointed whenever the group fighting Dracula met a pitfall. More than anything else, though, I was intrigued. Stoker’s world is so mesmerising – so distinct. Perhaps the two most interesting aspects of it are (a) the way that Mina is able to see into the mind of Dracula, which reminded me pointedly of the way, in the Harry Potter books, that Harry is able to look into the mind of Lord Voldemort, and (b) the vampire women, who are both sensual and destructive.

I could honestly continue to talk about Dracula for hours, but I have already written an essay about it, so I’ll hold off. Truly though, I can’t hide how special this book is, and how desperate I am to recommend it to anyone and everyone. If I had one critique, it would be that the book does seem a little slow at times, but I never really felt that this stopped me from enjoying the story. If anything, it made me love it all the more!


Thank you so much for reading this review! This book was a part of my July 2018 reading challenge; if you have been wondering why I haven’t written any reviews for the books in this challenge (before this), it is because I am seriously behind with my reading. It has taken me a long time to finish Dracula, not because of the novel, but because of how busy I have been recently. Nevertheless, I hope to fit in a few more books before the end of the month, so stay tuned for more reviews!

You can click here for an A-Z list of all my reviews (so far)!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Short Stories & Novellas

Top Ten Tuesday is a challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl that’s all about books! Each week, we are asked to list ten bookish recommendations that can be based on anything from fictional worlds and characters, to colours on book covers.

Top Ten Tuesday

This Week’s Prompt: 10 of the best short stories & novellas.

This is quite a tough challenge for me because, although I do read a lot of short stories and novellas, I don’t always write reviews for them, which makes it difficult for me to keep track of them. This is something that I want to change, though; why doesn’t a shorter work deserve an honest review? I’ll warn you, though, this list is almost exclusively filled with classics (I couldn’t tell you why).

My Top 10 Short Stories/Novellas

#1 – “The Bottle Imp” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

This short story was written in the Victorian period and is included in my copy of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It truly is a fantastic story that is far more interesting than Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It’s all about superstition, love and sacrifice and is, in my opinion, completely underrated.
You can read my review of “The Bottle Imp” here.

#2 – The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.

Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad is the only novella on my list that was written during this century. It’s a clever, feminist take on Homer’s The Odyssey, and I absolutely adore it. I have always loved the Greek myths and legends, and have read The Odyssey a couple of times now. The Penelopiad is original and exceptionally clever. I would recommend it to anyone with any knowledge of the ancient world.
You can read my review of The Penelopiad here.

#3 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

I feel as though I have been talking about A Christmas Carol lot over the last few weeks, but it seems to keep cropping up. It is a Victorian novella that is well known throughout the world. When I read it a few weeks ago, it really impressed me. It’s not only a heart-warming story of love and redemption, but there’s also a lot to consider from a more critical perspective.
You can read my review of A Christmas Carol here.

#4 – The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle.

I’m including The Sign of Four on this list, along with A Study in Scarlet, although there seems to be some debate as to whether these works are novellas or novels. The Sign of Four is the second long work in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes collection. It’s a thrilling story and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
You can read my review of The Sign of Four here.

#5 – Animal Farm by George Orwell.

I listened to Animal Farm on audiobook a long time ago. I honestly cannot remember how old I was, but I loved it. Many people my age aren’t keen on this book as they studied it at school, but I never had this experience, so I view it only as a wonderful story (with some serious capitalist undertones).

#6 – The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

Here’s another one that I read a long time ago. My review of The Heart of Darkness was actually the first ever review that I posted on this blog. According to this, I must have read the novella sometime in 2015. It’s a very vivid tale that I nevertheless struggled with. Joseph Conrad uses some extremely descriptive language that sometimes makes the story difficult to decipher. It is a wonderful tale, though, and is one that I hope to revisit in the near future.
You can read my review of The Heart of Darkness here.

#7 – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

Now, here’s a novella that I did study at school. During this time (I was probably about sixteen), I didn’t really enjoy the story, but now that I reconsider it, it really is a wonderful piece of literature. The story is not only interesting but also extraordinarily powerful. The characters are well developed and the setting is remarkably vivid, making this novella yet another work that I wish to reread.

#8 – A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.

I really enjoyed this introduction to the Sherlock Holmes collection, although I did find it a little harder to follow than The Sign of Four. The narrative jumps around a little too much (as we travel around the world), and I felt at times as though I was being bombarded with information. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful story and the case kept me guessing right up until the end.
You can read my review of A Study in Scarlet here.

#9 – “The Dead” by James Joyce.

This short story is an interesting one, as it doesn’t contain a lot of action. It instead focusses on its characters, as well as its setting. This is a story that takes everyday occurrences (such as a feast) and places them under a magnifying glass as we are brought face to face with issues such as Irish Nationalism,  are forced to consider the sheer power of death.
You can read my review of “The Dead” here.

#10 – Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

I read this novella quite recently and have very mixed feelings about it. It’s another one that I studied in school, but I found its pace rather slow and confusing. Upon revisiting it, I found it less confusing, but still rather slow. The idea behind the story is, of course, awe-inspiring, and the last few chapters of this book contain some of the best writing that I have ever read. So, if you can get past its beginning, this work certainly one to be admired.
You can read my reivew of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde here.

Well, that’s it! Thanks for stopping by to read this Top Ten Tuesday post! By this time next week, I should have another book list posted. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts for me, please do leave me a comment below – what’s your favourite short story or novella?


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Harry Potter Revisited: “Diagon Alley”

I am taking part in a Harry Potter reading project, where, each Saturday, I talk a little about each chapter of the Harry Potter books. You can view a full list of these chapter rereads here.

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So, here we are with the fifth chapter of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, “Diagon Alley”:

Chapter Summary

At the beginning of chapter four, the Dursleys’ quiet life was interrupted by the half-giant, Rubeus Hagrid. In this chapter, Harry is woken by the sound of an owl tapping at the window. Realising that the events of the previous day were not a part of some elaborate dream, Harry excitedly pays the owl with Hagrid’s unfamiliar coins and then sets off, half-giant in tow, to Diagon Alley.

Before they reach this famous wizarding street, however, they must pass through the Leaky Cauldron. This is an important moment, as it is Harry’s first real encounter with other wizards. Everyone rushes forwards to shake his hand and introduce themselves. This group includes the trembling Professor Quirrell, Harry’s future Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. He nervously introduces himself before Harry and Hagrid move out of the pub towards a brick wall. Hagrid taps the bricks with his pink umberella, and the wall opens to reveal Diagon Alley.

1 - audioHarry gawps in all of the shop windows as Hagrid drags him on towards Gringotts bank. There, they are greeted by the mysterious goblins, including Griphook, who leads the pair towards two vaults: Harry’s vault, which contains a small fortune left by his parents, and vault 713, which Hagrid refuses to talk about. All he says, as he collects a tiny package from within the vault, is that he is collecting it on the behalf of Albus Dumbledore.

Harry then heads off to collect his school robes while Hagrid recovers from the bumpy ride on the Gringotts cart. In the robe shop, Harry meets a pale young boy who goes by the name of Draco Malfoy. This boy is noticeably unpleasant; he insults Hagrid and carries with him a distinct air of superiority. Harry does not take to him, and leaves the shop without telling the boy his name.

Harry and Hagrid continue with their shopping, and Hagrid buys Harry a birthday present: a beautiful, snowy owl, who he later christens Hedgwig. Their final stop is the wand shop, where Harry meets Ollivander, the wand maker. Harry tries almost every wand in the shop before, finally, his lays his hand on a wand that shoots fireworks from its end. Ollivander then reveals that this particular wand had a brother (the same phoenix gave a feather to each wand), and that this brother wand belonged to Lord Voldemort. Harry heads back to the Dursleys feeling a little overwhelmed, but happy.

The Funniest Moment

I really appreciated Hagrid’s comments about the Muggle world, as well as the image of Hagrid sitting knitting on a train as he and Harry travel to Diagon Alley. He points at parking metres, appreciating their design, and seems quite unconcerned by the number of people who are undoubtedly staring at him.

The Saddest Moment

Harry’s pure joy at experiencing the magical world for the first time is shadowed by his meeting with Draco Malfoy. Malfoy does not hesitate to reveal just how much he looks down on Muggle-borns, which foreshadows the future of this world that, now, seems perfect.

The Happiest Moment

It is a really wonderful moment when Harry discovers the fortune that his parents left for him. For the first time in his life, he possesses some real money, and is able to buy himself all of the things that he never had.

Some Further Thoughts

  • It is really interesting to consider how long it takes Harry to really believe that he is a wizard. Even after Hagrid performed magic in front of him, Harry is perfectly content to believe that the whole encounter was a dream. This is particularly important as, in the sixth book, we learn how differently Lord Voldemort responded when he was told that he was a wizard.
  • Hagrid really emphasises how “mad” you would have to be to rob Gringotts. This is rather amusing, as the series already seems to be building up to the final book, where Harry, Ron and Hermione really do rob Gringotts.
  • It seems a little odd that Harry is desperate to buy a “solid gold Cauldron”. I would have thought that his humble beginnings would have taught him the importance of a simplistic way of living. Yet Harry seems keen to spend all of his money all at once; I suppose he is a bit over-excited.

A Quote

Harry took the wand. He felt a sudden warmth in his fingers. He raised the wand above his head, brought it swishing down through the dusty air and a stream of red and gold sparks shot from the end like a firework, throwing dancing spots of light on to the walls.

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Book Blogger Hop – 13/07/18

I recently decided to join the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer! This is a chance for like-minded book bloggers to reach out and find each other by answering a weekly question.

 

This week’s question (provided by Elizabeth from Silver’s Reviews) is…

Q: Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc.

This is certainly an interesting question. I certainly find over-cluttered blogs a little harder to follow, if only because my laptop (it’s getting rather old now) really struggles to load pages such as these. I don’t mean the little things (I don’t mind if a font is a little too small), but if the site is so cluttered that I really struggle to view it, I simply won’t want to come back. Having said that, I do follow a few sites whose pages are a little too crowded, and I just tend to read their posts through the WordPress reader, rather than through their actual sites. That way, I still get to read the good content, but my laptop (hopefully) won’t break down and explode.


Well, I think that’s it for this challenge (I can’t seem to find a link to sign up to or anything). So, thank you for reading and please do let me know your thoughts on this question!

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I would like to thank Meredith from over at The Wayfaring Bibliomaniac for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I really do appreciate these awards, so thank you, Meredith!

What is it?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring – people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

Meredith’s 11 Questions:

1. What is your favourite fandom?

There is no competition here. My favourite fandom has always been, and will always be, Harry Potter. It’s what I grew up with, and it’s what I love

2. Least favourite genre?

Huh, interesting question. People always seem to ask which genres you love, but never which ones you don’t. I suppose I’ll have to say non-fiction; don’t get me wrong, I can understand the need for non-fiction books, but for me, personally, I just think that if I’m going to read a book, then I want to escape to another world. I don’t want to learn about gardening tips.

3. How many books are on your TBR this month?

My realistic reading goal for this month is five books: DraculaMy Mother’s SecretThe Coral IslandThe Pharmacist’s Wife and Frankenstein. You can read more about these books here. At the same time, though, I’m planning on listening to a lot more audiobooks, including a few new fantasy reads.

4. What is your favourite time of day to read?

My reading habits probably vary quite a lot, but I’d generally say that I prefer to read in the evenings. That’s when I’m reading a book for pleasure, anyway. When I’m studying a book, I often find it easier to read in the day, which leads nicely onto the next question.

5. When are you most creative?

I am most creative in the mornings! If I start my day nice and early and begin work early, then I know that I will get a lot done that day. I do most of my writing in the mornings (I sometimes even draft some of my stories whilst still in bed, some inspiration having hit me in the night).

6. Which authors are on your auto-buy list?

Woah, woah, woah. I do not have an auto-buy list. I am a student currently trying to afford driving lessons. I do not need an auto-buy list and I do not want an auto-buy list; that sounds like a very dangerous game.

7. If you could recommend a travel destination, where would it be and why?

I am the opposite of well travelled, so I don’t really have much to suggest here. I always liked the idea of a nature holiday, where technology is banned for the week. I think I would cope fairly well, although it would certainly be a change!

8. What was your favourite trip ever?

When I was younger, my family would always go on holidays to Center Parcs. One time, we went to a park called Elvedon, and it was absolutely incredible! I saw rabbits and squirrels, and, even more excitingly, there were deer! It really was an amazing experience.

9. What’s your favourite review that you’ve ever written?

I’m quite proud of my review for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I absolutely loved the book and finished it in one day, so it was an easy review to write. The words just seemed to keep coming, and I was able to use the original illustrations to post alongside the review.

10. Who are your top 3 go-to bloggers when you want recommendations?

This is really hard because I follow a lot of book blogs who all post some wonderful recommendations. The below bloggers probably have the most similar taste in books to me, hence the mentions!

  1. Book Geeks Uncompromised.
  2. Misty’s Book Space.
  3. The Belgian Reviewer.

11. Who would you most like to meet (living or dead; fictional or real)? Why?

Well, as I’m allowed fictional characters, let me circle back to the first question. I would like to meet Hermione Granger; as a huge Potter nerd, she was my inspiration when I was growing up and I would dress up as her ALL the time.

My Nominations:

  1. Book Geeks Uncompromised.
  2. Misty’s Book Space.
  3. The Belgian Reviewer.
  4. Tales from the Mind of Kristian.
  5. The Haunted Wordsmith.
  6. Abelia May.
  7. Rambling Writer.
  8. Dorinda Duclos.
  9. The Bookish Pisces.
  10. The Girl of Ink and Paper.
  11. Yinglan.

To my nominees: there is absolutely no obligation to take part in this award if you do not want to. If nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your wonderful work! To everyone else: if you’re reading this post and want to take part in this award, then consider yourself nominated.

My 11 Questions:

If you want to take part in this award, here are the 11 questions you can answer:

  1. Do you have a favourite word? If so, what is it? (This is a question that I’ve started to ask a lot; I can’t help it – I love words!).
  2. Have you ever read a book, cover to cover, in one day?
  3. Do you believe in judging a book by its cover?
  4. Do you have a favourite book? (It’s a big question, I know.)
  5. Do you believe that aspiring writers should read as much as they can?
  6. What time of day do you do the most of your blogging?
  7. Is there one particular blog post that you’re really proud of? (Share a link to it – I’d love to read it if I haven’t already!)
  8. What is one thing that you have learnt since starting your blog?
  9. Do you keep to any kind of a blogging schedule?
  10. If you could send a message to your past self, what would you say?
  11. Do you have any regrets that you want to share?

Well, that’s it! Thank you for reading and thank you again to Meredith for my nomination! As I mentioned earlier, please feel free to join in with this award if you would like to – you don’t need to be nominated.