The Awesome Blogger Award

What an honor this is. Just started back in March and we’re an awesome blogger? Sign us up!

But, seriously, thank you, Emma, for the nomination. Both of us really appreciate it and it means so much. It’s hard starting out and, admittedly, we’re still figuring it all out. Every single like or comment you leave — and all of you guys as followers — makes us happy. We appreciate it more than you guys can know.

This award was created by Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason behind the award.
  • Include the banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomeblogger in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

Caidyn’s answers will be in blue.
Chantel’s answers will be in purple.

Now, onto the questions!


1. Your bookshelves have caught fire and the flame is spreading, so you can only save one book. Which book do you save?

Wow, Emma. Thanks. One book. I’d just stuff my backpack full of stuff and run out with my computer and a few other things. But, if I had to theoretically pick one single book, I’d probably grab my really nice copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray since I’ve never seen a copy of it before. (Also my Kindle.)

Well, I’d kind of look like the biggest jerk in the world if I didn’t grab my kitty, Watson. After him, I’d have to say I’d grab my hardback 20th Anniversary copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Hufflepuff edition). That was very specific, but those books are gorgeous. Plus it would be a great comfort to me after losing everything.

One, Watson probably set the fire because his 3 AM meowing didn’t get your attention. Two, that is a good answer. I own too many Harry Potter books to conceivably save them all. I’d probably attempt to save my British editions.

I can see this happening. He knows just how to get my attention: by annoying me. 

Watson 1

See? He’s plotting my demise. 

Or just trying to get your attention by being a drama queen.

2. Favorite thing to drink while you’re reading?

Wine.

If I was cool, I’d say coffee or tea, but really it’s usually soda. Right now, it’s Squirt. 

Dude, I answered wine so there’s no chill with me. I didn’t know you drank soda while reading. I would have said water since I literally have to drink my weight in water per day, but wine is for relaxing.

I drink soda pretty much all the time. Doesn’t matter what I’m doing. 

3. Something you love to do besides read?

I’m fond of writing, but not always. I also watch too much TV.

I absolutely love movies and TV. So that’s usually what I’m doing outside of work. I also like writing but I haven’t written in months….

Don’t we sound alike? TV, movies, and writing. Also, we need to schedule our movie watching.

I’ll have to check my schedule. 

4. Worst book you’ve read so far in 2017?

Oh, Jesus. Alison Weir’s new book on Anne Boleyn. God damn, that was bad.

I could go with the book I DNF-ed and gave one star, but I’m going to go with a book I read all the way through and hated the ending. Which is, I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. I know Caidyn liked it, but my expectations were way too high and the ending was so predictable. 

Yes, I did like it, but I can see what you’re saying. I got a lot more out of it reading it backwards after reading it from front to back. 

See, if you have to read it twice to enjoy it that’s too much for me. I was just hoping for something more original. 

I enjoyed it the first time and even more the second time.

5. Favorite movie?

Shutter Island all the way.

This is one of the hardest questions for me because I love movies so much and I have so many favorites. Like, I should’ve created a film blog, but books are cool too. If I had to pick one, it would be Clue. Yes, a movie based on the board game. I just know that when I’m feeling like shit, I can put that movie on and feel better. 

You should have made a movie blog, honestly, but then I wouldn’t have been able to join in as well. If I go off of movies I watch when I feel like shit, Sweeney Todd.

6. Favorite song?

My favorite song changes almost every day, so wow. Save Myself by Ed Sheeran, Dust Bowl Dance by Mumford & Sons, The Mariner’s Revenge by The Decemberists, Misguided Ghosts by Paramore, You Won’t Be Mine by Matchbox Twenty, Someone New by Hozier, Queen of Peace by Florence + The Machine, Aura by Lady Gaga, All of Me by John Legend, Hurt and The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. I mean, I could go on forever about this since I can’t choose favorite songs. It’s all context dependent.

And I thought I liked music, jeez. Instead of the wall of text, I’ll give you a top five.

  1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles
  2. Latch by Discourse feat. Sam Smith
  3. Live and Let Die by Wings
  4. Pumpin Blood by NONONO
  5. Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey

These are songs I adore and my body does unnatural things when I hear them. I have plenty more, but these five are the ones that speak to me in this moment. 

This is so weird because your top five songs are either ones I’ve never heard of or by artists I’m not fond of in the least.

Because you don’t listen to good music. Even though we like some of the same songs. 

I don’t like Lana del Rey. I didn’t like her from the first time I listened to her.

Psh, rude. I only like that one song from her. I’m not a super fan or anything. I don’t even know what she looks like. 

This is her.

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And I have a slightly mean theory about her that I will not share here.

Oh, well I still like her…or just that one song. Other than that, I’m pretty indifferent. She’s not like Adele or anything. 

7. Favorite villain/antihero?

Villain: Bellatrix Lestrange
Antihero: Jorg Arancrath

I don’t…like villains.

Well, that sucks, doesn’t it?

Indeed it does. 

8. First thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Reach over to see what time it is on my phone. And then, probably, respond to messages half awake. Sorry, Chantel. If you get messages from about 6 AM my time that makes no sense, that’s because I was about to go back to sleep.

None of your messages make sense. I grab my phone as well and if I have time, I’ll watch a little YouTube before getting ready for the day. 

Hoe, that’s because you don’t get my awesomeness. I also think that I may have a mild case of dyslexia sometimes.

Titus andromadon

Don’t you leave with a gif from a show that I’ve never seen.

It’s your own fault that you haven’t seen it. It’s on Netflix and it’s called The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and you don’t like comedies. So you probably won’t watch it. 

I have no plans of watching it but whenever I drink pinot grigio I fucking hear this song in my head without ever seeing it.

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Good, you could use some Titus in your life. 

9. Last thing you do before you go to bed at night?

Turn my phone on silence so it doesn’t wake me up.

Shout at Watson to stop meowing. Seriously, though, it’s putting my TV on sleep timer because I love that white noise yo.

Okay, that’s what you do when he wakes you up at an insane hour, like when you texted me at 7:30 my time… which is 5:30 where you were.

It happens multiple times at night. Nobody understands my torture.

Cry me a river.

That gif killed me. 

10. Favorite food?

Chicken noodle soup or tuna casserole. Or grapow. Or pizza. I just love food. (And I have a feeling I know Chantel’s answer!)

Do you? I’m interested to see how well we know each other. 

Anyway, it’s 100% potatoes. In any form. French fries, potato chips, roasted, baked, scalloped, and of course mashed. When I got my wisdom teeth out, not only did I lose my wisdom, but I ate mashed potatoes for a week straight. I also love steak, I started a tradition where I make it every weekend because I can never have enough steak in my life. Sometimes I have it twice in one week!

I was going to answer steak, actually. Since you have it once a week at the very least and we’ve been watching things before only for her to disappear for a while to tend to her precious steak. Actual picture of Chantel with it:

Very accurate. I have time set aside for my precious steak and nobody comes between me and my steak. 

Benedict Cumberbatch wink

Or gratuitously using that gif.

It accurately represents many things. Including my love for steak. 


And now for our 10 questions! Since basically everyone we follow has probably been tagged, anyone is welcome to answer them because, to us, you’re all awesome. Feel free to answer them in the comments or make your own post for them!

  1. If you could choose any job to have in the world (fictional or real) what would it be and why?
  2. What is your favorite book series?
  3. Who’s your favorite actor and actress?
  4. Who is your favorite booktuber/blogger?
  5. Why did you decide to start blogging?
  6. What fictional world would you travel to?
  7. Would you rather only be able to read new books without being able to reread them or would you rather only be able to read a book you hated?
  8. What was a book you did not like the ending to?
  9. What’s the book and/or movie that scared you the most?
  10. Do you have a favorite author whose books you will read no matter what?

20 thoughts on “The Awesome Blogger Award

  1. Aw, you guys! 😊 You’re making me blush! Thank you both so, so much for all of these kind words. They just made my day. I am truly grateful to both of you for being such amazing friends and for being there for me. Thank you guys so much!

    Your answers were so perfect! I wish I could go on and on about all of them, but let me just say that you guys are way too funny, and I’m not going to stop smiling for a very long time. I’ll answer your great questions later. 😉

    Thank you guys again so, so much! 😘💜💚💙

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    • Well, what else are friends for, really? I’m sure that I can answer for Chantel by saying we feel the same way. And I know she’ll correct me if I’m wrong.

      Trust me, I’m pretty sure we had just as much fun reading each others commentary as we did answer them.

      – Caidyn

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  2. You are correct. It’s so nice that we have this small community of people who follow each other’s blogs. This is something I’m definitely proud to be a part of. I don’t have many friends, but this is definitely bringing me out of my shell a bit. So I’m very happy to be doing this. Especially because people are actually laughing at my jokes.

    – Chantel

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    • You are seriously the sweetest, Chantel! It doesn’t surprise me that people are laughing at your jokes, you’re funny and you’re kind. You and Caidyn seriously need a TV show or something together. 😀

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      • Aww, thank you. If anything, I get my humor from my mom. We are good foils for each other, I think and we just get along really well. I think we’d be perfect on a sitcom together.

        -Chantel

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  3. Chantel, your kitty is so adorable!! Just LOOK at his adorable scheming lil face 💞 You just KNOW he’s secretly plotting world domination behind our backs.

    Also, I always thought Bellatrix was such a cool character even though she was TOTALLY evil. I think it’s partly because the actress in the HP movies played her so well. She’s such a psychopath. 😻

    And omg…Lana del Rey is the best!!!

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    • Oh trust me, he knows he’s adorable. He just does what he pleases and I let him because he’s so cute. I can’t possibly resist him. One day I’m sure all cats will rule the world. They are just waiting for their moment.

      – Chantel

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      • Oh jeez. You don’t know how hard it is to actually diagnose someone with that. But, the closest I think could get to a legitimate psychopath was either Joe from You or Jorg from The Broken Empire series.

        However, there are many different flavors of psychopaths that may or may not meld with the public conception of them.

        – Caidyn

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      • That’s actually really fascinating to hear about. Psychopaths terrify me, but at the same time, I’m oddly intrigued and wonder what goes on in their heads?? I guess I’m just used to generalizing all sort-of-insane people under the term “psychopath”, even though that’s probably really inaccurate. XD

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      • Hate to break it to you, but it is really inaccurate. (Not that I blame you. The media does it when that’s not how it works.) I don’t claim to know what goes on in their mind, but I know the deficits that can lead to thinking they have and their subsequent actions. Besides, insanity is losing touch with reality. Psychopaths know exactly what they’re doing.

        – Caidyn

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