Blocsar Award

Okay so we got nominated for this AGES ago. But we’re here now. We’re totally here doing it.

Thank you so much to Catherine @ thisisoneforthebooks for nominating us! We’re totally shocked and honored.

This special award by Ultimatetravel is to nominate all the bloggers that have been working hard for our entertainment and fun. The categories are for the best Travellers, Writers, Poets, Artists, Beauticians, Photographers, People-who-help-others-through-their-experiences-in-life, and many more.

But, onto the questions!
Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.


When did you start blogging?

We started back in March of last year, so we recently celebrated our one-year blogiversary!

Just as Caidyn said, March of 2017. We created the blog in one afternoon and we’re still going strong a year later.

Why did you start blogging?

Because of Chantel. I’ve tried to blog numerous times but I never got into it. So I’d quit and delete the blog.

I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up a blog on my own, we had already started our two-person book club so working together and keeping each other in check.

What is your blog about?

I don’t even think we know.
It started as a book club thing (which, really, is only the two of us so is it really a club?) and then morphed into something insane. Especially with our bickering.

Primarily we talk about books, but we’ve also branched out to other things we like such as movies, tv shows, podcasts, and music. Mostly it’s just a place for us to rave about our favorite things.

What’s your favourite quotation?

Mine is from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. I know I’ve posted it on here before, but I can’t remember what.

I like to imagine the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and types of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.

When Caidyn was a depressed teenager, that quote really spoke to him.

Mine is from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee which we both read last year.

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” 

It was definitely a favorite quote from a book I grew to love.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

London. 100% London.

I don’t go on holidays.

Are you the type of person that meticulously researches a holiday trip or do you just go with the flow?

Depends! I prefer going with the flow and having a rough idea of things that I want to do/see, then check those off as I go through the trip. But, I want to meticulously plan things like cost, where I’m sleeping, and safety of where I am.

I would definitely plan out where I’m going to sleep and eat but other than that I would probably go with the flow. 

What means of travel do you enjoy the most?

Airplanes. Especially first class. Because you get free booze and comfy seats.

I really enjoy driving as long as there are frequent breaks for longer rides. 

What’s your favourite colour and why?

Blue! I like lighter shades, but I also like dark blues as well. Yellow used to be my favorite color, but we got a dog named Blue and I kind of latched onto that.

I couldn’t tell you, honestly. I really like navy blue, red, and purple. I’m not sure why but I usually latch onto those colors. 

What are your hobbies?

Reading, blogging, gramming, working, rewatching TV shows. Oh, and learning languages. I love that hobby.

Reading, watching tv and movies, listening to music, and writing. 

What’s your favourite type of music?

Alternative. So, think of twenty-one pilots (which aren’t my favorite), My Chemical Romance, Panic! at the Disco, etc. I also love rap, classical, and basically anything else.

I’m currently listening to Britney Spears greatest hits. No joke. I love a lot of music, but I’d say my favorite is most likely going to be 90’s pop music. Good times. 


Now, like usual, we’re not going to nominate people because we think everyone we follow or who follows this deserves it! If you want to do this, feel free to!!

The Liebster Award

TLAL

Now, who do you think tagged us in this? We’ll give you three guesses. No, really, we’ll wait. Take your time.

Got them?

If you said Emma from Thoughts of a Brown Eyed Girl (the link will take you to her award), then you’d be right. Yet again, she thought of us with this award and decided to nominate us for it! However, are we really sweethearts? We fight all of the time. We bicker and argue and just make fun of each other.

But, I guess we’re sweethearts.

Here are the rules of this thing:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog and/or Liebster Award post.

2. List 11 questions of your choice for your nominees to answer (optional, I suppose).

3. Display the award logo on your blog and/or in your post.

4. Talk a little bit about your favorite blog(s) and explain why you like them, perhaps link to a favorite post or two.

5. Provide ten random facts about yourself.

6. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award and who have less than 200 followers (and note that you may always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets readers know this information).

7. List these rules in your post (you can copy and paste from here if you want).

8. Be sure to inform your nominees that they have been nominated (you could do a pingback, like I do).

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.


1. Least favorite book from your favorite genre?

So, I love horror and mystery. The book for horror is The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford. It was just so… BORING.

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Me the entire book.

Nothing happened. Like, at all. And it was painfully horrid. Then, for mystery, there was Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. None of the reviews I read pointed it out, but it’s transphobic from the beginning.

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My least favorite book ever is Adam by Ariel Schrag and it’s a YA book which is also described as queer. It’s not queer. Don’t ever read it. 

Here we go again about this book…

Just wait until the movie comes out. She sent me a long rant about it already.

It’s the only book I despise and so it’s my one and only punching bag. Deal with it. 

2. Favorite book from your least favorite genre?

My least favorite genre has to be YA. Which means that Chantel and I are the exact opposite, but that’s okay. We find a way to get along. The YA book that I like the most, and haven’t reviewed on here is The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey. Technically, it’s YA. Technically. But it’s also a rather good horror/fantasy series that I actually own all of the books for.

I don’t think mystery is my least favorite genre, but it’s one I definitely don’t reach for often. However, I adore the Thomas Lynch series which starts with Idyll Threats. It’s a mystery series with a gay main character. Of course, I’m going to love it. 

Is he your gaybie?

One of many. 

3. Favorite TV show?

Hannibal!!!

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Thanks, Hanni. I miss you, too. Even though you’re talking about your murder husband here. BUT, I wrote a post about this TV show. Did you see it? If not, here it is.

Ugh, what a difficult question. The easy answer here is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s a show I continue to go back to time after time because of the strong female characters, and Willow, of course. 

Willow waving

4. Your greatest fear?

Open water and spiders. Fuck that shit. I’ve even had to confront them at the same time.

Spiders need to get the fuck away from me. That is all. 

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At least with our fears. And many other things.

5. Quote something from the last book you finished.

Guys, I don’t pay attention to quotes when I read. I only do it when there’s one that stands out to me. The last book that had one stand out was Wonders Will Never Cease by Robert Irwin. And, here is the quote:

“History is nothing but the lies we tell about our ancestors.” 

Um, I don’t think I can pull a quote from the last book I read. Quotes just don’t stand out to me, and if they do I don’t record them. Sorry. 

Okay, I have another quote now:

“For us, the places we went were home. We didn’t care if they were good or evil or neutral or what. We cared about the fact that for the first time, we didn’t have to pretend to be something we weren’t. We just got to be. That made all the difference in the world.”

6. A book that deserves more hype?

Uhm, Wonders Will Never Cease by Robert Irwin. It was a super good book. Like, excellent. The writing was spot on, the characters were great, and the themes were fleshed out nicely.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. That book got A LOT of hype, yo. That’s why it was a joke…duh.

Okay, I kid, I kid. 

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. This book was incredible and I would encourage anyone who wants to read a great book with queer ladies to read it. It’s really good guys. 

7. A fictional character that you relate to most?

Funny enough, Harry Potter. I’m not angsty. I’m not a teen. My parents are living. I have people who love me and have loved me always. But, I always connected with him. He’s sarcastic, I’m sarcastic. He went through tough times, I’ve been through tough times. I always just really connected with him.

Dobby the house elf. For the reasons why check out our Me in Book Characters post!

Nice promo. Like my Hannibal one. Totally subtle.

8. Favorite book cover?

I’ve said somewhere else on this blog that I don’t really pay attention to book covers. Like, great, they’re nice. But I care more about content than how they look.

I could make a whole post about gorgeous book covers. Seriously. However, I think I will go with one of my favorite book covers from last year which is the UK edition of Release by Patrick Ness. 

Release book cover

9. Sunsets or sunrises?

Sunrise.

Sunsets. 

But they both pretty.

10. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning person. Even on the weekends, I’m up around 6:30 or 7.

I can’t stay up past 10 o’clock most days and yet I’m always up early. 

11. Last book that genuinely scared you?

No freaking clue. I don’t get scared that often by books.

I don’t read books that scare me. 

I get scared by how bad the plots and writing are.


So, facts about us. I guess I’ll go first?

  1. I have a BA in psychology.
  2. I minored in religious studies.
  3. I have four tattoos and will get a fifth soon.
  4. My favorite tattoo is the one I got of my dog’s pawprint after she passed away.
  5. I have a very macabre sense of humor.
  6. I love learning languages. Currently, I’m learning eight languages and I’m thinking about adding in a ninth.
  7. My oldest friend and I have known each other since we were five. (We’re almost 22 now.)
  8. I got a second-degree black belt in taekwondo.
  9. I hate Steven Moffat.
  10. I hate talking about myself.

Some facts, hm…

  1. I have a fat cat named Watson. 
  2. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 19. 
  3. I was on the varsity tennis team in high school despite never winning one match.
  4. I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday. #noregrets
  5. I once walked through a blizzard thinking I would get McDonald’s. I was deceived. 
  6. I used to volunteer at a small little bookstore. 
  7. I really want a pug and I want to name it Frank.
  8. I look terrible in baseball hats. 
  9. I love cider. Especially when it has alcohol. 
  10. I got an infection after getting my wisdom teeth removed. It was gross.

  1. What do you refuse to read?
  2. What is your typical routine when you are sick?
  3. Cat or dog person?
  4. If you had the choice to visit any one place without worrying about money or time, where would it be?
  5. What word describes you the best?
  6. If you were the protagonist of a novel, what kind of novel would it be?
  7. What is the happiest moment of your life?
  8. Favorite dessert?
  9. If you could learn any subject for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
  10. Is there one thing that would automatically make you DNF a book?
  11. What kind of toppings do you like on your ice cream?

Now, we’re not going to nominate anyone. Everyone seems to have gotten this one. BUT, if you really love our questions, feel free to say we nominated you and no one will be the wiser. Unless they look at this post.

The Brotherhood of the World Award

BHOTWA

So, we got awarded this in December. And it’s February. Oops. But, we’re close? Kind of? Just go with it and suck it up. We’re getting it done.

Like usual, it’s Emma from Thoughts of a Brown Eyed Girl who nominated us. Caidyn is the one who killed her because, apparently, he’s hilarious. And the way she phrased it made it seem like he killed both her and Chantel, but who knows. Last he checked, Chantel was alive.

But, a huge thanks to her! We always appreciate how she thinks of us for these things. It’s always sweet and they’re fun to fill out.

So, these are the rules for this thing:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate around ten bloggers. We probably won’t follow this one.
  • Create your set of questions for your nominees.
  • List the rules and display the Brotherhood of the World Award logo in your post.

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.


1. Last book you read that lived up to the hype?

NONE OF THEM. But, seriously, IT and American Gods are the two I can think of. They both have tons of hype around them and I think they deserve it.

Caidyn and I are both jaded when it comes to hyped books, however, I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid last month. Geez, what a fucking mouthful. I can’t even contain myself when talking about this book. I’ll just link to my review where I gush about my Cuban, bisexual goddess. 

Also, I think Caidyn is planning on reading it soon so don’t be surprised if he hates it. 

I don’t hate everything that you like.

2. First thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “love”?

Family. Is that weird? Maybe. But when I hear love, I think of family since anyone I love is automatically in my family.

This isn’t a loaded question at all. Anyone else feel like they are being interrogated? For me, the first thing that comes to my mind is the people that surround me and support me. That doesn’t mean those are the only people I love, just the first thing that comes to mind. 

Also, Watson.

But Watson wants to kill you.

Maybe. 

3. A book that you think deserves a better movie/TV adaptation?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. That movie sucks ass. It left out so many important things that carry into the next movie and then it was the worst.

Goblet of Fire was so much worse. THE FUCKING HAIR. Ugh. I can’t get into it. Yeah, this hard for me because I don’t really have any issues with adaptations. I guess if I had to pick one it would be A Monster Calls because I was really disappointed with the movie. It didn’t even have close to the same impact despite having Felicity Jones in it. 

THEIR HAIR WAS GLORIOUS AND AWKWARD IN THAT MOVIE.

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Bask in the gloriousness.
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Thank you for agreeing, Harry.

 

Nope timon
Harry looks a bit unsure. Maybe he’s being coerced. Well, Cedric/Edward is there soooo…

Feel free to let us know in the comments who’s right and who is clearly wrong. 

She’s wrong.

4. Favorite holiday?

Halloween!!

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I wish I could say this is me in the gif, but it’s not.
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Yeah, this would be me, tho.

Thanksgiving. Because food. 

5. Favorite badass male protagonist?

Dumbledore.

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He totally counts.

Why it gotta be a dude? Is it bad that I can’t think of anyone other than Evelyn Hugo? Okay, let me think…Thomas Lynch. There, done. 

Because poor men feeling bad about not being included.

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Male tears
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That’s all I have to say about that.