Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

Thanks to Jen @ Momma Blogs A Lot for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. This is my first award nomination, so thanks a ton, Jen!

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award, and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma @ Okoto Enigma’s Blog)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three things about me:

  1. I have been blogging less consistently lately because I am trying to devote some of my free time to local politics. While I am not running for office or anything too crazy (yet?), I am helping a local school board candidate, and I am hoping to become involved in some other people’s campaigns for 2018.
  2. I have always loved reading, but as a child I wasn’t very good at reading. I have always been more of a math/science person than a reading/history person, so it’s kind of funny that I now blog about books and that books are such a passion of mine in my adult life.
  3. My dream job for summer vacation when I was in high school was sorting mail at the post office. I get immense pleasure out of organizing things. I am constantly volunteering to help friends declutter their houses. No one has taken me up on that offer yet, but I do still sometimes daydream about hand sorting mail at a post office (especially when people are making me nuts). Too bad they have machines to do that now.

Some of my favorite blog posts:

  • I’m always happen when I come up with a discussion topic on my own vs. just doing Top Ten Tuesday. An example of that is this discussion on envisioning location while reading.
  • Of course, I write a tone of reviews. Here’s one of my recent 5 star reads: Holding Up the Universe.
  • I was pretty proud of this idea to market myself through Little Free Libraries. Who knows if it’s working, but it’s a good way to share the books I have with others and get my name out there.
  • Recently I’m giving book recommendations based on TV shows. Here’s my post about Adult TV Dramas.

Questions from Jen:

  1. What is your current favorite show to binge watch? I don’t watch a whole lot of TV because I usually prefer reading, but I do absolutely love Downton Abbey, and I just recently re-watched the full series in January and February. I just heard Games of Thrones season 7 is coming out in July, so I will likely start a binge of that show again in May, so I can re-watch all of the episodes before the new season starts.
  2. What was your first favorite book? Hmm. I don’t know about first favorite, but I was recently reminiscing with my sister about Julie Andrews’ Mandy. I loved that book when I read it in 4th grade. And I really can’t wait to read it again with my son when he’s just a little bit older. I love that she fixed up a house in the woods. I always wanted to be a grown up when I was little, so the idea of having a little house was so appealing.

Mandy by Julie Andrews

  1. If you could give yourself a superlative (like from high school yearbooks) what would you award yourself? In high school I would have been something like “most likely to die if she ever talked to a boy”. I was so shy. Now it would be something like “most likely to be seen reading a book” or “most likely to share her opinion”. How times change!
  2. Describe your ideal breakfast. Apple pie? Over Thanksgiving in years past (because this year I was eating Whole30), my family eats pie for breakfast. It’s pretty wonderful. My usually breakfast is pretty great too – eggs, cumin sweet potato home friends, and Jones sausage.
  3. What app on your phone could you not live without? Goodreads! (And email.)

My Questions:

  1. What book are you consistently recommending to people?
  2. What sports did you play in high school?
  3. Where would you go on your next vacation if money was not an object?
  4. If you could go back to being any age, which age would you choose?
  5. What’s the best thing about being an adult?


Here’s how the award’s creator describes it:

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

With that in mind, I nominate the following people:

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit

Sheila @ The Deliberate Reader

Jen @ Jen Robinson’s Book Page

Kimberly @ All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something

I enjoyed reading all of your blogs. No pressure! If you don’t want to participate in this award tag, you don’t need to do it. Just know that I know you are awesome! Keep blogging, so I can keep reading.

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  1. Thanks so much for thinking of me, Kate! I don’t generally participate in these kinds of things, but I will tell you that I’ve been really glad to have discovered your blog,and I enjoy your discussions. As to your questions, I totally vary what I recommend to people, I didn’t play ANY sports in high school, I would probably pick Hawaii for travel, and I think my favorite age was 10. Best thing about being an adult? Access to good wine 🙂

    Have a great weekend!! Thanks for brightening my day.
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  2. Thank you so much Kate for the award! You seriously made my day!
    I think that it is so interesting that you had a hard time with reading but your title is book lover in it! My heart goes out to all kids who have a hard time with reading because I see my son struggle with it and it impacts EVERYTHING in school when you have a difficult time. I always tell my son that reading will come to him. The thing is, he loves books. He’ll pick the chapter books and try but get distracted and I’ll sit and read with him. We’ll get there.
    I find it fascinating too that you wanted to be a mail sorter! Girl, come to my house. We can organize all day long!
    I had to stop watching Game of Thrones because I just can’t handle the violence. Just like Vikings (which is a good show to watch too). I binge Doctor Who! Netflix is a bad place for binging let me tell you!!

    1. You’re welcome, Kim. Yes, it’s surprising to me too that reading has become such a passion since it didn’t come very easily to me when I was little. I was especially bad at reading aloud. Having to read bedtime stories for many years has helped a lot with that. But I’m still a pretty slow reader. I just do it a lot because it relaxes me.

      I am always offering my organizing skills to friends, but so far no one has taken me up on it. I also love purging things, so cleaning closets, etc. are such fun for me (when I have time).

      Yes, Game of Thrones is crazy violent. Sometimes I just have to close my eyes. I agree Netflix is so bad (and wonderful). Haha.

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