Mystery Blogger Award [Takes 2 & 3]

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The Mystery Blogger Award celebrates discovering new blogs and inspiring posts and isn’t that such a lovely idea?

In the creator’s own words; “The 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

This is my second take at the Mystery Blogger Award and I was lucky enough to be nominated by two lovely ladies – Jamie and Julie. These ladies have amazing blogs so please go and show them some love. You can find Jamie over at Bubbly Books and Julie at One Book More. Thank you so much for the nominations! 💙

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☆ 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
☆ Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
☆ You have to 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)

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Three Things About Me

Reading by Starlight’s aesthetic was inspired by my deep fascination with the night sky and my obsession with all things Night Court.

☆ Speaking of the stars, I’ve always loved studying the mythology behind our constellations and charting the stars. I’m by no means as astronomer, but one day I would love to own a deep space telescope.

☆ When I can get the time, my favorite place to escape to is the Great Ocean Road along the Victorian coast. Not only do we have some of the best surf in the world but I love canoeing up the Anglesea River. As Pocahontas said: you can’t step in the same river twice – the water’s always changing, always flowing. Next up, I want to take a horse back trail ride through the Spring Creek Valley and Otway National Park.

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5 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About the RMS Titanic

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Jamie’s Questions:

1. Book you’ve read that you could angry rant about for at least five minutes?? (my weird/special Q)

I think most of you will already know the answer to this one…

My arch nemesis in book-form is Wintersong by S-Jae. Jones. I mean, I could angry rant about this stupid excuse for a book until the freaking cows come home. And for good reason. There is a complete and utter lack of plot and the characters are bland and whiny AF. Especially the “ugly” protagonist and underwhelming antagonist/love interest. All I’m going to say is that Wintersong is a supposed YA Labyrinth retelling more along the lines of 50 Shades of Goblin King. There are some serious consent issues and honestly, the world didn’t need this cringey trash. Just saying. Not to mention that S-Jae. Jones pisses all over David Bowie and Jim Henson.

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2. If you could travel anywhere during any point in time where/when would you go?

Okay, first of all – what an amazing question, second of all – how the heck do I choose just one??? There are so many historical events I would want to hit up! But, I would travel back to April of 1912 and sail on the RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage across the transatlantic.

After checking my baggage, I would board in Southampton and travel first class, accompanied by a chaperone [probably a governess or aunt] and a maid [more of a friend than servant]. The journey would be spent wandering the decks and sneaking off into the third class. My maid and I would disguise ourselves as immigrants, drinking beer and dancing well into the night. I would also probably have an affair on-board with some first-class-Will-Herondale-type and let’s face it, would get up to all kinds of trouble. When the journey becomes a race for survival, I would pass my maid off as an heiress and sneak her into my lifeboat.

3. A book or TV show romance (or just TV show if you’re not a huge fan of romance!) you cannot stop recommending or telling everyone you know about?

Stop what you’re doing and allow me to introduce you to Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, only the HOTTEST enemies-turned-lovers couple EVER. I freaking LIVED for The Hating Game – it’s deliciously sexy and sinfully addictive, basically my favorite Rom Com ever.

Let me give you a quick run-down:

Lucy Hutton hates Joshua Templeman. Absolutely loathes him. As in arch-nemeses, perpetual rivals, I-hate-you-so-much-I-could-choke-you kind of hate. And the feeling’s mutual. Locked in a corporate war, everything changes when a promotion is announced and their rivalry is kicked into high gear. All I’m going to say is that The Hating Game oozes sexual tension…  

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4. What’s your favorite color? (mine’s pink haha!)

I feel like this is such a cop out but honestly, my favorite color changes depending on my mood. I love beach tones, especially shades of blue, purple and sea foam green. I guess if I could only pick one it would have to be blue – dusty French provincial blue if I’m being picky.

5. Whats your go to comfort read?

I’ve just re-read the Twilight Saga [again] in isolation and I’ve been reminded that this series is, hands down, my favorite ever. And I’m not going to apologize for that. Re-reading Twilight as a twenty-something is nostalgic, comforting and all-consuming – I could honestly stay folded between the pages of Forks, Washington forever. Whenever things get tough, whenever I’m in need of an escape, I retreat into Bella’s world. The characters are authentically imperfect and their emotions pliable. Reading Twilight feels like coming home.

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Julie’s Questions:

1. What imaginary world from a book would you most want to live in?

Ahhhhh, I’m going to be super stereotypical here and say Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry because I am cliched. But seriously? A magical boarding school in a sprawling gothic castle? Who wouldn’t love to attend Hogwarts??? Obviously I would be in Griffindor, I would practically live in the library, take tea with Hagrid, sneak off into the Forbidden Forest whenever I could and spent my nights stalking the halls, conversing with ghosts.

2. Name three books (or book series) that you think should be required reading in high school or university.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Martian by Andy Weir.

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3. What are you currently reading?

With the escalating current situation I’ve found myself meandering on the precipice of a reading slump. In an attempt the save my goodreads challenge and my seasonal depression, I decided to re-read Erin Hunter’s Warriors Saga. I’ve picked up where I left off last year with the second arch; the New Prophecy.

The New Prophecy was actually my favorite Warriors arch as a teen. I loved the sisterhood and bond between Leafpool and Squirrelflight and the bleak tone of the plot. I mean, the clan’s quest to find a new home has all those Watership Down vibes [but you know, just with wild cats]. I’m currently reading Starlight [the fourth installment] and I’ve realized that while the later books are fun, they don’t hold a candle to the original arch. The New Prophecy is more of a slow-burn in comparison and episodic in feel.

4. What is your favorite book-to-film adaptation?

The Twilight movies. Okay, I realize my inner teenage girl has clawed her way out in this post but come on – vampire freaking baseball. That scene is a cinematic masterpiece and you can literally fight me on that. These movies basically defined my generation.

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5. (My fun/weird question) If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island, and all of your basic needs (food, water, etc.) were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?

Okay, LOVE this question. I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of being shipwreck on an island – you can thank the Simpsons and Barbie as the Island Princess for that [who wouldn’t want to live in a tropical tree house with exotic animal friends???]. If I had food, water and some medical supplies with me I would want my phone [with an everlasting battery] and my headphones – I could face down anything with the right soundtrack.

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☆ Describe yourself using three characters
☆ Your most hated movie adaption and why
☆ Pick your favorite TV show – what’s your favorite episode and why?
☆ Which is your favorite Shadowhunters series? [The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices or The Dark Artifices?]
☆ You have been given a magical quill which grants it’s user the power to change a fictional character’s death. Who are you saving and why? [my fun/weird question]

Alexandra
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34 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award [Takes 2 & 3]

    • Anytime! I can’t wait to read your answers. 😉 Honestly, you really should read the Hating Game – it’s my favorite enemies-to-lovers romance ever. There is so much tension and angst! Also, Joshua Templeman has utterly ruined me for any future relationships. 😂 💙

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  1. thanks so much for tagging me, Alexandra! I loved reading your answers so much 😍 ah, i find it so interesting that you’d want to be a passenger on the Titanic. I don’t think I’d be able to survive a ship sinking 😭 though i’m so fascinated by history that maybe dying in the past wouldn’t be so bad as long as i got to visit it, hehe

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    • Okay, confession: in /theory/ being a passenger on the Titanic would be seriously cool – ahhhh the elegance! BUT, let’s be real, I would 110% panic and end up stuck in some sinking corridor because I don’t do so well with near death experiences and stress. Also, the amount of panic and hysteria onboard was not a fun time. 😭

      Thank you for stopping by, I’m so excited to read your own answers!
      Much love 💙

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    • Right? Like, okay – they are by no means perfect but I am complete and utter trash for the romance and angst. Also, those movies have the best tone/atmosphere [Twilight’s blue filter, New Moon’s golden filter] and don’t even get me started on the soundtracks! 💙

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  2. Congrats on the awards ❤ I love beachy mermaid-y colors especially during the summer I'm really feeling that vibe rn haha. Hogwarts and Harry Potter is a cliche answer but I answer it every time haha it's cliche for a reason–it's such a perfect dreamy magical wonderful world anyone would love to live it ❤

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    • Yes – beach mermaid-y colors are such a mood! I’m not a very chill person [no matter how hard I might pretend I am 😂] so I’m constantly trying to surround myself with those calm, grounding vibes.

      Fun fact: this post was originally written, edited and scheduled well before all the current drama/controversy regarding J.K. Rowing. I actually thought long and hard about changing my answer. But, as you said so beautifully in your discussion – sometimes we need to separate art from artist. J.K. Rowling might me lighting her own pyre [and dancing on the flames] but Hogwarts will always feel like home.

      Much love 💙

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  3. Congrats on your nominations!! I loved reading your answers! Australia and the Great Ocean Road sound so beautiful! Surfing there sounds like so much fun 😩. I love that you would want to ride on the Titanic 😂. That whole story with your maid and the Will Herondale character needs to be a FULL story hahaha. Not gonna lie, I searched what dusty, French blue was, but it was very pretty 😂! I love your love for Twilight! And yesss, a good soundtrack fixes any situation 🤷🏻‍♀️.

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    • HAHAHA – if James Cameron wants to hit me up I would be 110% down to shoot a companion film. My one condition is that Hugh Jackman plays the role of the WIll Herondale character! [Clearly we can’t use Leo again…]. 😂😂😂

      But jokes aside, I probably wouldn’t survive the sinking. Let’s just say I don’t cope well in life or death situations… 😅

      The Great Ocean Road is honestly incredible, Bells Beach actually boasts some of the best surf in the world. Also there is this AMAZING chocolate factory and you can get free samples! Who doesn’t want free chocolate??? 💙

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  4. OK ALEXANDRA I KNOW THERE ARE SOME AMAZING THINGS YOU’VE SAID IN THIS POST BUT I CAN’T LOOK PAST YOUR MENTION OF THE NIGHT CIRCUS, BECAUSE I FINISHED IT RECENTLY & IT ENDED ME (IN LIKE THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE) – IT WAS SO ANGSTY & TRAGIC & BEAUTIFUL & I HAD *NO ONE* TO TALK TO ABOUT WHEN I FINISHED IT, AND I VAGUELY REMEMBER YOU MENTIONING THAT YOU LIKED IT ONCE UPON A POST BUT I WASN’T SURE & DIDN’T WANT TO BE WEIRD ABOUT IT.

    Oh wow, the all caps is hurting my eyes but was the only way I could convey my excitement 😂 Can we please please PLEASE fangirl over The Night Circus, and Celia & Marco???? 😭 💛 My sweet baby angels 💔

    💛 forever, your (slightly insane) saltmate 😂✌🏻

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    • AHHHHHHHH – FANGIRLING IS 100% ACCEPTABLE IN THIS SITUATION BECAUSE I AM OBSESSED WITH THE NIGHT CIRCUS AND I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU LOVE IT TOO AND OH MY FREAKING GOSH – YAY!!! IT WAS EVEN THE THEME FOR MY 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY [I WORE A RED SCARF AND EVERYTHING]. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SPILL ALL THE TEA IN INSTAGRAM!!! 😍😍😍

      It’s actually been TOO long since I read the Night Circus but somehow it’s never left my soul. Celia and Marco are /THE/ OTP and anyone who says otherwise can fight me. If you ever want to do a re-read you HAVE to hit me up for a saltmatesread [buddyread who???].

      Forever your just as insane saltmate 💙 😂

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  5. The Hating Game is definitely one of the books that I’m hoping to get out of the library when they reopen. And it sounds like you put a lot of thought into your Titanic trip. I’m completely with you when it comes to magical world’s – who doesn’t want the chance to explore Hogwarts for real? And I honestly do think that Twilight gets a lot of unfair hate. People can like and dislike what they want but why do they feel the need to so savagely run it down? I can’t wait to reread the books sometime and see what Midnight Sun is like. Id actually love some prequels too tbh as there’s so much potential there for them with a whole cast of vampires, especially when you include all the ones from Breaking Dawn. There’s potential for historical vampire stories from all over the world in historical settings 😍

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    • Oh yes – the Hating Game is actually the perfect book to get caught up in during these wild times. Also the romance is so swoony with the most amazing tension. Let’s just say that I’ve been ruined for all future relationships! 😂

      You know, it’s probably a little sad and/or embarrassing how much thorough went into my Titanic trip…

      It’s actually so funny re-reading Twilight. Okay, let’s be real – they haven’t aged all too well but I just get so completely lost in the story and nostalgia that it doesn’t really worry me. I’m actually super excited to see how ten+ years will actually effect Edward’s narrative and Stephenie’s writing. I truly think that distance will make Midnight sun a much stronger contender in modern fiction.

      And the prequel idea is such a good one – can someone please make this happen??? I’ve always been so fascinated with the Cullen’s – especially Rosalie, Jasper and Carlisle. I would love some more context and backstory! Also, can we please take a moment to appreciate the Denali clan??? I really need a spin off series featuring Garret and Kate!

      As always, thank you so much for reading! 💙

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      • Omg that sounds incredible!! Enemies to lovers with lots of tension is the best 😍

        Aww I’d just call it creative.

        I know when I last read them I literally couldn’t put them down because I was so addicted to the story and tbh that level of enjoyment is what matters most to me when it comes to reading. And that’s true, I’m definitely interested to see what the new one will be like. I particularly love that with Edwards POV you’ll get a glimpse into other people’s thoughts too.

        Maybe it will if Midnight Sun goes well? You never know. Yes they really are a fascinating family. I’d love to know more of Alice’s backstory too. That’s so true, they were incredible characters and I’d love to see more of them. I think more about the Volturi could be interesting too.

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        • I think that’s what I’m most excited for when it comes to Midnight Sun – learning more about the Cullens. 15-year-old-Alexandra was OBSESSED with their family dynamic. [Lol, probably because mine was falling apart 😂]. Rosalie and Esme were always some of my favorite characters so I’m looking forward to seeing a little more of them.

          I guess you really do never know these days – and stranger things have happened! If Midnight Sun does go well I think we can hope to see more books set in the Twilight universe. Unpopular opinion: I wouldn’t say no to a Renesmee centered novel…

          But I’m still eagerly awaiting a follow up to the Host! 😉

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          • I’m looking forward to seeing more of them all too. They’re such an interesting family and I can’t wait to learn more. I really hope it lives up to all of our expectations.

            I wouldn’t either. I’d basically be happy with anyrhing involving more vampires tbh 😂 but she was an interesting character.

            Ah I’d love that!!

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