Where I answer questions about books, my reading journey & other personal things

It has been a little while since I’ve answered some questions on the blog? I don’t know how or why I keep getting tagged by everyone, but I am so very grateful to everyone always thinking of me for these kind of things.  You’re the best.

Another thing I’m grateful for and want to take a moment for, in this blog post, is being nominated for the Book Blogger Awards of this year (created by Joce). I am honestly still shocked by the news and forever grateful to everyone thinking of me and nominating me in so many categories: Best Adult Blogger, Best YA Genre Blogger, Best Discussion, Most Active Community Member and Overall Best Blogger. Like. What. The. HECK. Is. Happening?????

I know I’m up against the QUEENS of blogging in all categories and have no chances of winning, but if you enjoy my content and feel like voting for me, you can do so over on twitter by clicking here. I’m already over the moon to just be nominated here and I can’t thank you enough for your support.

 

Anyway, back on topic! Today, I’ll be answering some bookish and personal questions with these lovely awards. I have Tiffany and Malanie to thank for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award, Beth for the Unique Blogger Award and Zoie for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award. Thank you all so, SO much for these amazing questions!

Let’s get to it!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

There are so many places I’d dream of visiting, I wouldn’t know where to start?! Right now, I really, really want to go to Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

If you could be any character in a book, who would you be?

I’d maybe want to be Hermione Granger, because let’s face it, she’s really awesome.

What fictional food have you always wanted to eat?

I really liked the food in The Belles, the towers of macarons and little cakes everything just made my mouth water.

What would you write a book about?

I’d love to write a book about boarding schools and childhood friends and sketchy things. I’m kind of trying to do that, actually. I’d also love to write about relationships, toxic friendships, amazing sisters because I would totally speak from experience and so on.

If you weren’t blogging about books, what would you blog about?

That’s a great question! If I weren’t talking about books, I think I’d maybe have a travelling / lifestyle blog or something and that would be me:

If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?

The real bookworm in me wants to say books, but… let’s be honest here, I wouldn’t. You can scream and gasp all you want about that, but with a million dollars, I’d get books, obviously, but I’d also spend a whole lot on traveling the world.

What hyped book, do you hate/dislike?

I don’t know about hate – I haven’t read a book I really hated in a long time. I’m so, so very grateful for that, by the way! The only hyped book I can think of right now that didn’t quite deliver for me, would be Caraval. It was an enjoyable read, but with the hype, I expected WAY more.

What is your worst and best trait?

Worst? I think it might be that I am a perfectionist and it is the worst thing sometimes. All the time.

Best? I don’t know, I’m…. nice?

What is the most interesting thing you’ve read this week?

Surprisingly, I’m not going to talk about reading, but about watching something. I haven’t read a 5-stars read lately, but I have listened to Tomi Ayedemi’s videos about writing and plotting (can you see how confused I am about writing?!) and damn, these were so amazingly interesting. I admire her so much.

If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

Stealing books?! Getting onboard a plane or a car to just get the hell away from everything?!

If you could take one object out of any book (for example a wand from the Harry Potter world) what would you take?

I guess I can’t say a wand then, since it’s mentioned in the question? I mean, how amazing would that be? I think that, now that I’m thinking of Harry Potter, I’d love to have the time-turner. Because we all need more time, don’t we?

If you could erase one book from your memory – either because it was so bad you want to forget you read it, or because it was so good you want to be able to re-read it with no memories of what happens – what would book would you choose and why?

I think I might have to pick We Were Liars, or maybe All of This is True. Both books just were so, SO amazing and I really want to forget everything about them to experience them for the first time, all over again.

Do you have any favourite quotes, what are they?

Can I be really cliché and tell “I was drizzle and she was a hurricane”? No? Okay. I might go with a beautiful quote from my latest favorite, Emergency Contact.

“Loving someone was traumatizing. You never knew what would happen to them out there in the world. Everything precious was also vulnerable.”

How have your reading tastes changed over time? Give us a timeline of what genres of books you liked and disliked from your childhood up until now. 📚

This is SUCH a brilliant question, I love it so much. I don’t know about the precise timeline, but I’ll try. I used to read tons of different books when I was a child, I read the Goosebumps series (I know! I grew up to be a marshmallow after that), I read mysteries and a bit of fantasy, I loved Ink Heart SO much. After that, I turned a whole lot to contemporaries, which always happen to be my favorite kind of books…. and now, I’m really still into my contemporaries, getting more and more into fantasy again and loving every little bit of it all.

What is the main reason why are you so passionate about books and reading?

I wish I could have a philosophical answer to give to that one, but…. I really don’t know. I’ve been loving books ever since I was a child and, even if some times I read a little less and turned to books a little less, they’ve always been there. They’re always a support and a constant, I guess.

What is one revelation you’ve had about yourself or the world that came through reading? How has that revelation impacted your life?

I think I have learned so, SO much through reading, I wouldn’t even know where to start. I’ve learned about empathy, about feelings, about all of the complexities of human emotions and I’ve learned to relate, to know, to find myself within the pages of a book, not necessarily with the characters, but with everything they go through or feel. I feel like I can always find comfort in a good book. I’ve also learned so much about others, thanks to the wonderful diversity of young adult books now, I’ve read about so many different people, families, issues I wasn’t aware of, or at least of their enormous-ness overall in other countries (hello, THUG). Books are incredible, okay.

What do you think of my answers? Do we have some things in common?

What would YOU write a book about? What book would you like to forget, erase from your memory, and why? Let me know in comments!

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78 thoughts on “Where I answer questions about books, my reading journey & other personal things

  1. Loved reading your answers Marie & the fact that you used a Ben Stiller giph haha! & YASSSS to Macaroons, The Belles had me craving pastries for days LOL! the time-turner is an A+ choice, I had totally forgotten about that one *eyes wide open* haha! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. Hey there! I loved reading your answers!! I would also love to travel to New Zealand, and Australia! And I would also choose to be Hermione because she is A-MAZING!! Have you read all the Harry Potter series or have you watched it?
    If I had a million dollar account, I would totally travel the world! Join, me girl 😂!
    Checkout my blog sometime! ❤️
    Xxx

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    1. Aw thank you so much, so happy you enjoyed it 😀
      I have both read all of the books and watched all the movies, I loved them 😀
      Hahaha yes, I’d be happy to join you on a world tour, we’ll start by Australia haha.
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❤

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  3. omg, we are much more similar than I ever expected. our timeline for reading is the same, I started off of Goosebumps, then went to fantasy (Harry Potter), fell off of reading for a bit, and then fell in love with Twilight (and while I don’t find it a good book anymore, it’s actually what got me into reading again when I was 13. Also, how dumb am I, I didn’t know that your blog is named after the quote from Looking for Alaska! I love love loved that book. Great post as always, Marie! I love getting to know you love 🙂 xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    1. AHHH really? That’s amazing! I’m with you about Twilight, it also made me read a whole lot back then and I’m forever thankful for that, even if I wouldn’t appreciate the book anymore now 🙂
      Aw thank you so, so much love, you’re the sweetest ❤ ❤

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  4. Marie, you definitely deserve the nominations for the annual blogger awards. I cast some votes your way when I voted the other day. I love your discussion posts, and your reviews. The nomination is well deserved. 🙂

    I loved your answers here. I definitely agree with you that reading taught me to be more about empathy towards others. It really opened my mind up to the idea of viewing life through someone else’s shoes and experiences.

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    1. Aw you’re the sweetest, thank you so much for your sweet words, that means a lot ❤ ❤
      Agree, I just love how much I've learned thanks to reading and how it just keeps opening my mind. I love it. ❤

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  5. How did I not realize your blog name came from Looking for Alaska?! Good grief. I love it though! I’ve always loved reading too – I’ve definitely mixed up the type of things I read though. It’s used to mostly be contemporary – and Harry Potter- but I read a lot of genres these days. If I could go back and re-read a book for the first time, I’d say either Harry Potter (any of them) or Perks of Being a Wallflower. 🙂

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Ahah no worries, I feel like not many people realize that haha 🙂
      I think that’s amazing – blogging definitely made me read different genres, too, and I love it! And YES, I’d love to re-read Harry Potter or The Perks, I loved both so much 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Lauren!

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    1. Oh I hope everything’s well, Helena! I’m sending you all the love ❤
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, that means SO much, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this! ❤ I hope you're having a fantastic day, take care of yourself! ❤

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  6. Have you read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro? It sounds similar to the type of book you want to write about and it’s amazing!

    I felt the exact same way about Caraval! It was entertaining enough, but was ultimately just a let down for me

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    1. YES I have read and LOVED this book so much, it was fascinating and unique! I’m so glad you love it as well 😀
      I’m glad you feel the same way about Caraval – I think I read it maybe too soon and… there was too much hype, ahah.
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! 😀

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  7. These are great answers for all these awards Marie. 🙂 Hearing about the amazing food in The Belles which made your mouth water is making me want to get around to that book even sooner, it’s on my Kindle so hopefully I’ll be able to pick it up soonish. Also I’d love a time turner from Harry Potter, possibly more than a wand if I’m being honest, and I love that quote from Emergency Contact. I definitely want to read that book asap just because you love it so much.
    Great post. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Ohhh, I hope you’ll read The Belles soon, I would love to know what you think of it!
      I feel the same way – even if having a wand would be amazing, I’d love a time turner even more haha 😀
      I hope you will be able to get Emergency Contact soon, it was BRILLIANT 😀
      Thank you so, so much Beth ❤

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  8. I loved your answers so much to all of these ❤❤❤ We need to go to New Zealand together, have a bookish party over there!!! Though I’ll probably spend all the trip fangirling about Tolkien, I’m sorry, Marie 🙈
    I loved that quote from Emergency Contact, I finished the book and loved it ❤

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    1. Aww thank you so much!! That would be THE DREAM, and…. I wouldn’t even be mad about it haha, I’d also want to see everything LOTR related in New Zealand! 😀
      I AM SO HAPPY YOU LOVED IT, it was such a great book ❤ ❤ ❤
      Thank you so much!!

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  9. Hello Marie!! Love your answers for these questions! ❤ I think I would answer some of these the same way!
    When I read the Harry Potter item question, the time-turner also immediately popped into my mind! Sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day! Sometimes I wish I could have more time to blog or read or sleep!
    I also learned so much about people and relationships and social issues through reading. I love getting into the heads of people who are different from me, whether they are from a different part of the world or have a different personality 🙂

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    1. OH yes I’m glad you feel the same way, there never seems to be enough time in a day to do everything we want haha, a time turner would be amazing 😀
      Same here – I love how much I have learned thanks to books, it’s incredible ❤
      Thank you so much Sophie!! ❤

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  10. Ahh this is amazing and I loved reading this!! 😀 Ohh reading We Were Liars was AMAZING and I haven’t ever reread it because I don’t think it’d have the same punch knowing all the answers?! So I’d definitely choose that one to read again for the first time. Although, lucky me lol lol, I forget books so fast that rereads usually feel like the first time anyway.😂I knooow. I’m terrible!

    I also would take the timeturner from Harry Potter.😂There are books to read!!

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    1. Same here – well, thing is, I usually forget quite quickly the books I’ve read, too, but twists like the one in We Were Liars… I couldn’t forget, so I couldn’t re-read it either, haha. It wouldn’t have the same impact, that’s for sure!

      YES YES, there are so many books to read and things to do, a time turner would be AMAZING 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Cait ❤ ❤

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  11. I think I’d also probably do a lifestyle blog if I didn’t blog about books, but not a travel one like you because I’m too anxious to travel, sadly. I follow a couple lifestyle blogs and enjoy them, though honestly sponsored posts aren’t usually my favorite if they’re not done well. I think I’d probably blog about makeup if I didn’t blog about books, though it would be hard to maintain because I do not have enough money to get enough of it to consistently blog about.

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    1. Oh I get that, I’m not usually a fan of sponsored blog posts, but really it depends on the blogger writing it. Some people just feel real no matter what they write and do and their sponsored posts turn out amazing as well so, in these cases, I don’t really mind that much.
      I find that, in any kind of “niche”, it’s hard to think of how we could maintain a blog. I know I’d love to blog about my travels, but I can’t travel all the time all year long, so how could I maintain that? With books… well, it’s a bit cheaper, I guess, haha 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Mel! ❤ ❤

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  12. You already know I voted for you whenever possible on Twitter, but I am still so happy for your nominations 😀 WE ALL LOVE YOUUUU!
    Also, if you ever do go to Canada, Lois can attest to me being a decent tour guide via the internet hahaha I’ll tell you how to get to all the cool spots.

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    1. You’re the best and the sweetest, as always, Kat, I don’t deserve you!! ❤ ❤ ❤
      Hahaha I'll make sure to ask you whenever I get the chance to go there, hopefully soon, I can't wait! ❤

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  13. Finals are over for me, so I can finally shower you with the love and support you’ve showered me with ❤ I loved your answers! I would totally pick Hermonie Granger too, and I think being a traveling blog really suits you! If you ever write a book, I would 100% pick it up. I think it's so important to highlight toxic friendships (because those definitely exist too). I also loved the quote you picked from Emergency Contact! I still haven't picked it up, but I definitely will soon now that it's summer 🙂

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    1. Oh yay, I hope that your finals went well ❤ ❤
      I only wish I could travel more to be a travel blogger ahah, but that honestly would be so, so cool 🙂
      And wow, you're so sweet, I'd be honored for you to read my book, maybe someday, far, far, far away from now hahaha.
      I hope you'll get to read Emergency Contact soon, I loved it so, SO much 😀 ❤
      Thank you for your sweet comment Tiffany ❤ ❤ ❤

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  14. Loved your answers, Marie! 😀 I would totally like to go New Zealand and Australia. But my priority is, you know, Paris 😀 And I would love to have that time-turner too 😀
    Oh and if I could ever get that whole million dollars, then yes, I would go to a world tour.. visit every country in the world, even Antartica (well, not sure if I would even survive there 😛 )

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    1. I really hope you’ll get to Paris someday and hope that you will love it 😀 ❤
      Hahahaha, I wouldn't go to Antartica though, not a fan of the cold. I'd watch your pictures though hahaha 🙂
      Thank you so much, Sim! ❤

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  15. Uhm you’re a blogging queen as well 💗
    Oh I would love to travel the world if I got a lot of money too, because there are so many places that I would love to see 😍 I’ll definitely check out Tomi Adeyemi videos now, as I have need of all the writing advice! I actually love when authors do youtube videos about writing or podcasts I find that to be so helpful!

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    1. Awww Caro stop it, you’re too sweet ❤ ❤ ❤
      Agree, there are just SO many places I dream of visiting, I wish I could travel all the time haha 🙂
      I also find these kind of videos helpful and really inspiring, I hope you'll try Tomi's videos and read her blog posts, she is BRILLIANT 😀
      Thank you so much!! ❤

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  16. New Zealand would be the absolute coolest to go to 🙂 I would love to go there too. But I feel like it could be a hard trip, cause it’s so far away! About the farthest place I can imagine, apart from Antarctica, where I really don’t want to go 😀

    And I am already basically Hermione, minus the magical powers, so I totally agree 😀 although… I really like Luna too 😀

    I think you’d be a great mental health blogger too! A lot of your topics do touch those themes.

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    1. It IS way too far away…. for now, haha. I just wish there was a way to teleport myself there. Someday I’ll go though. Antarctica, well I don’t want to go there that much, tooooo cold 😂
      OH YES, Luna is a wonderful character as well, I love her ❤
      Aw that's so sweet, I actually never thought of that?! Maybe I should have aha 🙂

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  17. I LOVED reading this and getting to know you better! I agree, who wouldn’t want to be Hermione honestly. 😉 And wow, having the time turner from HP would actually be amazing?? I also greatly enjoyed the Friends gif in here. XD

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  18. You did deserved all thoses nominations, and I voted for you !! You are one of the best blogger and my personal favorite ❤ also I love when bloggers get to share some stuff, yaay !

    hahah for stealing books.. woops. I probably wouldnt spend all on books either *cough* I'd prob get my weein a BUNCH of stuff and leave a few for "in cases" .. knowing I went at the vet TWICE with the same one in two months.. *aherm.* (injuries, thanksfully he wasn't sick like his little sister was..)

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      1. Yes! It was for a sliced tooth and after something had attacked him somehow 🤷🏽‍♀️ in our full fenced porch (thinking its a bald eagle.. its roaming around our house), and early this month we went back and the vet said all is healed well! No absess or anything inside the skin either, and while there he got all but one of his vaccine 🙈 they’ll call me once the last will arrive, as they didnt had it in stock. I thought welp, while im here and I wasnt paying the FULL vet and I would had needed to come back anyway 😪 now he shall be good.
        Thabksfully his sister’s shots only in august 🙈 I have a break

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  19. Ohhh I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed All Of This Is True Marie! I noticed you reviewed it, but I want to go in without any expectations so I’ll read it once I’ve finished the book 🙂 (which I should start soon because the publication date is coming up lol)

    I would also LOVE to write about boarding schools – I did when I was a kid but that doesn’t count 😂

    Loved reading your answers ❤

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    1. Oh then stay away from my and all of the reviews then, I feel like this book is GREAT to get in without any expectations or knowing much at al, either. Hopeflly you’ll LOVE it 😀
      Thank you so much!! ❤

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  20. Oh my goodness, I loved all of your answers to the questions, but especially about your answer to what one revelation you’ve had from reading. 😆 Of course, I think it’s true to say that nothing can ever be on par to traveling and going out into the world to experience things for yourself… but, no matter how hard we try, it’s impossible to physically step into the shoes of every single person we meet in our lives. Sometimes, we don’t even know what other people are going through, but I’ve always found solace in the way I can gain a better, even if it’s not complete, understanding of other people. 😊 I’ve learned to be more compassionate, more open-minded, and more loving towards people I meet — and a huge part of that is due to stories opening my mind to the possible, varied realities of the people who live in this world. 🌎

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    1. Aww thank you so much! Reading is so brilliant for that, isn’t it? I just love how much I can learn and how it allows me to get to know other part of the world, other people so much more. I’m loving #ownvoices book for that, too, for everything they bring to our books and how they make every book a bit richer 🙂
      Thank you so much again for the tag and for your comment ❤ ❤

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  21. Hiiii omg I’m so sad that I haven’t been around to comment!! But I loved reading all your answers. I think I love reading because it’s educational but also relatable. It’s a really broad hobby because you can experience so much without having to physically do any of it, and it’s fun and great and basically just yaasssss. I’m definitely starting to enjoy nonfiction and classics and literary things more! And I think I’m becoming pickier with my book because I don’t have so much time to read. Great post!

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    1. SHAR! Don’t worry about it, you’re way too sweet! ❤ I'm with you, I find it incredible how much we can experience, learn and find out thanks to books as well. Books are amazing ❤ ❤
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤

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  22. Hermione Granger is wonderful! I expected way more from Caraval as well! I’d love a time turner and it would be amazing to experience we were liars for the first time again!
    Lovely answers! And congrats on all the nominations- you totally deserve it!! ❤

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  23. MARIE! You can’t just think of a negative trait about yourself and not a positive thing about you. That’s not how this works. And hey being a perfectionist can be a good thing right? Maybe? Also driving away just to get away from everything is a huge mood (except I’d probably panic at the thought of being away from people I know).

    And I love your answer for what you’ve learned from books. I really have learned a lot about how complex all humans are (unless the author didn’t do a very good job with complex characters haha) and I think that’s a beautiful thing about telling stories about people. ❤ Great post!

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    1. I can’t help it🙈 I’m trying, I promise aha. And being a perfectionist can be a good thing, somehow, I guess, hahaha. YEES exactly, that’s the same issue for me, I’d love to get away, but… not too far away? Hahaha.
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment ❤ ❤ ❤

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