Hopes, dreams, goals and answering questions about myself – The Awesome Blogger Award

It has been a little while since I answered questions about myself. You know me, I’m not too fond of talking about me, myself and I. Yet today, I thought I’d change things up a little bit and do it any way, in the hopes that you’ll enjoy these wonderful questions and my tiny little answers!

Today, I’ll be answering Meghan’s wonderful questions! She nominated me for the Awesome Blogger Award and I am honored and so, so happy to have been nominated for this. Meghan is one of my favorite bloggers, she’s so kind and thoughtful and writes GREAT blog posts and I suggest you check out her blog RIGHT away and shower her with love, because she really deserves it.

The 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 Awesome Blogger Award Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

📝 On blogging, reading, personal goals & dreams : Meghan’s Questions, Answered

How many books do you want to read this year?

This year, I set my goodreads goal just like last year, at 60 books. In 2019, I managed to read more books than ever, ending up with a whooping incredible 73 books, still don’t know how I managed that. Still, even if I know I can now reach that goal, I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself and would rather keep a goal that seems attainable, so 60 it is.

What’s one thing you are planning to leave behind in 2019?

My anxiety? Ah, ah, if only. If I’d love for that to happen, it’s most likely not going to so, well. I’d love to have now left behind in 2019 is my eternal self-consciousness about others and what they might think. I tend to need external validation a little bit too much and am hoping I can do better in that area this year. Fingers crossed.

What’s something you’d like to do/or gain in 2020?

Confidence? A book deal?

Okay let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. I’ll say things I’d like to DO, since it’s a less rocky field okay. Some of my mail goals for the year are:

  • Finish editing my current WIP
  • Write a little more
  • Travel as much as I can

There’s probably more and there are most likely other goals and resolutions I’d like to reach this year, but I wrote all about it in my writing, reading and blogging in 2020 blog post, if you’re curious!

It’s nice to be important but it’s important to be nice. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

Oh god, I don’t know. I think my sister gifting me a day at the Harry Potter Studios in London might be one of the nicest things ever.

Also, I cried a lot there. Ooops.

You can read my full blog post with my adventures on the Harry Potter Studios Tour.

What are your hopes for your blog in the next year?

I try not to reach too high and dream too much for the blog, because… I’ve been blogging for 5 years and I feel like I’ve been working so damn hard every single day, I just don’t want to burn myself out, reach out for too much, hope for too much and then crash down and hate it all.

This year, I just really want to be content with my blog, as a whole. I want to be happy about the blog posts I write, I want to care less about statistics and overthink less when a blog post I spent hours on doesn’t do so well. I want to compare myself less to other bloggers and I just want to RELAX, have fun and enjoy it all every day.

Who or what are you most grateful for in life?

I’m forever and always grateful for my family and my loved ones, always, I don’t know where I’d be without them.

Also I probably wouldn’t be blogging for my sister who screams gently at me that I love this and need to chill.

I’m grateful for all of you reading this post and being there on my little corner of the internet, more than you know. Annnnnd I’m being sappy I should stop.

What would you like to be remembered for?

In a really mean and destructive world, I just guess I want to remember for being kind enough to others.

In my biggest dreams, I want to be remembered for writing great stories and people loving them, recognizing themselves in them and more.

Who is your favourite musician/band/singer?

Okay so… no judging here. My favorite artist is most likely Taylor Swift, I adore her even more after watching the Miss Americana documentary.

My favorite band is the Jonas Brothers. Still. Don’t judge.

Do you prefer Bookstagram or Book Twitter? Share your social links.

Well… my default answer for this might have to be book twitter, since I don’t have a bookstagram at all. I do LOVE scrolling down instagram and discovering beautiful bookstagram accounts and I admire people doing that so much. Hell, I wish I could do that someday, but I most likely lack the time, creativity and patience for it all.

So book twitter it is, even if it has its flaws, its petty annoying drama coming round and round again, I appreciate keeping up with authors and book news this way.

If you want to follow me, I’m @dh_books !

Random question: do you have a specific mug for specific beverages? Ex. a mug only for coffee, a mug only for tea, etc.? (I can’t be the only one!)

I DO actually, you’re not the only one! Though I don’t drink coffee at all -I don’t like coffee…. sue me-, I have way too many mugs and one specific mug for everything. Like one for breakfast, one for the weekend day, one for my evening….

💕My Questions & Awesome Bloggers Nominations

  1. What’s an underrated read you’d recommend EVERYONE to read?
  2. Do you like book series, or do you prefer standalone reads?
  3. What are some of your favorite book-to-movie (or tv show!) adaptations?
  4. Do you have any reading goals for this year?
  5. What’s your favorite thing about your book blog? TIME TO SHOWER YOURSELF WITH LOVE. ❤
  6. What’s your favorite place to interact with the bookish community? (comments, twitter, instagram…)
  7. Do you have a favorite song?
  8. What are some of your favorite bloggers (bookish or not)?
  9. If you could live any place in the world, imaginary or not, where would it be?
  10. Describe your perfect reading nook!

I nominate :

TasyaMalka & ChanaCaitlinSofiiLaisCharisMaceyJenna

Feel free to skip this, if you don’t do awards or this doesn’t inspire you!

What are your reading goals for the year? Do you have any blogging aspirations for 2020?

Bookstagram or book twitter: which one do you prefer and why? Let me know in comments!





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60 thoughts on “Hopes, dreams, goals and answering questions about myself – The Awesome Blogger Award

  1. Aww thank you so much for nominating me, Marie! ❤ I love Taylor's music, but in the recent years I've grown to love her as a person! I also set my reading goals the same as last year even though I probably can reach it. Same with you, I don't want to pressure myself and just enjoy the reading process!

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    1. Of course, you’re awesome and I love you tons! ❤
      It's the same for me, I loved her music and grew to love her as a person too, over the years. I always can't wait to see what she does next.
      You're so right about that, we should remember to enjoy reading and not put too much pressure on ourselves 🙂


    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that 😦 it’s always so disappointing when you’ve been working on something for so long and it doesn’t work as well as you want it to. It’s easy to get discouraged, but I always find my groove and happiness back when I’m talking with other bloggers, I find the love of the conversations again and the want to put new things out there too 🙂 x


  2. Sweetie! 😭 Thank you SO much for nominating me for this amazing award! It’s the first time I’ve heard of it and I loved it, I’m sure I’ll be doing it really soon.❤️✨😍
    My anxiety is something I’m working on leaving behind, I still have some hard days but it’s a process and I think I’ve been doing amazing, I wish you the best with that and I send you all my best energy. ✨😊
    I think EVERYONE already thinks you’re the kindest and sweetest with others, so you don’t have to worry about that & OMG, I LOVE Taylor Swift! 😍 I haven’t seen the documentary yet, but I need to do it soon, I can’t wait!👏🏻
    I hope you have a beautiful day ❤️

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    1. OF COURSE! I love your blog so, so much Sofi and you’re such a warm soul in the community, I appreciate you so much. ❤ ❤
      Ahhh you're too sweet. I really can't wait for you to watch the documentary, I hope you'll love it! 😀

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  3. Marie!! You are too kind! You have made my day 😭💞
    Thank you so much for the lovely shout out! ❤️
    I loved reading your answers! I agree, if I could leave my anxiety behind I totally would, wouldn’t that be grand?
    I wish you luck on your writing projects this year! I hope you surpass your goals! ☺️
    I also agree with you on blogging goals, I don’t like reaching too far for fear of crashing and burning. Small attainable goals are the way to go! And again, I wish you nothing but all the successes! 😀
    Yay!!! I’m not the only one! I swear people think I’m crazy because I have a mug for coffee that I can’t possibly share for tea… tea needs it’s own mug! As well as hot chocolate! 😂😅

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    1. Ahh of course, I love your blog and you so much and I’m so glad our paths crossed in this little blogging world ❤ ❤
      Thank you so much, you're so sweet!! AND YES you're not alone here AT ALL 😂 I have different mugs for different purposes… isn't that how it should always be?? 😂

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      1. Awww ❤️❤️ I am SO glad that our paths have crossed too! Trust me, you and your blog are an inspiration to me, so hearing you say you love my blog 😢 thank you!
        OMG YES! It should always be that way! I am SO happy I’m not alone in thinking this, thank you for validating me! 😂☺️

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      2. Awww, I love this idea! Too bad I didn’t catch you when you were in Toronto! I guess I need to plan to come to you! 🙂
        I agree though, I love how similar we are! It’s nice to have a friend! 💞
        (yes… that is a T-Swift reference 😂)

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      3. It really is too bad…. but that gives me an additional excuse to go back, I loved Toronto so much!! ❤
        AHH YES a Taylor Swift reference, all I ever need we're so meant to be 😂 ❤ ❤

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  4. A fellow Jonas Brothers fan! Ain’t no shame in rooting for them, those guys have pipes of talent!

    Good luck with all your goals for this year, especially with your book editing. That sounds like such a time consuming yet exciting experience.

    I hear you about the external validation thing and it’s something I’m striving to rely less on this year as well.

    All the best with everything!

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    1. YAY! They really are ❤
      Thank you so much, Lois! It is a really time consuming experience, especially given that, well, I'm very slow at it, handling life and the job and everything else too haha. But I'm trying!
      Thank you so, so much for your love and support, it means the world ❤

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  5. I love reading this post and getting to know more about you, your goals and inspirations and i don’t know why but I found some peace in it, especially with what you said “In a really mean and destructive world, I just guess I want to remember for being kind enough to others.”. Also, you made me want to watch the Miss Americana documentary!

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    1. aww thank you so much, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post, thank you for your sweet words ❤ and yes you should! it's such a great documentary about taylor as an artist and the person behind the fame, too and I love it so much ❤


  6. Aww, Marie!! I hope that you can feel more comfortable in yourself and your blog this year too! It’s so hard to stop looking for external validation, especially cause “no man is an island” and all that jazz haha, but it would sure feel better to just be able to be confident in everything we do—blogging and IRL 😅.
    Also, not judging at all! No amount of hate can dispute the fact that Taylor Swift is a star for a reason! I love listening to old school T-swizzle every once in a while 😂.

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  7. Ahh thank you for the tag Marie!! I’m looking forward to writing up my responses to your questions. I think I like bookstagram more lately, just because I’ve really been enjoying taking bookish photos & adapting a style that I enjoy. How do I not have a mug for specific drinks/times of day?!?! I love that :’) And that’s totally something I would do, too! No need to apologise for still loving the Jo Bros 😉

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    1. Ahh you’re welcome, Macey, you’re such a wonderful blogger ❤
      I'm so happy you're enjoying bookstagram! It seems like so much fun and it's just so aesthetic but…. i barely have time to do it all, can't do that ahah.
      YOU SHOULD! It's just so great to have a mug for each part of the day 🙂
      ahh glad you understand ahah x

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  8. Wow your sister is amazing!!! I only have brothers so I’m pretty jealous lol. But a trip to Harry Potter studios is so nice. Also THE JONAS BROTHERS! I was jamming to all of their songs so hard this summer. I’m 100% not judging you because I’m in the same boat as you, girl.

    I’m also wishing you all the best in 2020! I love reading your blog and can’t wait to see all the amazing things you do! Hoping you can find lots of contentment in 2020 because you’re already doing awesome things. 💛

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    1. She really is the best 😭 and ahhhh this makes me so happy, I just love them so much ahah ❤
      Thank you so, so much for your love and support, Madeline, this really means so, so much ❤ ❤


  9. I love getting to know you a bit more! I’m going to london in a few weeks, and one of the things I’m most excited for it to go to the Harry potter studios! It was definitely a bit pricey for me (specially the dollar to pound conversion), but it was the one thing I knew I wanted and NEEDED to do! I’m so happy to know you loved it, because i’m SO EXCITED!
    Girlll, I wish we could both leave behind our anxiety and bring in alll the confidence! I’m still hoping this is the year for major growth in that department for the both of us. Great post Marie xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    1. AH MELINA you are going to London, I am SO EXCITED for you! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures and hope you’ll love it there ❤
      Yes I so get that, the studios are quite expensive, but they're so worth it if you're a fan. I honestly wanted to cry while I was there ahah. I can't wait to hear all of your thoughts about it 🙂
      Thank you so much, Melina!! ❤

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      1. I’m definitely going to get emotional going there. It’s like a dream come true, and even though I’ve been to Harry Potter world, this is different! I honestly love anything Harry Potter, so I’m super excited! Deciding whether to bring my cloak or not! It all depends on whether I have the space in my luggage I think. Can’t wait to tell you all about it 🙂 x

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  10. I’m not a big fan about talking about myself either but I’m so glad you do as I love getting to know about the blogger behind the blog!!
    I can also rely on external validation a lot and it’s hard but I think appreciating yourself is important and is something I want to work on as well.
    Taylor Swift is a great artist, I still haven’t listened to the entirety of her new album though *hides* but I just get stuck playing one song on repeat, at the minute it is Daylight!!
    I love that you have separate mugs for everything, I think I have lots of mugs but I have a classic mug then fancy ones that I use when I feel the need for something more special. And then I have the mugs that I am too afraid to use, ahah!!
    Great post, I loved reading it and I wish you all the best!! ❤

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    1. Same here, strangely I love reading these kind of blog posts and getting to know other bloggers, but I always struggle to do it with myself haha. I’m so happy you liked it, thank you!! ❤
      AHH Daylight is such a great pick, I love this song so much!
      Thank you so, so much, Sophie! ❤ ❤

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  11. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE TAG!!!! Awe — Meghan is such a lovely person!!! She also has so much on her blog — I’m rather envious ha-ha!

    Oh my goodness … 60 books?! I feel ashamed! I’m honestly hoping I get to 40 this year … which is lowered from last year. And I feel you on the anxiety — I’ve suffered from massive anxiety for a LONG time. Fitness (i.e. walking, yoga, bouldering) has helped A LOT, thank gosh. But it does suck …

    I like your want to focus LESS on the stats for your blog — it can get really stressful. I stopped focusing a lot on that last year and it’s helped quite a bit with me enjoying my blog more. Your blog is amazing BTW — I absolutely ADORE it!

    I wish I could get into Book Twitter … but it’s not for me. I think it’s because I don’t like having too much social media outlets, so Instagram and WordPress are good enough for me ha-ha!

    MEGHAN — if you read this, I think you found your soulmate — someone else is like you with mugs!!! I feel like I need to be apart of this now … like a mug for everything …

    Great post, darlin’! I loved reading this so much!

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    1. I’m hoping not to aim too high with my books goal, I don’t want to pressure myself too much with it all!
      And ahh I’m so happy these have helped with your anxiety! It’s a little tough to manage, but… well I get used to it unfortunately ahah 🙂

      AH THANK YOU I’m going to cry, you’re so, so sweet, thank you so much, this means the world ❤ ❤ ❤

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  12. Thank you so much for tagging me, Marie! Your questions are always so good 🥰
    Ok, I never considered it before, but I do have specific mugs for specific drinks and even times of day! I basically only drink water and milk, and I have specific mugs for breakfast and dinner 😂
    We have the same blog goals! Sure, I do want to reach a certain number of followers and generally improve my stats, But now that I’m nearing my one-year anniversary, I’m starting to realize that all I’m hoping for is that I can just relax more. Sometimes I’m too tired or unmotivated to do anything related to blogging, and that’s okay. I really just want to be content with my blog this year, as you said!
    And I wish you all the luck with your writing journey! I really can’t wait to read a work of yours someday :)) You can do this!! Good luck with drafting/revising/querying! ❤ ❤

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    1. You’re so welcome and no pressure at all if you don’t feel like doing this! ❤ ❤
      Ahh I'm glad, welcome to the one-mug-for-one-occasion club 😂 it just feels wrong to use my evening mug in the morning 😂😂
      I'm happy you can relate to that and hope we can both relax a little bit when it comes to blogging. you're doing such an incredible work and I adore everything you put out there and I hope you'll feel content with your work this year ❤
      thank you so, so much!! ❤ ❤

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  13. No shame at all, I think my favourite artist might be Taylor as well. I had a huge phase when I was obsessed with her when I was younger, then I stopped caring about artists at all, and now I’m slowly getting back and I have her latest album on repeat. I haven’t watched Miss America yet but I really want to!! I also had a Jonas Brothers phase, but that hasn’t come back. I’d say my favourite band is Little Mix! I loved reading your answers ^^

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    1. Taylor’s latest album is SO good and please feel free to come talk with me about Miss Americana once you’ve watched it! I found it SO GOOD I LOVED IT. I’m a fan haha 🙂
      thank you so, so much!! ❤

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  14. I love to hear about you! ❤️
    leaving our anxiety and doubts behind sure would be fun, eh ? ahaha but alas.. it seems that we’re stuck with it x)

    I hope you get to do all you want for 2020, and to relax a little more blogging wise and be more relax with the blogging anxieties xx
    For the mugs- damn I never thought of that XD I have PLENTY of them.. but I tend to go in phases when I use this ONE MUG all the time, and at a certain point I switch to another one to use for a while, and then switch again..

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    1. Oh yes it’d be the dream ahah, unfortunately our minds aren’t wired like that I guess.
      Thank you so, so much, you’re so sweet ❤ and ahhh I used to do that too! I had certain phases with some particular mugs, and now I'm sticking with others. I have too many mugs to use them all hahaha.

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  15. seeing you mention taylor and jo bros makes me realize i’ve never seen you talk about your music taste before!! it’s cool we know a bit of that now (no judging!!) 😎 but aahh i really hope this is the year you can relax and try to take blogging a little easier! i know how overwhelmed things can get, and i know you put so much pressure on yourself when you’re doing Amazing as you are and don’t need to stress yourself out 💗 i hope you can accomplish all that you want this year, and once again THANK YOU for your correct coffee opinions!!!!

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    1. I … well to be honest I don’t think I had the occasion or found the occasion to talk about music? I’m glad I could a little bit!! 🙂
      thank you so much, may, this means so, so much. I’m hoping to relax a bit more every day even if, some days are just harder than others 🙂 ❤ ❤

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  16. I honestly feel so honored that you think our blog is awesome enough to do this tag! ❤ It may take us a while to get to it, but I’m super excited to answer all your questions!

    I love how so many of your answers focused on self-care and making your mental health a priority. Being more relaxed about goals so that there’s less pressure to complete them is a method that I use all the time. I find it such a useful tool to quiet my anxiety, and I hope it works the same way for you.

    And zero shame for loving Taylor Swift and the Jonas Brothers! I feel like people judge when someone mentions that they like a popular thing, but what’s wrong liking something popular?

    (Also, I’m firmly team bookstagram. I don’t even have a Twitter account because of how much the drama scares me. Plus, who doesn’t love staring a pretty pictures of books all day!)

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    1. Oh OF COURSE, your blog is one of my favorites and I love everything you both write so much. ❤ ❤

      Thank you so much! I hope I can be more relaxed about it all, it's certainly a process and it's filled with ups and downs haha but I am trying my best 🙂

      Right? I adore pretty bookish pictures. Wish I had the time and patience to get onto it ahah 🙂
      Thank you so much, Malka ❤

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      1. Me too! I’m a Hufflepuff forever and always! Although, I gotta admit. Sometimes, there are just times when I feel like my Slytherin side is showing 🙈 Ohh, what’s your favorite Taylor Swift album, btw?

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