Thank you both for the nomination and for being so patient with me as I slowly answer my awards! These are two amazing bloggers and most importantly, amazing people…I’m so lucky to have met them and have soo much in common with them! I encourage you to check out their blogs if you haven’t! You won’t be disappointed! 🙂
Here are the rules:
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
3. Answer the seven questions asked by your nominator(s).
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let your nominees know you nominated them.
- What is your favourite genre? Psychological thrillers, suspense, and literary fiction are my top picks! But I love to read most genres, including nonfiction, except for sci-fi and a lot of romance.
- What is the last book you read that you gave 5 Stars and what did you love about it? Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. It was a brilliant character study, and I love reading how characters are developed and interact together. It was most of all a story of motherhood, a mother’s love for their children, and what it really means to be a family-being a mother, this deeply touched me. It brought up so many questions that are applicable that I’m still pondering them.
- Who is your favourite author? Too many to name! Karin Slaughter would be my number one pick since she could write anything and I’ll read it! Lee Child, Janet Evanovich, J.K. Rowling, Charlaine Harris, Celeste Ng, Diane Chamberlain, Jane Green, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry James, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Emily Brontë, Arthur Conan Doyle…oh, I could go one forever!
- What keeps you from attaining your goals? Having chronic pain disorders like my fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders makes attaining my goals very difficult at times but so far it hasn’t stopped me since I’ve found ways to achieve the things that I’m working towards that work with my disorders as best they can-like working at home except for 8 hrs a week when I have office hours on campus, taking all my classes for my Ph.D. online, having a cleaner come help around the house, and having lots of support from family and friends.
- Where do you see yourself in five years? I’m not honestly sure really. Instead, I will say that I’m at a crossroads about where I will be, but I’m not worried about it like I normally would be since I’m happy where I am today–frazzled and stressed but content with my life! I don’t know that I even plan to be teaching anymore in 5 years except perhaps just part-time if at all. Then I can spend time writing the book I really want to write that teaching full-time hasn’t really allowed me to work on!
- What do you enjoy most about blogging? Interacting with other bloggers even though I don’t get to do it as much as I would like now that school has started.
- How do you start off your morning? In a rush-the proverbial chicken with its head cut off because I HATE to wake up or be woken up! I’m notorious for sleeping until the last possible moment before I must wake up, hitting snooze 3 or 4 times, throwing on clothes, getting my daughter ready and off to school if it’s a school day, and feeding the dogs. Finally, I grab a cup of coffee or hot tea and sit down in my office to check emails from my students or have Skype appointments unless it is the days that have to go on campus for office hours. If so, then I shower, change clothes again, and rush out the door! I’m not a morning person….
- What’s something you find yourself worrying about or thinking about frequently? I’ve had Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder since I was 5 years old, so I worry about many things as par for the course of having those although most days are better than others. But I worry about my kids a lot, especially my boys since they are either adults, like my 20-year-old or will be an adult soon, like my soon to be 18-year-old. My 20-year-old is moving out next month into his own apartment with a couple of roommates, and I worry that I haven’t prepared him for “adulthood” enough, something will happen, he will need me, etc. Worse, I worry I will need him….they grow up too fast, and I worry about that with my 7-year-old: missing out on the small things or not being around when they do need me. I think almost all parents worry about their kids though!
- If you had to change your name, what would it be and why? Too funny! I’ve always loved my 1st name since Princess Grace named her daughter Stephanie, and I love Grace Kelly, lol. But I guess if I had to pick I have always secretly wanted my name to be Scarlett after Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind since I love her spirit, determination, and intelligence. I wanted to name all my kids..if they had been girls Scarlett, but hubby was like, no! So..Scarlett it is!!
- Are you doing a reading challenge? If so, where are you with it? I was doing the Goodreads reading challenge for 2017, but I finished it! My goal was to read 120 books this year, and I have read 121 so far!
- What’s your favorite fruit and favorite vegetable? My favorite fruit is a peach! And my favorite vegetable is a sweet potato 🙂
- Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life? Ha! That is an excellent essay prompt, lol! There are so many…but my immediate thought is a character from a book I just read over the summer: Ana in The Goddesses! She was supposed to be some kind of “villain” but was boring and flat, really almost laughable the more that I have thought able the book.
- What’s something your brain tries to make you do and you have to stop yourself from doing it? Besides worrying, does biting my nails count?? I have such a bad habit of biting my nails, and I have tried everything even the nasty stuff you paint on your nails! Yet, I can’t stop and when I’m reading a really good book is when I do it the most! It’s gross…
- If you could stand in front of the entire human race, what piece of advice would you choose to express? This is one of my favorite quotes, so I’ll share it since it I try to live by it (although I often fail):
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
― Arundhati Roy
As always no pressure on these since I know not everyone does awards and tags or some of you have been nominated for this award before 🙂 Please know that I’m nominating you because I enjoy reading your blogs! Also, some of my nominees are new followers to my blog, so I’ve enjoyed discovering your blogs too!
- What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?
- When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- What are you currently watching on tv (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc) that you would recommend?
- If you could travel to the past or future, which would you choose and why?
- Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?
- What book(s) are you reading now?
- Are you an introvert or an extrovert?