Book Fangirling Blog Award

Another day, another award, I was nominated by the ever so lovely Deanna for the Book Fangirling Blog Award. She always makes sure I don’t miss out on cool awards and tags, so thanks! The award was created over at Book Fangirling.


The Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

Deanna’s Questions:

  • If you had to tell me to read one book and why, what would it be?
    • This is a hard question because I just compared our books on Goodreads and you haven’t read so many of my favourite fantasy/dystopian ya books. I couldn’t give you just one, it’d be a long list.
  • What’s your favorite non-book book themed item?
  • Who is the one author you would buy a book from without even reading his/her book’s description?
    • Kristen Simmons. Hands down. I love all of her books and her writing and her.
  • Which character is your favorite bad guy/girl?
    • hm, there are a lot of bad guys in recent books that I read that are quite swoon worthy. But my favourite ‘bad girl’ would probably be Shay from Uglies.
  • What’s the best book you’ve read so far in 2015?
    • Air Awakens, Fire Falling, Illuminae, The Winner’s Crime, the Shattered Seas trilogy, Snow Like Ashes, The Glass Arrow…

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

It’s taken me so long to get around to these awards but I’m so appreciative of everyone I’m nominated for! Thanks to Tiffani @ The Book Venom, Jess @ Princessica of Books, & signourney @ A Dance With Books for nominating me and so sorry for taking so long to get around to this.

So I’ve been searching the internet for hours looking about the origin of this award but I couldn’t find any. All I know that this award started around the year of 2010. So if you guys know more about this, please comment below.

THE RULES:
1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you. 
2. Answer the questions the nomination has provided. 
3. Nominate ten other bloggers
4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.


Tiffani’s Questions:

1. Do you have a nickname? What is it?

I used to have a ton of nicknames in High School because I gave a lot of nicknames. I loved giving nicknames out but since I pretty much cut ties with anyone from school, I no longer carry those nicknames with me. But, my lovely wife and I call each other Wife all the time. Just like when we were dating it was always Girlfriend.

2. What is your favorite fairy tale?

I actually had to think about this for a moment because I’ve loved a lot of adaptations of fairy tales. The Elves and the Shoemaker, Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Boy Who Cried Wolf were prominent in my childhood.

3. Name three books you would like to pass along to your grandchildren!

I would definitely love to pass on Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman when they were children. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech and Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom once they started getting older.

4. What word do you love the sound of?

Petrichor (n). the smell of earth after rain.

Hiraeth (n). a homesickness for a place you can never return to, a place which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.

5. If you could be immortal, would you choose to be?

If it was Tessa’s immortality (from The Infernal Devices) and not an kind of Vampire’s immortality.

6. If you could have any question answered, what would it be?

I’m not sure I have any question I want answered. There’s always those big questions ‘why are humans here?’ ‘what’s the purpose of humans?’ etc, but I don’t know I really want to know the answers to those questions.

7. Name five things you’ve never done but would like to do!

  1. Travel to Europe!
  2. Write a book of poetry.
  3. Go on an art retreat somewhere in France.
  4. Become fluent in multiple languages.
  5. Build an Eco-Friendly home by a lake surrounded by woods.

8. If you were going to write a book, what would the title be and what would it be about?

I don’t know about a title but I’d love to write something in the fantasy or even the dystopian genre that had all queer characters.

9. Do you prefer living in the city or countryside? Why?

I love living in a small town, my favourite place in the entire world is a small town tucked away in nature with a couple thousand people tops. But at the same time I love staying in big cities. I love riding subways and exploring shops and delicious food places.

10. One piece of advice you would give to your younger self is . . .

Don’t obsess over ‘love’. Find love in yourself, in your family and in your friends.


Jess’ Questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

After years of being on the edge of the online book community, I wanted to be more involved, talk to more people about the books that I love and make friends.

2. What is the last book you have read?

Last book that I read was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey!

3. What fictional character do you wish was real?

Deuce from Ann Aguirre’s Enclave trilogy, she’s the one character that I’ve identified most with. Every time I re-read the trilogy, I find myself connecting more and more with her. Hence my url/username, ‘the night girl’

4. Who is your current book-boyfriend?

I’ve never had one.

5. What is your favorite thing about the place you live?

Hm, my favourite thing about this city is my house! I love the house that my wife and I bought.

6. What is your favorite genre to read?

Currently it’s Young Adult (High) Fantasy.

7. Who is your best friend and why?

I have multiple best friends but my oldest best friend. She’s been in my life for as long as I can remember. There were plenty of times where we didn’t see or talk to each other for years. But we always ended up back together at some point. We’ve been through so much together, she definitely knows all the things that I never want anyone else to find out about. Even now, we don’t talk much due to the fact that we live in separate countries, but she’s always there when I need her.

8. Roughly, how many books do you own?

Not enough! Aha. Most my books aren’t here with me in the States, but alas, just on the bookshelf beside my bed currently there’s around 70!

9. What Hogwarts house are you in?

The one and only time I used Pottermore and it sorted me into Ravenclaw.

10. What’s the farthest you have been away from home, and how long?

I guess right now would be the farthest I’ve been away from home. Even though I’ve moved away multiple times, being in another country definitely trumps them. It’s a 16 hour drive from where I live now to where home is. In a months time I’ll have been gone for a year and I still miss home everyday.


Signourney’s Questions:

What is your favourite bookish friendship?

I love Deuce and Tegan’s friendship from Ann Aguirre’s Enclave trilogy. They meet in such a horrible way, but their friendships grows, hits road bumps, it struggles through all the books. And in the end it’s such a solid friendship that I love.

Who is your favourite author and why?

This is a really tough question but I think I’m going to have to go with Scott Westerfeld. I’ve read multiple series and trilogies by him and I’ve loved every one of them.

How do you organize your book shelves?

I organize by size, always. Hardcovers and paperbacks are usually grouped together.

Are you interested in comics/graphic novels/manga?

Heck yeah! I couple years ago, I went through this craze of just reading comics and graphic novels. My Goodreads change was almost at 200 because of it. I don’t read them as much now but I still love them.

What was a book you were obsessed about 10 years ago?

As they pulled onto a narrow dirt road, Sairy said, “You are now entering Ruby Holler, the one and only Ruby Holler! Your lives are never going to be the same — “Dallas and Florida have been dubbed the “trouble twins.” They have been shuffled between foster families and orphanages all their lives, longing only for a loving place to call home, though mistrustful that one exists for the likes of them.

Tiller and Sairy are an eccentric, older couple whose children are grown and long gone, and they’re each restless for one more big adventure while their bodies are still spry enough to paddle a river or climb a mountain.

Ruby Holler is the beautiful, mysterious place that changes all of their lives forever. When Tiller and Sairy invite Dallas and Florida to stay with them and keep them company on their adventures, the magic of the Holler takes over, and the two kids begin to think that maybe, just maybe the old folks aren’t so bad….

Filled with humor, poignancy, cookies, and treasure maps, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Ruby Holler is a delightful book about a special place where it’s never too late to be loved.

A book you want to share with everyone?

In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely. 
Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.

As the desert sands run out on her life’s hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

The sister series to The Moon Dwellers, which I blurb about here!

What book releases are you looking most forward to for the next three months?

  1. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  2. Never Never by Brianna Shrum
  3. Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
  4. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

What is your favorite mythical being in books?

Currently? probably wyverns from Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series.

Best standalone book you’ve read?

Old ways are pitted against new horrors in this compellingly crafted dystopian tale about a girl who is both healer and seer.

Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet— especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe— government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerrilla warriors— and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument…

Incorporating the traditions of the First Peoples as well as the more familiar stories of Greek mythology and Arthurian legend, Shadows Cast by Stars is a haunting, beautifully written story that breathes new life into ancient customs.

Want to play some quidditch?

I’m so not that into HP.

Blogger Recognition Award!

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I was nominated by Kimsiang @ Lazy Caramel Reads, Tasya @ The Literary Huntress, Jesalin @ jbelkbooks & Zezee with Books  for the Blogger Recognition Award that was created by Edge of Night. Which is super sweet and awesome, thanks!
Rules: 

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

How The Night Girl Got Started: I’d tried book ‘blogging’ on Tumblr a couple years back, used sites like Booklikes and Goodreads but I never really got involved in the online book community. I’ve always preferred to just hover around the edges of groups because I never felt like I would fit in or have as much to say as anyone else. I’ve consistently been on Goodreads now for over 5 years but again, it was mostly just to keep track of books and do giveaways and find new books, etc. But then awhile back, I was looking through the forums of a group I was in and saw a lot of people had Twitters that focused on books and such. So I thought, after years of not using Twitter, why not? I could follow authors and publishers and see more new releases. Well that stemmed into deciding to make a book blog after being inspired by a lot of cool people on Twitter.

I don’t really have a lot of advice since I’m still learning myself after all these months but I’m going to go with your generic, blog for you. Blog about what you love and don’t think you have to post what everyone else is posting. Be original, be you.

I’m going to be a loser and not nominate anyone at this time as I am trying to catch up on awards and tags. But thanks again to those who nominated me!

The Versatile Blogger Award!

I was lucky enough to be nominated by the wonderful Halyna @ bookscoffeeandcake for this awesome award! Thanks a bunch!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who gave you the nomination.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 bloggers to pass the award on to.
  • Tell the person(s) who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

I Nominate:

Arya @ aryathefangirl
Sush @ ferventlycurious
Jess @ princessicaofbooks
Sabrina @ booksandbark
Glazia @ paperwanderer
Emalie @ bookgatherer
Aentee @ readatmidnight
Brittany @ brittanymariereads

okay that’s only nine.

7 Things About the Night Girl:

  1. I have a 1 year old Australian Shepherd, an 1 year old St. Bernard x Pit Bull mix, a 6 month old Australian Shepherd x Lab mix, a 1 year old black Siamese cat and a 1 year old orange and white Tabby!
  2. I have 2 younger half brothers and 2 younger step sisters.
  3. I traveled half of Canada and to 45 States by the time I was 9.
  4. I identify as asexual and queer and online I prefer they/them/their pronouns.
  5. I’m a complete sucker for horrible browser MMORPGs.
  6. I feel like I am the only person (of my generation) in the book blogging community who isn’t completely obsessed with Harry Potter.
  7. I hope one day I figure out what I want to do with my life and be able to go back to school for something I love.

Sunshine Blogger Award! (in which I find an excuse to post more animal pictures)

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Kirsty @ Kirsty Reads recently nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thanks so much!


The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions from your nominator 
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions

The Questions:

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
    1. Italy is always my go to answer for this, because everything Italy and Italian makes me happy. BUT I’d also love to travel the south country side of France, and the mountains of Chile.
  2. What book made you fall in love with reading?
    1. There was never just one book, I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. But it was The Giver by Lois Lowry and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld that really got me into the Young Adult Dystopian genre. Which is still my absolutely favourite genre to date.
  3. Do you have any pets? If so what?
    1. I have 3 dogs and 2 cats!
      1. Bell – 1 year old black Siamese cat.
      2. Juno – 1 year old fat orange Tabby.
      3. Captain (Tidus) – 1 year old Blue Merle Australian Shepherd.
      4. Vanille – 1 year old rescue Pit Bull x St. Bernard mix.
      5. Yuna – 18 week old rescue Australian Shepherd x Labrador mix.
  4. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
    1. Probably quinoa.
  5. You’re trapped on a deserted island and only have one book, one film and one cd. What would each one be?
    1. Book – Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
    2. Film – Aeon Flux
    3. CD – Compilation of Studio Ghibli Soundtracks.
  6. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
    1. I re-read some of my favourite books this year, but I’m going to go with Half a King by Joe Abercrombie.
  7. What’s the worst book you’ve read this year and why?
    1. Hm, it’s a tie between The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and Talon by Julie Kagawa.
  8. Do you have a favourite musician/band?
    1. Marianas Trench
  9. Do you have a book you would love to see turned into a movie or tv series?
    1. Not really, I like books just the way they are.
  10. What’s your party trick?
    1. I don’t have one?!
  11. Other than reading what else do you like doing?
    1. Oh, painting, doodling, hiking…

Since I have so many awards and tags to catch up on, I’m going to be horrible and not nominate anyone. I’d just be nominating the same people over and over. But I’d like to thank Kirsty again for nominating me!