Monday, August 24, 2015

Sisterhood (Brotherhood) of the World Bloggers Award


Amy at A Novel Start nominated me for the award- thank you Amy! Even though I'm a guy I guess I still qualify, so I'll go with it! Just don't call me sister... :)

I've done a few of these and they are fun- a way to share a little about yourself with the blogging community, and get to know others as well. I'll pass it on, but of course my nominees can disregard if they don't want to do it. On to the questions!


1) What's your favorite book and why? 

Planet of Exile (Hainish Cycle #2)

My favorite might be Planet of Exile by Ursula K. LeGuin. A slim book, it's the story of a lost colony on a distant planet where the seasons last a generation. Kinda sounds like Game of thrones doesn't it (the seasons part). In fact, there are a lot of similarities between Game of Thrones and Planet of Exile actually. But it's a favorite because I read it as a kid and it had a big impact on me.

A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)

Another influential book for me was A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I read it many times as a kid, and the first few books of that series were big favorites of mine growing up. It's a different read now that I'm older, but it still has a place due to nostalgia but also by the fact that it is so influential. It was written in 1912.

2) Who's your favorite author? 

This is a toughie. I might have to say JRR Tolkien here, for the incredible world he created in Middle Earth.

3) When and why did you start book blogging? 

My first posts went up in August of 2012 although I started in earnest in June 2013.

4) If you could see any book turned into a movie or TV series, which book/ series would it be? 

The Slated series comes to mind- a YA series about a girl who is mindwiped and begins to retrieve her memories even as she is watched by everyone, including her won family.

5) Name one book that makes you really nostalgic and why 

The Sword of Shannara comes to mind- yes it's a blatant ripoff of Lord of the Rings to some extent, but I didn't know that when I was a kid and I read that book so many times. It was a huge influence on me, and I still think a good read for kids getting in high fantasy.

The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1)

6) Name three books everyone simply must read. 

This is so subjective and should probably be classics or something, but I'll just list three books I like.

Star Man's Son by Andre Norton. This is probably the first (or one of the first) post apocalyptic novels and holds up well today. My thoughts here.

Star man's son

The Lord of the Rings- I enjoyed it as a kid, but I appreciate it so much more as an adult. The breadth and depth of the world, the appendices, the background of the world- it's just fascinating.

The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings, #1)

I just think the Pooh tales are so whimsical and comforting, and of course perfect for kids (and not bad for the adults reading it to them, either). So this would be my third...

7) Name three books/ series you really wish you could be a part of. 

I would love to be part of the Lord of the Rings. To visit the Shire, Rivendell, to hear the elves singing in the woods.

Also the Game of Thrones world (the books, not the show).

The Star Wars universe.

8) Name three book BFF's. 

I liked Regan from Fangirl.

Aragorn from LotR. Between the Prancing Pony and Rivendell, he hangs out at all the cool places.

Maybe Madeline from Big Little Lies- loved her character.

9) What do you love the most about reading? 

I think visiting other worlds, being able to escape from the reality of the real world for a few hours. I always gravitated towards fantasy/ SF for that reason, to get that sense of wonder, and even though I read more mysteries lately fantasy fiction is still my first love reading- wise.

10) What's your top bookish pet peeve? 

Right now, honestly- probably the love triangle in YA books. They seem almost omnipresent. I get that sometimes they may work, but they just seem like a check off item at this point.


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3) If you've read Divergent, which faction are you? If not, skip this one.

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  1. Great post! You're a classics guy when it comes to SFF, something I've noticed before. :)

    Aragorn is pretty cool. :) It's been a while since I read LotR or The Hobbit, I should do a re-read.

    I agree with you about reading; visiting other worlds is fascinating, exciting, and I learn so much. But for me, pretty much any genre can do that. SFF just takes it to extremes.

  2. Yay for Tolkien! Middle Earth is just amazing, epic - I actually went a book of maps devoted to it, I love it that much! I love that cover of the Fellowship too, it is beautiful!

    Great answers and a peeve of mine is these bloody love triangles, these girls need to make their minds up!

  3. Thank you so much for nominating me! And seriously, the love triangle thing in YA is SO overdone. I agree that it is so annoying.

  4. I seem to have lost my comment, Greg. So irritating. :-(

    I know I mentioned reading A Princess of Mars as a kid because my older brother was reading it. I read lots of Edgar Rice Bourroughs for awhile! And Andre Norton, too. That started my love for fantasy and science fiction so I sure understand where you're coming from!

  5. I have the Shannara books, but I couldn't really get into the first few chapters of the first book and put it down. I should give it another go. :)

  6. You know, the only Ursula K LeGuin I've read is her Earthsea series, and considering that was a favorite of mine for years, and how influential she's been as a writer its kind of weird I HAVEN'T read more of her! I think part of it is because I lean more strongly towards fantasy than sci-fi. It sounds like this one might be up my alley! (I tried some of her short stories which was dumb because I already have a hard time with short stories of any kind haha)

    1. Man I hate commenting on my cell phone - I had wanted to ask what you would recommend for a newbie UKL reader! (Also I LOVE Winnie the Pooh. I wish the kids who I nanny loved the books more but they never want to read them -sighs-)

  7. I read a few books by Ursula Le Guin several... decades ago ;) And I agree with you, JRR Tolkien is a talented author : he wrote the novels, invented the languages, the writing, and also was a talented illustrator !

  8. Totally agree with you on the love triangles, especially when the world is in peril and all the main character is concerned about is her love predicament! I would love to see a novel where the female mc turns down both boys in order to save the world!
    Thanks for the nomination!

  9. I just saw this! I will do the post this week, thank you for the nomination :)

    Oh that art of the elves leaving Middle Earth, that's gorgeous :D

  10. It's a pretty sexist award but glad you just did it anyway! I'm with you on the love triangles, it feels like every YA author (especially dystopian ones) feel that it's on checklist and they have to include it. It makes me grit my teeth!