I was nominated for The Awesome Blogger Award by book a fellow book lover, Emer over at A Little Book Haze. I really do appreciate that you take time to drop by my blog.

I would also like to extend my gratitude for your endless support. You’ve been very kind and very supportive of my (and fellow book blogger’s) endeavors. You are truly amazing, and so is your witty and insightful book blog. You’ve nominated me for my first every blogging award and here you are again, nominating me for my second blogging award! I really do appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. I hope more readers and bloggers drop by your magnificent page. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, I hope you do so now.

What is The Awesome Blogger Award?

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 Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you (Emer I hear you! No word can express how grateful I am for your support.)
  • 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

Questions Set by Emer

1. Who is your favourite side / supporting character in a novel?

Let me think this through… As I am a plot-centric reader, I most often forget the characters in a book, maybe their name but not their personalities. It doesn’t help that I’ve read quite a lot of books as well! Haha. My initial choices were Hermoine and Ron of the Harry Potter series but I guess they’re part of the main cast so I’m going with the witty and ever-glamorous Astrid Teo of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. I’ve only finished the first book but she’s just one memorable character.

2. What book do you think had the best world building?


Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games was my first immersion into the works of dystopian literature. I was immediately in awe of how Collins intricately drew a picture of Panem and its thirteen districts on my mind. Nearly a decade has past and The Hunger Games remain vivid on my mind. I’d have gone with Harry Potter and Hogwarts but that is one predictable choice. LOL. I still love Hogwarts but most of my vision of the magical school was derived from the movie so The Hunger Games it is.

3. You need to escape your house (for some reason) and can only bring five books with you. What books would you take?

Now this is one mean question! Haha. I love a lot of books from my collection but if I am faced with this hard choice then I’ll probably take the five thickest ones – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Parallel Stories by Peter Nadas, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, and Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. But I’ll still try to save as many books as I can. Haha!

4. Which fictional character do you most strongly identify with or feel that is most like you personality-wise?

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I’ve told this time and again but I do feel some affinity with Wuthering Height’s Heathcliff. I know how much he’s despised in the world of literature so please don’t crucify me for my eccentric choice. Haha!

5. What animal would you want as your superhero side-kick?

I’ll have a cat – they’re stoic and very independent. Dogs are way too clingy.

6. Which genre of books is the most unfairly under-rated in your opinion?

In my opinion, historical fiction is a little underrated. Most readers, from what I observed, prefer young adult fiction or fantasy or surrealism. I guess the aversion towards historical fiction is that most of these books tackle subjects that can be watched in documentaries or can be read in history books. I am not quite sure.

7. What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?

I’ve always been a sucker for the vanilla flavor. I like strawberry and cheese flavors too!

8. Would you rather read a great plot with average characters or a boring plot with amazing characters?

As I’ve mentioned in the first question, I’ve always been a plot-centric type of reader. A great plot can make up for a dull set of characters.

9. Do you annotate your books?

In one of my book tags, I mentioned keeping my books free from any marks. I am averse to the idea of writing on my books because I want them to be as immaculate as possible. I do keep a separate notebook, however, for jotting down some details that I want to research more on.

10. If you could switch places with any character (book, TV show, or film) for a day, who would you switch with and what would you do?

Ford Prefect from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I’ll spend the day jumping from one planet to another. It sounds like an interesting adventure!


And thus ends the Q&A portion. Thank you for those amazing and thought-provoking questions Emer. (Mind-boggling actually, LOL)

I tag the following bloggers to receive this award:

To set the record straight, none of you is under any obligation to do this tag unless you truly want to. I totally understand if this is not your cup of tea.

My 10 Questions for Those Tagged

  1. You were given an opportunity to have a tête-à-tête with an author, or an historical figure. Who will it be and what will you talk about? You can also choose figures who’ve already passed away.
  2. Since it is the month of love, who are your top three favorite literary couples?
  3. If you were to travel to a place you’ve never been before, where would it be?
  4. Which author do you want to write your life story?
  5. In times of distress, what are your top five go-to books?
  6. What was the first book you’ve read loved? Tell us more about why  loved the book.
  7. You’re in the bookstore and all the books you want to have are on sale. However, your budget is limited. What five titles will you buy?
  8. Which do you prefer – the sound of the waves or the tranquility of mountains?
  9. What are three things, or activities, that you are most passionate about? 
  10. If your life is to be made into a movie, which genre will it be – drama, comedy, fantasy, horror or suspense? Which actor/actress, in your opinion, will give justice to your story?

~ Carl