When I woke up today, I received a new notification. Guess what the WordPress notification was about? I was again nominated for another blogging award, the Mystery Blogger Award. This is the third time I got nominated for the award and I would like to thank my good friend Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for constantly appreciating the labor I pour into my own blog. I am eternally grateful for your unending support. If you haven’t checked out Riddhi’s blog, do check it out now for amazing bookish contents. Again, thanks Riddhi for the nomination.

So what is The Mystery Blogger Award?

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto @OkotoEnigmasBlog to recognize “amazing blogs that haven’t been discovered” yet. It is the original creator’s aim, through this award nomination, to “create a friendly community and build a link between bloggers in the blogosphere; as everyone gets nominated and they too can spread the fun by nominating more people for the award.”

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.
Three things about me!

1. I have a sweet tooth (well, technically teeth? LOL). I love all kinds of sweet, with pastries going all the way to the top of my food pyramid. I lean towards cheesecakes and pies. Whilst I love all kinds of pastries, I do have some exemptions. First, I don’t like chocolate-base cakes. I also am not a fan of cookies, except when it comes with coffee or early in the morning.

2. The first novel I have ever read was Mary Higgins Clark’s Before I Say Goodbye way back when I was a sophomore in high school. I read it not because I was interested in reading fiction. Rather, I read it because we were required to prepare a book review and submit it after our semestral break. The book, however, didn’t sustain my interest enough to pursue reading as a serious hobby. It would take two more years and another Mary Higgins Clark book to spark my interest in reading fiction.

3. I enjoy sports. I love sports, some even called me athletic. I play volleyball, badminton, and lawn tennis. I am decent player in this disciplines. I so loved sports that it was logical for me to be the Sports Editor of our high school paper. I also participated in sports writing for the schools press conferences. I placed first in our division during the first time I joined, then placed second the following year. I was places short of landing a slot in the national competition as I placed fifth during the regional press conference.

Riddhi’s Questions

What is one Christmas themed book you want to read this year?

~ For the longest time, I wanted to read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It is still a dream as I have no copy of the book. (I don’t like eBooks, haha). This is actually an annual Christmas wish list but I guess I haven’t met a good enough Santa who’ll give me the book. (Still crossing my fingers).

What is your fatal flaw? (Yes, you can take a quiz to find out)

~ So I did take the quiz hosted by Spark Notes. My fatal flaw:

~ I am a romanticist (if I may say so myself) so I guess this can be true. However, I am also parts realist so this doesn’t totally apply to me. I just love the idea, not necessarily of a person. It can be something. For instance, I love the idea of being in love but not enough to fall rashly in love. The younger me would have done the opposite. HAHA.

What is you Hogwarts house?

~ I actually took a Hogwarts quiz just before I answered this question. It was hosted by Buzzfeed and was originally created in 2017. Personally, my preference was Gryffindor although I thought I would be in Hufflepuff or even Slytherin. Well, guess what? I was wrong. My attributes showed that I am 37% Ravenclaw, 36% Gryffindor, 19% Hufflepuff and 8% Slytherin! May be there is some courage within me after all.

Who is your godly parent?

~ To be honest, I wasn’t aware what a godly parent was until I encountered Riddhi’s question (HAHA!). Upon researching, godly parents were from Percy Jackson series, which, like Harry Potter, was a series I love because I love Greek mythology. I then took another quiz (hosted by Epic Reads) to find out my godly parent. I didn’t have any expectation although I was hoping it would be Artemis or Apollo. Guess who I had? The Goddess of Love!

Name three authors whose books you read this year for the first time.

~ These past two years, I have been discovering writers whose works I’ve never read before. This year, here are some of my favorites:

  • Fredrik Backman. I fell in love with A Man Called Ove. His latest work, Anxious People, only underlined my newfound admiration for his works.
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I was initially reluctant about reading The Shadow of the Wind although I bought it years aback. Thankfully, I overcame my reticence because I fell instantly in love with this atmospheric novel.
  • C Pam Zhang. She made her literary debut this year with How Much of These Hills is Gold. I am glad I included the book in my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward to List because the book gave me so much promise of a spectacular writer.

~ Because I can be headstrong at times, I am expanding the list (sorry Riddhi). Among the other writers whose works I read for the first time this year (and loved the experience) are Yaa Gyasi, Akwaeki Emezi, Ayobami Adebayo, Bernardine Evaristo, Elif Shafak, Kenzaburo Oe, Jules Verne, Sherman Alexie, Laura Esquivel, Peter Nadas, and the list goes on. 🙂

Link to my favourite post

I have already featured some of my favorite posts in the previous Mystery Blogger Award posts I had. The Autumn I Learned to Ride the Bike is also one of my favorites (I do love a lot of my posts from my South Korea adventure). It was a profound piece about finding one’s own path. Here is one of my favorite line from the post (I can’t believe I actually wrote this):

“Refusing to be molded by the same path, there are amongst us those who risk enough to venture out of the main path. In the open fields, they experience a euphoria that the main path didn’t afford them. The open fields are filled with uncertainty but it made them breath uninhibited. It is there that they have found the liberty they longed for. Rather than following the main path, they pave their own because, after all, each of us is the author of his own destiny. “

I hope you enjoyed this post! And Riddhi, thank you again for this opportunity to share more about me! I hope the rest of the week will be great, not just for me but for everyone!