Blog Awards

Blogger Recognition Award

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Hello everybody! Today I’m finally getting around to tackling some of the awards and tags that I’ve had sitting around because I know that if I don’t start writing them up, it’s never going to happen.

Anyways, thanks to Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for nominating me for this award!


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.
  • 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).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • 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!

My blog started about a year ago. I’m coming up on my first blogiversary soon although I’m not at all sure what date I started. I should probably go look that up and figure out a post for it haha! Maybe I’ll put together a giveaway or something. No clue yet!

THE STORY OF MY BLOG

I put up my first blog post around late August last year. I’d been following and reading a bunch of popular book and fashion blogs (Xpresso Reads, Effortlessly Reading, The Notebook Sisters (now Paper Fury), etc.). I loved both books and fashion but I knew that I would never actually want to make a fashion blog. As much as I like matching up outfits, I don’t actually like taking pictures of myself in those said outfits nor do I think I’d enjoy talking about what I was wearing in a post. So that left book blogging. I had already written a few baby reviews for Goodreads. I was curious to take the plunge to see how difficult it would be to manage a book blog because I really liked reading. So after experimenting with the WordPress editors and stuff until the early hours of the morning, I put up my first posts. The first thing I put up were a few book reviews (which are horrendous like dear lord). I’ve hardly made as much growth as other bloggers have made in a year but I’m still learning and figuring out new ways to make my blog better. Baby steps.

For my blog name, although I’ve written about why I picked it before, it can’t hurt to mention it again.

I love dancing. I’ve done ballet since I was about three and even if I’m definitely not the best dancer, I enjoy it. To be quite honest, I like hip hop and jazz a lot more but my hometown doesn’t offer many choices in terms of dance. For now, I’ll get my fix out of Just Dance and dancing along to mirrored versions of my favorite Kpop dances. On top of that, I have an absurd amount of confidence to look dumb and do whatever the hell I want in front of my classmates. That includes dancing. So during my middle school years, I was pretty much known as “that Asian chick that likes dancing” from both my closer classmates and the people I wasn’t too familiar with.

I also like reading (obviously) and to me, getting stuck in a book and the rate at which you read and feel emotions is akin to dancing. Thus, “Dancing Through the Pages”. Super cheesy but I liked it when I created it and I still do.


ANY ADVICE?

To be quite honest, I don’t feel very qualified to give advice to other people. My blog isn’t super popular and I’m not a huge fan of social media. I don’t post everyday because I know I’ll get burned out really quickly that way. I’ll try my best though!

  1. Don’t worry about what others think of your blog. By that I mean, don’t write blog posts and design your blog solely for others. Even if you need to adjust font to make it readable or design it to make it easier to navigate, don’t lose yourself and what you like while doing so.
    I promise you that if you’re feeling insecure about something, other people probably don’t notice. Just  be yourself and take blogging at your own pace. I’m only just starting to make graphics and interact with others. It’s a learning process.
  2. Don’t get hung up on numbers and expectations! If you’re just starting out, you probably aren’t going to get 5000 followers in a single month. A lot of bloggers, including myself, get burnt out from blogging just because of the stress of numbers and posting. If you need to take a break, don’t hesitate to take a hiatus. Blogging should be a fun, creative outlet for you. Enjoy it!
  3. One of the best things about blogging is interacting with other bloggers. Even though I’m hardly someone that should be giving this out as advice (really I need to take my own advice), interacting with other people can be rewarding and fun. Don’t be intimidated! They’re real people just like you.
  4. Do what you think is best for you. Your blog should be an extension of yourself. Experiment with it!
  5. Always edit your post at least once before publishing it. I can’t even begin to count the number of times where I’ll publish a post before realizing that I wrote something that didn’t communicate well. If you are starting to get tunnel vision from staring at it too long, send it to a friend to edit! Oh and use the “Preview” function to check the overall appearance of your post before publishing!

I NOMINATE (not 15, but 6 bloggers that deserve the award):

As always, if you have already been nominated and do not want to do it again, feel free to ignore me.

Ok so I just realized that I really don’t follow all that many book blogs that I actively check. I’m the type that takes an hour to check my feed twice a week and comment bomb everybody. This is a problem. If you guys have any suggestions for awesome blogs I should go check out or just want to leave your URL down below, I’d definitely be okay with that!

Liebster Award Nomination

~Liebster Award Nomination~

I wasn’t expecting this at all (I literally made this two months ago), but I was nominated by Danielle of Stories Unfolded for the Liebster award! Thank you for nominating my blog! 🙂

From what I’ve seen, it’s an award, taggy thing for blogs with less than 200 followers.

This tag also made me realize exactly how anti-social I am, even on the internet. I sort of feel more motivated to read other people’s book blogs now.


The Rules

Link and thank the blogger that nominated you

Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you

Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers

Ask the 11 nominated bloggers 11 questions and tell them you’ve nominated them


Danielle’s Questions

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island and only had one book, what would that book be?

This question is pure evil. Would it count if I duct tape a bunch of books together so that it’s technically “one” book? How about one of those huge bindups of a whole series?

In all seriousness, it would have to be something really long. At least 400 pages minimum (preferably longer) because if it were any shorter, I’d finish the book really fast and I’d get sick of rereading it so many times. Hm. Maybe The Diviners because that book is hella long. Or Harry Potter. Maybe Les Miserables? I haven’t read it and it’s really long.

Q: What’s your favorite part of going to a bookstore?

That moment when I get my mom to cave and buy me more than one book (I’m a broke teenager okay?). I’ll walk over to her with this 10-book tall stack of books and she’ll just look at me with this expression that’s like “are you serious?” And then she’ll just say, “No.” And I’ll pout and try to eliminate books.

Q: What are you currently reading?

I’m one of those people that simultaneously read like six books. When I’m in the mood to read a different genre, I’ll end up picking up another book when I’m not finished with the ones I’m reading. The problem with this is that I end up having a lot of books that I need to review because I end up finishing all of them at the same time. It’s a bad habit.

I’m currently reading….

Don’t Look Back – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Noggin – John Corey Whaley

Otherbound – Corrine Duyvis

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Pandora Chronicles – Ryan Attard

I’m about to start To Kill a Mockingbird for school and I’m super psyched. I actually haven’t read it (shameful, I know) and the converging stories in the book are something I’m looking forward to.

Q: What book from your childhood has stuck with you the most?

Well seeing as I’m still in highschool…… I guess I’ll just name some books that I remember really clearly from Elementary school. Sharon Creech was one of my favorite authors and I absolutely loved Walk Two Moons but I can’t really say that it “stuck” with me. When You Reach Me was a book that I remembered really liking because trying to think through all of the plot aspects gave me a headache. Time travel hurts my head but it’s so cool at the same time.

Q: What book has had the largest impact on your life?

Well…. seeing that, after one question, I’m still in highschool…… I’m not too sure what has overall had the biggest impact. I haven’t really encountered a book that’s made me reflect on my life (I really hope I find that book soon though) but I have read books that make me flail and fangirl all over the place. The biggest changes that happen to me are often the result of some type of important event that makes me realize how I should begin to act rather than the books I read.

Q: What is a book from your childhood that you absolutely want to read to your children?

If we’re talking picture books….. ANYTHING BUT A BAD CASE OF THE STRIPES. That book scared me so much as a kid. It still scares me. Like a disease caused by not eating lima beans that makes you all stripy?

It’s terrifying

If we’re talking chapter books…… Definitely A Tale of Desperaux and Savvy. Ooooh and The Witch of Blackbird Pond because I loved that book.

Q: What is the most books you’ve read in a single week?

Oh shoot… I never count this type of stuff. Uh if I guesstimate…. I’d probably say around 6-7 books.

Q: What’s your favorite quote from a book?

Another thing that I never do. I have so many bad book habits it’s ridiculous. I’ll write down a quote I like and then I’ll never remember it because I’ll throw away the paper. Or I’ll write down the page number and then never go find it again. If it makes you feel any better, it’s not going to be some ridiculous cheesy jargon *cough John Green*. It’s definitely going to be some philosophical stuff or the really simple ones that are kind of heart-breaking.

Q: What literary character do you most identify with?

I probably would identify most with…… er….. the laidback best-friend cliche character to be honest. I find myself being one of the most laidback about most things out of all of my friends and sometimes, I end up being the unwilling psychiatrist for some of them. So yeah, the cliche vent-bag best friend. I guess, if I’m going to pick a specific character from a book like this, it would have to be Raffy from Jellicoe Road (I’m pretty sure you guys all saw that coming). She’s super chill, kind of shallow at times, but also a really good friend to Taylor.

Q: What’s your favorite movie adaptation of a book?

I haven’t watched one that I’ve liked enough to warrant as my “favorite”.

99% of movie adaptations suck.

(#1 example is the Percy Jackson adaptations. I just. No.)

Q: Who is your favorite author and why?

Hmmm….. I really like Libba Bray and Barry Lyga.

I liked Libba Bray a lot before but The Diviners cemented her as one of my faves. Barry Lyga is just fantastic. I really loved his characterization in I Hunt Killers.

(This question is kind of predictable too XD)


My Questions

1. What was the last book that made you cry?

2. What is a really underrated book that you would love to see on the big screen? Why?

3. What is something in a book that has to be well-done for you to like it? (For me, it’s characterization.) Is it plot, setting, characters, etc?

4. Is there a book that you consider your guilty pleasure? If so, why?

5. What is your favorite book setting? (Stuff like this -> Fantasy AU, Boarding School, Hollywood, New York, Foreign Countries, etc.)

6. What is a book that you want to read purely for the cover?

7. Is there a book that you’ve tried to read innumerable times but have never been able to finish? What is it?

8. What is your OTP (One True Pairing)?

9. Why and when did you start your book blog?

10. If you estimate, what is most books you’ve ever checked out from your library?

11. What is your favorite type of post to write for your blog?


I’m tagging these lovely people

(P.S.) If you’ve already done this tag, it’s fine! I’m not going to force you to do it again. And if you have more than 200 followers and haven’t done it…. well….. you should do it anyways 😉 Tags are fun!

The Bodacious Book Babe/Addicted to Ink

The Shores of the World

I Go Through Phases

So Many Words

Infinite Pages

The Daily Dosage

Time 2 Tome

Stranger to Gravity

The Penguin Cave

Pages and Pages Book Reviews

Bridget’s Bookish Blog