Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you Jess @ Jessticulates, who nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award! I’ve been a bit delayed in filling out my answers, so I’m going to ahead and nominate anyone reading this who wants to get the ball rolling again.


Put the award logo/image on your blog.
List the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you.
Nominate 10 – 20 people.
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
Ask your nominees any 5 questions.
Share a link to your best post(s).

Three facts about me

I worked as a costumed 18-Century kitchenmaid in a museum.

I joined my very first in-person writing group in Novemeberr after wanting to for years.

I’m currently writing a queer retelling of a classic ballet.

My best posts

50+ LGBT Retellings

Books Recs Based on Your Fave Game of Thrones Characters

Retellings Reading Challenge Ideas and Suggestions

Jess’s questions

What’s your favourite book of 2020 so far?

A tie between THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by TJ Klune and CAMP by L C Rosen.

Would you rather be fluent in every language in the world or be able to play every musical instrument in the world?

Fluent in every language. I have vague memories of high-school French and I’ve been using Duolingo for some very basic Spanish, but I find languages hard. I’d love to be fluent in those two, plus maybe BSL, German and Gaelic. Everything else would be a bonus.

What genre have you found the most comforting this year?

I had a bit of a reading slump at the beginning of lockdown and reading a lot of cozy mysteries back-to-back pulled me out. I also had a rough time focusing when my gran died in July, and found myself leaning into light, contemporary romance, which isn’t usually my thing. I’m back to a most SFF reading habit now, but I’ll keep some of those scattered in.

If you met a reader who’d never read anything from your favourite genre, which book would you recommend they start with?

Fantasy is my favourite genre, but I know my favourite book, THE GOBLIN EMPEROR, isn’t for everyone. I’d probably recommend CERULEAN SEA because thee fantasy elements are relatively minor and you can just focus on the character interaction if that’s more your usual cup of tea.

Which film adaptation have you enjoyed more than the book?

It’s a bit of a cheat, as I’m going to jump over the movie straight to the TV show, but I will always and forever pick M*A*S*H for this question. The book is sexist, racist drivel but everyone should watch the series, especially the seasons where Alan Alda is producer and they look more at the realities of war, equality and loss.

War is war, and Hell is Hell." - Hawkeye. M*A*S*H. 0520. Quote

My Questions

1 — (Stealing Jess’s, cause I really like it) If you met a reader who’d never read anything from your favourite genre, which book would you recommend they start with?

2 — What (fairy tale, mythology, classic novel) would you love to see a retelling of?

3 — Reading outdoors or reading inside?

4 — What’s been you’re least favourite book so far this year?

5 — What books are you most excited to read before the year is out (can be new releases, backlist or both)?

4 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award”

  1. Great answers, and questions! I don’t know if I’ll have a chance to do this tag, but I wanted to agree with your praise for The House in the Cerulean Sea (again). I loved that book.

    It’s hard for me to gauge what my least favorite book was. For questions like this, I’m never sure if I should include DNFs, since I don’t always have a concrete reason why I didn’t finish them.

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