The Versatile Blogger Award

I am late, oh so late!

 

I have not done one of these in ages!
I don’t know her name but thank you for nominating me, Ajoobacat!
You should definitely visit her blog, her reviews are concise and very informative and have helped me on several occasions to pick out my next reads.

Rules:

Show the award on your blog
Thank the person that has nominated you
Share 7 different facts about yourself
Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

Seven facts about me:

1. I am extremely awkward in social settings but I thoroughly enjoy one on one interactions.

2. For the past few months I have woken up at 5ish am regardless of what time I went to bed and just cannot get back to sleep.

3. Some of my happiest moments are spent around nature, just feeling/listening/smelling it or reading as well.

4. Reading is definitely my #1 hobby but it has been increasingly difficult to find a book that sweeps me off my feet.

5. I don’t watch movies or shows on my computer.

6. For several months now I have switched from morning coffee to around 4 cups of tea and have found it makes me feel better and perks me up just as much, not to mention I get the liquids I need and never get otherwise.

7. I cannot recall ever buying an e-book.

15 Blogs I Nominate:

I am picking awesome people who take time to check out my posts and whose blogs I thoroughly enjoy.
So, in no particular order:

1. Sarah @ http://www.sjhigbee.com/

2. Emma @ https://emmathebooklover.wordpress.com/

3. Kim @ https://cadburypom.wordpress.com/

4. Rosie @ https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

5. Koeur @ https://koeur.wordpress.com/

6. Paul @ https://photopaulm.com/

7. Nicola @ https://rustandstardustblog.com/

8. Diana @ https://mythsofthemirror.com/

9. Cathy @ https://746books.com/

10. Angela @ https://booksandopinions.com/

11. Loreen @ https://coffeeandcatsblog.wordpress.com/

12. Daniela @ https://bookstogetlostin.wordpress.com/

13. Geoffrey @ https://highteadreams.com/

14. ? @ https://abooknation.wordpress.com/

15. ? @ https://wearevoracious.wordpress.com/

The Blogger Recognition Award

I would like to thank Josie at Josie the Bookworm and Raven at Dreamy Addictions for nominating me for this award.
Their blogs are amongst some of my favourites, and I definitely recommend that you visit and follow them!


The Award


The Rules

1) 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.
2) 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.
3) Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
4) Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
5) 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!


Original Post

Click here to view the original post.

Quote from it:

Blogging has changed our world. Like the Internet as a whole, it’s changed the way we communicate, exchange information, and simply how we spend our time. People of all kinds, from nearly any country, of nearly any social or political status, can create a blog and work their way into having a dedicated readership, or just experiment with the freedom it gives. Celebrities, world leaders, your next-door neighbors, ordinary citizens—every single one of us has the chance to be heard. To be part of a global community. This is the blogosphere, the blogging world, and each individual blogger helps to make it what it is.

So, why not celebrate this wonderful thing? No, I’m not talking about a special day, month, or year dedicated to blogging. I’m not even talking about celebrating blogging. I am talking about celebrating the bloggers themselves. Because, without them, such a diverse, free and fun thing wouldn’t exist.

Now, how shall we celebrate? With an award, of course!


About Ana’s Lair

Ana’s Lair began without many prospects. Initially, it was only supposed to be a place where I would post my reviews, which I already put up on GoodReads.

When I got into Negalley, I noticed having a blog could influence whether my requests got approved or not, so I figured, why not?

I was browsing a blog, I don’t know whose anymore, and it was a WordPress blog, so this became my platform out of pure coincidence.

I clicked the sign up button out of curiosity, browsed all the themes, fell in love with this one at first sight and created it just for fun.
Initially, the blog was called MistLuna, as that is usually my nickname online, or just Luna.

Soon enough, I was copy pasting my reviews from GR, but I never really intended to develop the blog much further than that. I didn’t and still don’t have any html skills, which limits me a lot.
Boy, did that change. I found a couple of people willing to help me with the ‘coding’ and then there’s, of course, our best friend Google. In a short amount of time, blogging became one of my favourite things to do, almost as much as reading!

So I changed the blog’s name to Ana’s Lair. It has become my little niche, where I share my opinion about other things besides book reviews. Those are still what you will find here most often but, over the course of these roughly 5 months, my blogging interests have certainly broadened. I also enjoy posting movie reviews, videoclips from time to time, and other random stuff.
I created a new feature called Random Chats to discuss all sorts of things that appeal to me and believe others may enjoy talking about, and am already thinking of new things to implement in the blog.

Most of all, I love sharing my opinion, meeting people from all over the world, and receiving feedback from everyone. I have been lucky enough to only have had kind words posted here. Folks are just so nice!

It has been a blast, and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.

At times, I am not going to lie, it’s hard work keeping the blog active. Everyone goes through periods where they are just not inspired to write. It is difficult to come up with something. As I mentioned in another tag, the way I deal with that is by writing up rough drafts whenever an idea pops up, work on it over the course of whatever time is required for me to feel good about the post, and publish it when I feel I have not posted in a while.


Advice for New Bloggers

I have only been blogging for 5 months, so am in no way an expert…

There are, however, a few things I would like to mention:

  • Most often than not, beginnings are difficult. It takes time to get views and followers. Do not get discouraged!
  • If you are not blog savvy as me, experiment! Create a draft and play with all the buttons. Don’t be afraid to explore all the options and reach out for people to help you get started. If you don’t know how to do something, ask! Folks are really nice in the blogosphere, someone is bound to come and help you.
  • Reach out to other people. If you take the time to visit other blogs, like, and comment on the posts, sooner or later they will be curious about you and visit your blog as well.
  • Write about what makes you passionate. Never write for obligation. It’s a sure way to make you lose interest.
  • Most of all, have fun! If you have fun while blogging and take the time to connect with people, sooner or later your blog will succeed.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you decide to do this tag, even if I have not nominated you, please post the link in the comment box so I can check out your answers!


My Nominees

  • Geoffrey @ High Tea Dreams
  • Cristina @ Tiny Obsessions
  • Candice @ Wondrous Reviews
  • Cátia@ The Girl Who Read Too Much
  • Amanda@ Amanda’s Nose In A Book
  • Laura @ Snazzy Books
  • Analee @ Book Snacks
  • Yvo @ It’s All About Books
  • Tiffani @ The Book Venom
  • Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
  • Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm
  • Kristi @ Hidden Staircase
  • Tamara @ Orange Pond Connects
  • Daniela @ Books To Get Lost In
  • Nicole @ The Bibliophile Chronicles
  • Beautiful Blogger Award

    I would like to thank Sarah at Stacks of Sarah for nominating me to this award. She is a kindred bookaholic and I really enjoy her blog. You should definitely visit it!

    On to the award!

    The Rules
    Link to the blogger who took the time to nominate you.
    List seven random things about yourself.
    Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers.
    Notify the amazing people that you nominated for the award.

     

    Random Facts:

    1. I absolutely adore sleep. Don’t bother telling me it is overrated. There is nothing like a good night’s rest and that feeling of waking up utterly refreshed in the morning.

    2. When the weather starts getting better (sun shining, lovely warm temperature, slight breeze) my brain immediately goes… Beach!! There is nothing quite like dozing away to the sound of waves crashing while feeling the warm sun on your body.

    3. I often forget to watch tv. There’s actually a couple of shows I like to watch (especially Criminal Minds) but when I have a bit of free time I am either reading or blogging, so it often slips my mind.

    4. I have been progressively distancing myself from facebook, to the point I now loathe it. I never really got into other social media sites, so this blog is the closest I have to one.

    5. I have never felt comfortable in groups. I prefer one on one interaction.

    6. People who know me probably think I don’t have much of a sense of humour. I am quite a serious person and this translates both to my personal and professional life. I tend to focus on enjoying the little things in life, having nice conversations with the people I care about and doing the best/being the best person I can be. The things I find funny other people usually don’t, and vice versa.

    7. As you can see by my blog my main interest these days is reading. I got into a bit of a slump in the last couple of months or so, and therefore I decided to try new genres, since I tended to only read fantasy/sci-fi/horror. I started with The Doll Maker, a thrilling mystery book, and should now read more mysteries, but probably more of the contemporary sort, not so much police investigations.

     

    My Nominees:

    1. Amie @ Amie’s Book Reviews

    2. Anthony Vicino @ One Lazy Robot

    3. Jennifer @ Book Junkiez

    4. Kimberly @ Come Hither Books

    5. Lynn @ Lynn’s Book Blog

    6. Magdalena @ A Bookaholic Swede

    7. Natalie @ Fill Your Bookshelf

     

    This post turned out a lot different from what I had initially thought, a lot more intimate! I realized I have grown rather isolated. But as long as I have my books, all is well.

    Besides, I grew up during a time when internet first didn’t exist and later it was rare; not everyone had access to it and when they did it was quite expensive. So I learned to take pleasure from other things. I guess that’s something that stayed with me throughout my life.

    I went through the hype as everyone else did but, these days, I honestly do not miss facebook, for instance. Or even tv for that matter. I prefer watching a good movie, but even those are hard to find nowadays. The importance of great graphics has long since surpassed that of a good plot. It’s a shame that the two seem to have become mutually exclusive!

    So yes… Books. :)

     

    Looking forward to reading what my nominees have to say about themselves!

    Tag, you’re it! :D

    The Liebster Award

    I am late, oh so late!

     

    Several people have nominated me to this award already and I have been postponing it because quite frankly I did not know how to answer their questions. I hope they will forgive me!
    So today I woke up and figured… What better way to start the month? :)

    On to…

     

    The Rules

      1. Post the award on your blog.

    2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.

    3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.

    4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers; notify them in their own blogs.

    5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

     


     

    First and foremost, the folks who nominated me (please let me know if I missed anyone!):

    Thank you so much for your nominations!
    I love all three blogs and recommend that you take some time to browse them.

     


     

    11 Random Facts:

    1. I sometimes (who am I kidding, most of the times!) freak out when taken out of my comfort zone.

    2. I really love going to bed early. Like 9pm early. Snuggle with my book and slowly drift off to sleep.

    3. Before I had my Kindle Paperwhite I could not understand why people loved e-readers and was utterly convinced I would never get one.

    4. I had actually not read for a while before I found GoodReads in August 2014. The fact that the site encouraged people to write reviews on the books they read was a motivation to pick it up again and it was only a matter of time until I created my group there Book Lair and then my blog, Ana’s Lair.

    5. I am your typical introvert. I do not mix well with people. Most interactions are pretty awkward. I have slowly been adapting, especially in a professional environment, but I am definitely not a people person.

    6. I have been drinking coffee (espresso) without sugar for probably 2 years now because it’s healthier and I still have not gotten used to it. Blergh!

    7. My favourite tv show is Criminal Minds.

    8. I am a perfectionist in pretty much everything I do. If I don’t think I will do it well, I would rather not do it.

    9. I am not a competitive person in the usual sense of the word; that is, I do not compete with others. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. I only compete with myself and try to be the best I can.

    10. I absolutely love nature. I prefer the beach and there are few things I enjoy more than lying down, feeling warm and drifting off to the sound of waves crashing, but I also love to lie down on the grass in the shade of a tree, perhaps near a lake or river. Reading, of course!

    11. The last random fact about me is that I am a dog person (sorry, cat lovers!) and would really love to have one, but I live in an apartment and cannot bear the thought of the poor thing being closed up, all alone for so many hours. Hopefully one day I will move to a house which at least has a big veranda where she (yes, it will be a she!!) can be at least a bit entertained.

     


     

    My Nominees:

    1. Kimberly, at Come Hither Books. Yes, I know, she is one of my nominators but I really, really like her blog. She has all sorts of different posts, not just reviews, but those are the ones I really enjoy. I love how she always takes 3 characteristics of each book and uses those as recommendations for folks who might like it. I also fancy the blog style very much.

    2. Don’t know her name?? The blog is In a Good Bookroom and it is definitely one of my favourites, I honestly cannot tell why it does not have more followers. I like the blog style and that the review posts have links to GR. Her writing style is very clear and I always enjoy reading those posts.

    3. Rita, at books & stuff. Another of my favourite looking blogs. The style is pretty, the book information she writes in each post is just enough and the reviews themselves are lovely. She brings up interesting points, very often stuff I notice myself, so I really enjoy reading them.

    4. Elle, at ELLECTRIC BOOK REVIEWS. I like her review writing style and grade system!

    5. A. P. Bullard, at Triskele Reviews. I discovered this one fairly recently but am already enjoying visiting it quite a lot! I appreciate the blogger’s writing style and the points she addresses in each review.

    6. Ivy Natalie, at The Underground Books. Another great clean-looking blog, which displays in each review post the information I want to see in a clear way, honest writing and funny animated pictures!

    7. Jade, at Bookmuffin. I like her blog style and find her pretty unique, given the way she subdivides each section of her review. That way if you are wondering about her opinion on whether the book was a page turner or if the characters feel real, you can clearly identify that portion in the text.

    8. Geoffrey, at High Tea Dreams. Great reviews, terrific musings, not much more to say, go visit it!

    9. Sierra, at SDAVREADS. Boy, that girl can always make me smile when I read her reviews. Witty posts with plenty of info. I love her little intro below each cover.

    10. Katie, at sherlockianbooklover. Very pretty, classical looking blog and lovely book related posts.

    11. Koeur, at KOEUR’S BOOK REVIEWS. I started following his reviews on GR and then on his blog. He writes reviews solely of books which have not yet been available to the public, as far as I can tell. I admire him for his ability to be concise but to the point.

    I am sure there are plenty more great blogs who have less than 200 followers that I have missed, so please feel free to nominate yourself!

     


     

    My Questions:

    1. What do you look for in a book?

    2. Which is the first book you remember reading and thoroughly enjoying?

    3. What is your favourite book format?

    4. How many books are currently in your shelf (virtual or rl) waiting to be read?

    5. What do you do to get over reading slumps?

    6. Do you pre-order books? Why?

    7. Do you buy second-hand books? Why?

    8. What are your reading related pet peeves?

    9. What motivated you to start your blog?

    10. Has it developed the way you first envisioned?

    11. Dream project that you would love to fulfill?

     


     

    My Answers:

    Since this is the main reason why I postponed this so long, I hope my nominators don’t mind that I answer my own questions. I think it would be rather pointless that I kept answering I don’t know’ to most of yours since I don’t really notice that kind of stuff, sorry!!

    1. What do you look for in a book?
    I love a good story that makes me wonder What if… Clean, clear writing with plenty of depth regarding characters and world development. So fantasy, horror and sci-fi are the genres I tend to gravitate towards.

    2. Which is the first book you remember reading and thoroughly enjoying?
    The first book I remember feeling utterly enthralled about is As Aventuras de João Sem Medo. As far as I know, there is no english translated version. Shame, really. It is children fantasy but can be read at any age and I guarantee it will take you away and you will feel so much better after that journey.

    3. What is your favourite book format?
    I never thought I would say it but, most of the times, my favourite book format is the e-reader. Ever since I got my Kindle Paperwhite, I think I have only picked up one single paperback, and it was a light one. The portability of it cannot compare to anything. Such a small, light device containing hundreds of books!!
    I do notice that I find it harder to focus and remember the story than while reading a physical copy, though.

    4. How many books are currently in your shelf (virtual or rl) waiting to be read?
    Oh my… An estimate, of course (and this is where GR shelves come in handy!!) of 700 books.
    I am trying really hard not to buy any more! And in my defence, a large part of that if not more was actually free on Amazon.com.

    5. What do you do to get over reading slumps?
    Well, I actually wrote a post about this: Reading Slumps.
    I basically try three things: try and remember it’s supposed to be fun, take a break from reading if need be, and go for palate cleansers – different genres from my usuals.

    6. Do you pre-order books? Why?
    Sometimes I do. I also wrote a post about this, eheh. I suppose not being able to view the cover can be a tricky matter, it can go really well or really nasty, but most of all I see advantages to doing it.

    7. Do you buy second-hand books? Why?
    Who doesn’t love a good book sale? It’s a great way to find older books which you cannot get elsewhere, so I do buy them when I go to those places. Or when I cannot find a new version of the book. I recently ordered a second-hand copy of Insomnia, by Stephen King, since it is always my choice of recommendation for people who want to start reading SK (About time!!) and I realized I only had the portuguese version. There is a new one out there but I did not like the cover so figured I would order this one. I should get it in the beginning of the week, looking forward to it!

    8. What are your reading related pet peeves?
    Oh wow, I have quite a few.
    I am very tentative of reading book reviews because I really hate reading spoilers. So quite often I hesitate on reading ones on books I plan on reading, especially if in the near future.
    Regarding books themselves… I hate seeing damaged books. Whether it’s notes or bent pages or whatever.
    The notes thing is one of the main reasons why I love e-readers. If I am reading a physical copy I will do anything to scrawl the thoughts elsewhere, never on the book. And bent pages… Gah! Bookmarks!! At all times! I can understand why people would do it regarding quotes and stuff, but again, I try to write them elsewhere, even if on my phone Notes app. As far as I am concerned, books should be preserved as close to new state as possible.
    The final pet peeve I can remember right now is when you are trying to read a book and people chat with you like you are doing nothing or make unnecessary noise in general. How obnoxious is that?

    9. What motivated you to start your blog?
    Well, it was a pretty lame reason. When I started my blog I was not sure I would be keeping it going. I noticed that some requests I got from Netgalley got denied and not having a blog was one of the possible reasons so I figured… Why not? Then I started wondering if there was anything else I could write about, other interests. I wondered about posting pictures and movie reviews and just kept going.

    10. Has it developed the way you first envisioned?
    For the most part, I suppose it has. I did not know – or at least had hoped it would not require much html knowledge, so I kind of wish some of the sections would look different. I sort of gave up on the photographs one because I don’t really take that many interesting pictures and my phone camera quality is not that good. On the other hand, I did start posting movie reviews and also music videos related to the genres I enjoy the most. I don’t really stray much from those themes. My main passion is books so most of what you will find in Ana’s Lair revolves around them, particularly reviews.

    11. Dream project that you would love to fulfill?

    Oh boy, tough one. Who came up with such a question??
    Well, I suppose it would be related to my dream job.
    I have been searching for a job for a while now and would love one which allowed me to practice my english and maybe do book related stuff? Or at least one which would allow me plenty of reading time!

     


     
    That’s all, folks!
    As always, feel free to post below.
    What did you think of this post? And of the questions I chose?
    Looking forward to reading your comments!