Hello! I was nominated by Marie, Ashley, Raven, and Nancy for the Creative Blogger Award. They’re all avid readers and really nice bloggers; make sure to visit their blogs if you haven’t already. And thank you for the nominations, it was very kind of y’all!
The Rules –
- Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog
5facts about yourself (so I kind of cheated and did this info/fact dump on you guys… so sorry!)
- Nominate 15-20 bloggers and add their links
- Notify the bloggers you included
- Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do!
5 Facts –
- It should be no surprise my favorite animals are a dolphins but it’s ironic that my worst fear is being near sharks. Yes, for some reason I saw Jaws when I was six years old and that movie has haunted me ever since. Never do I ever want to see a live shark. Every time I go to an aquarium I hate walking under those shark tunnels. So that extreme sport where people are in underwater cages and observe sharks? Omg. /shudders/
- So I’m not sure if this is really uncommon but I dream (almost) every single day. It’s an off/bad night when I don’t dream. I often contribute this idiosyncrasy to my love for reading. I mostly read before I go to bed so I guess my imaginations just run wild at night because of it. 😄 So I’m that friend that always says “sweet dreams” instead of “good night” when saying bye. And another sleeping habit I have is that I talk in my sleep-and apparently in two languages. Since I’m an only child, I actually didn’t discover this habit until I was in high school when I went on an overnight trip for a competition. So yup, Summer the sleep mumbler.
- From my last award post for the Versatile Blogger award I mentioned that I was vegetarian so you can say I’m a very picky eater. I’m fine with all vegetables-well except for certain ones in the leek family-but desserts? I think I’ve grown out of my sweet tooth stage (if that’s possible) because I’m starting to really hate sweet pastries that I used to love as a kid. Now I’m really into sour candy. 😀
- I originally started this blog thinking it’d be something along the lines of me sharing my thoughts on books, music, and other entertainment hence why my WP tagline says “a blog about books and other obsessions.” These other obsessions were supposed to be about me fangirling over animations. I love watching Disney movies and cartoons in general. And I guess you can also kind of tell that I love Studio Ghibli films from my banner, huh?
- And it’s probably been pretty obvious that I am really into making blog headers/banners/graphics/whatever you want to call these things. I used to be really into K-drama watching when I was in middle school and I used to love the headers used on AliceChen’s World, now known as A Virtual Voyage. Making these banners is the most fun and creative thing I’ve done all summer. 🙂 (Oh and if you guys were wondering a good majority of the background pictures for the headers are not mine but I made a master post of the original artists/photographies. However, some of them including this one happens to be mine. I made this when I was taking art in high school. It was inspired by The Great Wave off Kanagawa, lol.) And I’m actually contemplating if I should create a post about making headers. We’ll see!
Nominating these creative cookies* –
As for all my awards (except for The Siblinghood (Sisterhood) of World Bloggers Award because I was nominating way to many blogs to do that), I have a little blurb for each nominee! However, now that WP has changed it’s harder for me to make link targets to create these messages only visible as text hovers (you’ll know what I mean if you revisited my older award posts!). So I just wrote it all out this time!
- Aentee at Read at Midnight – Aentee is a fellow Viet friend I’ve recently made. Her blog is simply so gorgeous. Creative Marks: I love that she takes the extra step and creates beautiful graphics using photoshop (that program is still so difficult for me to use, haha. Kudos to you for mastering that monster program, Aentee!).
- Analee at Book Snacks – I commend the work of all daily bloggers because the commitment and hard work is just awe-inspiring. Creative Marks: But Analee is a daily book blogger, meaning she makes book reviews, posts weekly book memes, and actually sticks to a schedule to the best of her ability. Oh and she also manages to comment back and post nice feedback on other blogs. (How do you even do it? You go girl!)
- Carolyn at A Hundred Thousand Stories – I think our reading tastes are a tad different but we get along really well! Carolyn seems to adore The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, bubble tea, and the California sun as much as I do. Creative Marks: I’m always amazed by her rating system. It’s unique and adds a nice, personal touch to her reviews! (It’s almost August, are you ready for our A Darker Shade of Magic buddy read?)
- Cassandra at Read All About It – Cassandra is the first blogging friend I met on here that shared my love and admiration for Korean culture. Creative Marks: Along with books, she also talks about K-dramas on her blog. And occasionally we talk about K-pop, hehe. (I’ll get to Me Before You someday, I promise!)
- Chooi at Read, Think, Ponder – Chooi actually has a co-blogger Shingie, a blogger I haven’t met online yet but I hope to one day. Creative Marks: If you’re really into honest, perfectly paced reviews RTP is the blog for you. I know writing book reviews may not seem creative but Chooi makes her’s so that it’s original and in her own, unique voice. There’s a mature feel to her writing. I can’t exactly describe it, but visit her blog and you’ll see what I mean.
- Cristina at My Tiny Obsessions – My fellow science nerd and Cassandra Clare fanatic friend! I’ve actually only met Cristina as well but she’s such a sweet book blogger. Creative Marks: She’s a total gifs and quotes user. I love that she uses actual quote graphics instead of just simply typing up the quote-doing that gives her blog a nice touch.
- Erika at Erika in Bookventureland – Me and Erika started blogging around the same time, and she’s probably the first person I talked to on WP. And about what? Sarah Dessen and The Truth About Forever, an author and book I could swoon and talk about all day! Creative Marks: Erika often creates a lot of interesting, thought-provoking posts. My favorite being why you should read classics.
- Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts – Joey is my fellow a cappella buddy (hold up-don’t get the wrong idea, we don’t make covers together instead we listen to great a cappella groups and flail over their performances, haha) and he’s one of the few male bloggers that I know. Creative Marks: He’s a really cool, eloquent blogger, and I’ve always found it fascinating that he divides his thoughts and afterthoughts in his posts, a really interesting technique.
- Kelly at Dancing Through the Pages – This almost never happens but I stumbled onto Kelly’s blog via googling something. And I’m so glad I did. She’s a genuinely thoughtful and attentive blogger and friend I’m so glad I’ve come to get to know. Creative Marks: Her gifs are really specially, especially to me. She’s confident enough to use Exo gifs when I’m sure not all her readers are K-pop fans. I also really enjoyed her Scorpio Races posts. She admitted it was technically inspired by her academics but so what? Creative is creative.
- Lauren at SERIESous Book Reviews – Another fellow blogger that’s connected to the sciences. Lauren reads a lot of genres I have yet to venture like New Adult, but we seem to share a lot of the same opinions in regards to ya books we both have read. Creative Marks: How cool is it that she reads and posts reviews by series? And definitely check out her Meme-ful Monthly Musings, a really cool monthly discussion series she hosts!
- Poulami at Daydreaming Books – My dear, Poulami is one of the first friends I made on here and she’s just so sweet, kind, and supportive. Creative Marks: Her Daydreaming Discussions is seriously one of my favorite discussion series to keep up with and inspired me to create my own. She’s also a contributing tour host for YA Bound Book Tours and I’ve discovered great indie authors because of her reviews.
- Savindi at The Streetlight Reader – I really look up to this blogger and friend. Mainly because she is a couple of years older than me (you’re still youthful, so don’t ever say you’re old Savindi!) but also since she’s been blogging for many years. Creative Marks: She’s professional and always manages to say the right thing while being critical in the perfect dose. She recently decided to discontinue her awesome blog; I’ll miss her in the blogosphere for sure! (But I’m sure we’ll still fangirl over BTS and talk lots!)
- Shelumiel at Bookish and Awesome – So Shelumiel’s blog name pretty much explains what he’s like in a few words; he’s really bookish in that he loves reading and he’s awesome for how he shares his love for books via his blog. Creative marks: His photography skills are always so on point. And it goes without saying that he can be super creative if he’s a fanboy of something. Evidence: The More Happy Than Not Tag.
- Thuong at I Read Therefore I Am – Thuong is the first fellow Viet blogger I met on here and she’s such a creative person, as a blogger and outside of blogging. Creative Marks: Her reviews are always insightful (and she always has spoiler warnings) and she’s never afraid to voice an unpopular opinion. And when I mean she’s creative outside of blogging take a look at her beautiful work! She’s a total artist!
- Trisha at The Bookgasm – I want to say I met Trisha early on in our blogging journeys and it’s been so great to get to know her. She’s a Studio Ghibli fan and a Potterhead (pretty much we’re in all the same fandoms, lol). Creative Marks: And you can clearly see this through her participation in the Harry Potter Moment of the Week blog series.
- Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds – Creative Marks: I only participate in two memes and my favorite is Exploring My Bookshelves, a monthly meme that was created by Victoria herself! She’s also a really nice Potterhead I hope to get to know better.
- Wesaun at Oreos & Books – Wesaun is a popular reader and blogger among ya authors and on the Twitter platform. She’s the first person that introduced me to book swag (I literally had no idea such bookish items existed), and her meeting/collabing/talking to authors are #goals. Creative Marks: And she’s like a volunteer publicist or something (I mean that in the best way possible!), lol. I always find out about the most awesome books from her tweets/blog posts!
*And I just wanted to mention there’s a creative beast in everyone, as a non-blogger or blogger. Whether you have chicken scratch handwriting, can’t draw a straight line, or believe you’re left brain dominant. So if you’re up for it I nominate YOU if you’re just reading this, which technically goes against my rules of nominations since I usually only do the generic “I tag all” for tags and not awards. But who cares about tagging/nominating “etiquette,” I felt like this was an appropriate award to recognize all the creative minds on this planet!
Gosh, I’m sorry this was so long, but like I said WP makes link targeting a little more difficult because I have to switch to html to do that. Anyway, I hope you all have a nice Thursday and let me know your thoughts about my shark fears or anything else in this post. (Don’t even think about tricking me and linking things to shark pics/gifs in the comments!)