The Entertaining Blogger Award

Thank you to Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties for nominating us for this award! Mandy and I are totally flattered. Please check out Siobhan’s blog (she has bunches of great content!) and let’s get into the questions she has for us!


Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
Add the rules so others can follow.
Answer the questions that have been asked.
Nominate a handful of entertaining bloggers


MANDY: The Museum of Heartbreak. I’m not even sure why I was surprised. Like, I really enjoyed Leder’s other book, but I just thought this wouldn’t be goodness??? IDK why??? But it was so good!

SHA: Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks by ‘Nathan Burgoine. The summary definitely promised cuteness and an interesting fantasy premise, but I didn’t completely understand how some promised plot points would tie in. Then I read and fell in absolute love.


MANDY: I don’t think there is really that I will absolutely refuse to. I get stuck in the hype so much. But Rainbow Rowell, John Green, and Colleen Hoover are just a few of the names that I don’t really ever feel like reading.

SHA: A tough question! An author I haven’t read before for a reason, or an author I struggle with when I do read? I’ll go with the former and say Sarah J Maas. From what I know about her books, I won’t enjoy.


MANDY: Hmmmmmmmmm. Okay, this is such an oldie or an obscure reference. I don’t think anyone knows or will ever know this book series but it was called The Big Empty series by JD Stephens. It’s a four book series, and there were two characters that I loved on their own. By book 3, I started weirdly shipping them together despite them not hanging out too much and them having separate love interests. However, book 4, there was signs and by the end of it, they were together and I CANNOT. Still one of my favorite ships ever – mostly becasue I pat myself on the back too much for it.

SHA: I generally prefer books with little romance. (Even though… my top picks for 2018… have romance… uhhh…). I can’t think of any couples I would add?


MANDY: The Love and Lies of Rukshana Ali. I definitely wish that I could have erased from my mind let alone my reading list.

SHA: Beastly by Lisa Jensen. That book was problematic and poorly written. Although I’m glad I was able to review it so that others were more aware of its issues.


MANDY: The Diviners by Libba Bray, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, and Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, I think were the only favorites that I had in 2018.

SHA: My favourite YA read of 2018 was Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks by ‘Nathan Burgoine.


MANDY: Hmmmm probably Douglas from the Jackaby series. I just adore the concept of a detective assistant being turned into a duck and then just hanging around in an attic pond just being his epic bird self.

SHA: Despite all the fantasy books I read, there seems to be a massive lack of fictional animals?? I ADORE the Squijum in The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville though, and would adopt 10/10. It’s like a monkey-squirrel mix and super friendly.


🔖 What book cover turned you off … but then the book was amazing?
🔖 Which book character would you want to be best friends with?
🔖 What book to movie adaptation can you not get over? (Good or bad.)
🔖 What is your favourite trope?
🔖 Now that we know your favourite trope … which book handled it best?
🔖 Name a book with a great best friend dynamic.


We nominate any who has not done a tag in the last 30 days. Entertain us: let us get to know more about you!

27 thoughts on “The Entertaining Blogger Award

    1. Our review is up on the blog! I think… Haha. Mainly there was a looot of heavy content in the book that wasn’t advertised with any content warnings *and* that content wasn’t explored well enough. Too much happened in such a short amount of time to truly do it any justice.

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  1. I really should read Exit Plans, no? At least it’s not packed up in one of my boxes so chances are I’ll get to it sooner than I expected, haha!

    Such a pity you won’t be reading anything by Sarah J. Maas though, Sha. Love her books.Although the freaking size of them (and the series in general) is daunting to say the least.


    1. I guess I’ll just have to keep adding Exit Plans to all my tags and lists until you get around to it, then 😉

      Yeah, but SJMass books are heavily focused on romance. And romance is one of my least favourite genres. So if from the outset I know I very likely won’t enjoy it … I’m better off avoiding.

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      1. Oh boy. I’m going to start feeling haunted by the thing after a while. 😛

        Hm. That’s definitely true. Sometimes it’s so hard to picture myself not liking romance anymore. Like. I can get why others wouldn’t, but I can’t see myself go “EH. NO.” over anything romance-related in books. Guess it’s simply the way we are!

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      2. That’s the evil genius part of it all!

        Yup. Sometimes I read raving, full on fangirl reviews by friends over romance books and part of me is like “oooh I should read this.” I fully know I won’t enjoy to the same extent, but also, others’ passion can move me to enjoy it more. It all depends. Which is for sure a cool aspect of learning about books through the book community.

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      3. That is definitely true. I remember having the same thing with The Illuminae Files, since I’m not a huge fan of science fiction but seeing the reviews on those books had me all hyped up. For once it wasn’t a disadvantage at ALL since I ended up loving them myself, even if it did take me some getting used to. [Not that it’s weird since it’s and scifi and weird formatting I dove into but hey.]

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      4. That is currently happening to meeee. I’m seeing all the love for The Illuminae Files and I’m like… better get to that one soon. It makes you feel so supported into trying something you might not otherwise.


  2. I will not read Colleen Hoover or Sarah J. Maas either. Colleen Hoover’s books have been called out for being problematic, and her books are in a genre that I just don’t read. As for Sarah J. Maas, her books are just everywhere and after reading what little I read of A Court of Thornes and Roses I wasn’t drawn in.

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      1. Exactly! I think sometimes bloggers feel they need to force themselves to read a book just because everyone else is reading it.


      2. I guess it can depend on the blogger. Sometimes a book is hyped for no reason. Other times it gets all that attention because it’s good, and bloggers continue to promo it because they want others to enjoy what they liked. You need to decide for yourself if the book sounds like something for you, regardless of the book’s fanbase.


  3. I know I got tagged recently by you guys during the weeks I had lots of stuff going on at work and I can’t remember what it was though. 😦

    The one book I don’t think I’ll be able to read is Six of Crows unless I magically get through Shadow and Bone. That hype from those books scares me. They are marked as DNF but Shadow and Bone is kind of the book I’m reading to help me fall asleep cause it’s kind of boring to me though last night’s chapter kept me interested. (Trying the find a boring book to help me fall asleep at a decent hour thing since my sleep pattern has been off for a few weeks.)

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    1. nooo. Maybe the ARC tag? Or.. we did so many tags this month lol. If you really want to do one, you can check our “book tag” section from the menu. I really can’t remember!

      Huh, this is the first time I’ve heard someone say they actually want a boring book. I skipped S&B and went straight to SOC, which I really enjoyed.

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      1. It’s actually been working, I am still falling asleep each night to reading that book, LOL. I’ve been reading a few pages every night since last week. IDK if the author will like the fact that her book is putting me to sleep, but my sleep schedule likes it.

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