The Unique Blogger Award

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It is time for the second tag of the month and this time, I was nominated by the lovely Michaela at Journey into Books for the Unique Blogger Award. I know I’ll say this for nearly every award, but I’m always pleasantly surprised whenever I get a nomination and it is nice to see so much positivity and support for everyone in the blogging community.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award X 2

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Hello.

I’m here again with another blog award tag in the form of the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’ve seen this going around the blogging community for a while now (I’ve even done it before on the blog some point last year) and it’s always really nice to see everyone supporting each other in their multiple endeavours. I was recently nominated by Heidi at This Is My Book Blog, and Kate at Reading Through Infinity. I say recently but when it comes to me and my blogging scheduling, it would have been a couple of months ago.

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One Lovely Blog Award

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It always comes as a bit of a shock to me whenever I am the bearer of any blog award nomination and I won’t deny that this particular nomination hit me the most. I don’t know if I’d describe my blog as lovely. Yes, I know I spend a lot of my time writing up post after post and tweaking aspects that I’m not satisfied with, but my friends and I would agree that I don’t have a life!

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The Mystery Blogger Award

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Today’s unexpected post – the second in a week – comes in the form of the Mystery Blogger Award, and I was really surprised and thrilled to be nominated by Erin from A Readhead’s Rambling. I love reading her blog when I get a chance so it was a great and lovely gesture. I know it was a while ago when I received the nomination (sorry!), but I got sidetracked with other posts and completely forgot that I left this in my drafts folder.

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Bonjour mes amis!

Today’s post comes in the form of the Blogger Recognition Award and I was nominated twice in the last few days by Charlie at That is the Spell and by Amy over at Scariel’s Grotto. A huge thank you to the both of you!

I love posts like these because they are complimentary of all the different blogs out there, and I am always appreciative of tags such as this.

Also, this is not the first time I have received this particular award on this blog. I was nominated all the way back in October by the lovely Lia at Lost in A Story, so if you want to see that original post, you can look here.

Anyway, this blog has grown a lot since then and so I’m more than happy to share anything else about blogging that I have learnt!

Rules are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a post to show your reward
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created

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How my blog started:

I’ve had a couple of blogs over the years but I first dipped into the blogging pool when I developed a much wider interest in Disney. My friends and family thought I was completely crazy so I turned to the blogging and online community in the hope of finding other people who were in the same boat. I also loved writing too so it was easy to start and just see where I headed. However, similarly to Moana’s father I never seemed to successfully cross the threshold and alongside my growing university workload, the blog fell to the wayside.

It was books that brought me back to blogging and I created two blogs, one for books and another for Disney. What’s funny is that I have Amy to thank for the Disney as well, because it was her Disney Era tag (starting with the Golden Era) that really got me writing again. Now everything is combined into A Dreamer’s Library and blogging is better than it ever was. It’s my escape and lifeline!

Advice for new bloggers:

Don’t worry about making everything perfect. Blogging and writing is a learning experience so when you start off, don’t feel that you have to re-write a post over and over again until it is grammar and word perfect. I know I can be guilty of this sometimes, but at the end of the day, it’s not important. If you are conscious about it, then yes feel free to read over your post and check it but it’s not an educational essay that will be rigorously reviewed. We all write for fun and perfection doesn’t come into it.

Write when you want. When I first started blogging, I got it into my head that I should always be writing new posts and constantly coming up with ideas. It took me a while to realise that it doesn’t work like that and we can’t constantly be tapping on our keyboards when life is there moving us along at varying paces. Things crop up, stuff happens, and more often than once you will find that there is a more than a few days gap between your last and current post. If you can blog every day, that’s great. If it’s every couple of days, great. If it is for a few hours a week, that’s great too! Time is an entity we have no control over so how much we set aside for writing and coming up with posts has to work for us, otherwise the pressure sets in and it’s not fun anymore.

And that is that.

Of course, I won’t be able to come up with 15 blogs, and I guarantee that many of you following and reading this particular blog will have been tagged already so my select few are…

Avi and Vishwa from Panic at the Bookstore
Mandy from Book Princess Reviews 
Lucy from Duffy Does Disney
Eleanor from Eleanor May


 

Thanks so much for reading, and have a brazzle dazzle day!
xx

 

 

 

 

 

Liebster Award

Hello. Happy Monday everyone!

Huh, that’s not something I usually say but it is the start of a new week and due to a lot of personal things going on at the moment, I am determined to be positive about it!

Anyway, I have been nominated again for another blogging award and this time it is the Liebster Award by Mandy over at Book Princess Reviews! We share a lot of the same interests in books especially fairy tale retellings and mystery, and far more importantly, the want to emulate Disney princesses!

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I’d hopefully be Belle everyday of the week! If not, probably Cinderella or Tiana!

Anyway, if you haven’t already done so, go click on the link above and check out Mandy’s blog!


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  1. Thank the person who nominated you and answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.
  2. Nominate 11 people and give them 11 different questions to answer.

Questions:

1. If you had to sort your own personal library, how would you do it – colour, author, another way?

I would sort it by genre and then author like I attempt to do with my bookshelves. It doesn’t always work out but then at least all the book series would be in order!

2. How important is a cover on a book for you?

It is not majorly important but I do love pretty covers!

3. What made you choose blogging – not YouTube or etc but blogging?

I used to blog when I was at university, mostly using it as a kind of diary when I was on my Year Abroad in France, but I decided that I wanted to use the platform to share my love of books and Disney. In terms of books, I did originally do videos on YT but I realised it wasn’t really my style and I am more comfortable writing my opinions rather than speaking.

4. What Princess (or Disney character) can you relate the most with? If you don’t watch much Disney, what fictional character period can you?

BELLE!!! Even when I first watched Beauty and the Beast at the age of 3, I knew that Belle was my Disney character and princess!

5. If you could only have one song as mood music to reading, what would you choose?

I’d have to choose a film score over a song and I would probably go for the new Beauty and the Beast score, or the Enchanted score both by Alan Menken. I love both and I find it a lot easier to listen to them whilst reading, rather than a song with lyrics.

6. If you had to have your favourite meal – sans arugula of course (I just had to look up what that is) – what would it be?

Duck Cassoulet or Moules Frites. I adore French cuisine and I could eat these a lot and never get fed up of them!

7. Do you have a favourite time of year? If so, when is it and why?

Spring because I love being able to walk around my village and see the countryside come alive again. However, I do also hate it at the same time because it means the beginning of the hayfever season and I could really do without that.

8. What was your last binge watch/read?

I’ve been binge watching BBC’s Call the Midwife for the last few weeks. I’m a little addicted at the moment.

9.  What was your favourite story (folktale or fairytale maybe?) as a kid?

Oh gosh. I loved a lot of stories as a kid but I think I would have to go with Beauty and the Beast. The messages always spoke to me and it helped me a lot when I was growing up.

10. Do you discuss books with anyone in real life?

Yes. Quite a few of my friends like books too and we often have the same interests. My uncle is a reader too so I often discuss books with him as well.

11. If you could meet your favourite author, who would it be and what one question would you ask them?

I don’t really know. I’m still peeved at not being able to see Laini Taylor though when she does her UK book tour for Strange the Dreamer – she’s in Manchester on my birthday and I’m celebrating that in London with my sister. To make it worse, I miss the London meet by three days and one of my friends is going to be there *boo hoo*.


Again, thanks to Mandy for the questions! They were really fun!

My Questions:

  1. Do you ever donate or sell books you no longer read/want to read?
  2. Do you have any signed books?
  3. What are your most anticipated releases?
  4. Are there any books or series that you don’t read anymore?
  5. Which do you prefer? Book to film adaptations, or book to tv adaptations?
  6. If you could rewrite one book, which would it be?
  7. Which fictional world could you see yourself living in?
  8. Which characters would you want as family?
  9. If you could pick one narrator for the audiobook of your favourite books, who would it be?
  10. Are you a frequent visitor of your local library?
  11. What other interests do you have besides reading?

I’m not going to tag 11 people but those I do tag are:

Elle @ Elle Biblio
Nicole @ Books Inked
Sarah @ Written Word Worlds
Keeana @ Kee The Reader


Thanks for reading and have a good day!
xx

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi guys!

In the last week I have been tagged by both Sylvia @ Sylvia Reads Books  and Laura @ The Book Corps for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

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I never expect to be tagged in any of these so it was a nice surprise, and something that made my day! Thank you xx

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and then write 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo in a post/on your site.

I’ll be answering both sets of questions because I don’t want to choose between the two.
I will also probably twist these rules slightly!


Set One! 

1. What is the last book you read until the end but wish you’d DNFed?

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Ha. I can’t actually believe this does relate to the book I finished at the time of writing this and that was The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. I expected to really like it since I’d heard it being described as Jane Austen meets Shadowhunters but I was not bothered by it and I didn’t connect to any of the characters.

2. What is one lesson a book taught you?

Oh, that’s a tough but great question. I suppose one lesson that I learnt from quite a number of books it to never judge people on first appearances.

3. If you could meet any author from the past, who would you meet?

The only author I can think of is Jane Austen. I’d be curious to know what she think about the continuing success of her books, particularly Pride and Prejudice.

4. What’s  your favourite reading spot?

There’s a chair in the corner of my living room that I always lounge on when reading.

5. What’s your #1 bookish pet peeve?

The general answer would be love-triangles but now I just get rather annoyed with a lot of YA books having romance as their primary plot point. It’s getting old and repetitive.

6. What’s one book you think would work better in a different format (TV show, manga, video game, you name it)? 

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Possibly the Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier, and maybe turn it into a tv mini series.

7. Name a trope you’ll never get tired of reading. 

I don’t really have one because I find a lot of tropes tiring after a while.

8. What’s one book you wish you’d written yourself?

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I loved this book so much and it is everything I wished for in a retelling that was based around the Disney Beauty and the Beast story. You can read my review here but I really wished I had come up with that explanation for the annoying plot hole in the film about the Beast’s actual age. I’ll now always reference that whenever anyone asks me about it.

9. What’s your favourite person/tense to read (first person present/third person past)?

Unless I’m reading autobiographical fiction memoirs, I tend to prefer reading books in the third person. I find it easier to imagine the world and how the characters react to it when I’m looking at from a distance – there’s just a bigger perspective.

10. Multiple points of view or unique points of view? 

I think it depends on the book. I like multiple points of view but I can’t have too many in a book otherwise I’m likely to get confused and the characters won’t remain separate.

11. Have you ever changed your mind about a book/author/genre because of a review or discussion you’ve read on a blog or Goodreads? If you did, explain a bit. 

I’ll sometimes change my mind about wanting to read a particular book if I see a review mentioning something I know I won’t like. Apart from that, I don’t really look at reviews or discussions in depth enough to influence my reading choices.


Set 2 – I’m leaving out question 1 because it is virtually the same as question 10 in the first set. 

 

2. What is the best book you read in high school? (or primary/elementary for those still in high school)

I have two that I can remember liking more than any others and they are:

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I studied Shakespeare from Yr 7 to Yr 12 and these two were by far my favourites. When it comes down to any of his plays I always seem to prefer the comedies over the tragedies.

I had quite a few set texts from university as well (mainly due to my French/general European culture modules) and one I liked above nearly all of them was:

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Even before I had to read this (and really quickly since my university mucked up my modules at the start of final year) I always liked memoirs and this one was really interesting to read because it focused on language and identity more than specific events or someone’s experiences throughout their career.

3. Can you remember the book that got you hooked onto reading? 

The two books I can remember really reading for myself when I was about 11 and not being able to put down were:

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They’re also the books besides Harry Potter that got me hooked on anything fantasy.

4. What is a quote from a book that has stuck with you?

“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read” – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

5. What is your favourite tv show?

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One of my favourite series at the minute, which has just had its series 6 finale is BBC’s Call the Midwife. The topics are real, they’re not desensitised, and I love all the main cast of characters. I also can’t express how much I love the sensitivity it gives to really difficult and real-life topics.

6. If you could live in one fictional world (book, film, show etc), which would it be and why? 

In terms of books I would have to say the Wizarding World. It’s such an extensive and rich world that I would never tire of exploring. It’s also full of magic and who wouldn’t want that?

Film and tv wise, I would love to live in Neverland and particularly Pixie Hollow from Peter Pan and the Tinkerbell films. It’s such a beautiful and colourful world that is full of Disney magic! Also, who wouldn’t love to be a fairy!

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7. Is there a character you absolutely hate? Who and why?

Can I just say the entire cast of Wuthering Heights because they all irritate me. Cathy in particular winds me up because she does nothing but whine about all the choices she makes and especially about whether she is going to love Heathcliff or Linton. Hell no.

8. Who is your go-to author (author who releases a book and you buy and read it without looking at the blurb)?

I think that would currently be V E Schwab. I love everything she writes!

9. Pick your two favourite characters of all time. Now sacrifice one! (The universe is at stake)

Thanks for this one! I have more than two favourite characters!

I’ll go for Elizabeth Bennet from P&P and Charlotte Branwell from TID, and I’d have to sacrifice Lizzie! Sorry! Now Darcy can be mine!

10. Is there an author/book you refuse to read? Why? 

This is probably going to be a really generic answer but 50 Shades of Grey! Mainly because it is totally not my thing and the subject just knocks me sick thinking about it.

11. What is your favourite genre and why?

Fantasy because there are so many different worlds to explore and I love anything to do with magic. If I’m reading something like Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Throne of Glass etc I can leave reality behind and live in a fictional reality that doesn’t make me want to scream every second.


So the idea is to come up with 11 questions and I am usually really bad at that – they end up being no different to any of those that make the rounds. Instead I am going to say pick 11 questions out of the 21 answered above.

and I will tag:

Tiana @ The Book Raven
Emma @ The Terror of Knowing
Kirsty @ The Reader Dragon 
Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads
Megan @ Book Slayer Reads
Lia @ Lost in a Story

Again not 11 people but hey ho. You also don’t have to do it if you have previously been tagged.


Thanks for reading and have a good day!
xx

 

Blogger Recognition Award

 
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I was nominated by Lia over at Lost in a Story for the Blogger Recognition Award.

It has brightened up my day so thank you very much!

The Rules

  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to (I don’t think I know of 15 so I’ll do as many as I can)

How I started:

This current Disney blog is what I call Once Upon A Disney Blog 2.0. It is a reincarnation of an old Disney blog that I ran through Blogger a few years ago. Due to a lot of inactivity and my annoyance with that platform, I let it fall by the wayside, but a few months ago I decided that it was time to start writing about it again. I’m glad I did because it gave me the push to write more about my other interests, particularly books, and thus A Dreamer’s Library was born. I’ve have also been interested in general writing for a while now so I thought that it was a good way of helping me find the writing style that works for me and improving on that.

Advice:

– Don’t feel bad that you’ve not blogged for a while. There are days and weeks when life and other important matters take up most of your time so if you’re too tired to blog or even plan a post, leave it. Don’t feel forced to keep on top of a schedule that you planned for yourself.

– Relax and have fun with it.

I’ll give this reward to:

Sophie over at Beneath the Clock Tower 

Beth, Lydia, and Hannah over at Off the Shelf

Amy over at Scariel’s Grotto

Lottie over at Lottie Does

Emily Jane over at Hollywood and Lime