The Stationery Book Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been tagged for the Stationery Book Tag.

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Before I start, I would like to thank Jasmine @howusefulitis for tagging me. She posts great book review and tags. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started:

  1. Pencils || Favorite MG or children’s book

    Matilda by Roald Dahl.
    I would write Harry Potter, but I believe that it’s fun for readers of all ages and not only children!

  2. Pens || A basic staple for any reader

    Definitely, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If you haven’t already read this book, please read it as soon as you can. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

  3. Notebooks || What books do you own multiple copies of

    I usually don’t prefer keeping two copies of the same book due to lack of space on my bookshelf, unless it’s an extraordinary limited edition that I cannot resist buying.

  4. Markers || A book with a beautiful cover

    Image result for beautiful broken thingsI love the color and golden detailing of this book cover. It looks so pretty!

  5. Glue || Two characters that work well together even if they aren’t together

    If they aren’t together? That’s a hard one to think about… because most of the characters who work well end up getting together as per my predictions…

  6. Art kit || What completed series do you own

    a. Harry Potter

    b. The Hunger Games

    c. Divergent

Nominees:

I nominate all the book lovers! Feel free to post a link to your answers in the comments section below. I’d love to read them. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

3 days

Today’s Quote:

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Why I love this quote? 

I’ve always been a fan of Michelle Obama because she has a charmingly positive personality. I like a lot of her quotes, but this has got to be my favourite one. We often stay away from making any decisions simply because we are afraid of their outcomes. In addition to that, fear takes over our ability to think and be decisive. How many times have you feared the consequences of taking a particular decision? I know I have. However, I’ve realized that there is no need to be afraid of taking decisions because there is no right or wrong decision in this world. If things work out for you, then great you’re on the right path. On the other hand, if things don’t go as expected, that’s okay because you’ll learn from your mistakes. Therefore, believe in yourself and take the plunge!

What are your thoughts on this quote? Share your opinion with me in the comments section below. 😀

-The Jouska

The Pokémon Go Book Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been tagged for the Pokémon Go Book Tag, which was originally created by readatmidnight.

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Before I start, I would like to thank mayathebookexplorer for tagging me. She posts great book reviews and tags. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started!

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To be honest, I’ve been a book lover ever since I was a child. I used to read a lot of =Enid Blyton books and Disney books when I was younger. The one book I remember and still have on my bookshelf is the 1994 edition of The Lion King.

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To Kill A Mockingbird will always be one of my most beloved classics. It’s an amazing book with a very powerful plot.

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I would have to choose The Fault In Our Stars, sorry! I really wanted to enjoy reading this book, but it just didn’t appeal to me as much as John Green’s other books.

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I can’t think of any book right now. But, I am tired of reading one overused trope…the love triangle.

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The Throne Of Glass series. I know, I know, I should have probably started reading this series sooner. I promise I’ll get started before 2016 ends.

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Gone Girl! Seriously, the plot twist at the end was just unimaginable. I couldn’t help but think of the other possible ways in which the story could have ended.

Pokemon-Tag07-NidokingQueenMy latest favourite would be Jonah and Vivi from When We Collided.

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A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I really enjoyed reading this fast-paced book, the story was very captivating.

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I don’t think I’ll ever be tired of reading Harry Potter spin-offs, haha.

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The Raven Boys! I did not expect it to be that good, seriously. After seeing so many book bloggers loving the story, I decided to give it a read, and I’m so glad that I did.

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I think I would have to choose the Throne Of Glass series again.

Pokemon-Tag15Mew-MewTwoLike Maya, I wish I owned the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Deluxe Illustrated Edition. Ah, it’s so beautiful!

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I’m pretty excited to read You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner. But, the publication isn’t due until next year.

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Some of my favourite auto-buy authors are, Gayle Forman, Danielle Steel,  J.K. Rowling, and Rainbow Rowell.

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SO MANY BOOKS! However, I’m most looking forward to reading The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. The story is indeed very interesting, and I can’t wait for it to be released. Only 8 more months to go…*smiles weakly*

I tag everyone! If you’re a fan of Pokémon and Books, you’ll have tons of fun doing this tag. Feel free to drop a link to your answers in the comments section below. I’d love to read them. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 😀

-The Jouska

The Book Scavenger Hunt Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been tagged for the Book Scavenger Hunt Tag.

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Before I start, I would like to thank Beth @readingeverynight for tagging me. She posts great book reviews, tags, and much more. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started!

FIND…

  1. A Book with the letter ‘Z’ in the Title or Author’s name:
    The Book Thief

    4.35 stars/5

    This is one of my all-time favourites! If you haven’t read this book yet, you’re really missing out.

  2. A Classic:

    4.24 stars/5

  3. The Oldest Book on your shelf:
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    4.49 stars/5

    This is the 1994 edition of Disney’s Lion King.

  4. A Book with a key on the cover:
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    4.02 stars/5

    The name says it all…

  5. Something on your shelf that isn’t a Book:

    I have a quote frame like the one above sitting on my shelf amidst the pile of books. Apart from that, I also have few collectables.
  6. A Book with an Animal on the cover:

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    4.13 stars/5

    I couldn’t find any book with an animal on the cover, so I decided to pick one of my sister’s favourite book series, Geronimo Stilton.

  7. A Book with a Girl on the cover:

    4.3 stars/5

  8. A non-YA Book:

    I love cookbooks, and I have so many of them on my shelf. However, this one’s my favourite because it has all kinds of baking recipes, tips and tricks!
  9. A Book with Stars on the cover:

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    3.94 stars/5

  10. A Book with Golden Letters:

    3.93 stars/5

    I haven’t got a chance to read this book yet, but the cover looks so pretty!

Nominees:
I tag everyone! If in case you decide to do this tag, feel free to let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to read your answers!

That’s the end of my scavenger hunt! I had lots of fun hunting for books as it brought back good old memories. I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 🙂

-The Jouska

The Book Fangirling Award

Hi, everyone! 🙂

FANGIRLING AWARD

I saw this award earlier on Sammie @booksandbiros, and I would like to thank her for encouraging me to do this award. She posts great book reviews and tags. Do visit her blog! 😀

The Rules:

  1. Create a post to accept your award.
  2. Answer the questions I have at the end.
  3. Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  4. Come up with 5 questions for your nominees.

Answers to Sammie’s questions:

  1. Take the last four main characters from the last four books that you read and create two new OTPs/couples! Who would end up with who, and why? Also, who do you ship the most?!

    The last four main characters from the last four books I’ve read so far are:
    a) Jane from My Lady Jane
    b) Andie from The Unexpected Everything
    c) Gansey from The Raven Boys
    d) Jonah from When We Collided

    OTP’s I wish were real:
    a) Firstly, I would pair Jane and Gansey because they are both strong-headed characters, who never let their guard down. I imagine their relationship to be confusing but romantic at the same time.
    b) Secondly, I would pair Andie and Jonah because they both seem to be at a confused stage in their lives. By helping and supporting each other, they’ll be able to save themselves from all the turmoil.

  2. If you could try any food described in any book, what would it be?

    To be honest, I don’t remember any specific food items being described in books. However, I do appreciate stories with creative food items that are realistically unattainable.

  3. What was the last book that you gave five stars to, and why?

    The last book that I gave five stars to was My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. There are many positive reasons as to why this book deserves a five-star rating.

  4. Willy Wonka, Professor Snape and Katniss Everdeen walk into your bar (start of the world’s greatest joke, right?) What drink would you make for each of them, and why?

    Sammie, your questions are getting wilder by the minute, haha!
    a) Willy Wonka’s Drink:
    A milkshake with peppermint canes, rainbow sherbet ice cream, whipped cream, and gummy bears.
    b) Professor Snape’s Drink:
    A black coloured drink with a pinch of chilli and lemon.
    c) Katniss Everdeen:
    I’d probably serve her a drink with fire.

  5. What’s your favourite fandom, and why?

    I’m a part of a lot of fandoms, but my ultimate favourite is the Harry Potter fandom. I’ve been a Harry Potter fan since I was a young child, hence, it holds a very special place in my heart.

Questions for my nominees:

  1. Where is your favourite place to read books?
  2. Do you have an account specially dedicated towards your fandom?
  3. Are there any book characters that you can personally relate to?
  4. How would you rate your fangirl/fanboy level on a scale of 1-10?
  5. If you could host a book signing event, which authors would you invite?

Nominees:

I nominate all the fangirls and fanboys! If in case you decide to do this award, feel free to let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to read your answers!

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 🙂

-The Jouska

The Sunshine Blogger Award-Part 2

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award yet again.

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Before I start, I would like to thank mayathebookexplorer  for the nomination. She posts great book reviews and tags. Do visit her blog! 😀

The Rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Answer 11 questions that have been assigned to you.
  4. Nominate 11 deserving bloggers for the award.
  5. Ask 11 questions to your nominees.

Answers to Maya’s questions:

  1. When did you know you should start your own blog?
    I had been contemplating the idea of starting my own blog for a very long time. However, it was only a few months ago that I got the confidence to start ‘The Jouska’.
  2. What do you look at first: the book cover or the blurb?
    I have to admit that I do get attracted by beautiful book covers, however, my buying decision mainly depends on the summary of the book.
  3. Would you say you read a lot and can you stop reading in the middle of a chapter?
    I guess I do read a lot! No way. If I stop reading in the middle of a chapter, I won’t be able to get anything else done. I’ll keep on thinking about the half-completed chapter, haha.
  4. Name your top 5 favourite books?
    Well, my top 3 recent favourites would be:
    a) My Lady Jane
    b) Gone Girl
    c) The Unexpected  Everything
    And, my top 2 all-time favourites would be:
    a) The Harry Potter series
    b) The Book Thief
  5. Do you read the book after the movie that’s based on that book is already out? And which is better, the movie or the book?
    I usually prefer reading the book before watching the movie. Most of the time, the books are way better than the movies. Although, I did like a few movies better than the book…
  6. Have you read the whole published The Game of Thrones book series? If yes, how long did it take to finish?
    Nope, I haven’t read that series yet.
  7. Do you have book nights with your friends?
    I remember having one last year, it was quite fun. Unfortunately, we don’t have these frequently.
  8. You could be any book character you wanted…Who would you be and why?
    My number one choice would be Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
    Some of the reasons why I would be her is because she is:
    a) Witty.
    b) Charming.
    c) Straight-forward.
    d) Stylish.
    e) Observant.
  9. Do you think of yourself as a calm, quiet reader or as someone that expresses his feelings loudly when reading the book?
    I think I’m more of a calm, quiet reader because I’m not very expressive when it comes to feelings.
  10. How old were you when you bought your first book and what was the name of it?
    To be honest, my parents always tell me that I started reading books at a very young age. I don’t remember the name of my first book…it probably would’ve been some fairytale.
  11. Any advice for a new blogger?
    Firstly, don’t be afraid of the outcome. Don’t think about what other people have to say, always be confident and sure of what you do. Secondly, be consistent. Try to post as regularly as possible. If it’s not easy for you to post every day, you could follow a timetable. That’ll help you keep track of your posts.

Nominees:

  1. Claire
  2. bookdustmagic
  3. Renate
  4. thecrazychicrashmi
  5. Lex
  6. Jonas
  7. nerdybirdy
  8. locoforbooks
  9. LairOfBooksBlog
  10. youngadultfictionreviews
  11. AlexCharming

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What’s your favourite book genre?
  2. Which quote do you live by?
  3. What would be your dream career?
  4. If you had a choice, which city would you settle in?
  5. What’s your favourite TV Show?
  6. Do you prefer listening to music on speakers or using your headphones?
  7. Where do you usually shop?
  8. If you could live in a fictional world, which one would it be?
  9. How would you rate your cooking skills on a scale of 1-10?
  10. Who’s your celebrity crush?
  11. What’s your weirdest habit?

Congrats to all the nominees! I’m looking forward to reading your answers.  🙂
I hope you enjoyed reading my answers!

-The Jouska

The Liebster Award-Part 3

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award yet again. Yay!

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Before I start, I would like to thank Renate @Popcornandfilm for the nomination. She posts great movie reviews, discussions, and other fun stuff. Do visit her blog! 😀

The Rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Answer the questions assigned to you.
  4. Nominate 11 deserving bloggers for the award.
  5. Ask 11 questions to your nominees.

Answers to Renate’s questions:

  1. Which TV-show are you looking forward to the most (that will have a new season)?
    Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life! The new season is said to be released this year,and I cannot wait to see the cast in Stars Hollow all over again.
  2. Which country would you love to visit and why?
    There are so many countries that I would love to visit, but I’m looking forward to visiting London the most. It may seem crazy, but there’s something about this place that makes it seem so magical.
  3. You have the opportunity to meet a celebrity, who is it?
    Lauren Graham! I absolutely love her. She’s pretty, funny, witty, and she has a charming personality.
  4. Any movie genre you really do not like?
    I think my least favourite would be Horror because the blood and the creepy faces don’t really appeal to me.
  5. If you could be any Disney character, then who would you be?
    I think I would be Mulan because she’s courageous, self-driven, and takes charge of her own destiny.
  6. The best movie you’ve seen this year is?
    Finding Dory! This movie was a major throwback to my childhood, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie.
  7. The best thing about summer is?
    I’m not really a summer person, but eating ice cream makes it a little better.
  8. What is the best thing to collect?
    I think that photos are the best thing to collect over the years because they remind you of your childhood, the fond memories you’ve spent with you friends and family, and all the places you’ve traveled so far. For me, it’s very important to capture the smallest of the smallest moments because someday in the future I’ll look back at these photos and smile. 🙂
  9. If you had the opportunity to write a book then what would it be about and what would it be called?
    First of all, that would be a great opportunity for me. The genre would be Young Adult Fiction with a hint of self-help and motivation in it. It would probably be about a young woman who has decided to take full control of her life by taking risky decisions on her own instead of letting others do it for her. As a whole, the book will explain her journey of self-discovery.  I’m not too sure about the title of the book…
  10. Thor lost his hammer, where do you find it?
    I’d probably find it in one of the most unexpected places. Perhaps, under my bed?
  11. If earth would be invaded by aliens, how would you save it?
    Aliens, huh? I’d save the world by using my secret superpowers (Of course!). All I need is some heroic powers and wizardly powers and I’m good to go, haha.

Nominees:

  1. Rattlethestars
  2. justgeeklyfab
  3. danniijane
  4. YOUnfolded
  5. Claudiamariefit
  6. Jodi- a brash attitude
  7. Erica
  8. Ankhoryou
  9. Sammie @booksandbiros
  10. Mayathebookexplorer

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What do you love most about blogging?
  2. What’s your all-time favourite movie?
  3. Which book makes you laugh out loud?
  4. What’s the one thing you carry around with you everywhere you go?
  5. What’s your star sign?
  6. What’s the most heavenly dessert you’ve ever eaten?
  7. Are you more laid-back or up-to-date with your style?
  8. Would you rather direct a film or write a book?
  9. Out of all the countries you’ve visited so far, which one do you consider to be the most beautiful?
  10. Would you rather watch a new TV show or re-watch an old one?
  11. If you could choose one word to describe yourself, what would it be?

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 
Congrats to all the nominees! I’m looking forward to reading your answers. 😀

-The Jouska

The ‘I Messed Up’ Book Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

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Before I start, I would like to thank Ara @Thebookishagenda for tagging me. She posts great book reviews, discussions, and tags. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started!

  1. A character’s appearance you misread or imagined differently:
    I’ve been racking my brain to think of something because I’m sure there is at least one character that I’ve misjudged in the past.

  2. A character name you’ve been pronouncing differently:
    As a child, I always used to pronounce Hermione Granger as ‘Hermine Granger’ but then I realised that it’s actually pronounced as ‘Her my OH knee- Grain Ger’. Thanks, internet!
  3. An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure:
    Insta-love! Most people hate this overused trope because it’s realistically impossible, and I agree. But, I also find it kind of cute. Insta-love is basically falling in love at first sight.

  4. A cliched character type you enjoy viewing on screen than reading about:
    I’d rather watch a movie or a TV show with a mean girl character instead of reading a book with such a character because I’d probably just skip her part or be disappointed.
  5. A word/phrase you learned because of its use in a book:
    The most uncommon word that I’ve learnt from a Shakespearean play is ‘nincompoop’ which translates to a stupid or foolish person.

  6. Have you ever not read or completed a required reading for school?
    Yes, actually. We were assigned to read Three Men In A Boat, and I stopped reading the moment I finished chapter three. I tried my best to read further, but it was just too boring for me.

  7. Have you ever skipped or wanted to skip a chapter from the POV of a character you weren’t interested in?
    I don’t think I’ve ever done that because it’s important for me to read the story from all the characters’ P.O.V. to understand what the author is trying to communicate. And, you never know when a character is about to drop a big clue.

  8. Have you ever cancelled social plans to read a book?
    Guilty as charged! I’d rather read a good book than going out and not enjoying someone’s company. Now, if I really wanted to go out, then I wouldn’t have even considered the idea of staying home to read a book. 😉

I tag everyone! If in case you decide to do this tag, feel free to let me know in the comments section below. I would love to read your answers! 😀

I hope you enjoyed reading my messed up book moments, haha!  🙂

-The Jouska

The Real Neat Blog Award

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award.

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Before I start, I would like to thank Shameeka @Booksoverblumen for the nomination. She posts great book reviews, tags, music, and much more. Do visit her blog! 😀

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the seven questions.
  3. Frame seven questions for your nominees.
  4. Nominate seven deserving bloggers for the award.

Answers to Shameeka’s questions:

  1. Who is your book boyfriend/best friend? And, why?
    I’m going to mention a specific character from a book just to make it more interesting. I would consider Hermione Granger from Harry Potter to be my best friend because she’s smart and witty. And, I would consider Adam from If I Stay to be my boyfriend because what’s better than dating a band member? *dreamy eyes*
  2. What is the craziest book among what you’ve read so far? (Like bat-shit insane)
    To be honest, I’ve not read a book that’s bat-shit insane for a very long time now. The last book I read that I would consider crazy is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn because of the insane plot twist.
  3. What is your favorite genre of music? Any song recommendations?
    Well, my taste in music greatly depends on my mood. However, my favorites would be Indie Pop/Rock. I would suggest listening to Twenty One Pilots and Two Door Cinema Club. I love their songs!
  4. What do you do in your spare time?
    A lot of things! I like to multi-task, haha. Apart from blogging on WordPress, I like to read books, bake, cook, play some sports, and get creative with some arts and crafts.
  5. In a battle between Voldemort and Darth Vader, who do you think will win?
    I’m going to have to choose Voldemort because I’ve been a Harry Potter fan since my childhood. Also, nothing can beat wizardly powers!
  6. What does blogging mean to you?
    That’s an interesting question! To me, blogging translates to freedom. It gives me a platform to express my opinions and thoughts freely on a range of topics. It also gives me the confidence to be able to speak up on something that I strongly believe in. Moreover, blogging has given me the opportunity to interact with my readers and fellow bloggers, which has made me a happier and optimistic person.
  7. If you could swap positions with a book character, who would it be and why?
    Hm, that’s a hard choice to make because I’m in love with so many book characters. But, I think that my number one choice would be Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

    Some of the main reasons why I would swap positions with her is because she is:
    a) Witty.
    b) Charming.
    c) Straight-forward.
    d) Stylish.
    e) Observant.

*Drum Roll Please* The nominees are:

  1. Renate @Popcornandfilm
  2. Donna @Chocolatenwafflesblog
  3. ChicNerdReads
  4. irena_bookdustmagic
  5. Amy @Herquarters
  6. Michelle @Thewritinghufflepuff
  7. Strictly Lighthearted
  8. Amy @inkyspells
  9. Diego @Lazysundaymoviesblog
  10. Melissa @Booknerdmomo

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What’s the story behind your blog name?
  2. Do you plan your posts before writing them or are you more spontaneous?
  3. Is there any book that you could read over and over again without getting bored?
  4. Who’s your favorite Talk Show host?
  5. Would you rather read the book first and then watch the movie or vice versa?
  6. Have you ever gotten the opportunity to meet your idol? (It can be anybody, a celebrity, author, singer, and so on.)
  7. How many languages can you speak?

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers!
Congrats to all the nominees! I’m looking forward to reading your answers. 😀

-The Jouska

 

 

The Epically Awesome Award

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated for the Epically Awesome Award. To be honest, I’ve never heard of this award before, but it seems like a good way to engage and motivate bloggers across the blogging community.epic

Before I start, I would like to thank Bigandpinkytoes for the nomination. She posts great articles about family, food, and much more. Do visit her blog! 😀

The Rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Answer the 5 questions.
  4. Nominate 5 deserving bloggers for the award.

Answers to the questions:

  1. What made you choose WordPress as a blogging platform?
    Well, I did have a fan blog a long time ago on Tumblr, but then I deleted it because it just didn’t feel right. However, this year, I searched Google for the ‘Best Blogging Platforms’ and tada! I saw WordPress over there. I knew that WP would be the perfect blogging platform for me because it’s convenient and customizable, which in a way lets me express myself freely!

    My expression when I found WordPress, haha.

  2. Introduce yourself and tell us about your blog.
    I’m Flaneur, and I like to multi-task. Some of my hobbies are reading, blogging, being artsy, cooking, and much more. Moving on to my blog, ‘The Jouska’, it took me a while to come up with this name because I wanted something unique that I could relate to. I post articles on different topics namely: Food, Fashion, Books, Thoughts, and other interesting things. Also, the one thing that makes me like my blog  more is the support I receive from all my readers.
  3. Are you a once in a while blogger or a daily one?
    I consider myself to be a daily blogger because I try my best to post something new every day (if time permits) or at least every alternate day.

  4. Do you wish to publish a book and if so, what type of book?
    I love reading books, but writing a book is on a whole new level. I think it would be interesting to write a Young Adult book, maybe someday in the future, but not right now.
  5. What is your favorite thing to do besides writing?
    Besides writing and reading, I like to:
    a) Listen to Music.
    b) Cook food every now and then.
    c) Get creative with home decor and other art-related things.
    d) Explore new places.

Nominees:

All of your epically awesome blogs deserve this award. Also, I’d like to get to know all of you better. If you’re interested in this award, feel free to let me know in the comments section below! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 😀

-The Jouska