The Starlight Blogger Award

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Thank you to kindred spirit and blogger Booklover circumspect4 for nominating me for the Starlight Blogger Award. Fellow bloggers like her give me a sense of belonging to a warm community of book lovers. Please do visit her blog for great book reviews and tours.

The Rules
1. Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.

2. Answer the 3 original questions and then the 3 new questions from your nominator given to you.

3. Nominate your 6 favorite bloggers! In your nominees I would like for you to think at the light emanating from the stars the ones that truly touch your soul with their work, the ones that are the light for you a true STARLIGHT Blogger.

4. Please pass the award on to 6 or more other Bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated by you.

5. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your Blog, please never alter the logo, never change the 3 original questions answer that first then answer the 3 new questions from your nominator and never change the Award rules.

6. Please don’t delete this note:

The design for the STARLIGHT Bloggers Award has been created from YesterdayAfter. It is a Copyright image, you cannot alter or change it in any way just pass it to others that deserve this award.

The Original Questions

1. If you could meet anyone from throughout history, who and why?  

I would love to meet the Dalai Lama, as his peace and countenance would help me to counteract the negativity and turmoil within me. His belief and actions make him someone I can trust to understand myself and this strange world. I definitely need to meet content and those who are secure and happy in themselves to balance the opposite I have encountered.

2. What is your favorite book and why?

Where do I start? My favourite book differs in different context: favourite I read in school, favourite childhood read, favourite tween read, favourite book I reviewed, the list is endless but out of the many books I have read Rose Madder by Stephen King, which I read in 1995, is one that affected me deeply. It could have been the right book for the right phase in my life or mood I was in when I picked it up but it is the book I look back on with most fondness.

3. Who is your favorite fiction character from any medium and why?

I love a host of characters but my favourite characters are strong women, like Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, Bathsheba from Far From The Madding Crowd and more recently I was reminded how much I like Rose Gardner from Denise Grover Swank’s books. So I’ve narrowed it down but not completely committed to one character(!)

Booklover circumspect4’s Questions

What book have you read that made you want to travel to the place in the book?

Years ago, in 1985 when I was eleven, I read a children’s book called The Island By The Sea by Anita Desai from my school library, which transported me to Sri Lanka and I’ve always wanted to visit. My father was a single-handed GP so we had no holidays away from 1982 to 1987, so this book was a welcome respite.

What was the last book that you read that you absolutely could not finish or was a major struggle to finish?

The Circle by Mario Escobar, was a struggle to read and I wasn’t sure if it lost something in translation from the original Spanish or the basic concepts on which the plot was based was just poorly researched. It’s not the first time a writer has failed to understand the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist, nor is it the first book that fails to acknowledge the NHS in the UK but in order to be a believable (within reason) and reach the basic standard of a book of this genre, certain facts needed to be correct, especially  if it’s part of the plot and the occupation of a major character.

What was the last book that you read that you refused to put down unless there was a dire emergency?

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, I had put off reading it since early this year, as is the case with books I buy to read for leisure as opposed to review requests and was totally hooked. A strong, but naive, female protagonist gets me every time. 

My Questions

1. Is there a genre you have tried to read multiple times but just have never got into? Why do you think this is? 

2. How do you pick your next read? Is it chronological or based on the mood the last book left you in?

3. What do Blog Awards mean to you? 

My Six Nominations 

1. Yadadarcyyada

2. Low Country Booklover

3. Ladies Who Lunch Reviews

4. Meditating Mummy’s Mostly Bookish Blog

5. A Well Read Woman

6. SVM and TB Stories


  1. Thank you!! What a lovely award. I can’t wait to begin. I was born in Sri Lanka; it makes me so happy to hear that book made you want to visit. I moved to Australia when I was very young but go back to Sri Lanka as often as I can – my mum and the sea always beckons.

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  2. Congrats on the award, starlight, starbright, first star blogger I see today, lol. 🙂
    Well-deserved and loved the questions.
    Thank you so much for the nomination, so thrilled you would think of me. 🙂
    While I technically don’t accept awards anymore, I liked your question so much I had to answer.
    1. Is there a genre you have tried to read multiple times but just have never got into? Why do you think this is?
    – This may sound strange, and while it’s not really a genre, I have trouble with a lot of bestsellers. People ‘oh and ah’ over them and tell me I have to read them or my life won’t be complete or something and yet, a lot of them are disappointing and I wonder how they’re bestsellers (I guess the marketing and hype). Maybe they’re disappointing because it’s too much hype?
    2. How do you pick your next read? Is it chronological or based on the mood the last book left you in?
    – I tend to read multiple books at once, but I pick them based on title; mood; if it’s a series, the next; author; sometimes a recommendation; or by the description.
    3. What do Blog Awards mean to you?
    I’m always so honoured that people nominate me, but I had to stop accepting, this is going to sound totally snobby, but I was just getting too many and I didn’t feel I could do them justice while also sharing, liking, leaving comments and answering comments, tweeting, blogging, etc. But you wonderful bloggers ask such awesome questions. 🙂
    Hope this day treats you kindly and congrats again. 🙂

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    1. I am cynical too about buying bestsellers but admit they are better when I avoid the hype. I find fantasy hard to read and I blame myself for not having a more flexible imagination. I have been nominated for 13 awards in 9 months, I think I will need to consider stopping accepting them but I’m still green enough to be amazed anyone reads my blog and I love passing them on.

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