Hi there!

I am an enthusiastic and hard-working blogger, and this has been recognised by some lovely people in the blogging community. Here are the awards I’ve been nominated for, and my responses to them.


Liebster Award

My Photo [Award 1 - Liebster]

Many thanks to Fernanda, @ mysterydatewithabook.co.uk, for nominating me for the Liebster Award. The rules are:

  • Display The Award
  • Answer All 11 Questions
  • Nominate 5 Worthy Blogs Which Have Less Than 200 Followers
  • Create 11 New Questions For Them To Answer

My Answers:

1. Hardback, paperback, or e-books?

My favourite format of books are definitely paperbacks.

2. Do you stop reading when you get tired or do you wait for a chapter break?

I always have to force myself to stop at a chapter or paragraph break – no matter how tired I am!

3. How do you decide on what to read next? 

It’s usually a mix between what’s on my TBR, what others in the blogging community are talking about, and what my friends or family recommend to me.

4. What is your favourite book genre?

It would have to be a tie between classic novels and Gothic novels – ideally both combined!

5. Where do you usually get your books from?

I love scouting out charity shops for great value purchases.

6. If you were to write a book, what genre would it be?

As a student, it would probably end up as a YA novel, although I have written a short Gothic story before… (read it here!)

7. What is the book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?

That’s a tough question; I usually read what I like and don’t care what others’ expectations are. At the minute, I’d say Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard because everyone is talking about it, and I’m reluctant to read it.

8. Which book character would you like to be best friends with?

Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series! I was so similar to her as a girl.

9. What is the best book you had to read for school?

I think Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck or The Woman In Black by Susan Hill were my favourite school reads.

10. What is your favourite book blog or BookTube? 

I really enjoy watching Sanne’s videos @ www.youtube.com/user/booksandquills

11. What are you reading right now?

The main thing on my list at the minute is re-reading the Harry Potter books.

My Nominees:

My Questions:

1. When did you start blogging?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. What is the best book you’ve ever reviewed?
4. What is your favourite genre?
5. What is a genre you’ve stayed away from?
6. What was the best book-to-film adaptation you’ve ever watched?
7. How do you organise your bookshelves?
8. Do you do anything whilst reading: do you listen to music, eat, drink?
9. If you could meet any author, who would it be?
10. What is the weirdest book you’ve ever read?
11. How do you keep track of your TBR?


Real Neat Blog Award

My Photo [Award 2 - Real Neat]

Thank you to Leticia, @ shhiamreading.wordpress.com and The Invisible Moth @ daleydowning.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award. The rules are:

  • Display The Award
  • Answer All 7 Questions
  • Nominate 7 Worthy Blogs
  • Create 7 New Questions For Them To Answer

My Answers:

1. What is one of your reading habits?

I can never seem to stay sat in the same position for long, and I can fidget quite a lot in order to get comfortable!

2. Where is your favourite place to read?

At home: either curled up in a chair, or tucked up in bed.

3. What is your least favourite genre?

I created a Learn To Love Challenge, to specifically try and conquer some of my fears and prejudices against genres I didn’t like. However, my least favourite genre would probably be something like really old-fashioned historical fiction or incredibly “out there” science fiction.

4. What is your preferred method of reading? Physical book or digital book?

I have really warmed to the idea of e-books since having authors send me their books digitally to review. However, I still like to sit and read with a “proper” (physical) book!

5. Which film, that was originally a book, was really good and worth seeing?

Any of the Harry Potter or Lord Of The Rings films, The Hobbit trilogy, or Gone Girl!

6. Which book had a lot of hype but was utterly disappointing?

For this reason, I tend to stay away from reading hyped books until I feel ready to read them. I can’t recall any recent examples!

7. What is your favourite book at the moment?

I’m really enjoying anything by Stephen King and thrillers by Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins.

My Nominees:

My Questions:

1. What is your favourite type of book: paperback, audio book or e-book?
2. Do you read one book at a time, or quite a few at the same time?
3. Which book-to-film adaptation disappointed you the most?
4. Do you use bookmarks, or fold the page corners?
5. What book have you tried to read, and given up on?
6. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
7. Have you ever written a negative book review?


Sunshine Blogger Award

My Photo [Award 3 - Sunshine Blogger]

Thank you to Lara, @ jukejam.wordpress.com, for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. The rules are:

  • Display The Award
  • Answer Each Questions
  • Nominate Another Blog
  • Create New Questions For Them To Answer

My Answers:

1. What’s your favourite childhood book?

Any of the Harry Potter books (Harry Potter seems to be coming up quite a lot)!

2. At what age did you start reading?

I’ve been read to, or read on my own, ever since I can remember, as I was raised in a family of bookworms. However, I took reading more seriously by reviewing them and critiquing them in my own mind when I was around 12 or 13.

3. Do you have a Goodreads account? If yes, are you participating in the Goodreads reading challenge? If yes, how’s it going for you?

Yes, I do have a Goodreads account, but I am not participating in the Reading Challenge. I don’t like to put a quota on the number of books I read – it makes me feel under unnecessary pressure. You can find my Goodreads bookshelves here: www.goodreads.com/judithreadandreview2016

4. Do you prefer reading in the morning or in the evening?

Morning and evening both work fine for me!

5. What genre do you want to read more of?

I definitely want to read more Horror and Thriller books.

6. Heroes or Anti-Heroes? Why? 

I think both have different qualities and attractions, but I do tend to prefer the antagonists / anti-heroes more than a stereotypical “good guy” protagonist.

7. Any advice for a new blogger?

Plan what you are going to write before putting it on the internet, particularly if you are trying to set yourself up as a writer, reviewer, or author. A scruffy draft of a post simply makes you look like you can’t write, and dampens your reputation.

8. How do you feel about over-hyped books?

I tend to avoid them until the hype has disappeared, or I will unknowingly read a hyped book, without realising, and then discover the hype and get to join in!

9. What do you look at first: the book cover or the blurb?

Blurb! I never buy books based on their pictures or titles, I want to know what happens, so I go straight to the back of the book.

10. Name the best opening line from any book that you have ever read

That’s difficult! On sheer instinct I’d have to say: ‘Let me say this: bein an idiot is no box of chocolates.’ from Forrest Gump, by Winston Groom.

My Nominee:

My Questions:

1. Why do you think it’s important for us to read?
2. What motivates you as a blogger?
3. What was the most disappointing book you’ve read?
4. Where is your favourite place to buy books?
5. Do you use your local library? Why/Why not?
6. What other book blogs do you enjoy reading?
7. Are you part of any book clubs?
8. What is your favourite genre?
9. Do you stick to novels (prose), or do you read plays and poetry as well?
10. Do you enjoy book-to-film adaptations, or avoid them?