The Mystery Blogger Award #2

Hello everyone,

It is time for my first tag post of 2021! I was so grateful to be tagged by Florence for this award, and I am excited to answer her questions. Florence is a wonderful friend and blogger who writes such interesting posts on an array of diverse bookish topics, so do check out her site. 🥰

The award was created by Okoto @ OkotoEnigmasBlog. Other than that, it is a mystery…

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate some other bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me

  1. In the last nine months I have successfully completed online courses in Forensics Archaeology and Anthropology, Modern Art, and Web Development. A very eclectic mix, I know!
    Archaeology and Anthropology is one of the subject areas I work on in my job as a university administrator, so it was fun to learn more about them. I have also wanted to improve my knowledge of HTML and CSS, hence taking the web development course. They have been a good way of learning new things, and staying busy during lockdown!
  2. Among my resolutions for 2021 are to use my time more efficiently, have a more consistent sleeping pattern, start writing a new WIP and stick with it, read more classics, and improve my cookery skills.
  3. Due to my overflowing bookshelves and fairly considerable unread pile, I have been known to keep books in my office at work. There are currently eight books on or around my desk, some of which have been there for ages and I have not got around to reading them yet!

Link to my favourite post

It is always hard to choose just one, but out of my more recent posts I shall choose the one about the best settings I read in 2020. I looked back and provided descriptions on all the countries I ‘travelled’ to in the books I read last year.

Questions from Florence

  1. Share an under-rated book that you absolutely love.

    According to Goodreads, the book with the lowest average rating that I awarded five stars is Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister. I read that in October 2017 and so I might have been a little more generous with ratings back then, but it was such a compulsive page-turner that I flew through it in just a matter of days!
  2. What are your top three recommendations for diverse reads?

    The first book that comes to mind here is definitely These Violent Delights. Along with being one of my favourite books, it’s incredibly diverse. As for my other choices, The Hate U Give is a book I recommend to everyone, and With The Fire On High is a wonderful contemporary with very good representation.
  3. If you could have dinner with 2 authors, one living and one dead, who would be on your guest list?
    I’m very indecisive with this question! I would say Agatha Christie as there has probably never been a better mystery author and there would be so many interesting things to discuss. As for a living author, it would be between Jessie Burton – because her books are both brilliant and fascinating – and Chloe Gong, as I am simply in awe of her after reading These Violent Delights.
  4. Who is your bookish buddy?
    Oh this is a lovely question but also an evil one, because how do I choose just one?! I would probably say Gem as she was the first really good friend I made after I started book blogging. We have done seven buddy reads since and still message each other regularly. But I have made a lot of amazing friends in that time and they are all book buddies as far as I’m concerned!
    In terms of my family, the only other person who enjoys reading as much as I do is my cousin, who is known to have very strong feelings towards fictional characters!
  5. What is your favourite animal – pictures very welcome!
    Like Florence I also find monkeys quite adorable, along with penguins and ring-tailed lemurs. However, my favourite animals of all have to be cats! It is a perhaps a cliché, but I just love cats. Here is a picture of my family’s cat Freddie, which I have shared on here once or twice before. He sometimes sits on me while I read or watch television, and I am sure you will agree he is very cute and fluffy!

My Questions

  1. Is there a particular genre that you are aiming to read more in 2021?
  2. What is your favourite pastime besides reading?
  3. Which book has been on your TBR for the longest amount of time?
  4. Are there any books you have bought simply because you loved the cover?
  5. If you could have one superpower, which one would you choose and why?

I Tag:


There is no pressure at all to do the tag!

Happy reading 🙂


40 thoughts on “The Mystery Blogger Award #2

  1. Wow you did some fun courses last year. Now I regret not doing online courses. I was in a weird state of mind losing many people I knew. Hoping this year I perk up a bit. I hope to sleep more too

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  2. Thank you for the kind words Stephen, I hope you enjoyed answering the questions! 🥰 Wow, that’s so cool that you’ve done courses on archaeology and anthropology! Freddie is very adorable as well, I love a pet picture. And now I think I’m even more keen to read These Violent Delights, it sounds like it’s a real stand out read! 📚❤️ X x x

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    1. You’re welcome, Florence! They were all great questions and I really enjoyed answering them 🥰 The Archaeology and Anthropology course was super interesting and I learnt a lot, definitely glad I took part! And yes, I have thought about These Violent Delights a lot since finishing and it has to go down as a favourite. I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

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  3. Ooh your courses sound fascinating! Glad you enjoyed them.
    Good luck with your goals for this year!
    Loved your answers to the tag (THUG is an excellent choice, I loved it – a brilliant read!), and definitely agree to the cute and fluffy description of Freddie!
    Great post💜😊

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  4. Stephen, that’s so lovely! I would honestly 100% answer that one with you too. I have a lot of bookish friends, but we don’t delve into particular books to such detail as you and I do together. It’s so fun. Bring on buddy read number 8…asap!! And I really enjoy your recommendations and thoughts about books you’ve read and think I’d like because we know each other’s book tastes now.
    Also, the array of the courses you’ve done is so amazing and motivating. Well done. It’s so easy to stay in one lane and think you can’t learn/study outside of that which is specific to your chosen career. I love that you have done so. ☺️

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    1. You’re welcome, Gem! I just had to choose you as my answer for that question and I’m so grateful that you would say the same ☺ Looking forward to that next buddy read! Hopefully not long to wait! And thank you, the courses were really rewarding 😀

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  5. The idea of having Agatha Christie is a good one but I think I’d be scared about a murder happening half way through 😉 … I also really liked The Hate U Give and might have to read Concrete Rose soon 🙂

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  6. Agatha Christie is such a great choice for a dinner guest, I’d invite her too, if only to ask her what happened when she disappeared – her own mystery that would’ve made a great book in itself! Well done on completing those courses as well Stephen, it’s great that you managed to keep productive 😊

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  7. Congratulations on the award Stephen!!! Wow, all the online courses you’ve taken make a fascinating combination, that’s seriously impressive 🤩 And yes THUG is ~amazinggg~ I’m actually rereading it for school (a rare case in which the required reading pick is actually relevant) and it remains as hard-hitting as ever 🥺❤️

    And thank you so much for the nomination!! I haven’t even posted in a month so I’m really touched right now that you thought of me?? 😅🙏

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    1. Thank you so much, Abby! 💖 The online courses have been great – so interesting and rewarding. And wow, that’s really cool that you are reading The Hate U Give for school, hope you’re enjoying the reread 😍

      And you’re very welcome! I could never forget you ☺ and I don’t think I’ve tagged you for anything before so I needed to put that right 🥰

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  8. Oh, this was such a lovely post Stephen, and I loved reading all of your answers!!

    Your course is so cool though, I love that you’ve taken so many classes. Anthropology especially sounds super interesting. And I can just picture you in an office drowning in current reads lmao. Also love your three recommendations, I’ve read AND LOVED THUG and TVD obviously. Still need to read WTFOH though *nervous laughter*

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  9. ah congrats on completing all those courses stephen, that’s amazing! and i really want to work on a WIP in 2021 too, just push through even though writing is hard 😭 these violent delights was a disappointment for me (my expectations were way too high *sigh*), but i wouldn’t say no to a dinner with chloe gong! she’s hilarious, has a great fashion sense, and i love following her on social media so much!

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    1. Thank you so much, Caitlin! I really hope you can succeed in working on a WIP this year, but you completed NaNo so you can definitely do it! Such a shame These Violent Delights didn’t live up to your expectations, but I agree Chloe Gong is great to follow on social media 😀

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