The Versatile Blogger Award!!

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday!

About a week or so ago now, I saw a WordPress notification from Hannah over at But First, Fiction that no doubt had me smiling like an absolute fool. I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. (!!! cue me FREAKING OUT !!!!)

It honestly made my day and still makes me smile whenever I think about it.

Please, please, please make sure you go check out But, First Fiction. It’s an incredible blog (it has quickly become one of my favorites!) run by people you’ll definitely want to talk to about all things books. (Thanks again for the nomination, Hannah!!)

Just a few rules for you before we get into this wonderful tag:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Leave a link to their blog
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly

So, let’s get into it, shall we?


1.

I was invited to one of my favorite band’s concerts.

Okay, it’s been four years, and the fact that this happened still makes me unreasonably excited. Right before my freshman year of college, my favorite band (Bleachers) decided that it would be the best idea to play my hometown six days after I moved to school. THEN, they had a concert the following April that would be during a weekend I was going to be home, but the concert sold out and I was sad out of luck. With what I would call my last hope, I tweeted Jack Antonoff (lead) and mentioned that I was bummed I wouldn’t be able to see them live. Then he tweeted me back and asked me for my name so he could put me and a +1 on the guest list????? (Walking past the line wrapping around the venue and straight to the will call box, saying “I should be on the list?” was an experience in and of itself.) I’ve since seen Bleachers live two additional times, and it’s always one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

please go give their albums a listen.

2.

I’m geographically challenged.

Truth be told, I’m not sure that I would ever end up anywhere I need to be if it weren’t for my GPS. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it took me a crazy amount of time to even learn the streets of the town that I lived in for 18 years of my life. Not to mention, when I had a meeting in a part of Manhattan that I had yet to explore, instead of walking into the coffee shop where the meeting was, I somehow managed to stroll right into Juliard. Honestly, if it wasn’t for my roommates in New York, who knows if I even would’ve made it to class every day. I still have no idea if I had to take the uptown or downtown subway to get to my classroom’s building.

3.

I named my very-real car after a very-fictional car.

I got my car right around the time that my love for The Darkest Minds began, so I obviously named my car Betty. What other choice did I have?? Although, I would like to point out that she is Black Betty in the book, my Betty became Blue Betty (because of the simple fact that my car is a bright blue), and then fictional Betty was named Blue Betty in the film adaption. So I’m not saying that they stole my idea, but they totally stole my idea. All that said, please enjoy the most tragically dramatic narrative I have ever had the pleasure of telling:

4.

I worked at my university’s writing center!

AH! I LOVED THIS JOB! During my senior year of college, I was a student writing consultant. Basically, I met with a lot of different students to talk about a lot of different types of writing. From YA dystopian novels to a personal statement to get into dental school, I was able to work across so many genres. I was in freshmen writing classrooms, political science debates, and our central writing center. My bosses also somehow managed to round up the kindest people on my campus, and they all became my co-workers.

5.

I was (and still am) beyond fascinated by the Titanic.

Okay, so rewind to little ten-year-old me in sixth grade coming across a minuscule paragraph in an expansive history book that just briefly touched on one of the largest shipwrecks since the beginning of time. For some reason, even just that five minute introduction immediately hooked me on to learning more about the Titanic. I can’t even begin to tell you how many documentaries I watched, how many websites I surfed, and how many books I checked out from my library. Then, after my teacher noticed this, she asked me if I knew about the movie. THERE’S A MOVIE?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? (I have no idea how I went through so much of my life completely unaware of the cinematographic masterpiece created by the one and only James Cameron.) I’ve now seen that movie more times than I can count, and I’ve still got all of that Titanic trivia on lock.

I also own a probably unreasonable amount of Titanic items, but I love every last one of them.

6.

I’m 101% one of those people that listens to Christmas music year round.

I feel like there is a very clear world divide on this topic: you have the people that refuse to listen to Christmas music until Thanksgiving is over, and you have the people that have no problem celebrating the holiday in October. Then, there’s people like me in which Christmas music doesn’t really have a season. Genuinely, Christmas music just puts me in an altogether cheerful mood, and that’s welcome any time of the year.

7.

I spent 13 years of my childhood in a dance studio, 6 years on a baseball field, 4 years in high school gyms, and 3 years on a football field.

I think it’s pretty fair to say that I was SUPER involved as a kid. And, I figured out that all throughout high school, I never had an off season. I started dancing when I was five years old, and throughout my 13 years spent dancing, I studied ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz. My life was filled with lessons, spring recitals, itchy sequins, and HORRIBLE smelling makeup. Then, when I was twelve years old, I picked up softball. I mostly played in the outfield (after one terrifying moment of me not paying attention at first base and almost getting a black eye), and I really enjoyed every second of those stupidly hot summer days. Once I started high school, I became a part of our school’s winter guard (4 years) and color guard (3 years). I was one of the “flag twirllers” you see performing with the marching band, and I spent nearly every weekend at some type of competition. Our winter guard even made it to World Championships twice!

this is not a winter guard that I was ever a part of, but HOW PRETTY.

A huge, huge thank you once again goes out to Hannah! Being nominated means the absolute world to me.

And, as a newer blogger here, I’m so lucky to have found incredible blogs that continually inspire me to make my blog aesthetically appealing, to write that one book review I keep putting off, and to keep on keeping on.

And my nominations for this award are…

Sophie @ Me and Ink || Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca || Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books || Clara @ The Bookworm of Notre-Dame || Xandra @ Starry Sky Books || Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic || Amy @ Bookish Heights || Haley @ Fangirl Fury || Fadwa @ Book Wonders || Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts || Meaghan @ the words gremlin || Meghan @ Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews || Malka @ Paper Procrastinators || Tiffany @ Read By Tiffany

There are honestly so many incredible bloggers that I wanted to include, but Hannah already beat me to it in her post! But a huge thank you to everyone I listed above, because I truly love each and every one of your blogs, and the content that you all create is nothing short of amazing. But please feel absolutely no pressure to do this tag! You’re all just so wonderful.

(also, for your convenience of completing the tag, you can copy and paste this image of the award!)

And thank you, friends, for reading my post to learn just a little bit more about me!

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29 thoughts on “The Versatile Blogger Award!!

  1. I don’t name cars (maybe because I haven’t owned my own car yet?) but I name my electronics after fictional characters so it’s kind of similar πŸ™‚ For examplemy computer is named after Professor X from X-Men β™₯ I loved getting to know you better and congrats on the award!!

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  2. Congratulations on your award nomination– you really deserve it!! And I loved finding out more about you!!
    It is so cool that you were on the guest list to your favourite band and really sweet that the lead singer did that for you!! I bet that was a surreal moment– it sounds AMAZING!!!

    I definitely think the film stole your car’s name πŸ˜‚ and nooo– the moustache broke!! πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚
    I love how much you love the titanic– I remember studying it for a while in history and going to the museum at Liverpool. So I know a few facts and it was interesting to learn about. And of course I do love the movie.

    Being in the winter guard sounds AMAZING!!! And it look so cool!! Well done on making it to the world championship twice– that’s awesome!! 😊

    Thank you so much for the nomination and kind words 😭❀ it’s means a lot so thank you!!!! ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie! You’ve always been so kind!! ❀

      It was such a crazy moment! I remember getting the reply notification on my phone, and I’m pretty sure I screamed in my dorm room. πŸ˜‚

      They TOTALLY stole my car’s name! I should’ve at least gotten some of the royalties. And that’s so incredible that you’ve been to the Liverpool museum; I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I hope to make it to that museum someday!

      Thank you! Winter guard was such a blast, and some of them were so incredible that it was just unreal.

      Of course! Your blog has been one of my favorites ever since I first started following you!! ❀

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  3. Thank you for tagging me! πŸ˜€ That concert experience sounds fab! I can only imagine it felt great to say you were on the guest list!
    Haha, I love the photo of your car with a moustache… I totally would have said the same thing! πŸ˜›
    Wow, you are very involved in loads of things! I don’t think I was ever half as involved in anything! The longest I ever did anything was swimming for about 11/12 years of my life, but that was just lessons, not anything competitive!
    I enjoyed reading about you! πŸ™‚

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    1. Of course!

      It felt so strange to say that I was on the guest list, but I definitely felt unreasonably cool.

      Swimming is so incredible! I have a few friends that took lessons and a few friends that swam competitively, and I think it’s really awesome. It takes a lot of strength!

      Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to comment!! ❀

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  4. Congratulations on the award, ahh this is such a fun post to read! πŸ™‚ It’s so, so amazin that you got invited to your favorite band’s concert ahhhh that was so, so sweet and just because of a tweet, you were SO lucky ahh that was so generous, too, ahh. I’m so happy for you! πŸ™‚
    Thank you so, so much for thinking of me for this!! ❀ ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed my post!!

      It was one of the most generous things! He’s often known for tweeting fans back, so I was really just tweeting him to let him know that I was hoping to make it to his show! I definitely was not thinking he would invite me!

      And of course! I love your blog so much, so it’s definitely well-deserved! ❀

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      1. That’s really so, so, so amazing and so lucky ahh, a dream come true, yay πŸ™‚
        Oh thank you, you’re way too sweet Lauren, this means so much ❀

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  5. Thank you so much for the nomination and you’re kind words! I love your blog and have read every post since I stumbled across it. πŸ™‚ I can’t believe you got invited to a concert by the member of the band, that is beyond incredible!!!
    Congrats on the reward, you deserve it. πŸ˜€

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    1. Of course, Becky! Your blog is SO incredible! And thank you so much for saying that; you’re so sweet! Also, a huge thank you for reading all of my posts – I can’t even begin to tell you how much that means to me. ❀ And the concert experience was positively insane!!

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  6. WAAAAH OK first off, you’re (again) SO welcome and deserving for the award πŸ˜€ Sorry it took me so long to get to your awesome post πŸ˜› It has BEEN a week! I’m determined to do better with blogging this week. And I have so much to say in response to all the awesome things I’ve learned about you in this post! I’m going to reply to each fact you’ve given in list form πŸ˜‚πŸ’•

    1. Bleachers is EPIC – I love I Wanna Get Better and Rollercoaster, and I’m also known to yell, “WOKE UP IN A SAFE HOUSE SINGIN’ HONEY LET’S GET MAAAAARRIED!!!!” …very loudly whenever I hear that song πŸ˜‚ It’s absolutely amazing that Jack put you on the guest list! I’d love to see them live, too – I’m crossing fingers that they’ll come to South Africa someday πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you got that experience ❀

    2. Duuuuude, me too :/ My general navigational skills have improved a liiiiittle in the last year or so, but when I first moved up to the city I think I used my GPS to get to work every.single.day. for six months. I grew up in the tiniest town ever (it has two main roads) and my parents used to tease me by asking me to give visitors directions from our house to the hospital – a 5-minute drive. I couldn't do it.

    3. Waaaahaha the moustache is amazing! And I definitely think they stole your name in the movie… you had it first :/ I name my cars, too – after poets. My first car was a Toyota Etios so I named him T.S. Eli-Etios and called him Eliot. I had a huge car accident at the end of last year and wrote him off :/ Then I got ANOTHER Etios, and named her Christina Rose-Etios. I call her Rosetti πŸ˜‚

    4. HELLO THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE COOLEST JOB EVER (and also you went to college in New York?! That is so freaking awesome)

    5. Wait, Lexie is also a Titanic historian! https://readingbystarlightblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    6. OK… here we disagree πŸ˜‚ I love Christmas and its music and I'm always sad when it's over because I never feel like I've had enough of the whole season, but listening to the music out-of-season just makes me wish it were Christmas already :/ Although, to be fair, our Southern hemisphere does make wintery music very appropriate in June/July… and this year seems to be speeding away from me, so it'll probably be Christmas before I know it, anyway πŸ˜‰

    7. It's so amazing that you took dance and were part of winter and colour guard! I always *wished* I could dance and never took lessons/had any coordination to speak of – I just watched So You Think You Can Dance and ooooohed and aaaaahed a lot. To be honest, I was such a bookworm that I didn't do much of anything else most of my childhood and adolescence (I gave up on learning to ride a bike at the age of 8, after falling off the thing three or four times and grumpily deciding my time could be much better spent reading πŸ˜‚ ). I was forced to do team sports (and was terrible at them) until I was about 15. Now I'm a little more athletic – I do some weightlifting and running, and really enjoy hiking and outdoorsy stuff.

    I basically wrote you a blog post in response to your blog post! πŸ˜‚ But I loved getting to know you better! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. Hannah, you’re the absolute SWEETEST! And there are no worries at all! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and comment on everything!!

      1. AH! I AM SO HAPPY YOU KNOW OF BLEACHERS! I’m just so used to having to explain who they are to everyoneβ€”it makes my heart so happy to hear that you love their music too!! I super hope that you do get to see them perform sometime!!

      2. I relate so hard, it’s unreal. My town isn’t necessarily small, but I live off of two of the busiest streets, so you would think it would make it easier, but nope.

      3. I love your car’s names!! I’m so sorry to hear that you had to say bye to Eliot (I LOVE T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, so this made my little English major heart happy).

      4. The writing center was INCREDIBLE, and I definitely miss it! I actually spent my four years of college in my home state (where I worked at the writing center), and I enrolled in a graduate summer program in NY last summer!

      5. AH! I actually found her blog backtracking posts of The Versatile Book Award, and I think I stumbled across her blog from yours? As long as I’m remembering correctly? It makes my heart so happy that someone else enjoys the history of the Titanic as well!

      6. I can totally relate to that though. Even though I am able to listen to Christmas year round, that just means I want it to be Christmas year round πŸ˜‚

      7. Strangely enough, I have no coordination whatsoever when I’m just being a normal human being. I will trip over nothing, quite honestly. I have no idea how I managed being involved in four different things that required coordination πŸ˜‚ And that makes sense that you spent a lot of your time with books because you were such a bookworm! I actually hated reading up until I was 16, so I supposed I just had the time because I wasn’t busy exploring other worlds and meeting new people. The hiking and outdoorsy stuff sounds so fun! There are so many beautiful nature parks and natural areas around where I live, and I wish I was more outdoorsy and explored them more.

      Once again, thank you SO much for writing a blog post in response to my blog post πŸ˜‚ It really means the world to me that you took the time to do so!! ❀

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  7. Thank you so much for the tag! I can’t wait to do it. Although it might be a while, because we have quite the backlist of tags waiting! It’s always so much fun getting to know bloggers in more ways than their bookish interests!

    First off, SO COOL THAT YOU GOT ONTO THE GUEST LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE BAND! I mean, how am I going to top that fact? But also, I can totally relate to being geographically challenged. Google Maps is my bestie! And even so I’ve manages to get lost. Although, thankfully I’m pretty good at finding my way once I’ve traveled a path before. But new places are not as simple. I’m also SUPER impressed with how many cool things you’ve been a part of! I’m getting tired just thinking of participating an ANY of those activities!

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    1. Of course! Your tag is so well-deserved! And it’s absolutely no worries at all!

      LOL! My band fact is my one go-to fact that I always pull out just to make me sound a lot more interesting than I am.πŸ˜‚

      I totally relate! Even with Google Maps, I always end up turned around, but it’s definitely still better than me just trying to navigate all on my own.

      And in total honesty, looking back at everything I used to be involved in, I have NO idea how I wasn’t exhausted all of the time!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and comment on it; it really means the world to me!! πŸ’œ

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  8. Wait … is that your car in those photos? Either way, that’s hilarious! I love the name Betty for a car — my friend had a vintage bug and named it Betty … it suited her so well! My mom and I also name cars; her Mazda is named Annie and we named my dads trucks Bruce and Bruce Almighty (his big 18 wheeler one). I am ALSO one of those Christmas people!! I also am like that with Halloween. I feel like that bum because every June I get excited … because I know Fall is going to be here soon lmao!

    I loved getting to know you more and thank you for the nomination!

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    1. First and foremost, I apologize for taking SO long to reply to your comment!

      That is my car in the photos! And thank you! Even though I named my car after a fictional one, the name Betty definitely seemed to fit. And I can TOTALLY see a vintage bug being named Bettyβ€”that’s perfect! I also love your families’ car’s names; they all seem super fitting as well!

      AH YES! I love the holidays!! I can totally relate. Even though I like to listen to Christmas music all the time, it’s really upsetting when it’s only June and the holiday is still so far away. But, as you said, the holidays always seem to have a way to creep up on us!

      Thank you for saying that, and your nomination is so well-deserved! ❀️

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      1. LMAO!!! That’s okay! I do the saaaaaaaaaaaaaaame thing … especially on weekends when I disappear from society lol!

        Oh my gosh!! That’s too funny!! And yes … we even talk to the cars like they’re alive … it’s sad, but whatever.

        Ugh … I know, eh? I love having a break from snow for a bit, but once summer comes I’m like, “LET IT BE FALL”!

        And of course and thank you! ❀️

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      2. That’s not sad, that’s so fun! Our cars have to take us everywhere, and they can be super expensive, so why not have a little fun with it??

        EXACTLY! Truth be told, I’ve already started listening to Christmas music and I’m so over the hot weather even though it’s just barely begun πŸ˜…

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      3. TRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUEE!

        I’ve been singing random Christmas songs and I don’t even realize it! My colleagues point it out all the time πŸ˜€πŸ˜…. We’ve been having WEIRD weather … cold and dry to hot and humid to tornadoes to blue skies … it’s weird.

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  9. Okay, but the fact that JACK ANTONOFF HIMSELF invited you to a concert and put your name on the list? Like, that is a movie plot, whaaaaaat?!?! It’s the most amazing story I’ve ever heard; it truly sounds like something out of a movie or book, hahah.
    The second item in your list – being geographically challenged – is SO relatable. I am the worst at directions too and I don’t know how to do – even if I have my GPS on, sometimes. I study in a very large campus and am constantly getting lost, even if I’ve been to the same places repeatedly. It’s a problem and I relate, hahah. I’ll say, though, when I visited NYC, I thought me and my family were just going to get lost all the time, since I was the navigator, lol. My parents do not speak English, so I was the only one that could read signs and point the right direction. We turned out to be fine most days and only got the wrong subway once, which is impressive for me! (Granted, we also took several Ubers, so maybe not that impressive, hahah).
    I also totally relate with listening to Christmas music all the time. I’m the biggest Grinch ever, so I actually do not like Christmas at all, but I’m fascinated by the soundtrack, lol. It probably has to do with the fact that a lot of the memories I’ve made when traveling abroad were around Christmas time, and Americans love Christmas music a lot, so we’d hear it all the time, when shopping or going literally *anywhere*. So, most of the time, I listen to Christmas songs because it brings me back a lot of great memories.
    I’m very happy you got nominated and you shared so much that allowed us to get to know more about you πŸ’ž

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    1. I am SO sorry that it has taken me this long to respond to you!!

      But okay, I still die a little bit when I think about the real-life Jack Antonoff doing that for me. Half the time, I can’t even convince myself that it’s real.

      And oh man! That’s such a feat to navigate your family around NY. Even after two months of living in the same building and going to the same building for class, I was hopelessly lost. Like you said, sometimes a GPS doesn’t even help!

      That’s so interesting to hear! Christmas music definitely plays everywhere you go in America as soon as Halloween’s over. But I love the fact that a genre of music can bring you so many memories!

      And thank you for taking the time to read my post and write out this wonderful comment! Once again, I am SO sorry that I haven’t responded sooner!

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