I was nominated by the lovely Hannah @ I Have Thoughts On Books for the Mystery Blogger Award, and I’ve done this one a couple of times but I really loved her questions so I couldn’t resist doing it again. Thank you Hannah! Everyone else, go follow her if you aren’t already, that is an order.
What is Mystery Blogger Award?
“This is an award for amazing bloggers with indigenous posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma
- Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
- Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
- Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
3 Things about me
- I’m in Houston right now, not by choice.
- I prefer hot weather to cold weather any day. I’m like a plant – I need sunshine to live.
- As of five minutes ago when I purchased the ticket, I am officially going to spend a week with my friend and her family in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving! I am so excited, I’ve never been to an island other than England.
My answers to the questions:
1. What did you study at university or what trade did you learn?
I have a degree in Italian (which comprises studies of the language as well as Italian lit and Italian history) with a minor in Art History. Ironically, I am very dispassionate about Italian literature. I mean, I love La Divina comedia and the Decameron and some of the other classics, but modern and contemporary Italian lit, especially 20th century stuff, is something I dislike very strongly. Calvino is not for me.
Anyway, I literally only ended up majoring in Italian because I switched my major from Linguistics at the end of my sophomore year, and if I wanted to spend a full year abroad in Italy I didn’t have enough credits to major in anything other than Italian. I was only like 1 class away from majoring in Art History instead, which I would have preferred since that actually is something that I’m really passionate about, but oh well. Your undergrad major literally does not matter unless you’re learning a specific trade. When people ask what I have a degree in and I tell them they like to smirk and say ‘and what are you planning on doing with that?’ Absolutely nothing – my plan was to go to college and I did that. Now I have a job in the industry I want to be working in. What exactly is the problem here?
Sorry, tangent. I’ve just encountered that a lot this week.
2. What was your favourite book growing up? And why?
I mean… I feel like saying Harry Potter is kind of a cop out, but that’s the honest answer. I devoured each of these books as soon as they were released.
3. If you could live anywhere, where would you?
This is such a good question. The reason I’m still living in Vermont is because I can’t decide where I want to live. I would love to live in Europe eventually, probably somewhere in the UK, but that’s not very realistic right now as my family are US-based and I am a homebody. I’m a city girl at heart, so in North America I can imagine myself living in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Providence, or Montreal.
4. What is the greatest place you have ever been?
I’m lucky in that I’ve been to many beautiful places and it’s so hard to narrow it down. I think my answer has to be Bologna Italy where I lived for a year, it feels very authentically Italian compared to the more touristy cities, and imo it has the best food of anywhere in Italy. And it’s gorgeous, I mean, look at it. I love that city with all my heart.
Runners up include: Brussels, Berlin, Marburg, Verona. I love Europe.
5. Which book has recently surprised you? (Either in a good or in a bad way)
The Pisces by Melissa Broder and The Idiot by Elif Batuman both surprised me in very good ways. I hadn’t expected either of them to be so thought-provoking and stimulating (though in very different ways – I would not recommend these 2 books to the same person).
Also – the nonfiction of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently surprised me in a bad way. The lack of intersectionality to both of her feminist essays was a huge disappointment.
I’m not going to nominate anyone because I’ve done this one a couple of times and I’m so tired right now and can’t come up with very good questions. I seriously need to just sit down one day and write a list of questions for awards like this.