the unique blogger award

The Unique Blogger Award

Posted May 11, 2018 by Amber in Blogging Awards / 13 Comments


Beautiful people are beautiful. 🙂

Back in December, the gorgeous Jade over at Drink Coffee and Read Books nominated me for the Unique Blogger award, now just the other day Loretta at Laughing Listener did, too!  So first of all, you ought to go check out their blogs, because they are wonderful.


  • Display the award
  • Thank the person who nominated you, post a link to their blog
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers
  • Give them 3 questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

From Jade

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

I actually have a lot of religious and philosophical books left over from college that I enjoyed and want to read again in my own time.  Things like The Republic by Plato and In the Buddha’s Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi come immediately to mind.  I read a lot of fiction and fantasy, but I’m passionate about history and culture as well, I just don’t talk about it all the time. 🙂

Can you leave a book series unfinished or do you have to own all the books and read them all?

I am notoriously bad about not finishing book series.  For example, I read Red Queen two years ago now, and I loved it… but have I read book two yet?  Nope!  There are so many books in the world, I have a bad habit of not wanting to tie myself into a series when I can read the rest later.  Even if I really enjoyed it!  I’ve also been known to quit in the middle of a series if it wasn’t working for me (like Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter).

How do you think you would be described if you were in a book?

This is such a good question!  To be honest, I feel like one of the background characters, like an unnamed Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff floating in the background.  It’s not that I don’t have a story, but it’s not particular original or remarkable.  I’m not a Harry Potter or Hermione Granger.  And that’s okay!  We can’t all be. 🙂

Loretta’s Questions

Loretta actually asked ten, since she doubled up this one with the Sunshine Blogger Award!  I picked three of my favorites.

What’s your favorite book to movie/television adaptation?

love this question, because it’s so easy to talk about the ones we don’t like, so we often don’t remember the ones that are rather good!  I think that Jurassic Park is pretty good.  The book is a lot different, but I really like the film as well.  Also, and I’ve been told I’m wrong about this (but frankly I don’t care) … The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!  I really liked Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent.  And The Princess Bride.  How many of y’all have read that book?

Is there a movie that really scared you as a kid?

I had nightmares about The Sixth Sense for months after seeing it.  I’ve always had a visual and active imagination, and the idea of being able to see dead people everywhere set my imagination in overdrive.  The little girl who drank the bleach bothered me the most – I had a friend who died when I was little, and the Bleach Girl tripped a bit of trauma in me that I’m not proud of.

Is there a book you love, but don’t completely understand why?

I have a really difficult time describing my love of Michael Crichton books to most people.  Actually, I was so excited to see Loretta specifically reading Jurassic Park earlier this year because FINALLY someone is reading him and she loved it just like I did and it’s awesome!  But I love Timeline, too.  Once upon a time, people clearly loved his science fiction thrillers because so many of them were made into films, but for some reason, nobody reads him anymore and whenever I suggest a book to a friend,  they are unenthused by it or tell me the movie was better. Pfft.

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I never nominate all the “required” people for these things, because I feel like a lot of people have done them before and I like to make it extra special.  So I’m going to nominate:

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

I don’t trop by there nearly often enough, but Marie’s blog is one of my favorite.  She’s raw and honest in her reviews, but also seems like a very lovely person overall.  Also, she just dropped a post about some of her favorite blogs out there in the bookish world and it is LOADED with quality sites, do take a peek.

An Historian About Town

I’ve been following this blog long before I was properly active on here, and she’s the only one I’ve seem who so seamlessly mixes lifestyle blogging with passion about history and culture.  She’s not a book blogger, though she does the occasional review.  Lately, she’s been posting about her adorable Westie (Agnes) on Saturday, and she’s to die for. And I’m not even a dog person.  I love this blog, and she’s well deserving of an award.

Ali @ The Bandar Blog

I think Ali has been my #1 favorite blog this year, because her reading is so in-line with mine lately.  We’ve wept over Ready Player One and I ADORE her bookstagram.  I only follow two (two) bookstagram accounts, and Ali’s is easily my favorite.  And her blog y’all?! Is it not gorgeous?!  She put out great, raw and honest content as well, which I adore.  A couple weeks ago, she dropped a post filled with unpopular opinions and even though I don’t necessarily agree with all of them, I loved it.

My questions

Who is your idol in life?

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Tell me about your first pet.


Who are the most unique bloggers you follow?

What movie scared you as a child?

How do you think you would be described if you were a character in a book?

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13 responses to “The Unique Blogger Award

  1. Ahhhhh I love your answers!! I totally agree with everything you said about Jurassic Park. IT’S SO GOOD! Actually, I really want to read the rest of the series and his other books now. His writing was amazing and it’s sad that no one talks about it anymore. But now that I’ve read the book, that’s definitely one of my favorite movie adaptations too! It’s odd because the two are so different, but Spielberg did a great job capturing the same spirit of the book. And I’m DYING to read The Princess Bride and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but I love the movies!

    The Sixth Sense scared me too when I was younger! It effected me on a more emotional level because it was one of the first times I had really thought about death like that, which was pretty scary. I mentioned E.T. and The Neverending Story on my post, but I was also randomly frightened of Snow White when I was little??? Then I watched it when I got a little older and had no idea why I was ever scared of it. Lol.

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    • Amber

      SO MANY kids were afraid of Snow White, so not just you! There used to be a Snow White ride at Magic Kingdom (FL) and it was removed because so many parents reached out and complained about how scary the witch was. Mickey’s Philharmonic is there now, not nearly as exciting.

      Both the A Princess Bride and H2G2 books are SO SO tongue-in-cheek funny. If you like the films, you’ll probably love the books!

  2. Congrats on your award and I love your answers. I have a lot of philosophy and ethics books left over from my uni days too and I am like you about finishing series…it often doesn’t happen. Jurassic Park is one of my favourite films. I did read the book a long time ago but don’t remember much except that Lex is a lot younger. I need to read it again.

    • Oh I forgot to say that I agree about Hitchhiker’s Guide-I really enjoyed the movie! My mum insists that the old TV show was better though.

      • Amber

        The BBC show was interesting. So many people are really opinionated about the various adaptations of that one… everyone has a favorite! What I particularly love about all of them – the books, tv show, film, and radio series – was that all of them were written by Adams, and they’re all different, and they’re all canon. Seems about right for him, especially once you’ve read the rest of the chaos that is the “trilogy”.

        • Good point, how often are all the adaptations of a book written by the author? A lot of them barely get any input at all nowadays.

          • Amber

            Exactly. It’s the forgiveness I give a lot of the book-to-film adaptations these days. I’m so sure they’d be better if the author had final say on the script!

    • Amber

      Thank you! 🙂

      The book has quite a few different twists from the movies that make it feel like a different story. Lex is only 8-ish in the books, a BIG difference from her teen computer hacker character in the movies. Hammond is quite a bit different too, and there’s so much more of the science and chaos theory in the books that was fascinating, if you like that sort of thing. 🙂

  3. Ali

    Awwww I got a little teary (I’m sort of weepy, okay?) reading your little blurb about me. TOO KIND. I will definitely being doing this tag (:….. I’m in need of content anyway XD

    • Amber


      Anyways, it’s too true. BTW, dying over your new computer. Been wanting one with the smart bar since they were announced but can’t justify it with all mine working really well. Soooooo jealous. Plus your cats. You are the complete package for me. Books, cats, rants, and amazing photography. Who could ask for anything more?

  4. Oh wow, thank you so, so much for the nomination and your sweet words, this means so much to me <3 <3 <3 <3
    I can relate to your answer about book series so, so much. I tend to start new book series a whole lot, but I take forever to get to book two, book three etc. There are just so many series to follow and new books to read, I can't keep up?! I only really follow series I am obsessed about – like, when I started The Lunar Chronicles, I had to get the new books as soon as I could. But otherwise I'm just, well, no good at all for that hahhaa.

    • Amber

      My best thing with series these days is adding the new book to my TBR and reading it when I get there. I can *usually* figure out what happened in the last one and my feelings about it by revisiting an old review. Usually.

      Totally deserved, btw! You have a great blog and all your discussion posts are really sweet and thoughtful and honest. <3