The Unique Blogger Award

Unique Blogger Award

I am accepting the Unique Blogger Award from Holly @ Nut Free Nerd. If you haven’t checked out Holly’s blog, you should, she posts amazing discussions and oftentimes her discussions end up in my The Sunday Post feature.

The Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Holly’s Questions

1. Do you have a favorite book genre?

I honestly love World War II fanfiction, but it is getting kind of heavy as of late. I recently talked a bit about this in the How I Choose My Books Tag. I have read a lot of books centered around this time period and I’ve been in awe of the different perspectives that authors are unearthing.

I have many World War II books still on my list, but I am constantly talking about City of Thieves by David Benioff, and I loved listening to Salt to the Sea earlier this month, and I really liked Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. On my TBR pile is Mischling, All the Light We Cannot See, The Women in the Castle, and Lilac Girls!

2. How do you feel about what is considered to be “classic” literature?

I honestly feel like there is a nebulous definition of what is considered “classic” literature. On one hand, you see authors like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen which I don’t think anyone says aren’t canonical to classic literature, but there are newer books as well that can be considered classic but are definitely more modern but definitely have the same “staying power” as sone of the Victorian romances.

Honestly, I think if we can hurl an insult and it’s understood, even by people who haven’t read the book, it’s considered a classic. I have a bit of an issue w ith constantly rewriting, rehashing, and reimagining classics, but that’s a whole other question.

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I also think that we have to be aware that as English speakers, our view of literature can be narrow. I was reading something about translated works, but most of what I see considered as classics are American, British, Russian, and parts of Europe. I am curious to know how much literature is out there from the same time as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens that hasn’t been translated because publishers and people aren’t seeing value in these works.

For example, when I was in college, I read a lot of Gothic fiction, and one of the books I looked to was Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, not a well-known book, but also not terribly hard to find. When I had to analyze it through and pull from some critical sources, I couldn’t find any despite the book being written in 1935 in Czechoslavakia, and not being published until 1945! The book was adapted into a movie in the Czech Republic, but we couldn’t turn up anything about the book.

I’m not sure this book is a “classic,” but clearly it had moved enough people in the Czech Republic for a movie to be made, and I think that these translated works can help us inform our world view and help us see there are people just like us who dream, and think in these complex way that manifest as litearture.

3. What has been your favorite experience blogging so far?

I feel like blogging can be very solitary because I spend most of my time at my computer writing, but I have really enjoyed getting to know different people from all across the world and sharing in a love of literature. It’s opened my eyes to how fortunate I am to live where I am, have a bookstore nearby, and be able to access a wide variety of literature at a whim.

Book Style - The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

For the blog itself, I’ve had some great experiences with responses to my Book Style features. One of my first jobs after I got out of college was writing blurbs for a fashion website. It meant that I spent a lot of time looking at pretty things, but at the same time I was also knitting a lot, and that meant that I was paying attention to things like lines and proporitons and color, and  it started leaching into my blog posts with The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown being my first attempt at this experiment.

Book Style - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I also sometimes tend to dress in code, so the feature became a game to see how many cohesive outfits I could put together that symbolized the contents of the book. One of my favorite experiences with this, was when I styled Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Wein saw my tweet about the outfit and she loved the concept of how I wove in parts of the story into a 1940s inspired look.


My Nominees

Howlin Books
Darque @ Darque The Dreamer
Alex @ Whimsy Pages
Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books
Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf
Annike and Zoë @ Twin Tales
Sarah @ Between the Pages
Celeste @ Inked Books
Kristin @ Kristen Kraves Books
Azia @ The Uncharted Word
Ayunda @ Tea & Paperbacks
Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader
Mallory @ She Is Bookish


Questions for My Nominees

1. Do you listen to audiobooks and what do you look for when selecting one?
2. If you could be any character from a book, movie, musical, or television show, what would it be? (Bonus imaginary points if you select one character from each of the named genres or find another genre!)
3. If you could take a one-way trip to any time period, where would you go and what would you do when you got there?


That’s it for this award! Thank you so much to Holly once again for nominating me! What did you guys think of my answers? Let me know in the comments below! 

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21 thoughts on “The Unique Blogger Award

    1. You’re welcome! I can’t wait to see your answers! There is definitely a eurocentric view, but I think that we need to look at translation a little more. Even then, our Western culture sometimes makes it hard as a reader not to impose our experiences on it. There’s a great review/op-ed about doing that with Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, which isn’t a classic, but still literature we wouldn’t have if not for a translator.

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  1. Awww you’re so sweet! ❤ I'm definitely going to take some of your WWII historical fiction recommendations… I loved All the Light We Cannot See and would love to read more in that genre!

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  2. Thanks for nominating me!! Ahh I love reading WWII novels, I find them really interesting and of course heartbreaking. I’ve read so many…(but probably not nearly as many as you have) Maus, Between Shades of Grey, Salt to the Sea, Code Name Verity, All the Light We Cannot See, The Book Thief (duh) and omg there’s just so many amazing books. That’s SO cool that Wein saw your outfit for Code Name Verity!! It’s so perfect!

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  3. Oh yay! Thanks so much for the nomination! I love watching WWII movies, but I haven’t read many WWII books. I’ll have to read some of the ones that you listed! I don’t know why I love World War films (and books). I find them really evocative and memorable most of the time. Also, I love your fashion spreads. I don’t really have an eye for fashion but I do have an eye for color and I find your images so complementary to the book covers! I’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for more of your posts! Thanks again for nominating me 😀

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  4. Ohh WWII books are normally VERY good! I loved All The Light We Cannot See, and added today Salt to the Sea, about which I’ve heard such good things! I chuckled at “if we can hurl an insult and it’s understood, even by people who haven’t read the book, it’s considered a classic” Hahaha true!! Thank you so much for nominating me, your questions are so interesting!

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  5. Thank you for nominating me Lauren!! I’ve been MIA for a few weeks so I’m sorry for answering just now. I always love seeing your book style posts whenever I’m scrolling through wordpress 😊 they are really unique! I also think you came up with a very good argument as regards what is considered classic literature, and how most of the times it’s only associated with British or American literature, which is a shame because I think that a lot of novels that are considered classics in other parts of the world are really not that well-known. I’m from South America, and it’s really interesting (and by interesting I mean worrisome) now that I think about it, to see how in high school we were being more exposed to British or American classics rather than Latin American ones 😕. Anyways, loved your questions and I can’t wait to do this tag!

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    1. I have really started to be conscious of things like privilege. It sounds trite, but I’ve gotten introspective recently and just realized how much of my education, to a point, was focused on The West. Then when you realize the world is bigger then you of course there’s a marvel at that but still it’s really unsettling to navigate.

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