The Mystery Blogger Award

Happy Wednesday, blogger friends. I live in New Jersey and we’ve been hit with another snow storm. I ended up not having to go into work yesterday and I do not have to work today either. 
What better way to celebrate the start of spring than with two snow days?
This is a bit embarrassing, but I was nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award by my beautiful friend, Kalli (K the Ravenous Reader) a little over a year ago and I haven’t done anything about it until now…better late than never, I suppose? I met Kalli through Bookstagram and she is just such a joy and someone I feel comfortable talking to at all times. You should give her a follow!
Anyway, this award was created by Okoto Enigma.
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  • 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 to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 5 people.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share your link to your best post(s)

3 things about myself:

1. My middle name is Caresse which is the same as my sister’s middle name. Apparently it is a Filipino thing for siblings to have the same middle names (at least that’s what my mother said).

2. I really do love cats but I am very very allergic to them. My aunt and uncle have this beautiful cat whom I adore. But ten minutes into spending time with her, my eyes start to water and my nose gets all runny.

3. There was a time I truly did not believe that reindeer were real animals. Yes. It’s true. This lady, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences, once questioned the existence of reindeer. I assumed they were not real because Santa isn’t real (SORRY TO ANY BELIEVERS).

My answers to Kalli’s questions:

1. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one book, what would you bring?

Assuming that I was not stranded on this island by choice, I’d hope that I have my kindle with me so I wouldn’t have to worry about choosing just one book. I bring my kindle with me everywhere and it holds all my fun and trashy romance novels that I actually enjoy re-reading once in a while when I need a pick me up.

I’d also hope that I have a physical book with me because I always carry at least one in my bag when I leave the house along with my kindle. But if I had to pick just one, I’d probably bring A Court of Mist and Fury because it’s ridiculously long and I’d be able to really take my time reading and digesting it and understanding the true depth of the world and its characters more fully.

2. What is/are your favourite fandom(s)?

So many! I am a proud member of the Harry Potter fandom (though not as hardcore as other Potterheads) as well as the ACOTAR and Shadowhunters fandoms.

3. Who is your OTP?

I have so many OTPs that I absolutely love and could cry over for days. But an underappreciated OTP that I often mention is Tarver and Lilac from These Broken Stars. Their dynamic as a couple is just awesome–they’re both hot-headed and stubborn and  just so perfect for one another.

4. What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?

I really enjoyed the 2006 film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code which is what got me in the books. As a Catholic, I was fascinated by Brown’s stories. The Da Vinci Code continues to be my favorite installment of all the Robert Langdon books.


5. What book or movie releases are you most looking forward to in 2017?

Yikes. 2017 already happened, LOL. As for 2018, I still need to see Black Panther and Love, Simon. I can’t tell you what books I was assigned to review for the magazine I write for, but I can tell you there are some pretty awesome books coming out this year 🙂

6. What is one thing that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t gotten a chance to do yet?

I’d really like to go to the Met and see an opera! If you don’t already know, I was an undergraduate music education major, voice being my primary instrument. I’m literally the worst opera fan ever, LOL.

My best posts (these are posts which I am particularly proud of or really enjoyed writing):

Book Review | They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

3 Days 3 Quotes | Day 1

Thoughtful Thursday | Concentration while reading

Swoony Saturdate #1

Here are my nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award:

Frankie | Freed By Fiction

Crystal | Paper Royalty

Ashley Rae | Thrifty Bibliophile

Laura | LFBooks

Zaheerah | Zaheerah Khalik

Here are my questions for you:

  1. How do you keep track of the books you’ve read and want to read?
  2. Is there a book that you were required to read and really enjoyed?
  3. Describe your perfect reading experience (where are you, what’s the weather like outside, what is the time of day, be as detailed as possible).
  4. Name a book that changed your life or transformed your opinions or perspective on something.
  5. *If you’re comfortable, please share a really embarrassing moment (maybe it’s book-related!)


I’m looking forward to reading your answers! Thank you again to my friend Kalli for nominating me.

I hope you’re all having a week so far.


Twitter: @jasminesreading
*2018 Reading Challenge Update: 48/200

16 thoughts on “The Mystery Blogger Award

  1. Thank you kindly for the nomination! This is so exciting and I can’t wait to post my answers! I also really enjoyed reading your answers, too. I am the same with my Kindle (well, iPad). I take it everywhere so I can read on my Kindle app whenever I can. And always have at least one physical book on me. Right now that book is called Little Bee, but I haven’t started it yet lol. And that’s cool that you and your sis have the same middle name! I never knew that was Filipino tradition! Thanks again for nominating me! It literally made my day!

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    1. You are so welcome! I can’t wait to read your answers 🙂 . And I used to read on the kindle app on my ipad, which is what led me to invest in a kindle paperwhite. Sometimes I lend my kindle to my friend who reads a lot the same genres that I read, so I’ll usually let her keep it for a week or two and if there’s a kindle book I really want to read, I’ll go back to the app on my ipad.

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      1. That’s awesome! I’ve considered getting an actual Kindle, but I always end up talking myself out of it. So, since you have experienced both, which do you think you’d recommend (or prefer)? The Kindle app on iPad or the actual Kindle?

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      2. So I have a paperwhite which is dedicated to only ebooks–no apps. I bought it with this purpose since I already have an ipad. I prefer reading on my paperwhite because it’s designed to be better for your eyes. Also, it’s tiny and super lightweight. I have a pretty dated model of the ipad, so it’s heavier and a pain to read on. The paperwhite’s backlighting is great for reading at all times of the day and there’s no glare, so you can read outside! Sometimes my friend and I trade our kindles and she had a regular tablet with apps and what not and reading on there seemed to be fine.

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  2. I was JUST telling my bf the other day how I used to not know reindeer were real!!! I mean, logically, of course it makes sense that we’d assume that. Why would reindeer be real if Santa isn’t? I went an embarrassing long time thinking they were make believe, too, haha.

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  3. I really need to finish the These Broken Stars trilogy! Black Panther was so good and I can’t wait to go see Love, Simon, but its not out where I’m from just yet 😦


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