I’ve been running a little behind with tags and awards lately, but I’m going to try and catch up over the next month or so (especially once I’m into reading War and Peace in September and there will be fewer book reviews)! Recently I was nominated by two bloggers I love following, Rachel @ pace, amore, libri and Dani @ Perspective of a Writer, for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you both so much for the award and if you don’t already follow Rachel or Dani, definitely check them out!
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
- Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
- List the rules and display the award.
1. What’s the last movie you saw and what did you think of it?
It’s very telling of how rarely I watch movies that I’m having trouble remembering what the last movie I watched was. I’m pretty sure it was actually The Prince of Egypt on Netflix though (how appropriate a response to a Rachel question!) because I’d had a stressful week and really needed something animated but I’d watched my usual animated favs that I own (Tangled and Ratatouille) recently but wanted something good that I could lose myself in for a bit. I love The Prince of Egypt, its an excellent film and the music is SO good, how is this not already a musical?
Do you have any weird or random talents?
I really don’t! My ability to predict casts and who will be cast in which part in National Ballet of Canada productions is improving thanks to my obsession with the company, but it’s a talent in progress. Otherwise it’s mostly just things like knowing all the words to Les Mis!
What’s your favorite song at the moment?
I’ve been listening to the cast recording of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 a lot recently, so probably something from there. “Letters” gets stuck in my head a lot, but I really like “Pierre” and “No One Else” and “Dust and Ashes” too, and the whole based on great works of nineteenth century Russian literature connection has me back into Onegin and I wind up singing “Let Me Die” and “Oh Dear Father” a lot.
What time of day do you do most of your blogging?
I queue posts so this doesn’t always show, but generally I write my posts at night for the simple reason that I work a pretty typical 9-5(:30) job during the day and when I get home I sit with my cockatiel Poe. When Poe and my laptop are around at the same time she persistently jumps on/walks on/chews on the keys and no typing gets done, so I generally wait until after she’s in bed.
What’s your favorite museum that you’ve been to?
This is such a stumper!!! In Washington, DC, City of Museums, obviously I found the Newseum really interesting and purely for fun I loved the Spy Museum, and the Museum of American History but I think ultimately my answer is a tie between The British Museum and the V&A. The V&A I remember finding really fun and interactive, but still educational, and The British Museum is just the dream. But Hadeer’s answer is terrific, the Chester Beatty museum in Dublin is really gorgeous.
When’s the last time you went to a wedding?
April 2016. A friend from University got married and it was a really nice ceremony and the party afterwards was a lot of fun and I had the chance to spend time with some friends who I don’t see very often.
Do you have a celebrity doppelganger?
I don’t think so? Help me out guys if you know a celeb who you think looks like me!
If you were a cat, what color cat would you be? (Very important question.)
I would be a tabby for sure, but I’m not sure which colour tabby!
Do you have a favorite publisher or publisher imprint?
Content-wise I would say Tor, which has the distinction of being the only publisher where I actually read their blog posts as well as like the books they release.
Have you ever dressed up like a fictional character? (Bonus points for photo evidence.)
Not specifically, I did go as a wizard one Halloween and someone asked if I was Hermione (and this was before Harry Potter blew up so my mom and I were impressed someone knew who Hermione was although that hadn’t been the intent). I also went as a Mountie (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer one year which was heavily inspired by my love for the Canadian show Due South and my crush on Constable Benton Fraser, but I wasn’t going AS Fraser so…
What’s your favorite thing about your city (or state, or country)?
My favourite thing about Toronto is definitely the arts scene. Obviously I’m a huge fan of theatre, and living in a city that has its own opera company, ballet company, some reputable independent theatres, and that tends to get touring musicals and plays as well as some Canadian sit-down productions is really important to me. I love having access to all of these wonderful shows!
1. If you had to chose a dystopian world to be sent to, which would it be and why?
Oh my god they’re all so awful I would survive none of them! I mean, at my current age I guess I could deal with The Hunger Games because at least I’m no longer in the tribute pool and I don’t plan to ever have children, but it’s still an awful place to be!
2. What are your favorite blog posts to write and why?
It really depends! There are some shows or books where I just have SO MANY THOUGHTS and I’ve taken notes while reading/after watching and can easily write up a review that I’m really proud of. Other times it’s like pulling teeth to put down how I feel about something in a way that makes sense. I tend to enjoy the top 5, top 10 posts when there’s a topic that really suits my interests because it’s a challenge and forces me to think back over what I’ve read for possible answers.
3. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?
It takes A LOT for me to DNF a book. I think there’s been two in the last two or three years? In one case (To The Lighthouse) it was so dull that I tried twice and couldn’t even get through the first twenty pages. I realized that I had taken in absolutely none of the book and at that point I gave up. In the other case (LAMB: The Gospel According to Biff) I was more than half-way through and had struggled the entire time. I didn’t find it humourous, I didn’t like any of the characters, I found it crass and not clever at all. In general, probably if there are literally no redeeming qualities about the book, and/or if it’s racist/misogynistic etc.
4. What types of characters do you love most? (i.e. like genre but for characters, examples: strong female, hot love interest, nerds, pirates, if you can group them and love them, name them!)
Oooh boy. I guess there’s ‘guy who seems like an asshole on the outside but is actually a good person on the inside’, since I love h/c characters who play into that by being *tortured* mentally or physically by something and suffering, bonus points if they keep the fact that they’re suffering away even from the people they love, badass bookworms, too clever for their own good characters who are usually super insightful, snarkers, I love a good anti-hero or someone with a little darkness in them, practical good under pressure women.
5. If you could teleport to any city in the world which would it be? If you had to make your way home on you own would it still be the same city?
London, absolutely. I love London, it’s my favourite city in the world and I haven’t been in about four years so I’m starting to get the itch! Also, I’m obviously going to miss it, but I’d love to see one of my favourite theatre actors, David Thaxton, in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar he’s currently performing in since it’s a great musical and the production has been well-reviewed. Although I wouldn’t say no to New York City to see The Great Comet one last time before it closes (why are all of my answers theatre-based?!?) And despite the cost, yes I think I would still say these cities. At least it would halve the airfare!
6. If you wrote a book, what would it be about? (i.e. the premise, type of characters, world?)
I’m not a fiction writer so this is purely hypothetical, but it would probably be fantasy or fantasy-influenced, and I would put my characters through hell and back because that’s the kind of book I enjoy, but in the end things would be okay-ish. I like the kind of book where people don’t walk away easily magically healed but their scars and emotional wounds stay with them and only get better gradually.
7. If a band were to be featured in a fictional story, which would you want it to be and why?
I don’t actually listen to a lot of bands so it wouldn’t make any difference to me, I’d love for a musical to get a shout-out though!
8. What book describes you best? (Is it a particular character, the cover or the story?)
I don’t know about describes me – I felt like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell as well as The Lymond Chronicles were books that I was meant to find. JS&MN is set in the early 1800’s, my favourite time period, and has a dry wit, footnotes explaining the magical history of Britain, and a stubborn and somewhat well-intentioned but absent-minded protagonist magician, which certainly appeals. Lymond it took me awhile to get into, but once I was hooked I was hooked! I’ve heard some people say it bears a resemblance to “id fic” because there’s so much hurt/comfort and since that is exactly my jam, I LOVE those books.
9. Favorite book universe and why? (Is it the friends you would have, the world you would live in or the abilities/circumstances you would be in?)
Even though I’m not a diehard Harry Potter fan, it’s so hard to think of anything else because the wizarding world is just so cool. Who wouldn’t want to share a butterbeer, or ride a broomstick or apparate? The idea of being able to do magic and see magical critters is really cool.
10. What is your favorite book pet? Real pet? Ultimate pet?
I mean, pet is probably the wrong word but Shadowfax would be awesome…although probably not too practical for a city-dweller like me! Ditto Gert from Runaways’ telepathically linked dinosaur Old Lace. Lying Cat from Saga would be useful, but also a bit of an awkward pain. Again not so much a pet, but I’ve been fascinated by the His Dark Materials idea of Daemons for awhile. I’d love to have a daemon! I’m happy with my cockatiel Poe, I just wish she’d lose a few of her bad behaviours like screaming when she sees sun in the morning unless I have blinds and curtains drawn!
11. If you’d humor me and look at this post I wrote about Korean dramas… which banner looks like it has a story you would be interested in reading/watching?
The Emotional Acting one I guess?
Thank you Dani!!
1. Which movie would you love to see on the big screen (something that you’d either love to see in the movie theatre again, or an older movie before your time that you never had the chance to see in the theatre and would love to)?
2. Which book would you love to read for the first time again?
3. Do you have a favorite publisher or publisher imprint?
4. If you worked in a bookstore, what would your one staff pick recommendation be, and why?
5. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?
6. Is there a classic that has been on your TBR for ages?
7. What’s your favourite bird?
8. What colour do you wear the most?
9. What are your thoughts on binge-watching? Is it something you do, and if so, which show did you last binge-watch?
10. What’s your favourite episode of your favourite TV show and why?
11. Do you have a favourite bookstore/used bookstore?