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She’s A Mystery to Me

I’m always so honored to be chosen to participate in tags and to receive blogging awards, but I’m SUPER honored to have been picked by sweetie pie Heather, curator of Heather’s Reading Hideaway to complete the Mystery Blogger Award!

Not only am I thrilled to have been nominated in the first place, this award, originally created by Okoto Enigma, really excites me because Okoto describes the award as being for “amazing bloggers with ingenious posts!” 

The award description alone makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, so THANK YOU SO MUCH for the nomination, Heather! 😀 Now, let’s get down to business [fun]!

The Rules

  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, specifying one weird/funny question
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

About Me

  • I am a serious animal lover [I wanted to be a veterinarian as a child] and have three dogs, Althea, Harry, and Suzy, and one cat, Kit Kat. Over the years, I’ve owned no telling how many pets, including a squirrel I dubbed Amy Rachel! Although I couldn’t keep Amy Rachel alive very long [‘she’ was merely a baby], I loved her nevertheless and cried my eyes out when I found her dead! 
  • I’m obsessed with pretty colors, especially when they evoke feelings of happiness and good cheer. I can regularly be spotted wearing such shades as teal, pink in every shade imaginable, yellow, and definitely orange. I love to mix up colors; as a girl, when I was obsessed with Barbie dolls, I put together an outfit for my favorite doll at the time, with a hot pink blouse and a bright red pencil skirt. I’d still like to recreate the getup for myself and can see the image of the Barbie looking fabulous now!
  • I work as a therapist for the local community health center and the people I am privileged to serve inspire me every day. My clients have diagnoses which run the gamut from children with ADHD to adults with schizophrenia. The people with whom I work inspire me continuously and I’m honored to be in a position to help inspire in them positive change.

My Favorite Posts [Thus Far]

  • I’m super proud of my first original meme, The Monday Review; therefore, I’m linking to the page which discusses it!
  • I really enjoyed writing the posts I actually completed for the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge! My favorite to compose was Brotherly Love, about my precious autistic brother, Bill.
  • I poured my professional – and personal – heart out in my And So it Began.

Heather’s Questions

When hunkering down for the night (or day) that you plan on dedicating solely to reading, what are some essentials for you to have so it goes smoothly with little interruptions?

When reading, I simply like to have something to quench my thirst, typically coffee, maybe some candy or a crunchy snack, and a cozy place to lounge.

What fictional magical weapon/object would you want to possess?

I could always find a reason to utilize an invisibility cloak, for quite obvious reasons! For example [I feel the need to provide examples, even though I wrote ‘for quite obvious reasons!], when I want to go out in public without fixing myself up, or when I don’t feel like talking to anyone, but still need to go somewhere, or even to eavesdrop on certain conversations!

Do/Can you listen to music while reading? If so, all types of music or only a specific kind?

I really don’t listen to music while reading, as I get distracted by lyrics and find myself either singing along with songs in my head or aloud. However, I do like background noise, so I’ll typically turn on the news or a show that I don’t need to hear every single word of to follow the plot, like a talk show.

What is one trope you’ll never get sick of?

This is a HARD one to answer! After doing extensive Internet research on the subject of tropes, I’ve come to the conclusion that I really enjoy the whole plain Jane who gets the man in the end thing.

A primary example that comes to mind is the classic tale of Cinderella – and all the retellings based on the story. For instance, even though I totally knew Ella and Elle, from Kelly Oram’s Cinder & Ella and Geekerella by Ashley Poston, respectively, would wind up with their hot crushes, their stories were still such a blast to read!

The ups and downs of Ella’s and Elle’s stories made me seriously wonder if they’d get their men – which seems silly because, you know, the TROPE! But, both books are so well written, with ups and downs and plenty of what-ifs, that I really enjoyed their plays on Cinderella.

If your favorite book was adapted into a movie/tv show, who would you cast as the main characters? If it’s already been adapted, would you change who was chosen?

My favorite book of all time, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, has been adapted into multiple movies and I’m pretty satisfied with the actors cast in those productions. I’ve seen the Keira Knightley version of the tale, but I really want to see the 1948 movie featuring Vivien Leigh! I think the production featuring Leigh as Anna will honestly blow the Keira version out of the water!

My Questions

  1. Is there a book or story you feel parallels your life? If yes, tell us all about it! 
  2. What title would you choose for your autobiography and why?
  3. What are the last three books you chose to DNF?
  4. What was your favorite book as a child and why?
  5. Is there a genre you absolutely refuse to read? If yes, why?

My Nominees

Megs @ Between the Pages

Faith @ Sucker for Coffe

Cassie @ Cassie’s Library

Stephanie @ Phannie the Ginger Bookworm

Lindsay @ Singer of Stories

Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook

Gryffindor Books Blog

Ashleigh @ For the Love of Books

Erica @ Diving Under the Cover

Ariel @ Best Mermaid

Jessica @ Reading with Jessica

Tina @ As Told by Tina

Jackie @ Bookworm Cafe

P.S. All I ask is that those I nominated try to remember to link back to this post – I’m dying to see your answers! 😀

 

Love, Maggie

2 Comments

  1. Darque Dreamer

    Congrats on the award! <3

    21 . 08 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks a bunch! 😀 I had a blast filling this one out, even though it took forever! LOL!

      22 . 08 . 2017

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