Guten tag, friends!
*exhales* I am exhausted.
I have taken on more hours at work, decided to transfer to the online division of my university due to my lovely friend COVID, and have scarce had the chance to write, read, or study my beloved German. My brain has found itself addled beyond belief, and now, on this calm, quiet weeknight, I have found the time to blog!
I was “awarded” or “tagged” for the Mystery Blogger Award by Miss Maya Joelle over at The Wayfaring Wordsmith and by Miss Amelie over at Swordmaiden of the King *nods and smiles.* Thank you, Miss Maya and Miss Amelie!!
Here are the rulsies:
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog (thanks, girlies!).
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (This award was created by Okoto Enigma.)
- Answer the 5 questions you were asked.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Nominate 10-20 people.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
- Share a link to your best post(s).
So, let’s get on to the questions! 😉
First: Five Questions from Maya!
Question 1: Have you ever watched a movie adaptation that was better than its book counterpart? If so, what was it, and why was it better?
Hmm. This is a tricky one. I’ve seen a lot of film adapations of books, but if there’s one that’s better than the book, I think I’m going to have to go with The Hollow Crown, which is a BBC miniseries adaptation of Shakespeare’s history plays.
Now, please, dear friends. I’m not in any way saying that I dislike reading the plays. I LOVE reading the plays. It’s just that watching Shakespeare (for me) is sometimes SO MUCH more fun than reading it, especially since they were written to be performed.
That doesn’t mean I’ll sit down and read The Taming of the Shrew just for fun. I’ll read Shakespeare for leisure any day. It’s just that I love watching it performed so much more.
Hopefully that made sense. 🙂
And Tom Hiddleston is just about the most perfect Prince Hal/Henry V that there’s ever been.
Next question, please!
Question 2: What is your least favorite color to wear and why?
I’m going to go with bright green – because it clashes with everything. 😆
Question 3: What is your favorite restaurant?
*makes sure no one is listening*
This is me talking about how much I love those chicken nuggets. 😉
Question 4: What is your favorite quote from a non-fiction book?
“Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”
This is actually from the Hebrew Talmud, but it’s best known for its significance in Thomas Keneally’s Schindler’s List, so it’s technically a quote from two non-fiction books (and the Spielberg film).
To tell the truth, this quote has stolen my heart, and it gets stuck in my head so often. But it holds so much significance: saving one human person saves the whole world for them, and our action to intervene on their behalf is just as courageous as if we had saved the entire world. The sanctity of life is a precious thing…
Question 5: Have you been to Disneyland and/or Disney World? If yes, did you enjoy it? If not, do you want to?
I have been to both Disneyland and Disney World, and I enjoyed both parks equally! I want to go to one of them again soon.
I’m not sure which one I like more…Disney World is ginormous, and I wasn’t able to see all of it, but because I used to live in California, I know the ins and outs of Disneyland like I know the back of my hand. 😉
Both are truly magical places.
Now, let’s have the five questions from dear Amelie!!
Question 1: (for fun) Do you view water as a necessary and even delicious beverage or as a substance that must be avoided at all costs?
A necessary and even delicious beverage! I love water, and I drink it all. the. time.
I struggled with GI complications, chronic fatigue, and depression a few years ago, so drinking water was something I was always advised to do by my doctors. Now, I know that the key to staying healthy is drinking lots of water. I’ve grown to have a glass by me pretty much all day long. 😉
Question 2: What is your favorite book(s) of the Bible?
James. Ohh, I love James. I feel like it isn’t recognized enough, but it is a book that I go to over and over whenever I’m unsure of which to read next. It discusses in detail the faith/works dichotomy, which is something I think a lot of Christians want to learn more of, and it also hits on the power of speech and the ways a Christian ought to employ it (which is something it’s famous for).
Question 3: Do you have a favorite (or a few favorite) movie soundtrack(s)?
Oohh. I love this question.
I really love the soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings. Obviously, that’s a given. Also The Hobbit trilogy. Sooooo. Good. Those are probably at the top of my list. “Concerning Hobbits” always chases the blues away. 🙂
But! I also really love the soundtracks for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Little Women (2019), Emma (2020), Schindler’s List, the BBC television series Victoria, Doctor Who Series 5 and 6, The Gladiator, the BBC television series Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Star Wars The Force Awakens, and although I don’t watch the show (and have no plans to), I really like the music from Game of Thrones.
Question 4: What is your favorite board game?
“Settlers of Catan!”
And also “Ticket to Ride.”
Homeschoolers have the best board game recommendations. It’s true. 😉
Question 5: What is your favorite trilogy?
Also The Lord of the Rings 🙂
I wouldn’t be a proper homeschooler if I answered otherwise, no would I?
Now, for three things about moi.
Thing 1: I studied creative writing at a two-week Oxford University program last summer, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I made some of the best friends from all over the world, and we had many wild adventures in the bookstores, cafes, and Oxford city streets.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably saw most of my stories and pictures from last summer, but if you didn’t, well…surprise!
I’ve been debating about whether or not I should write a post about my experience…comment below if you’d like me to hear about it… 😉
Thing 2: One of my favorite novels of all time is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which is something I have already decided to write a post on…sometime soon. 🙂 But really, Dracula is one of the best books I have ever read. It gets such a bad rap, but it is honestly so symbolic and theologically rich. Read it like an allegory, and it is such a fun book to dig into with a literary lens.
Thing 3: I am incredibly passionate about classical music, and I can play the piano at an intermediate/advanced level. I’ve been playing the piano since I was about six-years-old, and that puts me at around 12 years with my fingers on the keys. I love playing Chopin Etudes, Mozart Sonatas, and Tchaikovsky’s shorter pieces (I’m not up for the longer ones just yet 😆 ). Maybe I should post a YouTube video of my latest Chopin Polonaise?
Consider yourself nominated if you’re reading, but here’s some people I really would love to see do this challenge:
- Maribeth at A Writer’s Tale
- Kate at Litmospheria
- Shay at Nor Bid the Stars Farewell
- Penny at Jane Austen’s Lightsaber
- Amaris at The Storybook Journal
- Makayla at Raised on Jesus and Disney
- Ivy Miranda at Revealed in Time
- Katie at I’m Charles Baker Harris (And I Can Read)
- Eva at Coffee, Classics, and Craziness
- Joy Clarkson at JoyClarkson.com (it’s okay if you can’t!)
- Jenna Terese at JennaTerese.com
If I’m forgetting any bloggers, I’m so sorry! I hope you all can participate, but if you can’t, then no worries and no stress. 😉 I love you beautiful people, and I hope you’ll have fun with this.
My five questions:
- What was a book that you read as a child that you still have fond thoughts of?
- Star Wars or Star Trek?
- Have you ever finished a full-length novel, or are you planning to do so soon?
- What is your favorite genre to write?
- How old were you when you started blogging/writing?
The best of my posts:
Those are my best posts – that is, the posts I love the most and are the proudest of. I hope you all find time to read them and enjoy them just as much as I loved writing them. These in particular mean a lot to me as far as posts go. 🙂
Well, there it is, friends! I hope you enjoyed this post! I also hope that you will have fun participating – if you choose to. And again, thank you Amelie and Maya for tagging me! I enjoyed it beyond words. 😉