Award? Nominated? Me? What?! I’m not very good with words, and even more so when I’m nominated for a Sunshine Award, by my first ever follower, Popils. So all I can say is a huge huge thank you. You’re awesome.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post
- Answer the 11 questions
- Nominate 11 new blogs
- Ask nominees 11 new questions
“Why did you start blogging?”
- I started blogging after reading a book called Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in which the narrator used her blog as a means to release pressures. That’s exactly what I hoped for when starting my blog, in the hope of maybe raising my happiness level; I’d say to an extent that has happened, even in the short time I’ve been blogging
“Readers are writers, true or false?”
- Ok, this is really freaky, but I’ve literally just been talking about this in my English class, and I outline it in my dreaded coursework. The idea, constructed by a guy called Roland Barthes in the 1960’s, is that the author doesn’t matter as much as the reader – that without the readers opinion/interpretation of the novel, there’s no point to it, because it’s there to be read, so the readers interpretation is the only one that matters. Barthes called it “The Death of the Author.” So yes, readers are writers, simply because they shape the text they’re reading by how they interpret it.
“What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you?”
- Ok I’ll answer this materialistically and cheesily, so I can have two answers, because I can’t choose between these two. Materialist occurrence: there’s this academic competition I’ve competed in called the World Scholars Cup, and there are 3 rounds each season – regionals, globals, and the tournament of champions. Regionals is obviously in your own region, your own country. If you are one of the best teams, you qualify for globals, which takes place at a location somewhere around the world, but usually in Southeast Asia. If you do really well there, you advance to the tournament of champions which is held at Yale University in New Haven. So my biggest achievements have all been to do with this. In 2018, I qualified all the way to the tournament of champions, and out of over 2000 students, I came 69th overall. The next year, at my regional round I came top of my school and 2nd overall out of over 200 students. The next year, at the global round in Beijing, my team and I (3 people per team)came 5th overall from over 4000 students – this was my biggest ever achievement, on a massive global scale, and will never be topped. I still get shivers thinking about it. In terms of cheesy: every time someone talks to me, and at least appears to be interested in me, is the best thing in the world. I often feel very lonely, so when someone cares about me, it makes my heart thump.
“Other than blogging, what else do you like to do?”
- I like to do a few things, mainly watch YouTube and eat! There’s this one very thought provoking YT channel I always go back to called ‘Jubilee’ which attempts to bring together opposing groups to reconcile and have civil arguments. Check it out!
“What’s your bizarre talent?”
- Hmm…I don’t know if I’d call this a talent, but I can make my ears move backwards and forwards and it looks weird😂.
“What’s the best book you’ve ever read?”
- This is a hard one. The one I remember best is Holes by Louis Sachar, that always stood out to me, but I don’t know if I would say it’s the best I’ve ever read. I also really liked A Secret History by Donna Tartt. And of course all the Harry Potter books.
“What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?”
- Without a shadow of a doubt, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I get that it’s a classic, and attempts to combat colonialism, while unfortunately lending itself to racism, but it’s just so BORING. It’s a 150 page book, and the first 90 pages, nothing happens. Literally.
“What’s the post on your blog that you’re most proud of?”
- It has to be “Things Worth Living For” even though it’s not my most popular post or anything, it just makes me feel proud that I managed to scoop myself (with a LOT of outside help)out of a pit that came close to killing me. Sorry for going dark, yikes.
“Classics or contemporary books, which one is better?”
- Contemporary books for me. Especially with all the dystopia craze that happened a few years ago – Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, all pretty good series.
“Did you watch Game of Thrones? If yes, who should have been on the iron throne and why?”
- I’ve never watched GoT, but I have seen a replica of the iron throne, and I just know that it has to be someone big who sits on it – I mean come on, can you imagine Dobby the house elf on it? He’d look even tinier than he already is!
“What’s the best compliment you’ve gotten and given?”
- The best compliment I’ve ever received is probably “You’re a really nice person.” It just made me feel very warm inside. The best compliment I’ve ever given…I don’t know? Actually, when I complimented my counsellor, that was a good moment!
- Would you say you’re in a good mindset right now, and why/why not?
- What is the point, to you, of your own blog?
- What is the point, to you, of life?
- Which Harry Potter character do you most relate to?
- Where do you see yourself in 20 years time?
- Where do you see the world in 50 years?
- What is your favourite sport to watch and play?
- If you could choose one song to represent you as a person, who would it be?
- What does the word ‘success’ mean to you?
- Peanut butter – yes or no?
- And finally, is our world in a good political state at the moment?
I’m honestly mind-boggled that I would be chosen for something like this. I hope you all like my questions…