Where has the time gone?! I cannot believe that I have been blogging for three years already. It feels like just yesterday when I finished reading Everything Everything and I got this overwhelming feeling that I needed to share my thoughts on it with someone. Well, no one in my real life cared, so I turned to the internet. It has been one of the best decisions that I ever made. So much has happened in these last three years, and I have been afforded many opportunities that never would have happened if it were not for this blog. It is because of this blog that I started my Bookstagram account, and then I got into contact with someone who graduated from a Publishing program, which inspired me, and I am myself enrolled in that course and am now a full-time editor! I have also meant so many incredible bookish people who just get me. This community is incredible and it is an honour to be a part of it.
I saw this tag on Marie’s blog, Drizzle and Hurricane Books, and I thought that this was a perfect way to celebrate three years of blogging and for you all to learn more about me.
Top three books of all times.
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
The Lonely Hearts Hotel is everything that I love about fiction. It is slow paced, incredibly atmospheric, and beautifully written. This is a book that I think about all of the time and that I find myself constantly recommending. The story its magical in some ways, while also being absolutely devastating.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
I love books that challenge me in some way and that bring up moral or ethical questions. Never Let Me Go had my mind spinning and I think it is a book that everyone should read.
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Cannery Row will always be my favourite book, and it one of the few books that I will reread. I can’t even tell you how many times I have read it and I always take something new away from it.
Top three places I want to travel to.
There is something about Ireland that is calling my name. It looks beautiful and there is a lot of history there. It doesn’t hurt that I am part Irish!
This photo is actually my computer background, and I do not think that I need to explain why this is a place I would love to visit!
My ultimate dream is to stay in one of these bungalows over the water in Fiji- it looks like heaven!
Dream place to live.
Boston is my favourite city, and I would love to live there. Toronto is a close second, and a more realistic option.
A TV show I’m obsessed with.
I recently finished my rewatch of Lost, and I was reminded how much I freaking love this show. It has so many layers and mind-blowing moments, but what stands out to me are the characters. They each of such complicated backstories and their relationships with one another are deep and complicated. I get so invested whenever I watch!
Last three songs I listened to.
If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) by The 1975
To Be So Lonely by Harry Styles
The Girl by City and Colour
Three people I’d love to have dinner with, dead or alive.
I decided to copy Marie on this one and share the three authors I would love to have dinner with!
No explanation needed!
I am in awe of Colson Whitehead and have loved both The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys. He has had an incredible career for someone so young, and I cannot wait to see where he goes from here. I just want to pick his brain!
The Song of Achilles and Circe are two of my favourite novels, and I adore Madeleine Miller. I selfishly would want to have dinner with her just to get the insight scope on her next novel!
Favourite movie of all time.
I have many favourite movies, Pride and Prejudice (2005) being at the top, but my most recent favourite is Rocketman. It has only been out for year, but I have seen it over ten times. I adore Taron Egerton and Elton John’s music, and there is something comforting about this movie.
Favourite board game.
I love that Codenames is easy to set up, but it is also a challenging game that makes you think.
Ultimate comfort food.
My mom makes the best mashed potatoes, so whenever I eat them it brings me so much comfort and reminds me of home.
I love Fall weather and the clothing. I also love all of the foods associated with that time of year!
I love the Christmas season more than the actual day!
My signature scent.
Nirvana Black Perfume by Elizabeth and James
I love really woody, spicy scents that would normally be considered night time scents, but I wear them all day long. My go-to perfume is Nirvana Black, and I always get compliments when I wear it.
Describe your ideal day.
My ideal day is pretty simple. I would spend all day on the beach with an iced coffee and my favourite book- there is nothing better than that!
Something I’m proud of.
Why is this question always so difficult to answer? It really shouldn’t be! Without getting too personal, I am most proud of the fact that I was able to fight my way out of a dark place, and I am now embracing life- it feels good, and this blog was the start of that for me.
Five things I love about myself.
- My love of animals
- My optimism
- My sense of humour
- My open-mindedness
- My introversion
Some blogs I love.
So many! Where do you even begin?! I will list some of my favourites here, but I plan to write a post sharing more of my faves in the future.
My ten most used emojis.
Favourite childhood memory.
I love this question! I have so many amazing childhood memories, so it is hard to choose just one. The first thing that comes to mind is the ice cream truck that used to drive down our street every day during the summer. We would hear the sounds of the ice cream truck and all of the kids in the neighbourhood would rush outside. There is something so innocent about that!
My biggest pet peeve.
Willful ignorance. I completely understand being uniformed about a topic, but once something is pointed out to you, I think it is important to do your own research and come to your own conclusions.