So throughout the past couple months, I’ve received a bunch of awards. This isn’t surprising, (I mean, have you met me?) but I’m flattered nonetheless. Most of these awards were season-based, so I decided to go with the one nomination that doesn’t belong to a specific time of the year: the Sunshine Blogger Award.
I was nominated by the always snazzy Katie Nichols. She’s only tried to kill me twice this year, so I’m extra thankful.
–Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. (Check!)
–Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you. (Yeah, not happening.)
–Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. (Also not doing this, because Standards.)
–List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
1. If you could only read one fictional book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would probably be a really dense book; one where you’ll discover something new each time you read it. So if you’re allowed to pick a series, I’d pick A Song of Ice and Fire, and if you’re allowed to pick just one book, it would be Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell. I haven’t read it yet, but I heard it’s good and long, so a reread would probably be rewarding.
2. What type of computer do you use for blogging?
My chromebook. Bought it over a year ago for 180 bucks and it’s been working like a charm ever since. #quitethebargain
3. What was the last album you listened to straight through?
Atlas: Year One, by Sleeping at Last. This is one of those albums where every song sounds good, but only handful can give you an actual eargasm. Those three songs were Earth, Saturn, and Neptune. Listen … if you dare.
4. What is your favorite holiday sweet?
Come to think of it, I don’t really like any food that goes specifically with a certain holiday. I guess I do like the Christmas-themed designs of Coca-Cola cans.
5. Are you known for making a signature dish or food? If so, what is it?
I don’t cook much, but I do make scrambled eggs and toast. I can also make microwavable popcorn with ease.
6. Would you consider your handwriting to be sloppy or neat (or somewhere in between)?
Depends on the pen and my current state of mind. That being said, it’s always legible.
7. What is the awesomest-looking book you own, and why?
You may not be that impressed, but I think the cover sets the tone for the book perfectly. And it can’t be stressed enough just how good the paperback Stephen King books feel in your hands. The pages feel so clean, the font is so easy on the eyes … in fact just writing this makes me want to buy another King novel.
8. Name your three biggest fandoms.
Bitch please. I don’t do fandoms. Fandoms are for dweebs and dorks and no-lifes, not for a cool dude like me. I do have a reversible belt, after all.
That being said: 1) Harry Potter. I don’t talk about the series much these days, but it will never not hold a special place in my heart. 2) A Song of Ice and Fire. I could talk about these books for days. 3) No idea. There’s probably a Stephen King fandom I’d get along well with. Maybe The Raven Cycle. Those were good books. Hopefully I’ll write something one day that inspires a fandom; my dream is to get death threats in the mail after killing off a beloved character.
9. Favorite childhood movie?
Finding Nemo. It’s funny, and an emotional rollercoaster? But how?
10. Pizza or tacos?
Sicilian pizza any day of the week. With tacos, the shell always breaks on the first bite.
11. Name three books that everyone on earth should read.
Keep in mind that I’m not picking these books necessarily because they’re my favorite, but because I like the message behind them.
- Mother Night, by Kurt Vonnegut. In part because I think it deserves more attention than Vonnegut’s more famous work, but also because I think it has some really neat things to say regarding morality and whatnot. Plus, in a world where millions of World War II books are published each year, Vonnegut managed to write one with a fresh perspective. (That last point is true for a lot of his books. But this is one is even fresher.)
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily Danforth. There’s a movie adaptation coming out soon, so the book should be getting a nice boost in popularity, but then again, the movie rarely does the book justice. So just read it already. It’s about a lesbian growing up with a very conservative family in 1990s Montana, who gets sent to a gay conversion camp. Some thoughts:
- It’s about the importance of understanding people and respecting them for who they are.
- It’s also sort of glorified pot and normalized shoplifting, but I’m okay with that.
- I feel like, in most stories like this, you’d expect the conservative relatives and the people running the camp to be demonized — to be written like one-dimensional homophobes taken straight out of an after-school special. But nope, they’re written with just as much humanity as anyone else. It would’ve been so easy for the author to write them off as Evil, but she didn’t, and for that, I salute her.
- It, by Stephen King. Sure, it’s violent and scary, and it ends with a bizarre, offensive sex scene that makes it clear the author was snorting coke while writing it. (Apparently he remained high during the editing and revision stage, and so was his editor.) Nevertheless, the things King has to say regarding friendship and childhood are powerful, and should still be relevant for years to come.
- I also want everyone to be just as scared as clowns as I am.
- Should note that while it’s been over four years since I read it, I can still remember characters like Stuttering Bill, Bevvy, and Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier, and some scenes — the rock fight, Ben’s first encounter with Henry Bowers, the part where Pennywise takes the form of a security guard with a dog’s head, (that was weird) — are still etched in my mind, and will probably never go away.
- Bonus Mention: V for Vendetta, and 1984. I can’t help but feel like these two books, (especially 1984, with its Groupthink and Newspeak) are becoming increasingly relevant.
And that is all! Thank you Katie, and thank you, America. I wont be nominating anyone, because I wouldn’t want to be a bother. Good night. Sweet Dreams. Don’t let the bed bugs eat open your veins and crawl around your circulatory system.