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The Real Neat Blog Award

A few weeks ago Stephen @ Stephen Writes was kind enough to nominate me for The Real Neat Blog Award. Stephen’s blog is fantastic and if you haven’t checked it out already I really recommend that you do. He writes brilliantly detailed and thoughtful book reviews, fascinating discussion posts and shares his own personal writing journey as well. I really enjoy everything that he posts.


The Rules

  • Display the award logo
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you
  • Nominate some bloggers
  • Ask them seven questions

Stephen’s questions:

Is there a book/series that you have reread and developed a completely different opinion on it since the first time you read it?

Yes, the Harry Potter series. I remember reading the first few books as a child and wondering what all the fuss was about. All my friends were raving about them and yet I thought they were just alright. When I reread them as an adult I couldn’t believe that as a child my reaction was so lukewarm. I love them now and I find Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in particular to be a great book to reread to get me out of a reading slump.

Is there a particular time of day when you like to read, or you read more often?

I will happily read at any time, but I do most of my reading just before bed…there’s been plenty of nights where I have stayed up far too late because ‘just one more chapter’ has turned into four or five!

Are there any characters that you don’t like, but everyone seems to love?

At the risk of sounding completely boring, I actually don’t have an answer for this one. I tend to agree with the masses on book characters and whether I love or hate them.

Which book do you recommend to just about everyone?

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. It’s one of my favourites! For me it’s a book that has everything: pain, danger, hope and love. It’s a book that both children and adults will love and my go-to recommendation for sure. Read more of my gushing here.

Which supporting character do you think should have their own spin-off book/series?

I have two (completely different) and I can’t decide between them so I’ll cheat a bit and put them both down. I pick Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series because he’s one of those love to hate characters isn’t he, and I just think a book of his own would be a fascinating read. My second choice is Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars because he’s such a lovely character; he’s resilient, funny and caring and I would love to know more about him and his life after the book.

Do you have a particular strategy for reviewing books (taking notes, writing the review straight away after finishing the book, a set structure etc)?

I don’t like to take notes when I’m reading, instead I prefer to just read the book and evaluate it completely when I’ve finished. I do have to either write the review or write myself a summary of my thoughts as soon as I finish though because I’m likely to forget things otherwise. As far as structure goes I like to include what I look for when reading reviews so I will always mention characterisation, plot and pacing. I also like to rate each book out of 5.

Can you recommend a book/author that you think is completely underrated?

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. Whilst not strictly underrated (it did win many awards including The Newberry Medal) this one is a controversial book that has been banned or challenged over the years since its publication in 1976. I’ve chosen it because it is a book that I don’t often see being talked about but one which I consider a must read.  It is a depression era tale of racism, with events and lessons that sadly remain relevant to this day. It’s a powerful book, one that left a lasting impact on me and one that I believe to be an extremely useful tool to teach both children and adults some very important lessons. I wrote about it here if you want to read more.

My Questions:

  1. Have you ever read a book through recommendation that you ended up hating? If so, what was it?
  2. What was your favourite book when you were a child?
  3. If you could sit down for a chat with one author who would you choose?
  4. Which destination is number 1 on your travel bucket list?
  5. How is your timekeeping? Are you usually early, late or on time?
  6. If you didn’t need to sleep, what would you use the extra time for?
  7. What is your favourite time of the day, and why?

I Tag:

Caz @ Mental health 360Β°

Florence @ Miscellany Pages

Rebecca @ R. Crunden’s Blog

J J @ Notes by J

And anybody else that has seen this and would like to do it!

There’s no obligation to take part of course but I look forward to reading your answers if you do!

Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

Find me on: Instagram and Pinterest

Until the next time…Jess x

20 thoughts on “The Real Neat Blog Award

  1. I think I am going to get this book next. It’s great when you can tell from a review the person absolutely loves the book. I’m quite excited!

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  2. I enjoyed reading your answers to this. I am definitely going to read Goodnight Mr Tom after reading your review. Think I saw it on TV a long time ago. Your copy looks well loved!

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  3. Thanks for this. Goodnight Mr Tom… Unforgettable – so much pain, and so much healing love.
    On a family holiday, backpacking in Norway, one very sad 11 year old girl lost her tattered copy of Goodnight Mr Tom in Trondheim. Determined to find another, Dad searched the bookshops until he found a copy, in English.

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  4. Thank you so much Jess πŸ™‚ Loved reading your answers, particularly about Harry Potter – do you know I’ve never seen any of the movies or read any of the books? lol

    Roll of Thunder looks interesting πŸ™‚ C x

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    1. You’re welcome 😁 thank you! Wow I’m surprised to hear that, why haven’t you read/watched them? Do you think you will at some point? The first book is my favourite and actually I think the first film is also 😊 Roll of Thunder is fantastic, definitely worth checking out x

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      1. Lol, been watching a bit of Harry Potter with our grandchildren this week. However, you don’t get to concentrate cos the little ones talk all the way through it πŸ™‚ Perhaps I’ll try again next week. x

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  5. Congratulations, Jessica! These are such lovely answers, and I wholeheartedly agree about Draco Malfoy getting his own story out! I remember having a crush on him when I was about 12, haha, and I still think he’s a very complex character!

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  6. Wonderful answers, Jess! And thank you so much for the kind words. 😊 It was interesting to see that you didn’t enjoy Harry Potter so much at first. I don’t take notes while reading either, I usually try to write my review as soon as I can and rely on my memory!

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    1. Thank you and you’re welcome 😊 thanks again for the nomination 😊 I know, with how much I love them now I can’t believe I didn’t first time round. I thought I might be alone in not taking notes whilst reading so I’m glad I’m in good company 😊 I feel it’s too much pressure and makes me think too much rather than just enjoy (or not) the book as I go 😊

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  7. Thank you so much for the tag Jess – it’s much appreciated!!! πŸ₯° I enjoyed reading your answers, especially your ideas for side characters that need a spin-off. Looking forward to taking part! X x x

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