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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

“Pippin looked out from the shelter of Gandalf’s cloak.”

First line in The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

I was nominated for another award! One I’d never heard of this time, The Black Cat Blue Sea Award. I was nominated by Naemi from A Book Owl’s Corner a while ago now, and I finally found the time to answer her 3 questions. I highly recommend her blog if you haven’t checked it out already. Her posts are fun and creative, and my day just gets a little bit better whenever she posts.

The meaning of the Black Cat Blue Sea Award: β€œThis award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

The Rules

  • Anybody nominated can nominate seven (lucky number) other bloggers.
  • Anybody nominated answers three questions.
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  • If any of the questions asked are offending or the nominee simply does not want to answer them, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

If you had to write a bucket list, which three things would be right at the top?

I’m not good with bucket lists because I feel like I’m putting more pressure on myself, and I honestly have enough. But for the sake of this question, I’ve come up with a few things that, if I were to have a bucket list, would be at the top (not necessarily in this order).

  1. Move to a house with an extra room so I could have an entire room to fill with books. My own personal little library that I could make really cozy with a reading nook and decorate with all kinds of book merch to show off my weirdness. I imagine non-readers will be super jealous when they see it, but they are probably more likely to wonder what’s wrong with me.
  2. I love football, and I have a lot of games I would love to experience live one day. The unachievable ones such as a World Cup Final, Champions League Final and so on, but also my favorite teams playing against some of their biggest rivals. I’ve already crossed some of these off my list, but I can always find more. I went to see Arsenal against Manchester City a few years back, and that was truly epic. Nevertheless, I can’t tell you how much I would sacrifice to be able to see Arsenal against Tottenham. It will happen one day.
  3. I can’t think of a third. I don’t have goals in life.

What is/was your favorite subject in school and why?

Well, it changed a lot over the years, and there was never a subject I really loved. I was the kind of person who was very good in school but I hated being there. In Denmark, we have this thing where you get two grades in a subject, and one of them is purely based on how much you participate/say in class. For someone with social anxiety, I was sure that was invented just to torture me. A lot of the time, the teachers would just pick me to answer a question randomly to force me to say something, so my favorite subject was always based on which teacher would leave me alone and give me a good grade anyway. But to answer the question properly, I’ll give some subjects.

When I was younger, I believe I liked math because it was so logical. It was easier for me to say something in class because I knew there was a definite correct answer to each question.
Later on, I started liking English a lot, which is funny because I hated that subject with a passion when we started learning it. Like, I was actually dreading those periods, but that changed when I learned more of the language and started reading books in English. Then I couldn’t get enough of it.

I also want to mention a subject I had for one year in high school. It doesn’t translate well to English but my best attempt is ‘ancient knowledge’. Half of that year was spent reading excerpts from The Odyssey, and I freaking loved it. It was the kind of subject that if you’d read all of the Percy Jackson books, you would just cruise through it. Of course, I was the only one in my class to have done so, so the rest of my classmates hated that subject. I couldn’t relate.

…This was a very long and deep answer to a very simple question.

If you could trade lives with a fictional character, would you do it? And if you had to, whom would you chose?

First part of the question: would I trade lives with a fictional character? No. Absolutely not. Never. I mean, I read fantasy, and those characters have sooo many problems. I don’t want that. Maybe at the end of the book when all the conflicts have been resolved, but then the author comes up with a continuation with more problems, and it just never ends.

But since you’re forcing me to choose in this hypothetical scenario, here we go. My unofficial answer is Syl from the Stormlight Archive only so that I could be around Kaladin all the time. However, Roshar is a pretty brutal world, so I don’t think even Kaladin would be worth that life-trade (I’m sorry!).

It was very hard to pick a character, but I ended up going with a character from The Greenhollow Duology by Emily Tesh called Mrs. Silver. I already aspire to one day gain her no-bullshit-attitude, so this would be a short-cut. She is also from a more fairytale-esque world and not a brutal, epic fantasy where I would be dead within 5 minutes.

Those were fun questions, so thanks again to Naemi for tagging me. Here are the people I’m tagging:

Please, don’t feel forced to do this, if you don’t want to or these awards aren’t your thing. I just really like your blog.

My Questions

  1. What are your top 3 TV shows? If you don’t watch any, feel free to make a top 3 of whatever you want.
  2. What is your favorite book of 2020?
  3. When shopping for Christmas presents (or any kind of present), are you a last-minute kind of person or a “I took care of that 2 months ago”-person?

That was it for this post. Please go check out some of the blogs tagged because I highly recommend them. Happy reading!

12 thoughts on “The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

  1. Thanks for participating, this was so fun to read! I relate so much to your answer to the second question πŸ˜… We also had a two-part grading system in school, where your oral grade was based on participation πŸ™„ Technically, teachers weren’t actually allowed to factor in how much you participated but were only supposed to grade the quality of your contributions, but practically, some teachers chose to ignore that and very much preferred quantity over quality… πŸ˜… Those classes were always the worst!

    Also, I think your library sounds amazing 😍 Forget about the non-readers – I’d be even more jealous!

    Finally, Mrs. Silver is a very bad-ass choice – I’m intimidated just by the thought of being her. And I suppose I really do have to start reading the Stormlight Archive so I can see what all this Kaladin fuss is about…

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    1. Omg my teachers preferred quantity over quality too! Like, as long as you weren’t outright wrong every time, you could just say whatever and get a good grade. I always hoped they would at least glance at my written assignments when giving the oral grade because they proved that I deserved a higher grade. But well, I was doomed from the start with that system, but it’s good to know I’m not alone 😊

      I’m intimidated by being every character I thought of for this question πŸ˜‚ But by being Mrs. Silver I get to be the one to order people around instead of people doing that to me.

      And yes, you have to read Stormlight and I’m sure you’re going to love Kaladin! You know we’re going to have issues if you don’t πŸ˜‰ No pressure, of course.

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      1. Exactly! It was so annoying! Especially since I think grading like that gives a very wrong impression. Later in life, when you might be working at some essential company, it’ll be way more important that what you do is correct and that you can briefly explain it than you just saying a ton of stuff with no substance to it. Just imagine an architect doing that – I would never trust someone who talked a lot but didn’t give me any concrete facts to build me a house that won’t collapse or something πŸ˜…

        And I guess I’ll just have to do my best to like Kaladin then 😁 But since both you and Brandon Sanderson seem to have pretty good fantasy tastes, I’m very hopeful we won’t have any issues πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

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      2. That’s such a good point! And it explains so much πŸ˜‚ I feel like I meet so many people who love talking without really saying anything. Well, when we cultivate that behaviour for 13 years, it’s not that odd.

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  2. The idea of being a spren is interesting, though I can’t say I’d choose it to hang around Kaladin–he’s honestly pretty depressing (disclaimer: I’ve only been able to read the first book due to a 16 week wait time at the library). On the other hand, hanging out with… for spoilers sake, a person like Kaladin, definitely has its practical advantages. If I was to pick a Stormlight character to be, it would probably be Dalinar. He has lots of pressure to not slip up, but he’s by far the best character.

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    1. I have a tendency to love the depressing characters, but I can see how that doesn’t appeal to everyone. I hadn’t thought about those practical advantages, but you’re right. He’s the one to be around.
      I personally find Dalinar a bit boring, although there are definite advantages to being him in terms of power.


  3. Congrats on the nomination! I really enjoyed reading your answers!

    A room full of books is the dream! I can’t imagine anyone not being jealous of your own personal library, reader or not. I also love going to football games. The thrill of hearing the Champions League anthem in a packed stadium is unparalleled!! As unrealistic as it might be, I’d love to go to a World Cup final, it’s the ultimate celebration of the sport. I laughed at “I have no goals in life”, but it’s also extremely relatable.

    I used to like and understand math up until the first year of high school when a new teacher came and sucked all enjoyment out of the course. He just ruined everyone’s connection with the subject. Ancient Knowledge sounds like the kind of subject I would enjoy the most. Though, I would totally fail at school with that two-part grading system. I never participated in class willingly πŸ™ˆ.

    Fantasy worlds are so fun to read about, but living in them is a no from me too. There’s no chance of me surviving in any exciting fantasy universe.

    Thank you so much for nominating me! I’m excited to answer your questions!

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    1. I would love to attend a Champions League game just to hear the anthem! It doesn’t get more epic than that. And happy that my ‘no goals’ could make you laugh πŸ˜‚

      The teacher is so important when it comes to liking or hating a subject, and that one sounds downright awful. It is kind of sad. And I envy you the option of never participating in class so much! That grading system stops for us when we reach university-level, and I cannot tell you what a relief that was. I didn’t say a single thing in any of my university classes πŸ˜…

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