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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award #2

“Dragons,” said Mollander.

First line in A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

It’s another award post! I needed a bit of an easy one this week and remembered that Nefeli from Biblionebula had nominated me for my second Black Cat Blue Sea Award a little while ago now.

What is The Black Cat Blue Sea Award?

“This 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.

Nefeli’s Questions

If you had to listen to only one song for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

THIS IS A MEAN QUESTION, NEFELI!

I love music, and I listen to some type of music almost every day. However, even I can get tired of listening to the same song over and over again, no matter how much I like it. So I’m picking a song I have a strong emotional attachment to. It is First Like by the Danish artist Christopher. The title is English but the rest of the song is in Danish, unfortunately, so I will tell you a little about it instead.
It’s a song that he wrote on a Danish talk-show where he had to make the lyrics out of fans’ comments on some of his music videos on YouTube, I believe. That means that we have lyrics such as “OMG you’re too hot” and “If you die then I will die”. It’s all a joke, and it’s so hilarious!
Now the thing is that I’ve attended a lot of his concerts, and First Like has become something of a fan-favorite. It’s now primarily a song that the audience sings, which means I have so many memories of just screaming out these ridiculous lyrics at the top of my lungs alongside my best friend and a few thousand other crazy fans. That is what I think about every time I hear this song, so that is the one song I choose to listen to for the rest of my life.

You’re having five literary figures (real or fictional, or both) over for dinner. Who are they and what are you serving?

This is such an unrealistic scenario for me that I have a hard time picturing it 😅 You see, I don’t cook (especially not for other people), and therefore don’t exactly have people over for dinner. And then those people need to be five literary characters? Well, let me think.

If it wasn’t clear what I’m serving it is obviously take-away pizza. I do have a really good pizza-place, though, so they shouldn’t complain.

The five characters:

  1. Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter) – My favorite childhood character needs to be there of course. She’s also quite talkative and will keep the conversation going.
  2. Magnus Bane (The Mortal Instruments) – You can’t have a dinner party without Magnus Bane. With him there you’re guaranteed entertainment.
  3. Arya Stark ( A Song of Ice and Fire) – Look, I get that Arya would probably rather kill me than attend my dinner party, but I really think her and Ginny could bond. Maybe she’d also be willing to teach me some tricks on how to be no one, although hopefully less violently than in the books.
  4. Thaniel (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street) – I have no reason for this other than he’s a genuinely nice person. Okay, maybe it’s because I hope he brings Katsu, but I still really love Thaniel.
  5. Vasya (Winternight Trilogy) – Of course I also need my all-time favorite character. I think she’ll have some great stories to tell, and she can also let me know if there are strange invisible creatures living in my apartment.

Will all of these characters kill each other when put in the same room? Well, I would say the possibility is there, but doesn’t that only make it all a little exciting? I think this would be a great dinner party.

What’s your go-to activity when you want to lift your spirits?

Listening to the song from above? It definitely always puts a smile on my face, and music is generally what I turn to to feel better. If I’m really down, I’ll often bake some kind of cake, and while doing that I’ll be listening to some upbeat, happy music and dance around in the kitchen. Yes, I spill stuff everywhere so cake-baking and dance is often followed by cleaning and dance. Less fun, but then I have cake.


I posted my first The Black Cat Blue Sea Award not so long ago where I tagged a bunch of people, so I’m skipping that part this time. This week has also been kind of hellish at work, so I’m too tired to think of some creative and fun questions for you to answer. I would love to know your answers to Nefeli’s questions, though. And please go check out her blog if you haven’t already! She writes some killer blog posts over there. Happy reading, guys.

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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: “This 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!