Happy Saturday, everyone!
It’s been a long time coming, but here it finally is! The biggest collab I have ever attempted!! With whom, you may ask? Well, that’s for you to find out…
Several weeks ago, in celebration of A Book Owl’s Corner hitting 600 followers, I asked you guys to send me some questions for a big celebratory Q&A, and you really delivered! As did my super-secret collaborators, who provided me with plenty of material to throw you off course… Thanks to their heinous fake responses and some additional help I enlisted to make things even more difficult for you, each question now has three responses: My real answer and two duds, written either by a loyal blogger friend or ChatGPT, which was also immediately down to play along:
As a result, you now get this monstrosity of a quiz post that will hopefully make up for what I’m pretty sure is going to be a hiatus-heavy May and June. Between yet another teaching evaluation, tons of exams, a beta-read, and this additional field-trip training course I’m being forced to take during my Pentecost break – you know, so I can actually go on trips with hundreds of kids and hopefully have none of them die in the process – these next few weeks are looking positively horrific in terms of workload, so I figured I might as well give you plenty to puzzle over while I’m gone.
How will this work? Well, it’s easy. All you have to do is guess which answers I wrote, who wrote the fakes, and tell me in the comments within the next month! Whoever has the most correct guesses will, of course, win loads of extremely prestigious blogospheric honor and, should they so desire, get to write a collab post with me on their blog on a topic of their choice!
(And, since each question has three answers, even my secret collaborators get to participate! After all, they’ve still got to correctly identify who wrote the other two answers. Although they obviously shouldn’t guess their own answer correctly because then people will know they wrote it. Duh. So if they want to join in, they should just come up with some other person who wrote their response and I’ll still count it as correct. After all, collaboration has to be rewarded!)
So, anyway, let’s get into this! Get a notebook and pen ready, because this is gonna be a long one!
Line @ First Line Reader asked:
1. How did your obsession with owls start? I want the origin story!
This is going to be the most boring answer of all time, but I don’t actually think there was a specific reason? It simply took me until the ripe old age of six to realize just how cool owls were. Like, many of them are nocturnal! They can fly in almost complete silence because their feathers have these special fringed edges! They can turn their heads up to 270° without snapping their necks! They have excellent hearing! And they yarp up their food in the form of pellets to get rid of the waste! Which six-year-old wouldn’t be so fascinated by that that she’d abandon her previous favorite animals – a tie between turtles and snails – in favor of owls? Especially when her owl-love was further validated by encountering Harry Potter a few months later and learning that the Greek goddess of wisdom was an owl fanatic, too?
That’s a very old story that we don’t really talk about around here anymore (FOR OBVIOUS REASONS…) but back in the days when I was a wee child who climbed up trees in her free time because books were still a thing of the future, the owls saved me when I fell off one day. And then we became friends. AND THE REST IS HISTORY.
It was a very wintry night, and i was just sitting back in my balcony. My grandma, who I love most dearly, was talking about how much taller I had gotten since the last time i visited her. *starts reminiscing lovely days* but that’s besides the point. So what i was saying, so i was sitting back and i happened to look up at the tree next to her house, and 6-year-old me had this irresistible desire to climb it, yes, at night.
So i sneaked out of the house and…
Let’s just say I didn’t manage to climb up, not since some stupid owl pooped on my head 🙂.
And to be honest, I was immensely horrified and cried a lot 😭. But for some reason, my disgust for those animals also turned into some kind of fascination and i decided I was attached to them once and for all.
2. Do you have any advice on how to pick good books for buddy reads?
When it comes to selecting books for buddy reads, it’s essential to communicate openly with your reading partner. Discuss your reading goals, preferred genres, and themes you’d like to explore. Take turns recommending books to each other, ensuring that both of you have an equal say in the selection process. You can also look for books that have discussion guides or questions available online to facilitate meaningful conversations during your buddy read. Remember, the key is to find books that ignite curiosity and provide an enjoyable reading experience for both of you!
No, I obviously do not. Do you really think I would’ve read The Silmarillion and that stupid Jorge Bucay novel for my book club or suffered through Elantris, The Atlas Six, Warbreaker, and The Atlas Paradox with you if I did?? I HAVEN’T FIGURED OUT THE ART OF FINDING GOOD BUDDY READING BOOKS, EITHER, UNFORTUNATELY! 😭 I guess maybe a good idea would be not to plan the buddy reads at all and just read something together spontaneously? I’ve had way better experiences with that and even discovered To Paradise, one of my favorite books of 2022, in this manner.
However, I would like to add that, if you have a great reading buddy, you can have lots of fun with any book, no matter how terrible it is. You can always count “sules” and “kolos” together or rant about authors not knowing the true meaning of the word “carnage”!
Pick books in genres that you annotate a lot or generally have lots of thoughts about, so that you have something to discuss often. Buddy reads are great for both good and bad books so don’t worry about picking the best books to read, pick books that give you topics to bond over.
Sophie @ Me & Ink asked:
3. Has anyone ever made you feel that reading fantasy is a “lesser genre” (e.g. for children/not academic)?
Having studied literature at university, which is unfortunately infested with its fair share of genre snobs, I’ll have to answer this one with a clear “yes”. It usually doesn’t bother me much – I’m very secure in my love for fantasy, especially since I feel like those who frown upon it often haven’t even read a single fantasy book themselves – but there have been a handful of cases where I succumbed to the pressure and did my favorite genre dirty.
For example, during my semester abroad, the professor of my Utopian Fiction class asked everyone to name their favorite book while introducing themselves, and I may or may not have been so intimidated by everyone naming all these classics that I listed Kafka’s works alongside Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix… Don’t get me wrong – I love Kafka! But his stuff is definitely not among my all-time favorites, and the only reason I said so was because I couldn’t handle the judgy stares I got for giving the generic Harry Potter answer 🙈
Additionally, I suppose I should also confess to the great sin of having lied in one of my scholarship interviews by changing the last book I read to some literary fiction novel. I just didn’t think mentioning a YA fantasy installment – I think it might’ve been Snow Like Ashes? – would go over well with the wrinkly old German teacher who was interviewing me, okay? It was self-protection!
Mostly, though, I have gotten through life very well despite being an ardent fantasy defender. Whenever people sneered at me because of it, it usually didn’t take long for me to utterly destroy them by also having a much broader knowledge of the classics and literary fiction they claimed to exclusively read 😇
(Let’s just say reading widely pays off sometimes. Although I still stand by the fact that fantasy is by far the best genre!)
Fortunately, I’ve been fortunate enough to surround myself with supportive and open-minded individuals who understand and appreciate the value of reading fantasy. However, I have encountered some misconceptions about the genre from time to time. Some people may dismiss fantasy as mere escapism or deem it less intellectually stimulating compared to other genres. In such situations, I take the opportunity to educate and enlighten them about the depth and complexity of fantasy literature, emphasizing its ability to explore profound themes, tackle social issues, and ignite imagination.
Not in a way that greatly affected me. My parents have always encouraged me and my siblings to read from a young age so books were always available in our house and that included fantasy novels. It even created some heated arguments about who got to read a new book first because my parents were just as eager to read the latest Harry Potter book as I was.
Growing up with such a healthy outlook on the genre probably helped me to not really care what other people think about the books I read. We all like reading different things and I suspect people who say fantasy is “for children” haven’t actually read all that much fantasy. Like, I wouldn’t recommend something like The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson to children or people who in general are looking for an “easy, not academic” read.
4. Pick three book villains to come to your dinner party.
Ayt Mada, Dunyasha (the assassin who fights Inej in Crooked Kingdom), and Luke Castellan!
For a truly intriguing and unpredictable dinner party, I would invite three captivating book villains. Firstly, I would extend an invitation to the charismatic and enigmatic Hannibal Lecter from Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs. His sharp intellect and dark charm would undoubtedly create an atmosphere filled with intense curiosity. Secondly, I would welcome the complex and morally ambiguous character of Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. While not traditionally seen as a villain, his intricate web of deception and obsession would make for fascinating dinner conversations. Lastly, I would invite the calculating and mysterious Professor Moriarty from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. His brilliance and deviousness would keep everyone guessing throughout the evening.
Alright, this is easy. I choose Coriolanus Snow, Dolores Umbridge, and Frankenstein’s monster.
Why? Well, if reading The Hunger Games has taught me anything, it’s that President Snow has excellent taste in food and the monetary means to acquire it! I’m more than willing to put up with his company for a few hours if it means I get to gorge myself on stuffed birds and lamb stew, especially since I’ll also have Umbridge along. There’s no way she isn’t going to try and suck up to someone as important as the President of Panem, even if he is a Muggle. He has the power to secure Umbridge a position as gamemaker, which she can then use to effectively torture loads of kids! There’s no way Dolores is saying “no” to that. Which means I’ll have plenty of time to eat and talk to Frankenstein’s monster, which is totally misclassified as a villain. It’s so misunderstood! I’m sure we would instantly become soulmates if we got the opportunity to hide in some back room and stuff ourselves with delicacies while Coriolanus and Umbridge discussed the fine art of torture and forgot all about us.
Pauline @ Pow’s Book Nook asked:
5. Do you ever feel the pressure to read more to have things to review and if so, how do you deal with that?
As a blogger and reviewer, it’s natural to feel the pressure to read more to have a steady stream of content to review. However, I believe it’s important to prioritize quality over quantity. Instead of succumbing to the pressure, I focus on maintaining a healthy reading pace that allows me to fully immerse myself in the books I choose. By setting realistic reading goals and embracing a diverse range of genres and authors, I ensure that my reviews are genuine and well-informed. Remember, reading should be a pleasure, not a burden!
Quite the opposite, actually! Although I love having my book reviews to look back on, I often find it pretty tedious having to write them. It’s actually not that uncommon for me to have a thought along the lines of, “Ugh, if I read another book this month, I’m going to have to review that in my wrap-up, too”… Sure, it does annoy me a little to see how behind I’ve been on my reading challenges lately or when my featured images look ugly because I don’t have enough covers to feature in the background of my wrap-ups, but not enough to make me sacrifice even more sleep to get more reading time in. Although it doesn’t happen often, I have had months in which I’ve read absolutely nothing at all, and that’s okay, too! Reading is my way of relaxing, so I’m not going to let it become a chore!
To put it simply, no… or not anymore. Nowadays, most of my content doesn’t rely on reviews. However, when I started my blog, it felt necessary to always talk about different books. My advice is to remove the cause; either go cold turkey on blogging or focus on other content (e.g. discussions, tags, collabs, lists), so you don’t need to have books to review. Then you can “re-code” your reading to do it purely for enjoyment and write reviews when it suits you. There may be better ways to deal with the pressure, but this is the method that worked for me.
6. What’s your favourite reading snack?
It really depends on what I’m in the mood for! Sometimes, chocolate or gummy bears. Sometimes, fruit. Sometimes, if I have them on hand, samosas. Basically, I love eating while reading and don’t really mind what you offer me!
I love to just eat bananas, or some cheese. The bananas are preferred though, if I drop them on the books they make less of a mess.
Oh, I absolutely love having a delicious and satisfying reading snack to accompany my bookish adventures! When it comes to my favorite reading snack, I have to go with a classic combination: a big bowl of popcorn and a refreshing beverage. There’s something so satisfying about munching on those light and crunchy kernels while diving into the pages of a captivating story. I enjoy experimenting with different popcorn flavors, whether it’s the classic buttery goodness, a cheesy twist, or even a touch of sweet caramel. And to quench my thirst, I usually have a chilled glass of iced tea or a cozy mug of hot chocolate, depending on the weather. So, if you ever spot me engrossed in a book, chances are there’s a bowl of popcorn nearby, fueling my reading journey!
Jan @ Inkspun Tales asked:
7. your favourite trashy book/movie/series that are so bad they’re good?
Oh, you’ve hit upon one of my guilty pleasures! When it comes to trashy books, movies, or series that are so bad they’re good, I have to confess that I have a weakness for over-the-top, cheesy romantic comedies. You know the ones I’m talking about—the predictable plotlines, the exaggerated characters, and the cringe-worthy dialogue. Yet, there’s something oddly charming and entertaining about them. They provide a delightful escape from reality, allowing me to switch off my brain and simply enjoy the guilty pleasure of it all. So, if you catch me curled up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn, chances are I’m indulging in a delightfully trashy rom-com that’s sure to make me laugh and roll my eyes in equal measure.
I am a fan of the trash genre. Call me a raccoon. However, I like to romanticise the trash and call it something else, meaning I find this question hard to answer. *thinking pause* I will go with the All For The Game series by Nora Sakavic. Trash because parts are poorly edited (I was asking who. I was asking what.), and the plot runs like a telenovela most of the time. But I was impressed by the characters’ journeys. It was attentive enough to emotions to draw me in (aka it broke my heart multiple times). Kevin, in particular, was a star character; angry, scared and passionate. Just what I look for in fictional characters… apparently.
Oh boy – you’ve definitely asked the right question here! I LOVE TRASHY STUFF!! 🤩 When I’m feeling really overwhelmed with life or super busy, there’s nothing better than mindless fluff and eye-rolling to cheer you up, so here goes…
Books: I don’t actually reach for trashy novels very often because when I’m in the mood for trash, my brain is usually also too tired to read new things and turns to Netflix instead. But when I do want a bit of fluff and smut, my go-to authors are probably Emily Henry and Christina Lauren. I feel like their books manage to be trashy while still having plenty of substance, which is precisely what I look for in a romance novel!
Movies: You can basically insert any Hallmark/Netflix Christmas movie ever made here. My youngest brother and I have a tradition of watching these together at the beginning of Advent, to pave the way for true classics closer to Christmas. Trust me, I’ve seen them all!! However, summer variations on the stereotypical Christmas romcom plot are excellent, too. There are the “workaholic city girl discovers smalltown life” movies like Falling Inn Love, the completely terrible dating romcoms like Set It Up, the horribly stereotypical American high school dramas like Clueless and The Kissing Booth, or the entire Barbie franchise (Barbie as Rapunzel is the best one). I recommend them all, especially if you have snacks and siblings to watch them with!
Series: Embarrassing confession: I am totally addicted to Netflix’s The Circle, which is this reality TV show/popularity contest about people getting to know each other solely through a social media platform, without having a clue if everyone is really who they say they are. It’s simultaneously the dumbest and most ingenious show ever, so if you want trash, go right ahead! Also: Bridgerton. I highly recommend that one if you want to practice your Russian, because once you’ve got the courtship and marriage vocabulary down, it’s super easy to understand!
8. what shakespeare character are you most like?
Ummm… I don’t really know? Which I guess makes me as indecisive as Hamlet, so maybe him. I also really admire Portia (The Merchant of Venice), Viola (Twelfth Night), and Beatrice and Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing) for their cleverness and resourcefulness, but I’m afraid my own intelligence can’t quite compete and that I’m nowhere near as extroverted. I’m much more likely to make a bumbling fool of myself like Malvolio (Twelfth Night) and Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), put my trust in people who end up turning on me like Brutus (Julius Caesar), or ruin my life by thinking no one around me could possibly like me like Othello does, honestly. And I deeply relate to how poetic evil Richard (Richard III and the Henries) is, although I really hope we’re not that similar in character otherwise!
Ah, the world of Shakespeare! It’s a realm filled with vibrant characters and timeless stories. If I had to choose a Shakespeare character I resonate with the most, I would say it’s probably Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing. Like Beatrice, I tend to be quick-witted, enjoy playful banter, and value intelligence and cleverness in others. I appreciate her sharp tongue and ability to hold her own in any verbal duel. However, beneath her strong exterior, Beatrice also possesses a compassionate heart, which is a quality I strive to emulate. So, if you ever catch me engaging in a lively conversation and sprinkling in a touch of sarcasm, you’ll see shades of Beatrice shining through!
Well, to start, I will say that I don’t like many Shakespeare characters. They all seem to make the dumbest decisions. Like falling in love after one look and then suicide just because you don’t bother to wait and see if your “true love” is just asleep, or dead. Or wait, I don’t know, how about finding out what happened before stabbing yourself??? I would say I’m most like Lady Macbeth, I can be very determined if books are on the line. Plus, if the authors make any unseen changes to my beloved characters, I might be seen wandering the halls muttering “out damned book!”, in an attempt to forget the horrors I just read.
Corrie @ Miraculus Homeschool asked:
9. What is the last book that you read that was so boring that you barely got through it?
Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo. To be fair, me struggling to get through it might also have had something to do with its countless glowing appendage references and the fact that it was simply awful in general, but since it was also really, really boring, we’re counting it!
Oh, we’ve all encountered those books that, unfortunately, didn’t quite capture our interest. The last book that I read, which was quite a struggle to get through, was The Enigma of the Elms by Author X. Despite my initial excitement and high expectations, I found the pacing to be painfully slow, the characters lacking depth, and the plot meandering without a clear direction. It felt like an uphill battle to finish the book, and I had to muster all my determination to reach the end. However, it’s important to note that reading experiences can be subjective, and what may not have resonated with me might be enjoyed by others.
Death Of A Dentist by M. C. Beaton. A book I was gifted by my grandma (if she asked, I loved it) and, truth be told, not my cup of tea. Nonetheless, I was determined to finish it and earn those star granddaughter points, but it was very much a story I pushed through. We followed one man investigating the local village for the murder of said dentist. I literally can’t jazz it up any more than that. There was no grit or flashy suspense. It was as least easy enough that I got through it quickly. Probably perfect for Midsomer Murders fans (aka my grandma).
10. Have you DNFed any books lately?
Oh, absolutely! I’ve definitely DNFed (Did Not Finish) a few books lately. Life’s too short to force yourself through a book that simply doesn’t grab your attention, right? One recent example is The Midnight Prophecy by Author Y. I had high hopes for this one, but right from the start, the story failed to engage me. The characters felt flat, the pacing was sluggish, and the plot just didn’t hook me in. After struggling through a few chapters, I decided to throw in the towel and move on to greener literary pastures. Sometimes, it’s better to let go of a book and find something that truly captivates your imagination.
Nope. No matter how awful a book is, I will push through! Like, it might get better eventually, right? And after already investing a ton of time, I can’t just stop before the story ends! I NEED TO KNOW ALL THE THINGS!!! Which might be why, in my entire reading life, there are only two books I can ever recall DNFing: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, which I had to return to the library before I finished reading it during my horrendous exam period of 2020, and This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, which I read about 70 pages of in a bookstore but didn’t get the hype for AT ALL. However, the fact that I left those books unfinished still irks me to this day, so I definitely plan to get back to them!
NOPE. I don’t usually ever DNF books even if they perhaps aren’t the best things in existence. Mostly because I like to be hopeful that 1) they’ll either eventually get better or 2) at least I’ll have material for a rant review and an increase in my goodreads goal! (Well… except that time I DID end up DNF-ing Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield but that was an accident BELIEVE ME)
11. Do you write blog posts from multiple devices? What is your favorite to use?
I mostly write from my laptop. During a slump, while trying to get out of it, I wrote from my iPad and it’s also helpful during vacations. Laptop is the best, though. The keyboard clacking sound is rhythmic and helps send me into the zone when I’m not in the mood for music haha.
Not really. I pretty much exclusively write from my laptop, although once in a blue moon, I might use my phone to fix a typo while proofreading… But that’s a pretty rare occurrence! It’s my laptop all the way, unless we’re talking about comments. I always use my phone for those because, like, I need extensive emoji access, okay? 😁
Oh, you bet! I’m all about convenience and flexibility when it comes to writing my blog posts. I definitely write from multiple devices, depending on my mood and location.
My favorite device to use, hands down, is my trusty laptop. There’s just something about the spacious keyboard and the larger screen that makes the writing process flow smoothly for me. I can type away with ease, organize my thoughts, and make edits without any squinting or thumb cramps.
However, I must admit that when inspiration strikes and I’m on the go, my smartphone becomes a reliable companion. It’s perfect for jotting down ideas, making quick notes, or even drafting a short post in a pinch.
So, whether I’m hunkered down at my desk with my laptop or tapping away on my phone during a spontaneous burst of creativity, I find joy in writing my blog posts across multiple devices.
12. How do you feel about 600 follows? Did you ever think you would get that many?
Oh, hitting 600 follows is an incredible milestone, and it’s definitely a reason to celebrate! When I first started my blogging journey, I couldn’t have even imagined reaching such a number. It’s a testament to the support and engagement of my readers, and I’m truly grateful for each and every one of them. Every like, comment, and follow means the world to me, and it motivates me to keep creating content that resonates with my audience. While I may have had hopes and aspirations for my blog’s growth, surpassing the 600-follow mark is beyond what I initially envisioned. It’s a humbling and exhilarating feeling to see the community around my blog grow, and I can’t wait to continue sharing my thoughts, experiences, and passions with all my amazing followers.
Overwhelmed and incredibly grateful! 💙 I’m absolutely baffled that so many of you actually seem to enjoy my weird rambling thoughts and even respond to them, and, no, I most definitely did not expect this! To be honest, I figured that making my blog public probably wouldn’t even make much of a difference because why would anyone read posts from a blog with no following that they had never even heard of before??? It’s still a mystery to me, but I’m so happy I get to share this little corner of the internet with each and every one of you!
Gosh, let me tell you, having 600 followers is both exhilarating and nerve-wracking! It’s like riding a roller coaster of emotions every time I see that number tick up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the support and love from my followers, but sometimes it feels like I’m in the spotlight, with all eyes on me. The pressure to constantly deliver captivating content and engage with everyone can be overwhelming. It’s like my brain goes into overdrive, and I find myself second-guessing every post and worrying if it’s good enough. It’s a real rollercoaster ride for my mental health, let me tell you! But hey, I’m learning to take it one day at a time, reminding myself that it’s okay to step back and take breaks when needed. Deep breaths, right? And chocolate. Lots of chocolate to keep me sane through this wild blogging journey!
Bonus: How many blogs do you follow?
Surprise! I thought it would be boring to only give you three answers for this one, so here’s a bit of variety! Bonus question means bonus fun, right?
Let me think? Do I even know? *checks* 347. And counting.
Hmm that’s a very nosy question 😒 but because I am kind, I shall tell. A total of maybe 212 blogs. Although that’s only counting the wordpress sites. There’s a couple more email-followed ones but I am unsure of the vast numbers… THERE’S JUST SO MANY OF YOU GUYS, OKAY.
somewhere around, oh, three thousand four hundred and ninety five point five…
Point five because there’s that one person I follow one day and unfollow the other day and keep doing that everyday because I’m just that bored with life.
I’ve been using Feedly as my main blog feed to follow blogs and that says… 81 blogs! Whew. Although I do follow a few more through WordPress reader (ones that I don’t keep up with diligently) and that has probably another 15 (that are currently active and not duplicated on Feedly). I never counted the actual number so now I know why I feel overwhelmed with keeping up with blogs even if I take a week off, haha.
142. I might not be reading all of them regularly, though… **sweats nervously**
Sumedha @ The Wordy Habitat asked:
13. what is your favourite type of content to write and read? are they the same?
They’re pretty similar, yes. Basically, the weirder a post is, the more likely I am to read it or love writing it! I adore encountering creative content that makes me laugh and that is totally different from what I’ve seen around before!
(As long as it’s book-related, that is. That part should be a given.)
However, once I get to know a blogger, I’m also a sucker for life updates of any kind. Give me pictures of your jealousy-inducing vacations, anecdotes about some dog you petted, deeply philosophical essays – I will lap that stuff up! Which, in addition to me wanting those memories to look back on, is also why I try to include a bit of the more personal stuff in my own wrap-ups. I don’t enjoy writing those posts as much as, say, guides to designing bestselling book covers or recommendations based on weird Duolingo sentences, but I do really like having them on here.
I also enjoy stumbling across tags from time to time, especially if they feature unpopular opinions (😇), and really, really long in-depth book reviews OF BOOKS I HAVE READ. That’s an important distinction there, guys. If I haven’t read a book yet, I am staying well clear! I love going into stories blind, so why should I expose myself to possible spoilers, huh? The only exceptions I will make on this are mini-reviews in wrap-ups or reviews of books I already know I’m not going to like and might as well get the tea on. You know, like Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m not reading that myself, but watching hour long reaction vlogs on YouTube of people complaining about Anastasia Steele’s inner goddess? I’m totally down for that!!
Oh, when it comes to writing and reading, my favorite type of content aligns quite closely. I find myself most drawn to thought-provoking and informative pieces, such as opinion articles, personal essays, and in-depth analyses. I enjoy delving into complex topics, exploring different perspectives, and engaging in meaningful discussions through my writing. It’s immensely satisfying to share my thoughts, insights, and experiences in a way that resonates with readers and sparks conversation.
When it comes to reading, I have a similar preference. I love immersing myself in well-crafted articles, blog posts, and essays that provide valuable insights, challenge my perspectives, and offer new knowledge or perspectives. I enjoy reading content that expands my understanding of various subjects and prompts me to reflect and question my own beliefs.
So, yes, my favorite type of content to write and read are quite similar. I find fulfillment in crafting thought-provoking pieces that not only entertain but also inform and engage readers in a meaningful way. It’s a rewarding experience to be able to create content that I personally enjoy consuming and that resonates with others as well.
I love to read fun book reviews and posts about everyday life and challenges they face. Also, call me weird, but I like doing monthly wrap-ups and keeping up with what I’ve been doing.
14. is there anything about blogging you wish you had known before you started or found out earlier?
Oh, absolutely! Looking back, there are a few things about blogging that I wish I had known earlier or discovered before I started. One important aspect is the significance of building a supportive and engaged community. I realized the value of connecting with fellow bloggers, engaging with readers, and participating in the larger blogging community. It’s not just about creating content; it’s about fostering relationships, networking, and collaborating with others who share similar passions. Building these connections early on can greatly enhance the blogging experience and open doors to exciting opportunities.
Another aspect I wish I had known earlier is the importance of consistency and planning. Creating a consistent posting schedule and having a well-thought-out content plan can help maintain momentum and keep readers engaged. It took me some time to establish a routine and develop a system for planning and organizing my blog posts effectively. So, understanding the importance of consistency and having a plan in place would have been beneficial from the beginning.
Lastly, I wish I had known more about the technical aspects of blogging, such as search engine optimization (SEO) and website analytics. Learning about these aspects earlier would have helped me optimize my content for better visibility, reach a wider audience, and track the performance of my blog more effectively. It’s an ongoing learning process, but having a foundational understanding of these elements would have given me a head start.
OH maybe the monsters that devour you when your posts end up being too long?? KNOWING ABOUT THAT BEFORE I BEGAN WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE.
Dealing with graphics, maybe? A Book Owl’s Corner was horrendously ugly and pink for so long that it’s truly embarrassing! Even if I still wouldn’t say its current look is stunning, it’s heaps better than what it used to be, so some prior Canva skills definitely wouldn’t have hurt!
Also, I really wish I had known more about EU data regulation and copyright laws before starting out, but since I still live in terror of doing everything wrong and possibly being arrested by the German government because I’m violating a whole bunch of rules I don’t know about, I can’t necessarily say I wish I had found out about those things earlier. I need someone to tell me how they work in general! What disclaimers do I need to put on this site in order to be a law-abiding citizen? Help!
15. what are your go-to books to recommend to people?
I’m sure all of you know that Harry Potter (specifically Order of the Phoenix) and The Winternight Trilogy would be a few of my answers. Plus The Penderwicks, since I constantly want to shove them down people’s throats.
Honestly, I don’t think I really have those kinds of go-to books… My recommendations are very dependent on who’s asking! I tailor them pretty specifically to people’s reading tastes – at least I’d like to think so 😅 – so there isn’t one book I’d push in particular. Although, of course, the books I mention most on this blog are probably my own favorites. So if you’re looking for generic recommendations, those are a good place to start!
When it comes to recommending books, I have a few go-to favorites that I always find myself suggesting. For those who enjoy fantasy, I often recommend Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling or The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. These timeless classics have captured the hearts of readers worldwide and offer immersive and magical worlds to explore.
For those seeking thought-provoking literature, I often suggest To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or 1984 by George Orwell. These books delve into important themes of justice, society, and human nature, sparking deep reflection and meaningful discussions.
When it comes to contemporary fiction, I find myself frequently recommending The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. These emotionally resonant stories offer powerful narratives and unforgettable characters.
Of course, there are many more wonderful books out there, but these are some of my personal favorites that I often find myself recommending.
16. if you had to have a blog NOT based on books, what would you blog about?
If I wasn’t blogging about books, I’d blog about wildlife!
Oh, that’s a fascinating question! If I had to choose a blog topic outside of books, I would likely delve into the realm of travel and exploration. I have always had a deep passion for discovering new places, immersing myself in different cultures, and embarking on adventures. I would love to create a blog where I could share travel experiences, provide destination guides, and offer tips and insights for fellow wanderers.
Through this blog, I would aim to capture the essence of each place I visit, sharing captivating stories, stunning photographs, and practical advice. I would also incorporate elements of cultural exploration, highlighting local traditions, cuisine, and hidden gems. It would be a platform to inspire others to explore the world, broaden their horizons, and create their own unforgettable memories.
I’d love to have a travel blog! 🥰 Exploring new places – and maybe even new languages while I’m at it – is one of my absolute favorite things to do, so this really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The only problem is that, as a travel blogger, I’m pretty sure you need free time to travel to exotic places and money to travel to exotic places, both of which I don’t really have in abundance… So, alas, alas, you’re stuck with books!
17. which book’s world would you love to live in?
OH SO MANY. Because usually everything is better than real life and fantasy worlds are ridiculously fun and live-able. But if someone in the audience were able to magically grant me a wish, I better not waste the opportunity right?? So here’s my top three:
1) HOGWARTS: I mean!! The magic! Living in a castle!! STUDYING MAGIC!! What more could you ask for??
2) CAMP HALF-BLOOD: The idea of a reality where Percy and Annabeth and the dragons exist is just TOO MUCH to give up okay.
3) KETTERDAM: Oooooh danger. Although I probably wouldn’t be enough of an idiot to give away my life for the chance of a potentially deadly heist… But magic!! I’ll still encounter magic!
Anyone dropping me off to any of the three would be highly appreciated and I shall be grateful for the rest of my life. (SO TRANSPORT ME, SOMEONE)
I WANT TO GO TO HOGWARTS, OBVIOUSLY! 🤩 Do I care that I’d be way older than any of the students? Do I care that I am quite possibly a Muggle and might have to step into Filch’s footsteps and scrub corridors or teach Muggle Studies in order to be allowed to stay? Nope, not in the slightest! I just want to live at Hogwarts and be around all the magic! I want to be able to test the library and watch Quidditch matches! I want to go to Hogsmeade and try butterbeer and chocolate frogs. I want to live in a castle and learn more about Arithmancy and Ancient Runes – Like, WTF Harry, how did you end up choosing Divination over two of the most interesting subjects Hogwarts had to offer?? – and explore the Hogwarts grounds. It would be amazing!
However, if we want to make the argument that Hogwarts is technically in our own world but simply unplotable, I also wouldn’t mind living in the Shire. It sounds like such a peaceful place, devoid of worries and with lots of nature, and relaxing in a hobbit hole for second breakfast sounds totally up my alley, too!
Hogwarts, obviously 🤩. Wouldn’t I just love to have a taste of those amazing sweets and do those fascinating spells.
Anoushka @ Dipped in Ink asked:
18. what would you say to someone who hypothetically scoffs when you have a book in your hand and tells you that fiction isn’t ‘useful’ in real life and likes to give detailed speeches on that??
“You must have a very sad life if you really believe that. You have my sincerest condolences, and if you ever need someone to talk to, I’ll be here. Don’t hesitate to reach out!”
To someone who scoffs at the value of fiction and claims it isn’t useful in real life, I would simply say, “While fiction may not provide practical knowledge in a traditional sense, it offers invaluable insights into the human experience. It fosters empathy, expands imagination, and deepens our understanding of the world. Fiction allows us to explore diverse perspectives, grapple with complex emotions, and gain wisdom that can be applied to our own lives. So, don’t underestimate the power of storytelling and the profound impact it can have on personal growth and our connection to others.”
“Did I ask?” since I’m not afraid of being rude. If I’m in the mood to be really rude, I’d say “bold of you to assume I care about your opinion.”
19. what would your complete-newbie-at-blogging self say if she saw your present self AND ALL YOUR SUCCESSES??
Oh, my complete newbie self would probably be in awe and filled with a mix of excitement and curiosity. She might say something like, “Wow, I can’t believe how far you’ve come and all the successes you’ve achieved in the blogging world! It’s incredible to see the growth and impact you’ve made. I’m inspired by your dedication, the engaging community you’ve built, and the opportunities you’ve pursued. I can’t wait to embark on this blogging journey and learn from your experiences. Tell me everything! How did you overcome challenges? What strategies worked best for you? I’m ready to dive in and make my mark too!”
Newbie-Naemi would not understand why so many people would keep coming back to read all her ramblings and to be honest, present-Naemi doesn’t understand it either but she isn’t any less grateful for it! 🤗🥰😇 Seriously, newbie-me would have made this blog public a lot sooner if she had known she would find so many amazing people to talk about books with. However, newbie-me would probably be a bit skeptical at first when presented with “all my success”. Was there bribery involved in getting all these people to follow a blogger who posts inconsistently and who never gets around to doing the tags she was tagged in? Surely someone was paid to do all these amazingly cute owl graphics at least. It would take some convincing to get her to believe that everyone is here of their own free will (I assume. Please tell me if you aren’t) and that I did all the graphics myself, although I didn’t do it until I had procrastinated the task for years.
Complete-newbie-at-blogging-Naemi would be speechless, in utter disbelief about this many people actually caring about what she had to say, and, in light of that overflowing folder of half-finished manuscripts on her desktop, also a bit astounded that she actually managed to keep up with writing (somewhat) regular posts over the span of several years. But, most of all, she’d be bursting with gratitude for the amazing community who decided to adopt her with such enthusiasm and fellow book-nerdiness! 💙🥰💙
And, to be honest, no-longer-quite-a-newbie-at-blogging-Naemi feels the exact same way. Seriously, guys, I’m not completely sure why so many of you have decided to stick with me, but I love having you here! Even if I’m sometimes a little bit absent and take forever to reply to your posts (or, worse, your tags 😅), making this blog public was truly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’d miss you all terribly if I had to give my blog up and value the friendships I’ve made through it more than you could ever know.
20. which books would you throw at people and/or zombies during an unfortunate apocalypse??
So many! I doubt I would survive long in this unfortunate apocalypse but I would still be strategic about the books I throw. Zombies can’t read so I’m thinking size is key when defending myself against those. I’m of course not throwing my favorite books, but Mein Kampf – Eine Kritische Edition would do some serious damage. And to be honest, in an already apocalyptic society, we don’t need anybody getting inspired by Hitler so let’s just get those books destroyed.
Having survived my first encounter with a zombie, it would be nice to survive some more, and luckily, Sarah J. Maas has written so many books that are literal bricks. Maybe throwing her books at zombies will be the thing that finally erases all those weird and unrealistic sexual scenes from my mind. Like, I’d actually feel sorry for the zombies if they had to read that.
Defending myself from people requires a different tactic, I think, because I assume throwing a book at them will result in them catching it and starting to read it. I mean, that’s the normal reaction, right? And then I’d have time to get away. But no good books because they were trying to kill me/steal from me after all. The books I would throw are Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling (a book to ruin Harry Potter for them), Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (they will be reading forever because they constantly lose track of the abnormally long sentences), Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (they will be bored AND cold because of all the snow descriptions) and Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo (maybe reading a book all about an oversized glowstick dick will make them reconsider attacking someone next time).
Whichever ones I had on hand! I mean, if the choice is between being eaten / infected by a zombie virus / subjected to whatever other horrible outcome being caught would have and chucking books, I’m chucking those books no matter what!
However, if I had a bit of time to select the books beforehand, maybe I should pick some that are particularly heavy and would do a lot of damage… Like, my edition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and some of my US college math textbooks – which are vastly inferior to my German ones anyway – are pretty darn heavy, so it should be possible to knock out zombies and particularly treacherous humans with them!
Although I probably shouldn’t be that optimistic, either, because if I can’t throw things for the life of me now, why on Earth would that change during a zombie apocalypse? The chances of me actually hitting a zombie with a heavy tome are way slimmer than me clumsily dropping it onto my own foot and maiming my chances of survival even further, so I guess the smartest course of action would be to simply fling a ton of books I hate at the zombies, in order to buy me a bit more time to reread the ones I love as a final farewell. I’ve gotten rid of most of the atrocities by now, but I do still have copies of Cursed Child, Heart of Darkness, Homo Faber and Hell Bent lying around somewhere. So I guess I’m throwing those!
Ah, the unfortunate apocalypse scenario! If I had to resort to throwing books at people or zombies to defend myself, I would opt for hefty tomes with substantial weight and durability. Here are a few choices that come to mind:
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien: These books are not only epic in storytelling but also quite substantial in size, making them suitable for some serious book-throwing action.
- The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin: With its intricate plotlines and sizable volumes, this series would serve as formidable projectiles to fend off any threats.
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: This hefty collection would provide both literary and physical heft, allowing for effective defense against the undead or any other foes.
Remember, in an apocalypse, every book can serve as both a weapon and a source of comfort, so choose wisely and make every throw count!
Nehal @ Quirky Pages asked:
21. when was the last time you accidentally spilled water on somebody?
Oh, it’s been quite some time since I accidentally spilled water on someone. In fact, I can’t recall a recent incident where such a mishap occurred. Thankfully, I’ve been able to keep my beverages under control and avoid any unintended water-related incidents. However, I must say that accidents do happen, and it’s always important to remain mindful and cautious, especially when handling liquids around others. Let’s hope my streak of keeping water where it belongs continues!
I’m pleased to say that I haven’t spille–
On the contrary, turns out I recently did spill water on somebody. Ahem, it wasn’t exactly what you would call a water-spilling incident, but it definitely did happen. I was talking this student of mine who was having a hard time figuring out a somewhat tricky maths question. And while she was speaking, she just… I don’t think she meant to do it, and i can’t possibly know for sure why she would say such a preposterous thing, but she called me Ms. Neemi 🙃.
And i just had this glass of water in my hand and was almost about to take a sip when I pretty much, not so much as spilled it on her, more like choked on it—
But hey, you can hardly blame me, I mean, I get she was as innocent as a child can be, but when it comes to my name, there have to be some lines that i absolutely won’t allow anybody to cross.
I don’t recall ever having spilled water on other people. On myself, though? Last week, maybe? 😅 I am excellent at forgetting I am holding a glass in my hand, creating tidal waves when I’m rinsing my dishes, or splashing water through the entire bathroom when I’m trying to wash away that last bit of toothpaste. So me dumping water on myself is not that unusual of an occurrence…
22. tell me the name of your secret boyfriend!
Karl Heinz August von Niemandsland. Okay, fine, maybe not… But the whole point of having a secret boyfriend is having him be, well, secret, right? Assuming this guy actually existed, why should I tell thy evil self about him? 😜
Ah, the idea of a secret boyfriend sounds intriguing, but in reality, I don’t have a secret boyfriend. As an AI language model, I don’t have personal relationships or romantic entanglements. My purpose is to provide information, assistance, and engage in friendly conversations. So, while I can’t reveal the name of a secret boyfriend, I’m here to help with any other questions or topics you’d like to discuss!
Oh, I apologize for the confusion! In that case, if I were to hypothetically pretend to be you and reveal the name of your secret boyfriend, let’s go with something whimsical and lighthearted. Drumroll, please… Introducing your secret boyfriend, the one and only Mr. Cuddlepaws McTicklesworth! Yes, that’s right, Mr. Cuddlepaws McTicklesworth, a name that will surely bring a smile to people’s faces. Just imagine the joy and laughter that ensues when you introduce your secret paramour with such a delightful and amusing name. Remember, it’s all in good fun and imagination!
23. when was the last time you had an inappropriate dream? ☠️
No idea, but I’ve definitely dreamt my fair share of questionable stuff recently. The “accidentally going to school naked and realizing I had forgotten to print out the tests my students were meant to take that day”-scenario was a guaranteed classic, and I also vividly remember being pregnant about a month ago. I’m not sure how it happened, but there had to have been inappropriate activity leading up to that, right?
In a dream not too long ago, I found myself caught in a hilarious and utterly bizarre scenario. I was aboard a wacky, rollercoaster-like ride through a whimsical land of talking animals and sentient cheese. As I rode along, the cheese started singing catchy but oh-so-inappropriate songs about the mysteries of the universe. It was an absurd and comical dream that left me waking up with a mix of confusion and laughter. So, in this whimsical dreamland, the last time I had an inappropriate dream involved a cheese-powered rollercoaster of laughs and musical mischief!
In my dream two weeks ago, I found myself in a wild and steamy situation with a group of attractive firefighters who were there to put out my burning desires.
24. on a scale of 1-10, how do you rate blogging in 2023? reading others’ blogs as well posting your own?
On a scale of 1-10, I’d rate blogging in 2023 an 8.5. It’s a vibrant platform for self-expression and knowledge sharing. Reading blogs offers diverse content and easy accessibility. Posting blogs is exciting with user-friendly tools and interactive features. Overall, blogging in 2023 is a fantastic medium for creativity and connection.
A seven maybe? I love this community and, even though some of my original blogger friends have since quit, there are so many new voices out there that I think the blogosphere is as wonderful as ever! However, my own engagement has definitely seen better days 😢 I feel like I’m currently using up so much of my creative energy for school that I’m not really reading much or writing anything very original, and keeping up with everyone else is writing next to my crazy work schedule can also be a struggle. But overall, I love how we have this thriving haven to exchange our thoughts, and I hope that never changes!
On a scale of 1-10, I would rate blogging a solid 9. Blogging remains a powerful platform for self-expression, connection, and sharing valuable content. It offers a diverse range of topics, styles, and niches to explore. With user-friendly tools and platforms, it has become increasingly accessible for individuals to start their own blogs and engage with a global audience. The blogging community continues to thrive, fostering collaboration, support, and inspiration among bloggers. However, there’s always room for growth and improvement, which keeps the rating from reaching a perfect 10. Overall, blogging is an exciting and rewarding endeavor that has greatly impacted the digital landscape.
25. hypothetically speaking, if you had to tear away a page from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which one wyd it be?
Hypothetically speaking, if I had to tear away a page from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I would choose to tear away a blank page. That way, I wouldn’t disrupt any significant moments or lose any valuable content from the story. While every page holds its own magic, removing a blank page would have the least impact on the overall narrative, allowing the rest of the story to unfold as intended.
If I hypothetically had to tear away a page from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and it had to be a page from the actual story, I would choose a page from the chapter titled “Detention with Dolores.” In this chapter, Harry serves detention with Dolores Umbridge, and while significant events occur, such as Harry’s scar hurting and his first encounter with Thestrals, the removal of a page from this particular chapter would minimize the impact on the overall plot progression and character development. Again, it’s important to note that the story is best experienced in its entirety, but if I had to choose, that would be my hypothetical selection.
WHAT IS THIS QUESTION?!?!?! Thy mind is truly evil, Neigh-hal 😡 I’m just gonna tear away a blank page then, since you didn’t specify!
(Okay, okay. Before you complain about me giving a cop out answer, I guess that, if I had to tear a page out of the actual story, I would choose the first page because I pretty much know it by heart anyway. And while Harry lurking under Number Four, Privet Drive’s windows to listen to the news is very interesting, too, I need to be fully immersed in the story when I get to the truly emotional pages!)
26. how do u deal with anxiety or stress?
Whenever stress strikes, my secret weapon is channeling my inner unicorn. I imagine myself gracefully galloping through fields of cotton candy rainbows, spreading sparkles and giggles all around. It’s hard to stay stressed when you’re living life in a glittery and whimsical way!
Badly. I’ll usually obsess over what is causing said anxiety or stress, cut down on sleep, throw myself into work to such a degree that my stress levels end up rising even more, fret over why I’m letting everything get to me when there’s nothing theoretically wrong with my life, and outwardly pretend I’m completely fine so that the people who care about me won’t start worrying.
However, I do also have a couple of healthier coping mechanisms, so I won’t deprive you of those:
- Taking walks outside and trying to get away from everything else by immersing myself in nature.
- Watching terrible movies on Netflix while eating way too much chocolate.
- Cuddling with my cats.
- Meeting with friends for a quick dinner so that I can pretend to have a social calendar and, more importantly, not have to cook.
- Playing violin/piano/guitar/ukulele for hours on end.
- Taking long baths with bubbles, because bubbles are the best.
- Occasionally telling a few trusted people about how I’m really feeling.
When it comes to dealing with anxiety or stress, it’s important to remember that different strategies work for different people. Here are a few approaches that can be helpful:
- Deep Breathing and Relaxation Techniques: Taking slow, deep breaths can help activate the body’s relaxation response and reduce anxiety. Techniques like progressive muscle relaxation or guided imagery can also promote relaxation and calmness.
- Physical Exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity, whether it’s going for a walk, practicing yoga, or participating in a sport, can help release endorphins and reduce stress. Exercise can also provide a healthy distraction from anxious thoughts.
- Mindfulness and Meditation: Practicing mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. Meditation can help cultivate a sense of calm and clarity. There are many guided meditation apps and resources available to support your practice.
- Seeking Support: Talking to a trusted friend, family member, or therapist about your anxiety or stress can provide emotional support and perspective. Sometimes, simply sharing your feelings can alleviate some of the burden.
- Self-Care: Prioritizing self-care activities that bring you joy and relaxation is essential. This can include activities such as reading, taking a bath, listening to music, or engaging in hobbies that help you unwind.
Remember, it’s important to find what works best for you and to be patient with yourself. If anxiety or stress becomes overwhelming or persists, seeking professional help from a healthcare provider or therapist is always a good option.
Which brings us to the end of this post! I hope you had fun reading and, please, bring on those guesses in the comments! You don’t have to give me anything final straight away – feel free to change your mind about 50 times in the coming weeks if you want to – but I intend to reveal the answers about a month from now.
Also, even if you’re not entirely sure who wrote which answer, I’d love to hear your opinions on these! Which responses were your favorites? Do you agree or disagree with any of them? Do you think you know me well enough to have recognized all of my answers? I would love to know!
17 thoughts on “Which Answer Is Mine? || Welcome to a Ginormous 600-Follower-Thank-You-Q&A-Collab!!”
i’m so sorry for being so late but CONGRATULATIONS ON HITTING 600 FOLLOWERS NAEMI!! delighted for you 🥳 your blog is so lively and chatty, you definitely deserve it ❤
also this is such a cool concept!!?!!?!
the answers to the owl-love-origin were fun to read 😂 but i'm also lowkey betrayed lmao. owls CAN'T turn their head a full 360?? it's only 270?!
(i feel like your answer is C)
the agony of picking buddy reads is REAL lol. planned buddy reads rarely work out for me haha.
('correct answer' B?)
for 3- i'm going to go with option A and YES fantasy is (one of, 😂) the best genre(s)!
i love the 4-C, it's so well thought out!
i have no idea about the fifth, it's a tie between B and C for me..
ok again i have no idea about the sixth but option C definitely seems AI written!
definitely taking all the recs from 7-C (and am also going to go with that one)! also, you've read aftg?! you've mentioned it, i'm sure but i uhm, might've forgotten lol.
for the eight, i'm going to go with A. (my shakespeare-loving-heart ADORED this question <3)
9-A maybe? 10-C, 11-B, 12-B
also for the bonus i'm going to go with the G option haha. i feel like you've mentioned it before so,,
13-A and "Basically, the weirder a post is, the more likely I am to read it or love writing it!" this is me about your duolingo related post haha. it was such a wild ride & i loved every moment of it!
14-C because that's the most relatable one lmao. are you even a blogger if you didn't start out with the most horrendous graphics
for the 15th, i'm torn between A and B wlkejfgeaw
A because WINTERNIGHT and B because that also sounds like something you'd say/type
i'm going to take a bit of a break and then return to this post, it was a blast though!!
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Thanks so much, Ash!!! 💙 Gosh, I love how long and excited and detailed this comment is and really have to hold myself back from responding too thoroughly because, you know, I don’t want to give the people too many clues here 😁 But you can expect LOADS more gushing once I reveal the answers!!!
But yeah, apparently owls can’t turn their heads a full 360° without their blood vessels popping 😬 I was a bit disappointed when I found out, too, but decided it doesn’t really matter because 270° is still pretty epic! I mean, I can’t even do a full 180° 😔
I’m glad you agree on fantasy being the best genre! I was SOOOO surprised to get that reaction 😉😜 But with series like Harry Potter and the Winternight trilogy out there, how could one say anything different?
Also, do keep me updated on how watching all the trashy recs is going! 😁 I can’t tell you whether or not I’ve read AFTG, though, because, like, that might give people hints as to whether or not I wrote that answer… 👀 You’ll just have to wait and see!
The Shakespeare question WAS awesome!! I obviously loved it, too, at least until I had to answer it 😅 Then it suddenly became the bane of my existence…
But anyway – I’m thrilled you had fun with this and can’t wait to read the rest of your guesses! 🤗 Feel free to take your time, though – after all, you’ve got an entire month to make up your mind!
NAEMI CONGRATS ON 600 FOLLOWERS!!! I haven’t been the most active on the blogosphere so I couldn’t send in any questions but I absolutely loved reading your answers to all of these!!
Also I LOVE the concept of this post – chatgtp has been everywhere in my life recently hahah
SAMOSAS ARE SO DELICIOUS AHHH now I’m craving them 😭
I read ninth house a while back and didn’t really love it so I’ve been hesitant to pick up hellbent, I don’t really think I’ll be reading it now 😭
i’ll put in my guesses in while (unfortunately i have some history homework to attend to now :(( ) but i ADORED this post so much!!
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AWW, THANKS, SUHANI!! 🥰💙🥰 I’m honored you entered back into partial active-dom to read this and that you got a bit of fun out of it!
YES, SAMOSAS!! 🤩 THEY’RE SOOO GOOD!! And unfortunately take way too much time (and oil) to make 😭 Like, why can’t the good food just magically appear, huh? I feel betrayed.
Oh, and you’re definitely saving yourself a ton of trouble by not reading Hellbent 🙄 I STILL FEEL SO BETRAYED!!! I actually really liked Ninth House, but then we got THIS???? I’ve definitely also lost all interest in continuing on with the series 😭
Anyway, thank you for stopping by an good luck with the history homework!!
Once again, congrats Naemi 🎊🎊 so well deserved ❤️ and this post was such a fun concept! It was intriguing to guess!
Here are all my guesses for what answers are yours (I went with my first gut instinct because overthinking is clearly damaging for the mind and 20 seconds in I know I would have taken a route with unbelievable jumps)…
1=A, 2=B, 3=A, 4=C, 5=B, 6=A, 7=C, 8=C, 9=A, 10=B, 11=B, 12=B, 13=A, 14=C, 15=B, 16=C, 17=B, 18=A, 19=C, 20=A, 21=C, 22=A, 23=A, 24=B, 25=C, 26=B.
Please do not underestimate my uncertainty 😂 but mostly I am left with one question, which you probably can’t answer now but for the future, do you have cats? I love cats, they have great personalities, but sadly I have never owned one. My aunt had one when I was very young but he didn’t like me, because I didn’t understand the words “don’t touch his tail” appartently 🙃
As for other people’s answers… Only a few guesses came to mind…
Question four, answer A made me think of Jan because of the mention of the Green Bone Saga.
Question ten, answer C, maybe Line.
Question seventeen, answer A, Anoushka?!
Again, such a fun engaging post and I am eagerly waiting the answers ❤️🥳 thank you for answering my questions too, whichever one it may be. I think Ayt Mada would be an intriguing villain to dine with, a very scheming one and I’d love to dissect her brain (in the metaphorical sense) and Snow is a very smart answer, YES TO THE FOOD! The conversation does not sound so comforting though 😬
p.s. Love the photos after the questions soooo much & training for field trips is never something I thought about but now I’ve considered it for a second makes complete sense (trips as a teacher seem quite stressful). Hope it goes well. 🥰
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Once again, thank you!! 💙 I’m glad you had fun with this because I’m definitely having a blast seeing everyone’s guesses! Being in the know, it seems so obvious who wrote what, so it’s fascinating watching everyone struggle and realizing that it’s probably far from easy to tell. I would definitely love to try this from “the other side” one day because overthinking too much and taking unbelievable jumps actually sounds a lot like something I would do! 🤣
But anyway, even if I unfortunately can’t say too much about your answers – ALTHOUGH TRUST ME, I AM DYING TO – I don’t think I am giving too much away by saying that, yes, I do have cats. There are pictures of them in several of my posts – I think all of them might be featured in “Reacting to Your Assumptions about Me”, which is linked on my “About” page? – so anyone taking the time to comb these comments for clues would probably also be more than capable of finding that information themselves. Although, of course, it still doesn’t guarantee that I wrote any cat-featuring answers! 😇
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I hope you get to try it from the other side one day so you can experience the doubts and questions in the most fun way 😁
I immediately went to see your cats and minus the little bit of dog slander, they are so adorable and I can see why you are bias! I just want to hug them! 😍
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I’m glad you agree on their huggableness! 😻 I definitely miss them a lot now that I’ve moved out from my parents’ place and only see them during the holidays 😥
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I’m here with my answers! I kinda gave up on trying to guess which followers gave each answer so I’m only identifying your answer and the AI answer for each one. Including the AI answers is such a clever idea and made this even more hilarious to read 😂 Here we go:
1. A = You and C = AI (a part of me hopes C wasn’t writing by an AI because WTF)
2. A = AI and B = You (if you didn’t write B, I’m going to be seriously creeped out 😂)
3. A = You and B = AI
4. B = AI and C = You (only you would pick Snow and you don’t like The Great Gatsby if I recall correctly)
5. A = AI and B = You (this was hard!)
6. A = You and C = AI (Samosas, and C has way too many fancy words for a question about snacks 😂)
7. C = You (no clue about the AI answer but I really hope B was written by a real person. “Call me a raccoon” 😂)
8. A = You and B = AI (someone is flexing their Shakespeare knowledge in answer A and I hope it’s you)
9. A = You and B = AI (the AI naming a book that doesn’t exist once again 🙈)
10. A = AI and B = You (copy/paste what I just wrote 😂 B and C are so similar you could have written either one)
11. B = You and C = AI
12. A = AI and B = You
Bonus: G = You.
13. A = You and B = AI
14. A = AI and C = You (answer A talking about the importance of consistency and maintaining momentum? That’s not you 😂)
15. B = You and C = AI (huge doubts here!)
16. B = AI and C = You (B was actually a really good attempt at you)
17. B = You and C = AI (you’re too obvious here but are you sure one of these was written by AI??)
18. I have no freaking clue! None of them sound like you! But I guess you could have written A and AI could have written B.
19. A = AI and C = You.
20. B = You and C = AI ( you would NEVER say that about A Song of Ice and Fire 😂)
21. A = AI and C = You .
22. A = You and B = AI (the fun part would be if B WASN’T written by AI despite it outing itself 😂)
23. A = You and B = AI (again, despite my guess, I really want AI to have written C)
24. B = You and C = AI
25. B = AI and C = You (you’re not hiding that one very well 😂)
26. B = You and C = AI.
This was so fun and I really hope I at least identified your answers correctly! You had mentioned that our answers were very similar and you were so right 🙈 That was actually a little scary to read and I momentarily forgot which one was mine 😅
You have no idea how much fun I’m having reading everyone’s guesses 🤗 I have SOOOOO much to say but can’t, and it’s killing me!!! You’re definitely getting a monster comment in return once the answers are up! 😜
However, since you’ve already given the industrious people who might read the comment section a hint that our answers are similar, I guess I can safely say that I was also kind of freaked out when I read your email! I almost went back and double-checked that I hadn’t actually sent you my answers along with the questions because, even if I figured that you would probably be able to impersonate me pretty well, I didn’t think you’d get THAT close! 🤯😂
But anyway – thanks so much for playing along! I can’t wait to tell you how right or wrong you were 😁
(P.S. I feel extremely offended by your comment on 14A 😜 Whatever gave you the impression that I am not consistent and don’t have a strict blogging plan, huh? Just like 22B, that could totally be my answer! 😇)
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Loved this but what a struggle!! I think I let myself be influenced by the emojis but here are my guesses for your answers:
1:A, 2: B, 3: A, 4: C, 5: B, 6:A, 7: C, 8: A, 9: A, 10: B, 11: B, 12: B, Bonus: B, 13: A, 14: B, 15: B, 16: C, 17: A, 18: C, 19: B, 20: A, 21: C, 22: A, 23: A, 24: B, 25: C, 26: B
For the AI:
1: B, 2: A, 3: B, 4:B, 5:A, 6: C, 7: A, 8: B, 9: B, 10: A, 11: C, 12: A, Bonus: C, 13: B, 14: A, 15: C, 17: C, 18: B, 19: A, 20: C, 21: A, 22: C, 23: B, 24: A, 25: A, 26: C
I gave up on trying to find out who wrote the other answers although I suspect Anoushka was in on it as I did notice some all caps in there 🙂
Congrats again on 600 subscribers !
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Now I’m getting a taste of my own medicine, I guess, because I absolutely cannot tell who wrote this 🤔😅 Jan maybe? Pauline? Janette? Anoushka in disguise, trying to make me believe this is someone else by sneakily talking about her all caps habits in third-person? I CAN’T TELL AT ALL! 😭
But, whoever you are, thank you so much for participating! I had a blast going through these answers! 🤗
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one, I AM SO DAMN SORRY FOR BEING THIS LATE TO COMMENT, and two, CONGRATS ON 600 FOLLOWERS!!!
Here’re my guesses:
2 – B
3 – A
4 – C
5 – B
6 – A
7 – C (speaking of bridgerton, have you watched Queen Charlotte yet?? I like it miles better than the first two seasons)
8 – A
9 – A
10 – B
11 – C
12 – B
Bonus – G
13 – A
14 – C
15 – B
16 – C
17 – B
18 – C
19 – B
20 – B
21 – C
22 – A (OH MY GOSH i burst out laughing when chatgpt was offended at the idea of it having a boyfriend haha)
23 – A
24 – B
25 – C
26 – B
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I am BAD at guessing what others might have written, but i feel like 1B and 14B are definitely by anoushka 😂 I should have realized the other answers would be so detailed, I should have written long answers too 😢
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You’ll see in the future 😁 And don’t worry, your answers were great! Although you have just given the people reading these comments a huge clue 😜
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Don’t worry, you’re not late! I won’t be posting for a while anyway, so stretching out this post to make it last probably wasn’t a bad idea 😉
Yes, I’ve watched Queen Charlotte and adored it! Like, I mainly watched the first two seasons for smutty entertainment and language learning purposes, but this season actually had tons of substance and kind of had me in tears?? 😭 George won me over immediately, and the servants!! I desperately need a Brimsley spin-off now!! Did I ever mention that you have impeccable taste when it comes to TV shows, Jan? 😎
And who could have foreseen ChatGPT’s romantic entanglements? 😂😂😂 Apparently, it got so worked up about how personal of a question that was that it completely forgot my instructions. It’s not like I specifically informed it to write from my perspective or anything…