Real Neat blog award

Posted On 26 June 2016

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A little while ago The Tattooed Book Geek nominated me for this award.  It’s taken me a little while to get around to it (apologies) but, better late than never methinks!  Thanks to the Tattooed Book Geek for the nomination (everyone, stop on over and check out his blog):

The Rules:

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers.


1. If you could make any book into a film/TV series, which book would you choose?

This is a tough one – not least because I’m always a little worried about if the adaptation is just going to annoy the socks off me!  I’m going to cheat a little bit here and have two series for totally different reasons.  (1) The Red Queen’s War by Mark Lawrence.  I love this series and think it could be absolutely amazing adapted to the screen.  Obviously I also really enjoyed The Broken Empire by the same author but I think the Red Queen’s War would be my first option.  (2) Mayhem and Murder by Sarah Pinborough.  I think these two would be great as an adaptation – a really gothic and darkly chilling affair!

2. What’s your preferred reading format, book or e-reader?

This is another split/cheat type answer – I love books.  I love having bookshelves full of books, I love looking at books and there’s definitely something so satisfying about reading a physical book as oppose to an e-book – but (and you could tell there was a ‘but’ just waiting to spring), these days I actually prefer to read books electronically.  For a number of reasons to be honest, not least that I can carry around a whole bundle of books all the time, as a book reviewer it makes it easier to find books and organise myself, when reading it’s just so easy to make notes, check words or highlight whole sections, sometimes when I’m reading I might have a particular sentence or paragraph that I want to remember for the review but if it’s a book I pretty much give up on that altogether because I’m too lazy to carry around a notebook and keep notes of things because it breaks up the flow of reading.  Plus, buy an e-book and it arrives immediately.  Dare I mention the elephant in the room – e-books are frequently a cheaper option!  Not to mention little things like the back light and the fact that I can read an epic book without spraining my wrist!  So, yeah, whilst I prefer to own physical copies of books, and also whilst I’m the sort of reader that will still collect the physical copies of those books and series that I enjoy – for reading purposes I just love my e-reader.

3. The book you were most looking forward to but ended up being really disappointed with?

Mmm, this is tricksy too – *grr, shakes fist*.  I would have to say Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.  This had such great reviews and virtually everybody I know loves it but it really didn’t work for me personally.  I own that it had a great ending but by that point I’d lost interest really.  I certainly wouldn’t ever try to dissuade others from giving it a shot because I think it must just be me being a little bit odd – like I say – I’m going against the flow with this one.

4. Favourite drink/tipple/beverage to have whilst reading?

Well, that depends on the time of day I suppose!  Wine is my choice of tasty beverage – but not if I’m reading in the morning – people on the bus would just stare and people in work would probably object too!  So, mornings: coffee,  afternoons: tea and evenings (not all of course – I’m not a raging alcoholic after all!) wine – and at the moment I’m enjoying red more than white.

5. What is your favourite genre of book to read?

Fantasy – and everything it encompasses.  Urban fantasy, gaslight, steampunk, flintlock, dark, – everything.  I also enjoy sci-fi but tend not to read as much as I do from the fantasy element of SFF.  I also enjoy historical novels and alternate history.  But, fantasy wins for me!

6. What book/series made you choose that specific genre?

I don’t think it was a book or series but probably more a person – or series of people!  Firstly my dad because I read all his books when I was younger and he has quite a few fantasy books on his shelves, one of my teachers when I was around 8/9 (ish) who recommended The Borrowers and the Wizard of Oz.  I had a bit of a break from SFF for a good number of years then reading quite a lot of more modern/contemporary authors and then I just seemed to revert back – probably a bit gently at first, I found authors like Alice Hoffman and Joanne Harris who I just loved and that just set things off in motion for me.

7. Will George R.R. Martin ever finish (Game of Thrones) A Song of Ice and Fire series?

I’d like to think he will!  Of course it could be a long wait …. still, all good things to those that wait.

My nominees:  I will just mention that I realise how busy everyone is so no pressure here if you don’t have time to join in, also, I may have tagged you before in which case just ignore me, or you might outright hate awards – also, no problem:

  1. Lisa at Tenacious Reader
  2. Tammy at Books Bones and Buffy
  3. Susan at Dab of Darkness
  4. Sarah at Brainluff
  5. Carmen at Books and Movies reviews
  6. DJ at My Life My Books My Escape
  7. Maddalena at Space and Sorcery

My questions – short and sweet I think (hope) and including some of the above.

  1. If you could meet any author, from any time (past and present), who would that be and what would be your most pressing question?
  2. Who is your absolute favourite character, ever.  I know you’re probably groaning and rolling your eyes but there must be one character that springs to mind immediately – probably followed by a host of others – but, I want that first knee jerk reaction please and why!
  3. What is your favourite series out of all the books you’ve read?  The series you would recommend without hesitation.
  4. What’s your preferred reading format, book or e-reader?
  5. The book you were most looking forward to but ended up being really disappointed with?
  6. Blogging – what do you love/not love – any embarrassing moments?
  7. Most anticipated book for the remainder of 2016?



22 Responses to “Real Neat blog award”

  1. Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek

    Great answers! Seems many moons ago when I was but a new blogger when I did this and nominated.😊

    Definitely agree with you about The Red Queen’s War, it would make an epic TV show alas I love Jorg and the Broken Empire but am unsure how it’d translate to TV, Jorg would be toned down and probably nothing like the character from the book.

    Great points about eBooks to, when your a fantasy fan it makes a nice change to read a 700 page book on the kindle instead of lugging the huge tome around. The back light is a Saviour to, reading in the dark! 😊

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, ahem, sorry about that delay. It only felt like a couple of weeks but there you go!
      My thoughts exactly about Jorg – I love that series but it would all probably be seriously toned down which I would be unhappy with.
      I love my e-reader these days. I was totally against it originally so a complete turn around.
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    As you know, I also love reading fantasy and even though I love physical books, I also find my Kindle so convenient – no backlight for me though it makes my eyes feel funny!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It really is so convenient! Shame about your backlight making your eyes feel funny.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        I just have the basic Kindle without the backlight – when it gets dark I just put the light on; like I would if I was reading an ordinary book 😀

      • @lynnsbooks

        I also had the basic one – my lovely hubby upgraded me slightly for the backlight – I tend to read when I’m waiting for the bus, etc, so the backlight comes in useful then. But, to be honest, I would never have replaced my original. I wasn’t bothered about the extra functions and I did briefly try a clip on light but it wasn’t very successful.
        Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I guess I’m such a pessimist because I have my doubts when it comes to the last question. Of course I hope he will finish too though 🙂 And I’m with you on the ebook/print book question, plus throw in audiobooks into the mix for me too. I like having a format for every occasion, and like you said, it depends on what’s most convenient.

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Thank you for the nomination!!!
    I promise to try and fulfill my part of the “rules” as soon as I get back to a proper computer with keyboard and mouse 😀

  5. Carmen

    Thanks for the nominations, Lynn!
    I love the questions and your answers. No, I don’t think G.R.R. Martin will finish GOT. To be honest, I’m satisfied with what the show’s writers have done with the missing part of the material and it would feel weird having watched one thing and turn out that it was quite another entirely. I think he is happy with how the show has handled the transition, so…
    I too prefer e-readers nowadays, more out of habit, but I was a fervent non-adopter until I tried it and now it is so uncomfortable to read certain paperbacks with tiny font and non-existent space between lines.
    I’m going to complete your questions and formally accept your reward towards the end of this week. Thanks again for thinking on me/my blog for this. 🙂

  6. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    Broken Empire would be very exciting to see on the big screen/ TV. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen you say Broken Empire a question like this before… so who did you think would play Jorg?

    And you should totally drink wine in the morning on the bus ride to work XD Haters gonna’ hate.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – i think I have said – maybe last year that I’d like to see Broken Empire as a series – having read both now I figure The Red Queen’s War might translate better – I would hate to see Jorg toned down for the screen. No ideas who would play Jorg – you??
      Lynn 😀

      • DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

        Not a clue. I’ve always been bad at that casting game :/ Except for if my book ever gets adapted to film… Brad Pit 😛

      • @lynnsbooks

        Mmm, will have to think more about this whole casting of Jorg…

  7. sjhigbee

    Thank you so much for the nomination Lynn:). I PROMISE that I will get around to it before the end of the summer! A great set of answers to some really interesting questions. I know just what you mean about the e-reader… And I completely understand why Fantasy is your favourite genre – it encompasses SUCH a range of cracking stories and different sub-genres, doesn’t it? I’m looking forward to answering your questions – I’ll probably answer yours and Drews together, if that’s okay.

    • @lynnsbooks

      No stress at all – I know you’re really busy and this is only a bit of chatter and fun. If you get a chance it would be cool if you combine the two.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I’ve actually sat down and answered the questions and will be posting it later this week. It was great fun and many thanks:))

      • @lynnsbooks

        Cool – can’t wait 😀

      • @lynnsbooks

        Sorry – should also have said – stop by and please add your link to these comments as well (and I’ll add it to my post)

  8. nrlymrtl

    Fantasy is also my favorite genre, and I too blame my dad’s book collection for getting my started.

  9. Danya @ Fine Print

    Bummer about Ancillary Justice – that one’s on my list to (finally) read this year, so hopefully I enjoy it a bit more than you did. I will certainly check out your review when I’m done though, because now I’m curious as to why you didn’t like it!

    We’re of the same mind when it comes to wine – if only it weren’t so unacceptable to drink it at 10:00 AM. 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      haha – 10.00 am is defo not ‘wine o’clock’ – more like ‘wino’.
      Ancillary Justice just didn’t work for me but really does have lots of love and I feel very much like the odd one out for not loving it. I’m sure you’ll like it.
      Lynn 😀

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