Outstanding Blogger Award

Hi there, Homo sapiens! I’m doing the Outstanding Blogger Award today! This is one of the several nominations from Carl, thank you, and I guess it’s high time to start doing them. 😉 Please do visit and follow Carl’s blog here if you haven’t yet.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

Carl’s Questions:

1. If you were given the power and the opportunity to rewrite 2020, how would you rewrite it?

There are several things I’d add and remove in my life if I were to write 2020. But in a bigger picture, I’d remove the pandemic and typhoons that caused trouble to many specially in the Philippines.

2. Which fictional subterranean world would you choose to be trapped in and why? It could be Murakami’s underworld, the Greek underworld, the labyrinth of Piranesi, or some other fictional world.

Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings. Need I say more? 🙂

3. I have a varied and diverse taste in music. What song would you recommend for me?

Hmm… The Flame by Cheap Trick.

4. What is something you are looking forward to in 2021? It could be a movie, a book, or a specific event.

Coming home for vacation (or for good) after 12 years.

5. Who is your biggest role model and what made him/her your personal hero?

My queen mother. She’s just wow!

6. You just won the lottery, what are three things you are going to buy first?

  1. Apartment buildings for the homeless.
  2. Land.
  3. More lottery tickets perhaps.

7. Give five fictional characters you would want to travel the world with.

  1. Gandalf
  2. Anakin Skywalker
  3. Holden Caulfield
  4. Joker
  5. Cersei Lannister

Thanks again, Carl, for nominating me. It’s sure fun doing stuff like this. I hope to do the other ones. Haha!

The Nominees:

  1. Silver Button Books
  2. Keep It Alive
  3. One Book More
  4. Susan Loves Books
  5. Snoopy Doo’s Book Reviews
  6. Mani’s Book Corner
  7. Mariam Shittu
  8. What Cathy Read Next
  9. Lady Book Dragon
  10. NottsReader

My Questions:

  1. How did the Covid-19 affect your life?
  2. What one special thing would you like to do for the world?
  3. It’s almost the end of the year, what one thing do you want to accomplish before saying goodbye to 2020?
  4. What do you look most forward to in 2021?
  5. What is your favorite song of all time?
  6. What one book would you recommend to everyone?
  7. What one question would you like to ask me?

I would love to hear the answers from my nominees but just please do it if you want to. And to all those reading this, consider yourselves tagged, too.

Keep safe everyone!

Quote of the Week

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.

~Cormac McCarthy

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

adancewithdragonsA Dance with Dragons is so far the last published book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire. The sixth book, The Winds of Winter, is set to be released in 2021. I hope George R.R. Martin has something far, far better than the TV series.

I enjoyed this fifth book in the series a lot more than the fourth one because this reconnects me to my favorite characters once again but it’s abomination all the same. I don’t know why I still enjoy this series after the author has killed almost all of my favorite and other likeable characters. Ha! But I have to say that I’m also starting to like those characters whom I used to loathe before.

As I have said, I enjoyed this book but well, as usual, it’s too long and it was a bit slow-paced. It took a lot of meandering subplots but maybe GRRM needs to do that to prepare us for the next events in the series or probably for the ending. Just like the other books, it was written from different POVs and it annoys me every time it ends with a cliffhanger and moves on to another. Oh, George! However, the voice of the characters this time are way stronger than the previous books. The character development of some characters were quite notable, too. Jaime Lannister is strongly gaining my favor/admiration as he was the most changed character here, or, shall I say most misunderstood?

So, I have finished the first five books in the series. Still, the future of the seven kingdoms is uncertain. There’s Daenerys with her dragons in the east. Jon Snow in the North guarding the wall against the enemies beyond it. There are threats on every side of the seven kingdoms. Who will stop the wars? Who will stop the chaos? Who will rule the seven kingdoms? Will there be anyone left to rule at all?

I’m sad that I’m caught up for now and I don’t know for how much longer but well, I’ve got this far, right? I guess, the wait begins.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

“A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf.”

“Not all men were meant to dance with dragons.”

“Men live their lives trapped in an eternal present, between the mists of memory and the sea of shadow that is all we know of the days to come.”

“Men’s lives have meaning, not their deaths.”

Rating: 4/5 stars

A Six-Word Story

Love yourself for everything you are.