The Real Neat Blog Award: Bookish Edition, Courtesy of Too Much Information

I need to send a huge massive thank you to Too Much Information for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award: Bookish Edition!! I loved answering these questions- while I’m not going to lie and say that I was able to answer these questions immediately, I really enjoyed taking some time and perusing through all of the books I’ve read in the past. These are incredibly creative and thoughtful questions, and I hope you enjoy my answers! 

Real Neat Blog Award Bookish

1. If you could swap places with one book character (no matter the gender, nationality or creature) who would it be and why?

Anne Shirley, of Anne of Green Gables, a kindred spirit to any girl who was a bookish young girl looking for excitement somewhere in her life! I know that many people just read Anne of Green Gables, but I wholeheartedly  believe that you should read the entire series. She is an amazingly developed character, and Lucy Maud Montgomery created possibly one of the most perfect characters in literature! I would love to be able to experience Anne’s adventures and dramatic episodes.

2.What’s one book that’s always stuck in your mind as a really good read? (doesn’t have to be your favourite)

The Courtiers: Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace, by Lucy Worsley! There are a few reasons that this is a particularly fascinating read for me: 1) Kensington Palace is possibly one of my favourite places in the world; 2) although I am a medieval historian by training, the Georgian period is probably the most interesting to me outside of the medieval; and 3) Lucy Worsley is my favourite historian, and my favourite writer. Why I think other people would love to read it? It’s a history that almost reads like fiction- some of these stories are so fantastical and amazing that it is hard to believe that it is real!


3.How did you get into reading?
When I was really tiny, my parents always made sure that I books with my toys! And I got a library card with my dad when I was 3- those Miffy books were my jam! I then just read more and more. In the first grade, I made my way through the Little House on the Prairie books. And then it progressed to the Bobbsey Twins, the Boxcar Children, Enid Blyton, the Babysitter’s Club, you name it. I slowly started reading classic literature on my own, around the fifth or sixth grade. I haven’t stopped reading since!

4. Say you could write or rewrite a movie script for one book which one would it be?

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. I do love the movie, but the book is so much more moving. I find in Ahern’s book, it’s not quite as jarring to see Holly go through the grieving process as you follow her gradually instead of cutting in and out. I thought the movie was short-changed in that regard.

PS I Love You
5. Who is the best villain you have read about in a book?
It might sound pedantic and small-time, but Josie Pye from Anne of Green Gables was just about the worst type of girl that you could imagine as a kid. She was snobby and popular and always seemed to get what she wants. However, when I reread it as an adult, Josie seems like a sad and lonely girl who wants attention. This is a common trope in literature now, but I find it impressive and fascinating that this character written over 100 years ago fits that perfectly.

6. Pick a ‘side character’ in a book that you would have liked to read in the perspective of?
Henry Tilney from Northanger AbbeyNorthanger is one of my favourite books of all time and I think that he is one of my favourite characters of any book I have read. I think it would be hilarious to see this story from Henry’s POV- every dramatic and fantastical event for Catherine would look very different indeed for Henry. I know that everyone loves Mr. Darcy and even Edward Ferrars, but for me, it’s Henry Tilney all the way!

7. List 3 reasons why you are awesome… (because we all know that you are)

1. I like to think that I am a fairly creative person- ballet, writing for the blog, painting/drawing, etc.
2. I have been lucky enough to travel a good deal, and see some of the places on my life-long bucket list! Especially, that I was lucky enough to live in Dublin for a year.
3. I can bake something fierce! You can see my baking for the last year and a half here!

Do you have different answers to any of these questions? 

Here are the people that I nominate!

Katelynne from Doing Yoga to Dubstep

Tash from The Bookie Monsters

Quirky Victorian from (Over)Analysing Literature

(Sorry, I’m awful at remembering specific blog names 😦 Anyone who is interested, please feel free to post your answers!!)

The Questions…

  1. Who is the most compelling protagonist that you have encountered?
  2. What is the first novel that you clearly remember reading?
  3. If you could recommend one book to a child, one book to a teen, and one book to an adult, what would you recommend to each of them and why?
  4. If you were told, you can have the next week off to read, what is the first book you pick up?
  5. What is the best rewrite or remake of a book that you have read?
  6. What is one book you thought you would love but absolutely hated?
  7. If you aren’t reading (or working), what are you doing?


-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.

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

3 thoughts on “The Real Neat Blog Award: Bookish Edition, Courtesy of Too Much Information

  1. TjSoup July 13, 2016 / 4:27 am

    That’s really cool! I loved all your answers and couldn’t help noticing you’re into classic literature. Couldn’t personally get into it myself (unless you count Jane Eyre… I adore that one) but that’s probably cause I haven’t found the right one yet… 😊


  2. shannonlburton10 July 22, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Wonderful post! The Courtiers by Lucy Worsley looks fantastic, I’ll definitely be checking that one out. 🙂


    • anhistorianabouttown July 22, 2016 / 10:51 pm

      I mean, I love all of her works (aside from Cavalier which I have but haven’t read), but Courtiers really GRABBED me!!

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