Thanks Trish, from TrishTalksTexts, for nominating me in Okoto Enigma’s Mystery Blogger Award. This is my first blogging award nomination and I am excited, and nervous at the same time!


  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me

  1. I have two adult sons and they are amazing young men. I learn from them all the time.
  2. I trekked to Machu Picchu with my husband this year, and it was the hardest thing we have ever done! We made it though, and it was worth every second.
  3. Instead of a bucket list I have ‘my calendar’. When I was a kid my parents had calendars from local businesses with scenic photos and I remember seeing three places I wanted to visit. They are The Great Ocean Road (✓), Halong Bay (✓) and Angkor Wat.


My Five Questions Answered

1. Why should people read more?

Oh my, what a HUGE question! I think people should read more because:

  • It is relaxing.
  • You escape for a little while to new worlds, sometimes scary, funny, realistic, fantastical, the possibilities are endless.
  • You learn empathy by learning about others’ situations and you see the world form others’ perspectives.
  • You learn, a lot.

…and many other reasons I will think of after I post this!

2. How do you approach your book reviews?

I try and make notes while I am reading, but usually I get so engrossed in the book I forget to do this. Then I have to go back and re-read. For novels, after I make notes I write the review on the computer. I have a little checklist of things to cover, like characterisation, plot development, that sort of stuff. For picturebooks, I have (nerdily) made a Google Form where I can quickly analyse the picturebook codes and other important elements. This record also helps my bad memory when I need to find a particular picture book!

3. Are you a blurb reader? A cover judge? Or, read what’s trending? How do you select books?

What a great question. No, I don’t usually read the blurb of books. I do judge a book by its blind date with a bookcover though, because all too often I have seen people not pick a book up because of the cover, when I know they would really like it. This is why I love our annual Blind Date with a Book competition in my library. Our students are often surprised with the book they get to read. I will often read a book someone has told me about, or if it is on the CBCA notables list!

4. Can you see what the next big trend in YA might be?

I am not sure about this one. I think dystopian fiction will remain popular. I have noticed there are a lot more books written from two or more different characters’ viewpoints. I would love to see verse novels become a big thing, but they have to be well written to work. Diversity is a big thing at the moment but I would really like that just to exist in books naturally, like Gideon’s parents in Claire Christian’s Beautiful Mess. We will just have to wait and see I guess!

5. Is there a screen adaptation that lives up to its book origins?

Oh dear, time to fess up here. I don’t watch many movies, or TV for that matter! And I have been disappointed by screen adaptations that I usually avoid them if I have loved the book. Having said all that, I did like the movie of Tomorrow When the War Began that came out some years ago. That movie was really good.


My nominations are…

Jeann at Happy Indulgence


Kylie from Ripper Reading Resources

My five questions are…

  1. What was the title you read as a teenager that has stayed with you the most?
  2. What is the first book you remember reading as a young child, was it a favourite?
  3. What book would you recommend to a reluctant reader of any age (0-99, please state the age), and why?
  4. What is the book that made you cry, laugh or get angry the most?
  5. Where is the most unusual place you have read a book?

Links to my best posts

My most popular post, with 99 views as of this very minute, is my review and activity suggestions for Guff by Aaron Blabey. My most popular category is picturebooks, which I am really pleased about because I love everything about picturebooks!

Thanks, Trish, for nominating me. I can see I had more to say than I originally thought!