Monday, 18 January 2010

The Honest Scrap Award!

The Honest Scrap Award was received from Helen at Helen Loves Books. Thanks, Helen! The rules for this award are:

1. The Honest Scrap Blogger Award must be shared.
2. The recipient has to tell 10 (true) things about themselves that no one else knows.
3. The recipient has to pass on the award to 7 more bloggers.
4. Those 7 bloggers should link back to the blog that awarded them.

Here are my 10 things...

1. I wish that I was Lorelai Gilmore - her wit, her style and her overall cool is something I have coveted ever since seeing my first episode of Gilmore Girls.
2. My favourite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It never gets old, the darkness and broodiness of the novel is unequalled in anything else I have ever read. And I'm re-reading it for The Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge.
3. I developed my caffeine addiction from my first job at a coffee shop. Since then barely a day has gone by without some sort of caffeine infusion.
4. Despite my LOVE of books I took absolutely no English classes in my undergrad degree. Why? Who knows. I think I was trying not to do what everyone expected me to do. In the end I gave in and did a Grad Dip Art (English) which is like a second undergrad major you complete once you already have an undergrad degree and now I'm half way through my MA (English Lit).
5. In my life I have studied French, Japanese and Chinese, but since I never used any of my French or Japanese I have forgotten most of it.
7. I'm a total bibliophile. I love every single thing to do with books. My version of heaven is a massive, old school bookshop with a fantastic coffee bar attached to it which has huge comfy couches and overlooks the ocean. When I die, that's where I wanna be.
8. Moving to Taiwan six months ago has been one o the best things I have done in my life for many reasons but one of the most unexpected ones is that it reintroduced me to recreational reading again - in NZ I'd gotten so busy and overloaded with stuff that I forgot to make time to read. Now that it's back, I'm never letting anything get in the way of my reading time again!
9. Apparently, according to a test I did, I read at 400 wpm with 80% comprehension.
10. My goal in life is to be as "windswept and interesting" (Billy Connolly) and as well-read as humanly possible.

I'm passing this award on to the following blogs:

1. The New Dork Review of Books
2. Literarily Speaking
3. Obsessed with books
4. Miss Remmer's Review
5. Lit and Life
6. Brizmus Blogs Books
7. Out of the blue


  1. Thanks for the award! I'll link you as soon as I'm done with my post!

  2. Hey, thanks for the comment on my blog! I am a major book-lover myself (and have a degree in English focusing on linguistics). Are you a Kiwi? NZ is probably my favorite country to visit--I was an exchange student there in high school and have visiting a couple of times since. Love it! I will have to check out your blog some more soon.

  3. @Michelle - You're very welcome :)

    @The Everetts - You're welcome, it was such an interesting post! I am a Kiwi but I'm also a bit of a mutt when it comes to identity. Born in UK, grew up in NZ and now in Taiwan living with TW born NZer hubby! Hey that's neat you went to high school in NZ - which part? Look forward to seeing you around the blog a bit more :)

  4. Hey again...Cool! I was in Lower Hutt and went to Hutt Valley High School. Lived in Eastbourne for a part of that time as well. Great time!


  5. @The Everetts - Lovely! I'm a JAFA, but love the Wellington area :)

  6. Thank you for the award, Kath :)

  7. Thanks, Kath! I secretly wish I was Lorelei Gilmore, too. Do you think she ever yelled at or lost it and spanked Rory? My daughter and I are at least close like that--we have great fun together!

  8. @Alessandra - you're very welcome!

    @Lisa - I'm sure she did, to be a good mom, surely a bit of yelling is necessary from time to time ;) Plus there was that whole rift between them in season five, so it just goes to show that even Lorelai and Rory Gilmore are "human".