The Unique Blogger Award

I awoke this morning to learn that I’ve been awarded The Unique Blogger Award by friend and fellow winner Midu Hadi at Midu Reads.  Thank you, Midu.  I’m not certain I’m worthy of any such claims, but I accept the honor in the spirit in which it is given.


The Rules

*Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
*Answer the questions.
*In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
*Ask them 3 questions.

Ok, I’ve done the first one.  Moving on.


Answer the Questions

It appears the questions are different from blogger to blogger.  These are the ones I need to answer, and I’ll just drop my answer in directly underneath each question for the sake of simplicity.

1- Which book/genre brought you to reading? What was it in that book/genre that captured your imagination and attention?

I was reading from an incredibly young age, and while I could point to Star Wars or Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear as book series I started with, it ultimately took the first “death” of Star Wars to really turn my attention to books… and my imagination to the stars.  In the summer of 1986, the family had moved from the city to the middle of nowhere, pretty much all of my favorite things were dying off, and my Dad shared one of his books.  In his typical not-so-subtle way, he handed me this book and said, “I think it’s time to expand your horizons a bit.”

Howard Weinstein’s The Covenant of the Crown was the first Star Trek novel I ever read.  I’ve been a Trekkie and bona fide bookworm ever since.  If, for whatever reason, you think you want the whole story behind the story for this, you can find that here.

2- Which book can/have you re-read multiple times? What was in that book that had such an impact on you?

Wait… I have to narrow this down to a single book?  That can’t be right, not when asked from a book blogger.  I’m going to assume this was some kind of typeo, and it should say “books.”  Then again, I have far too many to blog about.  I’ll tell you what.  I’ll pick one here, and if anyone wants more, maybe I’ll blog about the whole list in the near future.  Sound good?

That said, if I have to pick but one, the answer is going to surprise absolutely no one who’s followed this blog for more than a couple of days: J. R. R. Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.

I’ve already blogged a blue streak on this one, from weekly chapter breakdowns to a final review when that part of the quest was over.  The short answer as to what inspires me is “everything.”  I find new depths every time I read it.  I’ve grown with these characters.  They’ve shaped me in ways I probably can’t even identify.  The wealth of experience and wisdom that Tolkien imparts through this work (and indeed through all of his work) is beyond measure.  This book is one of those tales that has helped me to take stock of the world around me and my place in it.  Regardless of what I may or may not think about my fellow humans at any given moment, I always walk away from this story wanting to be a better person.

3- Is there a genre that you loved while younger but grew out of love with as you got older? Which is it and what made you give it up?

When I was a kid, I loved mysteries as much as I did anything with a spaceship or a monster.  I plowed through Encyclopedia Brown, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators… I couldn’t get enough of these series.  I actually envy now that I was able to read so many books so quickly back then.  The library became my home away from home because there was no way my family could afford to buy all of these.  And then one day at my local school’s annual book fair, I discovered the great Sherlock Holmes.

To this day, I’m bored to tears with the average mystery story; Holmes ruined it for me because he’s too awesome for words.  And it got to the point that I’m so impressed by the character and situations that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle bequeathed to us that I regularly shun both modern pastiche / reinventions of the character and the term “Sherlockian” as applied to fans who don’t have the first clue what that really means (if you’ll pardon the pun).


Nominate Other Bloggers

The rules say I’m supposed to nominate 8-13 other bloggers.  People, I have seen some truly creative blogs out there.  It should be no surprise to anyone, but the ones I love the most are the ones that make me think.  I love getting different perspectives on things I already think I know and/or discovering new ideas.  The following blogs are those that don’t appear to have been tagged recently (though I could be mistaken), and deserve some recognition for what they do and for how they do it.  In no particular order, and for the simple reason that these pages regularly give me something new to think about, my winners are:

Tim Miller, Word and Silence

Neurodivergent Rebel

Manuel Antao, Antão’s Bat Cave

Olga Polomoshnova, Middle-earth Reflections

Maddie M, Well-Read Twenty Something

Sarah Y. Lockwood, The Critiquing Chemist

The Past Due Book Review

Blair, The Shameful Sheep

For those whom I’ve tagged, you are under no obligation to follow through.  Simply know that you’ve made an impact.  Should you decide you want to join in and award someone else, see the rules at the top of this post and have fun.  Which brings us to the final portion of this…


Ask the Winners 3 Questions

The rules say I’m supposed to ask three questions of these winners.  Given the diversity in play here, it looks like I’m going to have to stick to something general, but hopefully worthy of their time and exploration.

1 – You are given a magic wand and told you can change precisely one thing in the whole of human history without some kind of negative backlash on your personal karma.  What do you choose, and why?

2 – You are given the opportunity to know the answer to one unknowable question.  What’s your question?

3 – You encounter your 9-year-old self and are given just enough time and opportunity to give your past self one quick tidbit of information.  What do you tell your past self?

Congrats to the winners, and thanks for reading.

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