Mystery Blogger Award

Marina @ Books of Magic nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award – thanks Marina!


  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions.
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three facts about me:

  • Outside of reading, singing is another hobby of mine and I’ve been having weekly singing lessons since February this year.
  • I’ve been working in the publishing industry since 2014.
  • I’m qualified to teach English as a foreign language.

My best(?) posts:

Marina’s questions:

What is your most anticipated 2020 release?

Marina nominated me back in May so, thanks to me procrastinating, a lot of my anticipated releases have already been published. So, from the latter half of the year, I’m going to cheat and pick three!


I’ve managed to acquire an eARC of The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow, and I believe my friend Natalie @ Too Short to Read and I are going to buddy read it in September, and I’m really excited for it. I’ve been loving Harrow’s work over the past year and she’s well on her way to becoming a new favourite author. I’m also super excited for Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, which is a high fantasy novel inspired by the Pre-Columbian Americas, and These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, which is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai.

Do you stay away from controversial authors’ books, or do you read them regardless?

This is such a tricky topic, isn’t it? And it’s also so subjective because we all have to draw our own lines of what we’re willing to accept from an author. Ultimately, for me, it depends what they’ve done and it depends on how much I enjoy their work.

Two of the best examples for me right now are J.K. Rowling and Scott Lynch. The Harry Potter series is a huge part of my childhood but, as we all know, Rowling has been spewing forth more and more transphobic garbage. Thankfully I’ve already read the Harry Potter books and I think the series is so separate from her now that she’s never going to get it back from her fans, so I don’t feel guilty when I re-read the series.

I am still collecting the illustrated editions of her books, though, and therefore giving her money, so something I’ve made the decision to do is to donate the same amount of money I spend on the future illustrated editions to organisations such as Mermaids or The Trevor Project. The thing that I most dislike is the idea of financially supporting someone with garbage views – especially if they’re an author like Orson Scott Card, who I’ve never read, who we know uses his money to support homophobia – so I want to put my money where my mouth is.

I also finally read The Lies of Locke Lamora last year and really enjoyed it, only to discover this year that Lynch and his wife, Elizabeth Bear, have been accused of grooming another author. Now of course they’re innocent until proven guilty, but I will always put my faith in the people who make these accusations because I don’t think the majority of people are making accusations like it out of boredom. I got a copy of Red Seas Under Red Skies for Christmas off my parents, so I’m going to read it, and then going forward I’ll either make the decision not to continue with the series or I’ll buy the series secondhand so he doesn’t get any of my money.

We do have to let authors make mistakes – I previously wrote a post about Tomi Adeyemi being denounced as ‘trash’ after her behaviour on Twitter – but being transphobic or homophobic or grooming someone isn’t a small mistake, so if I know an author’s views are trash and I haven’t read them yet then I’ll probably stay away from their work because there are so many other books I could be reading. If I’ve already read and enjoyed their work, and I can separate their work from their views, I’ll find ways to read their work without giving them money.

Apologies for that essay of an answer…

What is your favourite book from your least favourite genre?


I had to think about this for a while because I’m not entirely sure what my least favourite genre is. There are genres I don’t gravitate towards, but as such I haven’t really read enough of them to have a favourite. I don’t know if it counts as a genre, but I don’t read a lot of literary fiction because it’s often so depressing and yet I loved Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀.

What is your least favourite book from your favourite genre?


My favourite genre would be fantasy and a book I read last year and loathed was Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier. Bizarrely it’s the sequel to Daughter of the Forest, which is probably one of my favourite fantasies, but this second book in the series made me so, so angry.

You are stuck in quarantine with the main character of the last novel you read, who are you stuck with, and how’s it going?


Ooh I’m stuck in quarantine with Jane and Katherine from Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland, and to be honest that sounds amazing! I love those girls.

My questions

  1. What’s your favourite book of 2020 so far?
  2. Would you rather be fluent in every language in the world or be able to play every musical instrument in the world?
  3. What genre have you found the most comforting this year?
  4. If you met a reader who’d never read anything from your favourite genre, which book would you recommend they start with?
  5. Which film adaptation have you enjoyed more than the book?

I’m tagging…

Natalie @ Too Short to Read | Acqua @ Acquadimore Books | Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense | Annemieke @ A Dance with Books | Dini @ dinipandareads | Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales | Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog | Leah @ Quite the Novel Idea | Louise @ Monstrumology

and anyone else who wants to do it!

12 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award

  1. Emer @alittlehazebookblog says:

    Ughhh Orson Scott Card… such a hateful person. He’s definitely someone I refuse to read. I’m fortunate that I’m not a HP fan so I don’t have to feel weird about liking those books. I honestly feel so bad for how JKR has crapped on so many people’s childhoods.
    Also I LOVE STAY WITH ME! Omg that book is fantastic. I read it as an arc and remember being all smug when it started getting shortlisted for awards lol 😂😂😂 Loved reading your answers Jess. Very thoughtful indeed. And thank you for the tag my friend. Much appreciated ☺️☺️☺️❤️💙💝💙❤️

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  2. acquadimore says:

    I’m also really anticipating Black Sun, it’s a setting we almost never see in fantasy novels. And same re: “controversial” authors; “controversial” can mean so many things and no case is the same, because “bad take on twitter” really isn’t on the same level as harassment allegations or deliberate constant bigotry.
    Thanks for tagging me!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Yeees I’m so excited for Black Sun! And definitely–Twitter can help bring really important issues to light, but sometimes debating on there is so black and white that it feels like there’s no good way to deal with the issues at all. No problem, I’ll look forward to your answers. 😀

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      It’s always hard when we really enjoy books by authors we have a moral problem with, isn’t it? I feel like donating a bit of money to a good cause is one way for some kind of positivity to come out of it. 🙂


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