The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

I haven’t been nominated for The Black Cat Blue Sea Award before so I was thrilled to be tagged by Lauren at Lauren’s Page Turners. Thanks so much for the tag Lauren, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award


  • Answer the three questions posed to you by the person who nominated you
  • Ask three questions
  • Nominate up to 8 others

Lauren’s Questions:

  1. What is your favourite genre and why? If it is YA, which sub genre?

My favourite genre is fantasy, which likely doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The first book I can remember reading is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and ever since then there’s been something about the fantasy genre – the magic and adventure, the new worlds to explore, the escape from my real life – that I’ve been addicted to.

Subgenres I love are; mythology, fairytale retelling, time travel, and magical realism. While I love all fantasy books anything in any of those four subgenres is an automatic add to my TBR list.

  1. What was your best read of 2016?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite authors, and with each release of hers I’ve read it’s seems like I’ve fallen more and more in love with her writing. Crooked Kingdom was amazing, and everything I wanted to see in the finale of the Six of Crows duology; it was fast-paced and addictive with great characters and I just never wanted it to end.

Crooked Kingdom

As I’m posting this at the beginning of 2018 I figured I’d feature my favourite read of 2017 as well, and that is A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, likely to the surprise of absolutely no one.


  1. Which book is your most anticipated release for 2017 2018?

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Again as I’m posting this at the beginning of 2018 I have to feature my most anticipated release for 2018, and to narrow it down (because there are so many books coming out that I can’t wait for) I’m picking my most anticipated release from January this year.

I re-read the first two books in the Red Rising trilogy and finally managed to pick up Morning Star last month. Unsurprisingly I loved this series, and kicked myself for not finishing it sooner. Iron Gold is the fourth book in the Red Rising Saga, and oh my god I am counting down the minutes until its release. I have high hopes I’m not going to lie, but I feel like this has the potential to be one of my top reads of 2018.

Iron Gold

My Questions:

  1. What is your favourite quote from a book you read this year (2018)?
  2. Are there any places/countries books have made you dream of going, real-life or fictional places?
  3. If you could see one book made into a film, and know the adaptation was going to be a good one, what would you choose and why?

My Nominations:

  1. The Orangutan Librarian
  2. Rose at Stuck in Fiction
  3. Swetlana at The Caffeinated Bookworm
  4. Zoie atΒ Whisked Away by Words

As for everyone else out there reading this post, let me know what your answers for these questions would be. What book is your most anticipated release for this year, and of the books you’ve read so far in 2018 what is your favourite quote?

20 thoughts on “The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

    1. Yay, I’m really glad you’re enjoying ADSOM so far Lashaan, I’ll be really looking forwards to seeing your review for it. πŸ™‚ Well at least all the series is released now, so you can get around to the books whenever you like and know you won’t have to wait if you want to pick the next one up right away. πŸ˜€

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  1. Crooked Kingdom & ACOL are two of my favorite books written of all time, tbh!! So glad to have re/read them in 2017. 😍 And yesss I absolutely love fantasy!! Something about it is so magical, and while contemporary is cool, I just love that special aspect of escapism. Magical realism, urban fantasies, and retellings are definitely some of my favorite subgenres as well. 😊 Great post!!

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    1. They really were amazing! I actually want to re-read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom at some point this year given how long it’s been since I last picked them up. πŸ™‚
      Yeah I really love contemporary stories but in my opinion nothing can beat fantasy and the escapism you can find in those stories. It’s pretty much the whole reason I read. πŸ™‚
      Thanks May! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Yeah Harry Potter was one of those defining books for me growing up, and a few of my friends as well. πŸ™‚ Iron Gold is going to be amazing, not long now until its release right?
      That’s all right, I’ll be looking forwards to seeing your answers for the questions I set! πŸ˜€

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  2. Crooked Kingdom is such a good choice for #2!! 😍 The ending, especially, was so perfect… I still wanted to read more about the characters, but the ending’s calmness after two books of utter chaos made me feel satisfied and hopeful for the characters’ futures. (Honestly, though, I never wanted the book — or story — to end either. πŸ˜†) Thank you so much for nominating me, Beth — I’m excited to answer your questions! 😊

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    1. Yes, I knew the second I finished it back in 2016 that it was going to be my favourite book of the year. It was definitely perfect, I would LOVE to read more about these characters too (I’m kind of hopeful we may see a cameo of them in Nikolai’s book/series) but yeah the end was definitely a satisfying end to their stories.
      That’s all right, I’ll be looking forwards to seeing your answers in that case! πŸ˜€

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  3. Somehow, I still haven’t read Six of Crows hahahaha. I swear I will someday though, given that it’s one of your favorites, I’ll have to give it a try πŸ™‚
    I loved ACOL so, so much as well ❀
    Lovely answers for this tag, Beth! xx

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    1. Oh you definitely need to pick it up Marie. πŸ™‚ Hopefully it will end up being a duology you love (it’s definitely a duology I love that’s for sure).
      ACOL was amazing. I had high hopes and V.E. Schwab more than met them, not that I ever doubted she would. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  4. I love Crooked Kingdom so much. A Conjuring of Light is another good choice. I haven’t read any of Red Rising yet. I’ve heard so much good about that series though.

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