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AWARDS: Gratitude for Multiple Nominations – Part 4 of 5

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~40 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…


These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 7 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. If I missed a tag or award, let me know. I will fix that! Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!


Unique Blogger Award

  • Books Teacup and Reviews
  • Thank you to Yesha for being one of the first bloggers I connected with last year, giving me ideas for tea to try, and generally being a very friendly, open-minded, and fun blogger to interact with.
  • What in the book makes you blindly request/purchase the book (without even checking ratings/reviews)?
    • Usually just the author… otherwise I still want to know a bit about it!

Tell the Darkness to Get Lost Award

  • Momentum of Jo
  • Thank you to Jo for being such an incredibly kind, generous, and fun blogger to know. Between the inspiration she brings and the laughter she shares, this is one blogger we all need in our lives!
  • There weren’t any questions here, just a list of amazing bloggers who push through the day to help others. If you are looking for someone new to follow, this is a MUST READ post.

Awesome Blogger Award

  • Coffee Loving Bookoholic
  • Thank you to Alex for being an amazing supporter of writers and bloggers. She has truly been someone that makes me smile whenever I see her posts, she tags me on every social media platform, or shares news about her life. She’s just let us know she’s moving, too… and I’m so excited for her!
  • Do you collect anything other than books?
    • Nope! I used to collect a lot when I was younger, but now I prefer less physical things and more digital things. It’s easier to read / view / sample when you are away from home!

Miranda Sings Award

  • Des’ Random Thoughts
  • Thank you to Des for sticking with me from the beginning. We’ve shared lots of comments over the last year and on random posts and topics. It’s always good to have someone international with a really great ability to see the world from so many cultures and places!
  • Random Fact
    • I will be in Italy for 2 weeks very soon. What must I eat and drink???

Black Cat Blue Sea Award

  • The Orangutan Librarian
  • Thank you to ‘R’ (not sure if she shares her name and I don’t want to accidentally reveal it!) for one of the most amazing book blogs ever… so amazing that we’re trying to get together for tea when I’m in London in a few weeks.
  • Which bookish baddie would you least like to meet in an alleyway at night?
    • Joe from “You” by Caroline Kepnes; however, I am not at liberty to say what we’d do… given he’s a serial killer, obsessed and lovesick puppy, and book fanatic, it could be lots of things! LEAST or MOST meet — I can’t decide!

Brotherhood of the World Award

  • Misty’s Book Space
  • Thank you to Misty for being such an amazing friend, blogger, book discussion confidante, reader, reviewer and supporter. Over the last year, we touch base several times a week on book recommendations, how my books are going, what’s going on in her beauty blog, or just general life stuff!
  • What is your least read genre?
    • Science Fiction or Fantasy. I’m trying to read more in it, but I tend to like boundaries in books, and without them, I never know what to expect. I like surprises, but if there are no rules, someone can come back from the dead 5 million times, so it’s never really over. That makes me confused! LOL

Sunshine Blogger Award

  • Jacey K. Dew
  • Thank you to Jacey for connecting with me (fairly recently) and nominating me. She’s an author, too, which is always a fun connection. I look forward to learning more about her this summer when I get back from vacation and look into her books and writing. It’s always good to share someone new with my friends, so welcome to Jacey!
  • What is your favourite film and why?
    • ‘Defending Your Life’ with Meryl Street (and tons of other stars but since I adore her, she’s what makes the film shine for me)… MUST WATCH!




AWARD: Awesome Blogger #2

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Many thanks to Noriko for nominating me on this award. I was nominated once before, but she has fun new questions, so I must participate again. And she’s such an amazing online friend, you must go check out her site to see a ton of good content and brilliant ideas.

The award was created by Maggie at Dreaming of Guatemala who stated:

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.



1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Include the reason behind the award.
3. Include the banner in your post.
4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.


Questions To Me

  • What is your worst fear in your life?
    • Dying without living to my full potential


  • Are you left-handed or right-handed? If you’re right-handed, are you inherently right-handed or were you forced?
    • Right-handed all my life


  • Tell us about the happiest moment you have ever had in your life if you don’t mind.
    • I’m not sure I know the happiest one, but definitely when I completed my first novel and actually thought to myself “you accomplished a major goal.”


  • If you could go back in time and re-experience a certain event/time period, when is it and why?
    • I’d like to re-live college knowing more about myself now. I would make some different decisions — nothing major — just to learn to appreciate life more than always studying.


  • Where are you from?
    • Born in Fort Myers, Florida but grew up in Bethpage, New York.


  • What is your least favorite social media platform and why?
    • SnapChat. I do not like posting videos of myself. It often breaks the device.


  • If you could have Doraemon’s Anywhere Door (for those of you who don’t know what it is, it is basically a magical door that transports you anywhere you want in an instant), where would you go?
    • My head’s exploding. I can’t pick only one place. OK fine, you’re so mean to me, Noriko… only for you!!! I’d go to Elizabethan Times in England to visit the Kings and Queens and try to advise them of what they should do differently. 🙂


  • What’s the 2nd item on your bucket list?
    • Invent something that truly makes a difference for human beings.


  • Any summer plans?
    • Normal stuff. Fire Island weekend. Trip to Louisiana to visit family. Work on the NYC Terrace Garden.


  • What life lesson do you appreciate the most and why?
    • Always be honest, express your thoughts and be open-minded. You’ll accomplish more than anyone else can if you follow those guidelines.


Questions To My Nominees

  1. Tell us about your next planned vacation.
  2. Who is your favorite world leader and why?
  3. Which book character is your dream significant other?
  4. What is your normal wake-up time and go-to-sleep time?
  5. What fable taught you the most in life?
  6. What’s been the worst movie you’ve seen?
  7. How do you really feel about social media?
  8. What does the world need to do more of?
  9. If you could stop time every day for 30 minutes, would you do it even if you don’t no what the repercussions might be?
  10. Do you have a secret crush on someone right now? And will you tell me who it is?


My Nominees


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.