Blog awards

REAL NEAT BLOG AWARD // my first ever nomination ft. school subjects & happy books

Hello there friends!

So apparently I was nominated for a blog award?? And I didn’t know about it until recently so am I only now getting around it welp.

A huge thanks to Daria @ Bookaholic’s Therapy for nominating me, so sorry it took so long.

Anyways, I’m just going to answer all the question and hopefully not fail at these.


  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions from the blog who nominated you.
  • Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions

What is a book that made you happy?

My immediate thought was to say Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston but in the spirit of trying not to be repetitive as I usually am, we’re going to go with Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks. I don’t think I’ve talked about this one too much so I decided it needed some spotlight time.

This a graphic novel and also lowkey my all-time favourite one (of the ones I’ve read so far as I only started reading them last year). It was just such a delight. The art style is just stunning, the colour palette is just WOW!! It’s full of Halloween adventures and delicious food. We’ve got a slow-burn friends-to-lovers romance going on and I just LOVED this one. Highly recommend you read if you haven’t, I swear you won’t regret.

What is your NOTP (a book couple that you don’t like)?

I don’t ever, like, not ship couples. Like I don’t care that much if I don’t LOVE a couple. It’s whatever. And I also don’t not ship these two but as my taste has developed, I began to care less about Emma and Julian from The Dark Artifices and their whole relationship. I was much more invested in *cough* Kit and Ty *cough*. I still like them, and the romance between them didn’t bother me or anything but I didn’t care as much. Julian is still a smol baby who deserves a hug. But eh Emma started getting annoying so. Welp sorry.

What song reminds you of your childhood?

Image result for the kaiser chiefs yours truly angry mob


Whenever somebody asks what my name is, and I say “Ruby” I always get “Oh yeah, have you ever listened to that song?”. There are multiple songs called Ruby (the one I’m talking about being Ruby by Kaiser Chiefs) as my Dad always used to play this one when I was a kid and the one I know best. It’s very rock-and-roll and the first song on the album. And I scream to it occasionally. Fun times. There’s also Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones, which is lovely!

Do you listen to music while writing a post or do you need silence?

I absolutely CANNOT blog without music. I hate the clicking of keys on my laptop when I’m blogging, I can’t like proof-read my posts with music, but I absolutely can’t write without music. It’s a no from me.

What is your favourite TV show?

Image result for stranger things coverHmm, it’s funny you ask that. I mean what ON EARTH could it possibly be??? HA I know I’m funny. Idk WHO you are if you didn’t know that it was Stranger Things. I’ve watched the show like 6 times or something,  it’s no secret that I love it. Literally go ask anybody who follows me on Instagram where I talk about it like every 5 seconds WHOOPS.

That show OH MAN!! Literally has everything that I love aka the 80s, loveable characters, special abilities and weird going-ons. I just,,, love it to pieces. I do plan on getting a season three discussion up (which DESTROYED ME!! Best season yet??) sometime soon because I’ve put it off for wayyyy too long.


What is your opinion on audiobooks?

I think they’re great!! And honestly don’t understand why people don’t like them. I don’t listen to that many, only because I don’t need to all that often. I’m mainly at home and don’t live in a big city where I could make more use of them. But I’ve listened to a few before and always have a great time.

This also the perfect opportunity to mention that I’ve slowly been listening to some audiobooks that I got from, as I’m part of their ALC program. They’re such an awesome platform as they support local bookstores and the membership price is very reasonable.

But yeah, audiobooks are awesome and I’m super excited to start listening to more of them. I’m definitely going to this year since I am going to be living in the city for university.

What is/was your favourite subject at school?

I graduated high school a month ago and my favourite (and best) subject was History. Which is truly not surprising as it’s basically like learning a story, so no wonder. I also really loved English, again not surprising.

And there we have it! Thanks again Daria for nominating me. Now I’m supposed to nominate some people right?? I’m bad at this welp!


Let’s nominate

Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea

May @ Forever And Everly

Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink

Sophie @ Me and Ink

Ioana @ A Dragon of Words

Lais @ The Bookish Skies

Noemie @ Tempest of Books

I’d like to know:

1) What disappointing book did you read recently?

2) What genre have you been loving?

3) Name a recent book you loved!

4) What do you like to do besides reading?

5) What book are you going to pick up after your current read?

6) What is your favourite music genre?

7) What is one of your oldest favourite books/series?




  • ~Kerys

    I agree about the not shipping! If i love a pair i will become obSesSEd but otherwise i don’t really care. blogging with music is so fun!! i’ve heard so much about stranger things and it sounds amazing! history is amaizng and i love learning it! i’ve dropped it now for geography though because i am awful at essays which is what we’re asessed on! this is such a great post and i loved reading it!

  • Sophie @ Me and Ink

    I loved reading your anwsers so much!! 😍
    I bet the colour palette in Pumpkins Heads is really cute! I love the autumnal vibes!!

    I know the song Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs, I used to learn it on the guitar!! 😂

    Stranger Things is a great TV show, I’ve watched it twice. I think my favourite character is Jonathon or Will or Steve!! Who is yours???

    I think audio books are great too!! It is so cool. I don’t listen to them all the time but I think it encourages for to try new books out!!

    Thank you so much for tagging me!!! 💕💕 it means a lot!!

  • Ruby Rae Reads

    Oh you’re the best!!

    Pumpkinheads is so pretty ahhh love it.

    Omg you can play it ON THE GUITAR?!?! That’s so awesome!!!

    I love… all the characters. Steve and Will are some of my faves! I love El, Mike, Dustin and also Robin 😍

  • Lais @ The Bookish Skies

    congrats on the award, ruby!!
    i wish i didn’t have that many notps. unfortunately, i find that when i dislike a couple, i end up also disliking the book. even if, objectively, i know everything else about the book can be fine, i never think of it in a positive light because of it. which shouldn’t be that much of a big deal, but for some reason, i can’t help myself! i just have to stan all couples and when i don’t, i’m mad, hahah.
    i think it’s lovely that there are so many songs with your name on the title! maybe that can be a little bit annoying, because everyone who meets you will probably end up singing the song, but i still think that’s such a cool thing! but that’s probably why i’m a music nerd.
    and i’m listening to music right now as i comment, which is not how i usually do things. because i blog in english + listen to music in english, i have to concentrate extra hard not to mix things up, lol. but i love listening to music everywhere and i understand how annoying it is to listen to yourself tapping sometimes.
    btw, i’d love for a stranger things 3 discussion, even if it’s been a while! maybe when we get a release date for s4?
    thank you soooo much for nominating me, btw! 💛

    • Ruby Rae Reads

      Omg Lais YOU ARE THE BEST!! I feel like 1000% the same about the romance HA… we’re terrible people whoops

      Hehe yes so true. I LOVE music but some of it just makes me want to bury myself in a whole. Not to be dramatic or anything.

      Yay omg okay I need to work on my ST discussion then. Also no I have no idea. I HOPE for December or early 2021 *fingers crossed *

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