The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Greetings readers!

A while ago I was nominated by the lovely Mandy over at Book Princess for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award!


“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

Mandy is a dear friend and an awesome blogger. She is one of the best people to fangirl with, especially over Carswell Thorne and anything Lunar Chronicles or Marissa Meyer related! Thank you Mandy, I appreciate this nomination and YOU so much! For those who don’t know about about Mandy’s amazing blog just click here to discover a whole new world of book blogging! 😉


  1. Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
  2. The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award

Mandy’s Questions

What was your last favourite book and why?

Honestly, this is a tough question. I have read so many great books in  the past couple of months, but I would have to say my overall favourite is Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch. I know what you’re thinking, “Rendz didn’t pick Wires & Nerve as her favourite, a TLC book” *gasp*. Wires & Nerve was amazing and I enjoyed every second of it, but Frost Like Night tops my list for reasons that follow. FLN really touched me deep. It was a) Fantasy, my favourite genre of books out there and b) a sweet ending to an amazing series. The magic and adventure of this book kept me captivated, Meira’s story entangled with all the other characters lives was a truly wonderful reading experience. The theme of “not being enough” as Sara points out in her acknowledgements, really touched me in my personal life. There are so many days and moments where we strive to be more for others, for show and we forget that we cannot be more than what we are. Expectations are meant to push us to improve not to pressure us into believing we are not “good enough”. Who has the right to say you are not good enough if there is no other you out there to compare? (Does that make sense?) I guess I’m just trying to say that, yes we can always improve our actions and decisions but  we cannot meet every expectation and belief of everyone we know. It’s impossible, everyone has different opinions and ultimately we only have one path in life that we discover for ourselves. Also, this book made me cry and it has been a long time since a book stirred that kind of reaction from me!

Has there ever been a time when you hated or gave up on reading?

OH YES! I abhorred reading from the ages of 6 to 10. It was not until I was 11 going on to 12 that my passion and obsession for reading really implemented itself in me. When I was first learning to read I had some difficulties. Reading often entailed reading out loud with my teacher or peers, I was also extremely shy and those two did not mix.  I remember being so embarrassed when I mispronounced words or stumbled on sentences. I was the kid who said sweeter for sweater and is-land for island. Looking back now I understand my teacher were helping me, but back then it felt like I was being reprimanded. I remember having to read the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. That’s it. I remember having to read it, not actually understanding anything that was going on! It’s a shame because I hear it is a great book. But at ages 11 to 12, I read a lot of great middle grade books, specifically many Candy Apple books that were juicy and dramatic. Then I found the Hunger Games and the reading world took over my life! You can read more about my Evolution in reading in the post I did!

What book are you most excited to read this year? (Doesn’t have to be a 2017 release)


Wires & Nerve was my most anticipated of January and I loved it so I can cross that off the list! I recently bought Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which I have also been anticipating! I also have a lot of 2016 books I have yet to read like Heartless, Three Dark Crowns, Fate of Flames, The Forgetting and The Thousandth Floor! Not to mention the incredible new debuts and sequels coming out in 2017! You can see that list in My Most Anticipated Reads of 2017 Pt 1 and Pt 2! Special shout out to Chaol Westfall’s novel coming this fall, which I am dying to read!

SO, I have a lot of books to read.

As usual!


My Nominees

Some of these bloggers I nominate are recent discoveries that I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

A New Look On Books

Payton’s Book Thoughts

Jemms Reads



The Book Cover Girls

Maya Hearts Books

Royal Reader

My Questions

  1. What is a book that brings up a good memory?
  2. Do you have a person with whom you can fangirl/boy with at anytime of the day?
  3. You can wish yourself into any fictional world you want, but you must leave behind this life (family, friends and books!) Would you do it and if so, where would you go?

Special thanks again to Mandy for nominating me! I would just like to let you know , whilst writing this post I was listening to a Disney song playlist, as one should!

Happy reading!





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  1. Thank yo so much for your kind words…and epic Disney pun, Rendz! Lol I was actually :O faced when I saw you didn’t pick wires and Nerve…but then got super pumped since that other book does sound epic so yet another series I need to get on stat! And it’s interesting to see your reading evolution. Sometimes it really is just the right book to get you hooked…or not. XD fantastic post as always!

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    1. Thank you! I was hoping you would catch that pun! I was listening to that song while I was writing that bit. Wires & Nerve is still very precious to me but FLN just knocked me out of the park. I hope you enjoy the series whenever you get a chance to read it!

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  2. Thanks so much for nominating us!!! I really appreciate it! I went through a similar phase with you and reading- throughout middle school I despised it. It was mainly due to me having to find and read higher level books, which I didn’t like. I wouldn’t touch any contemporary books, just higher level ones. It made me not like reading. But then in 9th grade, I started to get out of my comfort zone and try a book that wasn’t the Maze Runner series or Infinity Ring series, and I soon became hooked. Now I can’t stop! I know how you felt when you just didn’t read for years, but mine was 11-14 years old. Thanks for nominating us again! 😊

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  3. Thank you so much for nominating us for this! I too had a time in which I was not a fan of reading. I didn’t even like to read until I was in around the 8th grade. Before then, I hated books,mostly because since English was not my first language I was not a very good reader. It was so frustrating! Then I was peer pressured into reading Twilight because all my friends had done it and I wanted to join the conversation. The way I saw it, there are worse things to get pressured into doing than reading. Now look how far I’ve come, I am currently an English major lol.

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