For All of You Delightful Readers!

Here are some awards which need handing out! I’ve tried to be fair so if I’ve already given you something before, then that’s why I haven’t given you something here. But scroll down, there’s something special for all of my wonderful readers at the bottom!

Please note that all of the awards are optional and that you do not have to receive them!

In no particular order…

Beautiful Blogger Award

Firstly, I would like to thank Mandy, from Bork Adventures, for awarding me the Beautiful Blogger Award. What an honour, thank you! If you haven’t already visited her blog, you definitely should as she offers wonderful insight into the books which all bookworms have read, are reading or aspire to read. It’s all in the name: Books + Dork = Bork. In a cool way. Thank you so much, Mandy and thanks for cheering me on as I’ve started up my blog.

Edit: Thank you also to Tracy, from The HeSo Project for awarding me this, too! HeSo stands for your heart and soul and she has a lot of both! From reading her inspiring blog about her fascinating experiences, my favourite post being ‘A Lesson I Learnt From My Dad,’ I have learnt a lot and have been highly motivated.Thank you so much, Tracy!

The Beautiful Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award
  • Paste the award on your blog
  • Link the person who nominated you for the award
  • Nominate 7 bloggers or less
  • Post links to the 7 blogs you nominated

My nominees: Charity U at Austenitis (one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve met so far!); Indi at The Nook (she has plenty to say!); Mandy at Little Maison (adorable blog); Vintagefrills at Vintage Frills (Vintage + Jane Austen = winning combo.); Anne at Scribblings of My Pen and Tappings of My Keyboard (can’t wait for hero week!).


Firstly, the Kreativ Blogger Award from Indi, over at The Nook. Thank you so much, Indi! I really appreciate your reading my blog. : )

I have to tell you all ten things about myself, and then nominate at least six others.

I like the smell of freshly cut grass. I prefer cows to sheep and Austen to Brontë. I don’t have a car, but if I did, I would like a Mini Cooper in cream or silver, or a VW Beetle in light blue. I like the look of Blogger, but WordPress is cooler (largely because it’s the one I have… Obviously*). The Simpsons is one of the best things ever invented. If I were an animal, I would be a monkey (and maybe a movie star, like Marcel). I like slipping in Friends references to see if anyone notices. The best kind of jokes are always Chuck Norris-related. I never run out of things to say…

*I kid you not. Ok, I’m joking… Can’t believe you actually thought I was that arrogant… I’m now slightly insulted…

My nominees are: Lisa at Carr Party of Five (a kind and highly inspirational blogger); Payton at Dirt and Dickens (just wonderful and her country-girl boots are bootaful); Miss Dashwood at Yet Another Period Drama Blog (brilliant writing style and I love her blog to bits); E A M Harris at E A M Harris (soon-to-be author!), Abby at Newly Impassioned Soul (her blog is gorgeous); Miss Elizabeth at Elegance of Fashion (a truly ‘elegant’ blog); Cassie at Books and Bowel Movements (see, even the name of her blog is creative – sorry, kreativ); Tracy at The HeSo Project (see above).

This Creative Chaos Award is from Indi at The Nook, as well. Thanks, Indi!

This award is a bit different. The Creative Chaos Award recipient must complete the following:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Take your best shot at 3 tasks listed below.
3. Nominate 5 recent followers.

The Tasks:
1. 3 weird things I do… Answer questions like this; not eat peanut butter; not drink tea/coffee. (“Whatttt?”)

2. You must tell why you look at the “glass half full” scenario and ask, “what? No coffee?”… I don’t drink coffee, so I would never say that; therefore, the only logical conclusion which I could come to in this situation would be that someone (probably an alien) has infected my brain and taken over my body. Someone who drinks coffee. I would then run to Sherlock, who would get me out of that mess. Or the Doctor. But I prefer Sherlock. (“Ooh, controversial.”)

3. You find yourself in a desolate place when the car breaks down. You have no phone service, no Wal-Mart, and only a candy bar for food. It’s 150 miles to the closest town. What color are your underpants and why?… That is so American! In the UK, we don’t have Wal-Mart; however, they own Asda stores, which is the same thing. We call ‘candy bars,’ ‘chocolate bars.’ I use kilometres, not miles (although a lot of people still use miles). We spell ‘color’ with an extra ‘u.’ We call ‘underpants,’ ‘knickers’ or ‘pants.’ So first, I would have to translate those American thoughts into English thoughts so that my brain would be able to function normally* (in 0.002145 seconds – faster than Google translate), and then I would reply to you, “That is a highly inappropriate question! Anyway, this happens all the time in movies and books. Let’s just do a Jane Eyre and run around wildly from house to house, then collapse with exhaustion until someone gives us food.” Jane Eyre annoys me. (“Ooh, really controversial.”)

*Jooooking. Random fact: I learnt fluent American English for emergency situations such as these. “No worries, y’all gad it under controwl wid de underpants thang.” (American accents are Awesome.)

My nominees are: Jenny at Caffeinated and Random (she is awesome and shares her coffee with me every morning… well, a picture of it); Thoughtsy of Thoughts Appear (Awesome – capital A); Jules from GoGuiltyPleasures (she will be able to sell her used tissues  for $100s when she is famous, mark my words); Mandy from Bork Adventures (already said how great she is, see above); Meg at Snobbery (the most crazy-in-a-good-way blog I’ve found so far. The bar has been raised, bloggers).

I kind of ignored rule no. 5 there a bit, oops. Couldn’t resist – sorry!

Again, thank you, Indi! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading The Nook!

The only requirement of The Reader Appreciation Award is to list the nominees.

My nominees are: ALL OF YOU DELIGHTFUL READERS! I appreciate every single one of you and cannot possibly single any readers out. I therefore would like to offer this award to anyone who would like to accept it, so that they can reward their readers too and show their appreciation.

You’re all brilliant. Thank you.



“Reality Faced by Book Reviewers,” by Charlie Brown

Watchable Wednesdays

True to its name, every Wednesday I hope to share with you videos which I have enjoyed and think you might, too.  We all need a bit of cheering up to last until the end of the week, don’t we?

Charlie Brown reveals the truth behind the book reporter.  Kids’ cartoon, or satirical microcosm of the book blogger’s world?!

Haha, it leaves me in fits of giggles.  As seen on Scribblings of My Pen and Tappings of My Keyboard – thanks, Anne!
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not actually called “Reality Faced by Book Reviewers, Book Bloggers, Et Al.,” but simply: “The Book Report.”
Enjoy the rest of the week.

Who Would Have Known?

Versatile Blogger AwardGreat news, everyone! I have been awarded my first blogger award; apparently, I’m versatile!

E A M Harris was kind enough to nominate me and I can’t thank her enough! You should all take a look at her blog if you’re interested in literature or poetry.

According to the rules, I have to nominate 15 blogs myself, who I’ve “recently discovered or follow regularly.”

The problem is that I have so many ‘favourites’! I love getting emails for everyone’s new posts… Anyway, here are a few who haven’t been nominated already by others, as far as I know:

Adventures in Borkdom – always plenty of interesting book-ish posts to read over there!

Austen Prose – fantabulous

Cinnamon & Apple – posts awesome, crafty things. Everyday.

Frances Cannot Write – Frances actually can

The Happiest Cow – that’s one happy cow!

Jane Austen Today – so much love for this blog (also writes Jane Austen’s World :O)

Je Ne Parle Pas Français – inspirational

Litlaffluv – for the lovers of Literature

Madame Guillotine – for history geeks or Marie Antoinette fans

Musings of an Anglophile – we watch similar TV programmes :D

A Room of One’s Own – because she loves Classics, too

The Tiny Sartorialist – this baby can already write a blog; he has big things ahead

Truth and Cake – her blog looks delicious

Twigs for Pigs – she makes me laugh

ZMCD Creates – a cute little blog which has just started up (for any tweens out there)

Congratulations! To everyone else who I haven’t mentioned, keep blogging! You’re all brilliant. I do not have an acceptance speech prepared which is as clever or creative as Emma Thompson’s was for Sense and Sensibility at the Golden Globes in 1996, when she pretended to be Miss Austen…


Here are seven [random] facts about myself which you may or may not know:

1. My favourite author is Jane Austen. You may already know that, but it’s important. Being a Janeite is a way of life. :P

2. I like cake, macaroons, cookies and all yummy desserts in general.

3. I prefer snow to sun.

4. I have a solid and loyal passion for Friends, the epic TV show.

5. I also watch programmes like: Sherlock, Merlin, Downton Abbey, Glee etc.

6. I’ve never watched an Audrey Hepburn movie (but these people have persuaded me that I need to.)

7. My favourite colour is rainbow. (Just kidding! That’s my favourite food! Got you again! Ok, I’ll stop now…) I sometimes make jokes… (“That was a joke?!”)

Please note, the award is completely optional and you do not have to accept. You can also get a little badge to stick on your site, if you choose to.

(Although I’ve seen one or two which are white and look like this:

Versatile Blogger Award

Sneaky… I like :P)

Thanks to E A M Harris, once again!


It’s Like a Nose-Job, but for a Blog

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

Mary Robinson

You might have noticed something a little… odd.

You might have noticed something that you just couldn’t quite put your cursor on…

You might have noticed that Somersaulting Through Life has undergone plastic surgery (or rather, digital surgery).

STL Before and After

STL before and after

Life changing, I know!  Sorry to all who are viewing this on a tablet or device, you may not be able to see the pretty stripes on the sides (be proactive, go and look at it on a computer!*).  New theme, new background, new colour scheme, rearranged widgets… Also, over the following few days I will be adding more widgets to the right-hand sidebar…

Woohoo!  Party!  Yaaaaay!

For those interested, the theme is called Ari, which was added to WordPress a few days ago (I know, I know, I’m very “in with it.”)  So far, I’m lovin’ it like a Happy Meal.  It’s extremely versatile and customisable, but still makes everything easy to manage and to coordinate.  Although I loved Pink Touch 2, I was desperate for sidebars and found that aspect of the design irritating; hence, the swap.  Ari also has a scroll feature, so instead of having to click “older posts,” all you have to do is scroll down and new posts will load!

Whoop, whoop!  Hoorah!  Hooray!


*I’m joking, that’s why I put a picture of it up there.  Aren’t I thoughtful?**

**I’ll be honest with you, I really wasn’t thinking about saving you time or energy, I was thinking more along the lines of, “Oh no!  Tablet readers won’t be able to see the dazzlingly exquisite stripes which I made!  Poor, poor stripes.  I can hear their heartfelt sorrow now, their straight lines of pixels quivering with each whimper.  I’ll have to put an image in the post so that their unquestionably awe-inspiring symmetry gains the attention that it deserves…”***

***Apologies for the randomness of this post.  The next one will be more sensible.

15 Grammar mistakes that make you look silly

Came across this handy little visual guide to avoiding basic grammar mistakes.
You’re welcome! :P

Yatin's Blog

Here’s a really handy & informative infographic on 15 common grammar mistakes from bjnocabbages


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