Very Inspiring Blogger Award

One of the things I have loved most about blogging, is the relationships I’ve built up with other bloggers and the opportunity to talk to like minded people about one of my favourite things. Books!


I realise my blog is a little bit odd in that I don’t review any recent or newly released books and I sometimes feel a little out of the loop, so I was delighted to be nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by not one, but four very cool bloggers, Diana at Strahbery Fields, Friendly Bookworm, Alena at Alenaslife and Lizzi from These Little Words. Check out their blogs, everyone a winner!
I’m probably getting nominated for this one in the absence of a She Must be Fecking Mad to Set Herself Such a Ridiculous Challenge Award, but seriously, I’m very chuffed and it is nice to know that people are enjoying my blog.

So, without further ado, here are seven ‘interesting’ facts about myself! Well, you can be the judge of that……

1. I have a Masters in Theatre and had a brief and not entirely successful career as an actor. I once played all the pre-pubescent girls in the Irish Premiere of Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker.
2. Liam Neeson’s Mum Kitty was my school dinner lady and she lives down the road from me.

Sure isn't he a great fella altogether, doesn't he love his Mammy
Sure isn’t he a great fella altogether, doesn’t he love his Mammy

3. My biggest regret is that my parents didn’t live to meet their grandchildren. My biggest joy is that I can see them both in my twins.
4. My obsession with the film Footloose knows no bounds. Just ask Raging Fluff. At the ripe old age of 42, I still wear my ‘Dance Your Ass Off’ t-shirt with pride. Seriously, try and watch the final dance scene without smiling. I dare ya!

5. I am currently obsessed with cross-stitching. That is probably why my 20 Books of Summer is not on target. This is my latest project:

free hugs
6. When I’m not blogging, I am an Arts Officer at the gorgeous Clotworthy House. I run the Art Gallery, Theatre and workshop programme and am blessed to have a job I love. Well, most of the time.

7. I am not a girly-girl. I’m more sci-fi and Asian horror movie than chick-lit and rom-com. I wouldn’t thank you for chocolates and don’t fancy George Clooney. As my wee Mum used to say, ‘Cathy, you’re a bit odd’.

As this is the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I would like to nominate the following blogs that have inspired me in different ways:

Raging Fluff – because he inspired me to start 746 Books

The Evening Reader – because I love her ‘Freestyle Fridays’ plus she reads cool books

Jacqui Wine’s Journal  – I love Jacqui’s reviews and she has been very supportive since I entered the wonderful and mad world of book blogging.

Elena at Book and Reviews is a bit of a crime-nerd, like myself and her Feminist Sundays posts always inspire.

Brona at Brona’s Books inspired me to read Edith Wharton for the first time with her Wharton Week and I am so glad she did. I’m a convert now!

Sasha at Pathologically Literate is one of the loveliest bloggers out there and reads at a phenomenal rate. If she had 746 unread books, they’d be done in a year!

Alex Raphael keeps me on my toes with his movie quizzes and keeps my inspired with his quotes of the day. A great blog altogether.

Bree at The Things We Read has joined me on two challenges now, March Madness and 20 Books of Summer. It’s always good to have someone with you for support when you set yourself ridiculous goals!

Juliana at Cedar Station is another challenge pal, but has been one of my favourite book bloggers since I started here at WordPress last December.

Candiss at Read The Gamut  is a girl after my own heart. She says, ‘If someone says a book is “too weird” for them, I am immediately drawn to it.’ Yup!


Now for the disclaimer.

I don’t like putting pressure on anyone, so if my chosen bloggers have already done this challenge, or don’t want to take part, I don’t mind at all. I’m really just doing this because it’s easier than writing my latest review 🙂
I follow a lot of blogs and find them all inspiring. I’ve learned so much from everyone I’ve followed in the 6 months and I’d like to thank you all for making my book wish list ten times longer than it should be!!



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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

37 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Gosh, thank you, Cathy! That’s very kind of you – I feel honoured! I’m just about to dash out (as I’ve a horribly busy week ahead), but I’ll check it out properly as soon as I can.
    I love the concept of your blog, and you review such an interesting range of books. Thanks again for thinking of me.


  2. Congratulations, Cathy, and thank you so much for including my blog in your list! I was so happy to find another like-minded reader when I found your blog. I look forward to checking out the other blogs you listed as well!


  3. Goodness me! I am honoured. Thank you. I’m deeply moved that it was I who inspired you to start a blog, and not a little befuddled. I didn’t think I was that inspiring at all; after all, who wants to listen to someone prattle on about how much they miss living in Dublin, whine about awful superhero films, and pine for Uma Thurman? Besides, if anyone is inspiring around here, it’s you, what with getting through the 746 books cluttering up your house. You give hope to hoarders everywhere. Seriously, I have got away from fiction a little; your blog has put some great books back on my radar. As for your “Footloose” obsession, well, it’s a little odd, isn’t it? But the world could do with a little more oddity. And now you’re cross-stitching; is there no end to your craftiness?


  4. Congratulations, Cathy! You deserve this recognition — you are one of my very favorite bloggers, and I look forward to your posts more than almost anyone else’s. This post with its wonderfully creepy cross-stitch project and excessive Britishness has made me love you all the more. 🙂

    Also, I have never seen Footloose but you’re right, this video did make me smile!

    Thanks so much for the shout-out. I’ve been nominated for some other thingy before, the Lieber-whatsit that everyone seems to pass around, and I never did the post because I couldn’t think of enough interesting facts about myself haha. I’m not sure if this will be any different, but I’m very happy for the mention!


    • And you are one of my favourites too Juliana. You were one of the first blogs I followed and I’m always happy when you pop up in my Reader.
      Please don’t worry about doing this, no pressure at all. Life can be busy enough 😉


  5. Our parallel lives continue Cathy. Same age and same Footloose fascination. Did you see his entrance on the Jimmy Fallon Show a couple months ago? Priceless.

    Thanks for the great blog links. More to love.


  6. Sorry I had to dash out in a mad rush earlier, but I’ve just had a chance to check out the award. Congratulations on your very well-deserved multiple nominations! Your blog has inspired me to tackle my own mountainous piles of unread books, and I’ve just read ‘Nights at the Circus’ off the back of your recent review. I love your blog and the diversity of books you cover – here’s to many more reviews in the future. It’s great to find out a little about you, too – your job sounds amazing!
    Thanks again for thinking of me, and I look forward to checking out the other blogs you’ve listed. x


  7. Lovely getting to know you better Cathy.

    And soooo glad you enjoyed my Wharton review month as much as I did 🙂

    I’m a cross-stitcher too – the last decade has been busy with baby blankets as my sisters and friends keep on having little ones! Getting a little tired of Pooh & Piglet and the alphabet though!


  8. Love the Footloose video! It takes me way back… It still makes me want to get up and dance. For some reason I always think of Footloose and Dirty Dancing together.
    Congratulations on the award! It is well deserved. I love reading your blog. You can always make me laugh! 🙂


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