The Versatile Blogger Award

We’ll kick off this post by saying WHAAAAAAT?! Last week, Carly @ Reading Is Kind of My Thing nominated us for the Versatile Blogger Award, and we’re super grateful โ€“ thanks so much, Carly! If you haven’t seen Carly’s blog, go on and give her some love; she’s awesome ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Leave a link to their blog
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers youโ€™ve discovered recently or follow regularly

Since there are two of us, we thought it could be fun to give you seven facts about each of us that are related to one another in some way! Here are seven things about us:

1. Profession obsession

What do we do in the time when we aren’t curating this blog and trying to read as much as we can? We’re both in our mid-twenties with (kind-of) 9-to-5 jobs that require our attention. Han is a qualified graphic designer who currently works in the packaging design industry but dreams of one day being a book cover designer! (see Kat’s latest posts where she interviews actual book cover designers and scream along, alright?) Kyle works in the healthcare field as a biokineticist, which means that he does sports injury and post-operation rehabilitation, but has aspirations of one day being a professional nap artist who gets paid for the art of napping. Because more often than you would like to believe, his current job entails waking up at 4am and living the caffeinated life.

2. Hairography

When we were both at university, we had straaaange hairstyles, opposite to the hair on our heads at the moment! Hannah shaved off all her hair, and Kyle grew his hair loooooong. Not the “oh, his hair is covering his ears” long. More the “his hair is nearly touching his lower back” long. This is before we knew one another!

3. Where in the world?

Kyle has lived all over Southern Africa โ€“ he even wrote a poem about it! โ€“ย and has travelled to Asia before on holiday. Hannah is a dual citizen of South Africa and the USA โ€“ย her mom is Californian โ€“ย but has only really visited the States and nowhere else in the world. We have a few travel trips planned together that are really exciting!

There’s a brilliant South African movie called, “District 9” about aliens that land in Johannesburg. A large part of it was filmed in and near the current city that we reside in. Seriously, check out the movie: it’s wildly brilliant and you’ll get a peek at our weird country and arbitrary accents!

4. Pump up the jam

One of the first connections we had when we met (more on that a little later) was music! Three bands we bonded over especially were Bombay Bicycle Club (whom Kyle saw live in 2014), Relient K (whom Hannah saw live in 2017), and Switchfoot (whom Kyle saw live in 2012, and Hannah saw live in 2017). A fourth band we both adore is The 1975, and we’re ecstatic about the fact that we’ll get the chance to see them live TOGETHER this year ๐Ÿ˜€

5. T.V., phone home

Like most carbon-based beings, we enjoy a good series ๐Ÿ˜‰ We quickly fell into a routine of quipping lines from Fawlty Towers, The Office and Community to one another. We binged the second season of Stranger Things together earlier this year, and we’re currently waaaaay behind on Game Of Thrones (and will hurt, trust me, hurt anyone who provides spoilers), but are binge-ing like mad to get through it all! We wanted to insert a meme of this series here but are petrified of accidentally seeing some spoilers so we are trying to desperately avoid all social media regarding the series!

6. We don’t always hobby in the lobby, but when we do:

Han does cross-stitch and hand lettering as a creative hobby. Kyle is sporty and sadistically loves putting himself in situations of physical pain with the excuse of it being for fitness. So yeah, we’re into fitness; fitness whole pizza inside our mouths.

7. The club isn’t the best place to find a lover…

…so a bookshop’s where we went! Ahhhh, the story of how we met. Both being story-nerds, we came across one another on the last day of a clearance sale for a second-hand bookstore that was closing its doors. The bookstore’s loss was our gain because we went for coffee afterwards and the rest is history! You know what they say, when one bookshop door closes, another heart opens (does anybody even say that?).

Thanks again for the award, Carly โ€“ we truly are grateful! ๐Ÿ˜€ Aaaaand our nominations for this award go to:

Sofii @ A Book. A Thought | Shruti @ This Is Lit | Keri @ House of Cats Book Reviews | Olivia @ Purely Olivia | Noรฉmie @ Tempest of Books | Brianna @ Brianna The Bookworm | Belle @ Belle Can Read | Aline @ Fully Booked | YY @ Books & Bubble Tea | Eustacia @ Eustea Reads | Ola G @ Re-enchantment of the World | Lois @ Lochan Reads | Lauren @ twenty-seven letters | El @ Elated Books | Lais @ The Bookish Skies

Apologies if you’ve already received this award (comment with the link to your post!), and no pressure to accept or do the post; we’re just big ol’ fans of all your blogs and wanted to recognise you for it ๐Ÿ™‚ (And if we haven’t tagged you, it’s almost certainly because we’re sure you’ve been given this award already….)

And now, let the weekend… commence!

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37 thoughts on “The Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Hannah, thank you SOOOOOO much for nominating me! Honestly! โค๏ธ Iโ€™m sorry Iโ€™ve been a mess and didnโ€™t comment here before.
    First of all, I am so shocked you two met at a bookstore. Like, isnโ€™t this the most rom-com love story youโ€™ve ever heard before? Itโ€™s kinda like Notting Hill (the main couple in this movie also meets in a bookstore), but in the opposite side of the world, hahah. But itโ€™s such an adorable story! I think many other bookworms out there have fantasized about meeting their love in a bookstore.
    Also, your jobs seem super nice! Iโ€™m in that early adult stage where I donโ€™t have a job and most people around me are going through bad internships just to get experience, so hardly ever I can see people whose jobs are actually interesting and who enjoy them too.
    Once again, thank you so much for nominating me!!!

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    1. Yaaaaay – you’re so welcome, Lais! ๐Ÿ˜€ Don’t even stress โ€“ I haven’t even been on our blog in over a week ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’• I’m TRYING to do better this week, but we shall seeeeee…

      Isn’t it quite ridiculous that that’s how we met?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Oh I haven’t watched Notting Hill in forever but now I want to watch it again โ€“ย I forgot that they met in a bookshop! ๐Ÿ˜€ It was definitely something I imagined happening but didn’t seriously think would ever come true โค

      Yessss! Like all jobs, they can be frustrating at times but they definitely have exciting and fun elements to them ๐Ÿ˜€ Now it's more about figuring out how we want to advance our careers. Which sounds very adulty and not like something I'm at all ready to do ๐Ÿ˜‚

      You're so very welcome! Have a wonderful week! ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Isn’t it just a ridiculous story?! I’m so grateful โ€“ I honestly thought that kind of meeting only happened in books and movies ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’•

      Thanks again for nominating us! โค We had such fun writing up this post ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Ooh I loved reading this and learning more about you two! The story of how you met is the CUTEST!! Thank you so much for the tag ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I appreciate it!

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  3. Dawwww thank you so much for the nomination! It means a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, this was a really fun post to read โ€“ and ahhhhh Relient K! Boy, does that band bring back memories! I loved them so much when I was in middle school (oops, my age is showing haha).

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    1. Yay, thanks, Olivia! ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re super welcome for the nomination โ€“ย your blog is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hahahaha it’s so funny because it’s actually a made-up lyric I used to sing all the time when the song first came out โ€“ย I was like, the chances of me finding someone I get along with at a bar are far lower than me getting along with a stranger at a bookstore. And then it actually happened ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’•

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  4. Love how you combined your answers! Thatโ€™s so cute how you guys had opposite haircuts in college ๐Ÿ˜‚. Also, Community is so underrated (I loved the paintball episodes)! Iโ€™m definitely going to check out District 9 too ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.
    You both seem so coolโ€”your meet cute is literally out of a book! Thanks for the nomination ๐Ÿ˜.

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    1. Ahhh, thanks Belle ๐Ÿ˜€ And you’re welcome for the nomination โ€“ I truly do love your blog! I laughed so much when I found out about Kyle’s previous hairstyle, and even more so when I realised it would have been at the same time as my out-there hairstyle ๐Ÿ˜‚ And oh man, I’d forgotten how funny Community is, until we started rewatching it. It’s fun to see how Donald Glover and Alison Brie got their start, too, now that they’re such big names!

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  5. I know this has been said a few times now, but seriously, that’s the cutest story of how you guys met! Gahhh!!
    Thank you so much for tagging me! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Keri, you’re the best ๐Ÿ˜‚ โค You're so welcome! I loved your post too โ€“ย I read it as soon as you published it but we've been so lazy at blogging the past week and a half.ย I'll go comment on it NOW โค


    1. You’re super welcome ๐Ÿ˜€ Yesssss, I really need to watch District 9 again! I watched it in cinema when it first came out and I remember leaving the movie house so freaked out โ€“ I was looking all around for something to come at me from the sky ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. I loved the way the main protagonist changed from an antipathic character to someone I really rooted for! And the aliens, for all their alienness were so relatable.
        Unfortunately, this director’s next movie, Elysium, was far cry from District 9…

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        1. Yes, it did a great job of asking those questions about what it is that makes us “human”, by making the aliens so relatable! OK, I’ve decided I must rewatch it sometime this coming month.

          Yes, I haven’t watched Elysium but I heard it was terrible, and Chappie was apparently even WORSE :/

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  6. Hannaaaahhh, I love everything about this post, but instead of a thoughtful comment about all the new stuff I’ve learned about y’all, I’m going to swoon once again about your origin story! ๐Ÿ˜›

    But seriously! You two give me hope! This is such a cute story I’ll never tire of hearing! โค

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    1. Hahahaha you’re the best ๐Ÿ˜‚ But it *is* a great story. Sometimes awesome things happen when you chat to strangers! (Although the story is a liiiiittle longer and involved a case of mistaken identity, so at least one of us didn’t initially think they were chatting to a stranger… ๐Ÿ˜‚) Aaaand sometimes talking to strangers is a bad idea and should be avoided. I generally go with this option ๐Ÿ˜›

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      1. Hahaha yeah Iโ€™m very cynical and always assume the worst of every stranger I meet. Except the ones in bookstores haha. Not that any of them have ever talked to me. ๐Ÿ˜…

        Maybe I should do the approaching lol.


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