The story behind the genre I don’t read (JSBT #3) || The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Hello bibliophiles! I hope that this week has been treating you well… any recent favs? As for me, I just went on a big book haul and picked up a lot of books bloggers have been repeatedly reminding me to read! Should I do a post on it?

Anyway, today I bring you another Just Some Bibliophilic Things Answer as well as my nomination of The Black Cat Blue Sea Award!

Without further ado, let’s jump into the question of the week for JSBT, hosted by Riddhi from Whispering Stories! Click here to see her answer for the week and here to learn more about it. (I’m sorry that I’m a day late but better late than never!)

This week’s question: Which genre do you not read? Why? Would you like to read any book from that genre?

For this, my obvious answer would be horror. Simply put, I am a scaredy cat but there’s a story behind it!

Yes, I am aware that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a fantasy series but let me explain:

I read the series at the tender age of ten. It was one of my first “big girl” series so I was extremely invested in it. The plot is so good and I love the theme of belonging. I would say as a young girl, I was creeped out at a lot of paranormal things in this book. However, I adored it anyway.

And then the movie came out. As I enjoyed the book, I highly anticipated the movie and was curious to find out how they portrayed all the magical elements.

Ironically, that was what destroyed me.

The movie was rated PG-13. But I was so insistent on watching it, which was a mistake.

At first, I was intrigued at all the cool digital effects to make fantastical elements come to life.

Until the bad guys came.

I don’t know if its a spoiler so I would be vague (and so I wouldn’t relive that much fear).

I can’t describe the amount of terror that came with seeing those wights.

I walked out of the cinema halfway.

It was so bad that I clearly recall having to sleep in my parents’ room. For a whole week. And waking at every small creak in the dark room.

That was the extent of how petrified I was, not able to erase the image.

From then, I was so scared of all “creepy” supernatural elements. Zombies, ghosts, witches still make me uneasy to this day. So I steered away from horror.

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

On a happier note, many thanks to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for nominating me for this award! Riddhi is very fun, I promise you… her blog has so much booky stuff and she has her own feature: JSBT which I participated in up there! I’m so grateful ahhh and this award is really cute:

The meaning of 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.”


The Rules

  • Anybody nominated can nominate seven (lucky number) other bloggers.
  • Anybody nominated answers three questions.
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  • If any of the questions asked are offending or the nominee simply does not want to answer them, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Riddhi’s questions

1. What is the one (or more) thing you want to do before you die?

Other than reading all the books in the world, I would dearly love to see a live Les Miserables musical!

2. Are you an extrovert or an introvert? What is your favourite thing about being an extrovert or an introvert (whichever you are)?

I’m more of an introvert, though I am a functional extrovert as well, meaning that I can be extroverted when the occasion calls for it (but it is quite tiring). I love being introverted as I cannot manage people! And my books get more time.

3. If you could trade lives with a fictional character, would you do it? And if you had to, whom would you choose?

If only I could do that! Wow, I actually can’t choose as I can’t think of them because most of my favourite characters are all from historical fictions. Historical fictions do feature characters that meet a lot of sorry ends and experience so much grief and suffering which I’m not sure I’m strong enough to handle.

Oooh, I know! I would love to trade lives with Emika Chen from Warcross. (Assuming when I trade lives I acquire her skills in programming and all). It would be epic to able to take part in Warcross – Marie Lu’s world building of it is so vivid and captivating. Also, she is such a strong and determined character and boy do I want those cool tech skills. My only drawback is the romance haha.

Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds

Ali @ In the Lost and Found

Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal

Erin @ Eclectic Erin

Lia @ Chain of Novels

Lyanda @ Bookish Justice

Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy

(If you guys are not interested or have a lot of things to do – I do too!, no worries at all!)

My Questions for you guys:

  • If you had to team up with a villain, who would you team up with? What will be your best battle strategy? What will you guys talk about (assuming you get along well)?
  • If you were given a 5 minute advertisement slot on TV, what would you promote and how?
  • What was the funniest thing you’ve seen recently online?

Which fictional characters would you trade lives with?


42 thoughts on “The story behind the genre I don’t read (JSBT #3) || The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

  1. Don’t know if I want to trade lives with any fictional character

    I also will never touch horror- they either the realm of too creepy or way too scary. That will always be no way.

    There is more than one thing I hope to do before I die- one of them is connected to Les Mis. Yes, seen the stage show six times, but one thing I hope to actually do is see the musical in Spanish

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    1. Yeah horror is out of bounds for me definitely though I admire those brave enough!

      Woahhh six times! 🤩 It would definitely be so interesting to see the musical in another language. ☺️ Thank you for your comment!


      1. I only have loved Les Mis for seven year.

        Let me say, when I saw it six times:

        1. 2013- 3x at college community (1x with my family and 2x as an usher)

        2. 2015- 1x at the West End

        3. 2017- US Tour (Greenville)

        4. 2019- US Tour (Charlotte)

        It is basically a timing time. In 2013, I still was a student at CPCC- they did a production of Les Mis, which literally felt professional. Then, 2015 was when The Bristol Pilgrimage was- that began in London (my family went up two early, which was why I was able to see Les Mis), and then the US Tour was launched in 2017.

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  2. Ahh yess this entire post is so relatable!!! I’ve never had such a traumatizing experience as you described here, but I also try to steer clear of the horror genre 😂

    And yesss to Les Mis!!!! I’ve only ever seen the 2012 movie and while that was great, I have no doubt that it doesn’t even hold a candle to the live show. I sort of hate myself for missing the chance to see Ramin Karimloo as Valjean in the 2014 revival…. but in my own defense, I didn’t know what a musical was at that point in my life 😅😅

    Congratulations on the award Cherelle, and brilliant post as always!! 🤩💗

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    1. Glad to know you can relate! Yeah, horror is an outlier genre not for the faint at heart…

      I’m ashamed as I’ve never seen the Les Mis movie (fake fan sirens blaring) because my father convinced me that the musical is better! I should give it a try one day. 😁

      Ahhh that must have been a shame looking back!! Ramin Karimloo is so talented ahh though my favourite Valjean has to be Colm Wilkinson. (But Ramin is the best phantom!! – who can resist his “music of the night”?) 🤩 How about you haha?

      Thank you for your comment Abby! ❤️

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      1. Ahhh yes nobody can beat Colm Wilkinson!!! Listening to him on the Les Mis cast recording still gives me chills 😍 But yes Ramin is definitely the best Phantom, hands down — though Norm Lewis has an amazing voice as well… seriously, these Broadway actors and their gorgeous voices 🤯🤩

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    1. Ahh thanks for sharing! I do find non fiction a little hard to get through also… but I’m hoping to change that! ☺️


  3. Ooh, if probably trade places with… Hmm… This is hard, all the books I read crazy stuff happened to the characters… (I get bored otherwise – no contemporary or romance books for me) Well, if I had to choose, Vin from the Mistborn series. Or any other female Mostborn, honestly. They’re so cool!!!!

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    1. Indeed characters with crazy stuff happening to them are so cool but not advisable to switch lives with!

      Ooh I haven’t heard about the Mistborn series but the cover looks epic! Wait… there is a mistborn and a mostborn?? I am so intrigued!

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      1. Yeah! I couldn’t handle half of what most of the characters go through, but they’re so fun to read about.

        Whoops… XD Typo. I meant Mistborn.
        But yeah! It’s my favorite book. Ever. It’s classifieds as a adult but the main character is 16, 17, so… \_•_•_/

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  4. Thanks for participating Cherelle!! And I am so sorry that Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children (movie) was an unpleasant experience for you- it was a little scary but I kinda enjoyed it. Also lovely answers !!!!

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  5. Woah! Congratulations on the nomination, Cherelle!🎉
    And thanks for nominating me, too!
    The questions seem really fun, I’m telling you you’d be getting my answers soon!🤪
    Plus, the movie incident was hilarious! I get scared too but instead of walking out, I just shy away to a corner and sleep😂

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    1. Thank you and my pleasure! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

      Ahhhh I see but how can you sleep while hearing the spooky music and all? 🤩 Incredible.

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  6. Woah, I am a big sacredy-cat too 🙈
    And that must’ve been a really bad experience for u.
    You know what happened to me? When I was below 10 ears old I guess, I watched the first 15mins of the movie Annabelle 😱. Now to be honest nothing much happened in those first 15 minutes but I was scared as hell 😱😱😱😱😱. Since when I was very young, I’ve been a big scaredy cat 😺.
    And congratsssssss Cherelle, u have well deserved the award 😍😍 wow, I loved your answers !!!!!!

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    1. Hi Nehal, thanks so much for checking, really appreciate your concern! I got your comment though I think you couldn’t see it because I hadn’t approved it yet? Is it visible now? ☺️

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  7. Aaahh!! Thank you for the nomination – and congratulations on yours too!! Hahaha, see, I haven’t watched Ms Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children yet, and only read the books (which aren’t that scary), so I can’t relate!! I loved your answers!!

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  8. I don’t gravitate towards horror either ( I’m probably too much of a scaredy cat!) Oof to the MPHFPC trauma! I remember watching Mrs. Peregrine Home For Peculiar Children and really enjoying it as well as the movie, though I did have a similar experience. When I was little, the theatre was too loud for my liking so I swore off them for years until I hit age 14 or so.

    Congratulations on the award! You deserve it!

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    1. Ahhh I see… I’m glad you enjoyed the movie! It was actually very good despite my fear… the camera effects were excellent and I could recall alighting quite a bit despite my fear haha! 😂

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  9. Omgomg congrats, Cherelle!💖 I TOTALLY AGREE WITH WANTING TO SWITCH PLACES WITH EMIKA XD! Her coding skills would be amazing to have!😍😏 And thank you so much for the nomination, Cherelle!🥺 I can’t wait to answer your questions!💕

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    1. Yes! I’m thrilled you agree… Emika is hands down one of the coolest characters in the tech field. 🤩

      My pleasure! I’m eagerly awaiting your answers. ☺️

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    1. Ahhhhh 🤩🥰 Indeed musical theatre is really memorable! I’ve always envisioned going to the live show and singing every single word under my breath haha! 😂 Do you have a fav musical?


  10. Thanks for tagging me! I understand your desire to stay away from horror. I started reading more horror this year and even though in the past I’ve been quite the scaredy cat, for some reason I’m not as freaked out by reading horror. Movies do freak me out though! Miss Peregrine totally scared me so bad when I watched it at the theater, I hadn’t read the book so I didn’t know what to expect…but that wasn’t it 😅

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    1. My pleasure Ali! Ooh good job to you on reading more horror this year… one day you have to share how you do it with all of us!
      Ahh I’m so glad and sorry that Miss Peregrine scared you…


  11. I don’t like horror too! It’s scary! I only read the first book in the peculiar children series, but I didn’t like it. 😕
    I would LOVE to trade lives with Calaena! Although she goes through a lot and I am pretty sure I am not gonna be able to handle stuff as well as her…but her personality, thoughts and actions make her an amazing person and I would love to be like her. Congratulations to you for being nominated and thank you for nominating me! 🥳🥰
    Sorry for the delay! I was just gone for a while.😅

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    1. Ahhh I see…
      Celaena from Throne of Glass? I haven’t read the series but she sounds really cool and a main character I would love! ❤️ (Also after your urging I FINALLY READ SARAH J MAAS but not ToG yet!)

      My pleasure and welcome back Ashmita! Also you got a new profile picture? Nice! ☺️


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