✨ First Blog-versary, Giveaway + The Liebster Award✨

Hello my fellow bookaholics!

A week and a year ago I set up The Bookaholic Dreamer and wrote my first ever blogpost, a Newbie Tag with a bunch of gifs and distasteful, awkward jokes. I wanted to have a channel in which to share my love of books so that I could stop exhausting my partner and friends with all the endless TBRs, wrap-ups and recommendations my mind was full of. It felt like a brave but lonely decision; I was certain that I would have a lot of fun writing posts about books but I also knew that no one would ever stumble across this place. Until you suddenly did. And it wasn’t lonely anymore. Instead, I suddenly was able to join in on the community that I was a big fan of. I was welcomed into a world full of fellow bookaholics.

It can be quite lonely in the world even when you are surrounded by family and friends. For me this was because of my intense bookish-ness. While I could get my partner to read some of my favourite books, he wouldn’t go quite as hyped about new releases or book covers as I would. Many people around me meant to be kind, but they also told me that I should be on a pub crawl instead of reading on a Friday night, and that I should downsize my bookshelves or get rid off editions I love. What made me lonely, was a complete lack of people who would fully understand my love for books. People to whom I could talk about Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman and who wouldn’t need a backstory about the brilliantness of the Illuminae Files. Or people who know the feeling when you are asked what you did the day before and you want to respond that you were fighting dragons, solving a murder mystery or falling in love in a space ship. Now I have all of you.

Thank you for being there.

I wanted to celebrate this one-year birthday somehow here in the blog in addition to giving this monologue that caused me to ugly cry for 20 minutes. First of all, there will be a giveaway! I have never done one of these before so I’m quite nervous 😬 At the bottom of this blogpost you will find a Rafflecopter and some instructions, and you could win £15 worth of books from Wordery. The giveaway is not sponsored by anyone but my own warmth-filled heart and thin wallet, and the giveaway is open for anyone to whom Wordery ships to (INT).

To celebrate, I also wanted to do something that I haven’t done in a while but love doing; a tag! Bibi @ Bibi’s Book Blog kindly tagged me at the Liebster Award recently. Thank you so much Bibi! You should check out her blog, she not only does amazing tag posts but also great reviews, giveaways and discussions!

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Mystery Blogger Award

Hello! Sorry for my mini-hiatus, I’m currently travelling and finding Wi-Fi spots has been a pain. Nothing is more frustrating than endlessly looking for connection when you’re excited to look at others’ blog posts or do one of your own. Internet connection would also have been useful when I got lost on a run and wandered around aimlessly for an hour.

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But now I have found WiFi, and I’ll use this precious opportunity to do the Mystery Blogger Award that I was kindly nominated for by Noly @ The Artsy Reader. Thank you so much! Go check out her blog, she is an amazing person and has a kick-ass twitter feed too.


The creator of the award is Okoto Enigma

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Liebster Award

I was nominated to the Liebster Award by the wonderful Arden @ Phantom Paper and Kaleena @ Reader Voracious. Thank you so much for the nomination! Go and check out their blogs they are both awesome 😍😍


The Liebster Award Badge - Phantom Paper

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions they asked you.
  • Come up with your own 11 questions
  • Tag 11 bloggers and don’t forget to tell them.


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The Sunshine Blogger Award


I’m excited to share that I was tagged by the wonderful Ashley to do the Sunshine Blogger Award! I love her blog which means that I was double-hyped to be tagged by her. Go check out her blog Ashley in Wonderland 😍

It’s my first time ever being tagged! Yippie!

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  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post


border21. What’s the first book you remember reading (or having read to you?)

A tough one! Hmm. I think the first book that I remember being read to me was probably Astrid Lindgren’s The Children of Noisy Village. I eagerly tried to ‘read’ my big sister’s school books before I knew how to, but I remember actually reading Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter and Emily of New Moon by myself. I was a very impatient child so I would start a gazillion books and never finish them hah.

2. Tea or coffee?

I love both, so I’ll go with coffee in the morning and tea in the evening. My husband and I are actually pretty passionate about both; we order beeeautiful fresh green tea from Japan every spring and we get our coffee from a local roastery and grind it at home. Yeah, I know, we’re a bit extra. But in a good way, right?

3. Do you have any pets? Share a photo of them if you’re comfortable!

I sadly don’t. I really want to get a puppy because I grew up with three awesome tibetan spaniels but I got allergic when I moved out of my parent’s house. I think the constant exposure kept my allergy at bay but it caught up on me when I got my own place. But I’m still surrounded by fluff-babies whenever I visit my family because my mum has one pupper, my step-mum three, my brother one and my sister has two cats. So I’m always happy and half-dead from allergies when I visit. Here’s a picture of Luca, one of the puppers I grew up with, who also likes to stuff himself into tiny spaces:


4. What song can’t you get out of your head or what’s your favourite song right now?

I have been hyping the Greatest Showman Soundtrack for about 5 months now. I know I should let it go but it’s so catchy. My favourite song at the moment is The Other Side in which Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron jump on tables very assertively. Everytime I hear it I want to jump on a table too (and this urge is weird in grocery stores etc) (disclaimer: I usually try not to jump on tables in grocery stores.).

5. Do you have a favourite reading snack?

Muffins or cake. My husband loves to bake and I like to eat, the perfect combination!

6. Have you ever walked out of a movie theatre during a movie because it was so bad?

I have not! But I have come very close. I went to see the Legend of Barney Thomson a couple years ago when a close-by cinema was showing it for free. Well, my friends and I soon realised why it was being shown for free. 1/10 wouldn’t recommend 😂

7. What’s your favourite book to film adaption?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Unpopular opinion; I think I actually liked A Monster Calls better as a film. I didn’t shed a tear while reading the book but I kept on bawling for 15mins after the movie finished. And I had read the book before so I knew what was coming! But my heart 😭

8. What’s your least favourite book to film adaption?

Probably the Hunger Games. I was a huge fan of the trilogy when it came out but I wasn’t impressed with the movies. It might be partly due to the casting.

9. Library or bookstore?

Aw do I have to choose? A bookstore for wandering and dreaming. A library for getting all them books. A huge, second-hand bookstore delivers both.

10. If you could live in any city in the world, where would you choose?

I was in New Zealand a year and half ago with my husband and we both fell in love with Auckland. I think I want to live there! I loved the nature, atmosphere, culture and people there.

11. Do you have any blogging goals for this year?

As it is going to be my first ever year of blogging, I want to make it a regular thing for myself. I want to meet a lot of people too if possible!



  1. Lauren @ Northern Plunder
  2. Christine @ All Booked
  3. Lizbie @ Lizbie’s Nerdy World
  4. Mellyna @ Shattered Shelves
  5. Amy @ The Little Booknerds in the Corner
  6. Dani @ Dani’s Bookshelf
  7. Paige @ Just One More Pa(i)ge
  8. Life with All the Books
  9. Monika @ Lauregalie
  10. Debbie @ Debbie’s Library
  11. Erica @ The Novel Quest


Questions for my nominees

  1. What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?
  2. Do you annotate your books?
  3. Which country/state do you live in?
  4. How long have you been blogging?
  5. Do you usually go to see a film adaptation of a book you’ve read?
  6. How many languages do you speak?
  7. Do you ever DNF books?
  8. Do you have a favourite reading spot?
  9. Do you have a bookstagram?
  10. Do you have reading goals for 2018?
  11. What was the last TV-show or film you watched?


Thank you again to Ashley in Wonderland for the nomination and the great questions!

Thank you so much for reading!

– Pauliina