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Liebster Award

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As I mentioned in my last post, my goal is to slowly make my way back into the book blogging community after having kind of a rough time lately. So when I discovered that the amazing Connie over at Hoot Reads Books had nominated me for this award, I was not only incredibly flattered, I decided: what better way to get back into it all than with a tag?

Thank you so much, Connie!

The idea of the Liebster Award is to create a sort of chain of bloggers nominating other bloggers, allowing us to get to know and learn more about the others in this awesome community. The rules are:

  1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer their 11 questions
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less then 200 followers and link them
  4. Have your nominees answer your 11 questions
  5. Notify nominees through social media

So here are the questions asked by Hoot Reads Books:

If you had to choose two authors to write a book together, who would they be?

Ooh, this is difficult! Would Laini Taylor and Maggie Stiefvater work together? I feel like if they would, they’d come up with something utterly unique and special.

Who is your favorite book couple?

For those of you who know me, this probably sounds repetitive, but I’m going to have to go with Magnus and Alec from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. I have so many feels for those two.

If you wanted to date a book character who would it be?

This is another somewhat difficult one, because despite the fact that I love a lot of different characters, I’m not sure that there are many of them I’d get along with enough to date in real life. Good friends, perhaps, but not to date. I guess for this one I’ll go with Levi from Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. Levi is great.

What is your favorite dessert?

Strawberry anything, but especially cheesecake. Yum!

Which fantasy world would you like to visit?

O.o Have we been reading the same fantasy books? I’d get killed in a second if I went to most of them. If I had to choose, I guess I’d pick Middle Earth. I could go live with the hobbits. We’re all short and enjoy food and fun, so we’d get along.

What is your favorite place to travel?

Admittedly, I haven’t traveled to many places outside the continental US, but I got the chance to go to Italy for a week a couple of years ago and it was amazing. So beautiful, and so much incredible history. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Buy a horse and some land, then purchase some of the many books I really want but can’t currently afford, and then take a trip around Europe. Probably also put a good bit away into some sort of savings fund. Anything left would go to charities.

Is there a book convention that you have never been to but you would like to go to one day?

Not particularly. There are a lot of book conventions that seem interesting and fun, but I haven’t really had the chance to look into them.

If you were stuck in a desert island what are 5 things that you would take with you?

Something that would enable me to make the sea water drinkable, duct tape, matches, a tent, and a book entitled How to Survive on a Deserted Island. Probably. Maybe one entitled How to Build a Raft instead.

If you were making a book time capsule that is to be open 20 years from now, what books would you put in?

Maybe this is cheating a little, but I’d probably put my sketchbooks inside. I think it would be fascinating to look back twenty years from now and see what I was drawing today. I tend to draw what’s going on in my life at the time and things relating to my favorite things at any one time, so it would give me reminders about what I enjoy now.

Choose 5 books that you cannot absolutely live without.

Oh, wow. There are so many books I love that it’s hard to choose only five! Let’s see…

  • Harry Potter, of course. We all know who these are by. As it was for so many, I grew up with this series and these characters.
  • The Shadowhunter Chronicles books, by Cassandra Clare. I have a lot of memories surrounding these books.
  • The Percy Jackson books, by Rick Riordan
  • Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. I relate to this book so much.

Aaaannndd… we’re actually going to leave it at four. After that, trying to choose that last book opens up a whole new can of worms.

I nominate the following blogs for the Liebster Award:

Write. Eat. Read. Repeat.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books

My Café Au Livre

You Can Read Me Anything

The Random Book Blogger

Book Reviews & Stuff

Here are my 11 questions:

  1. What’s your favorite hobby/pastime other than reading?
  2. Do you have any siblings?
  3. What’s your favorite fairytale?
  4. Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
  5. What is your favorite book of the year so far?
  6. List the top three things on your bucket list.
  7. Do you listen to a lot of music? If so, do you have a favorite genre?
  8. What genre of book do you find yourself reading the most of?
  9. What’s your favorite food?
  10. Do you prefer physical books, audio books, or e-books?
  11. Which new/upcoming book release are you most looking forward to?
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Liebster Award Nomination

liebsterawardHi, guys! I know it’s been a really, really long time since I’ve posted anything on here, and that’s entirely my fault. Life got in the way, and I know that’s really no excuse, but it’s true. And I’ve been in a pretty big reading slump for most of the last month, so that doesn’t help. But I’m going to try to post at least one thing a week for a while, hopefully more than once a week.

So here we go!

I got nominated for this award by the amazing, wonderful, beautiful Odelia over at The Random Book Blogger, so go check her out if you don’t follow her already! Thank you so much for the nomination Odelia!

The Liebster Award is targeted towards bloggers with less than 200 followers, in order for us to learn about each other and our wonderful community.

Here are the rules!

  1. Link & thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
  3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
  4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

Odelia’s Questions:

What are the books that made you cry?
Oh, god. So many books have made me cry, all for different reasons. Some were sad, some were beautiful. Off of the top of my head, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Marley and Me by John Grogan, and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare stand out.

What book sparked your love for reading?
My mom is very much an avid reader as well, so I kind of grew up loving books, you know? But I would have to say Harry Potter. I started reading the series in 2005, and haven’t looked back since.

If you could kill a character, who would you kill?
I rarely hate, hate characters, so this one’s a little difficult. It tends to depend on what I’m reading at that point. Most of the characters I would vote for are already dead. I guess I would have to say Umbridge, but she was almost too much fun to hate.

Hard-cover or paperback?
Hard-cover for the looks, paperbacks for the price. I tend to get hard-backs when I can, because I like how they look and their durability, but I have nothing against paperbacks and their much cheaper prices either.

What are the books you wanted to throw and burn? (Books you hated)
This is another difficult one, as if I don’t like a book I tend to just not finish it. Do books we haven’t read count? I haven’t read the 50 Shades of Gray series but from everything I’ve heard they deserve to be burned.

Do you have a reading challenge? If so, what are they?
No real challenge at the moment, as I’ve been in a pretty huge reading slump for all of September. So I guess my reading challenge would be to start reading regularly again.

What book would you read if you were feeling sad?
There’s not really one book in particular that I would pick when I’m feeling sad (I kind of suck at this kind of questionnaire, huh?), but it’s almost always going to be a reread. When I’m feeling sad I enjoy delving back into familiar worlds that aren’t my own.

What book made you laugh your butt off?
The couple of Sophie Kinsella books I’ve read are pretty funny, but I do have to be in the right mood for them. The Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan are hilarious, while still having plenty of plot.

Do you read classics? Why? Why not?
Occasionally, although not as much as I probably should. The hardest part for me is getting into them, as the writing and dialect tends to be so much different than today. But when I do read them I usually enjoy them.

What book would you want everyone to read?
We’re not going to go with one book so much, and instead go with an author: Tamora Pierce. I don’t really hear a lot of people talk about her books on the blogosphere, but her books are fantastic and everyone else I know who’s read them as really enjoyed them, too.

If you could swap lives with an author, who would that author be?
Do I get to swap brains with them, too? If so, we’re going to go with Cassandra Clare. That way I can write as many stories about Magnus and Alec and Tessa and Will and Jem and all of her other amazing characters and they would all be completely canon.

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Thank you again, Odelia!

I tag:

Hannah Loves To Read
Library of Cats
Sarah in Zombieland
Poignant Paperbacks

If you don’t already know these wonderful bloggers, check them out! I also tag everyone else with less than 200 followers, as I had a hard time thinking of a full 11. So if you want to answer the questions – answer the questions! And please feel free to message me and let me know you participated : )

Questions:

  1. Do you have a certain place where you prefer to read?
  2. Are you known to break the spine or do you prefer to keep your books looking new?
  3. Bookstores or libraries?
  4. Do you have any “guilty pleasure” books?
  5. What’s your favorite genre?
  6. Can you stop reading whenever, or do you have to stop at a set point (end of chapter, paragraph, etc.)?
  7. Do you read one book at a time, or several at once?
  8. Do you regularly reread books?
  9. How many books do you have on your TBR list?
  10. Bookmarks, random pieces of paper, or dog-eared pages?
  11. If you could choose one fictional world to live in, which would it be?

Thanks for reading! : )