So the lovely LilaJune over at lilajune’s book saloon nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you very much, LilaJune! This award is typically given to blogs that have less than 300 followers as an opportunity for people to learn a little bit more about them.
Here are the rules:
- List 11 facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions asked by whoever nominated you.
- Ask 11 new questions to 9 bloggers with less than 300 followers. You cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you.
- Go to their blog and tell them that they have been nominated!
11 facts about me:
1. I spent a year in Scotland from 2012-2013. Edinburgh, Scotland is another home for me. I am in love with the city, the country, the culture. My ultimate goal is to one day move back.
2. I have a master’s degree in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland.
3. I go to concerts because it is one of the few places that I honestly don’t care what anyone else thinks. I go to have a connection with the band on stage, and this is a very one-on-one thing for me, even if there are hundreds of other people there.
4. I have alopecia – I don’t have any hair. Basically, something inside me thinks my hair is a disease and makes it fall out.
5. I used to cover it up by wearing hats, bandanas, etc. I stopped wearing hats almost three years ago. My hair started growing back sporadically in February 2013 (after more than 7 years). I started shaving it soon after. This is a decision that might not make sense to most people, but having no hair is who I am, and, honestly, I love it and don’t want my hair to grow back.
6. If you couldn’t tell, I devour books. I eat the words and swallow them whole. I have been this way since I was a child.
7. I am a HUGE coffee addict. I drink at least two cups in the morning and usually several more throughout the day. I love it for its warmth, its taste, and the happiness it brings me.
8. I am currently looking for a job in publishing. I would love to work in publicity for a trade fiction publisher – I really enjoy the atmosphere of small to medium sized publishers, but I love all publishers, small, big, enormous. I just want to be able to promote the books I read and love, plan events for authors, make a living working with books.
9. I am a NERD, and I have NO shame about it. I love Doctor Who, books, Sherlock, books, the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, books (wait, did I already say that?). I am a part of a lot of fandoms. As Simon Pegg said (his quote is about geeks. Pretty much the same thing), “Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection.” I’m not afraid.
10. I am obsessed with music. Music, just like books, is always there to put me in a better mood, or to celebrate a happy moment, or to help me rage when I am angry. I love finding new bands or spreading the love of a favorite bands/musician with friends. My addiction to music is pretty similar to my addiction to books.
11. I have four bookish tattoos – a Peter Pan one, an Alice in Wonderland one, a Harry Potter one, and a Hunger Games one. I have plans for several more.
Questions from LilaJune over at lilajune’s book saloon:
1. Why did you start blogging?
I have always been one to share the books I’ve read and love with my friends. I started my blog so I could share them with everyone. I read and loved The Maze Runner so much that it finally gave me that push I needed to actually start it.
2. If you were going to recommend one book to everyone what would it be?
This is a super tough question. Like really tough. But I’d have to go with The Perks of Being a Wallflower; it’s my absolute favorite book, and I think that everyone can relate to it in one way or another, no matter how old they are.
3. Do you have a soundtrack for the books you read?
As much as I love music, I don’t usually listen to anything when I’m reading. I like it to be silent when I’m reading so that I can delve as deeply as possible into the book.
4. What are your guilty pleasure reads?
You know, I don’t really have any shame for the things that I read. No matter what it is. If I had to say something, I would probably just say Sarah Dessen’s books; she isn’t really a guilty pleasure though. She’s just pretty different from what I usually read.
5. Did you grow up in a reading family or discover a love of reading on your own?
I grew up with a father who is as voracious a reader as I am now. He was always giving me new books to try. My mom really likes to read, too, just not as often as my dad and me.
6. What books have most influenced your life?
Peter Pan, The Great Gatsby, all of the Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Falls by Ian Rankin, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Humans by Matt Haig, and too many more to list.
7. What are your top 3 favorite books right now?
Right now? Hmmm. I’ll go with two of my most recently read favorites – Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira and The Kill Order by James Dashner – and a beautiful book that makes you appreciate being alive – The Humans by Matt Haig.
8. Do you have a story to tell? Have you already started writing it?
I think everyone has a story to tell; I haven’t started writing mine, but I hope to one day. I have alopecia (no hair; don’t care!), and I think that a lot of people could relate to what I went through growing up. Imagine growing up with no hair in a world that is way too obsessed with how you look. Hair is one of the most ‘important’ things in a woman’s life; growing up as a girl with no hair was really tough at times, but I’d say that I totally own it. I think my struggle with confidence and self-worth is something a lot of young people could relate to.
9. What is your favorite classic?
I’m going to go with The Great Gatsby. It is a testament to Fitzgerald’s writing that his book can still be applied to the modern age. It’s considered one of the greatest American novels for a reason. The author’s ability to set a scene is practically unparalleled in any other author. Wonderful.
10. Are you a bit of a book geek or fangirl (boy)?? Do you have a deep dark geek secret/story to share?
I am a TOTAL book geek and fangirl. I’ll tell you about my favorite author – Ian Rankin. It’s not really a super secret story; I think most people who know me know how much I love Rankin. I wrote my honors thesis on him and his books (This is when I met him for the first time! I interviewed him for the paper). Since then I’ve met him countless times. He knows my name now! I’m sure you can understand how I feel – my favorite author knows my name! I fangirl inside every time I see him or he tweets me back, but I’m pretty good at keeping a cool composure when I meet people I deeply admire. J
11. It’s the Zombie apocolypse!!! AHHHHHHH!!! What’s your survival plan?
I live on ten acres of land in the middle of nowhere, Mississippi. While everyone out in the real world was fighting off zombies, I’d be building a fortress in my backyard. By the time the zombies got out here, I’d be set. You could all come join me, and we’d have a really great library fortress.
And now the awesome blogs that I nominate:
Here are my questions for you:
- Why did you start blogging? Did you read a book that pushed you into it like I did?
- What’s your least favorite book-to-movie adaptation? Most favorite?
- If you could live inside any book, what would it be?
- What’s your go-to book to reread?
- What’s your most recently read favorite book?
- If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be?
- Who is your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?
- Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a book nook/reading chair? Do you read in bed?
- Have you ever bought a book based on just its cover? Were you disappointed?
- Do you have one book that you attribute for creating your love of reading?
- Because I’m a wanderer at heart: if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I can’t wait to see your answers!