My FOURTH Liebster Award

So it’s been a while since I did a Liebster Award. Hope it’s okay if I do another now because I was just nominated by Anna over at Millenial Creativity (Thanks, Anna!!). I wasn’t sure if I was going to do the questions and such, but then she had some AWESOME questions so I figured I might as well. It’ll be fun!

Basically, the Liebster Award is given to bloggers with less than 500 followers. You accept the award, answer the 11 questions the blogger provided, nominate 11 other bloggers, and give 11 new questions.

What I’m going to do is nominate ALL of the bloggers who follow me who have less than 500 followers. I love Anna’s questions a lot, so I just want you to answer those. Anyone who feels like doing a Liebster post can, because I love all of you and I don’t want to pick only 11. Plus, I’m really lazy. 😛

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1. I started blogging [number of] months/years ago because…
I started blogging 9 months ago (HOLY CRAP, it’s been NINE months??) because I needed an outlet. Because I love books and I love talking about books with other people who love books. Because I needed something to focus on that I could pour myself into. Because it’s fun. Because I wanted to be part of this wonderful community.

2. My favorite holiday tradition is:
Getting up hella early on Christmas day, even though everyone in my house is an adult and we don’t really need to, sitting down with a cup of coffee, and seeing the look on my family’s face when they open what I’ve chosen for them. I love being surprised by what they’ve chosen for me too. Having a lovely family moment. ❤

3. Favorite landscape: woods, beach, mountains, desert… others?
Woods-y mountains. I love the mountains. I haven’t spent a lot of time in the mountains, but I’ve always felt calm and comfortable there. Plus, I love snow.

4. When I was growing up, I wanted to be ______. This has / hasn’t changed, because…
When I was growing up, I want to be…I don’t know. I’ve just always wanted to do something with books – I wanted to be a teacher for a while, a librarian (hey! That’s what I am now!), a publisher (still want to do this)… I just wanted to work with books. This hasn’t and will never change, I don’t think.

5. Describe your dream home.
Something that has a secret library behind a bookcase; library would be spacious, bright, and have a big, comfy leather chair. Other than that, I have no preferences. Okay, one of those rain showers would be cool too.

6. Are you currently doing any series of blog posts or challenges? Which ones?
Not on my blog, but I’m doing the #decphotochallenge14 on Instagram. I’m really bad at challenge posts (I only did like 6 BookBlogWriMo posts) but I’m trying. It’s pictures of books. Why wouldn’t I want to post? Check out my pictures on Instagram. 🙂

7. Favorite TV series?
Currently running or not? No longer running: Lost. And Community. Currently running: Teen Wolf, Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, Sherlock, The Vampire Diaries. Look, I’m in pretty much all the fandoms. I’m a fangirl. Whatever.

8. Dream vacation? Who would you take with you?
This is hard. I’m tempted to say Scotland because I want to go back there every single day. I wish I was there right now. However, I’ll choose somewhere I’ve never been before.

9. Favorite superhero? Or favorite superpower?
Batman – I like him because he has no superpowers. He’s human. He’s fallible. He has many weaknesses. He can be broken. I just enjoy reading his comics and watching his movies because of this. He’s defeatable, which totally isn’t a word, but should be.

However, if I had a superpower, I’d want it to be teleportation. I have so many friends around the world. It would be awesome to blink and be there with them. Or be back in Scotland whenever I wanted.

10. This cartoon character summarizes my childhood:
Wile E. CoyoteWile E. Coyote never gives up. Even after he’s fallen and was broken beyond repair and probably died. And you know, when he should probably give up. But he never does. He keeps going and trying. He knows what he wants and goes after it. He’s my favorite Looney Toon.

Wile E. Coyote. Suuuuuper genius. Lol.

11. One tip I would offer to all new bloggers is…
Well, this was actually one of the BookBlogWriMo posts I did. Check out what I had to say HERE.

So for real. If you’ve never been nominated for a Liebster Award or you just like these awesome questions, feel free to do a post! Link me up to it so I can learn more about you lovely people. 

Liebster Award: Take 3

This week I was nominated for another Liebster Award by Phoebe aka Thoughts on Books. Thanks so much, Phoebe! I am very flattered to be nominated for this award again. 🙂 It’s been a while since I did a Liebster Award post, so I thought I could probably come up with 11 more facts about myself to share with you guys. Hope you don’t mind!

11 Facts about Me:

  • I think you all know, but I also write for a website called WatchPlayRead – I do book and comic reviews, author interviews, Teen Wolf recaps, and other miscellaneous posts. A bit of shameless self-promotion here.
  • I drink at least two cups of coffee every morning and sometimes more throughout the day.
  • Other than reading books, listening to music is my other refuge. Going to concerts is a physical need, and I try to go to one at least once a month; sometimes that happens and sometimes it doesn’t, but I try.
  • I also have a physical need to travel. If I am in one place for too long, I get super restless which gives me anxiety. Honestly, I’m pretty much always restless. If I had enough money, I’d never stop travelling.
  • I absolutely love meeting new people – from all over the world. I want to learn as much as I can about the world that I live in and I think the best way to do that is through people.
  • I haven’t eaten a hamburger in about 7 years. Or ground beef. It’s not for any religious reason; ground beef just made me physically ill the last three or four times I had it. So no cheeseburgers or tacos for me, thanks!
  • I could eat chicken for every single meal though.
  • I used to never read contemporary books, but in the past 6 months, I’ve read more contemporaries than I probably have in my whole life. I think it’s partly because of a need for sweet, light books that make you feel good and partly because I’ve been exposed to such amazing authors through the book blogosphere (Morgan Matson, Stephanie Perkins – this was actually from an awesome friend, Jennifer E. Smith, etc).
  • There is at least one moment every day that I miss Scotland with every fiber in my being. I felt unbelievably comfortable there, and I don’t know if I’ll feel that way in another place ever again.
  • You also all probably know that my favorite TV show is Teen Wolf (and Doctor Who) and I’m still recovering from season 4’s finale!
  • When I love something (be in book, author, band, song, movie, whatever), you will know about it. I do not push down my passion. I want other people to check these things out. I don’t do it to be like “Look at all these things I like. I am so cultured. Blah blah blah.” I do it to help spread the love for something I’ve enjoyed. When I read or hear or watch something that I reacted to in a good way, it’s like a fire burning inside me. I want to share that warmth with other people. I don’t know if that makes any sense. Suffice it to say, I’m a super passionate person.

The questions Phoebe gave me:

  1. Do you still live where you grew up? Well, sort of. I was born in California but we moved to Mississippi when I was 9. So I don’t live where I was born and started to grow up, but I do still live in Mississippi where I grew up the rest of the way. Lol. 🙂
  2. What is your favourite aspect of book blogging (or blogging in general!) The community. Hands down. I love interacting with other readers. I met a really great friend through blogging, and I hope to keep meeting new people!
  3. If you could pick one scent to smell for the rest of your life, what would it be? Coffee. Duh.
  4. Are you a morning or evening person? Mid-morning person.
  5. If you could bring back one person from the past who would it be? My dad’s mother and sister who I never met but have been told I’m really similar to.
  6. Favourite subject at school/college? English, duh.
  7. Have you ever had any pets? Yes. I’ve had lots. Currently: a big, old white lab named Sugar.
  8. Ever broken a bone? Sure haven’t. Knock on wood.
  9. Favourite app? Hmmm. Twitter? Or the WordPress app.
  10. Dog or a cat person? Dog. I’m unfortunately allergic to cats.
  11. Describe your dream house. First thing it needs: a library. One of those super cool, hidden behind a wall or something, secret libraries would be AWESOME. I’d love that’s open and filled with natural light, somewhere near the ocean but near mountains too. Super comfy, leather chairs that are perfect for lounging in while reading. Not too big or small – maybe two bedrooms, a library, the kitchen, dining room. I don’t need a huge house.

So since I’ve done several of these, I really don’t know who to tag anymore. I love all of you wonderful people and your blogs, so if you’re reading this and would like to give some facts about yourself, DO IT. Link me up below so I can learn more about you. 🙂

Liebster Blog Award: Take 2

Recently, I was nominated for a SECOND Liebster Award by the wonderful Rachel over at Confessions of a Book Geek. Thank you so much, Rachel! If you would like to read the answers from my first post as well as find out the rules for the award, you can check it out here. I’ve cut a few of the questions from Rachel’s post as I answered some of them the first time or in other posts.

1. What is your preferred reading format? E-book, paperback, hardback?

I’m going to be pretty specific: I prefer floppy paperbacks. You know the ones that when you open them to the middle, they just flop open and stay that way? Yeah, they’re the best.

2. If you could only recommend one book for another to read, what would it be and why?

Goodness, this is hard. I’ve probably recommended this book at least a hundred times on this blog, so I’m just going to go with that one (though really it would depend on what type of books the person likes, etc.): The Humans by Matt Haig (you’re not surprised, are you? Ha). I pretty much try to mention this book at least once a week. Haha.

3. One of the recent themes of Top Ten Tuesday was: if you like this TV show/film, you should read this book. Provide a book recommendation based on your favorite film or TV show.

Well, first, I’m going to link to my TTT post from that week. Now for this question: As I’m so freaking excited for the premiere of Teen Wolf on Monday, I’d recommend Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater if you like Teen Wolf. 🙂

4. What is your opinion on commenting on blog posts?

I’m the type of person that if I relate to something or enjoyed reading something, I want to tell you. So I enjoy commenting on people’s blog posts if I like the post. Sometimes I’ll just like the post if I’m kind of in a rush or don’t know what exactly to say but still like the post.

5. What is your most anticipated read of 2014?

I’m going to give you two. First, Ian Rankin wrote a stage play called Dark Road that I saw in Scotland right before I moved home. It is being published in book form next month, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Second, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (duh). This shows you how wide ranging my book tastes are.

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6. We all know about blogger hype, which book have you read which did not live up to the hype?

Dorothy Must Die.

7. Name one author whose books you will always read.

Ian Rankin. Hands down. I’ve read every single book he’s ever published, and I would read his grocery lists.

8. There are certain bloggers whose opinions I value, when they give a good review I will go out of my way to read that book. Name a blogger whose opinions you value and explain why?

Booknerderie, Girl in the Pages, and Drifting Pages (though she hasn’t posted many reviews; I know her irl and we discuss books on Skype all the time). There are several more, but these are the ones that came to mind right away.

9. What is your favorite part of blogging? The book tours, the reviews, the memes, the community…?

The community, hands down. I love being able to discuss books and reading with so many people. I’ve also made a couple of really cool friends, like the seriously awesome Annette at Booknerderie. We talk pretty much every day, including watching and discussing So You Think You Can Dance at the same time. That’s what I was hoping for when I started my blog: finding new books and new people to love.

10. What’s your favorite of your own blog posts?

Hmmm. Either my Love Letter to Books or The Problem with Books. I like discussion posts. I need to do more.

11. What’s your favorite word and why?

Pandemonium. It’s just a great word.

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12. How long do you spend reading blogs each week?

A lot of time. I don’t know. I’ll just guess around 30 minutes to an hour a day.

13. When is your favorite time to blog?

The morning.

14. Why do you think people blog?

I don’t know why other people do, but I can tell you why I blog: Books and reading are my main passion in life. One of my favorite things is telling people about the books I’ve read and loved. I also LOVE when my friends come to me for book recommendations because they trust my judgment. What better way to do that as often as possible than on a blog? I get to tell people about the books I love and find new books to love through other people.

15. How long does it take you to compose an average blog post?

It depends. If it’s a TTT or meme like that, it usually takes between 15-30 minutes. A review usually takes a little longer, mostly because I write it, leave it alone for a while, then come back and reread it to make sure it makes sense and isn’t just me rambling (it’s usually just me rambling anyway).

16. What do you think makes a good blog?

Passion. If I can tell how much you loved something (or didn’t), it’s going to make me want to check it out. If I can feel your passion through your words, chances are I like your blog.

I also enjoy having discussions in the comments, so bloggers that take the time to respond to my comment and have conversations about the books/posts instead of just posting it are my favorites. I try to respond to every comment. 🙂

17. How do you find new blogs to follow?

I find a lot of new blogs to follow through Top Ten Tuesday. Also, if a blog I already follow and like links to another blog, I usually click through to check them out and follow if I like what they post.

18. Would you ever stop following a blog? Why?

If a blog I follow consistently posts reviews for books that I am just not interested in, I might unfollow; I might not though if I like their reviews or the way they write because I might end up trying a book I wouldn’t have originally. I would definitely unfollow if a blogger was rude to their followers for some reason or if they posted something that was offensive to me.

19. When do you find it most difficult to blog?

It’s not difficult for me to blog at any specific time or anything, but it is difficult for me to blog when I didn’t like a book. I have difficulty giving a book a low rating even if I didn’t like it. I know that’s stupid, but I am generally a pretty nice person (at least I try to be), and it feels like I’m insulting an author, especially since they put their heart and soul into writing that book. I’m getting better at this. I will never actually give a book a higher rating if my opinion doesn’t match it; I just feel bad doing it. Haha.

 

Blogs I’m tagging! Feel free to answer what questions you want. I know there’s a lot.

Booknerderie

The End of the Chapter

A Bibliophile’s Style

Howling at the Muse