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.

Dark Road

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.


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.


The End of the Chapter

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Howling at the Muse

The Liebster Blog Award!

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:

Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Girl in the Pages

Geeky Musings from a Nerdy Girl

Little Onion Writes

Drifting Pages

Mhairi Reads

My Life in Books

Book. Blog. Bake.

Any Excuse to Read

Here are my questions for you:

  1. Why did you start blogging? Did you read a book that pushed you into it like I did?
  2. What’s your least favorite book-to-movie adaptation? Most favorite?
  3. If you could live inside any book, what would it be?
  4. What’s your go-to book to reread?
  5. What’s your most recently read favorite book?
  6. If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be?
  7. Who is your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?
  8. Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a book nook/reading chair? Do you read in bed?
  9. Have you ever bought a book based on just its cover? Were you disappointed?
  10. Do you have one book that you attribute for creating your love of reading?
  11. 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!