Liebster Award

So, last week, although I’ve been completely AWOL lately, the lovely Kath from The Last Reader nominated me for the Liebster Award, which is an award created by bloggers to help newish blogs make friends. It’s actually my first blog award, so I’m quite excited about it!

Here are the rules

  • Link back to the person that nominated you.
  • Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers (with less than 200 followers).
  • Come up with 11 questions for them to answer.
  • Notify your nominees.

11 Questions from Kath

1. If you are a teacher, which book would you recommend to your students to read?

I suppose it would depend on what age I was teaching. If it was primary school age it’d be anything by Enid Blyton, timeless classic children’s fiction! 12-14? The Catcher In The Rye. Older? I’d say 1984, but if I was a teacher I’d probably just be recommending that children and teenagers read as much as they can, whenever they can, it’d not be up to me to make them read anything specific as long as they were enjoying it.

2. What is your favorite picture book?

Each Peach Pear Plum! It was my first favourite book, the first thing I bought when I found out my sister was pregnant, and now my niece loves it (even though she can’t read yet).

3. Any favorite theater play?

Regretfully I don’t really watch much theatre, mainly because I’m always broke or busy. The last stage production I saw was Once and I would really love to see Wicked.

4. What do you look for when choosing a book?

A lot of things really, everything from the cover (yes, the cover), the blurb, any review quotes on the cover. I find most of the books I read through reviews, Goodreads and social media in general. If it gets good reviews or catches my eye I’ll generally give it a go at some point in the future.

5. If you will give your best friend a book, what would it be?

I give my friends a lot of books, generally when I’m finished with them but would like to talk about them with someone. I recently gave Martin (among other titles) The Long Earth series, I’m going to give Vic Elizabeth Is Missing when I see her soon, my sister’s reading my copy of A Darker Shade of Magic at the moment, and I’m going to be sending an old friend Bri my copy of Only Ever Yours. Usually when I give books to people it’s because I read them recently.

6. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

Erm, oh I’m not sure 😦 I’m sure there were a lot of classics that look terrifying that I was scared to start while I was at uni. I suppose the A Song of Ice and Fire series is quite intimidating too, because of its length. I’ve read the first two and I just didn’t enjoy the writing style, so I keep putting off reading the rest, knowing it’ll likely bore me.

7. Any books you’ve been avoiding?

Not really. I found it hard to get into a couple of books I’ve been trying to read so I’m sort of not trying those at the moment and plan to work my way back to them.

8. The longest time you’ve gone without reading?

I’m not sure, but in terms of reading for pleasure it will have been during uni. I just didn’t have time. Weeks, months maybe.

9. Any policy in comes of book lending?

I’ll lend to anyone who’s interested, as long as they don’t let me forget they have my books. I’ve lost a good few favourites over the years and I’m too awkward to ask for them back.

10. Do you have any book bad habits?

I will start books and then forget about them by getting excited about another one, to be honest!

11. What’s your favorite food/snack when you’re reading?

Ummm, I don’t know. Just whatever I have around. Pretzels are good though!

I’m nominating…

  1. Lori
  2. Alina
  3. Fiona
  4. Taylor
  5. Mari
  6. Mallory
  7. Tasmin
  8. Kimberly
  9. Aimal
  10. Amber

My 11 Questions

  1. Where is your favourite reading spot?
  2. How long does it tend to take you to read an average length novel?
  3. Ebooks or hard copies?
  4. Where is your favourite book store in the world?
  5. What is your favourite book to (film/TV/stage/game) adaptation?
  6. What was the last book you found yourself not able to finish?
  7. Have you ever met any of your favourite authors?
  8. If you weren’t a book blogger (or bookish at all), what would you spend your spare time doing?
  9. What was your favourite book of 2014?
  10. What are you most looking forward to reading in the rest of 2015?
  11. If you were (or are) a writer, which genre of books would you write?

Thanks Kath for the nomination. Looking forward to reading those answers!

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Would You Rather… Books or more books?

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Would you rather…?

1. Read only trilogies or stand-alones?
I’ve read some pretty great trilogies in my time, but also some not-so-great trilogies and series. The amount of quality stand-alone novels by far outweigh any trilogy, so I’m going to have to say stand-alone.

2. Read only female or male authors?
It doesn’t really make much of a difference to me, but if I had to choose I’d pick women writers, because they tend (not exclusively) to write stronger/more female characters, and that’s always a quality I love in a book.

3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?
We don’t have Barnes & Noble here, but I’m going to swap it out for Waterstones. If I can afford it, I always buy from bookshops, preferably independent ones (like my wonderful life-long indie bookshop back home). I know that Amazon can be cheaper, and if you can’t get out to a shop you can always order it with next-day delivery (I used to have Prime. It was pretty swish.) and that’s helpful, but not worth it. And it means you end up missing out on loads of lovely books you might not have seen if you’re just clicking around the internet!

4. All books become movies or t.v. shows?
Films, definitely,

5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
Five books a week! Although reading five pages per day of a book might be interesting. I might try that some time (while reading other books quickly, of course).

6. Be a professional reviewer or author?
Author. Without a doubt. I’ve always been a writer, and one day I might pursue getting published. For now I’m happy being a reviewer, though.

7. Only read your top 20 favourite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?
Always read new ones. I’ve re-read so many books and enjoyed them every time, but if they were the only ones I could read, I doubt they’d stay favourites for long.

8. Be a librarian or book seller?
A book seller.

9. Only read your favourite genre, or every genre except your favourite?
Every genre except my favourite. I think if you only read your favourite genre you’d quickly get to the lesser-quality titles. With every other genre at least you have variety and can choose more quality books.

10. Only read physical books or eBooks

Physical books. I’m always a physical-book lover and will generally only read eBooks if it’s my only choice for that book (review copies, etc.). I can’t deny that they’re pretty handy, but there’s nothing like the feeling of a good book in your hands.


This tag was created by RayKaybooks – here is the link to the original video, but I found it on Bookishrebel‘s blog.

I tag anybody who feels like doing this!

Image: Jennifer Egan’s bookshelf from My Ideal Bookshelf as illustrated by Jane Mount.