Awards

Liebster Awards

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Huge thank you to The Orang-utan Librarian for the nomination! It’s my first nomination and I’m excited!

The rules:
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award.
  4. Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

The questions given to me by The Orang-utan Librarian are below, I thought they were pretty awesome!


1. Why do you blog?

I originally started this blog as a New Year’s Resolution.  It just sort of came to me at about half 11 on December 31st 2014, I sat there and thought “you know what? I’m gonna start a blog this year”.  It took me all of a minute to figure out what I was going to blog about.  Books are my passion, they’re in everything I do, always in my mind and I figured blogging about them was a good way to get my opinions on them down.

To be fair the blog started off a bit rocky what with me constantly changing the layout of posts, the layout of the blog itself, how everything looked and what book I was going to review that day but its since leveled out now 🙂

2. What is your favourite standalone novel? (I’m not so subtly looking for book recommendations here)

My favourite standalone novel? Are you kidding? There’s no such thing as just one! First up – hands down – has got to be Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. He wrote a couple of little novellas after this book was released (and by after I mean by at least 7 years after) so technically in a way it is a series (you can read my recommendation post here.)

Second would be Dracula by Bram Stoker – that book is absolute classic! It was the first vampire book I ever read I must have been about 11 or 12, the receptionist at my primary school loaned me her copy and I was hooked on vampires from then on. 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is next, I’d read it about 6 times before I started “mentoring” kids during my sixth form years.  My Psych teacher who doubled as my English teacher loaned me her copy of it as I didn’t have a copy of my own I was willing to write in *le gasp* luckily hers was covered in notes from previous classes.  I still have it to this day 🙂

I also quite like Prick by Sabrina Paige – it is technically in a series but it’s a standalone – there’s absolutely no character crossover at all.

3. What is your favourite summer romance novel? (As above)

 I don’t really have many summer romance novels.  The one I’d read over and over again (and I have, many times) would probably by The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan.  It’s actually not even set during the summer but it just has the happy vibe to it.

4. What book character is your doppelgänger? AKA have you ever had that moment when reading a book where you just thought “oh my goodness, this character is ME”? If so, who was it?

Unfortunately, I’ve never found one. I think the closest I’ve found would probably be Hermione Granger – we’ve both got the bookish-ness and the big mass of frizzy curls too.

5. What book world would you most like to live in?

That’s a tough question! If I could I’d live in a mash-up of loads of different worlds but I think I’d really like to live in either the world of Nalini Singh – either the Guild Hunter world or the Psy-Changeling world or in the world of Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews.

6. If you could erase one book from existence, which one would it be?

Fifty Shades of Grey.  The entire trilogy if I could get away with.  Plus that PoS Grey too. Maybe even Twilight. That will probably illicit some horrified gasps and possibly some fainting but the relationship between Bella and Edward in the Twilight series covers all fifteen criteria for an abusive relationship as per the Domestic Abuse Association – for that alone will I burn that series and I’d burn the Fifty Shades trilogy and all following books because that PoS is based off Twilight.

7. What would your daemon be in the Northern Lights?/What would your patronus be in Harry Potter?

This is another tough one.  I’d like to say something cool and graceful like a lion or a tiger but I know my daemon would be a chameleon or another lizard.  Definitely a chameleon! Those guys are so cool and I miss my cham Isis so it’d be nice to have another one.

My patronus in Harry Potter? Again, I’d like to say some cool or graceful or full of bad-assery but it would probably be something really awkward like a snail. Or maybe that sea slug that looks like a bunny rabbit! That’d be pretty cool.

8. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

A loaded question if I ever heard one.  People always go on about being invisible or reading minds or having telekinesis. Don’t get me wrong that’d be a whole bucket of awesome right there but I’d like something like Psychometry or maybe foresight.  Something less flashy but still totally badass.

9. If you had to choose a time period in history to live in that was not the modern day, what would it be?

Regency London. I didn’t even have to think about that one.  I absolutely LOVE that time period, I devour any books written about it or that are set in it.  It just sounds so nice.

10. If you were in the Hunger Games, do you think you’d make it to the end? If so, how would you survive? If not, how long would it take before you got killed?

AHAHAHA. Ahem. This can go one of either two ways.

First way: I’d murder everyone because at the end of the day it’s every man -or woman- for themselves.  I’d be over that like white on rice especially if I was from a poorer district.   Yeah I’d be killing folk and probably a guy I knew at some stage but love, every man for himself. Yeah I’d probably have nightmares over the fact that I committed potentially up to 23 murders but if it means survival then yeah I’d be that survivor.

Second way: I’d probably last something like 3 days maybe 4 at a push, I’d literally run straight out away from the Cornucopia maybe come back at night to get some supplies.  Other than that, I’d probably hide in a tree somewhere and die by either falling out of said tree or by the Capital controllers.  Fiesty buggers!

That was such a great question, it’s unreal.

11. And finally, would you rather be a human that can only speak to dogs, or a dog that can only speak to humans?

Can I abstain?  I’d probably be a human that can only speak to dogs.  Have you seen how excited those animals get? Can you just imagine the craziness going through their little heads? It’d be like a all night party with the potential to go horribly horribly wrong.


My questions for you are:

  1. If you had just £15 to buy one book for a whole year – paperback or hardback (we all know ebooks are cheaper no cheating now!) what would you buy and why?
  2. Pick one character from your favourite book and describe them in five words or less.
  3. What are the reasons you abandon books you’re reading? If you don’t abandon, how do you stick to your guns and finish them even though you want to quit so bad?
  4. What is your perfect environment to read in? Is it quiet, music on in the background, is there TV or are you alone?
  5. If you had to be an animal from a book (whether it be natural or preternatural) what would you be and why?
  6. If the world ended and we all lived in a post-apocalyptic world, which post-apocalyptic world would you prefer to live in?
  7. Which Hogwarts house would you rather be sorted into and why? (According to the HP website many a year ago I’d be a Hufflepuff, god only knows why)
  8. Post one book cover that you think describes you best.
  9. Now I haven’t read The Selection yet, but could you do it? Join a reality show for the sake of the amusement of others even if it means you become a prince or princess?
  10. Describe your favourite book series in one word.
  11. Finally: If you were a talking turtle what would be your first words?

I nominate:

  1. Analee @ Book Snacks
  2. Tasha @ Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books
  3. Josie from Josie’s Book Corner
  4. Many reads
  5. Claire @ Art and Soul
  6. Danielle @ If We Shadows Have Offended
  7. iloveheartlandx @ Bookloversblog
  8. Eva @ Devouring Fictions
  9. Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
  10. Romance4theBeach
  11. Jonathan and Aaron @ Husband and Husband

3 thoughts on “Liebster Awards

  1. Frankenstein is one of my favourites too and I agree with you about 50 Shades!
    Thank you for nominating me. I’ve already been nominated for this a couple of time and have a pile of tags to get round to, so might not be able to respond. But I’ll do my best 🙂 And thank you again for nominating me, I’m going to check out all your other nominees now.

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