Liebster Award Bumper Post!

Hi all! Gosh it’s been a looonnng week- and that’s unfortunately kept me away from WordPress- did you miss me? :p I have had the absolute honour of being nominated for *4* Liebster Awards, so I’m going to make up for my absence by making a bumper post with them all! Watch out- cos this is gonna be a big one!

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Thank you so much to Nut Free Nerd, Amidst the Pages, My Books Opinion Site, bookbubblebee.

Now let’s get to it! Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them
  • Give them 11 questions of your own

Nut Free Nerd’s Questions:

  1. Put your music on shuffle. What are the first five songs that come up?

This could really backfire, cos I have some really weird stuff on my Itunes. Ok, let’s do this… Ooh I’m actually pleased to share this:

  1. What’s the last thing that made you laugh really hard?

Curb Your Enthusiasm! Cos it’s pretty, pretty, pretty good:

  1. What’s something you did in 2015 that you’re proud of?

Finished my degree

  1. What’s one thing you hope to accomplish in 2016?

Lots of things- not sure yet what I’ll consider an accomplishment till the year is out…

  1. Do you enjoy going to concerts? If so, what was the last one you went to?

Love them! I went to this Nina Nesbitt concert recently (actually she wasn’t the headliner- but I wasn’t really interested in the main person)

  1. What is one of your favourite quotes?

Might have used this one before, but how’s this one:

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  1. What is the weirdest food you like?

Erm is any food weird? I don’t know, if I like it, I don’t really think of it as weird. How about chopped liver (pate)- I love that stuff- is that sufficiently weird?

  1. What book has made you cry the hardest?

I sobbed my eyes out the whole way through Heir of Fire- cos even when good things were happening, it was like going through an emotional blenderHeir-of-Fire-UK

  1. What was the best day of your life?

Ho ho- I don’t know if I can answer that!

  1. What fictional world would you love to live in (or at least spend some time in)?

Middle Earth!

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  1. If you could meet any author (living or dead), who would it be?

Oscar Wilde- he would be such fun!

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Amidst the Pages’ Questions:

  1. What is your favourite book? Why? (Only one)

Only one??? Well I guess, my favourite story from childhood, and consequently the book that means the most to me, is Peter Pan.

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  1. How long does it take you to read a 400-page book?

Depends on the book!

  1. Have you ever tried writing a story? If yes, title?

Yup- I’ve written loads of short stories and 4 books. Titles are not my forte, but since you’re asking, my first novel is called Enchantress (I know- super original, but I swear when I wrote it, there were no other books with that name!)

  1. Have you ever tried giving a book one star or none at all and reviewing it? What did you feel?

Oh I do that all the time when I hate books. I’d actually prefer not to- cos I’d actually prefer to only read awesome books

  1. How important is the cover of the book?

Not that important- though I can definitely appreciate a pretty cover when I see it. Case and point:

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  1. You read based on what?

Based on the fact I love it!

  1. Can you listen to music while reading? If your answer is yes, or no, why?

I do that all the time, cos I read on my way to work and I need to listen to something to block out the noise of the tube (aka the London Underground for everyone outside the UK).

  1. What book genre do you enjoy or reading most?

Pff depends on my mood. Sorry that’s no answer at all.

  1. First person’s POV, or third person’s POV? Why?

Either- sorry again, that’s not really an answer either.

  1. Have you ever lent someone your book? Did you set rules?

Yup- when you’re finished- give it back!

  1. How do you obtain your ebooks?

Amazon!

My Book’s Opinions Sites’ Questions:

  1. How many books do you read per week and what is your goal for this year?

One or two- and I don’t have a goal. I felt like that would’ve been too much pressure cos I did remarkably well last year and I don’t think I’ll have the chance to read as many- but at the same time I don’t want to set a goal that’s lower than the number I read this year!

  1. How many book boyfriends do you have?

Too many to count!

  1. What are the books that you are ashamed that you didn’t read?

Ermm I guess I would like to read War and Peace one day and am ashamed that I’ve ruled it out for the foreseeable future.

  1. What would you do if your friend lost a book that you lent to her/him?

Cry… Just kidding! I dunno, ask for another copy or just let it go. If it meant that much to me, I probably wouldn’t have lent it. So yeah, most likely I would…

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  1. What is a book that you loved but hated the movie adaptation?

So many! Probably the biggest disappointment I’ve ever had with any movie is the Hobbit trilogy- which I did a whole rant about here.

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  1. What book describes you the most? Why?

I really don’t know… Peter Pan maybe?

  1. What books made you stay up all night to finish it?

Haha most books that are 3* and up can get me reading them through the night!

  1. If you had to choose between walking and reading, what would you choose?

I would do both simultaneously. In fact I have done both simultaneously- many times- on main roads. What? I’m not saying it’s smart- but it just… happens. Especially when you’ve just got a great book out the library and are walking home… It’s kind of an occupational hazard of being a reader…

  1. What character would you want to be?

Myself 😉 Or Smaug- just look at that face…

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  1. Did you ever cry in public while reading a book?

Yup- I’d say not a full on sob- but I just remembered that I was out in public when I read the finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy- and who can resist sobbing over that book?

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  1. A character that you want to punch in the face?

Oh so many! How about Jacinda from Firelight- cos I don’t think I’ve mentioned my hatred for that book before. Grrr now I think about it, I want to punch all the characters in that book- does it count if I want to punch the author? Just kidding! (sort of)

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Bookbubblebee’s questions:

  1. What is your favourite type of junk food?

You mean apart from chocolate? Chocolate, obviously :p

  1. What inspired you to start a blog?

Well I’ve given a full synopsis of it before, but reading to sum up reading Captain Corelli’s Mandolin- because I hated it and needed to vent about it afterwards. You can read my (very ranty) review here.

  1. Dog or cat person?

Depends on my mood- at the moment I’m more of a dog person- I mean just look at this face:

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  1. Would you consider yourself a passionate or passive reader?

Passionate!

  1. Are you the type to keep your resolutions or break them?

I keep them- but I don’t tend to do them at New Years’

My Questions:

  1. I’m stealing Nut Free Nerd’s Question- put your music on shuffle- what comes up?
  2. What’s your favourite Disney song?
  3. Who’s your favourite Disney villain?
  4. What’s the weirdest book you’ve ever read?
  5. Who’s your oddest book crush?
  6. What’s the best excuse you’ve ever given?
  7. What’s the worst job interview question you’ve ever had? If you’ve never had a job interview- what’s the most random question you’ve ever been asked? (not including this one)
  8. What is your favourite sport? (either to watch or play)
  9. What’s the best bad thing you’ve ever eaten? (aka a desert that was so disgustingly bad that you felt guilty but delighted about having eaten it)
  10. Write a poem detailing your love for your favourite food.
  11. Okay, at the risk of making this all about food, would you rather only ever be able to eat your favourite food for the rest of your life or eat whatever you want *except* your favourite food?

Okay, in case it isn’t really obvious, I’m really hungry… so I’m gonna go get myself something to eat!

Phew- that was a long one! If you stuck around for this whole post then ta very much!

I nominate:

The Paper Dragon

Napoleon Split

A Novel Glimpse

RiverMoose-Reads

Gryffindor Books

Books and Bakes

Art and Soul

Codie

Enchanted Readers

The Book and the Bone

Betwixt these Pages

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Liebster Awards

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Thank you to Zezee for the nomination!

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.

So, without further ado, here are my answers:

  1. What is your favourite classic novel? Why is it your favourite?

One book? That’s impossible! I can never just pick one book. I tend to have favourites by favourite authors. I love Emma by Jane Austen, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, The Idiot by Dostoevsky, Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and so many more! Why are they my favourites? They all just resonated with me so much in one way or another.

  1. For some reason, the universe is feeling generous and everyone gets $10,000 next weekend to go anywhere in their respective countries. Where would you go?

I live in the UK, so it doesn’t cost that much to get around. And I’m not the kind of person that could blow $10000 staying somewhere like the Ritz- especially since I live in London anyway. I guess I’d take the money, go to Cornwall for the weekend and keep however many thousand is left.

  1. Have you ever seen a shooting star? Did you make a wish? Care to share? Did it come through?

If only.

  1. What’s your favourite type of blog post to write?

I don’t know what this says about me, but I love the ones where I get to rant about books I hate.

  1. Suppose you lived in a world where your life is a novel, what genre would you want it to be?

Fantasy- because I need there to be dragons.

  1. Of all the novels you’ve read, which character do you dislike the most? Why?

Usually I hate the annoying heroes that are meant to be perfect more than the actual villains. I really hate it when they’re supposedly justified for being complete douchbags, just cos the author has designated them as “heroes”. This basically goes for any female character that strings along two perfectly decent guys, just because, for some reason, they’re special and so normal rules about cheating don’t apply to them. So I pretty much hated all the lead characters in the Selection, Firelight and Talon. But the one that really takes the biscuit is Tatiana from the Bronze Horseman. Not only does she get the guy she’s in love with to string along *her sister*, because for some reason having him cheat on her is better than telling the truth from the beginning, she is also an annoying sap of a character to boot. Gah- there are not enough words here- I will probably have to dedicate an entire review to my hatred of this character.

  1. What’s the most unique book you’ve ever read?

Poison by Chris Wooding. It’s a bit out there, but the plot twists are sensational and I absolutely loved it.

  1. If you could meet any character from a book, show, or comic, who would it be and why?

I’d meet Loki, because according to a game called MASH (one of those predict the future games) I’m destined to marry him.

  1. Suppose you slept until your sense of time got muddled and when you wake, there’s no one around as if they’re still sleeping. Would you be able to tell the difference between dusk and dawn? (P.S.: The digital clocks stopped working.)

Yes- they smell different.

  1. When do you like to write? Morning, noon, night? All?

All.

  1. It’s the end of the work/school day and you’re exhausted. As you’re about to leave, Big Billy the Bully grabs your keys and runs off. The keys are your only means for getting home. What would you do? Anything is possible. Disclaimer: Your solution must include a ladder, a donkey, and fried oreos with green cheese. (I ran outta questions.)

Now this is the best question ever. Obviously, I would ride after him on my donkey. When I catch up with him I would use the ladder as a makeshift joust and clobber him with it (cos I’m a very violent person). Then, while he is barely conscious, I would force feed him fried oreos and green cheese as punishment. Simple.

Now my questions for bloggers:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What is your favourite standalone novel? (I’m not so subtly looking for book recommendations here)
  3. What is your favourite summer romance novel? (As above)
  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?
  5. What book world would you most like to live in?
  6. If you could erase one book from existence, which one would it be?
  7. What would your daemon be in the Northern Lights?/What would your patronus be in Harry Potter?
  8. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
  9. If you had to choose a time period in history to live in that was not the modern day, what would it be?
  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?
  11. And finally, would you rather be a human that can only speak to dogs, or a dog that can only speak to humans?

I’m nominating:

  1. After Twilight
  2. My Renaissance
  3. The Sceptical Reader
  4. Dawn of Books
  5. Ana’s Lair
  6. sherlockianbooklover
  7. aimalfarooq
  8. Books With A View
  9. Raptureinbooks
  10. WhyMermaids
  11. Naomi Leila

If I didn’t nominate you, feel free to answer the questions in the comments section below!