Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Liebster Blog Award

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Thank you so much to Aotee from Inklings of Two Booklings and Deidra from Simply Books for the nomination! It means so much to me that you take the time to read my blog. <3

The Rules
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.2. Answer 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees.3. Present the Liebster Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know that they've been chosen. (No tag backs.)4. Copy and past the blog award on your blog.
The Questions
1.  If you could choose to live in one book, what book would it be?
The completely predictable answer would be the Wizarding World, but who doesn't want to go to Hogwarts? However, I am leaning towards Neverland. Pirates, pixies, mermaids, and (of course) Peter Pan? Sign me up!
2.  You are on a deserted island, and you can choose ONE book.  What book do you take?
I'm sticking with Harry for this question and going with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Although, it might be smart to bring a How to Get Off of a Deserted Island for Dummies book.
3.  Why did you decide to start a book blog?
Reading and writing have always been my two passions. It just seemed natural to combine them. Then I discovered that there was a whole book blogging community and I fell in love with blogging!
4.  Moment of truth:  Do you judge a book by its cover?
In all honesty- and I could be wrong- I think everyone judges books by their covers. Most people just don't admit to it. Isn't that what covers are there for? To give an idea of what's inside its pages?
5.  Your favorite book is about to be made into a movie.  How do you feel about that?  
A whole bundle of emotions, but mainly nervous and excited. The HORRENDOUS adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is where the fear comes from, but the absolutely *perfect* Perks of Being a Wallflower movie gives me hope that book-to-movie adaptations can be something great, when done correctly.
6.  Where is your favorite place to buy books?
I wish I could say some cozy independent bookstore, but there isn't one near me, which means my answer is Barnes and Noble. I could spend hours in that store.
7.  Who are your favorite book boyfriends?
How much time do we have? There's Felix (Piratica), Augustus (TFIOS), Noah (Mara Dyer), Caleb (Eve), Jem (TID)... I'll spare you the rest of the (very) long list.
8.  Which character would you love to slap and why? *We all have those moments*
Mary in The Forest of Hands and Teeth. She spends a lot of time moping and daydreaming about the ocean, but she doesn't really do anything. It got to be exceedingly frustrating, especially when they're trying to survive in a zombie-infested world.
9.  What was your favorite book that you had to read for school?
This is an easy one: The Great Gatsby by ole F. Scott. I had an amazing teacher and this was his favorite book. He taught it with such passion, which definitely added to my love of Gatsby. (And yes, I'm both nervous and excited for the new adaptation of this. :)
10.  What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love getting to talk with other book lovers, publishers, authors, and others in the book industry. For that matter, I love getting to learn about the book industry. I love getting to talk to other people about books I adore and reading what other people have to say about their favorite books. I love the many thought-provoking discussions and I love that there always seems to be something new to discover!
11.  Which author are you dying to meet?
JOHN GREEN. He's one of my all-time favorite authors. He's brilliant, his books are amazing, and I'd love to be able to meet him and have him sign my copy of Looking for Alaska. (As most of you already know, it's my favorite of his books.)

1) Which are the three ingredients a good book must contain?
One: Voice. I need to connect to the protagonist. If his/her voice doesn't draw me in, I lose interest. Two: Suspense. By this, I don't mean heart-pounding-edge-of-my-seat suspense, although that works, too. I just need something to keep my interested. Whether this is me wondering who the murderer is, or whether the girl will end up with the guy, there has to be that draw. Three: A well-woven plot. I don't want a story that simply goes from A to B. To use a bit of a cliched metaphor, I want the book I'm reading to be like a tapestry, where each thread adds some new dimension of depth to the story.
2) Describe your life with a book title.
Rebel Angels (I'll let you make of that what you will.)
3) If you were to write a book, what would the blurb look like?
These are really good questions and I feel like I'm giving very inadequate answers! The thing is, I don't really talk about my personal writing on this blog. I will say that it would be an epic YA fantasy with a hint of romance.
4) What skill would help you win the hunger games (mad origami skill is not an option)?
Does my fierce competitive spirit count? Seriously, I have friends who won't play basketball with me because they're too scared. (The fact that I'm so competitive usually surprises a lot of people, so the element of surprise might also help me win.)
5) Its your birthday and the Doctor offers you one trip with the TARDIS. What event (in the past or future) would you like to witness and why?
FAVORITE QUESTION. This isn't really an event, but I'd love to go back in time to meet Jane Austen. (They haven't done an episode with her yet, but they totally should. The Shakespeare and Dickens episodes are two of my favorites.)
6) If you could spend one day in a book, which book would you choose? Why?
Harry Potter. If I could be a student at Hogwarts for even one day...
7) Would you rather spend a day in the Cullen's house or in a cold torture chamber with Bellatrix Lestrange?
Torture chamber with Bellatrix Lestrange. 
8) Aliens exist! And they have libraries! Huge, amazing libraries filled with books from all over the universe! Awesome! They want to expand their collection so they ask you to pick 5 books (or book series) from Earth to be placed in the great galactic library. Which books would you choose?
I'm counting all 7 HP books as one. Two would be Every Day by David Levithan. Three would be Looking for Alaska by John Green. Four would be The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Five would be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (But then I still need to include Shakespeare, Libba Bray, and so many others... five is too few!)
9) Ever fell in love with a fictional character? Who swept you off your feet the most?
I've fallen in love with far too many fictional characters. My number one fictional crush at the moment is probably Gus from The Fault in our Stars.
10) If reading was prohibited by law, what other hobby would you choose?
I'm assuming writing is thus outlawed as well? In that case, anything to do with music, though most likely playing piano.
11) Would you rather be a vampire for life of a werewolf during the full moon?
Werewolf. Nothing about being a vampire seems particularly appealing, and I could deal with being a werewolf once a month.

11 Random Facts
1. I am embarrassed to say that I have not read any LOTR books but The Hobbit nor have I seen a single Star Wars film. This must be amended ASAP.
2. My favorite TV show of all time is Doctor Who, but I'm not loving it now that Russell T. Davies is gone. 
3. When I was little, I had a long list of jobs that I wanted to do when I grew up. Some were to be an acrobat, professional pianist, professional rock-climber, and a teacher... all at once.
4. I love art, especially drawing, though I've never taken any classes outside of school.
5. My absolute favorite animal is the owl. I think it all started with Harry Potter, and then Greek Mythology (Athena is my favorite Greek god(dess)), and just escalated from there.
6. By the time I graduate college, my goal is to be fluent in both Hebrew and French.
7. For a school project, I took Romeo and Juliet and rewrote it as a modern, high school version, three acts and all.
8. On that note, my favorite Shakespeare play is Twelfth Night, with A Midsummer Night's Dream as a close second.
9. Though I don't like a lot about American politics, I do find them incredibly interesting. In real life, I'm quite vocal about my political views. (And I post about them on my Tumblr occasionally.)
10. The two celebrity look-alikes I get the most often are Anne Hathaway and Taylor Swift. Of course, they don't look anything alike, so I'm not sure what that means exactly.
11. The first story I ever wrote was a rip off of The Boxcar Children. I never finished it.

My Nominations
(I never realized this, but I discovered that most of the blogs I follow have over 200 followers! I do really love these blogs, though, and I think you will, too!)

My Questions
1. Do you read hardcover books with the jacket sleeves on or off?
2. You get to spend ONE day with a fictional character. Who do you choose and why?
3. Do you find it difficult to write negative book reviews?
4. What was your best book blogging moment?
5. Pirates, ninjas, or spies? (Follow up: Favorite book featuring one of these groups?)
6. Let's say you're an editor in a publishing company. Your dream manuscript lands on your desk. What is it?
7. What's the one book you'd recommend over all others?
8. If you could fix one issue in the book industry (such as the lack of diversity or even something like too many passive-girls-in-dresses-on-covers), what would it be? 
9. Love triangles: Do you love or hate them?
10. What book would you like to see adapted as a movie? Or do you not like movie adaptations?
11. You can choose one of the three Deathly Hallows (the Wand, the Cloak, or the Stone) to keep. Which do you choose?

Thanks again guys! 

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the award! :) I absolutely agree, the protagonist needs to have a great voice and I need to be able to connect to them. I recently started watching Doctor Who (and trying to catch up with all the episodes) and I love it! But I agree, I adore the episodes back when Russell T. Davies was the showrunner...I'm not that big a fan of the more recent episodes.

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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