#LiebsterAwards Q&A #NominatedBlogs

I was nominated by Abby @annebonnybook of annebonnybookreviews.com
Here: https://annebonnybookreviews.com/2017/08/02/liebsteraward-qa-nominatedblogs/

So, this is my first stab at anything like this. While I know the whole personal sharing thing is kind of key to the whole social media world I have always been super hesitant to share details. But all you bloggers seem rather lovely, so I’m not going to pass this one by.

I started blogging just a few months ago after I finished my MLIS, and this whole gig came about from a reading journal project I had done for my YA Collection Development course. My instructor pushed me to go public and now here I am. Everything is still a work in progress, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful community!

And so, below I have the answers to Abby’s questions, 11 of my own, and 11 nominees to carry the Liebster Award on!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the person asked you
  • Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
  • Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions.

Abby’s 11 questions:

Name 11 novels you love? Bahahaha! You’re in for a mixed bag. My reading tastes are eclectic at best.

  1. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice – cliche, so sue me. Fitzwilliam Darcy has me by the heart strings and I want him to fail at proposing to me soooo bad.
  2. David Small, Stitches – Graphic Novels count, right?
  3. Jan-Philipp Sendker, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
  4. Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
  5. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter – ALL of them (but we’ll only count them as one)
  6. J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings (the whole series, including the hobbit – I have worn two sets out and had to replace them…)
  7. Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  8. Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls
  9. Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood & The Story of a Return
  10. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
  11. Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Favourite genre?

Comics Journalism/ Graphics Journalism – Probably my favourite way to read current events and conflict history. I’d say anything graphic novel/ comics related, but that’s far too broad and is really a medium more than anything.

Favourite place to read?


On the deck, at my barn, overlooking the river valley. Or, on the top of a mountain. Or maybe anywhere outside would be a better description. I am a sun worshipper, beach reader, garden lounging book-devourer when I can turn the to-do side to my brain off.

<– Look! See, isn’t this a lovely reading view?


Favourite non-fiction read?

Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza (2009), Safe Area Gorazde (2000)  – I know, I know, right back to the comics journalism thing. But seriously, Joe’s inquiry into conflicts that mainstream media shies away from covering is gut-wrenching, insightful, and offers a multitude of perspectives that fall outside the typical polarized and politicized accepted norms.

3 favourite publishers?

  1. FirstSecond
  2. Little Brown and Company
  3. Candlewick Press
  4. BONUS: Alfred A. Knopf – I can’t pick just three, four was bad enough, this is like asking me to pick a favourite child (or in my case dog, but seriously).

What is your worst distraction from reading?


TV documentaries. I am a sad, sad, addict. Think Last Chance U, anything true crime or crime related investigation, Oh! and inside prison series. I wish I could say it weren’t so, but it is, ugh.

And I can’t forget Mr. Loki. This little doodle only has to give me those big browns and he’s got me conned into an hour-long walk. Everything falls to the wayside when this little wiggle-bum decides to get snuggly!


The novel that has really helped, in a time of need?

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – so shoot me. Harry and I had some matching teen angst. Okay, so my god-father didn’t die before my eyes, but I was dealing with my future crumbling around my 16 year old self after rupturing both my achilles and having to come to terms with the fact that I would never regain full mobility, never be an olympic gymnast, and would certain not be joining Cirque du Soleil. Being angsty and angry together was extremely cathartic.

Favourite location in a novel?

Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. Amaze-balls. Get me there right now.

The novel you are a super fan of?

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I almost answered Rivendell in the last question, but decided that repeating would have been a cop-out. I still live and breath LOTR, but have reined it back a little in recent years so as to not scare off my partner. He’s supportive of my book habit but tends to look a little sideways at the collectibles such as a one-ring, an elvish crown, and miniature ‘sting’ letter opener. I may even live my life by the mantra of ‘All that is gold does not glitter/ Not all those who wander are lost’…

The last book that made you cry?

Dick Lehr, Trell – I bawled, like a baby. After feeling the rage all the way up to the climax, that ending caught me right in the feels and the water works turned themselves on and I couldn’t locate the shut-off valve. But,  I’m going to tell you a secret – I cry at a great many things! Happy tears, sad tears, angry tears, etc. I can look at a butterfly on the wrong day and cry. So… yeah.

The last book that made you laugh out loud?

G. S. Prendergast, Zero Repeat Forever – August made me laugh so hard! Plus, there were a few key one-liners that had me cracking right up. But, if we’re going with books that had me tied up in stitches the whole way through I am going to have to go with 36 Questions that Changed My Mind About You.

My 11 Questions

  1. How long did you think about your blog before starting it?
  2. What is your favourite book to movie conversion? Why?
  3. What’s your favourite childhood book? Why?
  4. When you aren’t reading/ blogging, what hobbies and activities take up your time?
  5. If you could hang one famous painting in your living room, what would it be?
  6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
  7. Describe yourself in three words.
  8. If you could give new bloggers a tip, what would it be?
  9. What is the most memorable book you’ve ever read and what made it so memorable?
  10. If you could bring any fictional character to dinner who would it be and why?
  11. What’s the best comment you have ever received on your blog?

I nominate:

  1. Sarah’s Vignettes @Sarah_Swan2
  2. Novel Gossip @NovelGossip1
  3. Books Teacup and Reviews @BooksTnReviews
  4. Darque Dreamer @DarqueDreamer
  5. Book Escapade @thebookescapade
  6. Birdie Bookworm @Birdie_Bookworm
  7. Panic at the Bookstore @Panic_Bookstore
  8. Keeper of Pages @keeperofpages
  9. Angie Dokos @AngieDokos
  10. Dees Rad Reads and Reviews @DeesRadReads
  11. Book Inspector @Book_Inspector


I am going to follow Abby’s lead and tag everyone on twitter as well 🙂


17 thoughts on “#LiebsterAwards Q&A #NominatedBlogs

  1. Thanks so much for the tag! And, oh my gosh, I haven’t seen anyone mention True Diary of a Part Time Indian other than me! It’s such an amazing book. (Also, I love that you have property and horses. That’s a dream life, and that view is stunning.)

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    • Thank you! And I only wish that I had the property to go with the ponies – they’re currently boarded. It’s a little bit of heaven so I don’t mind the drive. But property is the dream thats for sure!

      Also, I’m so happy to come across another S. Alexie fan! I ADORE his storytelling. 😀


      • I won’t argue there! But when it comes to boarding it’s all about the right atmosphere. I’ve been at places before when all I wanted to do was walk away because the stress and drama weren’t worth it. Where I am now I drive almost an hour but I know that they’re well cared for (she’s a retired vet) and it’s the most welcoming and unassuming barn I have ever been too – plus we have a barn book club and a booming book exchange which makes it all the better!


      • That’s so awesome! It sounds like heaven. Especially mixing horses, horse barns and reading! Growing up I spent a lot of time in barns, both summer volunteer with with a Michigan camp, and with my older sister. That smell is one of my favorites in the world.

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