I was nominated by Abby @annebonnybook of annebonnybookreviews.com
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- David Small, Stitches – Graphic Novels count, right?
- Jan-Philipp Sendker, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
- Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter – ALL of them (but we’ll only count them as one)
- 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…)
- Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
- Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls
- Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood & The Story of a Return
- Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
- Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
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?
- Little Brown and Company
- Candlewick Press
- 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
- How long did you think about your blog before starting it?
- What is your favourite book to movie conversion? Why?
- What’s your favourite childhood book? Why?
- When you aren’t reading/ blogging, what hobbies and activities take up your time?
- If you could hang one famous painting in your living room, what would it be?
- If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
- Describe yourself in three words.
- If you could give new bloggers a tip, what would it be?
- What is the most memorable book you’ve ever read and what made it so memorable?
- If you could bring any fictional character to dinner who would it be and why?
- What’s the best comment you have ever received on your blog?
- Sarah’s Vignettes @Sarah_Swan2
- Novel Gossip @NovelGossip1
- Books Teacup and Reviews @BooksTnReviews
- Darque Dreamer @DarqueDreamer
- Book Escapade @thebookescapade
- Birdie Bookworm @Birdie_Bookworm
- Panic at the Bookstore @Panic_Bookstore
- Keeper of Pages @keeperofpages
- Angie Dokos @AngieDokos
- Dees Rad Reads and Reviews @DeesRadReads
- Book Inspector @Book_Inspector
I am going to follow Abby’s lead and tag everyone on twitter as well 🙂