Liebster Award

Thank you to The Book and Movie Reviewa for nominating my page for the Liebster Award! I love that blog nominations on WordPress come from other users; it makes the site feel like an really welcoming and engaged community, and I feel lucky to be a part of it.

About the Liebster Award 

“It’s a blogger-to-blogger award that tells a fellow newbie blogger that they are making the world a more interesting /intellectual /funny /better place. For a lot of us, it comes just when we’re facing that first blogger’s block or wondering if it’s all worth it. For the rest, it’s a shower of accolades. Either way, it’s a great thing. There are no certificates or trophies, but hey, appreciation from a fellow blogger is always valued. It is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.”

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Award Rules
  1. List 11 random facts about myself
  2. Answer 11 questions set by The Book and Movie Reviewa
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers for the award
  4. Go back to their pages and tell these bloggers about the award

So here goes!

11 Random Facts About Me

Thinking of facts about myself off the top of my head is surprisingly difficult, but I’ll do my best.

  1. Second-hand bookshopping is the only kind of shopping that I actually find enjoyable.
  2. London is my favourite city in the UK; I love the history and the atmosphere there.
  3. I was the tallest in my class when I was 12, but sadly I haven’t grown since.
  4. I love the smell of horses.
  5. For a while now I’ve wanted a tattoo but I have no idea what I want the tattoo to look like or where I’d want it to be (I’m incredibly indecisive).
  6. I love travelling but I always get homesick (and/or jetlagged).
  7. My most recent reads are The Orphan of Zhao (which I highly recommend) and the first three Harry Potter books.
  8. I think a sense of silliness is a highly underrated quality.
  9. My family are the most generous, kind and supportive people in the world.
  10. I’m hooked on Breaking Bad at the moment, but I’m only on season three, so I’m currently trying to race through the remaining episodes before I stumble across a spoiler.
  11. I think I prefer nights in, preferably with a book, to nights out.

Answers to The Book and Movie Reviewa’s Questions

  1. What 3 words would your friends use to describe you? Maybe shy, intelligent, and cheeky.
  2. Your favourite character from books and movies? Hmm, that’s a tough one! There are lots of characters I enjoying watching and reading about, like Steerpike from Gormenghast; I think Steerpike is probably my favourite villain, and Harry Potter is the fictional character I find most admirable.
  3. What would you do if no one’s watching? I listen to loud music and dance around like a lunatic (honestly; I really hope no one ever walks in me).
  4. What in your opinion, is the best subject to blog about? Books are my favourite subject to read blogs about, and I also enjoy discussions of movies and culture in general.
  5. Name a chocolate you would rather be and why. Does turkish delight count as a chocolate? Because it’s delicious. Either that, or white chocolate.
  6. What got you to blogging? I knew a few people who had blogs and their writing and site designs were so impressive that they both inspired and intimated me. Eventually, though, I worked up the courage to try blogging for myself.
  7. Who is favourite author and why? It has to be Mervyn Peake, because Gormenghast castle is a fantastically imaginative and macabre creation.
  8. What is your favourite guilty pleasure song? This is incredibly embarrassing…I was listening to Miley Cyrus’ new song and critiquing the video, and now the song’s stuck in my head and it turns out I actually really like it!
  9. What is your idea of a perfect blog? Oh, that’s a tough one! I think a perfect blog is one with original and creative content (much like the Book and Movie Reviewa and all the blogs I’ve nominated here!).
  10. What are your perfect conditions to blog in? I write by hand before I type up my blogs, so my perfect conditions to write in would be in a quiet room, with rain pattering against the windows, and a cat purring in my lap.
  11. If you had to choose one blog you love reading the most, which one would it be and why? That’s a difficult one, too! I’m genuinely not sure that I have a favourite blog. I’ve discovered so many amazing writers on this site, and I find new ones almost every day. Oh, I wanted to nominate Her Silent Musings for this award but wasn’t able to because the page has over 200 followers, so this seems like a good place to give a shout out to a brilliantly bookish page!

My nominations for the Liebster Award

I’d like to nominate all of the following pages for this award. I hope you’re all able to participate!

  1. Find a Girl Who Reads
  2. Manon Reads Books
  3. Refined Quotes
  4. Playing Booky
  5. Both Paper and Not
  6. In the Book Stacks
  7. Questing Through Books
  8. Red Panda Reads
  9. Tasseled Book Blog
  10. The Book Stop
  11. Book Monkey

And finally, my questions for the blogs I’ve nominated! 

  1.  How did you get into blogging?
  2. What do you hope to be doing ten years from now?
  3. Do you have a favourite animal?
  4. Are you superstitious at all?
  5. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  6. Do you have a Bucket List?
  7. Do you have a favourite author, or a favourite genre of fiction?
  8. What’s your favourite movie?
  9. How many languages do you speak? And if you could speak any other language, what would it be?
  10. Do you consider yourself artistic?
  11. What was your favourite book as a child?

So, just a quick summary for the blogs I’ve nominated:

  • On receiving the Liebster award, you need to post 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Choose 11 new bloggers with less than 200 followers to pass the award to and link them in your post.
  • Answer the questions that I have set for you. Then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you  pass the award to.
  • Go to their page and tell them about the award.

Thanks again for the nomination, and happy reading! 🙂

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Shine On Award

Many thanks to Jane’s Journal for nominating my blog for the Shine On Award! I love writing on WordPress and interacting with other bloggers here is my favourite aspect of blogging, so this award means a great deal to me.

Here are the award rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

shine-on-awardI can’t guarantee how interesting these facts will be, but here are 7 things about me nevertheless:

  1. If I could travel anywhere, I’d love to visit Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and New York. And New Zealand. This is why I need to start playing the lottery…
  2. I spent two years learning Chinese, and hope to pick up my lessons again soon.
  3. I once confused ‘viscous tubing’ with ‘fallopian tubes’ in a biology exam, which was kind of embarrassing.
  4. My favourite films currently include Scott Pilgrim, Titus, Battle Royale, The Hobbit, and The Lion King.
  5. This is more of a non-fact, but I don’t have a favourite colour.
  6. I’ve officially been vegetarian since I was 16 (I was veggie on and off before then), and hope one day to cut down on dairy, too.
  7. I frequently get my lefts and rights mixed up, which makes for interesting moments while driving.

I’d like to nominate the following blogs for the Shine On Award. These are terrific pages and I would highly recommend that you check them out!

  1. Tranquil Pomelo
  2. Both Paper and Not
  3. Book Interrupted
  4. High Fantasy Addict
  5. This one just fell off my bookshelf
  6. The little bookworm
  7. Books, etc
  8. The Book and Movie Reviewa
  9. The Nerd Next Door
  10. Rose Read
  11. Confessions of a Fancy Nerd
  12. Books, Libs, Scripts
  13. The beginnings of a literary adventure!
  14. Bookaholic in Therapy
  15. For the love of bookshops

Holy crumpet, a nomination!

A gigantic thank you to I’m a Book Lover and Proud for nominating me for ‘The Very Inspiring Blogger Award’! The nomination was completely unexpected and very very much appreciated! I’ve only been blogging since December but I’ve greatly enjoyed discovering and interacting with other bloggers so far, and it means a lot to be welcomed into the wonderful community of book-bloggers on WordPress.

Here are the rules:

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website.
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself

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7 facts about me (I may have interpreted the word ‘interesting’ quite loosely):

  1. Victorian London is my favourite fictional setting. (Excluding Hogwarts and Gormenghast, of course!)
  2. I spend more time than I’d like to admit looking at pictures of kittens/gifs of cats falling over.
  3. I cannot cook, at all. Left to my own devices, I will try to survive solely on bagels and chocolate. Sometimes I don’t know how I’m still functioning…
  4. When I was young(er), I wanted to be a member of Team Rocket.
  5. I love A Song of Ice and Fire but there are quite a few characters I still haven’t forgiven George R.R. Martin for killing off.
  6. I once met Sebastian Peake, Mervyn Peake’s eldest son.
  7. My favourite words are currently ‘rambunctious’ and ‘piffle’.

I would like to nominate the following talented people. I can’t recommend these bloggers highly enough!