Sunday, November 23, 2014

Liebster Award


Thank you to Amanda of Of Spectacles and Books for nominating me for this award!  The Liebster Award is for bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, and its purpose is so that we in the blogging world can get to know each other better.

As part of receiving the award, you are provided 11 questions by the one who nominated you. Here are my answers to Amanda's questions:

1. What do you do outside of blogging?  Some of my other hobbies include creating custom content for my favourite computer game, The Sims 2; tracing my family tree; and reading (both fiction and non-fiction).

2. How much of the people outside the Internet realm know you blog?  My mother knows I blog.  That's about it!

3. What is your top five favorite reads of all time?  It's difficult to pick just five... and I'll probably second-guess myself afterwards.  Oh, well.  I guess I'd have to say: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith; Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver; A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb; Fire & Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones; and Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

4. If you could meet three people in real life (living or dead) who would they be?  This is another tough question.  I think I'd like to meet Shirley Temple Black (because she had such an interesting life), Leonardo da Vinci (because he had such an interesting mind), and one of my distant ancestors (because it would be awesome to hear family stories from the people who actually lived them).

5. What is the longest book you've ever read?  I had to check Goodreads for this one.  I figured it was either Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.  At first glance, the latter is longer... but then I realized I read the Canadian edition, which (like the UK edition) is over 100 pages shorter.  So Breaking Dawn wins.  How embarrassing.

6. In your opinion, what is the best book to film adaptation?  This is a tough one.  I'm generally not that enamoured with recent book-to-film adaptations.  Some of the best ones seem to be from classic books.  I think I'm going to go with Much Ado About Nothing (1993) because it's a fairly faithful adaptation.  Plus, it's really beautiful to look at.

7. Is there a movie that you can quote from beginning to end? What is it?  At one time, I could do that with the 1993 version of The Secret Garden.  I'm not sure if I could quote the whole thing anymore (I haven't watched it in a while).

8. If you could do anything in the world, no matter how much it cost, what would you do?  I'd probably travel... but I'd also like to have a nice, comfy house to come home to.

9. What is your biggest fear and greatest dream?  My biggest fear is getting to the end of my life and not having lived any of my dreams.  My greatest dream is to be satisfied with the life I've lived.

10. How long have you been blogging?  I've had a book blog since 2009.  But I blogged for a few years on Xanga before that, and I had a website or two through sites like Geocities.  One of those websites even helped me land a job!

11. What is the best thing about the blogging community to you?  I like the fact that, through blogging, we get to meet a diverse range of people that we might not otherwise encounter.

Now I get to nominate people who have to answer my questions!  *evil laugh*  Don't worry... I'll try to make them fun.

I nominate:

Molly of Woven Magic Books
Lina of Every Book a World

Here are my 11 questions for you:

1. Are you a writer as well as a reader?  If so, do you write just for fun, or do you hope to publish one day?
2. Is there a book or series that lots of people loved, but that you hated?  What about a book or series that lots of people hated, but that you loved?
3. Have you ever written, contemplated writing, or read fan fiction?  If so, for which book/series?
4. What were your favourite books as a child?  Were they picture books or novels?
5. Name five book characters that you wish were real so you could hang out with them.
6. Do you do anything else while you're reading (listen to music, eat, watch TV, etc.)?  Or do you need complete silence so you can concentrate?
7. What was your favourite subject in school?  Does it still interest you now?
8. Do you have a favourite reading genre?  What is it?  Do you ever read books in other genres?
9. You're going to throw a party with a theme based on your favourite book.  What games would you play?  What food and drink would you serve?  How would you decorate?
10. Would you ever name one of your children after a book character?
11. What genre of music would dominate the playlist for your life?  Or would there be a mix?

Have fun answering these questions!  I can't wait to see your answers!


  1. I love reading the answers to these awards.

    I haven't read Warm Bodies yet, but it's on my list! I'm glad you'd pick it in your top five.

    I like the idea of meeting one of your ancestors, that would be cool.

    haha I like question number seven. I'd have a hard time listing them all though. My dad liked to watch movies on repeat.

    I used to have a site on Geocities too! What kind of site was it that got you a job? That's so cool!

    Thank you for nominating me! :)

    Cool questions. I love number eleven!

    1. I had just finished taking a course in multimedia studies. I'd put some of my graphics/photo-manipulation work on my site, and had a link to it on my resume. I eventually got a job doing Photoshop work.