Some time last week I was nominated for the Liebster Award by The Books & The Muse, who has been blogging for about a week now. She also posts book reviews, but unlike me, she posts one every weekday. That’s five times a week! And here I am, barely making two reviews a week. Such is life. Anyway, check her out for some sweet book reviews (that at the moment seem to be primarily young adult but anything could happen)!
- Thank the person/people that nominated you by providing a link to their bog in your Liebster Award post
- Give 11 random facts about yourself
- Answer the 11 questions from the blogger/s who nominated you
- Nominate 11 other blogs that have 200 followers or less
- Ask your nominees 11 questions of your own
11 random facts about me:
- I’ve been playing piano for 16 years and cello for 10. I hope to teach myself how to play guitar and/or ukulele and maybe start uploading covers to YouTube (because I sing as well!)
- The first proper book I remember reading was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when I was 4 or 5. Most unfortunately for me, I missed out on the first edition hardback (as well as the next three HP books’ too) and now have the series in half paperback, half hardback (but that’s okay because Harry was a half-blood and it therefore has deep meaning and is thus totally fine and doesn’t send my OCD into overdrive).
- I love playing video games of any genre on any console at any time. My childhood favourite is Yoshi’s Island on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) but lately I have been re-enjoying Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on the PlayStation 3 and the Assassin’s Creed series on PC. There’s something about the graphics and fighting style that I like and, in fact, find oddly calming, despite both games being fairly violent.
- I have two copies of books that I really love that I don’t expect people to already have read (so I only own one copy of each Harry Potter book). This is so I can lend out a copy to someone and still have one on hand. For example, I have the hardback and paperback of More Than This by Patrick Ness (which I have a review of here).
- Books that have blurbs that look like this and contain no actual information about the book really bother me. (Hardcover jackets have information on the inside front cover so they are exempt from my bothered-ness.)
- My bookshelf doubles as storage for all of my plushies. I love Nintendo and collect Pokemon and Mario Bros. plushies (with the occasional stand-alone cute stuffed animal from a souvenir shop of a foreign place). To date, I have more than 50 of each and they compete rather fiercely with my books for shelf space.
- Amongst twenty years worth of TV shows, anime, movies and some old writing I was particularly proud of, I used to have the Fifty Shades series on my external hard drive in PDF format. Those three PDFs were the only things I wasn’t sad to lose when a friend later dropped said hard drive.
- I live on the 25th floor of an apartment building pretty close to Melbourne’s CBD. I’m not afraid of heights but my housemate is, so I frequently enjoy alone time on the balcony when the weather permits and retreat there whenever we get into an argument. I’m still waiting for the day she remembers she can lock me out there.
- I’ve been eating an apple a day since I was 14.
- My ideal superpower is shapeshifting, which includes turning into animals, objects, other people, altering certain aspects of my own body and becoming invisible. Bang for your buck, people.
- I’m good at maths that doesn’t involve letters or non-numerical variables. 17 times 488? I can do that in my head (and probably will, now that it’s in front of me). Graphs? Algebra? No thank you. (P.S. 17 times 488 is 8296)
Questions from The Books & The Muse:
- Which do you prefer, stand-alones or books in a series?
As of late, I prefer stand-alones simply because my commitment issues make me feel overwhelmed by the amount of reading I have to do on the same topic. That being said, I could read the Harry Potter series for the rest of my life and be totally okay with that.
- Who is your favourite author and why?
Neil Gaiman or Patrick Ness. I have such mad respect for the two of them, Gaiman for his great imagination in his fantastical tales and Ness for writing some truly spectacular YA. The Chaos Walking Trilogy and More Than This are his best YA works in my opinion, but Crane Wife was a really beautifully-written literary fiction piece and I loved that too.
- What other hobbies do you have other than reading?
Playing video games, writing, socialising, partying/clubbing, making and wearing cosplays, and sleeping.
- What is your favourite book genre?
Young Adult, but I also love literary fiction and general fiction. Classics, science fiction and fantasy are also up there.
- Who is your favourite character?
Ever? Beatrice from James Moloney’s Book of Lies Trilogy (which I will be reviewing in future). She isn’t afraid of standing up for herself, even in the face of her own elf clan. She doesn’t care about gender roles, she is strong both physically and emotionally, and her loyalty to her friends is amazing.
- What are the books that made you cry (if any)?
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (tears of sadness) (review here)
Winger by Andrew Smith (tears of laughter and sadness) (review here)
For One More Day by Mitch Albom (sadness)
The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby (happiness)
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green (happiness)
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen (happiness and sadness) (review here)
- Which do you do first, read the book or watch the movie?
Normally I prefer to read the book first and then watch the movie but I’m almost always disappointed by the movie for not sticking to the book or leaving something out or just generally not doing the book justice. However, I watched The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Eragon before reading their respective books. I thought the Hunger Games movie left out some fairly important explanations that I figured would be in the book, even before reading it. The Maze Runner turned out to be better as a movie than a book (and that’s not something I say lightly – I didn’t like James Dashner’s writing style), and we all know that the Eragon movie was an abomination.
- What is your OTP?
Nina and Spencer from All This Could End by Steph Bowe OR Eleanor and Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Too cute.
- When did you start blogging?
February 16th, 2o15 – the date I decided a book review blog would be my assignment for a class in university.
- Have you ever been emotionally attached to a character? If yes, who and from what book?
Joey Cosentino from Winger, Theodore Finch from All the Bright Places and Henry K. Larsen from The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen.
- What’s your favourite book/book series so far and why?
I dearly want to say the Harry Potter series but I think my favourite series might actually be the Book of Lies Trilogy or A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The themes of both are well-embedded, the characterisation is excellent and the adventures are engaging. A Series of Unfortunate Events also has the added bonus of having lots of books in the series (13) and thus ample time to develop the plot and characters.
- Danissa the Reader
- My Life in Books
- The Book Hoarder
- I Read to Live in Other People’s Lives
- Books by Julia
- Onto Her Bookshelf
- The Bibliophile Chronicles
- A Bookworm’s Ramblings
- Leslie Loves Fiction
- Ellie Taylor Books
Questions to be answered:
- What is your favourite book/book series and why?
- If you could talk to anyone in the history of humanity, currently living or not, who would it be?
- What are your pet peeves?
- If you were to write the story of your life, what genre would you want it to be?
- If you’re familiar with Pokémon, what Pokémon would you want by your side as a companion? If you’re not, what normal animal would you want to be your companion?
- What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start blogging?
- What is your favourite genre of music?
– Subquestion: Do you prefer to listen to music while reading or silence?
- What do you find most challenging about maintaining your blog?
- What is most important to you in a book? Character development, plot progression, setting, language, description of detail…?
- If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
- Do you have a preference for where you get your books from and what condition they’re in? Second-hand bookstores, local libraries, opportunity shops, regular retail bookstores, hand-me-downs…?
Happy blogging everyone! (: