I was nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by Late Night with Good Books( a few weeks ago!). I’m normally not a procrastinator, but even though I wanted to do this, I kept putting it off because I have trouble coming up with interesting facts about myself. So, I told myself I just had to sit down and do it.
In order to accept and participate, here are the steps laid out:
1. Tell 11 things about yourself.
2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
3. Post 11 questions for those who will be nominated by you.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
5. Get in contact with those 11 bloggers in order to inform them that you nominated them.
11 Facts about Myself:
1. I’m graduating from college in May with a B.A. in Professional Writing and a double minor in Corporate Communications and Religion. (Interesting mix, I know).
2.I honestly cannot remember a time I didn’t like to read. Even before I could read myself, my parents would read to me every night and I always begged them to read more.
3. My first job was at a drive-in movie theater!
4. Until I came to college, I lived in the same town my entire life.
5. I want to write a book someday. Always have. I remember deciding and declaring I was a writer when I was eight. I started writing one day after a bad trip to the orthodontist’s office. My mouth hurt and so to take my mind off the pain, I started writing down all the stories I always made up in my head.
6. When I was about nine or ten, I read a book set in England and decided I wanted to move to the UK. I still sometimes kind of have that desire, though I don’t think I could deal with the rain.
7. I can play the piano and the clarinet, even though I’ve lost some because I haven’t played in a while, and am currently taking a guitar class.
8. I refuse to buy any pens except for these and pretty much always have one on me, unless I’m wearing a dress without pockets and not carrying a purse.
9. I secretly believe you can learn a lot about someone by what type of Pinterest boards they have.
10. I have three nieces; the oldest is only four years younger than me, while my sister is sixteen years older than I am.
11. I am determined to have a hedgehog as my next pet. I’m not allowed to have a pet in my current apartment, but after graduation, once I can afford one, I am buying a hedgehog.
And I nominate:
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor
Kristin @ Matched: Reviews and Recommendations
I know 3 is a far cry from 11, but I feel like I’ve seen most of the blogs I follow do this award before, and I don’t want to double-nominate, so I’ll leave as is. So, in order to continue this, if you, dear reader of this blog post, would like to do this, consider this your nomination. I’d love to read people’s facts and their answers to the questions.
The questions that Late Night With Good Books asked:
1. Where do you spend the majority of your time reading?
Since I’m a college student, I do most of my reading currently in between classes. I have an hour break between a literature class and a creative writing class, and that’s been the bulk of my reading time. I also read some at my apartment, and when I do I always have to lay on the couch. Sometimes I’ll read on my bed but I’m not quite as much of a fan of that.
2. What book has impacted you the most over the years?
Ah, so many. I would have to say probably The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. If I could live in any book, I’d live in one of the Narnia books. I fell in love with the land in the third grade and I’ve never stopped. I read the entire series at least once a year, and I like to pretend I’m BFFs with all the Pevensies. My sister is 16 years older than I am, so I didn’t really have siblings in the traditional sense while growing up, and the Pevensies were my fictional siblings. Harry Potter because I grew up with the books and along side Harry.
Also, going to get real personal really quickly here about something I normally don’t talk about, but I lost my mom because of cancer when I was sixteen. There were two fictional worlds I turned to when I needed to cope: the world of Gilmore Girls and Harry Potter. Harry’s world really helped me cope with hard things.
3. Who is your fictional twin? Not the fictional character you’d like to be like, but the one you’re truly most like.
Ah, so hard. I’m a bit like Hermione in that I am big on rules and regulations, read a lot, and enjoy knowledge for the sake of knowledge, but I’m not exactly logical. I enjoy fantasy, mystery, and stories too much. In that way I have almost a Luna quality. Actually, I think personality-wise I’m a lot like Peeta from the Hunger Games. Quiet, kind, good with words(except in my case I prefer to write than to speak), and can be a convincing liar when need to be. So, to conclude, I’m probably most like Peeta with a touch of Hermione and Luna. Yes, quite a combination, I know.
4. And now which literary character do you wish to be more like?
Hmm, probably either Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice or Cinder by the end of the book.
5. What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
I mentioned this in my post, Talkin’ about Titles, but annoying titles are my biggest pet peeve, especially the trend of “The X’s Wife/ The X’s Daughter”.
6. How did you come up with your blog’s name?
I had a list of blog name ideas, but Google quickly showed me that they were all taken. I wanted to have a bit more of a wider focus than if I had called the blog “Stormy Reviews Memoirs”, or something like that. In the end, I liked the alliteration of Book.Blog.Bake., but I wasn’t sold. I was between that and “Stormy Reads”. However, a Google search for Stormy Reads came up with a bunch of links for an erotic film star named Stormy reading on video. I decided that having said name might increase my spam count astronomically, so I went with Book.Blog.Bake. in the end.
7. What’s one book that you feel like hasn’t gotten the attention and hype that it deserves?
Oh, this is exciting! OK, so there is this AMAZING middle grade book called Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan. It is one of the best books I’ve ever read(I put it on my all-time favorites list right after Chronicles of Narnia. Yes, before Harry Potter). It’s sadly out of print, which is too bad because it’s set in a post-apocalyptic world, and if it had been written within the last two years, I think it would sell really well with the current Dystopia trend. You should buy the book on Amazon ASAP. I think this book, more than any other, also introduced me to the concept of the strong female character as well. I really cannot sing it’s praises highly enough. Here’s my review for Winter of Fire.
8.What classic novel would you love to see retold? (Bonus points if you can say which author you’d like to do the retelling.)
I would love a retelling of A Christmas Carol by either Neil Gaiman or Phillip Pullman. So, basically, probably a twisted retelling, but it would be different. I love both Christmas as a holiday and A Christmas Carol, but I wouldn’t mind a retelling by either of those authors.
9. What magical creature do you think has gotten the short shaft of the stick so far in book representations?
Mermaids. I want books with mermaids in them, because I want books set under the sea. I really want to see a Dystopian society set in a mermaid civilization. I have no idea why I have this desire, but I’m still patiently waiting for someone to write this book.
10. What is your biggest book turnoff?
Lack of characterization. I can handle a thin plot and mediocre world-building if I get to really explore a character and watch them grow. If a character’s the same person at halfway through the book that they were on the first page, I get bored. I don’t want overwhelming character changes by any means, but by that point I was to see some character growth and development.
11. What’s the most unique book you’ve ever read?
The Book Thief by Mark Zusak. Narrated by death, takes place in World War II, and absolutely heartbreaking. And absolutely unique.
My 11 Questions:
1. What is your favorite fictional friendship?
2.If you could live the story of any particular book, which one would you choose? The actual plot, not just the world. In essence, you’d replace the main character but have to go through everything they did.
3. Who is your favorite secondary character in a book who you believe should have really been the protagonist? (ex: If, for example, you believe Hermione or Ron should have been the narrator of HP)
4. What is your earliest bookish memory?
5. What book would you really like to see adapted to a movie or a TV show?
6. If you could have the fashion sense of any literary character, who would it be and why?
7. Why did you decide to start book blogging?
8. What’s a plot you would really like to see in a book but haven’t yet?
9. What is your favorite POV for a book and why?
10. What instantly makes you love a book?
11. What is one book you will insist on your future(or current!) child reading?