Tag: Liebster Award (Take 3)

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Princess of Pages and Life With All the Books! Thank you so much for the nominations! And please go check out their blogs when you get a chance. 🙂

You can see the previous versions of this award here: one | two

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and display the award
  • Answer 11 questions that they asked you
  • Come up with 11 questions of your own
  • Tag 11 bloggers and don’t forget to let them know

11 questions from Princess of Pages:

1) What is your favorite food?
Every time I get asked this question, my answer is the same. What isn’t my favorite food? I just love to eat. But really, I’ll never get sick of hot stone bibimbap and I love every breakfast food in existence.

2) Where is your dream vacation?
I’ve wanted to go to Spain ever since I was very young. When I was in college, I had to give a 45-minute presentation on Gaudi (in Spanish) and I’ve been a little obsessed with him ever since. I want to see all of Spain, but I would especially love to see the Sagrada Familia and Parque Guell.

3) Who is your favorite author?
I’m going to go with Jenn Bennett today but honestly, I have about thirty different favorite authors.

4) What are your top reads of all time?
I never know how to answer this question, so I’ll just direct you to my favorites page!

5) What kind of music do you listen to?
Oh, my favorite question!! I listen to all kinds of music, but right now, here are some songs I’ve had on repeat:

♬ Lorde: Literally all of Melodrama, I don’t even know why I’m trying to choose favorites but probably Sober, Supercut, Homemade Dynamite, Hard Feelings/Loveless, The Louvre, Green Light, and Perfect Places
♬ Taylor Swift: I get in moods where I want to listen to one of her albums over others, but right now, Delicate, Long Live, Gorgeous, and Clean
♬ If I’m feeling a little sassy: IDGAF by Dua Lipa and FRIENDS by Marshmello & Anne-Marie
♬ also Terrified by Satellite Mode (thanks, Daniel)

6) What is your dream job?
I would love to do anything in publishing, but I think my ultimate dream job would be to work as an editor. (Preferably YA books, but I’m not picky.)

7) What is a book you loved, but does not get much attention?
I feel like Starry Eyes can never get enough hype. And Alex, Approximately. I really just love Jenn Bennett. I went to a bookstore when I was home in Wisconsin and they didn’t even have any of her books. It was very disappointing.

8) Who are some of your favorite bloggers?
Another question that I love!! I have so many favorite bloggers! And there’s actually a Top Ten Tuesday coming up very soon with a favorite blogger theme, so I’ll go more into detail there, but… Daniel, Maddie, Becky, Leslie, Bibi, Hamad, Gerry, and many others that I’m having trouble coming up with off the top of my head.

9) If you could meet anyone and sit down for a conversation, who would it be?
Probably Taylor Swift. I’d most likely die, literally go into cardiac arrest or something, but I’d still like to meet her.

10) What is your favorite season?
Probably spring. I’ve always hated winter, so I love it when it starts warming up and the snow starts melting and I can finally do things outside again.

11) What is something that makes you happy?
I’m really a very easy person! A small sampling of things that make me happy:

Cats. Kids. Books. Making cookies. Doing things with friends. Texts that aren’t from my boss. Going to concerts. Going to NYC. Barbecues in my friend’s backyard. Meeting up with people I haven’t seen in forever. Song recommendations. Book recommendations. When someone actually wants to spend their lunch break with me. Going to the farm by my house. Long walks in the woods. Comments on my blog posts. I could go on.


11 questions from Life With All The Books:

1) What book has had the most impact on your life?
Probably all of the Golden Books from when I was very young. My grandma used to read them to me before I went to bed and I think that’s a big part of why I love to read so much.

2) What are your hobbies, besides reading?
I like to bake and I like to sew!

3) What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?
My favorite flavor of all time is The Munchies at Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn. But just from a regular grocery store, I like cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, and anything coffee-related. I actually really just love ice cream in general.

4) Which season of the year do you prefer and why?
Spring! See above!

5) What is your favourite movie?
You know, I used to watch a ton of movies in high school and college, but I really don’t watch very many movies anymore. My favorite in recent memory is definitely Coco, but I’m honestly not sure what my favorite of all time is.

6) Do you have any pets?
Yes! I have an elderly cat named Aubrey and she is the actual best. She’s curled up next to me sleeping right now and I love her so much.

7) Name three things that make you happy?
I named 16 things up above! If I had to pick three, (1) cats, (2) concerts, (3) books.

8) What is your favourite book you’ve read this year so far?
It’s so hard to pick but probably Starry Eyes!

9) Where was your best holiday ever?
It’s a tie between Costa Rica and Scotland! They were very different experiences — I went to Costa Rica with my boyfriend’s whole family and I went to Scotland just with him.

Costa Rica (2016):

Scotland (2015):

10) If you could meet one author – who would it be and why?
Jenn Bennett, because she just seems so nice.

11) What is your most anticipated book for the rest of the year?
I’ve been screaming about it on my blog for months, so literally nobody will be surprised to hear me say it: WHAT IF IT’S US.


I’m nominating:

I am (again) losing track of who I have already nominated for various blog awards, so here are four people that I’m pretty sure I haven’t nominated yet! As always, no pressure whatsoever, please let me know if you like tags and also if you hate them.

Marco | Rochelle | Georgia | Amy


11 questions from me:

  1. What kind of music do you listen to?
  2. What’s something that makes you happy?
  3. If you could have dinner with any celebrity, who would it be and why?
  4. What are you currently reading and are you enjoying it?
  5. What’s your most anticipated release for the rest of the year? (Or your top five or ten if one is too hard!)
  6. Have you ever met any authors? If so, who? If not, who would you most want to meet?
  7. Has your opinion on a book ever changed as you got older? If so, which book(s) and why?
  8. What’s your favorite kind of food?
  9. How do you decide which book to read next?
  10. What three words best describe you?
  11. Which popular author can’t you get into?

Tags: Liebster Award (Take 2) + The Entertainer Book Tag

Thanks to Bibi for nominating me for the Liebster Award! She’s so nice and I love her reviews! Please go check out her blog when you get a chance. ❤

(You can see Take 1 of the Liebster Award here!)

RULES FOR ‘THE LIEBSTER AWARD’

  • Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions you are asked.
  • Nominate few other bloggers for the award and inform them.
  • Create ten interesting questions to be answered by them.

TEN QUESTIONS FROM BIBI

1. What’s your favourite colour?
Teal!

2. Are you a morning person?
I start work at 7:30am every day, so I kind of have to be. I’m pretty used to it by now (I’ve had this job for six years) but I still need a bunch of coffee in the morning!

3. What 3 words best describe you?
Um… awkward, affectionate, and, sticking with the a-words, adaptable.

4. What makes you happy?
I’m a pretty easy person! A lot of things make me happy!

  • babies and small children, particularly my nephew since he’s hilarious
  • visiting New York
  • obviously books
  • being at the farm by my house
  • hearing from long-lost friends – last weekend one of my college friends asked if I’d want to come visit him in Philly and first of all, of course I do, but second of all I was super excited since I haven’t even heard from him in like three years
  • people wanting to make plans with me literally makes my day every time, honestly you would think I’ve never had a friend in my whole life
  • listening to music from high school and college (I’m listening to fun. right now and I love it)

5. If you could live in a book, which one would you choose?
I think it would be so cool to live in the world of the Raven Cycle!

6. What’s your favourite blog post written by someone else?
I just had this question in a different tag! I’m really going to give the same answer again because I have no idea. I like recommendation lists, I like really snarky book reviews, and I like tags.

7. What’s your favorite blog post you’ve written?
Recently, I’m pretty happy with my summer TBR goals. My favorite blog post ever… I have no idea.

8. If you could spend the day with any author, and do whatever you want, who would it be and what would you do?
I stand by what I said a little bit ago, I think it would be really fun to bake a pie with Jenn Bennett.

9. Is there something you wish you could do different about your blog?
Honestly, if there’s something I want to do differently, I just do it. If you look back to my really old reviews, they’re totally different than what I post now. If there’s anything that I wish I’d done differently over the years, it would be moving my blog here sooner. I’ve had more interaction in three months here than I had in five years on Tumblr.

10. Dark, milk or white chocolate?
Milk chocolate if I’m stress eating, otherwise dark chocolate (the darker the better). I’m not the biggest fan of white chocolate, but I do like it in cookies.


I’m losing track of who I’ve tagged in these awards, so I’m going with some people I’ve recently started following!

Nominations: BrittanyTshepiso | Hamad | Ashley | anyone else who wants to do it!


Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite song right now?
  2. Who’s one (or more) of your auto-buy authors?
  3. Where’s one place you’d love to travel?
  4. If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5. What was your last five-star book?
  6. Paperback, hardcover, or ebook?
  7. What’s your favorite thing about your blog?
  8. Are you involved at all with booktube or bookstagram?
  9. What are three things that people might not know about you?
  10. What’s something you hope to have accomplished in ten years?

I was tagged by Lori for the Entertainer Book Tag! Please check out her blog when you get a chance! ❤

6 questions from Lori:

1. Your least favorite read so far of 2018?
I keep yelling about how much I hated it, but Distrust by T.L. Smith.

2. Would you rather read inside or outside and why?
Inside because first of all, I’m super pale and I get sunburned in like three seconds. Last weekend I was in a park under trees all day and I somehow got sunburned?? Please explain. Going along with that, I work in a dermatology office (specifically, we deal with a lot of skin cancer) and I feel really bad going to work sunburned! And also a little bit like I’m going to be the next patient. I don’t really want to do a surgical prior auth for myself, so… inside it is.

3. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks every time.

4. Your highly acclaimed author?
So, my favorite author? Why is this the hardest question? Once upon a time, I would have said Krista & Becca Ritchie, hands down, but I feel like there’s way too much drama in the Fizzle Force right now and I hardly even want to read their books anymore because of it. Now I would have to go with maybe Jenn Bennett, V.E. Schwab (even though her books actually kill me each time), or R.S. Grey? It’s such a hard decision!!

5. Your least favorite genre?
I’m really not that picky about genre! I mean, clearly, romance is my favorite since I’m always talking about it. BUT that doesn’t mean that I dislike mysteries or thrillers or sci-fi or fantasy or nonfiction or any other genre. The only genre I kind of struggle to get into (and I hesitate to even call it a genre) is classics.

6. Which popular author can’t you get into?
Sorry sorry sorry, I know this is terrible, but I haven’t been able to get into Neil Gaiman. Also Haruki Murakami. For authors that are more in my wheelhouse, Alessandra Torre, Holly Black, and James Dashner.

Nominations:

Alyssa Grace | Lotte | Caidyn & Chantel | Winged Cynic | anyone else who wants to do it!

6 questions from me:

  1. Do you have any hobbies aside from reading?
  2. What’s the last book you added to your TBR?
  3. What book are you most proud of finishing?
  4. What’s been your biggest struggle with blogging?
  5. What made you decide to start blogging?
  6. What’s your favorite social media platform and why?

As always, no pressure to do the tag! Let me know if you like doing tags and also let me know if you want me to leave you alone! 🙂

Tags: 5 Word Story Challenge + Liebster Award!

I was tagged by Daniel @ Page to Page to do his 5 Word Story Challenge! He actually tagged me quite awhile ago and I’m really sorry it took me this long to do it! Thanks for tagging me and I hope this isn’t a disaster because I don’t think I’ve written any fiction since I was in high school!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Close your eyes, open to random pages, and point your finger on a random word in the last book you have read. Articles do not count.
  • Repeat the above rule 5 times.
  • List the 5 random words you have.
  • Create a 5 sentence flash fiction using your 5 random words. Each sentence must contain at least one word from your list. You can change the tense of the word as needed.
  • Tag 3 people.

My Last Completed Book: Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras

5 Random Words: eight | talking | drinks | maybe | decent

Story: 

As we stepped into the elevator, barely caffeinated enough to get our days going, my best friend asked me yet again if I’d made a decision about going out for office drinks that night. “It’s eight o’clock in the morning,” I grumbled. “Why are we even talking about this right now?”

I’d been trying to get out of this wholly unnecessary bonding exercise since it was announced, but she knew she had me when she smiled and said, “I just thought maybe you’d want to know that you-know-who from down the hall said he was hoping to see you there.”

“Excuse you, he said what, exactly?” I asked, the likelihood of me attending this workplace mixer suddenly increasing from “not a chance in hell” to “better than decent” as she filled me in on all the details.

Tagged:


I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Leslie @ Books Are The New Black! Thank you so much, Leslie! Definitely check out her blog when you get a chance.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions they asked you.
  • Come up with your own 11 questions
  • Tag 11 bloggers and don’t forget to tell them.

Leslie’s Questions:

Who is your favorite author? Why?
I think Jenn Bennett. I love her YA contemporaries! They’re the kind of YA books I wish I’d had when I was an actual Young Adult. The stories are unique, the characters are always really well-developed, and I love how sex-positive all of her work is! Back in the day, YA used to basically be Coach Carr from Mean Girls:

In contrast, Starry Eyes features a love interest whose moms own a sex shop and make sure he’s stocked with condoms, so…

What did you want to be when you were younger? Now?
What didn’t I want to be when I was younger? When I was very little, I wanted to be a doctor, a firefighter, a teacher, and a marine biologist. (Or possibly all four at the same time.)

In high school, I was convinced that I wanted to be a journalist. I had my whole career planned out and everything! (I was going to write for Blender, RIP.) I took journalism classes in college and found out that I really, really hate having my writing critiqued, so that didn’t really work out. I considered being a nutritionist for a minute, but I’m honestly not that great at biology and I would’ve had to add another year to take all the required courses.

Now, I would love to work in publishing! I’m hoping that this will work out someday. There are a ton of publishers near me and I just need to take the leap to apply.

What was the happiest day of your life?
This is such a hard question, but probably the day that my nephew was born! The day was actually super stressful since he was born in the middle of a blizzard and I had to take a train to NYC and then the subway to the hospital in Brooklyn (and I hate the subway and everything was delayed because of the snow) but it was all worth it when I got to meet him! He was so tiny and so perfect.

What’s your favorite book series?
Possibly the Calloway Sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie? I’m really bad at listing favorites since it all depends on my mood.

What’s your perfect “me” time?
A bath, a bath bomb, a candle, and a book. Bonus points if my boss doesn’t text me about something that can totally wait until the next morning.

Do you believe in Karma?
Sort of. I try to be a good person in hopes that good things will come my way. But I know that, realistically, it probably doesn’t make any difference.

If you were to name a child after a book character, what would it be?
I love the name Holland (from V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series).

Do you watch Booktubers? If yes, who are your favorite?
Not really! I mean, I have, but there aren’t any that I watch regularly. I actually try to avoid Youtube because I can easily get sucked into watching video after video for hours and then there goes my night.

What is one of your guilty pleasures?
I actually don’t believe in guilty pleasures! I don’t think that anything you really enjoy should make you feel guilty. But I guess that really trashy erotica might be considered a guilty pleasure?

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hot stone bibimbap!

Close your eyes and think of the word happiness. What came to mind?
A perfect afternoon last September when I went to the Global Citizen Festival with a bunch of friends! We had so much fun getting to New York, hanging out in Central Park, listening to great bands (The Killers and Green Day were highlights of the night), and then we went out for tacos and drinks afterward.

My nominations (I’m not nominating eleven people, I’ll be here all night trying to figure it out!):

My questions:

  • What’s something ridiculous that you used to believe when you were younger?
  • What’s your favorite musical?
  • What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen in someone else’s home? (Side note: I have a great story about this one!)
  • Do you have any pets? Feel free to share pictures and stories!
  • What weird food combinations do you like?
  • What’s one place you’ve never been that you’d like to visit?
  • What’s your favorite word?
  • What habit do you have now that you wish you’d started earlier?
  • What would be the clickbait title of the last book you read?
  • What’s your favorite smell?
  • What’s the stupidest way you’ve ever injured yourself?

As always, no pressure to participate in any of these tags! If I tagged you in one and you’d rather do another, or both, or none, feel free! And if I didn’t tag you and you wish I had, let me know to tag you next time — and I’d still love to see your answers!