Liebster Award

Many thanks to Elysa for tagging me for this award! As a fellow wide-variety reader, I have a lot of fun seeing all the different genres/styles/titles she picks up and the tags she tries, and am excited to be nominated for this one!


Post info from The Global Aussie:

“The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The award is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. A great idea in promoting your own blog and others. Originally it was given out to blogs with less than 2000 readers but this has slowly lowed as the reward has gained popularity. It is now only 200 readers or less. It’s really an arbitrary number. If you like helping other blogs out go ahead and do it regardless of its size. If you are returning, the submission for the award can be found here.


  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

(A note on the rules: I’ve been looking around the blogosphere at this award and have found several different suggestions for number of questions to ask/answer and people to tag, so if you want to participate but 11 seems daunting, choosing another number seems perfectly acceptable!)

My Answers to Elysa’s Questions:

  1. What is your favorite book genre? – I am a firm believer in the theory that if a book is written well, it doesn’t matter what genre it’s in; a good book is a good book. If I had to take a guess, I think I’ve read more literary fiction than any other genre this year, but sci-fi and thrillers probably aren’t far behind, and I’ve been very interested in nonfiction in recent months as well!
  2. Do you prefer watching TV shows or movies? – Definitely TV shows. I love the theater experience, but content-wise I really prefer the character development and world-building that comes with a longer series.
  3. What is your favorite food? – Popcorn. It’s maybe not the food that excites me the most, but it’s the one thing I can eat anytime, anywhere, and never get tired of.
  4. What’s one thing on your bucket list? – To become a published author. This is probably more of an achievement goal than something you just go and do, which is what I think of as typical bucket-listing, but it’s been so firmly on my mind lately that nothing else is really calling to me at the moment. I’m actually sitting on a complete manuscript that I can’t stop fiddling with, and I need to just take the plunge and try to run with it!
  5. What’s a book genre you don’t like to read? – Again, a good book is a good book. But historical fiction has been trending downward for me in recent years, so maybe that one at the moment.
  6. Tea, coffee, or neither? –  If I’m going to a coffee shop with a friend and have to choose, I pick tea, but as a rule water is my favorite beverage.
  7. Do you have pets? Bonus points for pictures! – Yes! I’m currently living in rural Iowa, and have quite a few outdoor cats, a couple of indoor cats, and a few that were born indoors mid-winter just for safety and now think they should be allowed to go in and out whenever they fell like it, lol. Here are the current kittens (Maggie, Frida, and Georgie) and the indoor cats (Patchy and Matchy- the only way to tell them apart as kittens was by their face markings and the nicknames stuck).
  8. Have you ever traveled outside your home country? Where’d you go? – Not really, sadly. I’d love to travel basically everywhere when I can afford it, but so far the farthest I’ve been is a trip to the Bahamas with my parents when I was 3, which I hardly remember. I have done some exploring within the continental US though, and loved those trips!
  9. Where’s your favorite place to read? – In bed, on the couch, on a chair- anywhere I can sit quietly and comfortably. I get absorbed very easily and then don’t really notice my surroundings, so I’m not too picky.
  10. How many bookshelves do you own? – Only two at the moment, and it’s not nearly enough. I’m also using the top shelf of my desk (practically stacked up to the ceiling) and an old TV stand, and an old set of kitchen cabinets that’s been pulled off the wall (on a farm you don’t throw away anything that’s still functional), and saving up to move somewhere I can have a proper book room with plenty of shelf space. I’m basically doing the starving artist thing while I try to figure out what I’m doing with my career, so it’s a weird situation all around.
  11. Do you come from a family of readers, or are you the lone wolf of your pack? – Lone wolf, more or less. My mom reads a bit, but only for entertainment; we don’t have a lot of content or opinion overlap. I think my brothers could count on one hand the number of books they’ve ever finished between them, and I’m not sure my dad has ever read an entire novel. My family encouraged me to read as a kid, the way you encourage a kid to eat fruits and vegetables; I think they were all pretty shocked that I took it so seriously!



  1. Diana
  2. Ren
  3. Hannah
  4. Donna
  5. Portia
  6. Melanie
  7. Sarah
  8. Rachel
  9. Naty
  10. Hannah
  11. Callum

(If you’ve already done this award tag or don’t like the questions, no pressure! On the other hand, if you’re not tagged but do like the questions, feel free to participate! Be sure to link back so I can see your answers! 🙂 )

My Questions to you:

  1. What’s a book you LOVED but have never reread?
  2. Is there a genre (or subgenre) you tried recently and realized you’ve been missing out on and/or should read more often?
  3. How often do you visit your local library?
  4. What are your most and least favorite things (one each) about where you live?
  5. Is there a book you want to read eventually, just to say you’ve read it?
  6. What’s the best weather for an afternoon of reading?
  7. What book are you most anticipating with a far out publication date (or no date announced yet)?
  8. Buddy reads or readathons, and why?
  9. If you had to write/blog under a pseudonym, what would you pick?
  10. Would you feel satisfied or disappointed to actually reach the end of your TBR?
  11. Pet pictures! Or a picture of your favorite real-life creature from anywhere in the world.


And that’s a wrap! Thanks again to Elysa!


The Literary Elephant

23 thoughts on “Liebster Award”

  1. Lol I missed this post too, how much of a doorknob must one be??

    I freaking love those pics of your cats, and how adorable it is that you guys have so many! So sweet.

    I have a complicated relationship with historical fiction too – I love love love a good historical fiction, but I’m wary of picking up any books I haven’t had recommended to me just because they’re usually a miss… a pity, really.

    I am rooting for you to become a published author. You write your reviews so beautifully that I think you really have talent and hope you can accomplish it someday!

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    1. Don’t worry about it at all, life is busy and I know I don’t catch everything either…

      Thanks, it’s a great big cat family here! They can be very needy sometimes but we excuse them. 🙂

      I’m really hoping I’ll come back around to historical fiction at some point, but I completely agree, it’s been a struggle lately.

      And thanks SO much, that helps a whole lot to hear. I’ve spent a lot of time feeling like I’m not getting anywhere with it, but I know the more I read and write (and just live life) the more I can put back into my own stories. It’s definitely a work in progress but it helps so much to receive such kind encouragement!

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      1. I think my comment didn’t load… my internet crashed when I was typing and then I forgot to check, but I see now that it didn’t.

        I think you’re doing it right – writing a bit here and there, living your life. I suppose it’s cliché but I do believe in the story coming to you as you live your own story. I used to want to do that when I was younger, but it turns out that I want to write more than I want to be a published author – hence the blog and some small writing attempts in my own notebooks and such. I hope you achieve much, much success at your own pace! 🙂

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      2. No problem! I’ve definitely been there.

        And thanks so much! Being published has always been a dream for me, but I know what you mean about writing being the top focus- I put so much time into it even outside of what I hope will get published, it’s something that will probably always be a part of my life no matter what happens career-wise. I hope writing continues to bring you joy as well, in whatever form! I always love reading your posts. 🙂

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  2. Thanks, and your answers are great! Your cat and kitties are so cute. I have two cats too – Cherry (female) and Tom (male) named after “Tom & Jerry”. They are also beautiful, but they hate each other, so they pretend they are alone in the house 🙂

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    1. Aw, your cats sound great! Tom and Cherry are such cute names, I instantly thought of the cartoon. And their little feud sounds so funny! Cat personalities are the best. I hope you’ll share a picture if you try the tag! 🙂

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    1. No big deal, I think I’m a full week behind on checking out posts again, so I can definitely relate… Looking forward to your answers if you try the tag!

      I have such a weird relationship with historical fiction; in theory I would love to learn more about history through fiction, but somehow the way that the themes tend to be modernized to fit the current political climate kind of throws me off? Which is a catch-22 because I wouldn’t want historical fiction without a reflective lens, either. Very few books from this genre seem to hit the right balance for me.


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