Tag Archives: blog award

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!

liebsteraward

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.

Rules:

  • 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!

 

Tagging:

  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

Mystery Blogger Award

I was tagged by Sarah for this fun award! I’ve been saving it for a while in order to post something different in the middle of my long buddy read of The Stand, which has been taking up a lot of my reading and reviewing time. If you’re not already following Sarah you should definitely check out her blog, she’s a delightful human and her reviews are always so thoughtful and thorough!

What’s the Mystery Blogger Award?

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Okoto enigma

The original creation post comes from Okoto Enigma’s Blog!

Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Answer the 5 questions you were asked
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  7. Nominate 10 – 20 people
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  10. Share a link to your best post(s)

Questions to Answer

  1. What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently? – Ooh, this is tough, as I haven’t watched any movies in a couple of months! I think the last I saw was Bohemian Rhapsody, right in the midst of my Daisy Jones craze this spring, which made it a perfect fit!
  2. How often do you make music playlists? – Only once or twice a year. I tend to spend a lot of time carefully curating them to my current taste and adding a ton of songs so that I can use them for ages, until I feel like my life has changed enough that I need an all-new soundtrack.
  3. What’s the last book you were gifted? – One of my friends gave me One Day in December by Josie Silver as a belated Christmas gift. I haven’t yet read it because I want to pick it up in December- we exchanged gifts on New Year’s Eve so there wasn’t time last year!
  4. What are you looking forward to right now? – I’m really looking forward to the announcement of the Man Booker longlist! I had so much fun following along with the Women’s Prize this spring (even though it didn’t turn out as I’d hoped it would) that I’m excited to start again with another prize! Even though I’m not fully committing to reading the entire longlist before seeing it, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do so.
  5. [weird question] If you could switch places with one actor in any scene in any movie/TV show, which would it be? –  [appropriately weird answer, lol] I would want Leonardo DiCaprio’s role on Titanic when the ship first sets out. Waving to the crowds and all. Titanic sank on my birthday (historically; I wasn’t born in 1912) and I’ve always been fascinated with the story of its sinking. So many things had to happen in the exact way that they did for that disaster to have been as bad as it was, it’s eerie. But when the ship sets sail on its first and only voyage, what a time to be alive, right? I would’ve loved to be on Titanic. Except not really, because of the 1,500+ people dying and all. So movie Titanic would be the best option, really. Rose just doesn’t have the right level of enthusiasm, but for Jack it’s the best time of his life. That’s the closest I’d like to get to experiencing Titanic.

About me

  1. I collect postcards. I haven’t been many places, but I ask my family and friends to pick them up for me as well so I’ve gathered probably upwards of 200? Looking at places I want to go is very conducive to goal setting for me.
  2. I have never been able to fall asleep while reading. I get tired, but I have to put the book down and make the choice to close my eyes before I’m able to sleep.
  3. My favorite food is probably popcorn. I like a lot of other things, but popcorn is the only food I don’t think I have ever or would ever turn down, if offered.

Nominations

  1. Kristen @ Kristen Kraves Books
  2. Elysa @ Words Words Words
  3. Donna @ Donna’s Reading Chair
  4. Melanie @ Grab the Lapels
  5. Laura @ The Book Habit
  6. Diana @ Thoughts on Papyrus
  7. Ren @ What’s Nonfiction?
  8. Lou @ Random Book Reviews Web
  9. Anne @ I’ve Read This
  10. Jenna @ Jenna Bookish

(If you’re not tagged and want to participate, consider yourself nominated! I tagged only the minimum number of bloggers today, so feel free to jump on board if you haven’t been tagged for this lately and/or feel inspired to answer my questions!)

Questions I’m Asking

  1. What’s your favorite place that you’ve ever visited?
  2. Do the number of bookshelves that you use hold all of the books that you own and/or what do you do with overflow books?
  3. Which book-to-film adaptation do you wish would be redone?
  4. Name a story you loved as a child/teen that never gets old?
  5. [weird question] Which of your favorite characters would win a karaoke contest, and with what song?

Fave posts

  • I had a lot of fun assembling my Women’s Prize longlist wrap-up, especially since this was the first year I managed to keep up with the prize schedule. I also loved chatting with everyone else who read longlisted titles this year!
  • Almost-favorites is a list I started last Thanksgiving, that I intend to continue on a yearly basis. This list highlights top contenders that don’t quite make it to my favorite reads of the year list, though I still consider them valuable moments in my reading life.
  • Top of the TBR is a new series I’ve started that I really love posting every week. It’s easy to keep up with, but it also builds a lot of bookish excitement for me. I’ve linked the most recent addition.

Thanks again to Sarah for the tag!

I really enjoy the tags/awards that look different every time you see them; there’s so much room for creativity here. If you haven’t tried it yet, now is your chance! And even if you have, this is a great post to repeat with different questions and answers. Happy blogging, all!

 

The Literary Elephant