I have received a lovely surprise; I was nominated for the Liebster Award 2.0 by two people! A huge thank you to @bookstraveller, and @onturningpages. I am so grateful for this awesome show of love from the blogging community. 🙂 In this post, I will be answering the questions that I was given, and will also tag 10 very cool book bloggers. Be sure to check out the people that I tag!
- Post the award on your blog.
- Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
- Answer the questions assigned to you.
- Give 10 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 10 deserving bloggers for the award.
- Ask 10 questions to your nominees.
Demetra’s (aka bookstraveller’s) questions:
1. What is your favourite book cover?
My favorite book cover is of Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marillier. I first saw the book at the library when I was 15, and was immediately struck by the gorgeous cover. Every time I look at it, I discover something new. It is always a thrill to see a new detail, that actually ties into the story. Every part of the cover plays some part in the book, which I think is really wonderful. To check out a summary of the book, head here!
2. Name a book that you wish you had read at a different age.
When I was 16, I read Gone With the Wind for the first time. The ending of this book just wrecked me. I remember speeding up my reading towards the book’s end, desperately looking for a sign of the ending that I desired. When I realized that wasn’t going to happen, I was crushed. For the next few hours after finishing the book, I wandered around my house with a glazed expression on my face. I burst into tears randomly throughout that period of time. This book affected me so much, that I didn’t feel quite right for the next few days. I couldn’t keep my mind off of the ending, and the feeling that it just wasn’t right. Now, don’t get me wrong; I think it is a magical experience to be so passionate about a book. However, I let my reaction towards what happened in the book turn me bitter, and I did not pick up the book again for a few years. Every time I saw Gone With the Wind in the bookstore or library, I still felt angry. Finally, after years had passed, I decided to give the book another chance. This time through, I realized that the book may not have had the ending that I desired, but it was masterfully written. It was raw. It was real. It didn’t cater to my girlish whims. There was heartbreak and sorrow, and elicited strong reactions from the readers. This time, I was able to appreciate the book, instead of growing angry at it. On the one hand, I wish I had read this book at an older age, so that I would have been able to appreciate it the first time around. However, I do think it was enlightening to feel so passionately against the book; I had never had that sensation prior to reading it. It was an experience that I am not likely to forget!
3. Describe the perfect reading place.
I have a “reading nook”, set up in the corner of my apartment. I created this to be my little haven. I have a comfy rug and pillows, a beautiful tapestry as a backdrop, and a bookcase stuffed with my favorite books. This is such a cozy space, and it’s easy to forget where I am and become totally engrossed in what I’m reading. I added candles, a hanging lantern, and a vintage clock as a final touch. I think it gives it a really cool, exotic coffee shop kind of feel. I love it!
I am out of state at the moment, but I have a picture saved from when the nook was under construction. The bookshelf is now completely full, and there are now 8 books on floating shelves on the wall, but this will give you a general idea. 🙂
4. If you had to choose one book to read for the rest of your life, which would it be?
I’m going to cheat a bit, and choose a series: Harry Potter! I read my first Harry Potter book when I was four years old, and I revisit the series every year. I find it so easy to lose myself in those books, and they feel like old friends. I would be perfectly content to only read the Harry Potter books for the rest of my life. However, I really am glad that I get to read so many different books!
5. Who are your favourite male and female heroes? They can be fictional or non-fictional, from a book or movie.
My favorite male hero is King Arthur. I know that there are many variations of his tales, but I am always struck by his moral character, loyalty, and heroic antics. My favorite female hero is Ursula Todd from Life After Life, a book that I read last month. The book is very interesting in the sense that the protagonist dies & is reincarnated many times within the book. You get to see how decisions she makes help her reach her ultimate heroic outcome. It is an interesting concept, and reading about many lifetimes of tragedy helps me connect to and understand the protagonist more.
6. What about favourite villain that you love and villain that you hate?
My favorite villain is Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. I read this book at a young age, and it taught me that it is possible to pity a villain, but not condone their actions. A villain that I hate is Napoleon from Animal Farm.. Every time I read the book, I begin to glimpse his evilness a little earlier in the story. This is an example of a truly corrupt villain, who exploits “friends” for his own gain; which I think is one of the worst kinds of villains.
7. Which fictional world would you like to visit or live in?
I would love to visit Middle Earth, from Lord of the Rings. Specifically, Rivendell. This hidden valley elven town is incredibly beautiful, and the culture would be amazing. I don’t know if I would want to live there permanently, as elves’ proud personalities tend to become a bit grating after a while. But, it would be a wonderful place to stay for a few weeks.
8.What is the furthest you have travelled? And how long?
I am going to Europe in a couple weeks, but as of now the biggest move I have made was from Florida to Maine. This happened during my childhood, and we stayed at Maine for about a year before coming back down to Florida. However, I have a traveller’s heart, and cannot wait to travel the world, once I have the means to do so!
9. What is your favourite animated movie?
My favorite animated movie is Quest for Camelot. From the ages of 4 – 8, I had these movies on rotation: Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, The Dark Crystal, Muppets from Space, and Quest for Camelot. Of those movies, Quest for Camelot is the only animated one, and it gives me such a feeling of nostalgia when I re-watch it. I don’t think I will ever be too old to watch this movie!
10. Which book and movie release of 2016 are you most happy about right now?
The book release I am most happy about is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (and I’m sure many Potterheads like me feel the same) . The movie release I am most happy about is The BFG, as it was one of my favorite Roald Dahl books as a child. It is out in theaters, but I haven’t had a chance to go see it yet!
1. Books with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee?
Well, the drinking age in the U.S. is 21, and I’m only 20. 😦 So, definitely coffee! I actually have a really nice coffee center set up in my kitchen; my shiny red keurig, K-cups in so many flavors, and packs of sugar & creamer! I probably have enough coffee supplies to have a book&coffee party.
2.Shelf full of books or Kindle full of books?
A shelf full of books, for sure. I do have a massive collection of books on both my Kindle and iPad; however, I strongly prefer the feel and smell of a physical book to an electronic one. It does take up more space in my house, but the experience is well worth it. I find it much easier to lose myself in a physical book, as well.
3. Which author would you like to meet in real life?
I would love to meet Christopher Paolini, the author of the Inheritance Cycle. I think it is so crazy & inspiring that he wrote such an epic, popular fantasy novel at the age of 15. I would love to sit down with him and pick his brain. I want to know how his mind works!
4. What’s your favourite book genre?
I love fantasy, with a strong focus on magic and mythological creatures. I also adore retellings of fairy tales. I swear, I must have read about 20 different variations of Sleeping Beauty; however, each one brings something new to the table, and makes me fall in love with the overarching story a little more. I also love horror books, but I can’t read too many of those without having a hard time sleeping.
5. What’s your go-to TV show?
As of right now, I am binge watching Merlin. I started it a week ago, and I’m already starting the 5th, and last, season. I’ll be so sad when I’m finished! Another show that I faithfully await each season is Switched at Birth. This show really opened up my eyes to the deaf community, and inspired me to start learning sign language.
6. Which TV star would you like to meet in real life?
Hmmm… I know that Family Guy is animated, but I would love to meet Stewie Griffin. Maybe collaborate with him to go back in time, and change the world for the better… or, more likely, for the worse. 😉
7. Which TV show’s ending would you like to change, and what would the new ending be?
Every single episode of The Black Mirror. No, not really. The Black Mirror episodes are amazing, albeit depressing. I wouldn’t change them, but it would be nice not to feel so sad after finishing each episode. Haha!
8. What type of holiday destination do you prefer the most – beach, mountains or wildlife?
This is tough! I live near the beach, but it is a lot of fun to book a hotel for a night, and spend the day reading on the balcony and listening to the ocean. I also love staying in mountain cabins; in fact, I went on a trip to the mountains just a couple months ago. I do think mountains edge out the other kinds of holiday destinations though. There is just something about the purity of the air, and the ability to just unplug from everything, and I love it.
9. What’s the most recent holiday destination you visited?
I touched on that in the previous question; a couple months ago, I stayed in a cabin in the North Carolina mountains. It was a very relaxing time, and I didn’t want to go back home to my tourist town!
10. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I love that I can get my thoughts out into the universe, and that some people enjoy reading them! That is such a cool & crazy concept. My words matter, and over 1,000 people care enough to actually follow me.
11. What’s your word of advice for your past blogging self?
Update more! I get so busy with school and obligations, but nothing feels better than the satisfaction of writing a blog post. I wouldn’t want to create a schedule for my posts, as I love spontaneity; however, I do need to post more often.
10 Random Facts about Myself:
- I am going to school to be an ESE teacher. I graduate in less than a year!
- My favorite mythological creature is a phoenix.
- My favorite video game of all time is LOZ: Majora’s Mask. But, I also love Skyrim, Dragon Age Origins, and Fallout 4!
- I am going out of the country for the first time in a couple weeks, and will be visiting Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy!
- I would love to teach abroad.
- My favorite musical artist is Florence + the Machine.
- My favorite meal is gnocchi with vodka sauce & romano cheese!
- I am taking a cooking class online, and learning how to cook healthy foods.
- I am a makeup addict. I love trying out new products!
- My favorite bird is the Common Loon; their calls are so eerily beautiful.
Bloggers I nominate:
- The Library Lizard
- Random Reads!
- Read & Survive
- Becca and Books
- Sumaiya Reads
- The Owl on the Bookshelf
- Bookworm Beauty
- Kourtni Reads
- Captivated by Fantasy
- What was your favorite childhood book?
- What is one instance where you liked a movie better than the book it was based off of?
- What is one instance where you liked the book better than the movie?
- Who is your role model?
- If you could go back in time, what era would you go to? Would you change anything?
- What is the most time you have re-read a book?
- What is your favorite food to snack on while reading?
- Who would you dress as for a literary costume party?
- If you could recommend one book to everybody reading this, what would it be?
- What is your favorite food?
If you were tagged, I look forward to reading your posts! 🙂