Hi friends, and happy Saturday!
A few short days ago, the incredibly kind and wonderful Sophie over at Me and Ink nominated me for the Liebster Award! Shortly after moving my blog from Tumblr to WordPress, I stumbled across Sophie’s blog, and she has been unbelievably sweet to me from day one. Please go do yourself a favor and check out her blog if you haven’t already!
So a huge thank you goes out to Sophie for not only being so kind to me from the very beginning, but also for nominating me!
Just a few rules before we get started:
- 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.
- And lastly, tag some bloggers!
What are some of your favorite quotes from books that you’ve read?
I am actually horrible at saving my favorite book quotes in one collective space. I either read a quote, love it, and think about how much I love it, or I’ll just mark it with a sticky note in the book itself. I really need to start utilizing GoodReads more for this (considering my memory is almost as awful as my ability of saving book quotes). That said, here a few of my favorite quotes thanks to the help of the internet.
“No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.” – Stephen King, It
“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
“She drifted towards the bedroom, on her way to have a bath or take a nap or start a war.” – Maggie Stiefvater, Blue Lily, Lily Blue
“Women will crush you, you know? I suppose everybody hurts everybody, but women always seem to get back up, you ever notice that? Women are always still standing.” – Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six
“His expression was one of pure wonder. ‘You looked like a star.'” – Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Legacy
What is/was your most and least favorite subject at school?
My most favorite subject in school was definitely English. Before I even fell in love with reading and storytelling, I was really interested by grammar, sentence structures, and different ways of writing. I enjoyed the idea that you could pick apart a book or story and find even more meaning—that is until I had to do this in depth for the entirety of college.
My least favorite subject in school was, without a doubt, science. While I liked learning about how different things worked and ultimately how our world functions, I had a lot of trouble in retaining the information I was being taught so I struggled quite a bit with homework and exams, making science really unenjoyable. Although, I will admit, genetics has always been really interesting to me, and I even took a class in cell & molecular biology during my undergrad because of it.
What is your favorite way to spend the weekend?
As much as I would like to admit that I love relaxing, lighting a candle, and reading all weekend (which is ironically how this weekend started), I’m very much a person that can’t sit still for too long. If I were to spend a whole weekend tucked away with a book, never leaving my house, I think I would come down with cabin fever. Because of my inability to be in one place for too long, I’ll space out my relaxing reading time with spending time with my family, running errands, or going to the gym.
Dragons or Elves?
I’ve gotta go with dragons on this one. Dragons are definitely more interesting to me, and I can’t not think of Buddy the Elf whenever an elf is mentioned. Although, sans Harry Potter and Simon Snow’s weird tail situation, I don’t think I’ve met many dragons in fictional worlds.
You get to ask ONE fictional character a question, who is it and what would the question be?
Without sounding too sentimental, meaningful, or deep, I think that I would ask Luna Lovegood how she came to accept herself and how she learned to be herself unapologetically. Ever since first meeting Luna, it was one of the things that I admired the most about her.
What is your favorite film?
I’ve participated in enough icebreakers for 17 different lifetimes, but I ALWAYS struggle with this question. In my mind, I have favorites that are more “cult classic-y” like Titanic and Back to the Future. And then I have more modern favorites like Bohemian Rhapsody; The Greatest Showman; Wonder Woman; and Love, Rosie. Honestly, if you asked me this question two weeks from now, there’d probably be a new movie on there.
What is your favorite trope in a book?
ENEMIES/FRIENDS TO LOVERS 100%. There’s just something so wonderful about the development between “you’re awful, I hate you” to “I don’t want to go anywhere without you.” I love a good slow burn, even though I can be pretty impatient about these things, and enemies/friends to lovers seem to have the best slow burns, in my opinion. This kind of transition between two characters changes the dynamic so drastically and leaves room for SO MUCH character development, which I’m a total sucker for.
What is your number 1 blogging tip?
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. I’m still learning this myself, but I’ve also realized that whenever I feel as if I’m forcing myself to write a blog post, 1) I often don’t like the content I come up with and 2) I feel pretty dissatisfied, which usually brings on a blogging slump (i.e., this being only my third post in June). Your blog is your blog and no one else’s. Even if people are really looking forward to your content and your next post, it’s okay to step away if you’re not “feeling it.”
You get to work with any author (dead or alive) on any project, who would the author be and what would the project be?
This question is proving to stump me! As someone who has a million different favorite authors and as a person with a very complicated relationship with writing, it’s pretty darn close to impossible for me to pick an author AND to come up with a project idea.
All of that being said, I think I would work on a collection of short stories with Alexandra Bracken or Leigh Bardugo. I know, I know—I talk about Alexandra Bracken every second I get, with Leigh Bardugo coming in a close second, but these two women are the authors that made me fall even deeper in love with writing, and they have both managed to write stories with diverse characters and challenging perspectives. My bias aside, I honestly just have a lot of respect for the both of them and what they write. And I chose a collection of short stories for my sake because I have a LOT of difficulty in focusing on creating on huge piece of writing.
Which elemental power would you want (air, water, earth or fire)?
THIS QUESTION IS SO WONDERFUL. While any elemental power would be amazing, I think I would want earth. First thing first, I’d like to think that I could somehow have an affect on climate change and global warming (maybe by growing more trees in deforested areas???). I’d also like to think that by being able to use the earth, I wouldn’t kill every single plant I took under my care. I could grow trees to help the environment, and that tree could also be an apple tree which could help poverty-stricken areas, and I really just think that a lot could be solved with trees.
How do/would you organize your books on your shelves?
I’m the worst person ever, and I actually don’t have any sort of system for organizing my book shelves. If anything, I put my favorite authors near each other, showcasing them, but I honestly just put my books wherever I think they’ll look nice! In a perfect world, I would organize them by genre and by author, within that.
- If you could trade lives with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
- If you could see any artist, singer, or group perform live (dead or alive), who would be your top three?
- What book/story turned you into a reader?
- What language would you love to learn if you had the time to, and why?
- What is one place you have never traveled to that you are dying to visit and what would you want to do there?
- What is your most effective solution to get out of a reading slump?
- Why did you start blogging?
- What is the best thing to happen to you so far in 2019?
- Would you choose an elephant-sized puppy or a puppy-sized elephant, and why?
- What is the best concert/show/musical/play/live performance you’ve been to, and why?
- What is a favorite memory you have that is associated with reading?
And for the Liebster Award, I nominate:
Lais @ The Bookish Skies
Olivia @ Purely Olivia
Emily @ EmilyKateReads
Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.
Xandra @ Starry Sky Books
Hannah & Kyle @ But First Fiction
Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca
Katie @ Melting Pages
Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic
Noémie @ Tempest of Books
Haley @ The Caffeinated Reader
Each person listed here has an incredible blog that you NEED to check out. (I also may have gone a bit overboard with the nominations, but all of these blogs are insanely good). Truly, their nominations are so beyond earned, and I’m so thankful to have found their blogs at one time or another. And, once again, a huge thank you goes out to Sophie for nominating me!
If I’ve tagged you, please don’t feel any pressure to do the tag! And, if you’ve already been nominated before, I apologize for causing a repeat! I just wanted to spread a bit of love to some of my favorite blogs ❤️❤️.