The Liebster Award (!!!!)

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:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and display the award.
  2. Answer 11 questions they asked you.
  3. Come up with your own 11 questions.
  4. 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.


My questions:

  1. If you could trade lives with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
  2. If you could see any artist, singer, or group perform live (dead or alive), who would be your top three?
  3. What book/story turned you into a reader?
  4. What language would you love to learn if you had the time to, and why?
  5. What is one place you have never traveled to that you are dying to visit and what would you want to do there?
  6. What is your most effective solution to get out of a reading slump?
  7. Why did you start blogging?
  8. What is the best thing to happen to you so far in 2019?
  9. Would you choose an elephant-sized puppy or a puppy-sized elephant, and why?
  10. What is the best concert/show/musical/play/live performance you’ve been to, and why?
  11. 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 ❤️❤️.

Which elemental power would you choose? What’s your favorite movie? How do you like to spend your weekend? Let’s chat!

24 thoughts on “The Liebster Award (!!!!)

  1. I love your question for Luna (: and we have quite a few movies in common. I knew I’d forget something though and I was right; Wonder Woman should totally have been in my list too. I love that film so much! I also really like your reasoning for picking earth as an elemental power, you’re right it could do so much good environment wise.

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    1. Strangely enough, despite loving the movie, I often forget about adding Wonder Woman on my list as well; thankfully it popped into my mind when I was answering the question!

      And thank you! Any of the elemental powers would be wonderful, but I just started thinking about all of the good earth could do! Plus, sprouting flowers from your hands?? Sign me up!

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      1. That is odd that we both forget it. I have no idea why though as it was such a wonderful film. Lately I seem to enjoy female superhero movies more than the others :L

        Oh I know, I totally picked it for the ability to do that as well with flowers. I just feel bad for not also thinking of how useful it could be for the environment.

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  2. Lauren, thank you so much for tagging me! That is so so sweet, I really appreciate it ♥ I can’t wait to answer your questions, they’re so good! And if I had to choose an elemental power, it would probably be air but I can’t quite explain why, I don’t even know myself. I would have picked elves instead of dragons (even though I love dragons) because I love to play as an elf in one of my favourite video games, Dragon Age (and yes, there are dragons in this game, you just can’t play as one haha).

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    1. Of course, Noémie; both you and your blog are incredible, so it’s well-deserved! 💕 And I’m looking forward to reading your answers!!

      That’s totally a reasonable answer for elves! And that’s so awesome that you’re able to play as one in one of your favorite games!!

      As always, thank you for being so kind and taking the time to comment!!

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  3. Ahh, Lauren, thank you so much for nominating me! It means a lot and I really appreciate it, eek, you’re the kindest. 💓

    I loved reading all of your answers for the questions! That is such a good idea to ask Luna Lovegood that question, because I admire her so much as a character. I also think having earth on your side would be great and I love that you would try to save the environment! I never would have thought of that but that’s genuinely the greatest answer ever??

    Lovely post!

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  4. Yay I really enjoyed reading your answers– thank you for taking the time to answer them and thank you so much for your lovely words 😭💕 you’re too kind to me!! ❤ and you so welcome for the nomination– you really deserve it!! 😊
    Ahh.. I just read that Aristotle and Dante quote last night and I thought it was such a beautiful quote!!
    That’s true– I do kind of think about Buddy when you say elves 😂 plus dragons are so cool so I would pick them over elves too (I want one so bad)!!
    That would be a great question to ask Luna and I bet she would have a really good reply to it as well!! 😊
    Ahh.. I know what you mean my favourite movie does change a lot– bohemian rhapsody is such a good movie and I really enjoyed the greatest showman– the way it was filmed was so good!
    I agree not putting too much pressure on yourself when blogging is so important otherwise you can get really stressed and it can ruin how fun it is!! Great advice!!
    Ahh.. I love your reasoning for picking earth for your elemental power and it is so true– you can do so much good with it!!
    Again I loved reading your answers Lauren!! They were wonderful!! 💛

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    1. Of course, Sophie! Your questions were so wonderful, and I loved answering them!! ❤

      I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy the Ari & Dante quote as much as I do! And LOL, dragons would be SO fun to have as pets, despite the fact that they’re killer 😂

      I could talk about Bohemian Rhapsody for the rest of my life if depended on it. And love love LOVE The Greatest Showman. I actually just saw Hugh Jackman live too, so I am living on cloud 9 over here with that soundtrack. And thank you! It’s definitely some advice I’m still trying to follow.

      Thank you so, so much for all of your kind words and your great questions! You always manage to make my day!! 😊

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      1. Aww.. thank you!! ❤ Yes I really loved the whole book now I've finished it but that was a lovely quote!! Yes that's true, they would be a dangerous pet– I always picture Toothless though so he is a nice dragon, haha!!
        Ahh.. seeing Hugh Jackman live must have been so amazing!!
        You are so welcome and I'm so glad– that so nice to hear!! ❤

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  5. Ahhh thank you so much for the nomination!! 💖

    I love all these questions so much, and I hope I can get the time to sit down and do them soon! I’ve been slacking on the blogging front lately, but I like your advice about not putting too much pressure on yourself when it comes to blogging! I totally feel this. I’ll feel like I’m not doing well enough, but then I remind myself that I just started doing this as a place to share my book thoughts with book lovers, and that’s it. It’s grown into so much more, but there’s no need to stress over it when it’s not going as well.

    I love music related questions you ask! I always find choosing favourite artists/concerts just as hard as choosing favourite books! I’ve been to maybe over 60 concerts now, and love so so many for so many different reasons!

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    1. Oh my gosh, of course! Your blog is so incredible, and the award nomination is super deserved.

      I really love what you mention about how we started blogging to talk about books with other readers. It’s so true and, underneath the stress and the schedules, that can easily become lost in the mud.

      Ah! I’m so glad to hear that you like the questions! And over 60 concerts? That’s incredible! I love concerts and music as much as I love books, so that’s awesome that you feel the same!

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  6. Lauren, first of all: thank you so so so sooooo much for nominating me! I loved your questions & can’t wait to answer to them!
    As for your answers, I love all the quotes you shared! The one from Ari & Dante is probably my favorite, but just because I love that book more than I love existing sometimes. I think another quote from that book I love is: “Words are different when they live inside you”. I still think about getting that tattooed one day! (Also: do you like tattoos or even think about getting one?)
    I also adore that mentioned Titanic as one of your favorite movies, along with Wonder Woman, because same here. Even though they’re completely different genres, they’re both so entertaining and beautiful to watch. I am already so hyped for Wonder Woman 2!
    Your answer on elemental power was a lot more thoughtful than mine, to be honest. I’d say I’d like to control water, but just because I am very much intimidated but also fascinated about big bodies of water. I love the idea of the ocean, but I’m also a bit terrified of it. I think being able to control it would make me feel more confident to explore it as well. But I loved your answer and how it showed your care for the world!
    Once again, thank you so much for nominating me! And I’m sorry it took me so long to get to this post! 💛

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    1. Of course, Lais! Your nomination is so well-deserved! And I’m super excited to see your answers ❤️

      LOL. I 100% relate to loving Ari & Dante more than I love existing. I actually just read a friend’s incredible review of it, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to abandon my TBR for a reread…and that quote is SO GOOD. Truthfully speaking, my favorite quote from Ari & Dante starts on page one and ends on the final page. 😂 That quote that you mentioned is beautiful and would make an even more beautiful tattoo!! I love that idea! And I do really love tattoos and how they can symbolize something important to you and show the rest of the world or how you can have a piece of art literally etched on your skin. Because of who I am as a person, I would probably get a really simple, small tattoo in honor of the band Queen, but I’ve definitely thought about it 😊

      Exactly! Those two movies are on totally different ends of the spectrum, but I feel like the movies I like are from a really wide variety. I AM SO EXCITED FOR WONDER WOMAN 2. When they shared the new poster of Gal Gadot??? I think I internally died a little bit.

      Water would be so awesome to control! Once you do get into your bigger bodies of water like oceans and lakes, they’re definitely full of the unknown and become super terrifying because of it, and that’d be awesome to understand it just a bit more. And I honestly just thought elemental would be so cool to have but then I realized just how much good it could actually do! In all honesty, I think any of the four could help out the world in some way.

      It was my pleasure to nominate you! Like I said, I’m really excited to read your post. 😊 And there is absolutely no worries on it taking you a bit of time to get to my post! Whenever you comment, you always write the sweetest, most thoughtful, and detailed comments that you never fail to make my day 💜

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  7. Ahh, thank you so much for the nomination! I’ve done this one quite a few times before so I won’t do a post on it.. but I still really wanted to answer your questions!

    If you could trade lives with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Hermoine Granger, because exams scare me and she somehow loves them, LOL. Plus, it would be nice to know so much!
    If you could see any artist, singer, or group perform live (dead or alive), who would be your top three? The Civil Wars (they broke up), Busted (for nostalgia’s sake) and maybe Taylor Swift!
    What book/story turned you into a reader? Anything Jacqueline Wilson.
    What language would you love to learn if you had the time to, and why? Italian because I love exploring Italy and it would be helpful!
    What is one place you have never traveled to that you are dying to visit and what would you want to do there? So many! But right now, I’d really like to go to Iceland and see the Northern Lights.
    What is your most effective solution to get out of a reading slump? Picking up a random book completely out of your comfort zone!
    Why did you start blogging? Purely on a whim and 6 years later, somehow I’m still here, lol.
    What is the best thing to happen to you so far in 2019? I’ve just come back from a roadtrip through France!
    Would you choose an elephant-sized puppy or a puppy-sized elephant, and why? A pupp sized elephant sounds kinda cute. 😀
    What is the best concert/show/musical/play/live performance you’ve been to, and why? The Lion King theatre show, it was the first theatre I ever went to so it felt very magical.
    What is a favorite memory you have that is associated with reading? Reading Breaking Dawn with one of my teen best friends, huddled in a stable surrounded by snow. 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Of course! The nomination is so well-deserved, and I’m sorry to have repeated it for you!

      – AH! That would be such a wonderful reason of being Hermione. No test anxiety?? Sign me up, please!!
      – I actually had NO idea that the Civil Wars broke up! That just goes to show you that I live under a rock. And I hope that you are able to see Taylor Swift live someday!!
      – OH! I’ve actually never read anything by Jacqueline Wilson, but I’m glad to hear that you hold her content so highly!
      -Hearing you say that you love exploring Italy has me SO jealous!! The pictures are incredible, so I can only imagine seeing it in person. Plus, Italian is a beautiful language!
      – THAT’S SUCH A WONDERFUL ANSWER. The Northern Lights would be unreal to see.
      – Congratulations on 6 years!! That’s so incredible! And I’m happy that you did decide to blog on a whim! Your blog is incredible. ❤️
      – A road trip through France?? An absolute dream! What was your favorite part of that road trip?
      – That would be my answer too! I’d be so down to having a puppy-sized elephant.
      – I’ve seen The Lion King theater show as well and 100% agree with everything you said. The costumes are gorgeous, and the set is nothing short of spectacular.
      – Buddy reads are the best! And reading in a stable surrounded by snow?? That’s sound so lovely.

      Thank you so much for answering all of my questions, Becky!! I loved hearing all of them ❤️

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  8. Ahhh, thank you so much for nominating me, Lauren! ❤️ And I’m so so sorry it took me so long to get to some of your posts – this summer has been hectic for me and I’m a very forgetful person! 🙈

    I love your quotes, but I agree, I’m also terrible at writing my favorite quotes down! Mostly I just keep on reading, because my favorite quotes just bring me more into the story. And your fave/least fave school subjects are spot on for me! I’ve always loved English, even now! However, when I was about 8 years old, I wanted to be a Scientist before I realized how hard Science was 😂 Then I started to take Chemistry and I realized how mistaken I had been!

    I am also Team Dragon (because dragons are the best), and I have no real way of organizing my shelves (sometimes I shelve by favorites, but not always)! We’re so much alike! 😂

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    1. Of course, Xandra! Your nomination is so, so deserved – I always get excited when I get an email that you’ve just posted something new! And no worries at all; I’m beyond forgetful about almost everything, so I 100% understand! 😂

      I love that scientist story! It does seem so exciting and cool that you can learn about so many different parts of the world and you can even discover something new, but it’s insanely hard. I also FULLY agree that Chemistry is not a wonderful subject, even in the slightest. Probably my lest favorite form of science!

      Organizing shelves is SO beyond difficult, and I’m glad to hear that you also relate to my strategy 😂 I also tend to shelve by favorites, but I also have shelves that I just randomly thre together and thought that it looked nice.

      Thank you so much again for reading my post and commenting on it! You’re also so unbelievably sweet ❤️

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