I’ve Been Tagged–Liebster Award Nomination :D

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In an exciting turn of events, I have been tagged by Jacqueline @ Blue Jay Books. This is exciting, mainly because I have never before been tagged for a tag, I’ve just shamelessly stolen them from other people.

Anyway, here’s the rules of the Liebster Award, which I shall strictly adhere to. Or maybe not. Sometimes I’m not good at following rules.

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you (Thank you, Jacqueline!)
  2. Answer their eleven questions
  3. Ask eleven questions of your own
  4. Nominate eleven (what is it with the elevens?) bloggers and let them know they’ve been tagged

1.   What is your favourite book genre?

Ooh, that’s hard! I read so many different genres that I’m not sure if I can pick just one. Um…I think I’ll go with historical fantasy or retellings. The world has a serious lack of historical fantasy books, which I hope to remedy, and retellings are just so cool, particularly if they’re based on a lesser known fairy tale or story.

2.   What’s the first book you remember reading?

I’m not sure, but I have very vivid memories of reading The Last Battle, by C.S. Lewis when I was probably about seven. I read other books before that, I know, and my mum would read to me, but it was the biggest book I’d attempted at that age. I got most of the way through it, but the long descriptions of the end of the world finally defeated me.

3.   Why did you start your blog?

I thought it might be fun and I wanted to connect with the world that I’d just discovered. I’d never even thought that there might be other writers out there who were the same age as me, with the same dreams and goals. I wanted to be supported by them and I wanted to support as well.

4.   What book did you expect to hate but end up loving anyway?

ha…ha…ha…Basically every book my mum ever recommended to me. I don’t know what it was, but if my mum told me I should read it, then I pretty much decided that I didn’t like it. Of course, I would always end up reading the book, and usually–though not always–I ended up liking it.

Last year, it was The Lord of the Rings. I went into it, not so much thinking I would hate it, but thinking that it wouldn’t live up to the sixty years of hype. I was so, so wrong. And it’s now one of my favourite trilogies of all time.

5.   What are you reading right now?

Currently, I’m reading A Time to Die, by Nadine Brandes.


6.   Go to your bookshelf or Goodreads. Choose the first book you see. What is its title?

Count Zinzendorf, a biography by Janet and Geoff Benge.

7.   Would you rather never read again, or never write again?

I would hate never being able to do either! However, I think I would prefer never write again. Even if I couldn’t write, I would still be able to make up stories and tell them. I think if I was unable to read though, I would run out inspiration very quickly, and also be bored most of the time.

8.   Open the first book you see and flip to a random page. What’s your favourite line on that page?

The book is Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, which I’m currently reading aloud to my younger siblings.

My favourite line is this: “If I could just get these socks off they wouldn’t be able to hold me!” 

9.   What’s the first book blog you remember visiting?

Gabrielle’s blog Write for the King, though I think it classes more of a writing blog than a book blog.

10.   If you were going to give a free copy of one book to everyone on the planet, what book would you choose?

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, or The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

11.   What is your favourite part about blogging?

All the people! They’re all so encouraging and helpful and just generally amazing. I love interacting with readers from all over the world, getting to know them and being able to encourage and fangirl with them in return!


My Questions

1.    Do you enjoy reading biographies? Yes? No? Sometimes?

2.   What was the last fantasy novel you read?

3.   J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis?

4.  What’s the inspiration behind your blog’s name?

5.   Do you prefer standalones, trilogies or series?

6.   What’s your favourite book title?

7.   Have you ever named one of your characters after yourself?

8.   What is your favourite metaphor and why?

9.   Are there any books/poems/songs you’ve come across which you wish you’d written?

10.    Do you prefer antiheros or traditional heroes?

11. Have you ever written a retelling?

I Tag…

Jem Jones

Tania @Write Owl

My Musical and Writing Life

Hailey Hudson

Christine Eyre

Jane Maree

Kate @The Inky Notebook

Amber @The Literary Phoenix

That’s not eleven, but I told you I was a rule breaker. If you want to do this, consider yourself tagged! (and post a link in the comments so I can read it :D)

What about you? What book would you give to everyone in the world if you had the chance? What are you reading right now? Have there ever been any books you thought you would hate but ended up loving?



27 thoughts on “I’ve Been Tagged–Liebster Award Nomination :D

  1. It’s historical fiction, set in WWII (I think xD). It’s really interesting actually! One main character is a young jewish girl, and the other is an American pilot.


  2. I’ve been reading through the Anne of Green Gables series again and I’m finally on the last book, which also happens to be one of the best 🙂

    I loved reading your answers and thank you again for tagging me! I can’t wait to do this myself 😀

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  3. Oh yay, thank you so much! I’ll definitely do this by the end of the month – I have a couple other nominations I’ve been meaning to catch up on as well *guilty*.

    I’m so glad you like Lord of the Rings! I would say it can be a bit heavy for modern readers (we’re used to simpler descriptions and lighter stuff) but the story! So good! 🙂


  4. The only thing I am reading now are textbooks. But when Christmas Break comes, I will be reading Hunchback of Notre and attempt to finish it before Spring Semester


  5. No worries, 😀
    I originally didn’t think I would like it because I thought it would be just like every other fantasy book I’d read, but in the end, reading the original was much, much more rewarding than reading it’s modern rip offs. 😀

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  6. Urgh, textbooks :P. Oh, I just finished the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was quite dark, but I’m glad I read it, even if I’m not sure whether I like it or not.


  7. I love reading the classics: so far read Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Don Quixote, Oliver Twist and Les Misérables. Now it is Hunchback of Notre Dame’s turn


  8. I love reading classics too, but so far I haven’t read anything on your list but Les Mis. The Scarlet Pimpernel is really good too, one of my favourites. I’m going to read The Three Musketeers once I’m done with my current read.


  9. Haha, I generally steal tags from other people too (or just make up my own. 🙂 )

    Historical fantasy sounds cool! I tend to read either straight-up historical fiction OR plain ol’ fantasy (though I’m picky about the story content and quality).

    I read “The Last Battle” when I was young too (or rather, my mom read it to me), and I remember literally jumping for joy once the characters got to Aslan’s country and met all their old friends!

    That’s a great reason to start a blog! Keep up the good work!

    Sounds like we were the same in this area when we were younger! I remember hiding under the covers of the top bunk because I didn’t want to read “Five Little Peppers and How They Grew”…only now, that’s one of my favorites!

    Oooh, “Count Zinzendorf” sounds like a cool book!

    Oh, how nice that you’re reading aloud to your younger siblings! That is such a good way to spend time! And haha, that’s quite a line!

    Honestly, the book I would give to everyone in the world is “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. It’s a fun read, but behind all the wordplay and silliness is a very insightful critique about some of the oddities of our world and our mindset. Currently, I’m reading “Three Roads to the Alamo” and “Southern Reconstruction”.

    I enjoyed reading your answers to this tag! And thank you so much for tagging me–I’ve got my answers published on my blog now!

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  10. Yeah, I know what you mean. Me too 😀
    It just struck me as odd then, why did I decide to read the Last Battle, instead of like, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? Or The Magician’s Nephew? I’m probably going to puzzle over that for the rest of my life.


  11. I usually do too, because there isn’t a lot of good historical fantasy in the world, however, I plan to remedy that. I do get very tired of the same old pseudo-medieval English setting in fantasy, so I like to branch out from that.

    I’m puzzling now why I decided to read The Last Battle when I could have read the Magician’s Nephew or something and actually finished it. Oh well, I never did like being “Normal”!

    An all too familiar scenario for my siblings and I!

    It was very good, I finished it yesterday. I’d definitely recommend reading a biography on him if you can find one!

    It is, isn’t? Also, the line is hilarious and makes no sense outside of its context.

    I’ve heard a lot about the Phantom Tollbooth, but I’ve never read it before. It should go on my TBR, shouldn’t it?

    I saw! I’ll try and get over there and comment soon. ;D


  12. Maybe you didn’t have the other books? I used to read books out of order a lot because of that when I was younger. My parents weren’t always good at finding me the first book in a series…

    I think I did read the Narnia books in order, but remember The Last Battle most clearly because I read it last 🙂

    Yes, a definite puzzle though!

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  13. Well, for as long as I can remember, we’ve had a matching set of them, which I presume were brought all together. Maybe I just decided that I was going to be a rebel and read them back to front. 😀

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