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.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you (Thank you, Jacqueline!)
- Answer their eleven questions
- Ask eleven questions of your own
- 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!
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?
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?