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The Liebster Award

Happy Wednesday all!

The lovely Emily at Literary Elephant tagged me for this award the other day – thank you, Emily! I think Emily and I have quite similar taste in books so you should definitely go check out her blog if you haven’t already.

What is the Liebster Award?

“The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.” — GlobalAussie

How does it work?

  • Thank and tag the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions given.
  • Provide questions of your own.
  • Make your nominations.


My answers to Emily’s questions:

What’s a book you LOVED but have never reread?
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I recommend it to everyone, I absolutely adored it, but I’ve never gotten around to re-reading it. I’m not a big re-reader, I mainly only re-read childhood favourites.

Is there a genre (or subgenre) you tried recently and realized you’ve been missing out on and/or should read more often?
I’m quite enjoying historical fiction at the moment, or at least finding myself drawn to it a lot. Also historical non-fiction.

How often do you visit your local library?
I’ve never visited my local library! I’ve lived in London for over a year and I haven’t been yet. I have two quite close to me but the closest is currently closed and is running a campaign to aid its re-opening later this year.

What are your most and least favorite things (one each) about where you live?
I knew that if I wanted to work in publishing, London was the best place to be but I resented that so much because I was not a fan of the city, at all. Now I’m here, I still hate the things I thought I would, but I’ve found a lot of things to love too. I love that almost all of my friends live here or live very close, so I see at least one of them once a week, and there’s always something exciting to see or a new restaurant to try. My least favourite thing is the bustle. Everyone is so busy, rushing everywhere, and it feels like you constantly have to be going 100mph at all times, so I love getting out the city for a long weekend to slow down a little.

Is there a book you want to read eventually, just to say you’ve read it?
No, not really. I definitely used to feel like I had to read certain books. When you’re an Literature graduate people expect you to have read absolutely everything, especially the classics, but my university had a much bigger focus on more contemporary texts, which I loved. I’ve learned not to feel pressured to read things; there’s too many books in the world to read something you’re not excited about!

What’s the best weather for an afternoon of reading?
Rain! The window cracked slightly so that it provides the perfect background noise. A slightly chill in the air; enough to need a cosy jumper or blanket but not so much that it’s COLD.

What book are you most anticipating with a far out publication date (or no date announced yet)?
Ooh, good question. My first thought was another Jesmyn Ward book. She hasn’t announced anything (as far as I’m aware) but I can’t wait to read more of her work, she’s fantastic.

A Very Good Cat, even if he does share a name with the worst Weasley.

Buddy reads or readathons, and why?
I’ve never done a buddy read so I’d have to say readathons! I’m a big planner, so I like that it helps me decide what to read next, and it motivates me to read more.

If you had to write/blog under a pseudonym, what would you pick?
I suppose I’d just use ‘The Owlery Reader’ and not disclose my real name? That’s such a boring, anti-climatic answer to a great question, I’m sorry!

Would you feel satisfied or disappointed to actually reach the end of your TBR?
So satisfied! I don’t know that it will happen any time soon but I’ve halved it this year and that’s pretty satisfying in itself!

Pet pictures! Or a picture of your favorite real-life creature from anywhere in the world.
I don’t have any pets of my own but I have a very needy next-door neighbour cat who splits his time between his own home and mine, which is excellent as we get all the cuddles without the responsibility! His name is Percy and we love him dearly.

My questions:

What is your favourite fictional place, and why?

Do you have a favourite piece of bookish memorabilia? It can be merch, or a signed book, whatever you like!

Favourite standalone novel that you wish had a sequel?

Can you read on public transport?

What’s your favourite TV/film adaptation of a book?

Are there any upcoming adaptations that you’re excited for?

What’s your number one dream travel destination, and a book that’s set there? You don’t have to have read it (yet)!

Have you ever been to a midnight release of a book, or a book signing event?

What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read?

And finally, a non-bookish question, because I need recommendations: favourite podcast?

If you like the look of these questions, consider yourself tagged!
I’ve seen The Liebster Award around a lot recently so I don’t know
who has and hasn’t been nominated. Tag me if you answer my
questions, I’d love to see your answers!

3 thoughts on “The Liebster Award”

  1. Great answers, I’m glad you tried the tag!! (So sorry it took me so long to get to this!)

    Sharing a cat sounds like a great arrangement, and he’s so cute! 🙂 I am also not a big re-reader (it feels like cheating on my massive TBR), but I do tend to enjoy it so I wish I could find more time for it. I haven’t read A Tale for the Time Being yet, but I have such high hopes of loving it! I would also love another Jesmyn Ward book, I adore her writing. And I hope your library reopens, it’s such a great place to be able to go and browse.

    Your questions are great as well, I hope you get some takers! The public transport Q is a good one, I always try to read but sometimes end up mildly motion sick, so other people’s habits with this really intrigue me.

    1. Percy is cute as hell, we love him a lot.

      I totally agree about re-reading! I might re-read a few old favourites once my TBR thins out a bit. I hope you enjoy A Tale for the Time Being when you get to it! I recommend it to everyone even though I hardly remember any of it!

      I can’t wait for a new Jesmyn Ward book – I do still have The Fire This TIme to read but it’s an essay collection just edited by her so I don’t really think of it as one of her books as such.

      Reading on public transport funnily enough helps me read more in the evenings, because I read just enough on the bus to make me eager to get back to it, if that makes sense? Can’t read in cars though, makes me so nauseous! Any other transport – fine. So weird!

      1. It’s always so interesting to find something new while rereading a favorite!

        I haven’t read all of Jesmyn Ward’s published works yet but I’ve loved what I’ve read so far! The Fire This Time looks really good, even if it wasn’t written fully by Ward. I hope you enjoy it!

        And that does make sense. Reading during commute is such a great use of that time, and it’s great that it makes you more excited to come back to the book later! For me it’s the stopping and starting that makes me feel gross, so I actually do better reading on longer trips than anything with a lot of turns or stops. But when it works, it’s worth it!

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