When I first started blogging, I wasn’t aware that there were such things as blogging awards, but apparently there are- and I’m chuffed to have been nominated for one thanks to the lovely and very interesting Yasmine over at http://ymulholland.wordpress.com.
For those of you who don’t know, blogging awards are a really great way of gaining exposure for relatively new bloggers, enabling them to reach new audiences of like-minded individuals. If you get nominated for the Liebster Award, all you have to do is follow the rules below:
· Thank the blogger that nominated you and share a link back to their blog.
· Display the award on your blog.
· List 11 facts about yourself.
· Answer 11 questions chosen by the blogger that nominated you.
· Think of 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
· Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think deserve the award and who have less than 1,000 followers. You can nominate blogs that have already received the award, but you can’t renominate the blog that nominated you.
· Inform nominees of the award
11 Facts About Myself
- Growing up in a family of Huddersfield Town supporters meant that I used to have a season ticket when I was a child. I haven’t been for about 10 years, but I do still enjoy watching the odd football match- it’s the only sport I actually like!
- I love animals and get really attached to pets. Although I was brought up to be a carnivore, I was also taught that all living things deserve to be treated with love and respect. When my 19 year old goldfish died I cried like a baby.
- I’ve always been really intrigued by magic and the supernatural. When I was a teenager, me and my best friend used to do spells, and my mum, brother, and I like to talk about anything relating to the supernatural.
- I tried to be a vegetarian once, but failed- I just felt ill all the time! So now I eat chicken and fish. My dairy intake is also quite limited as I have a mild lactose intolerance.
- I’m a really emotional person and cry at everything- books, films (even Disney!), music, adverts…
- I LOVE dancing, as I’m sure anyone who’s seen me on a night out will testify. After reading it’s my favourite thing to do.
- I barely wear any make-up anyway, but I try to only buy cosmetics that are BUAV approved (not tested on animals). This can be quite difficult!
- People always mention what a happy, positive person I am, but I can be really moody and stroppy when I want to be…generally when people don’t understand my need to be alone!
- I’m not at all motivated by money- and I don’t have a lot of respect for people who are.
- Some of my favourite words are ‘rapture’, ‘melancholy’, ‘effervescent’, and ‘mellifluous’.
- I used to be obsessed with Emily Bronte and went through a phase of thinking I was her in a past life!
11 Questions From http://ymulholland.wordpress.com :
- What was your favourite book as a child/teen?
My favourite books were The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and Little Women, both of which I used to read on an annual basis. The magical elements of Narnia captivated my imagination and I really wanted an Aslan of my own. I loved Little Women so much because I identified with Jo March. Like me, she loved books and writing and didn’t really care what anyone thought about her. Both books still have the power to reduce me to tears!
- Who is/are your favourite author/s?
There are so many brilliant authors out there, but I generally sway towards those who have quite a poetic or exuberant writing style, like Ben Okri and Angela Carter, or those who write about the fragility and complexity of relationships, like Amy Tan, Kate Atkinson, Maggie O’Farrell, or Joanne Harris. I’m definitely not a style over substance person, but a writer’s prose style can make or break a book for me.
- Which book, or books, has had the most influence or impact on you?
Many books have had a big impact on me, but, in recent years, I’d say Kate Atkinson’s Behind The Scenes At The Museum really resonated with me in a way that I’d never experienced before. Besides being funny, poignant and intensely readable, it made me reflect on my own maternal family history, and made me think about writing my own family members into history so that they don’t become ‘lost in time’.
- What is your favourite literary era/time period?
I really enjoy gothic fiction, so the whole period of Victorian literature is wonderful. The idea that there was so much passion, superstition, and fear of social change lingering underneath/behind the stiff corsets and upper lips of the 1800s fascinates me!
- How would you describe yourself as a reader?
Involved. I find it difficult to extricate myself from what is going on and think of characters as friends (I also have real friends…honestly!). I often feel quite drained from all the emotion that I invest in books.
- What is the worst book you have ever read?
I really can’t think of one. By now, I think I’m quite a discerning reader- if I don’t like the look of it, I don’t read it! I’m sure they’re very enjoyable to some people, but I could never read the type of books that perpetuate the myth that women are only interested in clothes, makeup, and men. Books generally have to have some substance- some social, political, or literary value- for me to read them.
- Why did you start blogging about books?
I needed a creative outlet, so I decided to start blogging about all the things that I love or am interested in- though it seems to have become pretty literature-concentrated! Writing about literature at MA level was fab, but you have to remain fairly neutral; feelings and opinions aren’t relevant unless they contribute to an academic theory/debate. I wanted to write about books in a way that everyone who loves literature could relate to.
- What is the most rewarding or challenging aspect of blogging?
It’s always great when someone says that you’ve inspired them to read something, but, if I’m honest, I just enjoy the writing process- it’s so cathartic.
- Can you pinpoint the exact moment where you discovered your love of/interest in books?
I think I was born to love stories and reading! Apparently as a baby I used to pick up the newspaper and babble away to myself as if I was reading it. It’s quite strange actually; nobody else in my family likes books- I’m the anomaly!
- How often do you read, and for how long?
I try to read a little bit every day, even if it’s only a poem or two on the bus, but it’s very difficult to do when you have a job, active social life, and lots of other interests! Once I’ve started a book I tend to plough through it quite quickly. I can read a book in a few hours if I put my mind to it.
- Do you watch TV/movie adaptations of books, if so what is your favourite adaptation and why?
Although I always endeavour to read the book first, I do love a good adaptation! It’s great to be able to see the visual representation of someone else’s imagination, even when it isn’t always consistent with the book. As a period drama lover, the film version of Sense and Sensibility starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet is a particular favourite of mine, but I’ll happily watch any.
My 11 Questions For Nominees
- If you could be any literary character, which one would you be and why?
- What’s your favourite opening line to a book?
- Which fictional character would you marry and why?
- What’s the most emotionally draining book you’ve ever read?
- If you could have written any book, which would it be and why?
- Which book would you adapt for the big screen and which actors would you choose to star in it?
- Who is your literary idol?
- If you could have a dinner party with five writers, dead or alive, who would you choose?
- Which fictional world would you like to live in?
- What do you enjoy most about reading?
- What three books would you take on a desert island?
If you enjoy reading about all things book-related, check out these blogs:
The Literary Bunny http://christinarosendahl.wordpress.com
Too Fond http://toofond.wordpress.com
What Amy Read Next http://raininglilies.wordpress.com
Blunts Book Blog http://bluntsbookblog.wordpress.com
The Literary Sisters http://theliterarysisters.wordpress.com