I really like what the Liebster Award sets out to do. Smaller blogs get some recognition for entertaining whatever size their audience is — and I’m about to go all philosophical Dr. Seuss on all y’all — because a person’s a person, no matter how small (or blog, in this instance). And nominators, as well as nominees, get to talk a little more about themselves outside of the blogosphere. So it’s time for me to take off my receptionist skirt and put on my Barbara Streisand in The Prince of Tides ass-masking therapist pantsuit (or comfy, ass-enhancing blogging sweatpants, in my case).
The Official Liebster Award Rules:
- Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Display the award somewhere on your blog.
- List 11 facts about yourself.
- Answer 11 questions chosen by the blogger who nominated you.
- Come up with 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 many nominate blogs that have already received the award, but you cannot renominate the blog that nominated you.)
- Go to their blog and inform them that they’ve been nominated.
I would like to thank the Academy and my parents for always believing in me and allowing me to chase my silly, silly dreams. But most importantly, I have to thank Rick @ Another Book Blog for nominating me for this little award. And just for you, as well as everyone else out there, I made this little video to help anyone who hasn’t googled how to pronounce the name of my blog yet:
And as rule two states, I now have a nice little display of my award at the top of my page. Okay so now for the juicy bits.
11 Facts About Myself:
- I seriously feel as if Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers is me. You know that famous quote from Wuthering Heights? The whole, “I am Heathcliff,” jibber jab? I feel the same way with Tina Belcher — except for you know, the whole “I’m crazy and going to make him miserable by marrying his enemy” mentality. I don’t think I ever grew out of my utter awkwardness, yet complete obsession with boys. And their butts.
- I have two different thumbs. The joke in our family is that when I was a baby, I didn’t have a left thumb so they took a big toe and made it my thumb. I have even had people ask me if I slammed my thumb in a door or got in an accident. No, I was just born this way. With one “normal thumb,” and one “toe thumb.” And the PC term is “spoon thumb,” just an fyi.
- I hate politics. As soon as someone begins an in-depth conversation about politics, my eyes glaze over and I mentally count how many of the original 151 Pokemon I can name. I can almost name ‘em all.
- The soundtrack for Now and Then was my go-to album when I was nine. That song Sugar, Sugar was my favorite song in the entire world. And I was obsessed with the movie. Mostly because Brendan Fraser was the man of my dreams at that point in my life.
- I got in a rap battle with a drunk old guy in a pub rapping the 14-minute-long song, Rapper’s Delight. I won. Obviously.
- I am afraid of sewer grates. Every time I have to walk over one while holding my keys, I clench them in my hand because I always picture myself dropping them, and watching them fall inside the abyss of the sewer system with nobody but TMNT to save them.
- I really like reading/watching shows about serial killers. Real or fake. Whenever I stay at home, I DVR documentaries about them and it freaks out my parents. They think I am insane. But it’s just so fascinating!
- I hate it when men have ponytails. It’s my personal fedora dilemma. Every time I see a man with one, I want to walk up to him, cut it off, and say, “You’re welcome,” while handing the bit back to him. They just gross me out.
- The song A-Punk by Vampire Weekend always makes me want nachos because of the opening scene in Step Brothers.
- I wish there was a way to instill GIFs in everyday life. I know some people hate them, and others find them to be stupid, but sometimes I just want life to be like Tumblr because I always have the perfect reaction GIF.
- I have walked into a plate glass window in public surrounded by strangers twice in my life. And once while I was running to work because I was late, I tripped over my own feet and faceplanted on the sidewalk. I decided to just lie there and contemplate my life for a moment. My clumsiness is considered a hazard to society.
11 Questions From Rick:
- Why are you a book blogger? What is it you truly want to get out of this?
I started blogging about books because it was what I was passionate about. And I thought that if I wanted to become an author, I had to get used to publishing my works for all of the world to see. My blog was like my training for it.
- Rank these in order of preference: reading, listening to music, watching TV & movies.
I don’t know! I love them all equally… But that’s such a cop-out answer. I always have to have music with me at all times, and I do usually have a book with me, so I would have to say it’s listening to music, reading, and then watching television/films.
- What’s your favourite genre of book? Why do you think that’s the case?
I really love anything that is mystical/magical/ folklore/mythology. I used to read a lot of Young Adult fiction that had any supernatural element involved. But I think what I like most are those books where an everyday girl (or guy) discovers that s/he is magical. I think I’m drawn to these types of books because I grew up in such a blah atmosphere (catholic school in Connecticut) that I would have died if something extraordinary did happen to me. (insert “yer a wizard, ‘arry” here.)
- If you had to lose one of these senses, which would it be and why: sight, taste, hearing, speech.
Taste. Easily. Because then I could eat veggies no problem and not eat crap foods simply because I liked the taste. But the fat kid in me would probably still eat doughnuts knowing what they used to taste like.
- What qualities do you typically look for in a book?
I like a strong female protagonist. And I can go all ranty on this subject, because I wrote my MA dissertation on the evolution of the female protagonist in YA literature, but it’s important! Girls need to know that they can be the one who does the ass-kicking instead of being the damsel in distress.
- What qualities do you typically look for in a friend?
Humor. I have a really weird sense of humor, so if they can keep up with me, or laugh along, we are golden. I also really appreciate people who speak up when they have something to say. And loyalty. I would do anything for my friends, and knowing that they would too makes me know that I chose wisely.
- If you had the time (and energy) to write a blog about any other thing, what would it be and why?
It would probably be about television. And it would be a vlog where my friend and I drink a bottle of wine and critique the recent episode of The Mindy Project or Broad City.
- What’s the worst book you’ve read in the last two years?
Oh Jesus, how much time do you got? It’s actually a tie. If anyone regularly follows my blog, they understand my utter hatred for Lauren Weisberger and her Prada books. I tried to read Revenge Wears Prada and just threw it in the corner of my room and forgot about it. But I also just read The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty because everyone told me it was amazing. It was terrible. I have never read a book with three different female protagonists and ended up hating each one at the end. They were terrible people!
- If you suddenly had 50 million dollars, do you think you’d read more or less?
More. Because I could not work and just spend my time Scrooge McDucking it, and swimming in money while reading anything and everything I’ve ever thought about reading.
- How much practical use have you gotten from your college degree? (if you have one)
Umm, I would say 45% of my BA is used and 60% of my MA. When I first graduated, I got an internship with Yale University Press, so that was like “Oh my god, my major is working!” But then I came home, lived with my parents for a year, and worked as a receptionist. But now, I do quite a bit of editing and copywriting. And I get to play with Twitter, giving my Creative Writing MA some work.
- If you had to go back to college, with the condition that you could only take a different major, what would it be?
I would stay with my original major, Psychology, but go to a different university that works on behavioral analysis. I would have really liked to become someone who helps track down serial killers based on their behavior (again with the damn serial killers).
Although some of these might seem a bit random, I really want to hear more from these bloggers.
- Haley – As I Lay Reading (my new interwebs friend!)
- Matt and Ariel – Bad Books, Good Times (I hope they mean legit following, and not email alert following… If not, then you can both do one for your individual blogs! Solutions!)
- Lily – Lily’s Book Blog (some great YA recommendations)
- Sarah Clare – A Bit Behind on Books (everyone gets caught up in reading.)
- Cait – The Hopeful Heroine (it’s all so silly and brilliant. I love it.)
My 11 Questions:
- Do you listen to music when reading, or do you prefer silence?
- What book did you not like when you first read it, but liked the second time (or vice versa)?
- What is your favorite book to movie adaptation?
- What is your least favorite?
- Would you rather die unexpectedly and sudden, or from a long-term illness?
- Bang, marry, kill: Jane Austen, John Green, George RR Martin?
- Other than books, is there anything else that you geek out about?
- What high school book did you not really read, but say that you did?
- Which fictional character would you want to be best friends with and why?
- Which childhood-actor-to-disaster-area was most tragic for you to watch?
- What are your thoughts about cheese?