I’m excited to say that I have been nominated by Danielle of Stories Unfolded for the Liebster Award. I’ve been nominated once before, but since I still have less than 200 blog followers, we figured it was okay to do it again. Danielle, thank you for the nomination and I’m glad you enjoy my blog!
Here are the rules:
- Link back to (and thank) the blogger that nominated you
- Answer the 11 questions they give you
- Tag up to 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
- Ask your nominees 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!
Danielle’s questions to me:
1. If you were stranded on a desert island and only had one book, what would that book be?
I could say my favorite novel because that’s probably what she meant by this question, but I would have to go with a how-to book that teaches you one) how to find drinkable water and food on a desert island and two) how to build a raft and navigate it. I’d want to spend my time and energy trying to survive and get back home.
2. What’s your favorite part of going to a bookstore?
Is there anything I don’t love about going to a bookstore? I love the anticipation of a new story to get lost in. I love the smell and feel of a brand new book in my hands. When I was a young child growing up, a trip to the bookstore was the best thing ever! My mom would take me up and down the aisles and let me choose a few novels to take home with me. I can’t even imagine how much money she spent on books for me over the years, but getting a book is still my favorite gift to receive. If someone gives me a book, it means they truly know me, and if they give me a book I don’t have, but know I want or will love, it means that much more.
3. What are you currently reading?
Right now I’m reading a cookbook that focuses on living a gluten-free, plant-powerful and whole food lifestyle called YumUniverse by Heather Crosby. It’s incredibly inspiring to read and I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes!
4. What book from your childhood has stuck with you the most?
I did an inordinate amount of reading as a child, so it’s difficult to pinpoint a single book that has stuck with me. I suppose Charlotte’s Web was one of my all-time favorites. It’s an adorable book that has an underlying message about stepping outside of societal norms and having compassion for others, even if they’re different than you. I’m afraid of spiders in real-life, but you can’t help falling in love with the character in the book.
5. What book has had the largest impact on your life?
One book that truly stands out in my mind is A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky. ‘I’m making a pizza the size of the sun, a pizza that’s sure to weigh more than a ton, a pizza too massive to pick up and toss, a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce…’ I memorized that poem for an English class when I was young and I remember loving poetry books. I even had The Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary that I used well into my later school years. I was never that great at writing poetry, but I loved the thought process and creativity that came with trying.
6. What is a book from your childhood that you absolutely want to read to your children?
There are so many classics and great books that are absolute musts! There’s books for the wee little ones, books for when they are still learning to read but need pictures, beginning novels without pictures and then young adult novels to get them excited about reading. The wonderful world of reading, learning and stretching the imagination is never ending and so is the list of books that help us get there. The following are a few of my favorite childhood books that I think should be read to, or read by every child growing up; Charlotte’s Web, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Alice in Wonderland, anything by Dr. Seuss, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Corduroy and Where the Wild Things Are…. just to name a few!
7. What is the most books you’ve read in a single week?
I think the most I’ve ever read in a single week was during summer break in college and I probably read 5 books. I usually read 1-3 books a week depending on my schedule and how excited I am about what I’m reading but when I’m on break and I don’t have anything major going on, I can read a book a day.
8. What’s your favorite quote from a book?
9. What literary character do you most identify with?
I identify to some extent with the main character in almost every novel I read, though there isn’t a specific literary character that I completely identify with that has stuck with me.
10. What’s your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
My absolute favorite movie adaptations of a book are The Notebook and A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I also love the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, Divergent and so many more.
11. Who is your favorite author and why?
It’s too tough to narrow it down to only one because I have a few favorites. Nicholas Sparks; love stories with a twist that always make me smile and then cry. Janet Evanovich; Stephanie Plum series that never fail to make me laugh. Sophie Kinsella; because who doesn’t love the Shopaholic novels?! J.K. Rowling; for bringing us the wonderful world of Harry Potter. Meg Cabot; I loved the whole The Princess Diaries series growing up, plus all of her other novels. The list goes on and I am constantly being introduced to new authors that I love. I’m looking forward to reading everything by John Green because I’ve heard wonderful things about all of his novels.
Questions to those I nominate:
1. What are your top three favorite book genres and what genre do you never read?
2. What inspired you to start a blog, how long have you been blogging and how often do you blog?
3. What is your favorite book series and why?
4. What is your favorite thing to do with your free time other than reading/writing?
5. Tell us one of your earliest memories, that made you love reading!
6. Who is your favorite author(s) and what is it that strikes you about their work?
7. Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to in the future?
8. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks or hardcover and why?
9. What are some of your favorite quotes from or about books?
10. Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
11. What are the top ten books on your bucket list?
I nominate these fabulous bookish blogs:
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