Hello, and welcome back to me oversharing!!
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books, one of the best bloggers you’ll ever meet, was kind enough to nominate me for the Liebster Award! And because her questions are really fun (and the amount of good post ideas I have is dwindling) I decided to do it today.
Of course, I ended up oversharing and writing too much (somehow this is 2K words long??), but at this point, this kind of thing is expected from me, so I’ll just shut up with this intro!
- Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
- Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
- Give 11 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
- Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.
1. if you had to recommend one book to someone who doesn’t like reading, what would it be?
I think it depends on the age of the person, because I would definitely recommend PJO to younger people. However, older people might not enjoy it as much because you can tell it’s writing meant for a younger audience, and I know a lot of older readers don’t like that.
But for an older audience, I think I’d actually recommend Red, White & Royal Blue? First off, I feel like a majority of the people who’ve read it love/like it, and second of all, it’s just overall fun, hilarious, and heartwrenching, and I think that combo would appeal to any person.
(But also read PJO.)
2. if you had to keep only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I’ve come to love contemporary fiction a lot more ever since I started blogging*, and I think it’s one of my favorite genres, but I have to go with my first love, fantasy. There’s just so much you can explore in fantasy, and it doesn’t have the limits of having to stay realistic to the “real world”. And also! There’s urban fantasy, which has contemporary components, so it’s a win-win!!
*All of the books on my favorite books of the year list so far are CONTEMPORARIES and I’m having an identity crisis!!! Who am I!!!! Not a single one is remotely fantasy!!!!!
3. what is your biggest blogging fear?
I think… being forgotten would be my biggest fear. It’s in human nature to want to be known, to leave something behind, to make an impact on people, and while YA girls may not be like other YA girls, I am exactly like other humans. I’d hate to realize that what I’m doing here and spending hours of work on isn’t memorable enough to leave an impact on people. (I’d also hate to realize that I was leaving only a negative impact!!)
4. what is your biggest blogging dream or goal?
I honestly… have no idea? Like obviously, hitting some kind of mindblowing number of followers or views would be really wild and cool, but I don’t think that’s my biggest dream/goal.
I guess I’d say my biggest blogging dream isn’t related to numbers or books, but rather the people: I really want to meet all the really wonderful friends I’ve made through book blogging. Being able to spend a day in real life with a person I met and befriended online? And probably involving books?? That’s what I want!!!
5. what is one of your favorite blog posts you’ve ever written?
I think my favorite post has to be the one highlighting 4 things you shouldn’t feel guilty about as a blogger. Writing it made me feel really good, and knowing that a lot of bloggers felt better after reading that post is priceless.
(And maybe also my latest discussion about the treatment of teens in YA, but it just got plagiarized so I’m trying not to think about it at the moment hahahahha. This was absolutely a dead laugh if you could not tell.)
6. who are some of your favorite bloggers you admire?
I have too many favorites to list them all here!! But here are some bloggers under 1K, who I love very much and deserve more love: Emma @ Emma Reads Too Much, Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages, Olivia @ Purely Olivia, Kat @ Novels and Waffles, and Caitlin @ Catilin Althea. All of these bloggers’ posts are such high quality, and I enjoy reading pretty much anything from them!
7. share with us one quote from a book that you adore
I’m truly the worst at collecting and remembering book quotes, and I honestly one-line quotes don’t impact me as much as reading a whole passage? But a quote that will always mess me up is “Thank you. You were amazing,” from The King’s Men. Again, is that book quality? No. Is that book unproblematic? Not at all. But does this quote still royally screw me over? Absolutely.
8. e-books, physical books, audiobooks: which one would you marry, kiss and kill?
- Marry: physical books. I’m a physical book lover through and through—I love the feeling of the book in my hands, and most of the time, they’re a lot easier for me to read, for reasons unknown.
- Kiss: ebooks. I have a love-hate relationship with ebooks, where sometimes I can’t read them at all and other times I speed through them and like them even more than physical books, but right now I’m in the love phase, so no killing!
- Kill: audiobooks. (Obviously I would only kill these for myself!) I haven’t read enough audiobooks to be fully comfortable with them—I’m in general a very visual person. So while I can listen to the story being told to me, I’m better off with physical books or ebooks. It’s like me vaguely listening to my teacher in class but focusing on and writing down whatever’s on the board.
9. who’s one writer you dream of meeting, someday?
RICK RIORDAN. I would absolutely sell my body and soul to be able to meet him. He somehow manages to write complex, intricate fantasy stories that children are able to follow and be entertained by, with the best characters and hilarious writing. And also as the author of my childhood favorite series, I would be fulfilling some little kid dream in me (and big kid dream, I’ll be honest).
10. book blogs, book twitter, bookstagram: what are your thoughts on these?
- Book blogs: I love them so much! My blog will always be my primary platform, and I think they really were the foundation of other book-related platforms. It makes me so sad that they’re being forgotten, in favor of other platforms (though I do understand why)—the dedication bloggers put into every single post is amazing and I admire every blogger so much.
- Book twitter: It’s a mess. Like, really a mess. I’ve met great people, and made good friends, but wow I really wish there could be less drama/conflict. I’ve been trying and succeeding at being on it less and my soul feels like it’s been sprayed with rose water. (But I do like that it’s a quick way to talk about whatever you want to, and it’s easy to reach a bigger audience!)
- Bookstagram: I like bookstagram! I hate that success on it relies so much on privilege, like having physical books, nice lighting, being able to take photos consistently, , and there are definitely a Lot of middle-aged white women, But I think it’s a lot more of a chiller platform, and I like seeing pretty pictures of books since visual things appeal a lot to me.
- Booktube: Honestly, booktube seems like so much fun, and I would also love to talk into a camera about books for like 10 hours. There’s again the problem of success relying on privilege (having the equipment, having light skin, etc.), but overall I think the amount of work booktubers put into each video is phenomenal! I definitely need to watch more channels than just the five I watch.
11. what’s one thing you’re really, really proud of?
[resists the urge to be a 12-year-old who thinks they’re quirky for being self-deprecating and say “nothing”]
As I write this, I’m currently trying to distract myself from ~thoughts~, so it’s a little hard to think of something right now. But I guess I’m proud of my ability to know what’s good for me. I mean, knowing what’s good for me doesn’t always mean I’ll do it (I rarely will), but at least I know!!
11 FACTS ABOUT ME
- I’m a language nerd!! I’m taking 2 foreign languages in school and am trying to get better at Thai.
- I love the cold much more than I like the heat (but probably only because Texas never gets cold).
- I have no idea what career or field I want to pursue and I hate that I feel like I should have my whole life planned out while I’m still in high school.
- I’m a November baby!! Relevant because my birthday is in less than a month.
- I am a coffee hater!! I swear I don’t hate coffee to be “quirky” or “different”; it genuinely disgusts me and I feel like throwing up any time I taste or smell it!!!
- I pretty much only wear 2 pairs of shoes, white Converse and black Docs.
- I’m basically a humanities and arts nerd and will suffer by the hands of capitalism because no one cares about anything other than STEM or medicine!!
- I have a sister, who I don’t talk about as often as I should, and I love her very much.
- I’m an INFP! I unfortunately don’t know what Enneagram type I am because I’ve taken a bunch of online tests and they all tell me different things. (Please hit me up if you have any good tests!)
- I’ve been dancing for 12 years!
- I am really bad in social situations with people I don’t know, and I hate making small talk, even though I do it to make things less awkward.
I think a few of the people I talked about in this post have already done this award before, but if I mentioned you and you want to answer my questions, I nominate you! I’m also nominating these lovely people:
- Tiffany @ Read By Tiffany
- Elizabeth @ Red Gal Musings
- Xandra @ Starry Sky Books
- Maha @ Sunshine n Books
Here are my questions for you!!
- What’s one thing you admire about yourself?
- If you had to name an all-time favorite book, what would it be? All-time least favorite?
- Who are some musical artists you’ve been loving lately?
- Top 5 favorite book covers?
- What’s something relating to your blog that you’re proud of?
- Who are some bloggers that inspire you?
- What books are you dying to get your hands on, whether they’ve been released or not?
- How do you feel about book blogs, bookstagram, book twitter, booktube, and Goodreads?
- What book do you have the most controversial opinion on?
- Give a piece of advice you would have given to yourself 5 years ago.
- What are some things on your bucket list?
what are YOUR blogging fears and dreams? would you marry, kiss, kill the same things I did? link me to a blog post you’re the most proud of so I can give it some love!!
p.s. I know I’m being, yet again, the worst at commenting and replying to comments, but to be very honest with you, having my post plagiarized has taken away a bit of whatever blogging motivation I have left after being so exhausted from school. love you all lots and I promise I’ll find my motivation again!