I’m back today with another round of The Liebster Award! If you’d like to see my first Liebster Award post, just click HERE. I was tagged by the lovely Riddhi @ Whispering Stories this time 💖 I love checking out her blog and I think you all should, too! One of the best things about these award tags is discovering new blogs and getting to know people in the blogging community better. So I always appreciate when I’m tagged, even if I’m terrible at keeping on top of it 😅 Better late than never, right?
Speaking of, let’s get on with the tag!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to their blog (Thank you, Riddhi!)
- Answer the 11 questions asked of you
- Nominate 11 bloggers
- Ask your nominees 11 questions
- Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post
#1. What is the one thing you like about my blog? What is the one thing you don’t? (Sorry, I just really want feedback from my readers)
Don’t apologize! Feedback is always nice since it can help you make your blog everything you want it to be. Let’s see… I really love the variety of posts that Riddhi puts on her blog! There are reviews, tags, discussion posts. Pretty much something for everyone! One thing I don’t like? That’s harder… um… Oh! I can’t figure out how to like your posts? That’s probably more of a “I’m bad at blogging” thing than anything wrong with your site, though, lol. Honestly, I really enjoy both the look and the content of your blog, Riddhi!
#2. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Exactly where I am right now, if I’m being honest. We just bought our house this year and I plan on living here until they bury me in the ground 😂 I really love my job and don’t see myself wanting to leave anytime in the next five years, either. Perhaps I’ll have moved up the rungs… maybe Microbiology Supervisor? I’d be super okay with that! As for my blog, hopefully it’ll look prettier and I’ll be more consistent with my posting. I would like to think I’ll have my blogging shit together by five years, lol.
#3. What do you think will be your next 5-star read?
I just started reading Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia and I can already tell I’m going to absolutely love it. It has that feel of a five star read, ya know? It’s gonna be hard to stick to the Middle Grade Marvels reading schedule for this one because I just want to devour it! The fact that there’s already a sequel out in the world makes me pretty excited, as well. If I love this one as much as I think I’m going to, I’m going to want to read the next one as soon as I’m done!
#4. One piece of advice you wish you had when you started blogging?
Don’t go ham requesting ARCs!! I mean… I saw this advice before I really started blogging, but I wish I had actually followed it 😅 I found myself quickly swamped and it caused a lot of undue stress! Blogging is a hobby (at least for me) and a hobby should be fun, right? I was stressing so much about getting to my ARCs in a timely manner that I wasn’t having as much fun as I could have been. I’m still trying to find a good balance, but I’m definitely much better than I was at the beginning!
Another bit of advice (I know, I’m cheating!) is to try and find a group of like-minded bloggers to chat with regularly. It makes the entire blogging experience ten times better! I can’t tell you how much The Write Reads gang has helped me and made me feel like I’m legitimately a part of the bookish community 💖💖💖
#5. How do you treat a reading slump?
Cry? Hahaha, jk, jk!
For real, though, I usually try to take a step back and stop pushing myself. I typically get into reading slumps because I force myself to finish books I’m not enjoying and then I just don’t want to read. Or because I read an incredible book and nothing compares afterwards. Looking at you, The Poppy War. I also try picking up a book that I consider an “easy” read, like a light-hearted graphic novel or a whimsical middle grade fantasy. Something I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love. After reading a few of those, I’m usually good to go!
#6. Do you aspire to write a book someday?
*glances at all her half-finished NaNoWriMo projects*
I mean, it’s not outside the realm of possibilities, but it’s definitely not a life goal, ya know? Mostly cause I start to hate everything I write about… halfway through writing it 😅 Once I figure out how to turn off my inner critic, perhaps it would become more of an aspiration.
#7. One person who inspires you?
I’m gonna be kind of cliché and say my dad. He worked so hard to change the direction of his life when he was younger. He loves my mom so much that it makes your teeth hurt a little bit, lol. Though he was strict, looking back, he was an incredible dad for my brother and I. He’s a great grandpa and he’s always calling to see if there’s anything we need. I just think it’s so easy for people to go with the flow and much harder to take yourself in a new, better direction. That he did it and made so much of his life so far is definitely inspiring to me 💕
#8. What book or book series were you not expecting to love/hate?
I distinctly remember being very skeptical when I picked up A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. I don’t remember why I decided to read it in the first place as I’m not a big non-fiction reader. I read it in college, so maybe it was for a course? Who knows! All I know was that I actively went into this book expecting to be bored out of my mind. Thankfully, that was not the case! I loved this book so freakin’ much! The humor was on point. The descriptions were visceral. I was completely captivated by Bryson’s writing and now I have, like, five of his books on my TBR 😂 I can’t wait to get to them.
#9. What is one thing that you love about the book blogging community?
Oof, only one? Let’s see… I think I’ll go with the fact that most people in the book blogging community are so supportive! If you have any questions, whether it’s about post types or more technical issue, you can go to the community and they’ll be quick to answer them for you. And they’re so supportive of new bloggers especially! It’s been such a treat joining this wonderful community and finding such awesome people 💖
#10. What are your top 3 favorite fictional cities/kingdoms/regions?
Another tough question! Let’s see… in no particular order:
- Middle Earth (more specifically, The Shire)
- Aritsar (from Raybearer!)
#11. A GIF that describes your current read?
Tristan, arriving in MidPass:
- What are some of your favorite scents?
- Which author would you love to meet?
- Do you prefer series or standalones?
- Do you have any pets? If so, will you share pictures? Pleeeeease 🥺
- Do you review lower rated books on your blog? Why or why not?
- Which do you prefer: sweet or savory?
- Describe your favorite meal.
- What is your favorite season? Why?
- How do you keep track of all the unread books that you own (i.e. spreadsheet, Goodreads, physical bookshelf)?
- Do you have a favorite fairytale, myth, or piece of folklore? What is it?
- What is your most anticipated 2021 read?
- Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads
- Gee @ AllThingsGee
- Ellie Mai @ Ellie Mai Blogs
- Emily @ A Short Book Lover
- Miki @ A Writing Soul’s Story
- Ellie H. @ Elspells
- Ashlee @ Books Are 42
- Lili @ Lili’s Blissful Page (when she’s back from hiatus 💖)
- Sabrina @ Sabrina’s Booktails
- Candyce and Isabelle @ The Book Dutchesses
- Noly @ The Artsy Reader
I hope you enjoyed my post and, if you’re interested in answering my questions yourself, please do! I would love to see everyone’s answers, so drop me a link.
And, as always, happy reading!