Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Liebster Blog Award!

Hey guys!

So I found out yesterday that I got tagged by the amazing Lauren at The Headless Owl for this blogger award.  It's for new bloggers who have less than 200 followers and to quote Lauren, who quoted another blog (YA Fiction & Whiskey Sours):

Award winners share 11 facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who tagged them, come up with 11 of their own questions and tag 11 more bloggers with the award.
So without further delay, here are my answers to Lauren's questions. :)
If you could meet any living author, who would it be?
Tahereh Mafi.  That's the first name that came to mind as soon as I read this question.  Why?  Because her writing is made of awesome.  She is made of awesome.  Have you met her??  Well, OK, neither have I, but from videos on her blog and her tweets, you know she can't be anything less.
Why Young Adult?
Because I'm a young adult.  But yes, there's more to it.  I used to read more adult books than young adult, crime fiction, thrillers, that sort of thing.  But once the Twilight hype erupted, suddenly I had to read more YA.  It started off as just paranormal/supernatural, then my reading gradually expanded to encompass other genres.  YA today has a huge range of characters and messages which you can easily relate to, especially when it's written well, and it can be challenging.  I like books that make me think and that allow me to easily make a connection with the characters.
What is your favourite bookstore or library and why?
Waterstones, but then that's the nearest bookstore to me.
Rank the last 5 books you read from most enjoyed to least enjoyed.
It just so happens that four of these books are tied: Forgiven by Jana Oliver, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky and Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris.  Please don't ask me to rank them further.  It would be painful.  Coming in at fifth place is Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson.  Yes, I see the shocked faces.

What books made you love reading?
Oh God, this requires me to think back...*tries to remember how long she's loved reading*...forever.  I honestly cannot remember which books got me into being such an addict.  I can, however, give you a few books I remember reading when I was in primary school that I enjoyed.  The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz (I think I've grown out of that now. Sad times.)  Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.  So emotional, although I haven't read it for years.  And Jane Eyre.  I've loved that since the day I first read it, I think I was about 10?
Why and when did you start blogging?
I started blogging last month.  As to the why, I wanted in.  In to this world of awesomeness that is home to other crazy addicts.  And of course, I love being able to share my thoughts and get different opinions on books.  It's part of what got me trying out different genres and just generally giving certain books a go.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and what book would you take?
Australia.  I would take the Book of All My Favourite Reads.  I mean, that's what I'd take if there was such a thing (though it'd be pretty heavy).  Until one's made, I'd probably take Anna and the French Kiss.
Describe your dream book.
A complex and engaging plotline.  A subtle romance.  Relatable characters. And an ending to blow me away.  In a good way.

What's your favourite book cover/s?
Divergent.  The original one, that is, with the Dauntless symbol.  Also For Darkness Shows the Stars.  I haven't read it yet, but I adore the cover.  And lots more that would take too long to name.

What is your favourite food?
Anything super-duper spicy.  I've always loved spicy food - like, LOVED it - but lately my tolerance has grown so what seems spicy to my brothers (who should really be used to even a little bit by now) and even my mum (!!!!!!) is actually pretty average to me.  Sadly my mum has to keep the spices on the low because otherwise my brothers can't/won't eat it. :'(  See the About Me tab for further details.

Are you a city person or a country person?
City.  I like the country, but spending a couple weeks there on holiday always makes me realise that I would never be able to actually live there.

11 Facts About Me
1.       I AM A DIE-HARD DR WHO FAN.  You may already know this.
2.       I have two younger brothers. :/
3.       I can type without looking at the keyboard
4.       My film/TV tastes range from Big Bang Theory to Phantom of the Opera to all things Austen
5.       Apparently I own a cow.  Not in this country.  But after being told this one or two years ago, I never heard about it again.  It could be dead for all I know, or sold.  But whatever.  I need to fill in the gaps, even if it's with randomness.
6.       I love going to the theatre.
7.       I am queen of procrastinators.
8.       I hate sports.
9.       My favourite colour is deep/royal purple.
10.    I prefer silver jewellery to gold jewellery.
11.     I'm a time freak.  I hate being late.  If I say I'm going to leave the house at a certain time, I leave on the dot.

My questions to my nominees:
1.    What is the ideal setting for you to read a book?
2.    Paperback or ebook and why?
3.    If the world was about to end and you had the chance to save one book, what would it be?
4.    If you could enter a book, what would it be and why?
5.    If you could meet one love interest, who would it be?
6.    Early bird or night owl?
7.    Favourite time of the year and why?
8.    One book that you've been dying to read since its release and haven't been able to.
9.    What do you enjoy about blogging?
10.   If a genie granted you three wishes that were book- or author-related, what would they be?
11.   You get to change the colour of the sky.  Do you change it?  If so, what colour would you make

My Nominees!
  1. Mag @ GeekChic
  2. Henrietta @ Leisure Reads
  3. Aneeqah @ MyNot So Real Life
  4. Mariam @ Book-A-Holic
  5. Lauren @ Lauren’s Loquacious Literature
  6. Vanya @ YAStoryteller
  7. Isabelle, Kimberly and Sarah @ Wake Up at Seven
  8. Lexie @ StillWaiting for Books to Come True
  9. Gellie @ Kaleidoscope World
  10. Lauren @ Story Bound
  11. Is out there somewhere but apparently beyond my radar
Thank you so much Lauren for tagging me!  Blogging has been a great experience so far, and I love that I'm always meeting new people who get the book addiction.  I hope you're all having a good week. Don't forget to check out all these amazing blogs! :)

Until next time


  1. Aaaw, thank you so much, Aa'Ishah! I want to hug you right now :"> I'm extremely honored to be part of your list.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! XOXO

    Btw, you deserve the tag!

    1. You're very welcome, Gellie, you deserve it too! *Hug*

  2. Those are some great questions! I loved reading your answers. :) Your perfect book sounds like my perfect book. And I would love to meet Taherah Mafi too! She is quite hilarious on Twitter and I adore her books. 'Why YA?' is a question I can barely explain in words but your answer is brilliant! I can relate to a lot of that. :)

    1. Thanks, Sam! I've noticed that we like a LOT of the same type of book, and quite a few of them revolve around the elements I listed. I know, I thought about it and then just kept adding things. I had to sum it up quickly at the end because I thought my answer might be too long lol.

      Thank you guys! :)

  3. Thanks a lot, Aa'Ishah! I totally agree with you, blogging has been a wonderful experience for me too. I've been meeting with new people around the world. BTW, I also prefer silver jewellery to gold jewellery :) I'm hoping to post my answers to your 11 questions on Thursday/ Friday. Talk soon.

  4. So much win in this post I don't even know where to start. YES to your taste in TV shows, your love of theatre, spicy food, Waterstones (though I wish I lived next to Foyle's!), your dream book - basically all of your answers! I also laughed at the book of all your favorite reads - so true! They have to invent something like that!

    Thanks for answering and passing the Liebster along! <3

  5. Thank you Aa'Ishah for nominating me!! Awesome ansers. I would love to go to Australlia too and take Anna and the French Kiss with me as well wouldn't that be fun, maybe we could go together but then I'll have to take another book, you know, so that we could switch ;) Perhaps I could take Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols :)

    I have two younger brothers too and what can I say *sigh* ;) Happy Reading!

    New Follower!
    xoxo, Mariam @Book-A-Holic


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