Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blog News: Liebster Award #3

I received a third Liebster Award from Angie @ The Paperback Reader (Thanks, Angie!). For those of you who are clueless as to what it is, Liebster means "dearest" in German and the award is something bloggers pass on to other bloggers they like or whose blogs they admire. It seems it has been around the blogosphere since about 2010 and appears to be going strong.

This particular Liebster Award has a different variation of the rules:

1. Link and Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator asks.
3. Pick 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers.
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

Angie's Questions:

1. What is your favorite book series?

So far in my reading life, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is my favorite. I have trouble with my favorite books, though, because I feel like I have to write a perfect review for them, and that's why many haven't been already reviewed here.

2. Why did you start blogging?

This is an interesting question, because this isn't my first blog. My original blog was posted when I was maybe 13-14 and blogging was relatively new- I started that one out of curiosity and then stopped when my curiosity was exhausted. Victorian Soul (Book) Critiques was started because I saw other people on Goodreads reviewing books for a blog, and they had read relatively few books. And also, once I got a Kindle, I decided I wanted to review books on Amazon with very little (or incredibly vague) feedback.

3. What is your favorite part of blogging?

Umm... a tie between making graphic designs (headers, memes, pictures for the Sunday Fun Five) and writing. The writing part tends to come and go with my mood, but it doesn't take inspiration for me to edit pictures.

4. Who is your favorite book character and why?

A tie between Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Arya Stark (A Game of Thrones), because they're both awesome and know how to defend (and seek vengeance) for themselves.

5. If you could live in the shoes of one book character who would it be?

Probably James Herriot, from All Creatures Great and Small, even though he's an actual person and not a character. I would enjoy living in 1950s England, being a veterinarian, and then eventually writing about my adventures.

6. Where is your favorite place to read?

The background quilt for all my physical books
Oddly enough, my bed is better for reading than my nicely equipped library, when my dogs let me read there. Torrie thinks it's her bed, not mine, and thinks I'm dog-shaming her in this picture (believe me Tor, I wouldn't do that to you).

7. You have been told you have to sell all your books but one, which one would you keep?

This one- it's a family heirloom version of Gone With The Wind and I couldn't be parted from it. Most other books of mine are replaceable (save for my first editions of The Stand and Interview With a Vampire).

8. What book universe would you like to live in?

I answered a very similar question for the Sunday Fun 5, and I'll stick with that answer: Shadow of the Wind's world, due to its Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

9.  Who are your top three favorite book blogs?

I don't always stalk book blogs (nose grows nine feet long and pants spontaneously combust). But when I do, I lurk at these ones:
Cute Peach (has a vast variety of book reviews, from graphic novels to college books)
Snowflakes and Spider Silk (Sci-fi, Fantasy, Historical... and more)
Ivy Book Bindings (All kinds of books)
...many more to be found on my Lovely Links tab.

10. What is your favorite book this year so far?

Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson (the Benevolent). Probably the best second book in a series I've read yet.

11. Do you have a preference hardcover,  paperback or e-reader?

If I had unlimited space, I'd definitely go with hardcovers. Right now I've been reading mostly ebooks, as the closest big box bookstore is an hour away, and I'm attempting to stymie my book collecting.

(I used Bloglovin' to gauge follower count. If you were nominated and have more than 200 followers: Congratulations, you still get this lovely award and my questions!)

My Nominees (in no particular order):

Isabell from Dreaming With Open Eyes

Karina from I, Fat Robot

Anna from My Reading Antlers

Mollie from Bookdictive Reviews

Wendi from All Who Wander

"Khaleesi" Charlotte from Bookmarks and Blogging

Carriejo from Carriejo's Book Blog

Bree and Nemo from Blame It on the Books

Ronyell from Rabbit Ears Book Blog

Erin from The Paperback Stash

Benni From Benni's Bookbiters

Questions for My Nominees (Stolen from My First Liebster Award Post):

1. What is your favorite time of day to read?
2. What makes your favorite book your favorite: the characters, the plot, or something else?
3. What is your favorite dessert?
4. Do you have a favorite villain? (Literary or otherwise)
5. What three books would you bring to a deserted island with you, if you had everything you needed (food, water, shelter, bookshelves, etc.)?
6. Which book do you consider underrated and under-read (people don't read it as much)?
7. If you could travel to another universe (bookish or otherwise), would you stay here or go?
8. If you could travel back in time once, where would you go, and what would you do?
9. Is there a book you think is over-hyped (a lot of people like it, but you don't)?
10. If you could meet any author (living or dead), who would you meet, and why?
11. Do you judge a book by its cover?

I currently have more than 200 followers on Twitter, so I'm over the limits of the Liebster (even though it's easy to get followers there, and they probably don't all frequent my blog). It's safe to say if I get another, I won't be doing more nominations (because I'm old and Grinchy and planning on stealing Christmas this year)...

From Giphy
...but I might answer some questions.

Over and out,


  1. Oh thank you SO much, will do this tomorrow. I am honored <3

  2. Thanks so much for nominating me! Here are my answers:


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