Jen wouldn’t have known that at the time I was going through a really busy period at work, and slightly struggling with the blog, feeling I was neglecting it, when I was simply too tired having gotten in from work to do anything with it, so to see that comment letting me know how much she enjoys reading my posts meant more to me that she could have imagined – Thanks Jen!
So onto the Liebster Award, the award has its origins in Germany and is a way for bloggers to show their appreciation of their fellow bloggers and share some recognition!
So the rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
- Answer the questions your nominator asked you
- Nominate 5-11 other blogs (and don’t forget to let them know)
- Ask your nominations up to 11 questions or facts about themselves
That’s it! It is a virtual shout-out and there’s no pressure at all to accept the nomination
1. Has blogging changed the way you approach reading?
I decided to start my blog back in January as a way to get back into reading. My parents had me reading by the time I was 3, and as a child and a teenager I was a huge reader, and then I went to university… I spent so much time reading scientific papers and political journals any reading I did for pleasure really fell to the wayside and once I’d started working my original commute took so much out of me I wanted to do nothing more than collapse on the sofa and do something that required no effort. When I switched jobs and moved back to Scotland my commute became much more manageable, and with the added perk of flexi time I can now get in much closer to 5pm, rather than the 7pm I often used to find myself getting in at. Blogging has changed my reading in two ways, firstly I’m just reading more in general again, but the biggest change came when I discovered NetGalley and that publishers were willing to let people access books early in exchange for reviews! This was an amazing discovery and I’m so grateful to the publishers who even in my first month blogging with barely any followers were willing to give me access to some wonderful books. NetGalley has definitely allowed me to step out of my reading comfort zone on a few occasions, being able to request and try new authors, or different genres without worrying I was about to spend £20 on something I didn’t like.
2. What is your favourite book and why?
My favourite book?! I couldn’t possibly pick, that’s like asking a parent to pick a favourite child! I’ll pick a few that I love though
To Kill A Mockingbird – This was one of my assigned texts for GCSE English, we were the only class out of the 14 in my year group to study the book and I don’t think that was coincidental, as a mixed race child growing up in rural Devon, an area multiculturalism hadn’t really found I took so much from this book and I will always be grateful to my teacher than she introduced it to me. She also introduced me some other wonderful authors such as Barbara Kingsolver, Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou.
Harry Potter – I’m sure this would feature on many people’s lists. I was lucky enough to have been the almost from the beginning, Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in 1997 and during my final year of primary school, after a failed attempt to read The Hobbit, during fruit time, he picked up a little book that was starting to gain traction but before anyone realised it would go on to become the worldwide phenomenon that it did. I got to grow up with the Golden Trio, and having a fellow bookworm as one of the main characters was amazing.
Honourable mentions would also have to go to the Inspector McLean series by James Oswald, and Sherlock Holmes by the fabulous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
3. How do you decide on your next read?
With great difficulty! Recently I’ve been taking part in a few blog tours which has made the decision-making process a little easier! Otherwise it’s tricky, if an author I know I love they’ll tend to jump to the top of my to be read pile, I try to read blurbs to find a plot idea that jumps out at me, but I’m hugely guilty of judging a book by its cover, if it’s got a cover that catches my eye I’m more likely to pick it up to see what it’s all about. I also try to vary my reading throughout the month, if I’ve read a lot of crime I’ll try and pick up some YA or maybe a contemporary or vice versa.
4. Who inspires you?
Another tricky question! Historically people like Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela. I say historical but it’s a depressingly short time ago, that they were standing up for equality, and while there has been some progress we’re still such a long way away from actual equality, something that has been becoming more and more apparent in recent months. Also Rosa Parks, Rosa refused to give up her seat in the ‘colored section’ to a while passenger, and her arrest that followed was a key factor in the Montgomery Bus Boycott that followed, even from across the pond and several decades later having a strong black female role model was pretty important for 10-year-old me, even if I only understood these events in a basic manner.
Much closer to home, my parents inspire me, we might not have been the wealthiest family growing up but they always encouraged me to do the things I loved and to keep learning. They always tried to instil the idea that the only person that could hold me back was myself, and that if I wanted something with some hard work I could achieve it. Also my two best friends Ian and Zara, we started working together when I was at university and they’re both incredible friends, and always manage to make me smile no matter how down I may be feeling. Zara is a wonderful mother and I adore seeing her with her kids, she’s just about to go back to college to train to be a teacher and I think it’s incredible how she’s balancing reaching her goals with being a mummy to two beautiful, intelligent funny children.
5. What’s your dream job?
I have no idea! When I was younger I wanted to be a lawyer, and then a surgeon. Then I really wanted to go into Forensic Psychology, I’m blaming Criminal Minds for that one! I fell into my current job primarily because I was fed up of living in London and really wanted to move back to Scotland, and this was a job that fit some of my transferable skills, I do really enjoy it though! My dream job would maybe be something to do with books, but some many jobs within publishing etc are based in London, or at least the South of England and I don’t really want to leave Scotland again.
6. What author do you never tire of reading?
Another tough one! I could definitely re-read Harry Potter over and over again it was such a huge part of my youth. James Oswald’s Inspector McLean series is a current crime series which I love, it’s a really great crime mystery with a hint of the supernatural, I was fortunate enough to meet James at the launch of the latest book in the series in Edinburgh back in February, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next in the series. There’s also another two authors I discovered this year that I’m really loving Carol Wyer and Patricia Gibney, both of whom are currently publishing crime fiction series with Bookouture.
7. What was the last book that made you cry?
I genuinely can’t remember, I’m not a big crier in general, the last book I can really remember crying at would be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because SPOILER ALERT she killed Severus!
8. What’s your favourite book to film adaptation?
Again I did enjoy Harry Potter in general, although it certainly wasn’t perfect, and there are definitely bits of the books that were cut out that I would have included. As we discovered on Twitter last week I have watched very few films in the grand scheme of things, I’m more of a TV person. Can I claim The Lion King? That’s loosely based on Hamlet, which is technically a play not a book but it’s close!
I’m also really looking forward to the Strike adaptations on the BBC, by the time this posts the first episode will have aired, but currently I’m waiting in anticipation.
9. Where’s your most memorable holiday destination?
Barbados! Easiest question on the list, I have to admit to some bias as my grandparents on my dad’s side emigrated to London from there (for some unknown reason). I’m really not that widely travelled but I have been there three times and I’m currently thinking about going again. It’s beautiful, the weather is amazing, the people are friendly and it’s so easy to get around. If you follow me on Twitter my cover photo is of the beach at Bathsheba.
10. Sweet or savoury?
Sweet, give me chocolate any day! I’m a terrible sweet snacker, I’ve never been a big crisp eater for example, but a bar of chocolate or some fruit gums I will demolish them, definitely don’t leave a packet of Jaffa Cakes open next to me! That said I have recently picked up a slight habit of eating sweet and salted popcorn which is kinda counts as both right?
11. Who would play you in a movie of your life?
No clue! Maybe someone like Kat Graham, although currently my life is not worth putting on the big screen! I’m going to have to do something interesting!
So that’s a little bit about me, now for my nominees!
- Charlotte at Charlotte, Somewhere
- Lou at Book Murmuration
- Amy at Golden Books Girl
- Liv at That Fiction Life
- Emma at Damp Pebbles
- Yvo at It’s All About Books
- Zara at My Life With The Crazies
- Ashleigh at Ashleigh’s Bookshelf
If you’d like to accept The Liebster Award, (and there’s really no pressure to!) here are your 11 questions:
- What is your favourite thing about blogging
- What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
- Who is your favourite newly discovered author of 2017?
- What’s the first book you remember reading as a child?
- Which book would you love to see adapted for the big (or small) screen – alternatively which book that’s already been adapted would you re-adapt?
- Tell me a bit about your favourite character, and who would be your dream casting?
- What’s your dream holiday destination?
- Pizza or Pasta?
- What would you like to be doing ten years from now?
- Which musician / band did you last listen to?
- What do you love most about the town / city you live in?
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the post! Thank you once again to Jen for nominating me! If you do answer the questions please let me know, I’d love to read them!