First of all: A huge thank you to Building Diverse Bookshelves who nominated me for this awesome award!!

For those of you who didn’t know:

The Liebster award is to help promote and recognize new blogs (of good standard) with less than around 200 followers. 

The 11 questions asked by Building Diverse Bookshelves

1: When did you know you loved reading?

  • I loved reading from a very young age. I was the kid in kindergarten who went to the library in school to get chapter books because I read through all the shorter books. I read the first Harry Potter book in third grade, and I guess things kind of took off from there.

2: Have you ever met an author you admire?

  • Sadly, no. I’ve always wanted to meet one of my favorite authors and have them sign my much loved copy of their book, but not yet, I’m afraid. A girl can dream, though, right?

3: Who are your favorite writers/sources of inspiration for your own work?

  • I’m not much of an original writer myself, but my favorite authors are Cassandra Clare and Morgan Matson, and if I was to ever write something, I would probably go to any of their resources for inspiration or help.

4: If you could give life for a day to one character from a book, which character would you choose and why?

  • There are so many characters I want to choose for this, but I think I’ll go with a childhood favorite: Percy Jackson. I originally didn’t want to read this series (for some weird reason I’m forgetting), but when I did, I totally fell in love. Percy was the best narrator with the best voice. Rick Riordan created such an amazing character who I still love. Percy is just so loyal, kind, funny and all these other characteristics that I think are so important. Definitely Percy.

5: What do you think of FanFiction?

  • The thing about FanFiction is that while there are some amazing pieces, there are also some that can actually make me not like the original work. I have nothing against it as a whole, and I totally understand the concept of wanting to continue a story that’s over or making something happen that has yet to occur in the story that’s still being told.

6: What trends would you like to see in the literary world?

  • MORE DIVERSE CHARACTERS. please. Does more need to be said? (Also, maybe some more books about book nerds. That’d be nice.)

7: What started you off blogging?

  • I started my blog to talk to more people like me, people who absolutely love books and just want to discuss them. Some of my best friends are books nerds, but I love discussing these fictional worlds so much that I wanted to broaden my horizons and talk nerdy with some other cool people. So far, so good.

8: What message do you wish to impart to your readers?

  • Thank you guys so much for sticking with me! Also, please feel free to comment on any of my posts if you’ve read the book or want to. I’m always eager to discuss!!

9: Do you ever engage in self-discovery exercises?

  • Not really sure what is meant by ‘self-discovery’, but I would have to say that I’m more into discovering other worlds through books. It’s always nice to learn more about yourself, however, so sometimes I surprise myself. 🙂

10: What advice would you give someone just starting out in discovering new literature?

  • I normally give people recommendations depending on what genre they prefer. It’s easy to stick to what you like, but you never know, maybe you try a certain book in a new genre and you love it! Keeping an open mind when it comes to books is really important, and it can lead to amazing discoveries of worlds you might never want to leave.

11: What is important for today’s youth to consider in their reading selections?

  • Today, especially, try to read books about different characters. Looking at my bookshelf right now, most of them are about normal, white, straight people. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, don’t get me wrong. However, I think that it’s so refreshing to read some more diverse lit. I’ve recently read some books about lgbtqa+ teens and I really enjoyed them. The change of pace is nice. Like I said in the above answer, keep your options open. Reading about different people and different cultures is so interesting to me, and one of my 2016 bookish goals is to read more diverse books. 🙂

11 Random Facts About Me:

1: I ride horses

2: I wear glasses

3: I kinda sorta maybe want to do something with reading and/or writing for my career

4: I love to travel (I’ve been to Canada, France, Italy, Mexico + the USA, which is my home, btw)

5: Along with books, I love tv and movies

6: I own six pairs of Converse

7: My favorite beach read is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

8: I’m afraid of drowning

9: I have three horses, two dogs and one cat

10: I really, really like candy 🙂

11: I had no idea what the Liebster Award was until I looked it up–obviously, now I know!

I nominate:

1: Katerina @ Globalbookmania

2: Aldana @ perfectioninbooks

3: Sally @ My Book Academy

4: Celine @ Celine Reads

5: Alexis @ Beyond the Pages

(I hope to connect more with all the bloggers I nominated!)

My questions for nominated bloggers are:

1: What was the first series you can remember truly loving?

2: What is the story/series you would most like to live in?

3: Do you have certain things you do when reading (music, food/drink, etc)?

4: What is your favorite thing about blogging?

5: What is your favorite book to screen adaptation?

6: How do you make time for reading/blogging?

7: Is there any kind of book related merch you just have to have?

8: Who is the one author you would do anything to meet/talk to?

9: Do you prefer to own books or are you happy going to the library?

10: What is the one book you always recommend to people?

11: Have you been nominated for an award before?

For anyone new to the Liebster Award (copied from Napolean Split) –

  • In a post – answer the questions that your nominator posted for his/her nominees.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Make up 11 new fun questions for your nominees.
  • Give some love back to your nominator, include a link back to their blog and their post.
  • You must nominate 5-11 bloggers

Again, thank you to Building Diverse Bookshelves, who nominated me! This was really fun, and I hope everyone that I nominated has fun with it, too!

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