Wednesday 21 September 2016

The Liebster Award

A little while back the lovely Tina @ As Told By Tina tagged me to do the Liebster award.

This is a tag-type-thingummy that bloggers do to share the bloggerly love :) It's basically all question-y and fun and all that jazz :)

  • Thank the nominator and link back to their blog
  • Answer 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate other bloggers that you think deserve the award
  • Write 11 questions for your nominees
  • Let them know you’ve nominated them

1. What is the last book you purchased? 

I don't know... I get people to buy them for me when possible! I don't have a heck of a lot of cash in all honesty.

Ooh! I know: I bought 4 classics on a cheap multi-buy deal the other day.

So that was two Virginia Woolf books, The Count of Monte Cristo, and a double-volume of Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

2. What was the last movie you saw?

Urm... it was probably Suicide Squad actually. I haven't seen many films in a while, actually. Not even on the TV - I've been watching series while reading and/or blogging, and/or working.

(I'm the queen of multitasking dammit!)

3. What inspired you to start blogging?

I can't remember exactly what made me finally go, 'I'll start a blog!' but I do know that I was looking for a way to promote reading - to everyone, everywhere.

Books were the thing that was getting me through some tough sh**. And I wanted to share that. I wanted some little space to write whatever the hell I felt like, and be me again.

4. Do you prefer hardbacks or paperbacks? 

They both rock; who can pick?

5. What was the last TV show you binge watched?

I don't really binge-watch *ducks for cover.* I like variety, so I tend to flit about quite a bit.

But maybe Friends? Because dude, it's always on Comedy Central. Always.

Ooh, and I tend to watch Judge Judy in batches of like 4-6 episodes at a time. Yes, I know reality TV is trash. But somehow it's good for me *shrugs* - sometimes you just need trash. And I love Judy.

6. What is your favourite outdoor activity? 

Shopping? That counts... right? ;)

7. If you could bring any book to the big screen what would it be and who would be in it?

I don't know, honestly. Pass!

8. What’s the best part of blogging? 

Ehrmagad you're killing me with these questions! There are so many awesome-sauce things about blogging...

I've met some amazing-as-all-hell people through blogging (yes, you lot! You rock!) and also got the chance to read so many books that I might not've considered before.

I've spoken to actual authors who I really love and adore, and I honestly can't believe that they'd even bother giving me the time of day.

And, of course, I have a place to talk about books whenever I want :)

9. Do you like to reread books? Why or why not?

I do! Some books I just don't have the chance to reread, and some books I wouldn't want to, but I like returning to an old favourite, or just a book I can't remember much about.

I love finding those bits and pieces of books that you forgot about - or the bits that didn't speak to you then, but speak to you now - or the stuff that you just point-blank didn't notice at all...

Books keep giving, and that's part of the magic.

10. What advice would you give your 15 year old self? 

Hmmm... this is going to be controversial. But I'd tell my 15-year-old self to:

"Get a part-time job immediately, and maybe even leave school at 16 to go full-time.

Don't bother applying to uni - sure, you get in. But your cr*ppy health will stop you from going and it'll make you feel completely useless.

Oh, and you won't be able to remember much from September to May/June of that year. Little heads-up.

Cling to your books and your TV series. Pretty much the only thing you'll remember from that time is the plot of every Haven episode.

It's important to chillax. Dude, the stuff I worried about then? Not the stuff that matters. No, not even grades. Grades don't actually mean sh** in the real world - get some experience. Do stuff - stuff you actually like doing.

Be yourself - I wasted so much time trying to hide who I was/am that it became second nature.

Start a book blog. Appreciate the little things. Write, draw, read, and write some more! Love everything with all your heart, and hang in there.

You, little lady, are one strong cookie! The next several years are going to be tough so hang in there. Remember that you have value. You are loved. You are worth love.

It's going to hurt - a lot - in a lot of places. But you're strong. Just keep swimming, and keep getting up.

Captain America is going to be your hero and your role model - use him; refuse to accept it when Marvel turn him into a Nazi. That makes no sense."

11. Where’s your favourite place to read?

Anywhere, any time!

I'm tagging:

Ely @ Tea & Titles
Emily @ The Paperback Princess
Imogen @ Wandered Souls

Here's my questions for you:
  1. Who is your blogging inspiration?
  2. What's the weirdest book you've ever read?
  3. What under-hyped book do you want to give a shout-out to?
  4. If you could claim an author's back-catalogue as your own (pushing aside practicalities and ethics,) who would it be?
  5. Did you have a plan when you started blogging, or did just make it up as you went along?
  6. Are you a city-dweller or a country soul?
  7. What's the last book you read that could be considered diverse?
  8. Without using names - who was the weirdest/worst teacher you had in school?
  9. What actor/actress would you marry tomorrow if they proposed?
  10. ...and what fictional character would you marry tomorrow if they proposed?
  11. What is the last dream (as in, the kind you have in your sleep,) you can remember having?

As always, no worries if you don't want to do it. Feel free to do it or not do it, or whatever! If you feel like doing and you haven't been tagged then have at it!

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  1. I've already done this tag, but thanks for tagging me, Cee! I've been watching Friends on Netflix like it's my job recently, love that show! I wish I could get more into rereading books, I always just seem to buy more as opposed to going back to the old favourites.

    1. No problem - I'm pretty chill over people doing tags :) I don't like there to be any pressure, because then it's not fun anymore - and fun's the point! :)

      Man, I love friends - I've re-watched every episode more times than I can count. I love Phoebe - because she's basically part-me and part my parents ;)

      Reading new books is never a bad thing ;) The trick is to read such an excessively large amount that re-reading just becomes part of the insanity ;)

  2. You haven't bought a new release in a looong time, I gather? Hehe, I'm kind of obsessed with acquiring new and shiny books and adding them to my home library!
    Did you like Suicide Squad? I don't read super hero comics, but I do watch the films and am always entertained. Same with Suicide Squad. I felt the pacing was a bit off, but I go to the movies to be entertained, not to critique and find faults with with the films I watch.
    Your advice to the 15-year-old is is fantastic. I wish we could actually do this. I have so much wisdom to share with myself now. :(

    1. I just drop 'subtle' hints to friends and family 'til they buy me books ;) I use the library a lot, and borrow e-books from the central Welsh libraries system (sooooo handy!) In honesty, there isn't much space left in my room for more books - they're already piled everywhere! But when I can afford to, I def. buy more (and The Bestie and my brother got me book vouchers for my birthday - spending spree ahead!!!)

      I loved Suicide Squad! I know a lot of people didn't like it, but I thought Harley was amazing, and the whole thing was pretty cool. And Jared Leto is scarily good as the Joker. And, as The Bestie said as we left the cinema, it's nice to see a film where the most bad-a*s characters are the women! :)

      I had to chop down a lot of my advice to the 15-year-old me, that was longer ago than I like to think about, and a lot of stuff has happened since then! And let's face it, teenagers wouldn't listen to us old folks anyway ;)


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