I’ve been nominated by the gorgeous Dani from onlybooksandhorses for the Liebster Award. Thanks so much Dani, I’ve haven’t done a more ‘casual’ blog post yet, and I’m very exited to answer your questions :).
Here are the rules:
1. Link & Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
3. Tag 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!
Dani’s 11 Questions
1. What was the last book that made you laugh?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Even though the novel addresses some serious issues, it is written in a lighthearted style and contains a lot of jokes. I posted a full review of Ready Player One about a month ago.
2. What amazing book do you think has a horrible cover?
I still really enjoy reading the Harry Potter Series, but the British children’s cover is so ugly! I think the cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the worst: Harry, Ron and Hermione look as if they’re in their late forties, instead of their teens.
3. When did you start blogging?
At the start of my summer holidays this year. I’d been meaning to take up blogging for a while, but the summer holidays simply provided me with enough time to sort things out and have a look around on WordPress.
4. Do you have a favourite author (or authors)?
William Shakespeare, for the richness of his plays and because it’s a good cliche among English students, Agatha Christie, as I adore her Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and Gabriel García Márquez, because his book One Hundred Years of Solitude was the first one I read in a while that felt like it really meant something.
5. What’s your favourite movie adaptation of a book?
Danny DeVito’s 1996 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. It is one of the few film adaptations that really add to the experience of the book, but are still very worth while by themselves. I really enjoyed seeing the magic come to life.
6. Is there a book that has changed your life, or the way you see the world?
I don’t think I can name one single book, but I think the experience of reading in itself has really opened up my ideas about the world or what life can be like. Books are a way to escape, to discover and to travel. I think my life would have been very different without these experiences.
7. Do you have a favourite genre to read?
Not really. I used to focus on romance, but I also enjoy a good dystopian novel from time to time, and since I broke my leg about half a year ago and picked up an Agatha Christie, I have been exploring the world of good detectives.
8. Opinion: should people bend covers and dog-ear pages?
I don’t really like it when other people crack the spine of my books, or bend the cover. I should be able to damage my books, someone else shouldn’t do it for me. I’ve never seen the point of dog-ear pages. Use a bookmark! Though I do love shiny new books, with neat spines and fresh white pages, I also really appreciate old and worn out books, as they show that someone read and re-read them.
My favourite ‘book damage’ is people’s names in the front of second-hand books. It feels like a piece of history, and I always try to imagine who these people were.
9. Where do you get most of your books?
When I lived in England I ordered a lot from Amazon, as they are cheap and you don’t pay much for shipping. I also loved looking around in charity shops and picking out the nicest books. This is where my love for shabby looking books comes from.
Here in The Netherlands most of my books are given to me by my grandfather, who really has an eye for picking out the prettiest old hard covers or penguin editions. I also borrow a lot of books from family members.
10. What music (if any) do you listen to while you read?
There wouldn’t be much point in listening to music while reading for me. I (try to) immerse myself completely into the world of the book I’m reading and shut out everything else. Music would only be a nuisance.
11. What book will you force upon your kids (whether your kids are hypothetical or real)?
There are three books from my childhood that I remember most vividly, so I will probably force them upon my kids, while they’ll complain they are “too old” or “so boring”, as kids are want to do.
These books are:
- The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren. Jonatan tells his little brother Karl, who is about to die from tunerculosis, about the afterlife in a world of “campfires and storytelling days”. In this world, called Nangijala, they lead the struggle against the evil Tengil, who rules with the aid of a fearsome fire-breathing dragon.
- Jim Knopf und Lukas der Locomotivführer by Michael Ende. My parents tried to raise my brothers and me bilingual, so they would alternate reading days. My mum would read in Dutch one day, and my dad in German the next. This book (and it’s sequel) was one of our all time favourites. It tells the story of boy and his adult friend who live on a small island, but who convert the island’s steam train into a ship and go on an adventure to save the princess of China.
- Koning van Katoren by Jan Terlouw. This book tells the story of Stach, who has to complete seven complicated tasks in order to become king. Fun fact: my youngest brother is named after this book’s main character.
The people I’m tagging
Some of these people have a little over 200 subscribers, but I’ve seen various sets of Liebster Award rules with numbers up to 1000, so I thought I’d take the risk. And to be fair, these blogs are all really worth checking out.
Lauren from Bookmarklit
Becky from Becky’s Book Talk
Odelia from The Random Bookblogger
Noa from “Where the Devil are my Slippers?”
Jenna from The Starving Bibliophile
Anyone who feels like answering my questions. Seriously, this is the hardest part of this award as not many of the blogs I read fit the criteria. Does anyone have any blogs they can recommend?
- How many unread books do you own?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, which place would you choose?
- Do you always read the book before seeing the film adaptation?
- Which book character would you like to be friends with?
- How do you choose which book you’ll read next?
- Who is your favourite fictional villain?
- What are the top-three things on your bucket list?
- What is the most embarrassing book on your bookshelf?
- Do you re-read books?
- What is your favourite book cover?
- If you had to complete one ‘do … every day for a year’-challenge, what would you choose?
Thanks again for my nomination and I hope you’ll all enjoy checking out the bloggers I mentioned.
Are there any other blogs you think I should read?
~ Love, Emmie