The Liebster Award!

First off I’d like to thank Curiouser and Curiouser and All my love, LJ for both nominating me for the Liebster award.  Apologies for the time it’s taken me to post my responses, I’ve been struggling with a dodgy laptop all week and have been snatching clandestine moments at the work computer!

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This award looks like a fun new way to find new blogs and get to know a little bit more about blogs you follow!  Here are the rules:

  • Each nominee must have under 200 followers
  • Thank and link to the nominated blog
  • Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
  • Nominate 10 blogs and tell them they have been nominated
  • Write a post containing these questions
  • Include these rules in the post

Since I’ve had the honour of being nominated by two lovely bloggers I have 20 questions to answer, so here goes!

First, my 10 questions from Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser.

1. What is your all time favourite book?  Why?

Such a hard one to start off with!  Normally I’d say I can’t possibly choose, but in the spirit of the Liebster award I’m going to stick my neck out and go for “A Suitable Boy”.  It’s just so immense; when you get to the end you feel as if you really have seen all you could possibly see about human life and love.

2. Do you like cooking/baking?  If so, what’s your favourite thing to cook/bake?

Cooking – not really.  I grudgingly make dinner every night simply because I have to eat!  Baking, however – yes!  I’m not the most adventurous baker in the world by any means but I do make a pretty fine chocolate and jam sponge, if I do say so myself…

3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I’ve only been blogging for a few months but it’s been brilliant to discover just how many people there are out there who are interested in the same things as me – and who also want to talk about them!

4.  If you could travel to one country in the world, where would it be and why?

I’m not as well traveled as I’d like to be so there are lots of places I’d like to visit, but I’ve always had a particular fancy for Scandinavia.  I’m not at my best in the heat and sun, so somewhere slightly more on the chilly side definitely appeals!

5. Do you like young adult novels?

It’s not my favourite type of book to read, but there have been some that I thought were amazing.  I think Jenny Valentine is a fabulous author, and I was really surprised at just how much I loved The Hunger Games trilogy as I hadn’t expected it to be my thing at all.

6. What is your favourite genre of music and why?

Now that’s something where I can’t even begin to pin down a favourite.  I love all sorts of music, from Muse to Paloma Faith to Thomas Tallis!

7. If you could only keep 5 possessions what would they be?

All my books count as one possession, right?!  So, my books, number one.  Two, my memory box, made for me years ago by a really great friend and which contains reminders of special people and moments in my life.  Three, my phone – sorry, but I’m lost without it!  Four, my photo albums; I’m one of those dinosaurs who still likes to print out all my pictures and keep physical copies – I much prefer to look at them that way.  Five, my stash of decaf teabags.  I do actually have one in my handbag at all times in case I find myself in a place without tea.

8. If you could meet any author who would it be?  Why?

Vikram Seth – I’d ask him why he’s not getting more of a move on with “A Suitable Girl”!

9. What languages do you speak?  Are there any you want to learn?

French, not bad.  German passable.  What I’d really like to learn is BSL – I think that’s perhaps the language that would be of most use.

10. Which book character do you most identify with?

Without doubt I believe Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice to be the historical version of me! We are incredibly alike, and I think we’d get on very well!

And here are my 10 questions from All my love, LJ.

1. Do you have a book that made you fall in love with reading? What is it, and why do you love it so much?

I don’t think I can pin my love of reading down to any one particular book; I’ve just loved books for as long as I can remember.  It didn’t take one amazing book to switch me on to reading, I guess I was pretty much born that way!

2. What are your favourite genres to read?  Why do you like them so much?

Historical fiction is my favourite genre without a doubt.  For me, it’s because travelling to another time is a form of escapism, an absolute break from the everyday.

3. If you could save 5 books from a fire, which ones would they be?

Such a hard choice!  But I’m going to go with: “The Meaning of Night”, “Seasons in Fern Hollow” (a childhood favourite), my lovely HB edition of “Winnie the Pooh”, the very well-thumbed Riverside Chaucer and my complete works of Shakespeare.

4. Do you believe in magic?

I believe true magic is to be found in the little miracles of the everyday.

5. What are your other passions/interests?

Wow, lots of things!  I’ll name a few that spring to mind: shopping (I’m very good at that!), cinema-going, yoga and I love visiting old buildings, castles and the like.

6. What are your most/least favourite book to movie adaptations?

My favourite has to be Lord of the Rings.  I found the books a real slog and managed to get through them only so as not to offend the person who eagerly lent them to me!  The films, on the other hand, are some of my top films – I think they capture the magic and wonder of the book’s world without all the, erm, dull bits!  Least favourite… that’s a bit harder as I prefer the book to the film 9 times out of 10.  Actually thinking about it, I was immensely disappointed by the version of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley; I was expecting to love it but I just didn’t think the casting was right at all.

7. What 5 books would you say everyone should read before they die?

“A Suitable Boy” – the epitome of epic.  “The Secret History” – I walked around with it for two days and it never left my side; pure brilliance.  “The Meaning of Night” – an atmospheric historical novel that’s also a cracking revenge story; if you like Wilkie Collins you’ll love this.  “All the light we cannot see” – a very recent book but one that has already made its way onto my all-time favourite reads list.  “Rebecca” – a masterclass in menace.

8. If you could have a single superpower what would you choose?

Invisibility – I want to be able to go to places I’m not supposed to be, and to see and hear things I’m not supposed to see or hear!

9. If you could live in another period of time, when/where would you choose?

I love my history, but I think the best time to be alive is right now; I wouldn’t change that even if I had the choice.

10. Tell me something random about yourself.

I have a fear of eating sandwiches made by other people.  Nothing else, just sandwiches.

Thank you both for the questions, they really got me thinking.  So now here are my 10 questions for some of my fellow bloggers.

1. Which book would you take to a desert island?

2. What’s the most inspiring place you’ve ever visited?

3. If you could live in any novel, which would it be?

4. E-readers or physical books – which do you prefer and why?

5. Where are you at your happiest?

6. Do you have a hidden talent?  If so, what is it?

7. Which modern book do you think people will still be reading in fifty years’ time?

8. Have you ever read a book you didn’t expect to like but ended up loving it?  If so, which one was it?

9. Do you have a favourite animal?

10. What is the one thing about yourself you’d like everyone reading your blog to know?

It’s been pretty hard to find enough blogs with the right number of followers to take part, but my nominations are:

Standing up for Shakespeare

My mind reels through film

Bring my books

Brittany Lee

and anyone else who’d like to join in!

Thank you again to the two lovely bloggers who nominated me 🙂

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