[Random Babbles] A Liebster Award Nomination

liebsteraward1Within the week, I received a nomination from notesfromthebookshelf, Readerly Musings, The Miller’s Blog, and The Bibliophile for a Liebster Award. Thanks for nominating me! I feel honored and glad to know that there are people out there who are actually reading what I have to say (regardless whether what I babble about makes much sense or not 😆 ).

To everyone who drops by here and reads my posts: Thank you for reading, liking, commenting, or following my blog! It’s very heartwarming and I appreciate it very much.

I was not familiar with this Liebster Award, so I Googled about it a bit. It turns out that it isn’t an award per se, it’s actually a way to help promote new or unknown blogs with 200 followers or less (I think originally, it was 3000 or less) and get to know the bloggers a bit. It’s somewhat like a pay-it-forward kind of thing. The rules seem to vary, but I’ll go with this one:

— If the nominee chooses to accept the award, he or she is supposed to do the following:

  • Link back to the blogger who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions they asked.
  • Nominate 5 blogs and let them know of their nomination.
  • Ask them 10 questions.

I will answer 10 questions from each of the four bloggers who nominated me, so this post will be a bit long. Here goes!

QUESTIONS from notesfromthebookshelf:

1: What inspired you to create a blog?

— I wanted to share my thoughts about books that I enjoyed reading to others who may be interested in reading those particular titles (or maybe even convince other readers to try reading them too!)

2: What is the next book you’re looking forward to reading?

— House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan. It’s being released here on October 8, or shortly thereafter.

3: If you could, what fictional universe would you live in?

— Sherlock Holmes, I think. Harry Potter would be kinda nice too.

4: What was your favorite book as a child?

— As a child, I loved reading Snow White and Rose Red by the Grimm Brothers (A Ladybird Well-Loved Tales book given to me by my dad).

5: What are your top 3 favorite authors?

— In no particular order: Eoin Colfer, Rick Riordan, and maybe J.K. Rowling or perhaps Jane Austen

6: What is the last book that gave you a book hangover?

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott

7: Storytelling comes in many forms, what is your favorite story that didn’t come from a book? (ex. TV, Movie, Video Game, etc)

— I like A LOT. But at the moment, these are the ones that immediately popped up in my mind:

  • I will always love the TV series “Friends
  • Nikita” (2010 TV series) is friggin’ awesome and so underrated! I think *everyone* should watch it. It also has one of the best fight choreography stuff in TV. (season 1 trailer/promo)
  • I recently finished watching series 1 of “Broadchurch,” and it was pretty good! (David Tennant was fantastic)

8: What genre do you read most often?

— Fantasy and Children’s Books / YA

9: Have you ever met an author? If not, who would you like to meet?

— No, I’ve only seen authors around book fairs. I never had the chance to meet them one-on-one. I’d love to meet Michael Scott or Rick Riordan and hear them talk about myths & legends! Eoin Colfer’s book tours seem fun too!

10: If you wrote a book, what genre would it be?

— Young Adult, I think. About things close to real life stuff most likely. My hazy mind is not creative or imaginative enough to do fantasy… I totally suck at world-building and character building! 😕


QUESTIONS from The Bibliophile:

1. Favourite Book?

— Just one? I think I’ll pick “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen or “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom.

2. Theatre or Cinema?

— I like both, but I go to the cinema more often.

3. What is your dream job?

— I’m not sure. Being a host of a travel/adventure TV series sounds awesome because you get to explore different places and get paid doing it. Being a professional concert photographer sounds pretty cool too.

4. What was the last kind thing a stranger did for you?

— Last Friday, a man inside a very, very crowded bus gave up his seat for me. I guess chivalry is in critical condition, but not yet dead. 😉

5. What are you up to at the moment?

— A writing project at work with it’s deadline breathing down our necks. 

6. Favourite place you have visited?

— Kyoto, Japan. Because the people there seem more laid back than those in Tokyo (but Tokyo was great too!)

7. Least favourite place you have ever been?

— I think Shenzhen, China. Mainly because we got lost a lot due to the language barrier. 😆

8. Cats or Dogs? (Or neither I suppose)

— Dogs. I have one who’s very dear to me, and we’ve gone through a lot together since she was a puppy. She was originally given to my brother, but I ended up taking care of her. Though honestly, I’m not very good with animals (I get scared easily!)

9. City life or Countryside?

— I was born and raised in the city and I like it, so city it is!

10. E-book or Real Thing?

— Real thing, definitely! I like the smell of paper, holding it in my hands and turning the pages. 🙂


QUESTIONS from Readerly Musings:

1. What is your favorite non-bookish hobby?

— Watching TV series and movies, listening to music, cooking.

2.  When you were a child, what did you dream of growing up to be?

— My dad wanted me to become a doctor.

3. What is your favorite time of year and why?

— December, because it’s Christmas time! And the weather here is great, a little chilly but not freezing (we don’t have snow/winter, it’s a tropical country).

4. What is your astrology sign, and do you think it has any effect on your personality?

— Western Astrology zodiac says Gemini. Chinese Astrology says Pig. Effect on my personality? Some descriptions fit, some don’t.

5. Do you have a favorite bookish memory? If so, what is it?

— Um, not sure what this means exactly. But my dad always bought storybooks for me when I was a little girl. I believe that’s where my love for reading started!

6. What are your top three reads from the past year?

— I don’t really remember which books I read in 2012, so I’ll pick from the one’s I read this year (in no particular order)

  • “Beyond the Valley of Thorns” (The Land of Elyon #2) by Patrick Carman
  • “Inkdeath” (Inkworld #3) by Cornelia Funke (but the audio book for Inkspell is my favorite because Brendan Fraser was such a joy to listen to!)
  • “The Alchemyst” (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott

7. Where do you most like to read?

— I can read anywhere at all! But of course, I prefer to read at home in my bedroom.

8. Do people outside the bookish blogosphere know about your blog?

— Yes, some of them do.

9. What bookish blog events/memes do you regularly participate in?

— None, but if there’s a survey or meme I found interesting, I’ll randomly post about it. 🙂

10. Why did you create your bookish blog?

— Because I wanted to share my thoughts about books that I enjoyed reading to others who may be interested in reading those particular titles (or maybe even convince other readers to try reading them too!)


QUESTIONS from The Miller’s Blog:

1. Are you more like Kirk, Scotty or Spock?

— Sorry, I’m not a Trekkie. I’ve heard of Star Trek and its characters, but never saw any episode or movie.

2. What’s your favourite film adaptation of a book?

  • I haven’t read the book yet, but I loved the movie “About a Boy” (2002) starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult – It’s based on Nick Hornby’s novel of the same title.
  • I love watching “She’s the Man” (2006), a movie starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum – No matter how many times I watch it, I still find it funny and enjoyable. It’s based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”
  • I also haven’t read Charles Dickens’ “Little Dorrit” but the 2008 BBC Mini Series starring Claire Foy and Matthew MacFadyen was nice to watch.
  • The 2009 BBC Mini Series adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma” (starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller) was very well done and well acted (I also love the soundtrack), and BBC’s “Sherlock” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman is a very nice adaptation set in the present time. Both books, I’ve read.

3. Do literary awards help or hinder modern fiction?

— I’m not sure… Help, I think.

4 .Let us say you had one free assassination card, who would you use it on?

— I’ll leave that to the pros.

5. Theatre or movies: which is a better destination for a date?

— Either will do, as long as the story is interesting. No one’s ever brought me to a theatre for a date, though (maybe because they’re usually more expensive…)

6. If you had a £1 million (or 1.6 million USD if you prefer) what would you buy first?

— A nice and reasonably priced car! One for me and one for my brother. If I would indulge a little, I would love to have the new Beetle or a vintage Mini Cooper. 😀

7. Which materials are best for building a fort in your living room?

— We used to build a fort made of couch pillows and coffee tables in my grandma’s house (she had three couches). Fun times!

8. Can you ever be too old to build a fort in your living room?

— Not if you have kids to play with, I suppose.

9. How many grapes do you need to make a bunch?

— Um, twenty maybe?

10. Which is the greatest literary city (in either a real or fictional sense)?

— I don’t know. Los Angeles, perhaps?


They probably have way more than 200 followers, but still, I would like to nominate these five blogs:

  1. Another Novel Read
  2. The Punchy Lands!
  3. Ellisnelson
  4. 18yearsyoung
  5. DreamlandBookBlog

Here are my questions, should the nominees choose to accept. 🙂

  1. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
  2. What is your favorite quote or favorite book (or both)?
  3. If there was a movie about your life, which actor or actress would you want to play your role?
  4. What is/was your favorite subject in school?
  5. What do you like about blogging?
  6. How would you describe yourself in one word?
  7. What’s your favorite film adaptation of a book?
  8. What is/are your favorite movie(s) or TV show(s)?
  9. Who is/are your favorite band/musician/artist(s)?
  10. What is the farthest you’ve ever traveled?


Sorry for the long post. I had fun answering the questions, though. I hope you had fun, too!

13 thoughts on “[Random Babbles] A Liebster Award Nomination

  1. I really liked the Little Dorrit miniseries as well and I love Sherlock, even though I’ve read neither (except for just a couple Sherlock Holmes stories). This Liebster thing seems to be getting out of control lately with not enough people to nominate, but the spirit of the thing is really good. I enjoyed reading your answers!

  2. Good Golly, Miss Molly! Congratulations on all your nominations!! 😀

    And I loved reading your answers to all of the questions – we have lots of things in common!

    I’ve always found, when I’ve been asked it, the ‘what universe would you like to live in’ question a really difficult one to answer. Because while Harry Potter is an awesome book series and I would love to be able to do magic, I’m not sure I’d want to live in that world if Voldemort was alive and at large, but if I say after he’s been defeated, then I wouldn’t have the chance to get to know Harry, Ron, and Hermione while at Hogwarts! Can you tell I’ve thought about that question too much over the years?

    I have a great love for what I’ve read of Rick Riordan’s, J.K. Rowling’s and Eoin Colfer’s work, but the only Michael Scott I know is from tv’s The Office. Perhaps it’s high time I add his Nicholas Flamel series to my ‘to read’ list?

    I’m so glad to see you enjoyed Broadchurch! I can’t wait for the second series, and I just heard that David Tennant is going to be in the US version – though I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that! Alas, I still haven’t seen all of Friends. I think I just have the final season left…. Unfortunately, I had been forbidden to watch it when it was originally airing. One of the few things I was actually told I wasn’t allowed to watch and I decided to listen *laughs*

    I am SO JEALOUS that you’ve visited both Japan and China – I’d love to go to either one, but not knowing the languages would make it incredibly difficult to get around….

    I’m a Gemini too! Born in the year of the Dragon (1988), though 🙂

    BBC’s Little Dorrit was an awesome miniseries, and I’m hoping one day to read the book, but we shall see! Sherlock is magnificent, too, but I hate how few episodes there are and the super long wait between series 2 and 3 😦 Have you watched the US modernized version of Sherlock Holmes, Elementary?

    • Thank you!

      Michael Scott is an Irish author. 🙂 I think you’ll probably like his Nicholas Flamel series since you liked Percy Jackson!

      David Tennant is fantastic, but I’m not sure if I’d watch the US version of Broadchurch. The original UK version was really good, might be hard to equal or top that.

      Japan is very nice. I would love to visit it again. So many places still to explore!

      On the contrary, I somehow quite like the few episodes of Sherlock because I think it helps them write the stories better. 🙂 Yes, I’ve seen Elementary, though I haven’t had the time to finish season 1 yet… I think I’m only halfway through. It’s better than I thought it would be and quite enjoyable. Jonny Lee Miller is doing a pretty good job!

  3. Oooh, how fun that you got to answers from more than one person — and all such great questions! I have to agree, it would be pretty cool to live in the Harry Potter world (as long as I wasn’t a Muggle in that world!). I would love to visit Japan one day; you’re so lucky to have gone there! Why were you there, and for how long? December is my favorite time of year, too. I love the coziness of the holidays, and the weather is finally cool for a while! Aww, I’m sad that you’re not a Star trek fan, but I realize it’s not for everyone. And up until a few years ago, I’d never seen it either (and wasn’t interested to see it)!

    Thanks so much for nominating me, Hazy! I feel so special. ^_^ I hope you don’t mind if I answer your questions here in the comments, since I’d already posted a Liebster thing on my blog a while back…

    1. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
    Most definitely a night owl. I *hate* waking up early, even tough I’ve been doing it for years, for work.

    2. What is your favorite quote or favorite book (or both)?
    Gah, I’m horrible with quotes. And choosing just one favorite book is HARD! How about, my favorite “quotable” book? That would be Seraphina by Rachel Hartman… so much beautiful prose within!

    3. If there was a movie about your life, which actor or actress would you want to play your role?
    Oh man… Uh… Well, people used to tell me I looked like Shannyn Sossamon, so I’ll go with her.

    4. What is/was your favorite subject in school?
    Art class, for sure! Er, if that doesn’t count… probably Math or English.

    5. What do you like about blogging?
    Most things. The community, the discussion, the creative outlet…

    6. How would you describe yourself in one word?
    Weird. o_O

    7. What’s your favorite film adaptation of a book?
    Probably the Harry Potter movies.

    8. What is/are your favorite movie(s) or TV show(s)?
    I don’t watch a lot of movies, but I freaking LOVE Star Trek. ;D Voyager is my favorite!

    9. Who is/are your favorite band/musician/artist(s)?
    I don’t listen to a lot of music these days, but I absolutely LOVE Lindsey Stirling.

    10. What is the farthest you’ve ever traveled?
    Probably Montreal, Quebec. But I’m going to Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday, which is even farther! Woohoo!

    Thanks again for the nomination, Hazy. This was a lot of fun. 🙂

    • Oh, I wouldn’t want to be a Muggle in the HP world either! How boring would that be? 😆

      Thank you! A couple of years ago, I went to three cities in Japan on vacation for about 11 days (too little time, but all I could get off work!) I remember seeing the TV commercials of the one with Patrick Stewart (is it?) when I was younger. Was Voyager the first Star Trek you saw that made you like it? I did like Firefly though! You?

      Oh, I don’t mind at all! Thank you for taking the time to answer my Qs, Kelley!

      (1) I hate waking up early too! And like you, must do it for work.

      (2) You really liked Seraphina, huh? You’re right, it did have beautiful prose. I’m looking forward to the second book! Whenever that may be.

      (6) I’m pretty weird too. 😆

      (7) I liked the HP movies too! Which did you like best? I think mine is the fourth one, because Goblet is my favorite HP book. Though I liked 3 too because of Lupin.

      (10) Nice! I’ve never been to Montreal (or North America for that matter) And I’m totally envious that you’re off to Dublin soon! How long are you there for? Are you going for vacation? Have lotsa fun! 🙂

      • Well, I had watched a bit of The Next Generation and I was starting to like Star Trek… but then my husband and I started watching Voyager, all the way from the beginning to the end, and that’s when I really fell in love. 😀 I also loved Firefly!! I really wish there had been more than one season.

        I think I may have liked Goblet of Fire best, too, although my memory is starting to get fuzzy on those movies (I think that means it’s time for me to watch them again!). 6 was my favorites of the books, though.

        I’ll be in Ireland for a week, and yeah, it’s basically for vacation. My husband is playing in the Pro Tour for Magic the Gathering, so that’s what prompted the trip, but we’re staying a few extra days so we can explore. 🙂

      • Yeah, I think they cut off Firefly too soon. I love Nathan Fillion, and Summer Glau kicks ass. Have you seen Serenity?

        Awesome! Kindly tell your husband I wish him luck! (or is it break a leg, like in the theater?) Have a safe and lovely trip! 🙂

      • Thank you! 🙂

        And yes, I watched Serenity, which was also awesome. It was a pretty nice conclusion to the series, but I’ll still probably always ache for more. 😉

  4. Really enjoyed reading this post, Hazy! (I’m sure Weatherly liked it too.) I think your questions would be great to answer. If it’s fine with you, I’ll answer them next Wednesday, I think. The PL blogging schedule is too dadblame busy!

    Thanks for the nomination!!!

    • Thank you, professor! Oh, don’t worry about it! I know how the PL can be. Please take as much time as you need. No rush at all. Thanks for thinking of answering the Qs. 🙂

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