The fabulous Laila at Big Reading Life nominated me for the Liebster Award! This is a sweet little award that aims to help us connect to other book bloggers. Thank you Laila!
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.
- Nominate 11 other people (preferably those with under 200 followers)
- Give your nominees 11 different questions to answer.
- Name a book that’s been on your TBR for more than three years.
I scrolled through my LibraryThing wish list to find a good pick for this one. I think I’m going to go with House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I own this book and it’s staring at me as I write this post, but I’m way too chicken to actually read it! Especially now that we own our home, I’m too scared to read a book about a haunted house.
It has a phenomenal GoodReads rating and I know that I should just bite the bullet and go for it. Here’s the synopsis from GR: “A blind old man, a young apprentice working in a tattoo shop, and a mad woman haunting an Ohio institute narrate this story of a family that encounters an endlessly shifting series of hallways in their new home, eventually coming face to face with the awful darkness lying at its heart.”
Yikes – this one is really hard. I’m actually walking all through my house and looking at my books to try to decide, ha! I love, love, love my books but I actually don’t think that I’d save a book. I think I’d save my Kindle! Is that cheating? I have a few kindles, but my favorite is the Paperwhite, which is shown to the right. I’m one of those weirdos that loves paper books and kindles equally.
I might be answering this way because I don’t have some beautiful old edition of a beloved novel. Most of my books are inexpensive paperbacks that I feel are easily replaceable. But if I ever win the lottery, I am totally going to buy tons of books with fore-edge painting. Be still my heart!
I just passed on my copy of The Library at Mount Char to my sister-in-law. I’m not sure if I ever wrote about this book on this blog, but I loved it! It took me a bit to convince myself that I could stomach this one – it’s very violent and features some extreme child and animal abuse. But once I saw how those things played into the story, I could read them for what they were. Not that it was easy by any means, but I could tolerate it to find out what else was going to happen.
A little snippet from GoodReads: “Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.” — Awesome, right?
4. If you could have coffee with any writer, living or dead, who would you choose?
I’m a super shy and introverted person, so the thought of having coffee with a stranger terrifies me. No kidding. But in this ideal world, I will also choose to believe that I’m a great conversationalist and won’t majorly embarrass myself. With that caveat, I will say… Maya Angelou. She was such a wise soul and seems like she would have been so honest, but still so encouraging. She would have been a great mentor and friend.
5. What time of day do you do most of your reading?
Ahhh!! I usually get to read after 9pm. I put the boys in bed around 7:30 and finish up my chores and my to do list as quickly as I can. And then I read as late as I can, which is usually until around 10 or 10:30. It’s not enough, I tell you! It’s not enough!!
6. What do you do to get out of a reading slump?
I usually listen to book podcasts. My very favorite is What Should I Read Next? Would it be weird to say that I love Anne Bogel? She is practically perfect in every way. (Can you tell that we just watched Mary Poppins at my house??)
The premise is simple: the guest on the show shares three books he or she loves, one book they hate, and what they’ve been reading lately. With that info, Anne comes up with unique and unlikely titles to try. My TBR list grows BIG TIME after every single episode. And Anne has read so many books. I heard her say somewhere that her goal this year is to read a book a day. That would be my dream life!
7. Do you have a favorite bookmark? If so, describe it.
If you could see me, you would see me hang my head in shame. No, I can’t keep up with bookmarks, which is weird because I don’t usually lose things. But when I was a little I had a great Garfield bookmark that said “Maturity is Overrated” that I bought at a Scholastic Book Fair in the third grade. I don’t know how I remember those details, but I guess it made an impression on me! And I just spent an absurd amount of time looking for a picture online with no luck. But trust me: it was super cool.
8. Do your IRL friends read your blog?
I do have a couple! Mostly coworkers who also enjoy blogging and don’t make me feel like a total geek for doing it! But I’m pretty shy about this hobby and haven’t told a ton of people.
Easy! One of my biggest comfort reads is Thornyhold by Mary Stewart. I read this one right after undergrad and just fell in love. It is so cozy and witchy – which I adore. Every fall I get a hankering to read it, but I only just purchased it last year, so I’m looking forward reading it whenever I want! And it always makes me want to tidy up my home, which is usually a good thing!
10. Name a bookstore you’d like to visit.
There are a ton, but the first that comes to my mind is The Strand in NYC! I’ve never even been to NYC, which is a crying shame because NH is oh, so close! But The Strand is known for its 18 miles of books! And I love following them on Instagram – they have fun bookish recommendations by their staff.
And nobody asked, but I have to say that a library that I am dying to visit is The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford! I first learned about it while reading A Discovery of Witches and I just fell in love.
This is a very recent read, but one of the best I’ve read/watched is A Man Called Ove: A Novel. I thought the movie did a really great job following the plot of the book and even made some of the scenes more alive for me. There were certainly some things that were different or left out, but it was a great adaptation that stayed true to the book.
And that’s my 11 questions! Thank you again, Laila; this was so much fun! I’m going to cheat and not name any other bloggers. I don’t feel comfortable enough to nominate anyone!! I’m sorry 😦 But if you’re seeing this, please fill out the same questions that I did and leave me a link to your post because I’d love to read it!