Liebster Award

Y’all already know that I hoard tags and awards. It’s kind of a problem … but also helpful when I’m planning and prewriting lots of posts! 

I’ve been sitting on this one from Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads for months, and then Jayati @ It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile nominated me too. Both of them are lovely people with wonderful blogs; make sure you check them out if you haven’t already!



  • Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Meeghan’s Questions

If you had to describe yourself in three characters, which ones would they be?

To be totally honest, the characters who came to mind first were mostly aspirational: not who I currently am, but who I want to be. (Though if I’ve learned anything from Dumbledore, that matters too!)

So although I admire Magnus Bane‘s confidence and wit, and Jo March‘s independence and talent, I relate more to Cath Avery‘s anxiety and passion for fandom, Emma Hawthorne‘s love of reading/writing (and lack of athleticism), and Blue Sargent‘s practicality.


What was the last book you DNF’d?

At the time of writing, it was the audio version of Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee β€” though I’m not 100% sure it counts because I still plan to read the ebook? Before that it was A Year in Her Life by Alice Benson: I was intrigued by the F/F romance and feminist themes, but the former felt lackluster and the latter too heavy-handed; and the writing style just didn’t work for me.


How many books are on your TBR?

I want to preface this with a disclaimer that I keep meaning to sort it out, and by the time this post goes up I’ll hopefully have reduced the number significantly. Or at the absolute least, not added too many more.

But as I write this [in August], my TBR is at 823 books. And I have 428 more on my owned-TBR. (Look, free ebooks pile up quickly, okay.)


Which character would you swap lives with?

My first response was honestly Cath Avery because I’m basically already her just without the cute boyfriend and 4.0 GPA. I quite like my life most of the time, though I probably shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to dream about something different.

I’ve probably mentioned that I’m a wimp. I don’t like pain or life-threatening danger. So as cool as it would be to go to Camp Half-Blood, I wouldn’t actually want to be a demigod. And while the Inkworld has always fascinated me, the constant danger (and misogyny) isn’t super appealing when you come down to it.

But traveling with Le Cirque des RΓͺves, training kittens to do cool tricks, learning magic from Celia? Poppet or Widget Murray, let me know if you’re down to trade.


Who is your favorite villain and why?

He’s not a book character unless you count the Marvel comics(?), but I’m fascinated by Kilgrave. The writing and acting on Jessica Jones is incredible; although Kilgrave is objectively irredeemable, he’s still incredibly charismatic … and generally seems to be having such a good time. I love a properly creepy, wholly unapologetic villain. (And I mean … he’s played by David Tennant. Enough said.)


What’s your go-to book recommendation?

My “this is my favorite book ever and you need to read it to understand who I am as a person” recommendation is, no contest, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

But I know the writing style and pacing isn’t for everyone, so my runner-up is The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet β€” I loved it, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and most of my non-blogger friends haven’t read it yet.


What inanimate object do you wish you could eliminate from existence?

Honestly, I can’t think of any inanimate objects that I personally hate. So I’m going to go with plastic straws, because we’ve all seen or at least heard about those awful videos about marine animals getting hurt. 


What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of it?

I’m incredibly fond of Bridge to Terabithia (2007). There are certain scenes that I have to skip (if you’re familiar with the movie or book you probably know at least one of them), but overall it’s just such a wholesome, whimsical good time.


What was the last book you read that made you cry?

Hm. Although I’ve always been a crier β€” the end of Monsters, Inc. gets me every time, and it’s certainly not the only example β€” I think I’m becoming desensitized. (Compassion fatigue is, unfortunately, very real.)

But a quick skim of my Goodreads shelves indicates that I mention “literally tearing up” in my review of What Kind of Girl, so let’s go with that.


Which fictional character do you think would be the most frustrating to meet in real life?

Ooooooh I really like this question, though I don’t really have an answer πŸ˜… Ronan Lynch, maybe? (See: basically every scene he’s in. I love him, but he’s such an asshole.)


What social stigma do you think society needs to get over?

Oh, this is an absolutely fantastic question β€” even if it’s making me want to jump up on my soapbox. I think my top two are internalized misogyny (“I’m not like other girls”) and toxic masculinity, so maybe I should just say patriarchal gender roles. Just let people be who they want to be, instead of constantly comparing them to each other … and, worse, teaching them to compare themselves to each other.

Jayati’s Questions

What is your favorite read of the current year?

For the record, this is an unfair question. But I’ll give it to Small Town Hearts because it’s the 2019 read I’m mostly likely to reread over and over again.


Which book did you relate the most to?

See everything I said above about Cath Avery πŸ˜‰


If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

I’m really a “never meet your heroes” kinda person β€” even if they’re genuinely nice, I’d be too worried about saying / doing something dumb to enjoy the experience. 


Which character do you think has the most tragic story?

Too many authors rely on tragic backstory to make up for a lack of character development and/or questionable but not villainous behavior. On the other end of the spectrum, though, I’d say Jane Eyre is pretty sympathetic.


Which book recently made you cry?

Again, What Kind of Girl.


Which underrated book would you recommend to a person who loves to read fantasy, sci-fi, and romance?

Can I reuse The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet? If not, anything by Catherynne M. Valente is probably a safe  bet.


Which book made you laugh the most?

Like, ever? I have absolutely no idea. But Fake It Till You Break It is delightfully funny.


What is your dream fictional job?

Seriously, I don’t even have a dream real job; I’m super indecisive and it is A Problem. I guess it would be cool to be an intergalactic translator or traveling journalist.


Which character would you like to swap lives with?

Again, Poppet or Widget Murray.


Which fantasy world would you like to live in?

I went back over my list of top fictional vacation destinations, and it’s alarming how many of them could kill me (or are populated with characters who would kill me). Then I wanted to say Oar’s Rest, but that’s a contemporary setting. Maybe Lyra’s Oxford, if it means I get a daemon?

Facts About Me

  1. Mosquitos are attracted to me. I don’t know if it’s my body temperature or pheromones or what, but one summer in Taiwan I collected over 100 mosquito bites. (I’ve read that they’re attracted to people with Type O blood β€” not sure how credible that is since my whole family is Type O but I’m the only one who becomes bug food on camping trips.)
  2. My go-to Starbucks order is either a London Fog tea latte or matcha tea latte, always with soymilk, usually ordered hot even in summer.
  3. But I do like the seasonal drinks, especially peppermint hot cocoa, salted caramel hot cocoa, and s’mores frappuccinos.
  4. My go-to boba / bubble tea order is oolong milk tea, half sugar, light ice (or just hot, in colder months), sometimes with and sometimes without pearls. I don’t have a favorite bubble tea place yet, though β€” still collecting data on that front.
  5. I’m lactose intolerant, but what’s life if you can’t have milk tea? Or the free pizza at college events?
  6. Recently I retook the 16 Personalities / MBTI test and it said I was decisively INFJ-T: Introverted (80%), Intuitive (70%), Feeling (70%), Judging (55%), Turbulent (85%). Still not sure if I agree with their profile, but it’s an interesting data point.
  7. Every Sunday I timebox the next week, but I’m not great at sticking to my plans πŸ˜…
  8. In elementary school I decided that my lucky number was 13 because it’s my birth date as well as the sum of letters in my first and last names. Also because people told me it was unlucky, and I’ve always been a contrary little shit.
  9. I prefer “friends to lovers” over “enemies to lovers”, though “rivals / frenemies to lovers” is fun too.
  10. Math wasn’t my strongest subject, but I wasn’t awful at it and I kind of enjoyed it. Physics, on the other hand, should be sucked up by a black hole. For my current classes I haven’t had to use anything beyond basic algebra, which is fine by me. 
  11. If money and future career prospects weren’t a concern, I likely would have been a linguistics and/or English major. Possibly with a computer science minor.

My Nominations

Clo β€’ Soph β€’ Ruby β€’ Haley
Kal β€’ Sam β€’ Lauren
Charvi β€’ Em β€’ Caitlin β€’ Ally


My Questions

  1. What are the top three qualities that endear a fictional character to you?
  2. What are the top three qualities that endear a potential (IRL) friend to you?
  3. Do you set reading goals? If yes, do you usually accomplish them? If no, would you ever consider it?
  4. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate?
  5. It’s said that some tragic heroes are just in the wrong story. Name a character and a story (other than their own) that you think they would thrive in.
  6. Have you ever found any literary name twins, either authors or characters? How do you feel about them?
  7. Bed / Wed / Behead: Will Herondale, Gale Hawthorne, Rhysand OR Tessa Gray, Katniss Everdeen, Feyre Archeron.
  8. Are there any books you love that everyone you know has added to their TBR but no one you know has actually read yet? (If yes, name it/them!)
  9. Name your favorite color and a book with a pretty cover in that color.
  10. Do you fancast characters? (ie, imagine certain actors playing them in a hypothetical adaptation)
  11. Is there a series where the author could write twenty-plus volumes and you would read them all? (Assuming each one was of equally high quality.)

If you want to answer any of my questions in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you regardless of whether I officially nominated you above!


9 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. Aaaah I loved reading your answers to this Izzy and your questions are super fun, that I’ll have to do this award early next year she says whilst the pile of tags I’ve hoarded glares at me feeling betrayed Ooooo an intergalactic translator sounds super cool or a travelling journalist would be fun, although in fictional worlds probably equally as dangerous as doing it in the real world haha.


  2. AAA Thank you for the tag, Izzy! I feel you on the mosquito bites aspects. If I sit in a group with 5 other people, I’m the one with more bites than the other 4 and it’s RUDE. I struggled the most with physics. I still think our teacher saw what a disaster I was and decided she didn’t want to see me for an extra year :)))) I can’t wait to answer your questions!!!


  3. I will definitely be hoarding this for one of my posts to schedule while on holiday, thanks so much for tagging me, and omg I CANNOT STAND ‘I’m not like other girls’ crap, like it’s so harmful to all of us, it’s just not okay, we are all on the same side. BAAAAAH HUMBUG. Omg loved all these questions so much from both Meeghan and Jayati!


  4. Thank you so much for the tag, Isabelle! πŸ’•

    I totally agree about switching with Poppet or Widget! I would love to visit the Night Circus! And SAME about Ronan Lynch! He’s one of my favourite characters, but I know deep down that we would NOT get along in real life.

    Also YES about internalized misogyny πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ it’s one of the most annoying tropes in books, but also super annoying in real life and I feel like it’s something everyone should be educated about.

    And okay same about math vs. physics. I actually really enjoyed math? but me and physics did NOT get along whatsoever. It was by far my worst subject in school


  5. Oh gosh yes. This is giving me a lot of feelings!! Firstly, Blue’s practicality is nothing to be sneezed at! I wish I was half as practical as her. Also, Ronan is an asshole, but I still love him.
    And totally agree about Kilgrave – Tennant’s portrayal of him, as well as the writing for the show’s overarching storyline, was fantastic. I honestly can’t remember him being that evil in the comics, but he did start off as Daredevil’s enemy and I didn’t read a lot of his comics. I did read the Alias ones, but I really don’t think he was that evil in them.


  6. Omg thank you so much for tagging me, Iz πŸ’•
    Also my WP is messing things up and unfollowing people so I just followed you again πŸ™ˆ

    I love your answers! I’m just coming to the end of my first semester at uni and my best friend keeps telling me how my life has completely become like Fangirl so I definitely relate to you!


  7. omg, I’m so sorry that I’m commenting on this so late, but THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR NOMINATING ME. love your questions so much, and hopefully i can answer them soon ❀
    lol, i think we’re the same person. I too HATE physics. omg, that subject ruined my grades last quarter. like, Math is annoying but bearable. Physics though? No.Also, I would love to be either Poppet or Widget. I would LOVE to visit The Night Circus because it’s so magical!


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