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Someone deems me worthy for a Liebster Award + June Book Haul!

So, first up, the wonderful Irene at Tea, Book, & Me has nominated me for a Liebster award (bless her cotton socks!) which is lovely. If you don’t know what a Liebster Award is, it’s an award for bloggers with under 200 followers.

So the rules for the Liebster award are:

Eleven Questions

1. What is that one quote that identifies you as a bookworm? Explain its significance.

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

I think all bookworms are, in a way, the sum of the books they’ve read.

2. Do you love the smell of ancient books more so than the fresh new one you just bought?

  • no. actually, the smell of really old books makes my nose sting.

3. Hardcovers, paperbacks, or ebooks

  • all three, but mainly hardcovers and ebooks

4. If you love a book, would you want it to be adapted into a film? Why or why not?

  • absolutely! I love to see how other people imagined it.

5.  Hot chocolate? Tea? Coffee? Water? Which would be your favourite to go-to during winter?

  • tea

6. Do you ever feel bad for the trees based on the amount of books you see in the library, bookshops, on your bookshelves or even just in general?

  • no. paper is actually quite a sustainable industry.

7. If an author allows you to rewrite a novel he/she has written, which would it be? Why? What would you have change?

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I wouldn’t want to re-write the whole thing, just take out a few bits and change one part. There was a perfect opportunity to make something really awesome happen in this book and the author didn’t do it and I just don’t understand why.

8. List the top 5 fictional characters which you would love to have them as your best friends.

  • Hermione from Harry Potter
  • Kelsea from The Queen of the Tearling
  • Paige Mahoney from The Bone Season
  • Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go
  • Darrow from Red Rising

9. If an apocalypse is about to happen in a week time, what would you do to your books?

  • download them all to my ereader and get a solar charger

10. If you were to publish a book, unfortunately you’re going to anger either the editor or the illustrator in which you would end up with either a fantastic blurb, but with an awkward front cover or vice versa. Tick tock, time to choose.

  • Good cover. I buy so many books based on beautiful covers, I think it’s the safer option.

There is no question eleven….

Now 11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I’m a ravenclaw
  2. I’m actually a damn good cook
  3. I am currently doing my PhD in tumour immunology
  4. I have a Brittany Spaniel named Ripley
  5. I have coeliac’s disease which is a massive inconvenience and I don’t know how people choose to not eat gluten when they aren’t coeliacs. IT’S A COMPLETELY INNOCUOUS PROTEIN IF YOU ARE ABLE TO TOLERATE IT! YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!
  6. I have a bit of a problem with always having to tell people when they are wrong and explain at length why. Why would you not want to know when you’re wrong? that way you don’t keep being wrong. It makes sense.
  7. I have an Alice in Wonderland tattoo.
  8. I have an obsession with tea and probably have a hundred different varieties at home.
  9. I actually like to study. I used to love studying for exams.
  10. I have a pet turtle that just kinda came with my house
  11. I have been married for almost three years

I nominate (I am just going to nominate cool people because I don’t know how many followers anyone has and If you’ve already done this you don’t have to do it again, unless you want to):

  1. Commas and Ampersands
  2. Darcy’s Book Blog
  3. Aira Reads
  4. Typewriterink
  5. The Writing Hufflepuff

My eleven questions for my nominees are:

  1. what house do you think you would be sorted into at Hogwarts? Would you choose to stay in that house?
  2. what book would you like to see parodied on a The Simpsons Halloween Special?
  3. What book would you choose to become an animated film? Would you choose Disney, Pixar, or Studio Ghibli?
  4. If nuclear war broke out and you only had space for four in your bunker which three book characters would you allow in?
  5. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet what would it be?
  6. What class would you teach at hogwarts?
  7. What five authors would make up your ultimate book club? What book would you make them read?
  8. If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?
  9. If you got to add one book to the syllabus of every child what book would you have them read and why?
  10. Which recently released book (in the past 10 years) do you most hope becomes a classic?
  11. What are your top three underrated books?

Book Haul

Okay, if you’re still with me, you’ve done well.

Now for a brief summary of my book haul for June. I did pretty well this month and didn’t buy a ridiculous amount of books. First up I bought Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book, even that it is a bit like Deathless. I also bought second-hand copies of Conversion by Katherine Howe and Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull. I picked up the series of The Old Kingdom on sale. I read and loved Sabriel (see my review here). I also picked up a copy of The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson in these cute yellow penguin editions, which are ironically called Penguin Red Classics.

I also bought The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlmam but it’s not pictured because I was sent an old ARC copy when I ordered a hardcover. I am planning to replace it with a hardcover so it will be included in whatever haul that happens to be with.


  1. Cait @ Paper Fury says

    I agree about old books! AGH. I can’t stand the smell. Actually I just pulled out some super old Hornblower books to photograph today and nearly died. I held my breath. nearly died for the photo. OH THE THINGS I DO FOR BOOKS.
    I agree that a beautiful cover is more important that a blurb or catchy back cover. COVERS FTW, I SAY. XD

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  2. aentee @ read at midnight says

    Yes, more publishers need to cash in on our shallowness and produce more beautiful covers, especially with gorgeous spines that can proudly displayed on bookcases haha.

    I love Deathless! Cat Valente is my favourite author ever. I just started reading Uprooted and I think the writing is different, but maybe similar plot structure?

    Anyway I am so glad you have wordpress, I love your instagram account 🙂

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    • I know! A good cover can get people to buy a really terrible book because we are all weak and cannot resist a pretty cover! Cat Valente is amazing. I just don’t understand how a human brain can string words together so beautifully.

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  4. Ooh what kind of Alice in Wonderland tattoo? I love Alice 😀 And a pet turtle?! That’s so cute! What’s his/her name? And thanks for nominating me 🙂


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